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News, Dec. 29: Lucy Liu Finds New Love, Kate Beckinsale Almost Quit "Aviator," Kate Winslet Gets Primitive at X-Mas, More...

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Dec 29, 2004 | 11:28am EST

Lucy Liu splits and finds new love

Charlie's Angels beauty Lucy Liu has reportedly split from fiancé Zach Helm--but has already embarked on a new romance. The pair got engaged in April, after they had been dating for ten months. At the time, Liu described the 29-year-old screen-writer as her "soulmate" and the pair were expected to share a private and intimate wedding in the near future. But although the wedding plans have been abruptly called off, Liu has allegedly already found a new love. According to In Touch magazine, the 36-year-old actress is dating Elf actor Will McCormack, the brother of actress Mary McCormack.

Beckinsale wanted to quit Aviator

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese reportedly had to beg Kate Beckinsale not to quit The Aviator, after she began to doubt her acting career. Sources claim Beckinsale threatened to walk off the set of the Howard Hughes biopic, leading to tension between her and the film's committed star DiCaprio. A source tells British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, "Kate was Leo's first choice to play Ava, and, with the director Martin Scorsese, he managed to persuade her to star on. "Kate is a consummate professional, and it wasn't that she didn't believe in the film, but it was more that she was wondering whether acting was really for her. Leo was passionate about the film and obviously this created tensions between them." Beckinsale, 31, recently revealed she is reconsidering her career, because she has reached the age her actor father Richard Beckinsale was when he died of a heart attack. She said earlier this month, "I'm in a funny year as I am the age my father was when he died, and my daughter is the age I was then (five). I think it is completely inevitable for me to have a bit of a review at this point, in the spiritual sense."

Winslet's primitive Christmas

Kate Winslet and her family were forced to spend Christmas in a primitive outhouse, after builders failed to finish work on their new home in time. Winslet, director husband Sam Mendes, daughter Mia and baby son Joe moved into the $6.65 million estate in England's Cotswolds weeks ahead of the festive season--but, despite spending thousands on the sumptuous pad, they still can't move into the main mansion yet. Winslet's pal says, "There is a skip in the garden and the main house is still not ready, but Kate and Sam were so determined to be in by Christmas they decided to move in to one of the outhouses. She's delighted to be on the estate, even if she's not in the main house."

Wahlberg to toughen up for role

Mark Wahlberg is poised to propel the brutal Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) into the mainstream in a new movie. The Boogie Nights star is in negotiations to muscle-up for the film about the sport, in which combatants engage in bloody, bare-knuckle brawls in an octagon-shaped ring. UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta are onboard as executive producers, while 15 Minutes movie-maker John Herzfeld has signed up to write and direct the project, reports PageSix.Com. The Feritta brothers recently completed 13 episodes of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality series for Spike TV.

Connery recycles shoes

Former James Bond star Sean Connery never buys shoes--preferring to wear the same pairs over and over again. The 74-year-old actor can't understand why women need to continuously shop for footwear, because he's quite content to still use the ten pairs he was given for free years ago. He says, "Why are women obsessed with buying shoes the whole time? Years ago I was given ten pairs when I was making a film. I still wear them."

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