Is everyone as excited as I am for Opening Week….?
Is everyone as excited as I am for Opening Week….?
Sad to hear, but indeed official – They’re calling it quits. Can’t anyone make it in Hollywood anymore?! Seriously!
Reese Witherspoon is on her way from Legally Blonde to legally single.
The Oscar winner has formally separated from Ryan Phillippe after seven years of marriage, their publicists confirmed to E! News.
“We are saddened to announce that Reese & Ryan have decided to formally separate,” read a statement from the couple’s camp. “They remain committed to their family and we ask that you please respect their privacy and the safety of their children at this time.”
No divorce papers have been filed, though TMZ.com reports that Witherspoon has contacted Hollywood wives’ go-to attorney, Robert Kaufman. The split specialist has previously represented Jennifer Aniston, Roseanne and Lisa Marie Presley in their high-profile uncouplings.
Although Monday’s announcement was unexpected, particularly for believers in the Hollywood happy ending, rumors of marital strife have dogged the twosome for years.
Just last week the camera-ready couple hit the red carpet at a special New York screening of Phillippe’s newest film, the Clint Eastwood-directed Flags of Our Fathers, for which they were all smiles. But some tabloids and gossip Websites reported the two had a public spat the precipitated an early exit from the event.
Word of trouble in paradise first began circulating in 2002, when Witherspoon admitted that she and Phillippe dealt with problems in the marriage by attending couple’s therapy, an admission that sparked rumors of infidelity and career jealousy and headlines touting an impending split.
In an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show last year, Witherspoon, 30, again defended the strength of her marriage and their decision to work their problems out with a counselor.
“We’ve done that in the past and it’s always struck me as odd that people grabbed on to that story and made it sound so negative,” she said. “Nobody’s perfect…we all have our own set of problems.”
Phillippe echoed the sentiment to the new issue of Interview magazine, out this month.
The 32-year-old actor admitted to actively distancing himself from his wife and family while filming on location.
“Sometimes I think it’s cleaner to, at least in this stage of our lives, keep that stuff separate,” he told the magazine. “I just feel like there’s something to be said for the individuality and mystery of doing things on your own.”
He’ll have plenty of opportunity to embrace his individuality now.
According to TMZ.com, which first reported on the separation, no one event sparked the break-up, rather the decision to split was well thought out and based on cumulative events.
As far as Hollywood folklore is concerned, however, a tipping point may have come in February, when Witherspoon took home the Best Actress Oscar for Walk the Line.
Several former golden couples have fallen prey to the curse of the golden man: Hilary Swank separated from Chad Lowe the same year she took home Oscar number two, and Halle Berry announced her split from Eric Benét just days after taking home her statuette.
As for their backstory, Witherspoon and Phillippe met nearly a decade ago, at her 21st birthday party, an event at which she famously declared her instant attraction to Phillippe by telling him that she thought he was her present.
The two tied the knot in 1999 and have two children together, son Deacon, who turned three last week, and daughter Ava, seven.
Contrary to reports circulating last spring, Witherspoon was never pregnant with child number three and filed suit against Star magazine’s parent company, American Media, for publishing reports to the contrary.
Witherspoon sought unspecificied damages in her lawsuit, saying the erroneous report damaged her reputation by implying she was dishonest to producers of upcoming films.
While the couple will be working hard to maintain their privacy, they may not get too much of a chance.
Witherspoon is due to hit the promotional circuit for Penelope, a drama slated for release on Nov. 24, and next month starts work on Rendition, a drama centering on Americans intersecting with the Muslim world, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.
Phillippe, meanwhile, continues to juggle his time promoting Flags of Our Fathers and wrapping production in Austin on an untitled Kimberly Pierce-directed drama about the war in Iraq.
© 2006 E! Entertainment Television, Inc.
We have been woefully under attentive to LiLo, who I, for one, actually like…
October 8, 2006 — LINDSAY Lohan, Paris Hilton and their pals in the trashy young Hollywood set are going to find it difficult to go out soon. The trend in New York and Los Angeles is towards “low-key” places for “more mature crowds” who “actually pay for things and don’t cause obnoxious scenes,” said one nightclub owner. Places like the Tower Bar in L.A. and the Gramercy Park Hotel here regularly turn away customers who are deemed immature. The latest in the adult pool is Peter Famulari’s lounge, Boulevard 3 on Sunset Boulevard. Members will pay $8,000 a month for a suite in the club, and the rep swears no wild child will be allowed in.
I just can’t think of an appropriate caption…
Tom Uhlman for The New York Times
“I like to hit people,” Holley Mangold said about playing football.
By KAREN CROUSE
Published: October 29, 2006
CENTERVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 28 — Nick Mangold, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound rookie starting center for the Jets, is not the only football player in his family. His 16-year-old sister, Holley, a backup on the offensive line at Archbishop Alter High School, played on special teams Friday night during the Knights’ 33-15 victory against their archrival, Chaminade-Julienne.
Mr. Domsitz said her size, technique and tenacity had allowed Holley to compete at this level. She is on track to earn a varsity letter in football as a junior this year. “She’s an in-your-face, knock-you-on-your-tail offensive lineman,” Mr. Domsitz said.
Holley’s father, Vern Mangold, said she was the state’s first high school girl to play a down from scrimmage. At 5-9 and 310 pounds, she is an imposing presence on a team with only a couple of other players that size.
Off the field, Holley carries herself with the aplomb of a runway model. She strolled into the school secretary’s office for an interview after a gym class this week, wearing brown sweat pants and a black collared Alter High shirt, with her shoulder-length blond hair in a ponytail. Her fingernail polish was burgundy.
Holley has the outgoing personality of a cheerleader, and Mr. Domsitz tried to steer her in that direction when she was in the second grade and showed up at his summer youth football camp for the first time. Over the years, it became a running joke between them; she would show up for football camp, and he would point out where the cheerleaders were practicing.
Holley laughed at the suggestion that she had changed Mr. Domsitz’s mind about girls playing football. “I would say that Coach Domsitz is a traditional guy,” she said. “He believes, just like my father and my brother did, that football is not a sport for girls.”
She added: “I don’t think I’ve clearly won him over. I think he’s warming up to the idea.”
Mr. Mangold has also overcome his initial objections. He stood in the last row of the home bleachers in a steady rain Friday, without an umbrella, and cheered for Holley, whom he affectionately calls “my little buttercup,” every time she stuffed her ponytail into her helmet and trotted onto the field.
“She plays the game well,” he said. “That’s more surreal, actually, than what Nick’s doing.”
What did everyone think of “Lost” last night?
(If you need a recap, here’s the link to EW’s: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/commentary/0,6115,1550885_3_0_,00.html)
Interesting that he may have more heart than we orginially thought — and offspring! He’s seen protecting two women — his daughter (with money) and Kate (by leaving her in the dark about his “procedure”).
Do you like the fact that Lost is opening more doors than closing? Are you willing to wait out the season to see what info the creators decide to share with us? I am.