- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Pitts’ split hot news

Associated Press

In the world of celebrity gossip, the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt breakup was like the fall of the Berlin Wall — sending celebrity magazines hurtling into a race to be first in the biggest breakup story of, well, the year.

Us Weekly, which typically closes its issue by midnight Monday, went into overdrive after Friday’s announcement of the split. The situation was similar at People, which usually doesn’t close its edition until Tuesday.

Both magazines hit newsstands yesterday.

Us devoted 31 pages to the story; People had 12. Both magazines also had sidebars titled “The Angelina Factor,” citing rumors that Mr. Pitt may have had an affair with “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” co-star Angelina Jolie.

However, not every celebrity-driven magazine jumped on the Brad-and-Jen quick-to-print bandwagon. Tabloid-turned-glossy Star magazine’s current issue proclaims, “Brad and Jen Back On! It’s Baby Time.” Whoops.

Bonnie Fuller, editorial director of Star parent company American Media, said her company decided to spend its energy on more reporting instead of going to press early. But she insists that Star was the first to report on the shattered relationship last month in the Dec. 13 “Marriage Crisis!” cover story and the Dec. 20 follow-up “Brad & Jen’s Separate Lives!”

Birth of a notion

Julia Roberts apparently loved pregnancy so much that she wants to make a movie about it.

The actress is said to be in talks to obtain film rights to best-selling British author Tony Parsons’ novel “The Family Way,” about the biological clocks of three sisters.

A spokesman for Mr. Parsons told the New York Post: “Things are at an advanced stage. No contracts have been signed as yet, but we are currently in talks with Revolution Studios, with whom Julia has a deal.”

‘Simple’ as that

South Jersey parents have put the kibosh on a “Simple Life” invasion.

Producers of the show, starring hotel heiress Paris Hilton and rock-star daughter Nicole Richie, approached Buena Vista school officials in December, offering to pay $5,000 to film an episode at a school in the mostly rural community, which is 30 miles west of Atlantic City.

The idea for the Buena Vista episode, according to Associated Press, was to have the privileged pair work as substitute teachers and cafeteria monitors at J.P. Cleary Middle School.

“The show will not come to Cleary School,” Buena Regional School District Superintendent Diane DeGiacomo said. “They needed a commitment from us right away, and we didn’t feel like we could do that.”

Although school district officials were amenable at first, the proposed filming had parents fuming once they received permission forms in the mail.

“I just feel that it’s ludicrous that the board of education and the administration would invite Paris Hilton to teach 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds, and Nicole Richie, too,” parent Sue Barber said last week. “Their reputation leaves a lot to be desired.”

Greer theory

Feminist icon Germaine Greer, who baffled observers by agreeing to appear in a reality TV show, made an equally mysterious decision yesterday to quit the program, calling it a “mistake.”

The Australian writer and academic left the British show “Celebrity Big Brother” after five days of being locked in a house with an underwear model, a teenage musician, a drug-loving dancer and an ex-wife of Sylvester Stallone’s, AP reports.

“I’m leaving over specific issues, but best for everyone if I don’t discuss them,” Miss Greer, 65, told her housemates as she packed her suitcase. “I have a problem with decisions. I make them fast, and when I make them, I stick to them.”

Motley wedding

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and girlfriend Lia Gerardini got hitched in Las Vegas.

The 43-year-old singer, recently reunited with his band mates after a five-year hiatus, married his partner in a ceremony officiated by rapper MC Hammer, the BBC reports.

Guests at the wedding included fellow Crue-bies Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx as well as former pro basketball player Dennis Rodman.

The wedding is Mr. Neil’s fourth and the second for Miss Gerardini, 37.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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