- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 14, 2004

Star-studded bliss

Associated Press

Star Jones, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” married banker Al Reynolds in a star-studded Park Avenue bash.

Notables ranging from director Spike Lee to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton packed into St. Bartholomew’s Church Saturday to watch Miss Jones, 42 — who wore a designer strapless wedding dress with a 27-foot train — exchange vows with Mr. Reynolds.

“The train was so long it took about seven people to carry it,” said friend and guest Valerie Simpson, songwriter and half of the R&B; duo Ashford and Simpson.

With songstress Patti LaBelle performing, and a bridal party that included singer Natalie Cole and actresses Vivica A. Fox and Holly Robinson Peete, the storybook affair lasted until 8 p.m. before moving to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for an equally celebrity-heavy reception.

“I smiled a lot,” said Miss Jones’ “The View” co-host Barbara Walters. “I was happy for her. She had the biggest smile I’ve ever seen.”

Shared Destiny

Agence France-Presse

Destiny’s Child, the Grammy-winning trio of Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles, release their new album today after a lengthy hiatus while the three concentrated on solo work.

Coming three years after “Survivor” sold nearly 10 million copies around the world, “Destiny Fulfilled,” the group’s sixth album, is a regular mix of polished production, and languid, even syrupy songs.

During DC’s pause to pursue solo careers, Miss Knowles’ star shone the brightest. Her 2003 album “Dangerously in Love” shot to the top of the charts, and she also enjoyed a measure of movie success in “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and “The Fighting Temptations.”

But the time apart has brought the group closer together, she said.

“We spent two years apart from each other, growing by ourselves, and it was important for the group. You just grow and then write about your feelings,” Miss Knowles said.

Goldie, Kurt kaput?

Ireland Online

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have reportedly ended their a 21-year romance.

Friends have revealed that the couple’s relationship has “lost its zip” in recent years.

The Oscar-winning actress and District native, 59, has been spending more and more time in India, where she often meets up with Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan — a friendship that has reportedly upset Mr. Russell.

He is currently filming “Sky High” with Kelly Preston and Lynda Carter.

Lindsay, Wilmer over

Associated Press

“Mean Girls” star Lindsay Lohan and her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, have ended their relationship.

“They have broken up, but are still friends,” Mr. Valderrama’s publicist, Heidi Slan, told Associated Press Friday. She declined to provide details.

Miss Lohan and Mr. Valderrama acknowledged being a couple in July, after Miss Lohan turned 18.

The couple’s breakup was reported Friday by People and Us Weekly magazines.

Miss Lohan’s publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, didn’t immediately return a call seeking a comment from AP.

Mr. Valderrama stars on the Fox sitcom “That ‘70s Show.”

Broadway bound


Two-time Oscar-winner Denzel Washington will star in one of Shakespeare’s most political plays, “Julius Caesar,” in a new Broadway production this spring.

Daniel Sullivan, a director not typically associated with the Bard, will pilot the staging, set to preview in March at the Belasco, the New York Times reported.

Mr. Washington, star of “Malcolm X” and “Training Day,” will embody the tragedy’s juiciest role, the conflicted statesman and soldier Brutus.

Casting for the play’s other major roles — Cassius, Marc Antony and Julius Caesar — has not been announced.

“Julius Caesar” hasn’t been seen on Broadway since 1950. It was recently produced in Central Park by the Public Theater, with a cast including Emmy-winner Jeffrey Wright.

Mr. Washington last appeared on Broadway in 1988’s “Checkmates.”

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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