- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2005

Wedded bliss

Associated Press

Alicia Silverstone is, like, totally married.

The “Clueless” star, 28, wed longtime boyfriend Christopher Jarecki at Lake Tahoe Saturday, said Miss Silverstone’s publicist, Elizabeth Much, confirming a report in People magazine.

It’s the first marriage for both Miss Silverstone and Mr. Jarecki, lead singer of the band S.T.U.N. The pair have been together for eight years.

The wedding was held for 135 friends and family at a private lakeside estate. The couple exchanged vows while barefoot on the beach, People reported yesterday.

Final Destiny

Associated Press

Staying together apparently wasn’t the destiny of Destiny’s Child. The multiplatinum group is splitting up.

In a statement released to MTV News, the trio of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland andMichelle Williams announced plans to disband after their world tour ends in the fall.

The women, who perform July 31 at the MCI Center, were unavailable for comment yesterday, but a representative said another announcement would be forthcoming.

The breakup of the girl group, which debuted as a teenage R&B foursome in 1997, isn’t much of a shocker. “Dangerously In Love,” Beyonce’s 2003 multiplatinum solo album debut, won five Grammys and solidified her as a one-name superstar apart from the group. Miss Rowland and Miss Williams also have released solo albums, but with less fanfare. Also, the title of the group’s latest album, “Destiny Fulfilled,” appeared to signal that the end was near.

Beyonce and Miss Rowland have been members of the group since it was formed in their hometown of Houston. They scored instant success with their debut album, thanks to the hit “No No No (Part I).” Back then, the founding members also included LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. However, after the release of their second LP, 1999’s “The Writing’s on the Wall,” Miss Luckett and Miss Roberson were booted from the group. (The two later sued the group and Beyonce’s manager-father, Matthew Knowles, but reached a settlement.)

Miss Williams and Farrah Franklin replaced Miss Roberson and Miss Luckett the same year, but Miss Franklin was later dropped, making the group a trio. The group’s biggest hits include “Bootylicious,” “Survivor” and “Independent Women (Part I).”

Brand new ‘World’

Associated Press

Steven Spielberg says the days when movie audiences sympathized with a lovable alien such as E.T. may be over.

“It seemed like the time was right for me as a filmmaker to let the audience experience an alien that is a little less pleasant than E.T.,” Mr. Spielberg said yesterday at a post-premiere news conference for his new film, “War of the Worlds.”

“Today, in the shadow of 9/11, I think the film has found a place in society,” said the Oscar-winning filmmaker, who directed 1982’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” He also noted that the panic-causing radio play of H.G. Wells’ alien-invasion novel was produced in the late 1930s, when many feared the rise of Nazism in Germany, while the 1953 movie “The War of the Worlds” was made during the Cold War.

“All occurred at a time of great unease in the world,” Mr. Spielberg said.

“War of the Worlds,” which stars Tom Cruise, opens in theaters June 29.

Too sexy for herself?

Sky.com

Pop icon Madonna admits she took her sexy image too far in the early stage of her career.

The 46-year-old superstar says her attitude — which included suggestive songs such as “Like a Virgin,” daring concerts and the provocative 1992 book “Sex” — may have misled fans.

“Sometimes I was being overtly sexy for the sake of showing off when I didn’t need to be. I think I hurt myself. Ultimately, none of us wants to be judged, or approved of, or loved because of the way we look, or how sexy we are,” Madonna says in an interview with Ladies’ Home Journal.

“One minute I was saying, ‘Believe in yourself,’ and the next minute I was saying, ‘Just be sexually provocative.’ I was letting it pump up my ego, thinking ‘aren’t I great, they’re writing about me, my picture’s on the cover of every magazine, I’m so fabulous,’ ” she says.

The admission comes only days after the Material Mom released her fifth children’s book, “Lotsa De Casha.”

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

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