- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pics of Bruni stolen

Hundreds of “highly intimate” images of Carla Bruni and an ex-lover have been stolen during a burglary in Paris, Britain’s Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Police fear they could be made public, overshadowing the French first lady’s official trip to Spain with her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The photographs and videos were taken during 41-year-old Miss Bruni’s affair with philosopher Raphael Enthoven - the father of her child, Aurelien, now 8.

According to the Daily Mail, thieves broke into the flat of actor Julien Enthoven, who is Raphael’s younger brother. Raphael Enthoven is believed to have entrusted the pictures to his 27-year-old brother because he did not want them to embarrass his new partner - or Mr. Sarkozy, said a detective working on the case.

“The thieves appeared to know exactly what they were looking for; taking highly intimate prints, a camera full of further images, videos, and numerous computer files,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying.

Hugh skips Mexico

Even the mighty Wolverine is taking precautions when it comes to swine flu.

Film distributor 20th Century Fox says it has canceled actor Hugh Jackman’s scheduled appearance in Mexico City to promote “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Associated Press reports. The movie opens in theaters on Friday.

The United States and several other countries have warned people to avoid nonessential travel to Mexico, where the number of deaths blamed on the new virus has surpassed 150. Meanwhile, movie theaters in Mexico City are closed to help prevent the flu from spreading.

Couple confirmation

After much speculation about the nature of the relationship involving “Slumdog Millionaire” stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, Mr. Patel’s mother, Anita, has confirmed to a British newspaper that the pair are very much a couple.

“First it was the film, and now everything else seems to have slotted into place,” Mrs. Patel is quoted as saying in Monday’s Daily Mirror.

Her comments come just days after Mr. Patel, 19, jetted to Israel to spend a whirlwind date with the Mumbai beauty, 24. People.com says the pair rendezvoused in Tel Aviv as Miss Pinto took time off from filming her latest movie in Jerusalem.

Greed is good

Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone are going to show us the money again with a sequel to their 1987 hit “Wall Street.”

According to 20th Century Fox spokesman Gregg Brilliant, Mr. Douglas is reprising his role as Gordon Gekko - the role that brought him the best-actor Oscar in 1988 - and Mr. Stone is on board again to direct the as-yet-untitled sequel.

Mr. Brilliant notes that it’s a timely project given what’s happening in the world, Associated Press reports. With the economy and financial markets in a tailspin, it will be different times for Mr. Douglas’ Gekko. In the original film, corporate raider Gekko was a symbol of Wall Street greed and corruption during the boom era of the 1980s.

AFI honors Maysles

Filmmaker Albert Maysles will be honored at the seventh annual SilverDocs documentary festival, organizers announced Tuesday.

Mr. Maysles will be recognized at the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, a centerpiece of the eight-day documentary festival, set for June 15 through 22 in Silver Spring. His 1976 documentary “Grey Gardens” - an intimate portrait of high-society dropouts Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, “Little Edie,” was adapted recently into a critically praised film for HBO. He made the film about the reclusive cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with his late brother, David.

Bundles of joy

Representatives for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick say the couple are expecting the birth of twin daughters this summer through a surrogate pregnancy, AP reports.

The “Sex and the City” star and her actor husband have a son, James Wilke, 6.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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