- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Salma, tycoon wed

Salma Hayek picked a romance-lover’s ideal time and place for her wedding: Valentine’s Day in Paris.

The Mexican-born actress wed French magnate Francois-Henri Pinault in a civil ceremony Saturday at City Hall in Paris’ chic 6th arrondissement, Associated Press reports.

The wedding was a small affair, said a City Hall official who spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with policy.

Miss Hayek and Mr. Pinault met in Italy in 2006, announced their engagement and had a baby, Valentina Paloma, in September 2007. Last year, they broke off their engagement but made up a few months later.

Miss Hayek, 42, was nominated for an Oscar in 2003 for the film “Frida,” the biography of the painter Frida Kahlo, which she produced and in which she starred. She is one of the executive producers of the hit ABC series “Ugly Betty” and is also the chief executive of Ventanazul, a production company she formed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Mr. Pinault, 46, is chief executive of the French luxury and retail group PPR SA, which owns high-end labels including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Puma.

J.T. is ‘Most Stylish’

Justin Timberlake wins style props in the March issue of GQ magazine.

The magazine picked the entertainer to lead a list of the 10 Most Stylish Men in America, AP reported Monday. It singled out the pop star for his impact on fashion, his willingness to take risks and his “knack for targeting trends,” such as hats, three-piece suits, skinny ties and beards.

Mr. Timberlake, who launched his clothing line, William Rast, several years ago, tells GQ he considers model Kate Moss a style icon because she “could put a barrel on and it would be some sort of statement.”

Other “Stylish Men” making the list include rappers Kanye West and T.I., actor Jason Schwartzman, hotelier Andre Balazs and photographer Alexi Lubomirski.

Mama M.I.A.

British pop singer M.I.A., who performed at the Grammy Awards Feb. 8 despite experiencing labor contractions, has given birth to a baby boy, she has announced on her MySpace page.

The unnamed baby was born Wednesday and is “healthy, fine, beautiful and the most amazing thing ever on this planet,” M.I.A., 31, said in her Web posting on Saturday, according to Reuters news agency.

The baby’s father is musician Benjamin Brewer, son of Canadian liquor scion Edgar Bronfman, chairman and chief executive of Warner Music Group.

M.I.A., whose real name is Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, was born in Britain but raised in Sri Lanka. Her single “Paper Plane,” which incorporates elements of an obscure Clash track, received a Grammy nomination for record of the year.

Wonder wins Gershwin

President Obama will present the second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Stevie Wonder on Feb. 25 at a special concert in the East Room of the White House in celebration of Black History Month.

The program - which will be taped by WETA-Channel 26 for broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on Feb. 26 - will feature a tribute by top performers singing the songs that vaulted Mr. Wonder, 58, to international stardom.

Lien on me

Duane “Dog” Chapman owes the IRS more than $2 million in unpaid taxes going back to 2002, says TMZ.com, citing a report from Pacific Business News.

According to the publication, the A&E reality-TV star (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”) owes $106,553 for 2002, $99,235 for 2003, $283,514 for 2004 and $1.56 mil in 2005.

Mr. Chapman’s accountant, however, says most of the taxes have been paid and he has been trying to get in touch with the IRS to clear up the matter.

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

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