- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Romo, Simpson split

Talk about bad timing!

Tony Romo called it quits with Jessica Simpson the night before her 29th birthday, People.com reports.

“She is heartbroken,” the New York Daily News reports, quoting an unnamed source. “She loves Tony. But it’s been difficult lately. He’s busy with his career, and she’s getting ready to shoot her show [‘The Price of Beauty’]. They decided to part ways.”

Speculation about the couple’s recent split arose when the Dallas Cowboys quarterback and 14 of his friends partied at Hollywood hot spot MyHouse on Friday night — Miss Simpson’s 29th birthday — without the birthday girl.

This isn’t the first breakup for the couple, who began dating in 2007.

Mr. Romo reportedly dumped Miss Simpson in May but was able to patch things up in time to attend sister Ashlee Simpson’s wedding a few days later.

However, the couple’s split may be good news to Cowboys fans, as Miss Simpson — who wore a pink No. 9 jersey to games — was thought to be bad luck for Mr. Romo’s football performance. The singer was even nicknamed “Yoko Romo.”

According to the Daily News, Miss Simpson is said to have planned a Barbie-and-Ken-themed birthday party for Friday; however, no such event happened.

“Barbie party didn’t happen, but I turned 29 and feel like I am on top of the world yelling I LOVE GETTING OLDER!” she wrote on Twitter.

Although a suddenly single Miss Simpson may be heartbroken, the singer is staying positive.

“Everyone needs to know that hope floats … grab the strings and pull it back to you,” she tweeted.

Miss Simpson’s representative had no comment. Mr. Romo’s representative could not be reached for comment, the Daily News said.

Off the block

A New York art gallery has temporarily removed an Andy Warhol portrait of Michael Jackson from the auction block, Associated Press reported Monday.

The Vered Gallery in East Hampton says enormous interest prompted the decision. The auction was to close Sunday, AP said.

The 30-by-26-inch painting shows a smiling Mr. Jackson in a red jacket from his “Thriller” days. Presale estimates ranged anywhere from $1 million to $10 million.

There’s renewed interest in all things Jackson since the superstar’s sudden death last month. His albums are back at the top of the charts.

Gallery co-owner Janet Lehr said in a statement she wants to offer the 1984 work to “the greatest number of prospective purchasers.” She did not immediately return inquiries for comment Monday.

The portrait reportedly is owned by a New York collector.

No. 3 for Molly

Molly Ringwald plays the mother of a pregnant teen on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” — but in real life she’s a new mom to twins.

The ‘80s icon gave birth to a boy and a girl on Friday, People.com reports.

The twins join big sister Mathilda Ereni, 5. As for the age difference between the siblings, “I actually think it’s a good thing considering we’re having twins,” Miss Ringwald, 41, recently told Fit Pregnancy.

‘Kid’ redux set

Jackie Chan will play the wise kung-fu master in a Hollywood-Chinese remake of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid” that kicked off filming in the Chinese capital on the weekend, Associated Press reported Monday.

Mr. Chan’s young disciple in “Kung Fu Kid” will be played by Jaden Smith, the son of Hollywood superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, China Film Group spokesman Weng Li told AP. The co-production between the state-run China Film Group and Columbia Pictures started shooting Saturday in Beijing, Weng said.

In “The Karate Kid,” the late Pat Morita played the iconic building handyman, Mr. Miyagi, who trains one of his young tenants, portrayed by Ralph Macchio, into an accomplished fighter.

“Kung Fu Kid” is being directed by Harald Zwart, who also directed “One Night at McCool’s” and “The Pink Panther 2,” Solon So, the chief executive of Mr. Chan’s company, JC Group, told AP.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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