- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 1, 2009

Nuptials on hold?

Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are not legally married — and they won’t be until a prenuptial agreement is signed, says Denverpost.com, citing a report by TMZ.

Reportedly, the reason for the weekend ceremony was E! Entertainment’s claim that it would foot the bill for the $1 million wedding - but only if it took place by Sunday.

The 25-year-old reality star and the 29-year-old Lakers forward were married Sunday after a whirlwind monthlong romance.

On Wednesday, E! announced plans to air the ceremony in November as a special hour of the family’s reality show, “Keeping up With the Kardashians: The Wedding,” TVGuide.com reported.

In August, E! aired the wedding of Kendra Baskett of “The Girls Next Door” as the first-season finale of “Kendra,” her solo reality show. It was the network’s highest-rated season finale since 2002.

Two high-powered family-law attorneys are trying to hash out the prenup Mr. Odom wants as a condition to marriage, TMZ.com reports. The talks, which began Friday, are already said to be growing contentious.

TMZ says the couple will tie the knot - legally - once the prenup is inked.

According to ESPN, Mr. Odom signed a deal with the Lakers in July worth up to $33 million.

However, Miss Kardashian’s rep denies the false-wedding report, saying, “They are legally married,” radaronline reports.

‘Woodstock’ shock

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee says he’s baffled by the poor box-office results of “Taking Woodstock” - his worst-performing English-language movie in the United States in 10 years.

The Focus Features comedy, which chronicles the buildup to the 1969 rock ‘n’ roll gathering, which drew 500,000 fans, had earned $7.4 million in the U.S. as of Monday, according to the box-office-tracking Web site Box Office Mojo. It’s Mr. Lee’s worst outing for an English film since “Ride With the Devil,” which made $635,096, Associated Press noted. That 1999 Western had a limited release of 60 theaters compared to 1,395 for “Taking Woodstock.”

Mr. Lee’s 2005 gay-cowboy romance, “Brokeback Mountain,” made $83 million and earned him a best-director Oscar.

“I’m not sure why. I think the movie is quite good,” the Taiwanese director said of the dismal box office for “Woodstock” while attending its Hong Kong premiere. “I’m very proud of it. Maybe people wanted to see the actual Woodstock festival, or maybe Woodstock isn’t attractive to youngsters.”

Wife chides Keys

Mashonda, the estranged wife of record producer Swizz Beatz, has written an open letter to Alicia Keys, accusing the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter of “destroying” Mashonda’s family by reportedly having an affair with her husband.

According to Contactmusic.com, Swizz Beatz (real name Kasseem Dean) split from his wife, an R&B; singer, in April 2008 after four years of marriage. She filed for divorce in February - two months after their son’s first birthday.

Swizz Beatz confirmed in May that was dating Miss Keys.

Publicly questioning her own love ideals, Miss Keys writes on Twitter.com: “Having a heated debate [in] the studio. Question is … [In] love is it better to go 4 the choice that is “SMART” or the choice that has “SPARK”??”

Offended by the posting, Mashonda responded in an online rant.

“If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create. … As a woman, I expected so much more from you.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from wire and Web reports

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