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News 11/19/2006

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tied the knot in front of an all-star audience at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. Because a Scientology wedding isn't recognized under local law, the couple actually made things official last week in a civil ceremony in Los Angeles, per Cruise's publicist. Meanwhile, People magazine reporting that Nicole Kidman sent the happy couple a gift, with a note wishing "them both a lifetime of happiness together."

Mel Gibson topped Film Threat's annual list of the Frigid 50: The Coldest People in Hollywood. The Website called the actor-director number one among the "least-powerful, least-inspiring, least-intriguing people in all of Tinseltown." Also making the list: Borat and Lindsay Lohan.

Another one of the unwitting stars of Borat...namely, the etiquette coach who was handed a bag of feces at her dinner table...expressed her displeasure about her role in the film. Cindy Streit filed a complaint Thursday with the California attorney general, requesting an investigation into possible violations of the California Unfair Trade Practices Act and claimed she was told the footage was to be used for a documentary in Belarus. In an apparent bid to draw publicity to the case, Streit engaged camera-loving attorney Gloria Allred to represent her.

Indian police detained three of Angelina Jolie's British bodyguards after parents complained that they and their children were manhandled and verbally abused during a film shoot for A Mighty Heart at a Mumbai school Thursday. The bodyguards were jailed and due to appear in court on an undetermined date.

Robert De Niro, Regis Philbin, and Montel Williams were among the guests of honor at the annual Juror Appreciation Day in a Manhattan court Thursday, having all been called for jury duty in the past.

News 11/16/2006

Angelina Jolie's bodyguards allegedly roughed up parents and children at a school in Mumbai, India where the actress was filming scenes for A Mighty Heart Thursday. The production company that organized the shoot blaming the incident on the paparazzi, who reportedly rushed the school when the gates were opened for parents to collect their kids. According to a witness, one bodyguard called a parent a "bloody Indian," and children were shoved around in the fracas.

Shannon Elizabeth and her estranged husband, Joe Reitman, reached a tentative settlement of a civil lawsuit and of issues in their divorce, their attorneys told a judge Thursday. Elizabeth filed for divorce in June 2005; Reitman fired back with a suit in March, asking for half of all the couple's material assets accumulated in the five years they lived together before marrying.

Rome City Hall has denied speculation that the purpose of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' late night visit Wednesday was to obtain a marriage license, explaining that the couple dropped by as a courtesy to the mayor, an avid movie fan. Meanwhile, guests including Holmes' parents, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Antony, Brooke Shields, and Jim Carrey were seen arriving in Rome Thursday ahead of this weekend's festivities.

China's Film Board has permitted the release of Casino Royale, marking the first time any film in the Bond franchise has passed the censors. The movie will debut Jan. 30.

Reese Witherspoon put red carpet appearances back on her post-divorce agenda. The Oscar winner is planning to attend the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 3, where she'll reportedly present Dolly Parton with an award, according to E! Online's Marc Malkin.

Hilary Duff donated 200,000 meals through USA Harvest to be distributed among Hurricane Katrina victims living in two shelters in the Houston area.

The Weinstein Co. has signed an exclusive deal with Blockbuster, making the struggling video chain the sole renter of its movies, including the upcoming Bobby and Dixie Chicks doc Shut Up & Sing.

Warner Bros. is moving up the release date for Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima...the companion picture to Flags of Our Fathers...from Feb. 9 to Dec. 20, Daily Variety reports, thereby putting the flick into awards contention.

News 11/15/2006

Borat topped the box office for a second week in a row with an estimated $29 million. The critically-admired Will Ferrell comedy Stranger Than Fiction came in fourth place with an estimated $14.1 million, the Sarah Michelle Geller PG-13-rated horror movie The Return came in eighth place with an estimated $4.7 million, The Ridley Scott-directed Russell Crowe romantic comedy A Good Year came in tenth place with an estimated $3.7 million, and the Christian Bale drama Harsh Times came in thirteenth place with an estimated $1.8 million.

Tobey Maguire and fiancée Jennifer Meyer welcomed a baby girl born Friday, the actor's rep confirmed to E! Online. The couple were said to be "proud and happy" of their "beautiful" daughter.

Jude Law and Sienna Miller have called it quits yet again, People reports, citing a source who claims it's over for good this time.

Warren Beatty will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Jan. 15, it was announced Wednesday. Beatty has won five Golden Globes in the course of his career. Also, on Friday, Beatty's wife Annette Bening received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Meanwhile, Jack Nicholson's daughter, Lorraine, was named Miss Golden Globe, a.k.a. second generation personality who is responsible for directing stars off the stage after they accept an award.

Tom Cruise jetted to Rome Monday, just days before his wedding, which is expected to occur this weekend at a castle north of the city, an airport official told Reuters. Katie Holmes and Suri were nowhere in sight. The mayor of Bracciano, Italy, where Cruise and Holmes' weekend wedding is believed to be going down, is imposing a $1,500 "paparazzi tax" on photographers and camera crews wishing to shoot from the windows and balconies of the town's city hall, which overlook Castle Odescalchi, the alleged site of the vow swapping, according to a local newspaper. Oprah Winfrey will not be making the guest list for the couple's wedding. "I was not one of the invitees. That's fine. I don't get invited to everyone's wedding," the talk show host told "Extra" in a segment airing Tuesday. After the wedding, it'll be back to work for Cruise. The actor has signed on to star in Lions for Lambs, his first venture for United Artists since he and C/W partner Paula Wagner took over the studio, Daily Variety reports. Robert Redford will be directing and also starring, along with Meryl Streep. Meanwhile, nonprofit group Mentor L.A. will be honoring Tom Cruise for his commitment to helping Los Angeles public schools at a March 22 fundraiser to be held on the Fox lot, Daily Variety reports.

Borat producer Jay Roach told MTV News that a sequel to the hit film is under discussion. "We've talked a lot about it. We have talked about ideas to try different stuff," Roach said.

Angelina Jolie boarded a crowded commuter train in Mumbai, India Monday to film scenes from A Mighty Heart. The actress and her costar, Dan Futterman, were escorted by bodyguards, who restrained over-eager fellow passengers from getting too close.

An anonymous bidder paid $70,200 for a pair of sunglasses Steve McQueen is believed to have worn in the opening scenes of 1968's The Thomas Crown Affair. A Rolls Royce Silver Shadow from the film that was sold in the same auction Saturday brought in exactly the same price.

George Clooney has been named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2006, joining Brad Pitt in the elite group of hunky male stars to receive the honor twice. "Brad's going to be upset," Clooney told the mag.

Casino Royale, starring blond Bond Daniel Craig, premiered in London Tuesday before an audience that included Queen Elizabeth II. Despite initial backlash, Craig is now being hailed by some as the best 007 since Sean Connery.

Eva Longoria is denying rumors that she is starring in a lesbian movie with Beyoncé, People reports. The "Desperate Housewives" star said she had seen reports that she would be starring with the singer in an adaptation of Tipping the Velvet, but they are "completely and absolutely not true."

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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