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KARDASHIAN-HUMPHRIES MARRIAGE JOINS THE RANKS OF HUMILIATING, SHORT-LIVED CELEBRITY UNIONS

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander

           With the celebrity-watching world sputtering and tweeting over the abrupt ending of Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marital union with Kris Humphries, at least the pair can take heart in knowing they’re not alone when it comes to enduring a brief, humiliating celebrity marriage. 

            Charlie Sheen’s wedding to model Donna Peele in 1996 came as a surprise to many — with him having testified just a few weeks earlier to having spent $53,000 on trysts with Heidi Fleiss’ call girls. Cynics groused that the marriage was all about Sheen trying to clean up his image. He insisted that wasn’t true, but either way, six months later it was over, and he went on to…Well, we all know what he went on to.

            In 2008, Pamela Anderson requested that her Sept. 29-Dec. 13, 2007 marriage to third husband Salomon be annulled in court, citing fraud.  In 2006, she was married to Kid Rock from July 29 to her Nov. 27 divorce filing.  

            Of course there was Britney Spears, with her Jan. 3, 2004, 5:30 a.m. “joke” wedding inLas Vegasto childhood chum Jason Allen Alexander. She reportedly arranged to have it annulled within hours.  By Jan. 4, Alexander was back home inLouisiana, with his grandfather telling reporters he’d “been through a lot” and didn’t have much to say.”

            Then there’s Drew Barrymore. In 1994, she suddenly and surprisingly wedL.A.bar owner Jeremy Thomas. That marriage lasted less than two months.

            And who could forget this one? On Nov. 14, 1998, former “Baywatch” actress Carmen Electra wed rainbow-haired, cross-dressing then-Chicago Bulls basketball star Dennis Rodman at the Chapel of the Flowers in Vegas. The bride wore a black Mark Wong Nark shirt and capris, and black high-heel platform shoes, and the groom wore a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap. After the ceremony, they went to breakfast at the Hard Rock Hotel with friends, and later, Carmen headed back toL.A.to shoot her “HyperionBay” series.

            Two days after the event, Rodman’s agent issued a statement claiming the marriage was “not legal” and that his client had been too intoxicated to know what he was doing. On Nov. 23, Rodman filed for an annulment citing “fraud” and an “unsound mind.”

            Michelle Phillips and the late Dennis Hopper were show business royalty – he, the hot star and director of “Easy Rider” glory, and she the lovely Mamas and the Papas singer — when they married in a surprise Halloween quickie wedding in 1970. But the marriage lasted a mere eight days, with Hopper publicly confessing he was in a fog of drugs and alcohol much of the time. Both survived the embarrassing fiasco well, however, each racking up career and personal successes in following years.

            Producer/former studio chieftain/Hollywood legend Robert Evans hastily wed 32 years younger actress Catherine Oxenberg in 1998 — and the marriage was annulled in nine days.  He explained to Variety, “I forgot it had only been six weeks since I had been hit with a stroke.”

            In 2000, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton surprised the public (as well as Billy Bob’s fiancé, Laura Dern) with an impulsive wedding on theLas Vegasstrip. It lasted a comparatively long time — into 2002 — but there was plenty of embarrassment along the way. They shared intimate oddities about their relationship and gave lots’a public displays of affection, attesting to their wild passion. He said he liked to wear her lingerie under his clothes. They had his ‘n’ hers tattoos and wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks.

            Come to think of it, we were the ones who were embarrassed — not them. 

            From the looks of it, Kim Kardashian isn’t exactly red-faced either, heading off to Australia to promote her clothing line while gossips speculate on her feelings — or lack of feelings — for Humphries and the chances she might get back together with former beau, Reggie Bush.  At least for awhile.

Jon Voight: Sacrifice of New ‘Lone Star’ Series Will Be Missing Grandkids

Jon Voight

Jon Voight’s shopping living quarters in the Dallas area.  He’ll be residing there while shooting is underway on Fox’s forthcoming “Lone Star” series, in which the Oscar-winning actor plays the patriarch of a powerful Texas oil family.

“I don’t really consider myself a Hollywood guy, but I’m very connected to a lot of the work and what goes on in this town, so it’s going to be a bit of a sacrifice not to be here in that sense – but the big sacrifice is, I won’t be so close to my grandchildren and Angie and my son James,” he tells us, referring, of course, to Angelina Jolie and her children with Brad Pitt, and to James Haven.

“It would be wonderful to think they could come down and visit, but I don’t know if they ever will do that.  They get so much press every time they move it becomes impossible,” he adds.  “You’d have to have a place that’s pretty secure.”

We caught up with Voight the other night at Fox’s “Lone Star” reception at the Boudoir at Coco de Ville in West Hollywood.  The smart new show, debuting this fall, is about an incredibly charming, handsome and gifted young con man – James Wolk, who not only pulls it off in the pilot, but is getting likened to George Clooney – who has built two phony lives in two different cities, complete with a wife in one and a girlfriend in the other, while bilking business people of millions.  Now he wants to go legit without losing anything, even as suspicions about him are running ever hotter.

Voight does plan to make visits back to L.A., but he knows he’ll be busy.  He says of the series, “I took a look at it, and then I talked it over with my dearest friends and we decided that it might work out.  I had done ‘24’ and it turned out to be very successful for me — the success was that I enjoyed it.

“Then I met the cast.  It doesn’t come along that often that you meet a group of people you really care for immediately, and I did I came to care about each one of these kids very much,” says Voight.  “Somehow we just all clicked and it was like it was just meant to be.”

How ‘Good Angelina’ Stacks Up Against ‘Bad Angelina’

(In her July 23-opening “Salt,”  Angelina Jolie’s spy character may be good, but may be bad.  In real life, Jolie mastered this duality long ago, as evidenced by the following…)

Originally Published July 2005

Separated at Birth?
Good Angelina vs. Bad Angelina
by Steve Ryfle

Angelina Jolie is a hard one to figure out. Is she a freewheeling free spirit, a hyper-tattooed, oversexed, uninhibited superstar who wears her peccadilloes in plain sight, or a single mother and activist who devotes her free time to the plight of refugees in war-torn countries? Is she a shameless femme fatale, who would swipe an A-list husband away from a fellow actress, or a devoted parent raising her two kids?

The truth is there are two Angelinas, Good Angelina and Bad Angelina. Both were born in 1975, both are Jon Voight’s daughter, and both are big-time tabloid fodder. But while Bad Angelina is giving candid interviews about her sex life, Good Angelina is representin’ for the United Nations around the globe. Will Good eventually triumph over Bad, or will these two contradictory celebrity halves learn to coexist? Here’s how the yin and yang of Jolie measure up.

Good Angelina Bad Angelina
First sightings: Made her movie debut at age five in “Looking to Get Out,” which starred her father. Got serious about acting in her teens, studying with Lee Strasberg, then came her grown-up debut: a supporting role as a robot in “Cyborg II: Glass Shadows” (1993). In 1997, won a Golden Globe for portraying Gov. George Wallace’s wife in a TV flick. First sightings: Maybe it was the tough chick she played in “Hackers,” wearing a little tank top and no bra. Or maybe the druggie, AIDS-stricken model Gia Cavangi in “Gia.” Or the sexy psycho in “Girl, Interrupted.” Whichever it was, we knew this chick was out there.
Defining moment: In August 2005, was awarded honorary Cambodian citizenship for her humanitarian work, including a $3.2 million donation to help save an endangered forest. Her travels to poverty-stricken lands have also earned praise from the likes of Colin Powell. Defining moment: Her three-year (2000-03) marriage to Billy Bob Thornton, 20 years her senior, was a pairing of oddballs. The couple’s peccadilloes (he liked to wear her underwear to the gym, she liked to give explicit interviews about their sexual escapades –and that’s just for starters) were legendary.
Family life: Her 4-year-old son Maddox was adopted from Cambodia, and infant daughter Zahara was recently adopted from Ethiopia. Zahara’s mother, an 18-year-old African woman, has publicly thanked Jolie for giving her kid a better life. Family life: Long-running feud with her “Midnight Cowboy” dad. Is close–way close–with brother Jamie Haven Voight (so close, they’ve had to refute incest rumors). First husband was bad-boy British actor Jonny Lee Miller of “Trainspotting” fame.
Homemaker: She’s chucked the Hollywood scene for a home outside London, where a typical evening revolves around feeding her kids and putting them to bed. Homewrecker: In recent years, she says those quiet evenings at home with the kids were often preceded by lots of casual sex in hotel rooms. Now shacking with Brad Pitt, her “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star and soon-to-be-ex-Mr. Jennifer Aniston.
Mad money: Just the third actress admitted to the $20 million club (following Julia and Cameron) when she starred in the hitman-and-hitwife comedy “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Bad money: Won an Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted,” although many people thought the trophy should’ve gone to Winona Ryder.
Thinkwell: She’s studying Buddhism and hopes to learn Khmer, the Cambodian language. Among the books she’s professed to reading recently are “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” by uber-philosopher Ayn Rand. Inkwell: She’s got at least 10 tattoos, probably a lot more. They reportedly include: a Chinese dragon, tribal designs, the Japanese symbol for “death,” a window, a Tennessee Williams quote, and a Latin proverb (“What nourishes me also destroys me”). She has removed a tat of Billy Bob’s name, tho.
Sensational: She struck out on her own at age 16, and worked as a professional model in London, New York, and Los Angeles, doing fashion stuff and appearing in music videos for Meat Loaf, Lenny Kravitz, the Lemonheads and the Rolling Stones. Skin-sational: Unlike some other A-list actresses, she’s unafraid to bare it all. Gets nasty with Ethan Hawke in “Taking Lives” and Antonio Banderas in “Original Sin.”
Food facts: While shooting the first “Lara Croft” movie in 2000, she cleaned up her diet. Instead of coffee and a smoke for breakfast, she started eating (heavens!) eggs. She cut back on the booze, dumped cow’s milk for soy milk, and for dindins she switched to steamed fish and veggies. Blood pacts: She and Billy Bob showed their mutual affection by writing messages in blood on the walls over their bed, and wearing vials of each other’s blood around their necks. And for her first wedding to the “Trainspotting” guy, she wore a shirt emblazoned with the groom’s name, written in–you guessed it–her own blood.
Quotable: “My role as goodwill ambassador has made my work as a film star relatively dull. I can’t find anything that interests me enough to go back to work. I’m simply not excited about anything. I’m not excited about going to a film set.” Miss Creepy: She collects knives and wanted to be a mortician when she was a kid, but says, “I am probably the least morbid person one can meet. If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do.”

Joey Lawrence Grateful Daughter Okay, Series on Way

Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence "My Fake Fiance" ABC Family photo

Joey Lawrence reports that with a nine-week-old and a four-year-old at home, “I’m lucky if I get four hours of sleep a night” – but he’s not complaining.  “Life is great, man,” he wants us to know.

Joey and wife Chandie went through a harrowing experience with their baby daughter Liberty Grace – “Libby” – who had to be delivered prematurely and kept in intensive care for five days due to complications with Chandie’s Rh disease, a blood condition of which they were unaware until she was already pregnant.

Now he’s happy to have moved on to the normal stresses of parenthood, as Libby and big sister Charli are just fine.  “It’s weird being a dad.  It’s really amazing.  It feels like an out-of-body experience at times,” the one-time teen heartthrob says with a smile.

Joey is also busy gearing up to begin production next month on his and Melissa Joan Hart’s forthcoming “Melissa & Joey” half hour comedy for ABC Family.  He admits there was a time when the last place he expected to find himself was back on series TV – but that was a five-year career break, a family, “Dancing With the Stars” and “My Fake Fiance” ago.  The latter romantic comedy telepic became a record breaker last year, ratings-wise, for ABC Family, which then became starry-eyed over the prospect of bringing Joey and Melissa back together for a series.

Though they have different characters and stories on the series, it’s “inspired by the relationship our characters had in the movie,” he says.  He’ll be playing a “manny” – male nanny – to her character’s niece and nephew.

Lawence reveals that his deal also opened the door for him to do business with ABC Family and Disney as a producer.  “I sold them a movie, ‘Mr. Everything,’ that’s going to be for ABC Family as well,” he says.  “Then we’re working on a film for the feature department.”   Not bad for someone sleep-deprived.

ANOTHER PAGE:  The “Atlas Shrugged” development saga gets curiouser and curiouser.  About four years ago, it appeared Angelina Jolie was a lock to play Dagny Taggart in the adaptation of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus.  Producers Howard and Karen Baldwin were getting a script by “Braveheart” writer Randall Wallace and it seemed the four-decade history of attempts to bring the work to screen at last would have a bright ending.  But scheduling complexities, along with Angelina’s desire to s-l-o-w-l-y slow her career, had an impact.  Reports had it that Anne Hathaway was interested.  And Julia Roberts.  Then last summer, it was reported that Charlize Theron just might become the screen’s Dagny – the small screen’s, that is – as “Atlas” was being reorganized as a miniseries.  But then, Charlize was reported as not going forward with the project.  Angelina was still attached.  And there it sits.

This could be the mother of all development hell stories.

But wait.  Now we get word that casting is underway for “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1” – as a low-budget independent film with all roles open as we write this.  The producer is Stephen Polk, who had not returned our calls at press time.

Hey, maybe going smaller is smarter.  You never know, maybe what it will take to get “Atlas Shrugged” made is a Flip video and puppets.

SUPER SIZE ME:  Fascinating casting notice making the rounds the other day, for several very specific players to appear as projections on a building for a special event being organized by one of the studios.  Among the characters to grace the VERY big screen are a martial artist/gymnast “who can do killer moves” such as trampoline kicks, twins who can mirror each other’s movements perfectly, an acrobat and a contortionist.  Will this be the start of a new trend in outdoor party decorations?

Top 10 Hot Summer Movie Babes of 2010

Scarlett Johansson Iron Man 2 Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures

Summer blockbuster season is upon us, complete with explosions, crashes, amazing special effects and excessive use of the term “elite team.”  And, of course, babes.  What would the hot months be without some hot bods shaking around on the big screen?  Herewith, we present the Top 10 Hot Summer Movie Babes of 2010.  You won’t see any chick flicks included, but don’t worry, ladies, our picks for Hot Hunks are coming up.  Our criterion was simple.  Would anyone buy the poster?  The answer, for all the following ladies, is a resounding “Yes.”

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2”

Already, there’s talk of giving the sexy comic book arachnid played by 25-year-old Johansson her own movie.  She will, costar Samuel L. Jackson predicts, cause tongues to be hanging out in theaters across the land.  No wonder Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark announces at first sight, “I want one.”

Gemma Arterton in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”

This 24-year-old British actress is remembered as Strawberry Fields in “Quantum of Solace” and Io in “Clash of the Titans.”  In the “Sands of Time” action fantasy, based on the video game, she’s the princess who teams up with Jake Gyllenhaal to stop a very bad guy from unleashing a sand storm that could destroy the world.

Megan Fox in “Jonah Hex”

Another comic book brought to life, another vehicle for the already highly-admired 23-year-old heart-stopper of “Transformers” renown.  In the horror Western “Jonah Hex” she plays the prostitute love interest of Josh Brolin’s title character.  Lukily, Megan says she just loves making comic book movies.

Cameron Diaz in “Knight & Day”

Teamed up with fellow superstar Tom Cruise as a gal entangled with a super spy who is possibly insane or possibly in extreme jeopardy – or both – Diaz shows that at 37, she’s as funny and beautiful as ever, and able to kick rear as well.

Alice Braga in “Predators”

The 27-year-old “I Am Legend” actress from Sao Paulo, Brazil is expected — if you listen to the buzz — to make a breakthrough with her role in this sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci fi/action/horror hit, “Predator.”  She plays a Brazilian Black Ops SAD sniper among a murderous group dropped on an alien planet as game for hunters.

Monica Bellucci in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

A proven pinup, still beautiful at 45, the Italian actress of “The Matrix” fame plays Veronica, a sorceress who is the long-lost love of Nicolas Cage’s character, in the magic-filled Jerry Bruckheimer production.

Angelina Jolie in “Salt”

Is Evelyn Salt bad or good?  Hm.  The question at the heart Angelina’s latest action thriller parallels what people have been wondering about the actress herself for years.  In this big-screen tale of a – possible – sleeper spy, she alters her appearance drastically yet remains stunning.

Charisma Carpenter in “The Expendables”

Somebody had to do it – play The Girl amongst Sylvester Stallone and his cadre of action movie guys including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Steve Austin.  Carpenter, veteran of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and Playboy magazine pictorial, plays Statham’s fiancée.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”

The North Carolina native, 25, plays the girl of Michael Cera’s dreams – so dreamy, she’s worth conquering her seven evil exes, who are bent upon killing him! – in this highly-anticipated adaptation of the hit graphic novel.

Zoe Saldana in “Takers”

Uhura in “Star Trek.”  The voice of Neytiri in “Avatar.”  Saldana’s count of blockbusters just keeps going up and up.  This year, if all goes as is expected, she’ll have five films out, including the August release crime thriller, “Takers” with Paul Walker, Michael Ealy, Idris Elba, Hayen Christensen, and Chris Brown.