The Odd Un-Couple
LIVING APART BUT DINING A DEUX: WHAT KIND OF SPLIT ARE BRAD PITT
AND JENNIFER ANISTON
UP TO, ANYWAY?
A month after Jennifer Aniston
and Brad Pitt
called an end to their self-proclaimed "adventure," fans still can't quite believe it's over—or stop asking questions. Here, some answers.
The two had dinner last week. Are they reconciling?
Not now. Despite their evening at the L.A. restaurant L'Orangerie on Jan. 26, "nothing's changed about their separation," says a mutual pal. "They're still close, and they still love each other. They're still going to be seen together."
Are they still living together?
No. Right after the split, Aniston moved into an L.A.-area hotel where she is "hibernating," says a close source. "She's working on the movie [Friends with Money] every day. At night, she's just staying inside, not doing anything." Pitt remains in the couple's $13.5 million Beverly Hills mansion.
Is it true that Aniston rented the Hollywood Hills house she lived in when she met Pitt to comic Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G) and wants him out so she can move back in?
Yes and no. Baron Cohen was a tenant but moved out if more than a year ago. She does not plan to move back.
So where will she live?
She is looking for a house on the beach in Malibu near pal Courteney Cox Arquette
. Coincidentally, so is Pitt.
Any truth to the rumors that he fell for Mr. and Mrs. Smith costar Angelina Jolie
Not a chance, say his friends. "He's not the kind of guy who would cheat," says one close source. "He is a very moral guy."
So why can't they work it out?
That's what Pitt's grandmother Betty J. Russell, 82, of Shawnee, Okla., wants to know. "We are hoping they get back together," she says of the family. "That's our prayer. They were so perfect together."
& Kate Bosworth
Admirers deemed them one of Hollywood's hottest couples, and observers said they were madly in love. But after nearly three years of dating—and rumors of an engagement—Orlando Bloom
and Kate Bosworth
have called it quits. "They did decide to take some time apart due to their upcoming work schedule, and they remain close," says their rep. "It was a mutual decision." The breakup hasn't prevented Bloom, 28, and Bosworth, 22, from hanging out. The two were spotted with friends Jan. 21 at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. "[They] were sitting on a corner couch in the lobby until past midnight," says an onlooker. But "[they weren't] being affectionate or anything."
Jenna Bush & Henry Hager
Here's one less worry for President Bush: His daughter is dating a Republican. Jenna Bush, 23, has been frequenting Georgetown haunts with Henry Hager, 26, the son of John Hager, the assistant secretary of special education and rehabilitative services. At Smith's Point bar, they were recently seen dancing affectionately. The young Hager, a former Eagle Scout, has worked on the presidential campaign. First Lady Laura Bush is taking the news in stride, telling ABC's Good Morning America
, "This is not a serious boyfriend...but he is a very nice young man."
+ IN FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Forget the movie. Passengers on a Jan. 21 British Airways flight from L.A. to London didn't need headphones to watch the Lara Flynn Boyle show. According to reports in the British press, the former Practice star flashed her breasts at the crew, stumbled around the first class cabin and tried to climb into a fellow flyer's bed. An airline spokesman confirmed the story's veracity but declined to elaborate on details or name names. The American rep for the ever-thin actress, who is in England filming the drama Land of the Blind
, with Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, did not respond to repeated calls for comment. However, Flynn Boyle's U.K. rep, when questioned by the British press about the 34-year-old actress's conduct, said, "It is completely inconsistent with her character and behavior." An airline spokesman said no formal complaints were made.
+ PUBLIC OUTING: JULIA'S BABIES
Raising twins takes more than two hands. With a little help, Julia Roberts
and Danny Moder took their 2-month-old twins Phinnaeus and Hazel out for a ride in Taos, N. Mex., on Jan. 27, giving photographers a first glimpse of the family.
Star-Studded Power Players
JOLIE, GERE AT WORLD FORUM
This year's World Economic Forum in Davos, which ended Jan. 30, was one very odd Swiss cocktail. As usual, international power brokers from Tony Blair to Bill Clinton to Google cofounder Sergey Brin talked about world problems. On the other hand, there were...celebrities. Lots of them. Bono, Richard Gere, Lionel Richie and Chris Tucker were spotted; Angelina Jolie
—who said she's having trouble finding time for film work because traveling for the U.N. has been "more fulfilling and interesting"—hosted meetings about refugees, and Sharon Stone pleaded for money to prevent malaria in Africa (she raised $1 million). One subject left unresolved: With stars becoming policy wonks, how long before Bill Gates, in the interests of fair play, lands a part in According to Jim
or Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko appears on American Idol?
Controversial figure skater Tonya Harding, whose ex-husband plotted to whack her rival Nancy Kerrigan on the knee in 1994, morphed into a professional boxer in 2003. The bulky brawler now boasts Olympian muscles and a 3-3 record.
In The Wedding Date
, Debra Messing plays a woman who hires an attractive escort for her sister's wedding. Which led Scoop to wonder about Messing's own wedding, to actor-screenwriter Daniel Zelman on Sept. 3, 2000. (They have a son, Roman, 10 months.) Messing, 36, in her seventh year in NBC's Will & Grace
, called with the details.
Was there pressure on your wedding day?
The most stressful thing for us was keeping it under wraps. We wanted something private and intimate. But that morning, there was a helicopter circling the site. So we abandoned the site that we had taken two years to find.
Then what happened?
I was so excited that it was my wedding day, I didn't care if I got married in a garage at some random person's house down the street. [Messing was married in a private home in Santa Barbara.]
If your real life mirrored the movie, who would you pay to be your escort?
Ben Kingsley. I've always had a huge crush on him. He's so mysterious and sexy, and that accent makes me crazy.
Why do weddings make good backdrops for romantic comedies?
Whenever you put large groups of people together for a weekend when there is alcohol and dancing, something funny is going to happen.
How do you balance your work life with taking care of Roman?
As we speak, my little angel is in his baby seat right next to me. He is with me all the time. My focus and my heart and my thoughts are with him so much.
Has he changed your attitude toward your career?
I still have creative ambitions and things I want to tackle. But it's always been a top priority to have a balanced life between work and my family.
So it's safe to say you're in love with motherhood?
I've always been madly in love with children. I was a babysitter, and I was a part-time nanny to help pay my bills through graduate school. I love children, and I was always hoping to be blessed with a child.
ON THE BLOCK
PRICE: $3.8 million
PLACE: Los Angeles
Actress Sela Ward and her husband, venture capitalist Howard Sherman, recently sold their 5,000-sq.-ft. French-style home a year after buying it, then restoring it. Built in 1939, this three-bedroom residence features a guest apartment and pool. The couple previously rehabbed a Beverly Hills house, which they sold to Madonna
for a $7 million profit.