Team Britney's newest recruit? Bodyguard Perry Taylor, a U.S. Naval Academy grad
Come see the softer side of Spears: the pregnant pop star's new bodyguard, 28-year-old Perry Taylor, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who seems to be a natural at looking after her son Sean Preston. The onetime bar bouncer and ski instructor "was a nice, quiet guy with lots of friends," says a source who knew him back at the Academy, where he also played lacrosse. "He never seemed like the kind of guy who'd be lugging diaper bags around for Britney Spears
." Taylor certainly does do his share of heavy lifting around the Spears household: He's been photographed carrying the 9-month-old baby and pushing his stroller, as well as picking up groceries and bouquets of flowers. Still, please don't call Perry a male nanny (or "Britney's manny," as he's been dubbed in the press). "He's not her nanny," says a source close to Spears. "He's protecting Britney and he's protecting the child." An officer and a gentleman.
GRADUATED: U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 2000
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR EX HAS A BABY
Mum's the word: Jennifer Aniston
uttered not a syllable about Brad and Angelina's pregnancy. Now that the world has welcomed Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Jen might want to check out how others have handled the news:
on Ben Affleck
& Jennifer Garner
: "I HOPE THAT THEY'RE HAPPY ... IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING. THERE ARE NO HARD FEELINGS."
VERA MODER on Julia Roberts
& Danny Moder: "I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING ABOUT JULIA, BECAUSE MY BABY IS MORE IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW."
SHAR JACKSON on Kevin Federline
& Britney Spears
: "I STAY COMPLETELY OUT OF [IT]. I DON'T ASK QUESTIONS ... IT'S NONE OF MY BUSINESS."
TORI'S WEDDING: TAKE TWO
A month after their intimate Fiji wedding, the honeymoon's not over for Tori Spelling
and Dean McDermott. On June 2 the couple and 97 guests—including Dean's son Jack, 7 (but not Tori's parents, Aaron and Candy)—met stateside in L.A. for a belated reception (planned by Love Luck and Angels' Jo Gartin). While guests feasted on lamb and tuna tartare, McDermott entertained with an impromptu bongo performance. As for the rumors that Tori is expecting? "Tori is not pregnant," says McDermott. "But I am."
OFF THE MARKET
Adam Mesh—the breakout star of 2003's find-me-a-date show Average Joe
—is single no more: The day-trader, 30, and financier Jessica Malca, 25, exchanged vows in front of 270 guests at Miami's Temple Beth-David May 28. "She looked beautiful," Mesh tells Scoop. "Better than I ever imagined a bride of mine would look."
FUN WITH JIM AND JENNY
When Scoop asked in December if Jim Carrey, 44, was dating former Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy, he paused before saying, "I like her." Now a source close to the two finally confirms it: They are indeed a couple. "They're very happy," says the source. The pair was spotted at an L.A. restaurant last month, but don't think they're going public. When the newly divorced McCarthy, 33, was asked May 31 on The View if she was dating a "well-known comedian who makes funny faces," she replied, "No comment. Does that ever work?"
What exactly is going on with Apprentice
winner Sean Yazbeck and fellow contestant Tammy Trenta? On the June 5 finale he said he plans to marry Trenta, but a source close to the couple tells Scoop, "They were dating, but he's moved on."
A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW?
Isn't it ironic? Alanis Morissette, 32, left her man-bashing lyrics behind because, she said, she was so happy with her fiancé (since 2004), actor Ryan Reynolds, 29. Now a source close to the couple, who met in 2002, confirms they have split. Reps could not be reached for comment.
LATEST TANGO IN PARIS
Heather and Richie will always have Paris—or maybe not so much. Heather Locklear
wed soon-to-be ex Richie Sambora there in December 1994. But now Sambora has met up with Heather's ex-friend Denise Richards
in the romantic City of Lights. The pair, vacationing during a break in Bon Jovi's European tour, took in some paintings at the Louvre on June 6 and later dined al fresco on poached foie gras, goat cheese salad and a bottle of rosé at a restaurant in Montmartre's Place du Tertre. "There wasn't any pretense," said one waiter. "They laughed lots and were very agreeable." Asked another: "Who is she?"
Peekaboo! Seven weeks after her birth, the littlest Cruise has yet to make her public debut
Birthday: April 18, 2006
49 DAYS and counting
After their babies were born, Gwyneth Paltrow
, Donald Trump and Brooke Shields
wasted no time in showing off the latest additions to the family. But Tom Cruise
and Katie Holmes
seem to have sequestered Suri. What gives? They're simply in no rush to introduce her, says Dad's rep: "Suri's in great shape. Everything's fine." When did the other babies take their bows?
Birthday: March 20, 2006
Birthday: April 18, 2006
Birthday: April 8, 2006
Lost and Found
Déjà who? Fifteen years after he first scored the cover of Details
, Josh Holloway, 36, is back on the magazine's June-July issue. "It was so dramatic: the hair, the stare. It was very Zoolander
," says Holloway. "It's funny: At the time it might have worked; now I wouldn't dare."
MEAN GIRLS NO MORE!
Peace in the Middle East? Still a work in progress. But at least the fighting has stopped in Hollywood: Paris Hilton
and Lindsay Lohan
called a truce at around 4 a.m. June 4 during a party at Hilton's L.A. home (on the guest list: Zach Braff, Mandy Moore
and celeb blogger Perez Hilton). "The two of them went into a room together for an hour and a half," Hilton's rep (and party guest) Elliot Mintz tells Scoop. "Whatever their issues were, it's all history." Lohan's rep adds, "Lindsay's not interested in drama."
Q + A
Geena's Girl Power
This made-for-TV President sets her own real-life advocacy goals: pushing for more female roles in kids' media
Sure, she plays the most powerful woman in the world (as Commander-in-Chief
's President Mackenzie Allen; the final episode airs June 14), but in real life Geena Davis is tackling an issue on a more modest scale. The star's advocacy group, See Jane, and its parent organization, the nonprofit Dads & Daughters, recently commissioned a study, by USC's Annenberg School for Communication, of gender dominance in movies. Among their findings, after analyzing the 101 top-grossing G-rated films from 1990 to 2004: More than 72 percent of the characters in the films were male. Davis, 50, talked to Scoop about what she thought that might mean.
Why did you start See Jane?
When my daughter [Alizeh, now 4] was about 2, we started watching preschool TV programs together. There seemed to be a lot more male characters than female ones. I looked at one Looney Tunes Web site and it had 12 characters. Only 1 was a female: Granny. At least we get Granny! If the very, very first things that [Alizeh] sees are heavily skewed toward a male-centric world, then the message is boys are more important—girls' stories don't matter much. We're programming our kids to grow up with that worldview.
Were you looking at all shows, or just on the big networks?
Even on PBS, I noticed that preschool shows tended to be skewed toward male characters. I actually started counting on my hands every time a male character appeared.
Surely there must be some shows with strong girl characters?
Dora the Explorer
and Blue's Clues
were both designed with, among other things, gender balance in mind. Those shows are really wonderful exceptions.
Why do you think the imbalance occurs?
There's not a conspiracy—I don't think there's a conscious intention to say, well, kids are better off seeing stories about boys! [Studio executives just] don't think about it. If we can bring this into the collective consciousness, then it could be easily adjusted. I feel really optimistic.