WEEK IN REVIEW: Douglas Award Skimpy
DOUGLASES' DAMAGES: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were awarded a relatively measly $24,250 in damages from the British celebrity magazine Hello! in London's High Court on Friday, reports Reuters. The figure is far short of the nearly $831,000 the couple wanted from the magazine for having published unauthorized photos of their November 2000 wedding. During a trial earlier this year in London, Zeta-Jones called the photos sleazy and unflattering. But Judge John Lindsay ruled against the couple on several key points. Although he said Hello! had breached the couple's rights of confidence, he ruled against their claim of invasion of privacy and rejected their demands for "aggravated and exemplary damages." But the jurist did rule that Hello! rival OK! magazine was entitled to damages of about $1.7 million because their exclusive deal with Douglas and Zeta-Jones had been spoiled. In a statement after the ruling, Hello! said it was "very happy" with the level of the award. No word as yet from the Douglases.
DIDDY RUN: Raising money for needy children, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs finished Sunday's 26.2-mile ING New York City Marathon with an official time of four hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds, despite complaining of leg cramps for about half the distance. "I've never experienced mental or physical pain like that," Combs, 33, told reporters after becoming the 11,359th person to cross the Central Park finish line out of 35,100 entrants. "But it was a beautiful experience."
STEWART STUNG: Sting has offered one of his 14 Grammys to Rod Stewart after Stewart's sour-grapes observation last week telling Britain's Radio Times magazine, "They tend not to give it to the British unless you're Sting. The sun shines out of his arse -- a pure jazz musician, Mr. Serious who helps the Indians." Speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong, where he was promoting his new album, "Sacred Love," Sting said, "I think he deserves one, I really do."
CAREY ON: Mariah Carey's movie "Glitter" may have tanked, but she's not giving up on acting. The pop diva, 33, will go into rehearsals in January for a London stage production of the vintage comedy "The Sleeping Prince," by British playwright Terrence Rattigan, Variety reported. The play is best known for its 1957 movie incarnation, called "The Prince and the Showgirl" starring Laurence Olivier (as the prince) and Marilyn Monroe (as, well, figure it out). Olivier also directed the movie.
DAVE'S BABY: David Letterman became a father at 11:58 p.m. Monday night, the host of "Late Show" announced on his CBS program Tuesday night. Acting uncharacteristically personal and emotional, he added: "I could never imagine ever being a part of something that turned out this beautiful." Letterman, 56, said the new arrival (named Harry Joseph Letterman, after Dave's late father) weighed 9 lbs. 11 oz. and is 21 inches long. The star's longtime companion, Regina Lasko, reportedly had Harry at Manhattan's New York Hospital.
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