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Kate Winslet, Ned Rocknroll Launch a Space Station in New Mexico

Originally posted 10/19/2011 11:15AM

Looks like she's part of the family!

Kate Winslet was on the arm of her new boyfriend, Ned Rocknroll, at Monday's grand opening of his Uncle Richard Branson's commercial spaceport in New Mexico.

The couple, who have been linked since meeting in August at Branson's Necker Island home, were photographed at the opening ceremony, during which Branson repelled from a balcony and swigged champagne, the Associated Press reports.

The British billionaire was launching Spaceport America in a remote New Mexico desert. It's the site from which he plans to stage his commercial space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, which employs Ned.

Winslet, 35, and Rocknroll, who legally changed his name from Ned Abel Smith, 33, also have been spotted together in London.

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Is Kate Winslet Dating Richard Branson's Nephew? | Kate Winslet

Is Kate Winslet Dating Richard Branson's Nephew?

Originally posted 09/23/2011 11:35AM

Talk about sparks flying!

Kate Winslet not only escaped a house fire while vacationing at Richard Branson's Caribbean home last month, but apparently found chemistry with Branson's nephew "Ned Rocknroll," who was also staying on Necker Island at the time.

Though the recent Emmy winner, 35, was staying at Branson's home with her two children – Mia, 10, and Joe, 7 – and boyfriend at the time, model Louis Dowler, when she left the island to return to New York, it was Ned who accompanied her, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

It was an eventful trip for Winslet, who rescued Branson's 90-year-old mother from the blaze that destroyed the business mogul's vacation home.

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Richard Branson Finds Pet Tortoise Alive in Ashes of Caribbean Home

Originally posted 08/25/2011 03:30PM

Kate Winslet and the 90-year-old mother of Richard Branson safely escaped the fire that destroyed the Virgin Group magnate's Caribbean home on Necker Island, but there was also another surprise survivor: Branson's pet tortoise.

"We came up to the ruins of the great house and we found our pet tortoise Brutus amongst all the ashes, looking very, very well and healthy," he said in an interview that aired on Today. "He'll father many more tortoises on the island."

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Kate Winslet 'Carried My Mum to Safety,' Says Richard Branson | Kate Winslet, Richard Branson

Kate Winslet Saved Life of Richard Branson's Mother

Originally posted 08/23/2011 09:55AM

Kate Winslet took on the role of hero during the fire that destroyed Richard Branson's Caribbean home Monday, when the Oscar winner carried the British magnate's elderly mother to safety.

Winslet, 35, her two children – Mia, 10, and Joe, 7 – and her boyfriend, Louis Dowler, were staying in Branson's $70 million private island home in the British Virgin Islands when it was lost in the inferno.

"Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year mum out of the main house to safety," Branson, 61, blogged Monday.

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Trump Delights in Richard Branson TV Flop | Donald Trump

Trump Delights in Richard Branson TV Flop

Originally posted 11/11/2004 08:20AM

Virgin Airlines mogul Sir Richard Branson may like to globe trot in hot-air balloons, but his new FOX reality series, The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best, is having a hard time getting off the ground – and no one is gloating louder than fellow mogul-TV star Donald Trump.

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Paul Hamm Pleads Case to Keep Gold Medal

Paul Hamm Pleads Case to Keep Gold Medal

Originally posted 09/28/2004 09:00AM

PLEADED: American gymnast Paul Hamm took his case to keep his Olympic all-around champion gold medal to a sports tribunal in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday, arguing that he should not surrender his trophy to South Korean gymnast Yang Tae Young. At issue is a scoring error by judges in Hamm's favor during a parallel bars routine. Hamm, with one of his lawyers at his side, told NBC News on Tuesday morning he could not discuss what was said inside the Court of Arbitration for Sport during a session that lasted 12 hours. Yang also attended the session, and he and Hamm shook hands. A decision in the dispute is due within two weeks.

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Jet-Setting with Ja Rule | Ja Rule

Jet-Setting with Ja Rule

Originally posted 05/26/2004 06:00AM

Ja Rule had a bit of fun in New York City this week, attending the premiere of The Day After Tomorrow, chatting up the action-thriller's young star Jake Gyllenhaal, and later hitting trendy Spice Market for dinner. But we're told he was looking forward to returning to work in Toronto the next day, where he's filming Assault on Precinct 13 with Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Drea de Matteo and John Leguizamo. "All of (the stars) are mostly in the same scenes, so they are a close-knit family," says a source. "They are always hanging out together. They eat together. They have a really good time together."

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Branson Relieved of Hot Air

Originally posted 05/26/1999 12:00AM

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