It seems the newest trend in Hollywood is not being dragged out
of clubs and checked into rehab by well-meaning pals, but
checking yourself in – before anyone else even realises you
have a problem.
First that rebel-raiser from the Backstreet Boys AJ dobbed himself in,
and now Pearl Harbor hottie Ben
Affleck has put himself into a detox program.
The Oscar winner (Good Will Hunting) and well-known Hollywood
party-boy has voluntarily checked himself into the Malibu based
treatment facility Promises.
‘Ben is a self-aware and smart man who has decided that a
fuller life awaits him without alcohol,’ his publicist, David
Pollick, said in a statement on Friday. ‘He has
chosen to seek out professional assistance and is committed to
travelling a healthier road with the support of his family,
friends and fans.’
In an ironic (or devastating – we can’t tell) twist
– Ben’s father Tim Affleck has also
had problems with booze. Now sober, Tim works at a Californian
rehab centre, and has counselled Robert Downey Jnr
with his drug problems.
No further details have been released, though we suspect that the
rumours about a certain Miss Lewinsky having her
eye on our hero may have been enough to have him reaching for the
It girl of the moment Angelina Jolie has been
all over the news of late. The plump-lipped star of Tomb Raider
has apparently been telling all of Tinseltown that she is
desperate to have a baby with her like-minded wacko hubby Billy
Angelina told E! News that she is leaving a two and a half year
gap before making the inevitable Tomb Raider sequel just in case
she gets pregnant. However, sources at Paramount have hit back at
these suggestions, claiming that Angelina has signed a no-pregnancy
clause to avoid a bulked-up looking Lara.
Angelina was recently quoted as saying she ‘just wants to
literally eat’ Billy Bob. ‘We just lie in bed and want
to like, just eat the flesh off each other.’ Should make for
some interesting Sunday barbies at their place.
CROSSING MELANIE – THE
In between eating her husband’s body parts, Angelina has
been hotting up screens with Latino spunkrat Antonio
Banderas. Critics who have seen early rushes of Original
Sin (which opened on Friday in the US) have not been able to stop
talking about the raunchy on-screen antics of the two sexy leads.
One Hollywood insider said ‘Angelina looks great… I
suppose Antonio does too. You just don’t see much of him
– he is too busy being on top of her!’
Angelina hotly denied rumours that the explicit love scenes were
authentic. ‘I find that insulting,’ she pouted. ‘Antonio
and I were just professionals doing our job. We would never do
anything to hurt the ones we love.’ (Hmm like marry another
woman’s boyfriend while she is out of town perhaps?)
Never one to bend to conformity, despite her recent mainstream
success (or maybe because of it) Angelina added ‘He is
married to a beautiful woman,’ referring to Melanie
Griffith, ‘and I'd sooner sleep with her than have
an affair with him.’
Mel may not be too keen about that however. Rumour has it that
the renowned queen of jealousy is fuming over the sexy love
scenes, and she has banned Antonio from doing anything too cosy
with Angelina while promoting the film. She could always just get
herself some more plastic surgery to try and compete – a bit
more of a lip puff may get Antonio steamy.
JUST MONKEYING AROUND
There must have been an on-set joke on The Planet of the Apes, or
after spending all that time pretending to be monkeys their
brains have turned to (banana) mush. (groan… sorry!). Either
way, Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham
Carter are in serious hot water this week after slamming
musician Janet Jackson.
In separate press conferences, the two stars made reference to
Janet’s apparent resemblance to a monkey – giving
weight to the idea that there may have been a few sneaky jokes
dropped when shooting the blockbuster. While being interviewed on
a US radio show, Mark was asked whether he found Helena –
who is a chimp in the film – sexy when she was made up in
her primate gear. Mark answered ‘Yes, she looked like Janet
But wait – there’s still more. On the same day, in a
separate interview, Helena was quizzed about the look she had to
adopt for the role. She told a reporter ‘Christ, the amount
of palaver and shenanigans over that hair. I would have liked it
messier, less done. It's kind of Janet Jackson-ish, not to be
Yep, being called a chimp by two leading actors for millions of
people to hear couldn’t possibly be classed as derogatory
So far Janet has not responded with any name-calling herself,
though it’s safe to assume she is not too pleased.
NIC AND TOM TAKE #798
We’d like to say the saga is nearly over but it seems it is
only just beginning. Nicole Kidman is absolutely
fuming about Tom Cruise and Penelope
Cruz’s now public relationship. In the latest
reports Nic has apparently demanded the Spanish sexpot stay far
away from the couple’s two adopted children – Isabella
Nic had her doubts about the pair’s relationship ever since
they first started shooting Vanilla Sky. Upon seeing romantic
shots of them splashed across the magazines an angry Nic told a
friend ‘He flat out swore to me there was nothing going on.
He obviously had her waiting in the wings until he started
looking like a nice guy again’.
Despite all else, Nic sure plays the part of a woman scorned well.
Looking ravishing, she swept into the New York premiere of her
latest movie The Others late last week. The fresh divorcee worked
the crowd, in a black chiffon dress and trouser suit with a
stunning diamond brooch nestled at the collar. In the flick, Nic
plays a cold-hearted, hysterical control freak who terrorises her
two young children (Um, no relation to real-life?). Tom himself
served as an executive producer.
Hollywood was practically salivating at the prospect of an
imminent meeting of the now ex-lovers. But fears of an awkward
red-carpet rendezvous were alleviated when Cruise decided to
attend the LA premiere instead.
The uncomfortable (yet imminent) post-breakup encounter is
certainly handled more easily when you have private jets,
multiple premieres in various cities across America and millions
of dollars to buy some spunky designer clobber to ensure you are
looking your best.
RACE FOR SKASE
There are possibly only a few people in Australia who are
mourning the death of Christopher Skase.
One such group of people who will be lamenting the loss is the
team behind the upcoming Australian flick Let’s Get Skase,
who have been rushing through post-production faster than you can
say ‘Get me a Ventilator’.
The group are fearful that the film will not be well-received
sans-Skase, following the chilly reception that greeted Toni
Collette’s Diana and Me, which was forced to go
straight to video after Princess Diana’s
unfortunate (and untimely) demise.
Somehow we don’t think they will have that problem –
alive or dead Skasey was no Princess Di… need we say more.
DOWNEY JNR SHOOTS UP WITH ELTON
Shamed drug addict Robert Downey Jnr was not
invited back to Ally McBeal after he was placed in rehab
following yet another drug related arrest in April. The Golden
Globe winning star’s rather ungraceful fall from the wagon
meant that creator/writer/producer David E Kelley
had to hurriedly rewrite what can only be called a ‘dodgy’
With his pariah status in Hollywood firmly established, the music
world has now embraced Robert. He recently appeared on Ally
singing a sultry duet with Sting, and has
featured heavily on the new album from the show. One fan of his
musical ability is obviously Elton John, who has
just cast Robert in his new video clip. The new song - I Want
Love - has a clip that is all Robert. Although he doesn’t
feature vocally, the actor’s rep Alan Nierob
said ‘There’s not one else in the video but him.’
Looks like someone has a crush!
Robert received an Emmy nod for his role as Larry in Ally, and he
has confirmed he will attend the ceremony next month. After his
heartfelt and apologetic speech at the Golden Globes last year (where
he acknowledged his problem with drugs), we can hardly wait for
the reception speech should he win an Emmy.
HIGH FIDELITY IN THE WHITE HOUSE
After the lacklustre result in this year’s US presidential
election, Americans are looking for someone who can make a
difference. Someone a little distinct. Someone with no political
agenda. Someone with a film career perhaps.
Fans of John Cusack have created a website which
promotes the Cusack for President campaign. What started as
something as a joke has snowballed into what could well turn out
to be a fully-fledged campaign.
Apparently approximately 200 people have volunteered to begin
campaigning for the actor in various cities across the US. ‘It
may seem silly at first, but on the other hand, there are not
many other compelling candidates out there. John Cusack, from
what we can tell, is a good person, has strong progressive values
and could make a good candidate. It is a funny idea, but we think
humour in politics is a good thing anyway,’ said Dan
Carol, a former Democratic party consultant. What with Monica
Lewinsky, and John Howard’s
eyebrows, we thought there was humour enough already.
Check out the campaign at www.junction-city.com. And think of it
this way – it really couldn’t get any worse.
THAT’S BOND… MRS BOND
Mr James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, was
married on Saturday to long-time partner Keely Shaye
The pair exchanged vows in a ceremony held at an 800-year-old
Irish abbey in County Mayo, western Ireland.
A massive security presence ensured that no one except the
privileged invited guests got a peek at the bride or groom. Only
Britain’s Hello magazine was allowed inside, and rumour has
it that the ticket cost them close to A$2 million.
The couple had been forced to delay their wedding twice. It was
originally scheduled for the spring of 2000, but pushed back due
to a terrible car accident which injured Pierce’s 16-year-old
It is Pierce’s second marriage – his first wife and
Sean’s mother Cassandra died due to ovarian
cancer in 1991. Pierce had adopted Cassandra’s two children
from a previous relationship, and has two children with Keely
– Dylan (4) and Paris, who was christened at the abbey the
night before the wedding.
Nice to see a good guy finish first.
SET IN CONCRETE
Nicolas Cage will join the legion of famous
actors and actresses and leave his mark on Hollywood on August 14
The star of the upcoming Captain Corelli’s Mandolin has been
invited to leave his hand and footprints outside the famous Mann’s
However, the event has not been without controversy. The initial
press release issued by Universal listed the upcoming flick Ghost
Rider among Cage’s film credits. Cage was apparently a cert
for the part – but had yet to sign on the proverbial dotted
Seems it may have been a case of counting those chickens –
shortly afterwards, Universal issued another hurriedly prepared
statement, requesting that any mention of Ghost Rider be removed.
FISHBURNE SAYS ‘I WILL’
You can invite the relos over to a Sunday brunch and announce it
then. You can simply call your friends and break the happy news
over the phone. Or you can announce your impending nuptials on
national television – which is exactly what The Matrix star Laurence
Fishburne did last week.
While promoting his latest movie – the semi-animated Osmosis
Jones - Laurence (who turned 40 this year) revealed that he
recently popped the question to his actress girlfriend Gina
Torres. She was in the audience when Laurence shared the
news, and looked more than a little shell-shocked.
Demi Moore – remember her? – is making
a comeback. However, don’t go thinking a Travolta-Tarantino
style return is on the cards. The actress – who was once the
highest paid female (actress, that is) in Hollywood - has re-launched
her career by doing voice-overs for car commercials.
Demi has been heard huskily touting the virtues of a Chevy –
and is said to be lined up to do some more voice-over work for
Is Bruce Willis paying a measly alimony? Or does
Demi believe in that ‘used-by-date’ theory a little too
much? The Dirt would be more than happy to see the still-saucy
star return to the screen. But please – no more Stripteases
or GI Jane antics.
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Published August 9, 2001