Originally created 06/20/06

People in the News



SYDNEY, Australia - Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have returned home to Australia to be married, the couple announced in a joint statement.

"We are very happy to be back in Australia," they said Monday in a statement carried by Australian Associated Press. "We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends."

Australian media have widely speculated that Kidman, who will be 39 on Tuesday, and Urban, 38, will wed Sunday at a Catholic church in a northern Sydney suburb close to where the Oscar-winning actress attended high school.

Kidman, who was born in Hawaii, was photographed leaving a private jet as she arrived in Sydney early Monday.

She told People magazine last month that she and Urban, a Grammy-winning country singer based in Nashville, Tenn., were planning to marry. "He's actually my fiance," she said after hosting a gala event in New York. "I wouldn't be bringing my boyfriend."

Urban's publicist, Paul Freundlich, later confirmed the couple were "happily engaged."

Kidman has two children, Isabella, 13, and Connor, 11, from her marriage to Tom Cruise. The couple divorced in 2001.

Cruise is engaged to Katie Holmes, who gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Suri, in April.

Kidman stars in the upcoming movie "Fur," about photographer Diane Arbus, also starring Robert Downey Jr.

On the Net:

http://www.keithurban.net/

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NEW YORK - Angelina Jolie says she and Brad Pitt, who have a newborn daughter, are planning to adopt another child.

"Next, we'll adopt," Jolie tells CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview to air Tuesday on "Anderson Cooper 360" (10 p.m. EDT).

Jolie, 31, gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in Namibia last month. The actress adopted 16-month-old Zahara from Ethiopia and 4-year-old Maddox from Cambodia.

"We don't know which - which country. But we're looking at different countries," Jolie tells Cooper. "And we're - I'm just - it's gonna be the balance of what would be best for Mad and for Z right now. It's, you know, another boy, another girl, which country, which race would fit best with the kids."

Both Maddox and Zahara's surnames have been legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Pitt, 42, announced his intention to also adopt the children.

On the Net:

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Pete Doherty was fined $1,900 after police found traces of cocaine in his blood following a performance by his rock band at the Hultsfred music festival.

Police detained the 27-year-old Babyshambles frontman after the concert because "he showed signs of being under the influence of narcotics," Ulf Karlsson, a police spokesman in the city of Kalmar on Sweden's southeastern coast, said Saturday.

Tests showed traces of cocaine and the tranquilizer benzodiazepine, Karlsson said. He said Doherty had a prescription for the tranquilizer.

Doherty was fined and released, Karlsson said. He said Doherty was not in possession of any illegal drugs, so he will not face other charges.

Babyshambles was one of the main draws at the annual Hultsfred festival, one of the biggest in Sweden.

Earlier this month, Doherty had checked himself into a detox clinic in Portugal following several arrests in London for drug possession, his lawyer, Sean Curran, said.

On the Net:

http://www.babyshambles.net/

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SAN FRANCISCO - "Nacho Libre" director Jared Hess gained the Spanish skills he needed to shoot the Mexican-wrestler comedy in Mexico with a local crew by spending two years as a Mormon missionary in Venezuela.

Except for star Jack Black, the movie features an all-Mexican cast, including telenovela star Ana de la Reguera as Nacho's love interest, and real-life wrestlers Bronco, El Pony and the midget tag team Satan's Helpers. It was filmed in and around Oaxaca.

"These are real people you could never find in Hollywood," Hess told the San Francisco Chronicle in Sunday's editions. "We did all the casting in Mexico City and on location because it was very important to me that we be authentic to this outrageous Lucha Libre world."

Hess attended as many Mexican wrestling matches as possible while developing the "Nacho" story with his wife and collaborator, Jerusha, and Black's producing partner, Mike White.

"It's one of the most politically incorrect things you'll ever see, and it's very therapeutic," Hess said. "The crowd totally trashes luchadores they don't like, and there's always this banter between the wrestlers in the ring and the people in the crowd."

Hess' interest in the sport came from watching films of Santo, Mexico's most famous luchadore, on late-night television when he was growing up in Idaho.

On the Net:

http://www.tenaciousd.com/

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NEW YORK - Telling Kathy Griffin she looks prettier in person than on TV may get you a scolding.

"People constantly say that! And that's a compliment how?" Griffin asked Newsday in Saturday's editions. "It's worse when you get, 'You look good in person!' That's what I get a lot. Or, 'Wow, you're thin in person!' As opposed to what? How fat and ugly I look on television? Or I'll get, 'You look soooo much better in person.'"

However she looks, Griffin is getting ready for the airing of "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," now in its second season on Bravo.

The comedian, who starred in the "Suddenly Susan" sitcom, also appears in the upcoming "National Lampoon" movie, "The Last Guy on Earth."

She sometimes seems a tad angry. Is she?

"I am angry all the time," she said. "The only thing I can say that makes me different from a lot of other comics is that, like, I'm also pretty happy. A lot of comics sort of manufacture tragedy."

On the Net:

http://www.bravotv.com/

http://www.kathygriffin.net



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