Wineanu — Hollywood’s new glamour couple
WThings are improving for the talented yet tortured singer Amy Winehouse. She is believed to be back on track for recording the new Bond movie theme with producer pal Mark Ronson. The pair have put their differences behind them and made up at the Ivor Novello Awards where Winehouse triumphed. When Ronson was questioned on the 007 tune, he quipped, “If I talk about it [Bond actor], Daniel Craig will whack me in the eyes.” INONA RYDER IS reportedly dating Keanu Reeves. The Girl Interrupted star, who was born Winona Horowitz, is said to be getting friendly with Reeves on the set of their new movie, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. “They spend a lot of time in each other’s trailers and they are also always hugging on the set,” a source has told an American magazine. “The chemistry is really electric.” Showbiz observers are hoping the relationship is successful — not least because they have coined a classy name for the couple. Forget Brangelina, please welcome Wineanu.
Nigella Lawson has confessed to banning cameramen from filming her bottom. “No one’s allowed to shoot my bum unless it’s out of focus,” she declares. “Not if they want me to be nice and feed them.” The curvy celebrity chef may have been responsible for making cooking sexy, but she clearly hasn’t always been that confident in herself. In a recent interview, she also admitted to not enjoying growing up as the daughter of former Chancellor Nigel Lawson, and that it was only when she started at Oxford University that she came out of her shell, “I was always quite shy, but I got liberated.” Although not when it comes to her rear end, apparently.
Google co-creator Sergey Brin has been talking about what being Jewish means to him. “I think probably the most important thing is the background — of just having gone through hardship and being able to survive and thrive. I think that’s at the core of the Jewish experience.” After a few questions on how important it was that he married someone of the faith, he became concerned that his answer, “there are lots of great women — both Jewish and nonJewish alike”, may have offended his wife, so was keen to clarify. “Can I go back to the Jewish wife question, just in case you print a quote and my wife reads it? I married her because I love her, not because she was Jewish,” he stressed.
Shocking, but actress Joan Collins has turned 75 — and her toy-boy hubby, 43-yearold Percy Gibson, threw a surprise bash for her to celebrate the occasion. The lavish party, where she is said to have danced till dawn, took place at millionaire entrepreneur Simon Reuben’s villa in the south of France. The birthday “girl” arrived with her beau to what she believed were just some predinner drinks, but she was greeted by all her friends who had managed to keep shtum about the party. The former Dynasty star said: “Now I know why all my friends have been ignoring me for the past two weeks.”
Steven Spielberg has been presented with one of France’s highest cultural honours by being made an officer of the French Legion of Honour. The country’s President, Nicolas Sarkozy, awarded the legendary director with the accolade at the Elysée Palace. Sarkozy acknowledged Spielberg’s “entirety” of work, but said it was his documenting of the Holocaust and doing his bit to aid the Darfur region of Sudan that had
earned him the award. What a nice boy Neil Diamond is. The veteran singer has revealed that he once considered changing his name because he thought Diamond wasn’t sparkly and glamorous enough. But the star decided against the move because snubbing the family name would break his grandmother’s heart. Aah! Just as well, really — one of the alternative names he was considering was the very Hollywood Noah Kaminsky. Lara Lewington is Five News showbusiness and weather presenter
Winona Ryder: “The chemistry is electric”