The Jewish Chronicle - - Features - LARA LEW­ING­TON

HIGH SCHOOL MU­SI­CAL star Zac Efron was at­tacked in Lon­don’s West End when a mid­dle-aged man, said to be a de­ranged fan, re­port­edly dragged the hunky ac­tor to the ground. Efron, vis­it­ing the UK for the pre­miere of High School Mu­si­cal 3, was out with his on- and off-screen girl­friend Vanessa Hud­gens when the man struck. The pair had just been to see Josh Hart­nett per­form in the stage pro­duc­tion of Rain Man, when the at­tacker rushed up to them, break­ing into a ti­rade of abuse and grab­bing Efron by his hair. It hap­pened at such speed that not even Efron’s se­cu­rity man could pre­vent it. Only days be­fore, a for­eign news­pa­per ar­ti­cle had falsely re­ported the ac­tor had died. The 20-year-old heart throb told The Sun what it was like to read about his own death: “I was re­ally shocked to find out — and my mom was real up­set too when I called and told her.” On a pos­i­tive note, there’s good news for Efron fans who may have missed their glimpse of the real thing at the Le­ices­ter Square pre­miere of HSM3 — a life-size wax­work has been un­veiled at Madame Tus­sauds in Lon­don.

X Files star David Du­chovny is out of re­hab, where he was be­ing treated for sex ad­dic­tion. Fol­low­ing his vol­un­tary stint at the clinic, his lawyer told Reuters news agency: “He is out and will very soon be­gin work on his new movie.” He is set to star along­side Demi Moore in com­edy drama, The Jone­ses. Iron­i­cally Du­chovny, who has been to mar­ried to fel­low Hol­ly­wood star Tea Leoni for 11 years, won a Golden Globe ear­lier this year for his role as the sex-ob­sessed char­ac­ter Hank Moody in TV show Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion. the gap left by Os­bourne, has proved a big hit, so the fin­ger is point­ing at Kylie’s lit­tle sis as the one to make way. The pa­pers have been awash with ru­mours — and now Walsh is fu­elling

X Fac­tor’s Louis Walsh has pre­dicted that for­mer fel­low judge Sharon Os­bourne will make a come­back — re­plac­ing Dan­nii Minogue. The younger and rather love­able Ch­eryl Cole, who filled the fire, declar­ing: “Ob­vi­ously Dan­nii would be the one to go — hav­ing Sharon and Ch­eryl Cole on the show to­gether is too good an op­por­tu­nity to miss.” Os­bourne had quit the show be­fore the cur­rent se­ries, ap­par­ently fol­low­ing back­stage ten­sions. Walsh added: “The thing about Sharon is she can’t be con­trolled. At the mo­ment Si­mon has three judges who, let’s face it, he con­trols.” Well, he said it.

Pals Natalie Port­man and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son clearly don’t see eye to eye on ev­ery­thing. I told you last week of Port­man’s neg­a­tive at­ti­tude to mar­riage but sup­port of monogamy — and this week Jo­hans­son has ad­mit­ted she feels the ex­act op­po­site. The sexy ac­tress has only just wed her ac­tor beau, Ryan Reynolds, but has de­clared: “I’d never want to be in an open [re­la­tion­ship], but I don’t think monogamy is a nat­u­ral in­stinct for hu­man be­ings. Monogamy can be hard work for some peo­ple. I don’t think it ap­plies to every­one and I don’t think a lot of peo­ple can do it.” Like all celebri­ties she’s been, yawn, moan­ing about her com­ments be­ing mis­in­ter­preted by the press, say­ing that when­ever she men­tions her pri­vate life “it al­ways ends up kick­ing you in the face”. Ad­vice to Jo­hans­son — stop talk­ing about it.

Jake and Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal have been dev­as­tated by the split of their par­ents, Naomi and Stephen. “No­body saw this com­ing,” one in­sider told in Touch mag­a­zine. “The fam­ily is com­pletely dis­traught.” But on the up­side, the break-up has spurred Jake into ce­ment­ing his re­la­tion­ship with Reese Wither­spoon. “He and Reese have been talk­ing about mar­riage a lot lately,” the in­sider said. Lara Lew­ing­ton is Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter


Zac Efron: alive!

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