Wed­ding bells ring in Halle Berry’s new year

U. S. ac­tress flashes di­a­mond ring, while sin­gle girl Brit­ney Spears checks in to Ari­zona re­sort

Montreal Gazette - - Arts - DOUG CAMILLI

Halle Berry, who’s dat­ing Mon­treal model Gabriel Aubry, was spot­ted in the high-end L.A. bak­ery Sweet Lady Jane just be­fore Christ­mas, says In­ter­net colum­nist Janet Charl­ton (janetcharl­ton­shol­ly­wood.com).

Berry bought some stuff, then started ask­ing about wed­ding cakes. And, says Charl­ton, she was “flash­ing a large di­a­mond ring on her en­gage­ment fin­ger.”

(If you’re a cake per­son – or, I guess, a wed­ding per­son – you want to see this: www.sweet­la­dy­jane.com/cake.html)

We have al­ready es­tab­lished that de­spite the ru­mours, Jes­sica Simp­son never did date Dal­las Cow­boys passer Tony Romo. They never even met. But now the N.Y. Post ex­plains the ge­n­e­sis of the ru­mours: “Sources” tell the pa­per that Jes­sica’s fa­ther Joe made the claim, in or­der to get some free Cow­boys’ tick­ets.

Jes­sica’s pub­li­cist de­nied this; the Cow­boys of­fered no com­ment.

Jackie Chan has started a com­pany in China to pro­duce 10 films there. He says he’s plan­ning a vacation there to scout for tal­ent and ideas. “I need to meet the new direc­tors. I need to read the screen­plays and lis­ten to ideas for more screen­plays. I need to look at di­rec­tor reels to hire more direc­tors for this big project,” he is quoted as say­ing.

He’s been mak­ing Chi­nese-lan­guage movies for a while, most re­cently Bo Buii Gai Wak, a.k.a. Rob-B-Hood, a.k.a. Baby. Shot in Hong Kong, this is an ac­tion com­edy – more com­edy than ac­tion, I am told – about a com­pul­sive gam­bler, some thugs, and a baby.

On New Year’s Day, af­ter “fall­ing asleep” just past mid­night, Brit­ney Spears checked into Sanc­tu­ary Camel­back Moun­tain (Ariz.) Re­sort and Spa, re­ports MSNBC’s Jean­nette Walls, cit­ing Life & Style mag.

Is this just for pri­vacy, cel­ery juice and a fa­cial? Or is it re­hab? The place’s web­site re­veals an award-win­ning high-end re­sort – $495 U.S. per night, and up. The bar prom­ises an “ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of wines by the glass and ex­quis­ite mar­ti­nis” in­clud­ing a can­taloupe one.

But the mag hints that Brit­ney is there to dry out and clean up. “A source” says “with th­ese celebri­ties, ‘ex­haus­tion’ some­times means some­thing else and a lit­tle rest at a spa some­times ac­tu­ally trans­lates into some­thing a lit­tle more se­ri­ous.”

Some­one else says “it’s just been heart­break­ing for her par­ents to watch Brit­ney on this down­ward spi­ral. It’s so sad.”

Nova Sco­tia-born mu­sic pro­ducer Scott Storch gave Lind­say Lo­han $1-mil­lion (U.S.) worth of di­a­mond jew­elry, as a New Year’s gift, says the N.Y. Post.

Storch – who once dated Paris Hil­ton, but who didn’t? – is Lind­say’s “con­stant com­pan­ion,” says the Post. But it’s not clear if this is emo­tional or if he just wants to pro­duce her mu­sic.

This does not com­pute. He made his money mostly pro­duc­ing rap and hiphop, and why would any­one want to pro­duce Lo­han’s mu­sic any­way? He must be in love. He’s 33. Lilo is 20.

Write if you get work: Tiki Bar­ber will re­tire as an NFL run­ning back right af­ter his New York Gi­ants fold in the play­offs. Bar­ber, who’s used to linebacker­s chas­ing him, now has net­works do­ing the same. The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter says Bar­ber is talk­ing with ABC and ESPN. The N.Y. Post said this week Bar­ber has signed a $10-mil­lion, four-year deal, but that has now been de­nied.

VIN­CENT KESSLER REUTERS FILE PHOTO

Halle Berry is dat­ing Mon­treal model Gabriel Aubry.

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