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After a two-week absence


After a two-week absence (that darn Canadian election — don’t forget, read the whole thing now), your favourite VanRamblings feature is BACK !!! Yes, we’re here to dish the dirt, fill your head full of naughty notions, and just generally engage in some gossip mayhem. So, let’s get started, eh?

Know Your Celebrity House-Husbands: Meet Mr. Mira Sorvino


Paul Sorvino must be one proud papa, knowing his Oscar-winning daughter, Mira, 36, married 22-year-old Kid Rock look-a-like Chris “Goofy” Backus in a private ceremony at the Santa Barbara courthouse on June 11th.

Heck, there was a time when Mira dated Quentin and French sex symbol Olivier Martinez, and yes we remember that Mira was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful by People in 1996. But look who she’s ended up with — a Kansas City born graduate of Shawnee Mission High School, and current waiter / aspiring actor!

Backus’ mom Terry, now living in North Carolina, tells VanRamblings that Mira is not the first Hollywood hottie her son has hooked up with:

“I can tell you this, Britney Spears picked him up. Carmen Electra took him out, too.”

Wow. And to think that after all that he settled for a Harvard grad.

Take A Break From Barbecues And That Low-Carb Beer

Here’s a look at the Top 5 films this weekend, playing at a theatre near you.


1. Spiderman 2 - $127.8 million (as of Saturday)
Well, well, well. Looks like the much-anticipated Spidey sequel has woven its web around a gargantuan audience, breaking the $114.8 million opening weekend box office record of its predecessor, not least because Spider-Man 2 opened to a spectacular $40.4 million on Wednesday.

2. Fahrenheit 9/11 - $50 million (cume total)
Michael Moore’s film is playing in 1000 more theatres this weekend, and although the per theatre revenue is down, box office remains strong. There’s no rush to see Fahrenheit 9/11 — it’s gonna be around a long time.

3. White Chicks - $41.9 million (11 days)
One of the worst reviewed films of 2004 hangs on against all odds.

4. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story - $82.2 million (16 days)
Ben Stiller. Vince Vaughn. Funny. What can we say?

5. The Notebook - $26.9 million (9 days)
Major weepy. A high-toned cinematic greeting card ... but it works.

First, War With Michael Eisner ... Now This


Who couldn’t love that big lovable mug, huh? Well, apparently not Mrs. Miramax, Eve Chilton Weinstein, who after 18 years of marriage is taking her leave of the rotund one — the often less than affable Harvey Weinstein (pictured left), co-founder of the Miramax film studio — along with the pre-nup negotiated multi-million dollar divorce settlement, and making like Harvey’s dinner (which is to say, gone). Poor, poor, humble Harvey.

According to the New York Post’s Page 6 ...

Eve, a tall blonde beauty who could have been one of Alfred Hitchcock’s leading ladies, was Harvey’s assistant in the early days of Miramax. Weinstein — a workaholic who puts in 18-hour days — purportedly promised Eve last year he’d cut down and spend more time on the home front.

Apparently, he didn’t “cut down.” Sayonara Harv. Nice knowin’ ya.

Here Comes Britney The Bride ... Pregnant !!!


Although Britney Spears’ upcoming nuptials will be a far cry from the quickie Vegas wedding she had last time around, News of the World reports that the pop queen is several months preggers.

Britney’s intended, Kevin Federline, appeared in the movie You Got Served, and was as a backup dancer for singer Justin Timberlake, Spears’ former boytoy.

Recently (and we mean, up until days ago) Federline was involved with actress Shar Jackson, of TV’s Moesha. They have a 2-year-old daughter together and are expecting another baby this month!

Spears recently cancelled her summer tour because of a “knee injury” she reportedly suffered during a video shoot. Shyeeah, right ...

Reborn On The Third of July

In further Tinseltown pregger news this week ... E-Online is reporting that Demi Moore is pregnant ... Liv Tyler is also reportedly expecting her first child. Ms. Tyler and her husband Royston Langdon, from the band Spacehog, haven’t released a statement yet, but People magazine suggests the baby is due this winter ... Claudia Schiffer is pregnant with her second child. The gorgeous German supermodel and her film producer husband Matthew Vaughn already have a 17-month-old son, Caspar, and have reportedly told friends their second child is due to arrive at the end of the year. Rich and beautiful celebs, they‘re sort of a fecund lot, aren’t they?

That’s it for this week, folks. See ya next Saturday night.

Posted by Raymond Tomlin at July 3, 2004 10:30 PM in Unbelievable Truth


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