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Zeta-Jones curdled memories

Article from: The Sunday Telegraph

Ros Reines

April 06, 2008 12:00am

CINEMATIC siren Catherine Zeta-Jones made lots of friends in Sydney, thanks to her seemingly warm embrace of the city and her loyal fans.

While in town for last month's premiere of her movie Death Defying Acts, she declared she would be interested in returning here to work.

But one Sydney bride is still smarting over the fact that Zeta-Jones and her British security guard managed to ruin her big day.

An incident took place at the swish Park Hyatt hotel, where the bride and groom, who were staying in-house (along with Zeta-Jones), posed for professional wedding photos.

The couple were taking advantage of the opulent backdrop before joining their guests for the wedding reception, which was being held outside the hotel.

Unfortunately, Zeta-Jones happened to be passing though at that time - and her super-efficient personal security guard insisted on confiscating these unauthorised shots of the Hollywood megastar.

Never mind that the bride and groom were just trying to capture their own special moment, which had little to do with Hollywood stardom.

After the security guard stepped in, the couple insisted on calling in the police to intervene in order to keep their own photos.

"At no time were the photos taken from the couple,'' a spokesman for Dendy Films, the distributor of Death Defying Acts, said.

"However, the police confirmed that there were no illegal shots.''

It's surprising the Welsh-born actress wasn't a little more sensitive about the situation. After all, she and husband Michael Douglas had their own wedding photo drama.

They successfully sued Hello! magazine for breaching their privacy by publishing unauthorised shots of their nuptials.

The couple had already done an exclusive $2.8 million deal with OK! magazine for publication of their wedding snaps.

They were awarded unspecified damages in the High Court.

Dancer to reveal all

SONIA Kruger's star continues to rise with the news that the blonde multi-media star has been offered a book deal.

It will be a fun ``tell-all'' about her experiences with the stars.

The Dancing With The Stars host has also officially invited Tom Williams' ex, Kym Johnson, back on the show.

The professional dancer has been in the US appearing on Dancing With The Stars on ABC America.

She and her dancing partner, Penn Jillette, were recently voted off the show in her seventh series of the US show.

Johnson is expected back in Australia for a holiday in July, but Kruger hopes she will be a professional dancer in the next series of the local show.

Johnson apparently misses seeing it so much that she watches each version on YouTube. Now that's commitment.

Diva to underwear

SHE'S already the face of Diva jewellery.

Now soapie star Jodi Gordon is set to do an Elle Macpherson and spruik a collection of underwear, with the deal expected to be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Quite what Gordon's high-profile partner, junior media magnate Ryan Stokes, makes of the public seeing a little more of her in the flesh remains to be seen.

But the undie collection isn't expected to be too risque.

Celine celebrates

DIVINE diva Celine Dion didn't have quite the 40th birthday celebration she expected in Sydney, as the megastar songstress was battling a chest infection.

But Dion and husband Rene, their son, Rene-Charles, and her mum did manage a celebratory dinner on Sunday night.

It was held in her awesome Australia Suite at the InterContinental Hotel

The group departed for Dion's Brisbane concerts the following day, and on Tuesday she was well enough to indulge in a round of golf with the family.

But that decadent 40th on Sydney Harbour just didn't happen.

Gladiator dad

DEREK Boyer, aka Thunder in Gladiators, may soon be looking a little less fierce, as he's set to be a dad for the fourth time.

His fiancee, Sally, will soon deliver their first child (Boyer has three children from a previous relationship).

The Queensland-based couple plan to wed after the baby is born.

In other Gladiator news, another of the guys has been signed up to a model agency.

So much going on and the show has barely started!

Big loser Cosi

THE award for the nastiest, bitchiest reality star on television goes to former The Biggest Loser contestant turned Adelaide radio personality Andrew "Cosi'' Costello.

Almost as determined to hog the limelight as he was to drop the kilos before being evicted from the White House back in March, Cosi is now talking regularly to camera, giving his spin on events and on other The Biggest Loser contestants.

But apparently this isn't enough, because he recently performed a mini-nervous breakdown that would only be cured by some on-camera gorging.

Perhaps Cosi sees himself as another Kyle Sandilands and is setting himself up for some kind of role on Big Brother - but, unfortunately, there's nothing attractive about his personality.

And, thanks to Cosi, The Biggest Loser is now becoming all too predictable.

Dealer takes fall

HIGH-PROFILE Sydney antique dealer Martyn Cook came a cropper on a recent buying trip.

The distinguished Queen Street dealer, whose clients include Paul Keating, apparently took a tumble going down a flight of stairs and was flown back from overseas to a Sydney hospital.

Wicked rumours that the hospital's nursing staff were being kept busy wheeling turn-of-the-century chairs and tables into and out of his room are far from the mark, however.

Sony shuffle

IT'S all happening at Sony BMG. The music heavyweight has hired gun broadcasting exec Grant Tothill to take over as senior director of Australian artist marketing.

Tothill, who joins the label in May, will report directly to chairman and chief executive Denis Handlin.

"I recently signed a new long-term agreement with the company,'' Sydney-based Handlin tells Billboard.biz.

"I'm absolutely focused on maximising its traditional business, and our diversification into touring, TV and online production, artist management and publishing.

"Grant is savvy about online activity, and was responsible for the integration of traditional and new-media channels in his last role at (radio network) Austereo.''

Tothill knows the area well, having begun his music career 30 years ago in artist management and touring.

He joined Austereo, Australia's largest radio network, in 1992 and says he's looking forward to the new challenge.

Sony BMG's local roster includes chart success stories John Farnham, Delta Goodrem, Pete Murray, Rogue Traders, Human Nature and Guy Sebastian, to name a few.

Its acts led the pack at last month's ARIA No. 1 chart awards in Sydney, winning six of the 17 categories.

Joe's diet doco

CORPORATE powerhouse Joe Cross heads back to the US next month to complete his documentary on diet.

The former footy club chairman, who has shed a whopping 40 kilos, is making a "philanthropic'' doco about healthy eating. Think of it as Super Shrink Me.

Last October, Cross gave up alcohol and went on a juice fast for 60 days. Hethen drove across America interviewing people about their diet.

Cross has since adopted a less rigorous diet, with the emphasis on beans, vegetables, fruits and nuts.

So committed is he to this regimen that some of Australia's biggest business names have been served up such food when they visited his city apartment for lunch.

Cross, who has self-funded much of the documentary's production, says: "I want it to be an inspirational film that will help people change their lives.''

Together again

ONE good thing came out of Anthony Callea being turfed off It Takes Two with star celeb Candice Falzon: he can now spend more time with partner Tim Campbell in Sydney.

With the soapie star playing the late Johnny O'Keefe in the Sydney stage musical Shout, and Callea recently in Melbourne taping the musical songfest, the pair had been separated.

But they are now together in Sydney. Although they only recently came out as a couple, the two entertainers had settled into a home in Melbourne's inner suburbs and were missing the domestic bliss.


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