Hot set! Banderas and Jolie get horizontal

But Melanie says she and Antonio are burnin' up the sheets every day; will Hollywood make Harry Potter an American? Plus: Yuck! Jeweler claims Michael Jackson gooped-up $1.45 million wristwatch!

By Amy Reiter
July 12, 2000 7:45PM (UTC)
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If Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie did do a little extracurricular dancing in the dark during the shooting of their latest film, "Original Sin," as was rumored, they deserve to win Oscars for sexual endurance.

It seems that Banderas and his loving wife, Melanie Griffith, are looking to give Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton a run for their money in the frequent lovemaking department.


"We just do it naturally," Griffith, who's taking fertility drugs to help her conceive another child, recently told Ladies Home Journal. "A lot."

Consequently, she's not too concerned about Banderas straying. "I trust my husband and I believe him when he says he loves me and he's faithful to me," said Griffith. "[Jolie] may get him in bed for eight hours on a movie set, but I get him in bed every day."

They don't call her the working girl for nothin'.


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The mummy's curse

"He didn't recognize me. I was going, 'Look, it's Mummy, come to Mummy.' But he just kept staring at me."

-- Posh Spice on her baby son's reaction to her new look, which includes lengthy hair extensions and red plastic eyelashes.


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Harry Potter and the goblet of greed

Hogwarts in Hollywood?

MSNBC reports that director Chris Columbus is intent on having an American actor play Harry Potter in the upcoming film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." This despite J.K. Rowling's previous insistence that Harry be played by a young Brit -- and the screening of some 40,000 Harry hopefuls from the U.K.


What's more, the site contends, Columbus and Warner Bros., which is producing the film, may Americanize the whole dang thing.

"It's not that Warners is dead set against a British actor or a British location, they just have to face the financial reality that it would probably be a bigger hit in the U.S. if there's an American flavor to the film," a source told MSNBC. "It's something they have to consider."

You knew those damn Hollywood Muggles would mess it up somehow ...


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Oops! They did it again

Right on cue, the publicist for Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake has issued a statement denying a report in the News of the World that the singers were planning to tie the knot.

"Contrary to what has been erroneously reported, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are neither engaged or married," said Lisa Kasteler. "The story ... is, not surprisingly, completely without merit."


In other words, there are no strings attached.

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Juicy bits

Note to Michael Jackson: If you're going to borrow a $1.45 million diamond watch from a hoity-toity Beverly Hills jeweler and hold onto it for four months while you make up your mind as to whether or not you'd like to buy it, please, for the love of God, wipe it off before you return it. According to a lawsuit filed by David Orgell jewelers, the store agreed to lend Jackson the watch for a few days -- and invoiced him when he didn't return it. When it was finally sent back with a note (and no payment), the suit claims, "The watch had lotion on it, the watch was scratched, it had food particles intertwined on it, it was a gem of a watch but was obviously used."


The Muscles from Brussels has copped a plea. Jean-Claude Van Damme has pled no contest to charges of drunk driving and driving without a license in exchange for three years probation and a $1,200 fine. He intends to appeal, though, accusing the cops of "gross misconduct" for letting him get into his car and crash it when they suspected he was drunk. According to Van Damme's lawyer, the police were responsible because "they still allowed him to get into his vehicle and drive his car, because they wanted to make an arrest for driving under the influence, which is a lot sexier that a simple drunken in public." Now why didn't Halle Berry think of that excuse?

Baby, baby, baby, where did their fans go? Several stops in the "Diana Ross and the Supremes" tour have been canceled due to lack of audience interest. At one point, during a stop in Columbus, Ohio, the group (of which Ross is the only original member) performed for fewer than 3,000 people in a 22,000-capacity arena. But, said Ross, "I would sing the same if there were 10 people in the audience, or 10,000." And if the tour kept up, she may have had a chance to prove true to her word.

Amy Reiter

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