Ben there, done that

Damon settling down just like buddy Affleck; Terminator tokes! What a guy: Ritchie dishes on his "Bitch."

By Amy Reiter
Published November 15, 2002 6:22PM (UTC)
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Must Ben Affleck and Matt Damon do everything together?

Now that we've all heard more than enough about Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's plans to tie the knot, word is spreading that Affleck's old better half, Damon, is hatching some wedding plans of his own.


The New York Post claims that Damon and his girlfriend of the past year, former Affleck personal assistant Odessa Whitmire, are engaged. Us Weekly claims the question is still teetering on the brink of being popped.

"They're very serious," a source tells the magazine. "He's not far away from proposing."

If Damon does, let's hope he has it in him to come up with something more original than Affleck's rose-petals-and-candles proposal (so very, very Puffyesque).


Let's also hope that Whitmire refrains from declaring, as Lopez did, that the magical moment of marital inquiry left her sopping wet.

"For the first time in my life, I cried incredible purging tears of happiness," Affleck's twice-married bride-to-be told Diane Sawyer this week. "And it was the most cleansing feeling and the most wonderful feeling that I've ever had."

Take pity, Odessa. I really don't think any of us can handle too much more of that.


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Bogie this

"I did smoke a joint and I did inhale."

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger, who may or may not run for governor of California one of these years, admitting to marijuana use in the '70s, to the Associated Press.

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The Ritchie get Ritchier

Maybe he should have called his film "Snitch" instead of "Snatch." Guy Ritchie let more than a few cats out of the bag about his wife, Madonna, during his Oxford University address earlier this week.

First off, he says, she has some weird food predilections, which may explain those periodic reports of the couple being spotted arguing over takeout meals.


"My wife is on a strict diet," Ritchie told students, according to the London Mirror. "I don't like it, but I have no choice, as that's what turns up on the dinner table."

What's more, he admits that the film they made together, "Swept Away," is not going anywhere "because it's s***."

And, the U.K. Sun reports, Ritchie even shared his pet name for the little lady: "Bitch."


That Madonna, she really knows how to pick the charmers, doesn't she?

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Juicy bits

He may be freshly out of training pants himself, but the middle Hanson brother, Taylor, is apparently headed back into the world of diapers ... this time as an MMMPoppa. reports that Hanson, 19, and his 18-year-old wife, Natalie Anne Bryant, are trumpeting the arrival of their baby son, Jordan Ezra Hanson. "We are so excited to start a family," Taylor told the press. "Having Ezra is the best thing we've ever done. Life and art are all about these moments." Not that he'd know much yet about either.


Richard Gere and his longtime sig oth, Carey Lowell, have hopped the broom. According to veteran gossipist Cindy Adams, the couple got hitched in private, with their son, Homer, and her daughter, Hannah, in attendance, on the grounds of their home in upstate New York. No, I don't suppose the Dalai Lama himself officiated.

Someone really needs to save Russell Crowe from himself. The actor's quick temper got him into yet another beautiful bind the other night. According to the British tabs, the likkered-up Oscar winner came to fisticuffs with an old rival at a snazzy London eatery, Zuma, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Police were called in to break up the fight between Crowe and New Zealand businessman Eric Watson, though no charges were ultimately filed. Watson was said to have had the upper hand until they were pulled apart by onlookers, at which point Crowe lost his cool. Ever the gladiator ...

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