NUPTIALS British tabloid reporters and Scottish hotel workers are due for a long holiday. After weeks of furtively acquired misinformation and dishy leaks, Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s Big Day has finally arrived. Three security teams are guarding the Highlands’ Skibo Castle where the pair will unite, in order to keep more than 1,000 tenacious gossip reporters off the site. Two members of the paparazzi have already been ejected, and one 51 year old man was arrested yesterday after allegedly trying to bully his way into the church while the couple was christening their son Rocco.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, and Elton John are also standing by to perform their rumored wedding duties. (Paltrow is supposedly the maid of honor, McCartney the dress designer, and John the accompanist.) Little has been revealed about the actual ceremony, but the tabs did find a kiltmaker to confirm that Ritchie plans to marry in true Scottish tradition. He’ll traipse through the windswept Highlands in a kilt – with nothing underneath. We know you all desperately needed to know that.
UNION Toni Braxton also seems to have the nuptial bug. The R&B songstress is engaged to Mint Condition’s Keri Lewis, according to New York’s Daily News. The two toured together in 1997 and now they plan to marry next year.
AWARDS Ang Lee’s ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” got snubbed by the Golden Globes but the Toronto Critics Association hasn’t forgotten who won their hometown film festival’s People’s Choice Award. The group named the martial arts romance best film of the year, and gave newcomer Zhang Zi Yi the prize for best supporting actress. ”Traffic”’s Benicio del Toro walked off with yet another award for best actor, while ”You Can Count on Me”’s star Laura Linney won best actress kudos. Tobey Maguire (”Wonder Boys”) and Jeffrey Wright (”Shaft”) share the best supporting actor honors.
WEB NEWS United Nations arbitrators awarded Time Warner (EW.com’s parent) the rights to all things HarryPotter.com yesterday. The company won a total of 107 Web addresses – such as harrypotterbooks.org and harrypotterfilm.org – in the case against a California based cybersquatter. Last year, when the news broke that ”Harry Potter” was to be made into a film, a flurry of Potter domain names were set up under an unknown entity called HarperStephens. Clearly, TW foiled his evil plot.
ON THE MEND Mickey Rooney is in good condition after having undergone open heart surgery. The 80 year old actor’s double bypass occurred ”without complications,” hospital spokeswoman Kris Carraway-Bowman told Reuters. ”The exact date of his discharge is not known at this time. [He’s] resting comfortably,” she said.