BLUE LAGOON HONEYMOON
BRITNEY FLIES TO FIJI FOR AN ISLAND ROMANCE AS BABY TALK FILLS THE AIR
Nothing says honeymoon like an island in the South Pacific, with swaying hisbiscuses, colorful fish, $l,975-a-night beach bungalows—and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline enjoying it all, a month after their surprise wedding. The couple flew in a chartered 14-seat Global Express jet for 10 hours from Southern California to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport, arriving at 5:45 a.m. Oct. 18 for a 10-day retreat on secluded Turtle Island. Spears, 22, wore a pink top and short white skirt. Federline, 26, wore—what else?—a baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts. The weather: clear, sunny skies, with an average temperature of 75 degrees. And it gets better. Guests at the 500-acre resort stay in private bures (bungalows), with handwoven ceilings, Jacuzzi baths and king-size four-poster beds. There are ample opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding…and lomi-lomi massage, said to release emotional stress and encourage harmony between the body, mind and soul. Which might lead to one of Spears’s top priorities: motherhood. In a letter posted on her Web site in mid-October, Spears writes that “being married is GREAT, and I can’t wait to start my family!” The pop singer—already stepmom to Federline’s two kids, daughter Kori, 2, and son Kaleb, 3 months (both with his ex-girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson, 28)—also says she’s temporarily leaving showbiz. “I am going to take some time off to enjoy life,” she notes. “My prerogative right now is to just chill…. Going & going & going is all I’ve ever known since I was 15.” She’s got a game plan. “I really want to watch Saved! with Mandy Moore and reruns of Sex and the City. I want to enjoy all of the simple things that I missed over the past few years due to working way too much,” she says.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
Previous Turtle Island visitors: Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins (far right), who filmed 1980’s Blue Lagoon there: honeymooners Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey; and The Bachelorette‘s Trista and Ryan Sutter.
FEDERLINE TAKES THE PLUNGE
Yes, that’s Kevin Federline dancing with a plunger in a commercial currently airing for Target’s wedding registry. He got the job before he became Mr. Britney, says a store spokesman, and was considered just another one of the dancers on the set.
ANGELINA: TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Angelina Jolie met a new boy in Russia last week. The object of her affection? A 7-month-old named Gleb. The 29-year-old actress and United Nations goodwill ambassador visited an orphanage, Baby Home No. 13, while in Moscow and was taken by the blond, blue-eyed child. Though Jolie has said she wants more children—she adopted her 2-year-old Cambodian boy, Maddox, in 2001—reports that she plans to incorporate Gleb into the family are false. “There was no question of adoption at all,” says the director of the orphanage. “She was just visiting—she likes babies. But as far as I’m concerned, she’s not adopting anyone.” Gleb is one of 50 children at Baby Home No. 13, which cares for developmentally challenged children up to age 4.
TRUMP, YOU’RE FRIARED!
Trump Roast was the main course at the Friar Club’s l00th-annual bash Oct. 15 in New York City, where Regis Philbin led a panel of comics-friends razzing The Donald. Among the printable zingers:
“I know what [your fiancé] Melania Knauss sees in you. A billion dollars and high cholesterol.”
“The Apprentice was the second show Donald pitched to us. The first was called Extreme Hair Comb-over.”
“He’s a humanitarian. He actually wanted to build a homeless shelter for supermodels.”
Rev. Al Sharpton
MARTHA’S PRISON PLEA
Martha Stewart has a request for her fellow inmates: No pictures, please. On Oct. 16, at roll call, a guard asked the Alderson Federal Prison Camp inmates if they had anything to say. Stewart asked the cons to respect her privacy and not photograph her. Later, “she used a Scrabble box to cover her face” to avoid photographers outside, says an onlooker. Stewart, 63, has found refuge in the prison library, visiting almost daily to check out videos.
GAVIN’S NEW SECRET DAUGHTER
Gwen Stefani‘s rocker husband, Gavin Rossdale, just got some surprising news, albeit 15 years late. A DNA test confirmed that he fathered his 15-year-old goddaughter Daisy Lowe. The mother is Rossdale’s longtime friend Pearl Lowe, 33, a singer and designer in London. “Yes, it is true,” Rossdale, 37, said in a statement. “Out of respect to all concerned, I have no further comment.” Rossdale, who married No Doubt’s Stefani, 35, in 2002, met Pearl as a teen. The two had a fling, but Pearl, the mother of two other children with longtime boyfriend, drummer Danny Goffey, named businessman Bronner Lowe as Daisy’s father on her birth certificate. Says a friend of Pearl’s: “If you look at Daisy, there’s an acute likeness to Gavin.”
CELEB FEUD OF THE WEEK
JON STEWART VS. TUCKER CARLSON
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart accused Tucker Carlson of “partisan hackery” on CNN’s political shoutfest Crossfire. Carlson then framed Stewart as Sen. John Kerry’s “butt boy.” Stewart renewed the attack on his Comedy Central show, after which Carlson told Scoop, “I’m bored by him.” What does it all mean? Says the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd: “It shows how flawed TV coverage of the campaign is when the fake TV newsman has to upbraid the supposedly real TV newsmen for bringing less substance to the campaign coverage than he does.”
Jack Black heads to New Zealand for six months to film a remake of King Kong. (He plays filmmaker Carl Denham, who said, “It was beauty killed the beast” in the 1933 original.) Black, 35, who recently voiced Lenny, the vegetarian shark in Shark Tale, spoke with Scoop about apes, fish and meat.
First you play a shark, then you act with an ape. Are you an animal lover?
I did love animals as a kid, but maybe I burned an ant or two. Everybody’s done experiments… that’s horrible. But yeah, I relate to empathy for animals.
Though you are a meat eater, correct?
I am. I like it medium-rare. I like my meat slathered with delicious sauces, Béarnaise sauce, cheese sauce.
Excited to be in New Zealand?
Almost too excited. But I would’ve liked four months of preparation.
I could get down to my fighting weight in four months. I guess I should just stop fighting it. Some people, when they get skinny, don’t look so good.
Long before Shark Tale, weren’t you considering a career in animation?
Early on, I won a prize in an animation contest. I drew a public service announcement—Don’t Drink and Drive—where a fly flies into a bottle of alcohol and comes out drunk, then gets swatted. But I won because of the message, not because the animation was outstanding.
Do you still draw today?
I still doodle, but animation takes incredible patience. You’ve got to draw thousands of the same drawing.
What’s next? Still planning a film about your band, Tenacious D?
We finished the script. The problem is it’s really expensive. There’s a car chase, explosions, computer animation. We have to figure out a way to do it cheaper.
ON THE BLOCK
PRICE $4.7 million
PLACE Marbella, Spain
Here’s a home fit for a Prince. The singer’s former wife Mayte Garcia is selling the Mediterranean villa they bought in 1998. (She won it in the divorce settlement.) With views of the ocean and Gibraltar, the four-bedroom manse features Italian-marble floors, tennis court, wine cellar and, of course, hair salon.