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Who needs McDreamy? Ellen Pompeo gets engaged to her longtime boyfriend
Snap, crackle, pop the question? Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo was polishing off breakfast at her L.A. home Nov. 10—her 37th birthday—when boyfriend of three years Chris Ivery proposed. “Ellen was surprised and thrilled,” her rep tells Scoop. And her Grey’s castmates? “We are all so excited!” Kate Walsh, who plays Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, tells Scoop. “They’ve been together for a long time, and he’s totally supportive. They’re just a perfect couple.” Pompeo and the music producer, 37—both Boston-area natives—were introduced by pals in 2003 and began dating six months later. The bling Ivery chose to seal the deal: a custom-made, 3.5-carat Tacori ring featuring an emerald-cut sparkler flanked by 44 accent diamonds. “Chris was very specific about the center stone he wanted,” says Tacori’s codesigner Paul Tacorian. “And finding a nice 3-carat emerald-cut is not easy! We went all the way to Israel to get him the perfect diamond.” Now the bride-to-be will finalize the ring design, making the setting “a little bigger and bolder,” says Tacorian. And why not? The groom definitely likes it when she speaks up. “She’ll say whatever is on her mind. She’s not muted at all,” Ivery recently gushed to Scoop of Pompeo. “And I’m the same way. We have that chemistry—we don’t hold [things] in. Relationships are work, but we couldn’t be stronger.”
Nick & Vanessa
“I found love again,” Nick Lachey announced at his Nov. 11 concert. “In fact, I got married this weekend, here in Vegas.” Just kidding! There was no wedding, but the singer and Vanessa Minnillo did have a blow-out lovefest for their shared Nov. 9 birthday—his 33rd and her 26th. The couple partied for days, first dining at Koi in L.A. with Drew and Lea Lachey Nov. 8. On the 10th they hit Vegas, where Nick played a show at the Luxor Spotlight Series, then joined the MTV star at the Venetian’s Tao for dancing and shots of tequila. (She went in for a kiss during “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”) The next night the two hit Pure Nightclub for late-night grooving and cake. They left, hand in hand, at 3:30 a.m.
Their three-year roller coaster romance is officially over—and it’s for real this time, says a Law pal. This latest breakup was “a mutual decision,” the source says. “They have definitely come to the end of the road. They tried to make it work, but it failed.” Reps for both had no comment.
Nicky Hilton & David Katzenberg
Sure, Hilton has been pals with the TV producer (son of DreamWorks cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg and ex of Mary-Kate Olsen) for years. But on Nov. 10 the two looked like way more than friends at Hollywood hot spot Les Deux. “They were all over each other—it was a ‘get a room’ display,” says one witness. “They didn’t seem to care who noticed.” Like Hilton’s ex Kevin Connolly just across the bar?
Lauren Conrad & Brody Jenner
After less than a month, the romance between the Laguna Beach alumna and former Princes of Malibu star has been canceled. “Brody’s pretty single,” his mom, Linda Thompson, told Scoop at the Environmental Media Association Awards Nov. 8. “He’s on his way to Miami. With all the bikinis and thongs there, he’d better be single!” Reps for both had no comment.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan has grossed $67 million so far—but not everyone is laughing. Many of the film’s unsuspecting stars—who were tricked into believing Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageous titular character was a legitimate journalist—”were told the film was for a foreign documentary that would never be shown in the States,” claims L.A.-based attorney Olivier Taillieu, who represents two South Carolina frat boys who are suing. (The duo, who were featured making sexist and racist remarks, say they were duped by producers and plied with alcohol.) Reps at 20th Century Fox claim the “suit has no merit” and have refused to comment on the furor surrounding the film. A rep for Cohen (out of character, inset) also refused to comment. Among those who’ve complained about the film:
BURNED BY BORAT?
Producer, WAPT, Jackson, Miss. Arthur says she lost her job after booking Borat for an interview. “Because of him, my boss lost faith in [me],” she wrote to Newsweek. Yet “a man who [causes] so much harm … is lauded as a comedic genius.”
Borat had villagers—paid only a few dollars—play Kazakhs in the movie’s humiliating opening sequence (left). “We are poor people,” resident Dana Luca, 40, told the AP, “but we are still people.”
Owner, Four Seasons Kosher Bed & Breakfast, Newton, Mass. After filming at the B&B, editors superimposed roaches (acting as Jewish spies) into the scene. Behar is mad, but not because it’s anti-Semitic. “We don’t want friends and relatives to think we have cockroaches.”
Car salesman, Criswell Automotive, Gaithersburg, Md. Borat visits the lot, but drives off in an ice-cream truck (top). Only problem? Sell says he deals in fine autos, not beat-up junkers. “He made me look stupid,” he adds. “I sell 35 to 40 cars a month. This month I’ve sold three.”
M.J., OKAY IN THE U.K.
Back from self-imposed exile, Michael Jackson, 48, has been stepping out in London, where he was set to perform Nov. 15 at the World Music Awards (his first live show since being cleared of child molestation charges in June 2005). On Nov. 13 he headed to Nobu with Roberto Cavalli, who created Jackson’s concert outfits. “He talked about boats and about Ireland [where he’s recording with the Black Eyed Peas’s Will.i.am],” says fellow dinner guest John Martinotti, a WMA executive producer. “He’s just a normal guy.”
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50% WITH MISCHA MISSING
FAITH HILL‘S CMA OUTBURST:
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46% CAN’T WAIT!
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37% DONALD RUMSFELD
63% KEVIN FEDERLINE
KIRSTIE ALLEY WENT ON OPRAH IN A BIKINI. WOULD YOU DO THAT?
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ANOTHER TRUMP ON THE WAY
The Donald may soon be known as The Gramps. Donald Trump Jr. and his wife of one year, Vanessa, have confirmed to Scoop that their first child—the mogul’s first grandchild—is due early next summer. “Everyone’s very excited,” says Vanessa, 28. Although “if you mention the ‘grandpa’ word [to Donald Sr.], he might not be so excited.” Complicating the family dynamics: The new baby’s uncle Barron (son of the elder Trump and his wife Melania) is just 8 months old. “They’ll be more like brothers, or brother and sister,” says Vanessa, who wants her baby’s sex to be a surprise. What kind of father will Donald Jr., a Trump Organization executive VP, be? A lot like his own dad. “Trumps don’t do diapers,” says Don, 28. But he does vow to be more hands-on—think playing catch—with his own kids. “She [wants] five,” Don says. “I’ll wait till she cranks out one, and then I want to renegotiate that back a bit.” Spoken like a Trump.
DANCING WITH THE STARS
“I really wanted that trophy,” Joey Lawrence told Scoop after being booted from Dancing with the Stars Nov. 8. But he didn’t let it get him down. “We did our best and got great scores. What can you do?” Up next? The DWTS tour begins Dec. 19: “I’ll have my wife and daughter on the bus, which will be cool.” And he’s been approached about starring in a remake of An American in Paris. But first, he says, “I can’t wait to sleep in.”
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They shoot! They score! They do it in street clothes (and, in one case, while chatting on the phone)!
Q + A
Dancing penguins and Bobby Kennedy: one actor’s November journey
This month, fans will have a choice between two Elijah Woods: plain (the guy pondering a loveless marriage to avoid the draft in Bobby, a film about the assassination of Robert Kennedy, opening wide Nov. 23) or feathered (as the voice of Mumble, a misfit bird in the animated penguin musical Happy Feet, out Nov. 17). Is there nothing this man cannot do? Scoop asked the 25-year-old actor about politics and dancing penguins.
Exactly why are penguins so popular?
They are just adorable. Humans find penguins to be exuberant and fun. They see a bit of themselves in penguins.
You worked with Robin Williams on Happy Feet. How did that go?
He’s incredibly smart and fast. For all of that, when he’s actually in the studio recording voices, he’s incredibly focused—which is not necessarily a word you would associate with Robin.
For an actor, which is the better gig: Penguin or Hobbit?
Except that they’re both short, they can’t be compared. At least in Happy Feet I wasn’t putting on a penguin suit.
You’ve just launched a music company, Simian Records. Why “simian”?
My mom always referred to me as a monkey. I would climb up in the cupboards and be very ape-like. I love the word simian. And it doesn’t predetermine a certain sound in music. I want the label to bounce around in regards to styles…. By the end of the year, I’d love to have two or three records. I don’t have ambitious goals.
Bobby is set in June 1968, when Robert Kennedy was killed. So that’s 13 years before you were born. Learn anything doing the film?
It’s special to my heart. Bobby essentially brings the legacy of Robert Kennedy to a new generation…. In school, I learned about his run for the presidency, but I was not really aware of how many people he touched…. I feel like there is more apathy about politics now. It’s important for a movie to come out about a man who actually instilled passion in people and gave them hope for a better country.