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A POP PRINCESS’ NEW PALACE
How did the world’s top pop star celebrate her Grammy sweep? By getting some very luxurious peace and quiet. Adele, 23, and boyfriend Simon Konecki, 37, escaped to the clifftop Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif., to “enjoy some alone time,” says a source. They picked the perfect spot: a $1,885-per-night, TV-free suite with a stainless-steel hot tub boasting sweeping views of the Pacific. “It’s very romantic,” says the source, adding that the couple indulged in hot jade-stone massages. The singer and her beau, first photographed in January, are also getting closer back home. In her native England, Adele has moved out of London into a sprawling mansion in West Sussex, just 30 minutes from Konecki’s home in nearby Brighton. The 25-acre estate has 10 bedrooms, a helicopter landing pad and two pools. The monthly rent? A reported $24,000. Adele won’t rest long. “I’m straight into the studio,” she blogged on Feb. 14. “BOYYAHH!”
HEIDI & SEAL: NO SECOND CHANCE
At first it seemed that after announcing their shocking split on Jan. 22, there was a chance of reconciliation as Heidi Klum, 38, and Seal, 49, continued to wear their wedding bands. But now that both stars have stepped out without their rings, sources tell Scoop the once pro-PDA couple has made peace with leading separate lives. “They kept the rings on in hopes they could work things out, but it wasn’t possible,” says a source. “Divorce is inevitable. They have both accepted it now.” While Seal is Down Under working on the Aussie version of The Voice, Klum has been lying low with her four kids in L.A. “She seems happier,” says the source. “The arguing took a toll on her. She has more peace now.”
PLANNING HER COMEBACK
She’s earning rave reviews for her work at the L.A. morgue-now can Lindsay Lohan do as well on TV? With a month of community service to go, the actress, 25, will host Saturday Night Live on March 3. Eager to get back to work, she’s been networking at Hollywood hot spots and New York City’s Fashion Week instead of partying up a storm. “She’s taking lots of meetings, reading scripts and is definitely in a position for a comeback,” says a pal.
From CLOONEY to … STEVE-O?
THE ITALIAN BOMBSHELL’S EX AND HER NEW BOYFRIEND HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU WOULD THINK
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LOSING HER VISION
The Oscar winner, 77, recently surprised fans by revealing she’s been living with macular degeneration-an age-related disease that leads to vision loss due to retinal deterioration (most cases result in blurred vision or blind spots). One distressing thing for Dench? To be “in a restaurant in the evening,” she told Britain’s Daily Mirror. “I can’t see the person I’m having dinner with.” But the star is keeping a bright outlook. “It’s something I’ve learned to cope with and adapt to,” she said in a statement.
RUSSELL BRAND: DATING AGAIN?
Katy who? On the morning of Feb. 12, just days after his divorce from pop singer Katy Perry, 27, was settled, the actor-comedian, 36, was spotted driving Oriela Medellin, 25, to her home. “They laughed as they were driving,” says an onlooker. “She threw her head back from laughing so hard.” The two are regulars at the same Hollywood yoga studio. On Feb. 10 Medellin tweeted at Brand, “Nice to see you at yoga, Glad to know that you are in the spirit journey!” The Mexican stylist, model and artist, who sells her work online for $7 to $7,000, also got cozy with Brand at Bar Marmont Feb. 18, according to sources.
Will and Kate: Living Dolls!
MARK THEIR APRIL ANNIVERSARY WITH THESE STATELY TOYS (CROWN JEWELS SOLD SEPARATELY)
This pint-size playset from the U.K.’s Early Learning Centre comes with Will and Kate, a carriage and the Queen.
Like the newlyweds, Britain’s Arklu dolls are glamorous and generous: A portion of the proceeds goes to charity.
Tying the Knot
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are paired in patterns in Fiona Goble’s book Knit Your Own Royal Wedding.
EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK!
JIMMY KIMMEL’S OSCAR SKIT
A PRIEST! A ROBO-LAWYER! SNAKES ON A PLANE (AGAIN)! BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE LATE-NIGHT HOST’S POST-OSCARS MOVIE PARODY
To check out the Puss in Boots star in vestments, tune into ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards Feb. 26.
“The guy doesn’t even wear makeup on camera, which impressed me-and depressed me at the same time,” says Kimmel of Clooney, who is in a wheel-chair for most of the skit.
To prepare for his role, “Tom studied video of the [1980s] sitcom Small Wonder to learn to talk like a robot,” Kimmel says.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON
“Sam Jackson seemed excited to be working with snakes again,” jokes Kimmel.
“This was John and Emily’s first time acting together, believe it or not,” says Kimmel.