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Free Press news services   2003-06-10 04:18:14  

Kate Winslet, Sam Mendes wed Actor Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes have married, a representative of the couple said yesterday. A statement issued on their behalf said they wed last month during a holiday in the West Indies. Winslet's 2 1/2 -year-old daughter Mia and three close friends attended the private ceremony.

It's the second time for Titanic star Winslet and the first for Mendes, director of Road to Perdition. Winslet, 27, has been nominated for three Oscars -- as lead actress for Titanic and as supporting actress for Sense and Sensibility and Iris. Mendes, the former artistic director of London's Donmar Warehouse theatre, won an Oscar in 1999 for his first film, American Beauty.

Idol stars were never busier

Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, winner and runner-up of last year's American Idol TV show, said making their first film, From Justin to Kelly, was easy compared with the long hours and hard work they put into the Fox talent competition that made them famous. From Justin to Kelly, a musical about two students who fall in love on spring break in Miami, opens June 20. "By the time we got to the movie, it was a piece of cake," Clarkson said. Guarini predicted the duo will be able "to do any TV show, any tour, any movie and any record from now on, because it will never, ever be like this again . . . There will never, ever be so much crammed into one time." American Idol turned both into recording stars. Clarkson's album Thankful is already platinum and Guarini's is due out today.

It's a long way to Tipperary, etc.

Pop star Ronan Keating has walked the length of Ireland to raise cash for cancer charities. "There were ups and downs and pains," he said, "but we got through it and we had a great time." Keating, formerly of the Irish pop group Boyzone, set out May 17 from the Giant's Causeway in the northeast and reached the Old Head of Kinsale in the southwest on Sunday. Family and friends accompanied the 26-year-old for most of the journey, which raised more than $170,000 Cdn for cancer charities. The singer's mother died of breast cancer.

Letterman eying more time off

Among the many mysteries of David Letterman: how much time he plans to take off this summer. The CBS Late Show host has turned over the reins to guest host Tom Arnold. Letterman's publicist, Steven Rubenstein, said yesterday Letterman will make up his mind as he goes along about how much time to take off. "I've worked since I was 11 years old," he said on his show last week. "And I just feel like it's summer now, I'd like to take a day off." Letterman missed five weeks of work earlier this year due to shingles, and was out after a heart bypass operation in 2000.

Dating game star once expelled

NBC was standing by its man yesterday despite a report that the bachelor star of its new dating game had been expelled from a military program for drunkenly groping a female navy officer. NBC and Nash Entertainment, producer of the summer reality show For Love or Money, said they were unaware of the incident before casting. It stars Rob Campos, a 33-year-old lawyer who chooses a potential mate from 15 women. At the show's end, the woman will be asked to choose between Campos and a $1-million US prize. While in a military judge's training program in Rhode Island in 1999, Campos knocked on the door of a female acquaintance late one night, according to a report on the Web site The Smoking Gun. He was let into her suite and began grabbing the 27-year-old woman's breasts.


- 11:35 p.m. Leno Josh Hartnett, Heart NBC/New PL

- 11:35 p.m. Letterman Bruce Willis, Damien Rice .CBS/CFMT

- 12:05 a.m. Mike Bullard Canadian Idol judges, Ken Kostick CTV

- 12:05 a.m. Jimmy Kimmel Cheri Oteri, Bone Crusher, guest co-host Jay Mohr ABC/Citytv

- 12:35 a.m. Craig Kilborn John Corbett, Bobby Lee CBS/Global

- 12:35 a.m. Conan O'Brien Julianna Margulies, Jewel NBC/New PL

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