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HAVING John Travolta butcher her name on live TV during the Oscar show early this month was the best thing that ever happened to singer Idina Menzel, I figure.

If he'd said it properly, the world would have instantly, utterly forgotten her. But when he inexplicably pronounced her name as "Adele Dazeem" she became an internet meme -- which, however fleeting, is better than no publicity at all.

Now E!Online reports that 10 days ago Travolta, who had already apologized, pretty much bought out some flower shop. "He sent her a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers to her dressing room. It was huge..." the site's source says. "It was clear he felt very bad about it."

The flowers went to her Broadway-theatre dressing room; she's now appearing in a musical called If/Then.

She's 42. John is 60.


Punk'd or pregnant?

MILA Kunis is expecting Ashton Kutcher's twins, says OK! mag. Nobody in a position to know has confirmed this, but it would help explain their recently announced engagement.


Model home

ANYBODY really need another reason to hate Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen? No? Well, I've got one anyway:

Their 14,300 sq. ft. mansion in L.A.? The one they spent four years and $20 million building, and moved into last year? The one with six bedrooms, vast gym, pool, library, moat, etc. (but no screening room)? They're selling it, asking around $50 million.

No doubt some star-struck sucker will pay up, assuring the couple a 150 per cent profit.

Don't worry, they won't be homeless: they're building a comparable place in metro Boston, and have a $14-million, 47th-floor condo in Manhattan.


Speaking from experience

IN the upcoming comedy, The Other Woman, Leslie Mann plays the wife, Cameron Diaz the mistress, and Kate Upton the girlfriend. They discover each other, bond, and gang up on the guy, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Sounds rather droll, but Diaz tells OK! mag that in fact she takes a hard-edged view of these things:

"Everybody has been cheated on, everyone will be cheated on. I can't fix that, I don't know how, I don't have any judgement on anybody, I don't know how to fix the problem. We are human beings, we are complicated -- you cannot go through life without tallying up a few scars."

Hmmm. She didn't explain what led her to this view, but she has dated Justin Timberlake, ballplayer Alex Rodriguez, Jared Leto, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Matt Dillon, not all of them known for fidelity.

She's 41.


For the love of Liz

SPOTLIGHT couple: Socialite and rich-guy dater Liz Hurley's latest flame is one David Yarrow, heir to a ship-building fortune, former hedge fund tycoon, and now a wildlife photographer.

Hurley is barely acting any more, but still has 450,000 Twitter followers, the Daily Mail notes in reporting this. No doubt they're all trying to keep up with her busy love life, which has included Hugh Grant, serial babe-dater Steve Bing, Indian tycoon Arun Nayar, Aussie cricket star Shane Warne, and various others -- although last month she did deny that Bill Clinton once, errr, entertained her at the White House.

She's 48. So is Yarrow.


The Terminator diet

GAME of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is suffering for her art as she prepares to play Sarah Connor in this new Terminator film, she tells InStyle UK:

"I've been spending all day every day in weapons training. I've been shooting guns, weightlifting, kickboxing, and generally kicking a lot of ass.

"On top of that, I have not been allowed to eat anything that might taste good at all."

She's 26.


All just an act

STARLET Amanda Seyfried has dated a lot of actors: Micah Alberti, Emile Hirsh, Dominic Cooper, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Hartnett...

Some she met through her movies. As she explains to W magazine, "When you're young, it's hard not to get together with your co-star. It's not always a great idea, but the experience of making a television show or movie is so intimate and romantic. And I love acting like I'm in love!

"A lot of my co-stars have been sexy guys my age who are really respectful and cool. So, why not? I'm not going to pretend it's not fun."

She's currently dating Justin Long. She's 27.


Banksy not a Belieber

JUSTIN Bieber, struggling to prove that he's not just an arrogant infuriating creep, has added a tattoo intended to show his wry urban hipness, or something: a version of Banksy's Balloon Girl drawing, on his right forearm.

But the mysterious graffiti artist may not be a fan. He has a "verified" Facebook account, on which he posted the picture, with a one-word comment: "Controversial."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 23, 2014 ??65524

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