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December 1, 2005

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Actress wants to move past difficult year, promote movie

New York - Sienna Miller wants to move past what she calls a "tumultuous year."

Miller's engagement to Jude Law appeared to fall apart after the actor publicly apologized in July for having an affair with his children's nanny. Reports in recent weeks have suggested the couple may be back together.

"Yes, I wish (the tabloid coverage) wasn't in my life to the degree that it is or has been, but I accept that it has been a pretty tumultuous year and hopefully it will die down," the 23-year-old actress told reporters recently, according to AP Radio.

Miller is promoting her new movie, "Casanova," which opens in some theaters Christmas Day. The change of topic is a welcome one.

"I'm so relieved to be able to talk about a film ... as opposed to my private life," she said.

Miller and Law, 32, who appeared together in 2004's "Alfie," became engaged last December. Law divorced fashion designer-actress Sadie Frost in October 2003 after a six-year marriage and three children.

Cruise insists on talking on journalist's cell phone

Shanghai, China - It was "Mission: Unpredictable" for Tom Cruise when a reporter pulled out a cell phone and the actor insisted on talking to the person on the other end of the line.

"Put her on the phone. I want to talk to her," Cruise told the journalist, who sheepishly called someone Cruise assumed to be the man's girlfriend.

"Hello. Xiexie. Ni hao. Are you good?" said Cruise, handling the Chinese words for "thank you" and "hello" with ease.

"Are you good? Are you working?" he asked. "Are you going to get engaged? Soon? Maybe?"

Cruise was speaking to journalists atop the historic Bund 18 building as bells tolled and horns blared from ships passing on the nearby Huangpu River on Wednesday after wrapping up scenes for the new "Mission: Impossible" film, due in theaters next year.

"Oh, you're married?" asked the translator, who stepped in to help the conversation along. "Tell her I wish her happiness," Cruise said.

"Xiexie, bye-bye," said the 43-year-old actor before handing the phone back to the reporter.

When asked about his own plans to wed pregnant fiancee Katie Holmes, Cruise replied, "You want to know where we're gonna get married? The exact date? The exact place? The color dress, designer?"

He added: "You know, we haven't set a date. ... It will happen next year."

Cruise recently said he had purchased a sonogram machine so that he and the 26-year-old actress could see the development of their baby.

Holmes' pregnancy was announced in early October. The couple, who have been dating since April, became engaged in June.

White Stripes member, wife pregnant for first time

New York - Jack White, of the White Stripes, is going to be a dad.

White's wife, model Karen Elson, is pregnant with the couple's first child, Elson's publicist confirmed to MTV News. The baby is reportedly due in the spring.

An e-mail from The Associated Press to White's representative wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

White and Elson were wed in June in a ceremony conducted in a canoe on the Amazon River in Brazil. Though White and bandmate Meg White have claimed to be siblings, court records have suggested they were married for four years before divorcing in 2000.

White, 30, won a Grammy Award this year for best country collaboration with Loretta Lynn. He produced Lynn's 2004 album, "Van Lear Rose," which also won for best country album.

Rapper sentenced for driving with suspended license

New York - DMX was slapped with a seven-day sentence by a Bronx judge who said the rapper is "a violation waiting to happen."

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving with a suspended license in the Bronx last April after his sport utility vehicle struck a car that in turn hit a police car. He was also fined $500.

Criminal Court Judge George Villegas rejected Simmons' plea for probation, saying, "I'm not going to put him on probation because he's a violation waiting to happen."

The 34-year-old rapper, who lives in Mount Kisco, already is serving a 70-day sentence for driving with a suspended license in Queens. Villegas allowed the seven-day penalty to run concurrently.

The judge joked that his children, who are big DMX fans, "are not talking to me anymore."

In the Queens case, Simmons pleaded guilty in October to violating the conditions of his release following a June 2004 incident at Kennedy Airport. Authorities said Simmons had claimed he was a federal agent and smashed his SUV into a parking lot gate to avoid paying $9.

Under his December 2004 conditional release, Simmons was required to stay out of trouble for a year - but he was twice cited for traffic violations, including a 104-mph speeding ticket and the accident with the unmarked police car.

Brothel for male prostitutes to be documentary's topic

New York - Heidi Fleiss' planned Nevada brothel of male prostitutes for female customers will be the subject of a new HBO documentary.

The opening of "Heidi's Stud Farm" - which touts itself as Nevada's first bordello of men - will be chronicled in the documentary, to begin filming this month, HBO announced this week.

"With women being so independent today, I think the time has come for this kind of enterprise," Fleiss said in a statement.

An air date hasn't been set.

The documentary will include breaking ground on the 60-acre property Fleiss owns near Pahrump to hiring the men, to the challenges of a startup business.

Fleiss, 39, was released from a California prison in 1999 after serving 21 months for money laundering, tax evasion and attempted pandering.

Known as the "Hollywood Madam," Fleiss was convicted in 1995 of running a prostitution ring in which models-turned-prostitutes were flown around the world to meet wealthy actors and clients who paid as much as $10,000 for a single meeting.

Nye County, where the ranch is located, is among 10 Nevada counties in which prostitution is legal.

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