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In Brief

Rocker Manson weds longtime girlfriend

LOS ANGELES, California

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson married his longtime girlfriend yesterday in Ireland, People magazine reported on its Web site.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, married 33-year-old Heather Sweet at Castle Gurteen in Kilsheelan, County Tipperary, the magazine reported.

Sweet is a burlesque dancer who uses the stage name Dita Von Teese. They have been dating for four years and Manson proposed at their Los Angeles home in March 2004, People said.

It was the first marriage for both. Manson, 36, wore a black silk taffeta tuxedo and Von Teese was in royal purple silk taffeta with a corset, a friend of Manson, the magazine reported.

Yeoh's paradise


Ferrari Formula One boss Jean Todt and his fiancee, actress Michelle Yeoh, have fallen in love with a Malaysian island and plan to build their holiday paradise there, a newspaper said yesterday.

"It will be ready in a year's time," Todt was quoted as saying in The Sunday Star while on a visit to the island, Pulau Duyong, on Saturday.

The house will be a "traditional wooden villa" built on stilts, the newspaper said.

The 59-year-old head of the Ferrari F1 team was cited as saying that the couple hope to spend time on the island despite their hectic schedules.

Todt met Yeoh, 43, in France last year.

Unusual casting call

CHICAGO, Illinois

An unusual want ad circulated in Chicago this weekend, seeking "courtesans, kidnappers, guards, society women, a nobleman's daughter, and others."

While the applicants don't have to sing, dance or speak, the jobs offered by the Lyric Opera of Chicago carry a few other odd qualifications, such as these: six men, 18 to 30, willing to wear "physique-revealing toga-like outfits" and agile enough to climb ropes

Also being sought to fill the roles of extras in the Lyric's production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto": four men, 1.47 meters tall and under, with "gymnastics or tumbling skills and be able to rappel down a rope."

The Lyric was having trouble finding people for the roles, in part because of the pay, spokeswoman Magda Krance said. Pay for extras is US$15 per rehearsal or performance call, so someone who attended 15 rehearsals and appeared in all 10 performances of "Rigoletto" would earn only US$375.

Unscheduled stop

PHOENIX, Arizona

Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, another fun couple we love to keep track of, were pulled over by Scottsdale, Arizona, police this week. Vaughn, who was driving, was given a sobriety test, which proved he was "not drunk. "We determined he had something to drink but was not over the legal (impairment) limit," cops said. "We suggested that he not continue to drive." Vaughn parked the van he was driving, then he and Aniston got into the car of a friend who'd been following them. (Entourages can be oh-so handy.)

Cops didn't say why they pulled Vaughn over in the first place.

Speed recovery


Film-makers are keeping their fingers crossed for a speedy return to health by India's most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, who is recovering in hospital after bowel surgery.

A hospital official said Saturday the 63-year-old actor, who underwent surgery earlier in the week for diverticulitis, was in stable condition in intensive care. Even when the star returns to work, he will have to slow down his frenetic pace, doctors say.

This has meant that film-makers now are busy looking at new production dates for the prolific star.

Vinod Mirani, publisher of movie trade magazine "Box Office," valued upcoming projects involving the star at around US$44 million.