Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are just the latest in a string of celebrity couples to marry in the picturesque lakeside town of Bracciano, Italy.
Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, will marry on Saturday (18NOV06) in the town's 16th century medieval Castello Odescalchi after a 19 month courtship.
CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour married former US State Department spokesman JAMES RUBIN in the castle in August 1998, which was attended by the late JOHN F KENNEDY JR and his wife CAROLYN BESSETTE.
Italian pop heart-throb EROS RAMAZZOTTI and new wife MICHELLE HUNZIKER also had their wedding reception in the castle.
Twenty-eight years ago (79), legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese made Isabella Rossellini the third Mrs Scorsese in the town. Rossellini grew up in Rome and had fond memories of Bracciano as a child.
As far back as the 1940s, celebrities were tying the knot in the town - original ZORRO star Tyrone Power wed Mexican beauty LINDA CHRISTIAN there in 1949.
However, Bracciano may not be a good luck charm for Holmes and Cruise - three of the four previous famous stars to marry in the town have divorced within four to six years later.
The 18 November is also the wedding anniversary of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas; Queen guitarist Brian May and actress ANITA DOBSON; and late author Jack Kerouac and his third wife STELLA.
Pop veteran Madonna continues to sit atop the European singles chart with SORRY, holding off competition from THE Black Eyed Peas and EROS RAMAZZOTTI/Anastacia. The Black Eyed Peas are at number two with PUMP IT, while Eros Ramazzotti/Anastacia's I BELONG TO YOU moves up two places to number three. At number four is BOB SINCLAIR FEAT GARY PINE with LOVE GENERATION. NO TOMORROW by Orson is at number five. Meanwhile, Placebo's MECS has ended James Blunt's eight week reign at the top of the European albums chart, knocking his Back To Bedlam out of the top five altogether. Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is at number two with ON AN ISLAND, while Andrea Bocelli is at number three with AMORE. Kelly Clarkson's BREAKAWAY is at number four, and Corinne Bailey Rae is at number five with her eponymous debut.
Madonna and James Blunt continue to dominate the European music scene, holding on to top position in the single and album charts respectively for another week. The queen of pop stays at number one with SORRY, while her disc CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR remains at number two in the continent's albums chart. Last week's second and third-placed tracks switch places with BOB SINCLAIR FEAT GARY PINE climbing to number two with LOVE GENERATION, while RUN IT, by CHRIS BROWN FEAT JUELZ SANTANA, drops to number three spot. Flamboyant TV talent contest star CHICO makes a name for himself outside of the UK with IT'S CHICO TIME - which enters the chart in fourth position. EROS RAMAZZOTTI/Anastacia round out the top five with I BELONG TO YOU. In the European albums chart, British pop star James Blunt's BACK TO BEDLAM sits at number one for an eighth consecutive week, keeping Madonna at bay. At number three is Kelly Clarkson with BREAKAWAY, followed by Katie Melua's PIECE BY PIECE, while last week's number three, WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT, drops to fifth for rock newcomers Arctic Monkeys.
Madonna continues to prove herself as the queen of pop as she crashes straight in at number one in the European singles chart with SORRY, while her disc CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR remains at number two in the continent's albums chart. At number two in the European singles chart is CHRIS BROWN FEAT JUELZ SANTANA with RUN IT, while BOB SINCLAIR FEAT GARY PINE are at number three with LOVE GENERATION. NOTORIOUS BIG FEAT P DIDDY drop three places to number four with NASTY GIRL, while EROS RAMAZZOTTI/Anastacia are at number five with I BELONG TO YOU. In the European albums chart, British pop star James Blunt's BACK TO BEDLAM sits at number one for a seventh consecutive week, keeping Madonna at bay. At number three are Arctic Monkeys with WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT. Jack Johnson's IN BETWEEN DREAMS is at number four, while Katie Melua is at number five with PIECE BY PIECE.
Germany's Echo Awards nominees have been announced - with American and British stars well represented.
The ceremony, which will take place in Berlin's INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS CENTRE in March (08MAR04), will see stars including Justin Timberlake. ROBBIE WILLIAMS, Madonna and Christina Aguilera all battling for gongs.
The full list of nominations are as follows:
Continue reading: Echo Awards Announced
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