Big-name guests bring their own drama to Witherspoon’s wedding
WITH BILL ZWECKER March 27, 2011 6:40PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
While Reese Witherspoon’s marriage at her Ojai, Calif., ranch — to top Hollywood agent Jim Toth — was called “a real love fest” by an observer on the scene Saturday, the source also quipped, “there was as much buzz going on about some of the guests — as well as the bride and groom!”
Closely watched was good Witherspoon friend Renee Zellweger, “who just moved her stuff out of [ex-beau] Bradley Cooper’s house,” added the source, who said the actress’ “outward appearance of being ‘just fine’ isn’t really the whole story. … She’s much more broken up about that breakup than people think.
“A number of people [at the Witherspoon-Toth nuptials] think Renee obviously was thinking about a wedding she thought she was going to have with Cooper.”
† The fast-blooming romance of fellow guests Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn had folks whispering about that new affair — a hookup that initially caught much of Hollywood unawares.
† After wet weather created a muddy mess behind Witherspoon’s ranch house (the planned site for the ceremony), a quick shuffling led to “an equally lovely” setting in the house’s front courtyard — where the Oscar winner and her main man tied the knot before 100 friends and family members, including Tobey Maguire; Salma Hayek; Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, and Alyssa Milano and her husband, David Bugliari, who like Toth is an agent at Hollywood’s powerbroker agency, CAA. The Academy Award winner chose fave designer Monique Lhullier to create her gown. As a nod to Witherspoon’s Nashville roots, Toth made his entrance to the strains of “Tennessee Waltz.”
† While Witherspoon’s children with ex-husband Ryan Philippe were part of the ceremony, Philippe himself was not present — though he wasn’t far away. The actor and current girlfriend Amanda Seyfried spent the weekend hunkered down at the the nearby San Ysidro Inn.
† Witherspoon certainly has a full slate these days. The actress carefully timed her nuptials to ensure time for a very short honeymoon period — before her early April launch of three new fragrances for Avon and her big press junket next weekend for “Water for Elephants,” in which she co-stars with Robert Pattinson.
OSCAR CONTROVERSY: Other Hollywood insiders were buzzing over the weekend about this year’s best actress Oscar winner: Natalie Portman. It’s all about the conflicting stories being spun by Portman’s beau, Benjamin Millipied, and American Ballet Theatre ballerina Sarah Lane.
Millipied, Portman’s “Black Swan” co-star and choreographer and the father of her soon-to-be-born baby, recently claimed it was Portman’s own dancing that was seen in “85 percent” of the much-acclaimed Darren Aronofsky film.
That has upset Lane, Portman’s body double in “Black Swan,” who told EW.com the actress’ own dancing only amounted to about 5 percent of screen time — with Portman’s face digitally grafted onto her body. Lane says it was all a disingenuous move to impress both the public and potential Oscar voters.
“They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar.
“It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years. … Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”
The film’s producers have denied Lane’s allegations, issuing a statement Saturday insisting Portman did “most of the dancing featured in the final film.”
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