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19 March 2010

Showbiz

"Jennifer and I are just friends," says Gerard Butler

Titanic in 3D version by 2012

London : Acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron has confirmed that he'll bring the 3D version of Titanic on the big screen by 2012. "We're targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3D version of Titanic) which is the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the ship," contactmusic.com quoted him as saying. The movie was released in 1997. Cameron also revealed that he would put his latest epic film Avatar back into movie theatres by releasing a director's cut later this year. "The wild card is that we might be rereleasing the movie this fall. It's kind of gotten stomped out (in theatres since the release) of Alice in Wonderland. The word we're getting back from exhibitors is we probably left a couple of hundred million dollars on the table as a result," he said. "The question is (that) the appetite (is) still going to be there after the summer glut of movies. We're going to assess that. We're talking about may be adding in additional footage and doing something creative," he added.

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London : Even after their flirtatious body language and a trip to Mexico together, actor Gerard Butler insists that he is "just friends" with co-star Jennifer Aniston. After embracing Aniston at the London premiere of their new film ''The Bounty Hunter'' last week,

Butler did little to dispel rumours the couple were dating in real-life. But the Scottish actor insists the pair are ''just friends'', Daily Mail online reported. The ''300 star'' even admits he enjoys the rumours because they deflect attention from the women he is really dating. "I went for her birthday to Mexico. We''re just friends. We have a natural chemistry - you can see it in our magazine shoot (W) and the film. We have a great time together," Butler said."But here''s the thing while they''re accusing me of

being with Jennifer, I''ve probably been off somewhere else doing some damage with someone else," he added. Butler, 40, has a reputation of being a ladies man in Hollywood, which he insists isn''t as true as he would like. He says that he has only had two relationships. "My last two girlfriends - one was two years, the other 18 months - nobody ever found out I was dating them.I''m pretty good at keeping that silent. I''m not a big relationship guy. One of my vices is, I''m too wrapped up in myself and not always in a good way," Butler said.

Preity Zinta appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador New Delhi : Actress Preity Zinta was appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador and plans to combine Cricket and Bollywood to raise awareness about the deadly disease. The 35-year-old actress who is the co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, will donate 25 percent of the profits made by her team to charities selected by the UN. "The players of my team will be wearing ribbons for the cause of HIV-AIDS. Someone living with HIV will come on the field and toss for our matches. Me and my team will also be making field trips in Punjab," the actress told reporters here. Preity will be making public service message films for UNAIDS featuring herself and the players which will be in English, Hindi and Punjabi. She promised to ask for support from the film fraternity, who she noted are always up for a cause.

Abhishek Bachchan starrer to be co-produced by Fox Star Chennai : Abhishek Bachchan starrer 'Dum Maaro Dum' set to be directed by Rohan Sippy will be co-produced Fox Star Studios, a joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and Star. The film will be Rohan's third movie with Abhishek, whom he had earlier directed in 'Kuch Naa Kaho' and 'Bluffmaster'. "I am happy to team up yet again with Abhishek, who is a marvelous actor, and together we promise to provide edge of the seat excitement to audiences," said Rohan. "We are committed to working with the best talent in

the business and are delighted to be working with the winning pair of Rohan and Abhishek on 'Dum Maaro Dum'. It's an amazing script that we are all very excited about. It's going to be a film to watch out for in 2010," Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios India, said in a statement.The movie, an action-thriller, will be shot in Goa and also star Bipasha Basu, Aditya Panscholi and Pratiek Babbar and Telegu Star Rana Daggubati, who will make his Bollywood debut. Ramesh Sippy, the co-producer of the movie, also echoed similar sentiments.

Kate Winslet splits from hubby New York : The Hollywood A-listers' split was "amicable." Winslet, winner of the 2009 best actress Oscar for "The Reader", married Mendes, awarded the Academy Award for best director in 2000 for "American Beauty", in May 2003. "Kate and Sam are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year. The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement," London lawyer Keith Schilling said in a statement Monday. "Both parties are fully committed to the joint parenting of their children," Schilling added. "They ask that the media respect the privacy of the family." Winslet and Mendes have a six-year-old son, Joe, and Winslet has a nine-year-old daughter, Mia, from her previous marriage to Jim Threapleton, an assistant director she met while making the low-budget "Hideous Kinky". The 34-year-old British actress rose to global prominence as the

romantic heroine in the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. She was married for just over three years to Threapleton, but they divorced in December 2001. Mendes and Winslet became a couple within two months of her split from Threapleton. They made their first public appearance in Britain together in 2002 when they attended the premiere of Mendes's second film, "The Road To Perdition". Mendes, 44, directed his wife in the 2008 drama "Revolutionary Road", an experience he describ e d as "exhilarating", and confessed he saw "a side of her I just didn't know". The film, about a disintegrating marriage in 1950s suburban America, reunited her with DiCaprio and won her a Golden Globe for best actress. Often described as one of Hollywood's "golden couples", Winslet and Mendes were based in New York.

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