Names & Faces: Annie Leibovitz, Noel Gallagher, Jon and Kate Gosselin, and More

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Leibovitz Property in Focus

Property brokers have estimated that Annie Leibovitz's New York real estate could be worth $40 million -- more than four times her purchase price. But it's unclear if the appreciation will help the photographer out of her financial troubles, Bloomberg reports.

Leibovitz, 59, has until Sept. 8 to repay a $24 million loan from Art Capital, a firm that provides loans with art as collateral, according to a lawsuit filed by the firm last month. Art Capital says Leibovitz breached an agreement that allows the company to sell her real estate and her photography catalogue, valued at more than $50 million, before the deadline.

Although the combined value of Leibovitz's photos and property seems hefty, the sales would generate commissions for Art Capital -- 10 percent from the real estate and 15 percent from the photo catalogue -- before Leibovitz would see a penny. She also owes $2.9 million in interest and other fees, the firm contends, and harsher penalties apply if she misses the deadline.

It is unclear what Leibovitz plans to do. "Annie is continuing to work to resolve the situation, so any comment would be inappropriate at this time," her rep told Bloomberg.

No Oasis for Noel

The endless bro-on-bro feuding between Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and brother Liam may have reached the breaking point.

In a statement on the British pop band's Web site, Noel says that he can't work "a day longer" with his younger brother and that he's leaving Oasis "with some sadness and great relief." The band was scheduled to play a Paris festival on Friday but never took the stage; instead, a message was flashed to the crowd that said: "As a result of an altercation within the band, the Oasis gig has been canceled." Gallagher's statement apologized "to all the people who bought tickets" for the band's shows in France, Italy and Germany.

Jersey's Pricey Zip Code

We always knew Sean "Diddy" Combs had expensive tastes: Alpine, the hip-hop mogul's neighborhood in New Jersey, is the country's most expensive Zip code, reveals in a new report.

Located 20 miles from Manhattan, Alpine is a small community of palatial mansions with a median asking price of $4.14 million. Other celebs with homes there include Stevie Wonder and Chris Rock.

The runners-up: Atherton, Calif., near San Francisco, took second place with a median asking price of $3.85 million. New York City's West Village came in third at $3.5 million.

For Jon & Kate, Some Class

Jon and Kate Gosselin pulled it together -- momentarily -- to send their kids back to school this week, but things between them still seem tense.

The divorcing stars of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" arrived in separate cars and did not go out of their way to speak to each other as they helped their twin daughters, 8-year-old Cara and Mady, onto the school bus in Pennsylvania on Thursday, People magazine reports. (According to Us Weekly, one reporter yelled out: "Kate, do you feel like you're taking Jon back to school when he acts like a 15-year-old?")

On Friday, the 5-year-old Gosselin sextuplets -- Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel, Aaden and Collin -- headed out for their first day of pre-kindergarten, which they will attend three days a week. Jon told People that not all of the sextuplets are ready for kindergarten yet because they were born prematurely.

When questioned by People, Jon had this to say about his soon-to-be ex: "I have no ill will toward Kate. She's the mother of my kids. She's a great mom. She does a lot for them."

End Notes

Engaged: Actors John Krasinski, 29, and Emily Blunt, 26, Krasinski's rep confirmed to People. The couple began dating in November.

Quoted: "My uterus is really flattered that everyone cares, but sorry, no occupants." -- Actress Anna Paquin to Extra, dismissing rumors that she's expecting a baby with fiancé Stephen Moyer, her co-star on HBO's "True Blood."

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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