Names & Faces: Stewart and Pattinson; Palin and Johnston; Eastwood and France

Saturday, November 14, 2009

'New Moon,' old rumor

Are they or aren't they? It's a common refrain among celeb watchers -- especially among young, ardent fans of the "Twilight" saga. Because if Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who play the films' young lovers, are dating in real life . . . then "Twilight" is basically real, right?

If Stewart and Pattinson's ongoing subterfuge is any indication, we'll never know for sure. But hey, they've really got us hooked! And confused. Here, from the publicity ramp-up before sequel "New Moon's" Nov. 20 release, is what we know -- or think we know:

-- In a Vanity Fair cover story, Pattinson, 23, says he's not dating Stewart, 19 -- but, he laments, it doesn't really matter what he tells the tabloids. "I've literally been across the country [from Kristen], and it's, like, 'Oh, they were on secret dates!' It's, like, 'Where? I can't get out of my hotel room!' " Fair enough.

-- At an Entertainment Weekly interview with "New Moon" stars last week, Stewart got touchy when asked about the romance rumors, which only added to them. "I probably would've answered it if people hadn't made such a big deal about it," she said, "but I'm not going to give the fiending [fiending? Yes, fiending.] an answer." Pattinson tried to interject, but Stewart cut him off: "There's no answer that's not going to tip you one way or the other. Think about every hypothetical situation: 'Okay, we are. We aren't. I'm a lesbian.' I'm just trying to keep something." Something . . . opaque.

-- The smoking gun? Catherine Hardwicke, who directed "Twilight" and cast both leads, seemed confident about some sort of relationship. "I didn't have a camera in the hotel room. I cannot say," Hardwicke told Time magazine. "But in terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn't happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film. I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, 'Okay, I've got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.' "

More Palin-Johnston

Will Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston really break bread at the Thanksgiving table?

While taping an interview with Oprah Winfrey -- which will air Monday -- Palin said that Johnston is "loved" and that "it's lovely to think that he would ever even consider" coming over for Thanksgiving dinner.

In an interview Friday with Playgirl -- which will publish nude photos of him in January -- Johnston turned down the offer, adding: "You could tell by her laugh she was full of it." ( was the first to report this development.)

Now back to your regularly scheduled dysfunction.

France honors Eastwood

French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded Clint Eastwood one of France's top honors Friday, making the actor a commander in France's Legion of Honor.

"As a commander of the arts and letters, I think I will go out on the streets of France today and throw my weight around," Eastwood, 79, joked at the ceremony in Paris, where he received a red-ribboned medal.

Sarkozy said Eastwood is the kind of American that French people adore -- and Reuters reports that the Gallic head of state added that French admiration for American movies has helped transcend any past contretemps. Freedom fries, anyone?

End notes

Spotted: Actor Jason Alexander (trench coat, three acquaintances) at Capital Grille on Thursday night. Alexander was in town to meet with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's ranking Republican, Dick Lugar; they discussed Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Expecting: Actress Rebecca Gayheart, 38, and husband Eric Dane, 37. Gayheart confirmed the news in a red-carpet interview with InTouch Weekly. It will be the first child for the couple, who married in 2004.

Quoted: "I don't think there's anything wrong with getting breast implants as a Christian. I think it's a personal decision. I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants." -- Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, when asked by a Christianity Today interviewer if she ever thought her breast implants might be incompatible with her Christian faith.

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

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