'I Do' of a Different Stripe
More details from Jack White's surprise nuptials:The Grammy-winning White Stripes singer and British video model Karen Elson were married Wednesday in a canoe by a shaman priest at the point in the Brazilian rain forest where the Amazon, Negro and Solimoes rivers meet. A few close friends attended the ceremony, which was followed later that day by a blessing by a priest at a Catholic cathedral in Manaus.
Meg White, drummer for the Detroit duo, was the maid of honor, and Ian Mantone, the Stripes' manager, was best man. The wedding party spent some time touring the Amazonian jungle by boat and handling live alligators and snakes. You know, the usual wedding activities.
The wedding announcement claims that "this is the first marriage for both newlyweds," which is not quite true. Jack and Meg were married in 1996 and divorced in 2000, all the while insisting publicly that they were brother and sister.
Elson recently appeared in the band's video for their new single "Blue Orchid."
The marriage comes days before the release of the new White Stripes album.
No word on how the couple plan to celebrate their honeymoon. A trip to Mars, perhaps?
Magical Mystery Name
Though we're not quite halfway through the year, it may be time to call a winner for Most Amazing Baby Name of 2005: comedian-magician Penn Jillette and his wife, Emily, have named their baby girl, born yesterday, Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette, according to publicist Glenn Schwartz.
"We chose her middle name because when she's pulled over for speeding she can say, 'But officer, we're on the same side . . . my middle name is CrimeFighter,' " Jillette said. Jillette's frequently mute assistant Teller was, predictably, not available for comment.
Harry Potter, Rescued
Police have arrested two men suspected of trying to sell stolen copies of the upcoming Harry Potter novel.
Police in Kettering, 80 miles north of London, arrested a 37-year-old and a 19-year-old Friday on suspicion of theft and firearms offenses.
The new book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," is to be released July 16.
The Sun and the Daily Mirror newspapers both said they had been contacted about buying an early copy of the novel. The Sun confirmed that a reporter and a photographer met two men with the intention of obtaining the book. The paper said it then planned to notify authorities. One of the men reportedly told the Daily Mirror that he worked at a distribution center where the books were stored.
Police retrieved two copies of the book and held them as evidence.
The sixth and newest Harry Potter adventure has sparked massive interest since author J.K. Rowling revealed that a major character will be killed in the book.
With a flood of bets in late May that it is Hogwarts's head teacher, Professor Dumbledore, who dies, many bookmakers in London suspended betting, suspecting that information had been leaked.
Noted . . .
Singer Rod Stewart, 60, has filed for divorce from actress Rachel Hunter, citing irreconcilable differences. The filing comes a few days after it was revealed that Stewart is expecting his first child with his fiancee, model-photographer Penny Lancaster.
Hunter, 35, and the veteran British rocker were married in 1990 but split in 1999, court documents filed Thursday show. Hunter originally filed for divorce in 2003 but later withdrew her request for unspecified reasons.
The couple have two children, 12-year-old Liam and 10-year-old Rene.
. . . and Quoted
"Youth must be served. If you look at a lot of media, older Americans aren't important unless you're selling Craftmatic beds."
-- Tom Taylor, editor of trade publication Inside Radio, on the decision by New York's WCBS-FM to dump its oldies format after more than 30 years.
-- Compiled by Brett Lyman
from wire reports
Rod Stewart has filed for divorce from actress Rachel Hunter.