Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger and country singer Kenny Chesney are ending their marriage of just over four months. The couple have filed for an annulment to the surprise ceremony that united them in May on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. Zellweger and Chesney, who met at a Concert of Hope tsunami-relief event, had surprised both fans and friends alike with their sudden marriage, which Zellweger is seeking to end on the basis of "fraud." "Contradictory to my intentions to maintain the integrity of our privacy by not commenting on the specifics of our decision, it seems necessary to clarify that the term 'fraud' ... is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character," Zellweger said in a statement. She asked that people not draw "derogatory, hurtful, sensationalized or untrue conclusions" from the use of the word, adding, "We hope to experience this transition as privately as possible." It was the first exchange of vows for either star, although Zellweger has also been linked in years past to White Stripes singer Jack White and Jim Carrey, her co-star in "Me, Myself & Irene." ...

Nicolas Cage hasn't seen the first image of his flaming skull in the upcoming film "Ghost Rider" yet, but the actor recently said he counts himself among those who can't wait for the heavily anticipated release of his first official superhero film. "What I like about Ghost Rider is, he works in both worlds," he said. Although once considered for a "Superman" movie, Cage added that it is the motorcycle-riding demon who holds a special place in his heart. "This is a unique take on a superhero that I haven't seen before. I have a soft spot for comic books, for me, because they taught me how to read. When I was a youngster I would read comics, and I was fascinated by the stories that they had." The adventures of Johnny Blaze and his ignited alter ego will hit movie theaters in July 2006. ... Get ready to move it, move it all over again — times three. With "Madagascar" crossing the half-billion mark (that's right, with a "B") at box offices worldwide, a sequel is going into production with stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith all returning as their zany, zoo-escaping pet personalities. In case that isn't enough for you, a direct-to-video movie will also be made starring the scene-stealing penguins, and a third project will feature the tuxedoed tough guys in a 10-minute mini-movie to play next month in front of the Claymation flick "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." "Madagascar 2" will once again be co-directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, and is expected in theaters in 2008; the straight-to-video penguin adventure will follow one year later. ...

A movie starring Danny Aiello's son, Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father, Michael Jackson's dad — and ex-New Kids On the Block singer Jordan Knight as himself? Believe it or not, it's out there in the form of "Destination Fame," a musical drama about high school graduates trying to make it in the music industry. The film, which is premiering in Los Angeles this week, is described as a feel-good movie depicting the lives of show business underdogs. In addition to Knight, Joe Jackson, Cuba Gooding Sr. and Rick Aiello, former "American Idol" contestant A.J. Gil also stars in the film. ... Fans have long appreciated the way Johnny Depp's career proudly straddles both sides of the line between big-budget crowd pleasers ("Pirates of the Caribbean") and edgy indie fare ("Dead Man"). For his upcoming film "Shantaram," Depp said he hopes to fully merge the two aesthetics. "I don't know that I can say I see it as a big commercial thing, that's something nobody can predict. But I see it as being quite epic," he said of the film, expected in 2007 and based on the biography of a heroin addict who escapes prison and teams up with the Indian underworld crime syndicate. "I mean, if one's hope is to sort of be true to the book, and true to [author] Gregory Roberts' intent, it's pretty sprawling. It's pretty large, it's pretty epic. It's a book that deserves to be read, and hopefully it will be a film that deserves to be seen." ...

Actor Jeff Daniels has worked with some big stars in the past, but currently he's most impressed with a little one. "Oh, JoJo!" he laughed, striking a dance-type pose that would make the singer proud. The "Leave (Get Out)" songstress recently wrapped "R.V.," a family camping comedy that put her beside Daniels and Robin Williams. "JoJo did great, it was a lot of fun," Daniels recalled. "She hung right in there, and she even sings a little bit in the movie. My kids got to come and see it, and they got to meet JoJo. She's a good kid, a real good kid." Daniels added that his young co-star would speak with such authority that he'd often forget how young she actually is. "There were times when she was, 'Yeah, I've played Detroit. Good audiences there.' And then other times she's just a 14-year-old girl in the back of the bus, you know, talking to the other young kids in the movie." The film, which will mark JoJo's big-screen debut, is due in theaters in March. ... In 1933, exaggerated movements and theatrical line readings were considered the hallmark of fine acting. More than 70 years later, Naomi Watts steered clear of such techniques while simultaneously attempting to invoke the legendary work of Fay Wray in "King Kong." "Acting today is very different, very naturalistic — the way we speak, everything. So although we were honoring the period, we needed to make it what's right for today as well," Watts revealed about the upcoming big-budget remake, stomping into theaters this December. "[Wray's] performance was wonderful, and of that time it was great and very honest. I did go back and look at the film, but I didn't want to get too attached to it. Having said that, there's one scene which is a total homage to her, where I did listen carefully to her voice and I wanted to put that in the movie, which we did. Also, [director] Peter [Jackson] is obsessed with that movie, and with her, so we chose to do that." ...

Steve Martin has starred in too many classic films to count, so when recently asked to name the movie he'd most love to make a sequel to, his response was a bit surprising: "The Pink Panther," he immediately said, invoking the name of the suspiciously delayed remake that puts him into the bumbling footprints of Inspector Clouseau. "I mean, it's not out yet, but I'm hoping that the movie is a success, and there's every indication now that we've seen the film that it plays really, really well. That's one character that I would really, really like to play again." ... Tom Cruise has chosen to accept the mission — to be funnier. According to "Mission: Impossible 3" co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman, the currently filming third installment will include a brand of humor that was missing from the first two installments. "J.J. Abrams ['Alias'] is directing this one, and I think he's pretty great. He and Tom are two of the main reasons why I'm doing it," Hoffman smiled. "It's going to be fun, because there's something about J.J. ... He's got a sense of humor, and I think there'll be a sense of humor in this film. There'll be a levity in this film, along with the thrill ride of a spy movie, that I think will be new and fresh ... I have a good feeling about this one." ... The recently wrapped, formerly untitled Pang Brothers horror movie finally has a name. The ghost tale, which stars Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott, is now called "The Messengers." The dual-directing Pangs will deliver their message to horrified theatergoers next August. ...

"I was in North London, I remember, doing a play, and the news came through that Robert Kennedy had been assassinated. I thought, 'The world has completely gone insane.' " After nearly 40 years of living with that painful memory, Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins is preparing to relive the day the U.S. senator and possible future president was murdered in Emilio Estevez's upcoming film, "Bobby." "It's a good script ... and it takes place at the Ambassador Hotel," the former Hannibal Lecter recounted of the film, which co-stars Elijah Wood and is due to begin filming soon. "I play an ex-doorman, a man who actually lived, named John Casey. I'm sort of the Lewis Stone part from 'Grand Hotel'; [I witness] all the lives of other people and their intrigues and their domestic lives. One of the characters says, 'Everyone always comes here, but nothing ever happens,' and that night, Bobby Kennedy is assassinated in the kitchen of the Ambassador." Hopkins said he will also act as executive producer ... If you think you're having a productive workday, wait until you consider the afternoon that Cameron Diaz recently experienced. "Yeah, I just did half the film the other day," she casually reported of "Shrek 3," the highly anticipated sequel that requires staggeringly little time from Diaz as she once again provides the voice for Princess Fiona. Possibly feeling guilty about getting such a mammoth paycheck for a handful of days talking into a microphone, Diaz then offered to help the filmmakers further if they need her. "It's unbelievable, it's so quick. It's absurd. I want to be there for days on end. Please, please let me do more."

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