Jen Celebrates Christmas By Beating Brad At The Box Office

  • Jennifer Aniston's film, Marley and Me set a Christmas Day box office record, bringing in 14.8 million dollars. Her ex-husband Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button came in second with 11.8 million. [People]
  • Meanwhile, Aniston spent Christmas Eve with her good friend, Courteney Cox. Following a tradition they've kept up for 6 years, Aniston joined Cox and her husband, David Arquette, along with their 4-year old daughter, Coco, for dinner at Mastro's Steakhouse. Of their friendship, Cox says, "We never judge each other, we support each other, but we're honest with each other too. I feel lucky to have her. Jen and I grew up together emotionally. We've been through huge life changes together."[USMagazine]
  • But don't worry, Angelina fans! Brad Pitt has lovely things to say about his current partner. "I had a whole other life and I got to experience a lot. And I probably got away with more than I should. And it kind of ran its course, you know, it kind of hit a dead end. [Fatherhood is] the direction I always thought I would go in. But not until, with Angie and it felt like a natural evolution, a natural direction." [E!]
  • Is Mariah Carey pregnant? Sources on St. Barts, where Carey is currently staying, say "definitely." [PageSix]
  • Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is engaged to marry his girlfriend of two years. Kelley is the brother of Josh Kelley, who is married to Katherine Heigl. [USMagazine]
  • Ouch! Ben Stiller broke his hand in a snowboarding mishap last weekend. [TheSun]
  • Johnny Depp self-medicated his way through the 1990's: ""I never wanted to be the guy people looked at. I felt I could only be myself when I was alone, that I turned into some kind of novelty. The only way I could get through that time was to drink," Depp says, "I poisoned myself with alcohol for years but I've never been into drugs in the way it was sometimes made out." [ShowbizSpy]
  • Michael Lohan has allegedly launched his own blog in order to spread what he calls "the TRUTH" about his relationship with his daughter. The blog includes tirades against Samantha Ronson, Bible verses, and even some commenter rules: "Let’s set up some guidelines and rules “to live by” if we are going to participate on this website! First of all, try your best to refrain from cursing, lying or baring [sic] false witness. I know this is hard for some of you, but try."[JustJared]
  • Sadness: Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider lost two puppies when thieves stole his SUV, which had the two pups inside. So far, the dogs haven't been returned. [PageSix]
  • Gavin and Stacey star James Corden is set to play Shrek in the West End run of Shrek: The Musical, which will be directed by Sam Mendes (random!). [Daily Express]
  • Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil: back on? A source says yes: "After months of bust-ups, Amy has decided to take Blake back. She says the best Christmas present will be to have her man home for good.Her dream would be to see in the New Year with him but she knows that can't happen because he is locked up. But she still hopes to jet back before then to visit him." [ShowbizSpy]
  • Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are engaged: the football star proposed to the model aboard a private jet. [E!]
  • Will Arnett is a go for the Arrested Development film: ”It’ll be fun to get back together with everybody and work on it,” he says, “It’s been so long now, we almost have to do it. It’s like we have to finish the joke." [EW]