Posted: 19 March 2006 at 2:37pm | IP Logged
Lake Como Buzzes with Pitt-Jolie Wedding Rumors
Saturday, March 18, 2006
CERNOBBIO, Italy (Reuters) - Rumors that Hollywood sweethearts Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt could marry on the shores of Lake Como this weekend have transformed even quiet Italian villagers into star-struck gossip fans.
The weeks-long speculation centers on the lakeside villa of Pitt's friend and fellow actor George Clooney, where the couple were expected to arrive on Thursday or Friday, and the nearby luxury hotel of Villa d'Este, once a romantic hideaway for stars such as Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra.
"We don't have any bookings under their or their agents' names, maybe because it will be an intimate celebration," said Villa d'Este spokeswoman Antonella Chiesa.
"In any case we're ready to stage a wedding ceremony," she said, sitting on the veranda the hotel transforms into a white flower-and-candlelight extravaganza for celebrity weddings.
Pitt and Jolie have not announced any wedding plans.
Since his messy separation from actress Jennifer Aniston, Pitt and Jolie have been spotted shopping in Paris and preaching global justice at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Jolie is pregnant with Pitt's child, and a Los Angeles judge in January granted Jolie's request to change the last names of her adopted children to reflect Pitt's status as their adoptive father.
Clooney spent last summer on Lake Como and reportedly regularly sipped an aperitivo at Villa d'Este. He also staged a party there when he and Pitt filmed blockbuster Ocean's Twelve.
Little action was evident on Thursday at the actor's cream-colored villa at Laglio, a sleepy hamlet nestled between the lake and surrounding deep green hills.
The lights were out and some of the window shutters closed, and only brand new metal screens protecting the adjacent park against nosy onlookers hinted that something was in the works.
Clooney's Los Angeles-based spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, said on Friday that Clooney would be in New York this weekend working on a new film and would not be in Lake Como.
Small groups of people with notebooks and television cameras trotted along the country lanes connecting Cernobbio and Laglio, looking slightly lost, while some journalists cruised the lake on motorboats to get a better view of Clooney's summer home.
Some speculate that local tourism operators invented the wedding rumors to fill up hotel rooms. But three elderly men having an early glass of wine in a bar down the road were convinced there was more to it.
"They are cleaning the village and tidying up everything, something is going to happen," said Andrea, who declined to give his surname.
"I haven't been invited anyway. Have you?" his friend Antonio asked him, prompting a round of laughter in the bar.