Sideshow: Douglas, Zeta-Jones need space

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
Posted: August 30, 2013

Michael Douglas' first marriage, to Diandra Luker, ended after 23 years (and cost him $45 mil). His second, with fellow A-list power player Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43, seems to be falling apart after 13. The stars are "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," a rep on Wednesday told Us Weekly. Yet sources say they've been living apart since May. The couple, who have two kids, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10, have valiantly supported each other through dark times: When Michael, 68, was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and this year when his wife struggled with bipolar disorder. A source tells People that the stress (of being there for each other) has taken its toll, as has the drama of Douglas' first son Cameron's drug conviction - which landed him a five-year prison stretch. No evidence a third (or fourth) party is involved, and so far, no legal filings by either party.

Douglas' trip . . .

. . . down memory lane.

Even as reports of his breakup were burning up the wires, Catherine Zeta-Jones' estranged husband Michael Douglas was having dinner in France, the nation that brought the couple together so many years ago.

Douglas' HBO pic, Behind the Candelabra, is set to screen at the Deauville Film Festival, the same place - and the same event - where he met his wife in 1998.

To twerk . . .

. . . or not to twerk.

The Oxford Dictionaries Online has added Miley Cyrus' fave activity, twerking, to its august listing. To twerk, it says, is to "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."

Other new words: selfie, apols, derp, emoji, grats and vom. ("Huh," you ask? Well, look it up!)

Words added to the online edition will not necessarily make it into the official Oxford English Dictionary.

Justin says . . .

Justin Timberlake won't condemn Miley's twerking. "I like Miley. I like her a lot," he tells the Jim & Kim radio show on 102.7 in New York. "She's letting everybody know she's growing up."

Bryan on top. Again

Country dude Luke Bryan, 37, stays at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts for a second week with Crash My Party, which sold 159,000 units in its second week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. John Mayer is probably, like, more famouser, but his new album, Paradise Valley, couldn't topple Bryan. It debuted at No. 2 this week, selling 144,000 copies, his smallest debut week since his first full LP, 2001's Room for Squares. R&B trio TGT's Three Kings debuted in third place with 76,000.

Paz: I want back in!

Paz de la Huerta, 28, who exited HBO's Boardwalk Empire at the end of its second season, tells Fox News she wants to return. "Terry [producer Terence Winter] always says it's possible for me to come back," says Paz, whose character, Steve Buscemi's lustful lover Lucy Danziger, went on to have Agent Nelson Van Alden's (Michael Shannon) baby.

The New York native is promoting a new book, The Birds Didn't Die Over The Winter, a collaboration with photog Alexandrea Carr. The work helped heal emotional scars sustained after her breakup with Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland. "I went through a very difficult time in my life," she says.

But now. Now she's back.

Diane Kruger on age

The Bridge's Diane Kruger, 37, isn't freaked out by age. "I'm kinder to myself" now than at 20, she tells DuJour mag. "I loved being 20, [but] I'm not nostalgic about my beauty at that time."


This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.

Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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