Date: 9th May 2001

Kidman Parties Despite Cruise Split

NICOLE KIDMAN will be hosting one of the most lavish parties ever held on the Cote D'Azur to celebrate the world premiere of new film MOULIN ROUGE (2001). But the Australian actress will be alone at the 12-day Cannes film festival. Though she begged estranged husband TOM CRUISE to join her and her two adopted children, he has remained at home in California and refuses, say friends,to communicate with her. Kidman will attend the party with British stars EWAN MCGREGOR and JIM BROADBENT. The party, set against the backdrop of Paris's re-constructed Pigalle district in a line of marquees, is understood to have cost $375,000 (250,000). More than 200 security guards will be protecting VIPs and keeping gatecrashers out. Chorus lines of real Can-Can dancers are being flown in from the French capital and the party will be littered with famous French lookalikes such as TOULOUSE LAUTREC and GENERAL DE GAULLE. Over $75,000 (50,000) worth of champagne and $37,5000 (25,000) worth of oysters will be enjoyed at the bash. A senior source says, "We are giving the French what they like most, French history. " (RP/WNWCAN/KMW)

Source: WENN



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