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Rumors have been flying that Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie are having marital troubles, but things may be looking up.
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updated 8/5/2008 10:14:47 PM ET 2008-08-06T02:14:47

Despite repeated claims from Madonna’s rep that everything’s hunky-dory between the queen of pop and husband Guy Ritchie, rumors of marital woes continue to swirl around them.

But things may be looking up for the power pair. The New York Post reports the couple plans to bury the hatchet and make their relationship work — at least for now.

The arrangement, which the paper claims is a one-year commitment to try to mend the rift, means big compromises from Madge and her man. For instance, both of them must find extra time in their busy schedules to spend with each other, and for Madonna that means cutting back on those daily four-hour mega-workouts.

And if the soon-to-be-less-buff Madonna had any ambition to adopt another child, that’s out of the question under the new agreement. Apparently Guy isn’t looking to become one half of the next Brangelina.

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No more squeaky clean image for Zac
Zac Efron’s ready to graduate from his “High School Musical” days and shed his good-guy image. According to the star, there’s a new, edgier Zac on the horizon.

“I want people to see that I have grown up and moved on,” the actor told the Daily Star’s Neil Sean, explaining his new bulky bicep look. “I know for sure — and I need a new start.”

It’s not just the 20-year-old’s look that’s changing. After he finishes work on the upcoming remake of “Footloose,” he plans to try out for roles that aren’t the usual song and dance routines.

“I'm looking for something new and exciting to do,” Zac shared with OK magazine. “I want to do something dark, or a comedy. There's tons of icons that I would love to work with on something new and exciting.”

‘Gossip Girl’ role weighs on Chace’s conscience
The sleazy life of his onscreen counterpart causes Chace Crawford concern. In an interview with the Independent, the “Gossip Girl” star admitted Nate Archibald’s life is a world away from his own.

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“Is that a weight on my conscience? Well, yes, I think it is,” Chace told the paper. “I come from a moral background, and I can see the power of the show, and imagine my old schoolteachers cringing, or my grandparents thinking 'Oh my God!' when they see me, say, having sex on a barstool. But you have to remember, this is not a reality show. It's supposed to be pure entertainment.”

It’s also not a morality play, but Chace believes his character gets enough of a karmic comeuppance every now and again to teach a lesson.

“My character is very conflicted, and even in the episodes where he's having sex, then dumping girls, there's often regret,” the actor explained. “You know, there are repercussions to certain sorts of behavior that come full circle.”

Dish on the fly
Contrary to what some fans would like to believe, Scarlett Johansson insists her onscreen smooch with Penelope Cruz was anything but steamy. “There were like 60 crewmen (sitting around) eating salami sandwiches!” the actress told Us magazine at Monday night’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” premiere. “It's really the least sexy thing you can ever imagine!” … Training to be a superhero is taking a toll on Seth Rogen. The “Knocked Up” star is suffering for his art, as he whips himself into shape for his leading role in “The Green Hornet.” “I have a personal trainer now... it's really hard,” Seth told the National Enquirer. “I exercised to the point where he made me throw up. I thought he'd be kind of supportive about it — rub my back, or hold my hair out of my face. There was none of that at all.” … Roseanne Barr has a beef with country singer Toby Keith and fans who appreciate his music. In a mini-rant on her blog, devoid of any details, the comedian wrote, “Toby Keith makes Americans proud to be stupid and drunken racist monsters.”

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