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Tiger Woods and wife want to work things out

Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, might have spent the holiday apart — he in seclusion in the United States, she reportedly skiing in the French Alps during New Year’s celebrations — but that doesn’t mean things are over.

“Tiger and Elin still love each other,” according to a person close to the couple. “Although there is talk of divorce, and anyone can see there is a lot of work to do, they would both like to work this out.”

In photos from the skiing trip, Elin, for the first time since Woods’ Thanksgiving night accident, is seen wearing what appears to be her wedding rings. A subtle message, but one nonetheless.

“That doesn’t surprise me,” said the source. “Even though they have been spending time apart, she’s not moving out of the home now, and she is willing to put work into this. So is Tiger.”

As for the images from the ski trip, rumors have since surfaced that the woman pictured may be Nordegren’s twin sister, Josefine. On Monday, Elin was reportedly spotted near her home in Florida.

Beatty bio is (thankfully) unauthorizedA new biography about Warren Beatty is being billed as authorized, but according to Beatty’s attorney Bert Fields, “Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America” by Peter Biskind, was never approved by the actor.

In a statement to the Huffington Post, Fields wrote, “Mr. Biskind’s tedious and boring book on Mr. Beatty was not authorized by Mr. Beatty and should not be published as an authorized biography.”

Among the claims in the book: Beatty, a widely reputed ladies man, allegedly slept with nearly 13,000 women.

Weekend box office
In case you haven’t heard, that “Avatar” movie is doing OK at the box office. Of course, by “OK,” I mean that it’s now the fifth movie ever to break the billion-dollar mark.

Is this a big deal? Yes. First off, James Cameron is the only director to ever have two films break the barrier. (His last little picture, “Titanic” is the No. 1 highest-grossing film, with $1.8 billion in sales.)

Also, this talk about the box-office numbers being somewhat inflated because of 3-D premiums on tickets? It doesn’t hold up in the face of the film’s weekend-over-weekend performances, which have been remarkably consistent.

That means word-of-mouth is driving moviegoers, and a significant dip in ticket sales is not exactly around the corner. And that means that the domestic total, which is currently at $352 million, only stands to grow.

In 2009, Hollywood’s domestic box office total was $10.6 billion. At this rate, “Avatar” stands to represent a significant percentage of the 2010 total.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc

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