On her Facebook page on Monday night, master chef Giada De Laurentiis made it official: She and fashion guy Todd Thompson have agreed to dissolve their marriage of 11 years. She said she and Todd "share a beautiful daughter and a lifetime of great memories that we both treasure more than anything." Their daughter is Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson, 6. The Emmy-winning Giada is UCLA- and Cordon Bleu-educated and the granddaughter of filmic auteur Dino De Laurentiis.
In other celeb-splits news, Jeremy Renner's spouse, Sonni Pacheco, filed to end their 10-month marriage. She wants out of their prenup because it is a "fraud," and she wants spousal support, custody of their 21-month-old daughter, Ava Berlin, and she wants Jeremy to give her back her passport, birth certificate, and Social Security card (?). Sounds testy.
Meantime, some people have class about their divorces. "I will never say anything negative about @MariahCarey We are forever a family rooted in love," tweeted Nick Cannon on Monday. He and the chanteuse, married in 2008, are working toward a split. But Cannon has absolutely refused to trash, diss, or throw shade on his soon-to-be-ex.
Yet another top 10 for the year . . . with a difference
Excipio, an outfit that tracks online piracy, gives us its top 20 pirated movies for 2014. The number of illegal downloads (i.e., thefts) is breathtaking. It includes both 2014 movies and other years and runs heavily to sci-fi and fantasy. Most-filched flick was The Wolf of Wall Street, with 30,035,000 thefts. The rest of the top 10: (2) Frozen, 29.919 mils; (3) RoboCop [2014 and 1987 versions considered as one title], 29.879 mils; (4) Gravity, 29.357 mils; (5) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 27.627 mils; (6) Thor: The Dark World, 25.749 mils; (7) Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 25.628 mils; (8) The Legend of Hercules, 25.137 mils; (9) X-Men: Days of Future Past, 24.38 mils; (10) 12 Years a Slave, 23.653 mils. No wonder world box-office is down 5 percent.
Smaller items that may nevertheless entertain
Did you see the size and extent of Sofía Vergara's engagement ring? Her bf Joe Manganello is said to have proposed on Christmas. . . . Rumor runs rampant, (as does a ring on Charlize Theron's finger) that she and Sean Penn are engaged. Us Weekly and other mags insist he question-popped recently in Paris.