Hollywood hunk Leonardo DiCaprio is planning to open an eco-hotel after buying an island off the Belize coast.
The Aviator star, 30, has purchased the 104 acre Blackadore Caye in the Caribbean sea, which is only a 25 minute boat ride away from the Central American country's top-class diving site of the Belize Barrier Reef.
DiCaprio will work with the team from the nearby Cayo Espanto island to develop an airstrip, infrastructure and top quality accommodation.
A friend says, "It is the perfect project for Leonardo. He wants to make money out of the island without destroying the environment.
"The energy sources will be renewable and the island will be self-sustaining as much as possible. He is drawing up plans which respect the wildlife and surrounding waters."
Allen not interested in Sept.11
Director Woody Allen has dismissed the Sept. 11 attacks as a negligible historical event not worthy of the silver screen.
The Melinda and Melinda filmmaker regards the al-Qaeda attacks on America's east coast as a minor disaster compared to other historical events.
Allen tells PageSix.com, "As a filmmaker, I'm not interested in 9/11. It's too small, history overwhelms it. The history of the world is like: He kills me, I kill him, only with different cosmetics and different castings.
"So in 2001, some fanatics killed some Americans, and now some Americans are killing some Iraqis. And in my childhood, some Nazis killed Jews. And now, some Jewish people and some Palestinians are killing each other.
"Political questions, if you go back thousands of years, are ephemeral - not important. History is the same thing over and over again."
Stars, politicians join Tom Cruise debate
Tom Cruise has taken plenty of heat for his controversial comments about psychiatry on the Today show – and now celebs and politicians are joining in the fray, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.
Marie Osmond, who wrote a book in 2001 about her struggle with postpartum depression, criticized the actor for his comments regarding Brooke Shields, whom Cruise took to task for using antidepressants to help her postpartum depression.
"What he said is very harsh for women who live it or have lived through it," says Osmond. "He should not sit in judgment."
Cruise has even sparked backlash from members of Congress. This week, the Congressional Mental Health Caucus criticized his remarks. "It is unfortunate that Tom Cruise has sought to use his celebrity to once again negatively reinforce the unfortunate stigma associated with mental illness," said Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), co-chair of the caucus, The Hill newspaper reports.
Meanwhile, King of Queens actress Leah Remini, Cruise's friend and fellow Scientologist, defended him at the War of the Worlds premiere in L.A. on Monday, telling reporters, "Tom hasn't gone crazy. Tom is a beautiful person who does a lot of good things for good people."
In his personal life, Cruise's future in-laws – both devout Catholics – are wrestling with the issue of Cruise's faith in Scientology, which Katie Holmes has expressed her own interest in.
When asked about Scientology on June 23, Katie Holmes's father, attorney Martin Holmes, said: "I don't believe in it." Katie's mother, however, says: "Whatever somebody believes in is fine."
So what made one of Hollywood's most likable, bankable stars decide to tangle so publicly with such controversial issues? "What I believe in is that people should be able to think for themselves and they should be able to make decisions based on information," Cruise told PEOPLE senior editor and Early Show contributor Jess Cagle after his Today appearance.
In Hollywood, the question is: What impact, if any, will Cruise's Katie-smooching, Matt-scolding escapades have on a career? Although some industry experts note that Cruise' affable public persona plays a role in his drawing power, they predict that his recent behavior is unlikely to affect a surefire blockbuster like War of the Worlds.
One New York-based publicist tells PEOPLE: "Ultimately if the work is good and his movies are good, then all the other stuff will have a limited effect."