Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Puppy Love Hits the Cinemas

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Puppy Love Hits the Cinemas

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Byline: Rick Bentley

THE Four Seasons Hotel has always been a safe haven for celebrities. That's because a three metre brick wall creates a barrier between the hotel entrance and the street. The driveway just inside the wall is a no-paparazzi zone.

That has not stopped a handful of enterprising photographers on this recent Saturday morning. They have set up several ladders on the sidewalk. A photographer is perched on each. Their prey: Jennifer Aniston.

Aniston is always of interest to the entertainment media. But this paparazzi flurry is because of all of the rumours about the former Friends star. The buzz is that she is pregnant. The tabloid gossip is that singer John Mayer, whom Aniston has been linked romantically, would be the chief suspect as the father if the rumours are true.

The reason Aniston is at the hotel is to talk about her new release, Marley & Me. She and Owen Wilson play a married couple who find their lives dramatically changed by a not-so-obedient yellow Labrador retriever. The family film is based on the best-selling book of the same name.

Publicists for Marley & Me issue a warning to those handful of journalists gathered to interview her and Wilson not to ask any personal questions. This is to be an interview about the movie.

Aniston arrives dressed in a dark grey blouse and a black, floor-length skirt. There are no visible signs the rumours are true. If she is pregnant, then the baby must have been conceived very recently.

She stops to greet her other co-star: the dog. She pats the yellow Labrador seated in the corner. The dog is one of 22 that were used in the making of the movie. It took so many canine co-stars because the film covers 14 years of the dog's life.

The movie isn't just a dog's story. It's also the tale of the couple's relationship that lasts through all those years. That is why Aniston agreed to do the movie.

"It's a true story. It's a simple story. I think people go to the movies and they escape with these big crazy plotlines. Here is a movie where people are actually going like 'that's me' or 'I did that,''I walked through that.' Or 'my dog.' Even if you don't have a dog or you've been in a relationship - and it doesn't even have to be a married relationship - just partnered life, you know," Aniston says. …

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