Brad Skips Cannes Film Festival to Play Dad
May 23, 2006

The world is on high alert as the Brangelina Baby countdown reaches its final hours. As the moment grows closer, only "Extra" found Brad Pitt working in some last minute Daddy practice!

Us Weekly caught the star leading the Tour de Namibia with Zahara strapped to his back and Maddox biking right by his side. While Brad's impending miracle forced him to skip the debut of his film "Babel" at the Cannes Film Festival, he did send a note.

"With the imminent arrival of the newest addition to our family, I am unable to join Alejandro, Cate, Gael, and the rest of the cast and crew in introducing the film," Pitt said in an e-mail that was read at a press conference following the film's screening.

We will forgive you, Brad. Someone not so forgiving these days, however, is Denise Richards, who is hitting her ex, Charlie Sheen, where it hurts -- the wallet.

"Extra" obtained the latest court papers from their nasty divorce war. In them, Denise goes snooping to see how much dough Charlie has stashed away in his pensions.

As the new fireworks explode in Los Angeles, the bitter exes are a million miles away. Charlie is in Cannes, while Denise is in Italy with boyfriend Richie Sambora.

We spotted the cuddly couple on a yacht along the Amalfi coast where the bikini clad "Wild Thing" also went on a dinghy ride with her rock star beau.

Denise certainly isn't dwelling on her past, and it looks like Heather Mills may have taken a cue! The soon-to-be ex-Mrs. McCartney came out of hiding for the first time since her split with Sir Paul in Slovenia, using a crutch for support.

"Extra" got new details of the couple's long and winding road to Splitsville, about which Paul's family is reportedly rejoicing. "They're all very happy that the Heather era is over," Us Weekly's Katrina Szich revealed, adding that Paul's kids from his marriage to Linda considered Heather a step-monster.

"Probably one of the biggest deal breakers is the report that Heather brags repeatedly about her sex life with Paul," Szish said.

But it's not all bad buzz about Heather. She'll reportedly donate much of her estimated quarter billion dollar divorce settlement to charity.

And this just in: is Kevin Costner parting ways with his beautiful wife, Christine?

Us Weekly reports the couple, who married in Colorado almost two years ago, has gone their separate ways.

But Kevin's camp told "Extra" the report is 100 percent fabricated, and Mr. and Mrs. Costner are still happily hitched.

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