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Kate Winslet on Divorce: ‘I Think I Can See More Clearly Now’

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Kate Winslet is looking better than ever these days. She credits her divorce and other past experiences for shaping who she is today.

In the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar U.K., the 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress opens up about her divorce from her second husband, Sam Mendes, in 2010.

“I’ve really learnt a great deal about myself, in the last four years in particular,” Winslet said, via E! News.

“I think I can see more clearly now -- about how the pattern of past experiences has shaped who I am, and the characters I have played -- and I’m grateful for that.”

But it’s not all about the negatives for the actress. Winslet married Ned Rock’nRoll, the nephew of British tycoon Richard Branson, last December, and she said she uses the positives in her life to inspire her.

“I have so much more material to draw on for work -- rubble, bricks -- and I know I can carry it now,” Winslet said. “I’m not going to drop it, and if I do, I’ll sift through it. Does that make any sense at all? Probably not.”

The issue hits newsstands March 7.

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Kate Winslet Receives Ticket to Space

MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate Winslet will blast off to space thanks to a $200,000 ticket gifted to the actress from Sir Richard Branson.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the actress, who recently married Branson’s nephew Ned RocknRoll, received the out-of-this-world ticket from Branson as a thank you for rescuing his mother from a fire last year.  Winslet, who became a household name after her character survived the Titanic, became a hero when she rescued Branson’s then-90-year-old mother from a 4 a.m. fire at the private residence the businessman owns on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.

As a thank you, Winslet will head to outer space.

According to the Virgin website, Winslet can look forward to “a brief moment of quiet before a wave of unimaginable but controlled power surges” during her journey in the Virgin Galactic shuttle.  That’s before being “instantly pinned back into your seat, overwhelmed but enthralled by the howl of the rocket motor and the eye- watering acceleration which, as you watch the read-out, has you traveling in a matter of seconds, at almost 2500 mph, over 3 times the speed of sound.”

Winslet’s new husband is reportedly a part-time employee of Virgin Galactic, and it’s unclear if he’ll be joining her for the ride into space.  Virgin Galactic, which plans to start flights next year, has already sold 530 tickets for £124,000 each; such people as Russell Brand, Ashton Kutcher and science genius Stephen Hawking are slated to go into low earth orbit.
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Kate Winslet Marries Ned Rocknroll in New York

MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kate Winslet loves "Rocknroll." The Oscar-winning actress tied the knot with Ned Rocknroll, a nephew of Virgin mogul Richard Branson, early this month in New York.

Winslet's rep has confirmed the wedding to ABC News, saying it was attended by the actress' "two children and a very few friends and family." The rep adds that the couple had been engaged since the summer.

Britain's Daily Mail further reports that Winslet's Titanic and Revolutionary Road co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, gave away the bride, and that the couple's parents didn't know about the ceremony.

The 37-year-old Winslet and the 34-year-old Rocknroll, whose birth name is Abel Smith, reportedly have been in a relationship for over a year.

This is Winslet's third marriage; she was previously married to directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes. She has one child with each ex-husband.

This is the second marriage for Rocknroll, who, like Winslet, is British.

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Contagion Takes Weekend Box Office Top Spot

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Contagion proved contagious this weekend, ousting the hit adaptation The Help from the top spot on the weekend box office.

Contagion grossed $23.1 million in its opening weekend, assisted by favorable reviews and an all-star cast. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard were among the actors in the Steven Soderbergh thriller.

The Help took silver in the weekend box office, with $8.7 million, followed by Warrior in third.

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Kate Winslet: I Hate Doing Nude Scenes

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Kate Winslet cringes at the thought of doing nude scenes. Not that that has stopped her from shedding her clothes for the camera on many occasions. In an interview with V magazine, Winslet says she hates doing nude scenes, but, she adds, "I just get on it. I just go in and say, ‘Oh f***, let’s do it,’ and boom. If you complain about it or procrastinate, it’s not going to go away. It’s a profoundly bizarre thing to do."

Winslet, who was most recently seen naked in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, admits that she's ignored a promise she made long ago to never do a nude scene again. She says the vow "definitely makes me the hypocrite of the decade."

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Kate Winslet's Glad Everyone's Safe Following Fire at Branson Home 

Michael Gottschalk/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kate Winslet says she's "just so glad that everyone is safe" after she and the other guests at Sir Richard Branson's home in the Caribbean managed to escape the residence before it was destroyed by a fire on Monday.

The Oscar-winning actress, who helped guide Branson's 90-year-old mother to safety during the fire, is quoted by Britain's Daily Mail as saying, "I will never forget Richard placing his arms around both my children as we were watching the flames, and saying, 'At the end of the day, what you realize is that all that matters is the people that you love. Everything else is just stuff. And none of that stuff matters.'"

Winslet was staying at the home with her 10-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son at the Branson-owned Necker Island when it was struck by lightning.

None of the 20 or so guests at the home were injured.

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Wild Parties, Nude Models on Richard Branson's Island Paradise

Don Arnold/WireImage(LONDON) -- Richard Branson's Necker Island may have looked like the set of Titanic: Revenge of the Land earlier this week, when lightning set his $70 million home on fire and Kate Winslet scored heroine status by swooping Branson's 90-year-old mother out of the blaze.

Normally, the scene on the billionaire's private paradise in the Atlantic looks more like Animal House. According to the UK's Daily Mail, Branson, 61, recently bid a female guest adieu by dropping his pants and baring his rear end as she zipped by in a speedboat. The billionaire Virgin chairman famously arrived at his 1989 Necker Island wedding clinging to the bottom of a helicopter.

Models reportedly frolic with pink flamingos and giant tortoises in the nude. Last call doesn't exist. When you run the island, there are no rules.

"It's a lot of fun and nonstop partying," Tami Watkins, who stayed at Necker Island 15 years ago, told ABC News. "Just about anything goes."

But along with the shenanigans, there's unparalleled style and service. Another guest who visited the island in the 1990s told ABC News that the $20,000-per-night price tag paid for "paradise." More than a dozen chefs on staff can cook anything guests desire, and they're briefed on visitors' likes and dislikes before they arrive. Balinese wood and white upholstery lend the place the feel of an Asian oasis. Sixty staff members ensure every need gets met.

Branson bought the uninhabited British Virgin island in 1978 for a reported 180,000 pounds. He commissioned the construction of the "Great House," whose roof burned down Monday, and guest cottages and opened the island as a resort in 1984. In total, 28 people can stay at a time (that's more than a two-to-one ratio of staff to guests), and Branson reportedly spends at least two of the summer months there. When he's not around, those who wish to buy out the place can do so for $56,000 a night.

Monday's fire put a stop to the perpetual party -- for now. On Tuesday, Branson told ABC's Good Morning America that he's determined to rebuild the island's main house in time for his daughter's December wedding.

"It's one of those stories that's ended up happily," he said. "We will rebuild the house and make it even better than it was before and we'll have many more wonderful memories of the future."

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Kate Winslet Escapes Fire in Richard Branson's Private Mansion

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(NECKER ISLAND, British Virgin Islands) -- Kate Winslet's character in Titanic barely survived an iceberg, and now the Oscar-winning actress has successfully acted the hero in a fire that ravaged Virgin Group mogul Richard Branson's private island residence in the British Virgin Islands.

Branson credited Winslet with saving his 90-year old mother, Eve, from the house fire.

"My mum is 90 and can walk, but it was more just to speed the process up than anything else. But anyway, she was great. She swept her up into her arms and got them out of the house as fast as possible," Branson told Britain's The Telegraph.

"Talking to her, she said it's like being in a film set where you're waiting for the words 'cut' but they just don't come. So it was quite surreal for her to be in a real-life situation."

Winslet, 35, was among the 20 guests who was staying in Branson's fourteen-bedroom "Great House" on the exclusive resort when the fire broke out around 4:00 a.m.

She had been staying at the luxury compound with her daughter Mia, 10, and son Joe, 7, as personal guests of Branson's, Ericka Souter, a staff writer at Us Weekly, told ABC News.

Each of the 20 houseguests staying at the complex were able to leave the burning house in safety, Branson said.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to have been caused by a lightning storm due to Hurricane Irene, with winds of about 80 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Branson was staying with his wife, Joan and son, Sam, in one of the five smaller Balinese-style villas that dot the island when the fire broke out.

"I have lost thousands of photographs and my notebooks, which is very sad. But all family and friends are well -- which, in the end, is all that really matters," wrote the tycoon in a blog post on his website.

Branson said he intends to stay on the island and rebuild the house as soon as possible. "We have a wonderful staff here and we want them to stay in work. We'll all stay here. There's a lot of damage but we'll create something even more special out of the ruins," he wrote.

Sir Richard Branson has owned the idyllic property, located in the British Virgin Islands, since 1978. The previously uninhabited island has since been developed to include a number of private villas, in addition to a main house, which can accommodate up to 28 guests at a time.

The ultra-exclusive Caribbean retreat is a long-standing favorite of Hollywood starlets, rock icons and heiresses of every stripe.

The celebrity haven -- which was the locale of the 2010 Victoria's Secret Catalogue shoot -- has also hosted Victoria and David Beckham (who reportedly celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on its private beaches), media magnate Oprah Winfrey, and leading men Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, to name just a few.

A night at the resort can be had for about $47,000-a-day complete with access to the staff of 60 (more than two staff members for each guest), as well as endless food, drink and resort activities.

Regardless of the hefty price tag, "It's one of the most sought-after after Hollywood destinations," said Souter. "It's not like going to Jamaica -- it's secluded, it's beautiful and private -- it really is the perfect experience for a celebrity who wants to enjoy the sunshine and seclusion."

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Kate Winslet Joins Actresses to Create Anti-Plastic Surgery Team

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(LONDON) -- Titanic's Kate Winslet has joined her fellow Oscar winners Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz to form The British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League.

The trio pledges to avoid the usual Hollywood pressure not to age gracefully, shunning all cosmetic surgery procedures, according to the U.K.'s Telegraph.

"I will never give in," 35-year-old Winslet was quoted as saying.  "It goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty...I am an actress, I don't want to freeze the expression of my face."

Thompson, 52, agrees, saying, "We're in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60."

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2012 Hollywood Walk of Fame Honorees Announced

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A new crop of stars will be receiving stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that next year, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Boyz II Men, the group America, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart will all receive stars on the famed walkway.

Some of the other celebrities who will receive a star next year include Vin Diesel, Valerie Bertinelli, Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Malcolm McDowell, Batman actor Adam West, Star Trek actor Walter Koenig, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and the late Richard Burton.

In addition, super-producer David Foster, the late Barry White, and legendary songwriter Hal David will also be honored.

So far, the star ceremonies haven't been scheduled.

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