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Furnish plans bubbly bistro

David Furnish is planning to open a swanky champagne lounge in the same Las Vegas Strip casino where his partner, Sir Elton John, holds a residency.

The nearly 3,000-square-foot FIZZ Las Vegas bar is set to debut this fall at Caesars Palace. Developers promise caviar, charcuterie and small plates to complement the champagne and other cocktails.

Furnish says he spends so much time in Las Vegas while Elton John performs his show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” that the couple wanted a space to reflect their personal style.

The $3.2 million venue will be modeled after their home in Los Angeles and will feature photography from the pair’s personal collection.

Buble becomes a father

Michael Buble is a father.

The pop singer posted a picture of his wife, actress Luisana Lopilato, and their son Noah on his Instagram account Tuesday. Buble’s representative confirmed the birth.

Lopilato gave birth to the couple’s first child early Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada.

The 37-year-old Canadian singer and the 26-year-old Argentine actress were married in 2011. The couple met in 2009 during a South American concert tour.

Buble is a Grammy-winning pop singer who has sold millions of albums, including “Crazy Love” and 2011’s “Christmas.” Lopilato made her name as a model and in Argentine sitcoms and soap operas.

Zeta-Jones, Douglas separate

A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, “are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.”

Publicist Cece Yorke said in an email to the Associated Press on Wednesday that there would be no further comment. A phone call to a representative for Douglas wasn’t immediately returned.

People magazine, citing unnamed sources, first reported that Zeta-Jones and Douglas had decided to spend time apart.

Zeta-Jones, 43, and Douglas, 68, were married in 2000. They have two children. He battled throat cancer in 2010 and made headlines this summer when he spoke out about one potential cause, oral sex.

‘Gravity’ kicks off festival

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney kick off the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival with “Gravity,” a 3-D techno-drama set in outer space.

Bullock and Clooney play astronauts adrift in space after debris from a destroyed space station takes out their shuttle in the Alfonso Cuaron film, which opens the festival out of competition on Thursday. The stars arrived by motorboat convoy Wednesday, a day ahead of their red-carpet global premier.

Twenty films are vying for the coveted Golden Lion at the world’s oldest film festival, which closes Sept. 7. The jury is headed by Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci.

Golden Lion contenders include Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem,” Peter Landesman’s “Parkland” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves.”