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Sandra Bullock

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News From the Wild West: Hollywood, Austin and Absarokee, Mont.

Sandra Bullock, 39, and cycling legend Lance Armstrong, 31, are in the midst of something hot and heavy. They have been friends for several years, as they are both from Austin, Tex., but whatever it is they’re going through burst into flames last spring while they were planning a charity bike ride in their hometown. Lance, a five-time Tour de France champion, broke up his five-year marriage last month, and her friends think Sandra really believes Lance could be the one. He has given her a gold bracelet with two charms, a cyclist and a heart, inscribed “You keep my heart racing.” Both are settling their past affairs so that they can be together. Lance and his wife, Kristin, are seeing lawyers about the details of the divorce and Sandra is pulling the plug on the on-again, off-again relationship with Matthew McConaughey, 33. Obviously all of these people are comfortable on the fast track.

It’s nice to know that Jane Fonda and Ted Turner have remained the best of friends since their divorce in 2001 and that they meet regularly with their respective children on one of Ted’s four Montana ranches: Snowcrest, Flying D, Red Rock and Bar None, which stretch out — way out — across 300,000 acres. This is where he’s raising bison to make buffalo burgers for his growing chain of restaurants, called Ted’s Montana Grill.

Jane loves home on the range so much that Ted bought her a ranch in Wyoming and, of course, he and Jane still enjoy riding and fly fishing together. Naturally, this leads to some talk about a possible reconciliation, but let’s leave that talk to others. Meanwhile, pass the buffalo burgers, just hold the ketchup.

Tom and Meredith Brokaw also have a ranch in Montana, where he plans to split his time between there and New York City after retiring from anchoring “NBC Nightly News” next year. They love life on the ranch, and Tom laughs that he recently had to shoo a bear and a rattlesnake away from the barn on his way to collect fresh eggs for breakfast. We don’t want to lose you, Tom. Move the chicken coop closer.
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