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WEDDINGS After a whirlwind romance, Oscar-winning wildcat Angelina Jolie, 24, and Oscar-winning oddball Billy Bob Thornton, 44, got hitched May 5 in a 20-minute ceremony at Las Vegas’ Little Church of the West. The two played a married couple in 1999’s Pushing Tin. It’s the second marriage for Jolie and the fifth for Thornton, who was recently linked with actress Laura Dern…. ER star Noah Wyle, 28, and makeup artist Tracy Warbin, 32, both first-timers, exchanged vows May 6 in Santa Ynez, Calif. They met on the set of 1997’s The Myth of Fingerprints…. Hot-bam TV chef Emeril Lagasse, 40, is reportedly cooking up a May 13 wedding with real estate broker Alden Lovelace, 33.

COURTS On May 5, Julie Michaels, Pamela Anderson‘s stunt double on VIP, filed a suit in L.A. against the show’s producers, alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract. In 1998, Michaels broke her back performing a stunt. She claims producers were so displeased when she sought workers’ compensation benefits that they dismissed her before she could return for the ’99 season. The producers’ spokesman had no comment…. Pamela‘s ex-hubby Tommy Lee, 37, was ordered back to court May 31 in Malibu, Calif., after an unidentified eyewitness alleged that he violated his probation by drinking alcohol. That could mean more jail time for Lee, who served four months in ’98 for felony spousal abuse. Lee’s publicist says the situation has been ”blown out of proportion”…. On May 3, rapper DMX (Earl Simmons), 29, pleaded guilty in Cheektowaga, N.Y., to pot possession and driving without a license. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail (which he is appealing) and ordered to pay $380 in fines…. Filmmaker Gregory Grant filed suit May 3 in L.A. against Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks and Universal Pictures for copyright infringement. Grant claims the plot of 1998’s Small Soldiers, about toy soldiers come to life, was stolen from his award-winning ’91 short Ode to G.I. Joe. A DreamWorks spokeswoman had no comment…. Close-cropped crooner Michael Bolton, 47, found the law’s not such a wonderful thing. On May 9, a federal appeals court in San Francisco unanimously upheld a 1994 jury verdict that Bolton partly plagiarized his ’91 hit ”Love Is a Wonderful Thing” from the Isley Brothers. The classic soul singers were awarded $5.4 million from the song’s profits. Bolton and the Isleys could not be reached for comment.

AILING Friend Matthew Perry, 30, was reportedly admitted to an unnamed hospital for severe flu and stomach pains. His publicist declined to comment on his condition.

DEATHS Swashbuckling scion Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 90, of unknown causes, May 7, in Manhattan. Son of the silent-era star, he wed Joan Crawford, starred in ’30s films like Gunga Din and The Prisoner of Zenda, and later produced for TV…. Ex-Mr. Universe Steve Reeves, 74, of lymphoma, May 1, in Escondido, Calif. He won fame playing Hercules in low-budget Italian gladiator films of the ’50s and ’60s.

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