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Marc Antony’s wedding and another Prince name-change made the news the week of May 26, 2000

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WEDDINGS
Singer Marc Anthony, 31, wed ’93 Miss Universe and Puerto Rican native Dayanara Torres, 25, May 9 in Las Vegas. It’s the first marriage for both…. Ben Stiller (Keeping the Faith), 34, and Christine Taylor (The Brady Bunch Movie), 28, married May 13 in Hawaii. They met in ’99 on a Stiller-produced Fox TV pilot. It’s the first time for both.

ANNOUNCEMENT
Call him The Artist Formerly Known As [symbol for The Artist Formerly Known As Prince]. The enigmatic rocker declared May 16 he’s reverting to his given name — Prince Rogers Nelson — since his contract with Warner Music’s publishing division has expired. He adopted the unpronounceable symbol in 1993 to protest the ”institutionalized slavery” of his long-term contracts with Warner (a division of EW parent Time Warner).

RECOVERING
Citing flu and an ear infection, bubblegum siren Christina Aguilera, 19, skipped a May 10 Monaco gig and later British stops. By May 15, she was back on the road.

SPLITS
Kirstie Alley, 45, whose NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet was just canceled, broke up with her beau of three years, James Wilder (Melrose Place), 36, her publicist confirmed. No reason was given.

FIGHTS
Director Ridley Scott began shooting Hannibal, the Silence of the Lambs sequel, in Florence, Italy — despite protests from local Green and Popular parties about filming a murder scene at the city’s historic Palazzo Vecchio, which houses works by Michelangelo (and has seen its own savagery through the ages). ”This will add nothing to Florence’s prestige in the world,” party members wrote. The scene was shot as planned…. Some Georgia officials are objecting to plans by action star Wesley Snipes, 37, to start a camp outside Macon, Ga., to train security agents for celebs. Putnam County recently rejected Snipes’ proposal for the site, partly because the area is not zoned for weapons storage; he’s appealing. The land is next to a tract owned by the controversial United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a sect that has long battled officials over zoning. Snipes denies any ties to the group.

ARRESTED
Trouble-prone singer Bobby Brown, 31, was arrested May 10 at Newark Airport for allegedly violating his probation from a ’98 Florida drunk-driving conviction. A warrant was issued last June, after he allegedly tested positive for cocaine. Whitney Houston‘s hubby was transferred to Broward County (Fla.) Jail, where he’ll be held without bail until a May 22 court date. Brown couldn’t be reached…. Jaid Barrymore (actress Drew‘s estranged mom), 54, was arrested May 13 in Manhattan for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief. Police say they found a loaded .357 revolver in Barrymore’s purse after stopping her and ex-lover Paul Charnin, 26, for putting up posters for a band. Barrymore, due in court July 26, couldn’t be reached for comment.

COURTS
Belinda Rimes, mom of country crooner LeAnn Rimes, 17, filed a lawsuit May 2 in Dallas against her ex-husband and LeAnn’s dad, Wilbur C. Rimes, and ex-comanager Lyle Walker, for fraud and conspiracy. She alleges the pair skimmed $7 million by underreporting revenues and inflating management fees. The defendants’ attorneys deny the accusations…. Oscar winner Jack Nicholson, 63, was slapped with a civil suit May 2 in L.A. by Catherine Sheehan, 37. She alleges that in 1996, the actor became abusive — kicking, hitting, and throwing her — when she and a friend demanded the $1,000 he allegedly offered each of them for sex. Sheehan seeks to rescind a $32,500 settlement from a ’96 suit against Nicholson, claiming her injuries are more extensive than initially diagnosed. Nicholson’s spokesman had no comment…. Robert Gelbman, 34, a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire contestant last Aug. 18, filed suit in Manhattan May 9 against ABC and show producers. He’s seeking $2 million, alleging the $32,000 astrology-themed question he lost on was ”ambiguous and misleading.” ABC’s spokesman had no comment…. X-Men star Halle Berry, 33, pleaded no contest May 10 in L.A. to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a Feb. 23 accident. She was sentenced to three years’ probation, $13,500 in fines, and 200 hours of community service. Berry still faces a civil suit from Hetal Raythatha, 27, who claims injuries from when the actress’ car hit hers.