This should cheer him up after Battlefield Earth. On June 17, actor Barry Pepper, 30, and wife Cindy, 30, welcomed their first child, 6-pound 12-ounce girl Annaliese.
With his Big Momma’s House topping $100 million at the box office, Martin Lawrence, 35, has signed on to the comedy Black Knight for a reported $16.5 million, placing him in jousting distance of the $20 million club. Lawrence will star as an employee of a medieval-theme restaurant who time-travels back to the Middle Ages.
Just when we thought she was evergreen, Barbra Streisand, 58, announced July 20 she’s ending her touring days — again — with four final shows: Sept. 20 and 21 at L.A.’s Staples Center, and Sept. 27 and 28 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. ”Ms. Streisand has chosen to conclude her public performance career in the two cities most closely associated with her work,” her manager said in a statement.
Actress-singer Courtney Love, 35, rocked too hard on her stair climber. While working out July 17 to prep for her role as a cop in John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars, she twisted her ankle. Her publicist says the injury isn’t serious, but she will be unable to film Mars, which begins shooting in August.
On July 24, fire struck the Eagle Point, Ore., home of actress Kim Novak (Vertigo), 67. She and hubby Bob Malloy were unhurt in the blaze, apparently caused by electrical problems. But Novak lost a computer with the autobiography she’s been writing for the last decade.
Perhaps she went on the island to escape the law. On July 21, police in Greensboro, N.C., confirmed that CBS Survivor Kelly Wiglesworth, 23, faces two 1995 warrants for credit-card theft and fraud. They don’t plan to extradite the Nevada resident, but would arrest her if she were found in North Carolina. She couldn’t be reached for comment.
The genie’s in a battle. Shelly Kearns, mom of pop star Christina Aguilera, 19, was sued July 19 by Ruth Inniss, who says Kearns reneged on a deal to hire her as Aguilera’s manager. Inniss seeks $2 million in damages from Kearns and $5 million from Aguilera’s current management. Neither defendant could be reached…. The Spielberg name goes only so far. On July 21, Jonathan Taylor Spielberg (né Anoushirvan Fakhran), 27, was sentenced to two years’ probation for forgery after posing as the 14-year-old nephew of Steven Spielberg while attending a Fairfax, Va., high school. Though he drove a BMW and faked a transcript from the ”Beverly Hills Private School for Actors,” the school caught on only after calling the director about his faux nephew’s absenteeism. Jonathan’s lawyer had no comment.
French director Claude Sautet, 76, whose 1978 A Simple Story was nominated for a best foreign language Oscar, of cancer, July 22, in Paris.