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Pavement’s breakup and the marriage of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas made news the week of December 1, 2000

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WEDDINGS
In a black-tie affair costing a reported $2 million, power couple Catherine Zeta-Jones, 31, and Michael Douglas, 56, tied the knot Nov. 18 at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. The 350-person guest list was an eclectic mix of Hollywood (Jack Nicholson, Goldie Hawn, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe) and highbrow (United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan). The couple’s 3-month-old infant, Dylan, attended the half-hour ceremony, while Douglas’ son Cameron, 21, served as best man. This is the first marriage for Zeta-Jones — who walked down the aisle in a Christian Lacroix dress of ivory satin — and the second for Douglas, whose 18-year relationship with producer Diandra Douglas ended in 1995.

SPLITS
Here’s the reason for that low whimpering you’re hearing on college radio: Pavement has officially broken up. Frontman Stephen Malkmus, 34, made it official in a recent issue of the British music mag NME…. After five and a half years of an on-again, off-again marriage, Patricia Arquette, 32, and Nicolas Cage, 36, are headed for a face-off in divorce court. On Nov. 17, Arquette announced the marriage was over, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had briefly reconciled after Cage filed his own divorce claim in February, which stated that they’d legally separated in January 1996 — just nine months after they wed — though they continued to appear in public together. It was the first marriage for both; each has a child from a previous relationship.

COURTS
Cowgirls don’t have to sing the blues — they can go to court. On Nov. 15, country diva LeAnn Rimes, 18, filed a suit in Dallas seeking to void her 1995 contract with Curb Records. The deal — struck by Rimes and her parents, Wilbur and Belinda, when she was 12 — gave Curb exclusive rights to her recordings and songs, and a cut of future profits. Attorneys for Curb did not return calls for comment…. Michael Abram, 34, who broke into the British home of George Harrison last year and repeatedly stabbed the ex-Beatle, was sent to a mental institution Nov. 15 after an Oxford jury found him not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity. Abram suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and reportedly told psychiatrists he believed he was on a ”mission from God” during his rampage…. On Nov. 17, Puerto Rican TV personality Leo Fernandez III dropped his assault suit against singer Marc Anthony, 32, after the heartthrob appeared in court in San Juan to express regret for an incident last July in which he allegedly pushed Fernandez while en route to a news conference.

DEATHS
Short-statured rapper Joseph Calleja (a.k.a. Joe C.), 26, who debuted on Kid Rock’s multiplatinum Devil Without a Cause, of the intestinal disorder celiac disease, Nov. 16, in Taylor, Mich. Said Rock: ”In a world of confusion, Joey made all of us laugh.”