BABIES Meet the parents. Ben Stiller, 36, and wife/Zoolander costar Christine Taylor, 30, welcomed their first child, a girl, in April. The couple did not give her name or birth date…. Expatriate Johnny Depp, 38, and his French girlfriend, singer-actress Vanessa Paradis (The Girl on the Bridge), 29, greeted son Jack John Christopher Depp III on April 9 in Neuilly, France. His sister, Lily-Rose Melody, is 2…. ER grump Laura Innes, 45, and her husband and sometime ER costar, David Brisbin, 47, adopted a Chinese infant named Mia. The couple didn’t note the girl’s age. Brother Cal is 12.
EXPECTING Just call it Maternity Ward. Another ER doc, Noah Wyle, 30, and his makeup-artist wife, Tracy, 34, will welcome their first child in November.
SPLITS Going for a no-hitter: On April 4, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley, 39, filed for divorce from Cinemax siren Tawny Kitaen (Dead Tides), 40. He seeks custody of their two daughters, Wynter, 9, and Raine, 3. Her lawyer said Kitaen plans to plead not guilty to misdemeanor charges of spousal abuse; she allegedly kicked Finley with her stilettos in an April 1 fight while he was driving their car.
AILING Show him some tender mercy. On April 8, Oscar winner Robert Duvall, 71, broke several ribs when he fell from a horse near his Virginia home. He’d been training for Open Range, his upcoming movie with Kevin Costner. Duvall’s publicist says the actor’s resting comfortably at home and will be fully recovered when Range starts production June 3…. On April 15, singer-actor Tyrese (Baby Boy), 23, was hospitalized for a back injury he’d sustained in an off-road motorcycle accident three days earlier near Riverside, Calif. He was released April 19.
ANNOUNCEMENTS In the news: Craig Kilborn, 39, smug host of CBS’ The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn since March 1999, has signed on for another two years of after-hours fun for an undisclosed sum…. Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Jane Scott, 83, the self-proclaimed oldest rock critic in America, retired April 12. A society writer who segued into music after covering the Beatles’ first U.S. tour in 1964, Scott used her final column to express her gratitude for her longevity — and for not getting ”splattered the night that punker Iggy Pop covered his chest and stomach with peanut butter and rolled around the Cleveland Agora stage like a dying trout.”
COURTS Sopranos star Robert Iler, 17, pleaded guilty April 23 to misdemeanor petty larceny in Manhattan and was sentenced to three years’ probation. Last July, he and three other teens allegedly stole $40 from two passersby. In a statement, Iler’s publicist said the actor is ”glad that he can move on with his life.”… On April 18, Maria Cristina Ruiz, 43, Marlon Brando’s self- described former ”companion, homemaker, confidante,” sued the 78-year-old Hollywood heavyweight for $100 million. She claims he broke a promise to support her and the three children — ages 8, 10, and 13 — she says he fathered after they met in 1988 when she was his maid. Brando was unavailable for comment…. On April 18, ex-Weezer bassist Matthew Sharp, 32, sued his former bandmates, claiming he made musical and ”business affairs” contributions to the group for which he hasn’t been compensated. Sharp, a founding member who left the band in 1998, seeks cowriting credits and back royalties. A Weezer rep said the suit was ”completely without merit.”… On April 17, L.A.-based Microhits Music Corp. sued Kid Rock, claiming elements of ”Cowboy,” a hit from the rap-metal artist’s multiplatinum 1998 Devil Without a Cause, were lifted from 1986’s ”I Wanna Be a Cowboy” by Boys Don’t Cry. The suit seeks unspecified damages. Rock’s rep couldn’t be reached…. Yahoo! indeed! On April 21, Wylie Gustafson, 40, the lungs behind Yahoo!’s signature yodel, settled a copyright lawsuit he’d filed against the Internet portal five days earlier. Terms weren’t disclosed. In the $5 million suit, Gustafson said he was paid just $590 for his yodel in 1996 and told it would be used in one commercial. A Yahoo! rep said that the yodel ”will continue to be used.”