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Celebrity news for the week of Jan. 21, 2005

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ENGAGED

Jude Law, 32, proposed to Alfie costar Sienna Miller, 23, on Christmas Day. No date has been set. It will be his second marriage, her first…. Supermodel Heidi Klum, 31, and singer Seal, 41, plan to wed. No date has been set. It will be her second marriage, his first.

BIRTHS

Pixies frontman Frank Black, 39, and wife Violet welcomed their first child, son Jack Errol Thompson, Jan. 7 in Springfield, Ore.

SPLITS

Jennifer Aniston, 35, and Brad Pitt, 41, have decided to separate after nearly five years of marriage. In a statement the couple said, ”Our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media.”… Halle Berry, 36, and her husband of four years, singer Eric Benét, divorced Jan. 6.

HIRES

Viacom Inc. announced Jan. 6 that Brad Grey, 47, would take over as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures March 1. Grey, chairman of talent-management firm Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (and partner of production company Plan B with Aniston and Pitt), replaces Sherry Lansing.

FIRED

On Jan. 10, an independent panel spanked CBS News for Dan Rather’s Sept. 8 60 Minutes story about President Bush’s National Guard service. CBS then fired the segment’s producer, Mary Mapes, and requested the resignation of two other producers and one news exec. After listing several corrective changes at CBS News, CBS chairman-CEO Les Moonves said in a statement, ”We have a responsibility…to get it right — not most of the time, but every time.”

FEUDS

Actor George Clooney, 43, and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, 55, have been trading barbs since O’Reilly implied on a Jan. 6 show that money raised during a Jan. 15 telethon to benefit tsunami victims might not all go to the appropriate agencies. The Ocean’s Twelve actor penned a Jan. 10 challenge (repeated on Jan. 11) asking O’Reilly to participate in the telethon and not ”simply stand on the sidelines and cast stones.” On his Jan. 11 TV show, O’Reilly said, ”I am going to do the telethon…. Unfortunately, Mr. Clooney will still be in L.A. and I’ll be in New York, so we’ll just have to continue being long-distance pen pals.”

ACCIDENTS

Aaron Carter, 17, escaped serious injury Jan. 6 when his car caught fire on the Florida Turnpike after running over a mattress on the road. After the singer failed to extinguish the flames with bottled water, the car exploded. ”I’m still in shock,” Carter said in a statement…. In other celebrity car-fire-related news, on Jan. 8, Paul Newman, 79, walked away unharmed after his race car (did we mention he’s 79?) caught fire during a road test at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. Newman said, ”I don’t know what happened. I’m fine. It just caught fire somehow.”

ARRESTS

Los Lonely Boys drummer Ringo Garza, 23, was arrested Jan. 6 in San Angelo, Tex., along with his wife, Lenora, 24, after police say they found marijuana in their home. They were released after posting bail. Reps say, ”Ringo’s fine, sensitive character will be confirmed.”