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Celebrity news for the week of April 29, 2005

Celebrity news for the week of April 29, 2005 — Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

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ENGAGEMENTS

Former Growing Pains dad Alan Thicke, 58, will make his third trip to the altar when he weds fiancée Tanya Callau May 7.

WEDDINGS

One Tree Hill‘s Chad Michael Murray, 23, wed his WB costar Sophia Bush, 22, April 16, in Santa Monica. This is the first marriage for both. . .Survivor and Amazing Race contestants Rob Mariano, 29, and Amber Brkich, 26, exchanged vows April 16, on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It is the first wedding for both. Because they’re not on TV enough, the ceremony will air May 24 on CBS.

PREMIERE

Ashton Kutcher butchers a Bon Jovi song in A Lot Like Love, but claims he asked the singer for help: ”I called him. He didn’t show up,” Kutcher said April 18. ”So if he’s upset, that’s his own fault.”

TRANSITIONS

The seeds of hip-hop’s next great battle were planted April 13 when Russell Simmons announced his return to Def Jam, the label he cofounded 20 years ago and sold for $100 million in 1999. (He’ll head the Russell Simmons Music Group, an Island Def Jam imprint.) The next day, Warner Music Group, now home to his former consigliere and best friend, Lyor Cohen, purchased a 50 percent stake in P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. ”Me and Lyor can compete all day, but we talk all afternoon,” says Simmons. ”I’m glad he got Puffy.”

ARRESTS

Was Chris Tucker, 33, getting a head start on the third Rush Hour installment when he was arrested by Georgia state troopers April 17 for driving his 2005 Bentley 109 mph in a 70 mph zone? ”All I wanted to do is get to the 11 a.m. church services on time,” Tucker said in a statement. He was released after posting cash bond. . .Collared for driving violations last year, rapper-actor DMX (né Earl Simmons), 34, was arrested April 15 for allegedly driving with a suspended license after his car pushed another vehicle into the back of a police cruiser on an NYC expressway. The MC was released after being issued a desk appearance ticket, and is due to appear in court in May. DMX’s reps did not return calls for comment.

COURTS

On April 18, actor Wesley Snipes, 42, filed suit against New Line Cinema for more than $5 million, claiming that the studio failed to pay the balance of his fixed rate for 2004’s Blade: Trinity, and that he wasn’t allowed to approve the director, as per his contract. . .After a six-year legal battle, OutKast’s Andre ”Andre 3000” Benjamin, 29, and Antwan ”Big Boi” Patton, 30, and Arista Records reached a settlement April 14 with Rosa Parks, 92, in the trademark-infringement lawsuit filed by the civil rights icon over the duo’s hit single ”Rosa Parks.” Under the agreement, OutKast will collaborate with Detroit’s Rosa and Raymond Parks institute to preserve its founder’s legacy. A rep for the duo says, ”Big Boi and ‘Dre are very pleased with the outcome.”

AILING

Former LFO singer Rich Cronin, 29, is being treated at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia March 28. A hospital rep says, ”He is in fair condition.”… In an April 15 post on his website, former Late Late Show host Tom Snyder, 68, revealed that he has been diagnosed with chronic leukemia. ”My doctors say it’s treatable. . .with pills or chemotherapy or a combination of both,” he said.