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Celebrity news for the week of May 20, 2005

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TOUR

A white curtain fell from Juilliard’s balcony at Lincoln Center May 10, revealing a different kind of quartet (strings optional). The Rolling Stones skipped Haydn in favor of ”Start Me Up” to announce a new world tour, which launches Aug. 21 in Boston.

ENGAGEMENTS

”Girls Lie Too” singer Terri Clark, 36, wasn’t fibbing when she announced her engagement to her tour manager, Greg Kaczor, 45. No date has been set.

WEDDINGS

A.J. Langer (Eyes), 30, and English barrister Lord Charles Courtenay, 29, were wed April 30 in L.A. It is the first marriage for both.

EXPECTING

Maybe L is for ”lullaby”? The L Word‘s Jennifer Beals, 41, and husband Ken Dixon are expecting their first child in November.

EXPECTING

Will it be a girl? A boy? An immaculate ray of light? Will Jen hide behind a couch while fighting aspiring absolutists on Alias? Will Ben quash speculation that he ain’t over Jen No. 1? The rumors are flying high amid reports that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck will welcome baby Bennifer in November. Might wedding bells follow? Their reps declined to comment, but one thing’s for sure: The stars have aligned.

COURTS

Songwriters Anthony Jeffries and Vincent Hart filed a suit on April 28 against Lil’ Kim (née Kimberly Jones), 29, claiming the rapper owes them $100,000 for their contributions to her 2003 album, La Bella Mafia. In a statement, Jones’ attorney said, ”The lawsuit is malicious and frivolous.”. . .Eminem and Apple Computer settled a copyright infringement lawsuit for an undisclosed amount over the use of the song ”Lose Yourself” in an iPod ad that aired on MTV. The rapper’s company, Eight Mile Style, had filed suit last year in a Detroit court. Apple reps said, ”Both parties reached an amicable settlement.”. . .In a suit filed May 9, ex-Disney board members Roy E. Disney and Stanley P. Gold alleged that the Walt Disney Company misled investors when it promised ”full consideration of external candidates” before selecting Bob Iger to replace outgoing CEO Michael Eisner. Disney declined to comment. . . .On May 2, an L.A. judge dismissed the palimony part of the $9 million suit filed last November by Nancy ”Coco” Johnsen against her ex-boyfriend, comedian Bill Maher, 49, but has allowed the assault accusation to go forward. Johnsen’s suit claims the Real Time host abused her and reneged on a promise to marry and support her. Both sides are considering their options.

RECONCILIATION

After filing for divorce from his fourth wife, Linda Stokes, last month, James Caan (Las Vegas), 65, has rescinded proceedings and is moving back in with his spouse of almost 10 years.

DEATHS

Disney artist Joe Grant, 96, who designed the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and adapted Dumbo, of a heart attack, May 9, in Glendale, Calif. . . .Rita Hayworth’s makeup artist Bob Schiffer, 88, also known for aging Burt Lancaster from 18 to 80 in Birdman of Alcatraz, of a cerebral hemorrhage, April 26, in L.A. . . .Herb Sargent, 81, Six-time Emmy-winning comedy writer (Saturday Night Live), of undisclosed causes, May 6, in NYC. . . .Producer Charles A. Pratt (The Great Santini), 81, of lung cancer, April 27, in Encino, Calif. . . .John Michael O’Hare, 82, Broadway thesp best known for Auntie Mame, of heart failure, April 20, in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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