BIRTHS Reps for the actors declined to confirm, but according to reports, Brokeback Mountain costars Heath Ledger, 26, and Michelle Williams, 25, welcomed their first child, Matilda, on Oct. 28 in New York.
RECOVERING Arrested Development star Jason Bateman, 36, had surgery on Nov. 1 to remove a benign polyp in his throat. The Fox comedy will go on hiatus until Bateman, who is expected to make a full recovery, returns.
EXPECTING Brooke Shields, 40, announced Oct. 27 that she and her husband, Entourage exec producer Chris Henchy, are expecting another baby this spring. The couple have a daughter, Rowan, 2…. Entourage costar Debi Mazar, 41, also has a second child due, in March. Mazar and jazz-musician husband Gabriele Corcos have a little girl, Evalina, 3.
SPLITS Desperate Housewives‘ Nicollette Sheridan, 41, and her fiancé, actor Nicklas Soderblom, 40, called off their engagement.
COURTS A federal jury in L.A. convicted R&B singer Ronald Isley, 64, of tax evasion on Oct. 31. The lead singer of the Isley Brothers faces up to 26 years in jail when sentencing occurs on Jan. 9…. Rapper DMX (Earl Simmons), 34, faces up to 60 days behind bars for violating his conditional discharge on a 2004 accident (the rapper crashed his car into a security gate at JFK Airport while on Valium). He was discovered driving with a suspended license. He will be sentenced Nov. 17…. Al Reynolds, 35, husband of The View‘s Star Jones, was arrested in New York Oct. 26 for allegedly driving with a suspended license. The couple’s reps blamed the arrest on a DMV paperwork glitch…. Juan Anderson, a valet at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, filed suit against Hidalgo star Omar Sharif, 73, Oct. 24 in L.A., accusing the actor of assault. Sharif allegedly punched Anderson, then uttered a racial slur, because Anderson wouldn’t accept his European currency. Sharif’s lawyer said the suit ”has no merit.”
DEATHS Fred S. Fox, 90, a comedy writer who wrote for such greats as George Burns and Bob Hope, of pneumonia, Oct. 23, in Encino, Calif…. Tara Correa-McMullen, 16, best known as former gang member Graciela on TV’s Judging Amy, was shot and killed Oct. 31, in Inglewood, Calif., in what police suspect was a gang-related shooting. Two other people were wounded in the incident…. John ”Beatz” Holohan, 31, drummer for Bayside, when the group’s van flipped over, Oct. 31, near Cheyenne, Wyo…. Mike Piller, 57, producer and co-creator of the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine and Next Generation, of cancer, Nov. 1, in L.A.
PROTEST Rapper 50 Cent bit another bullet in October when L.A. protesters caused Paramount to remove gun-toting billboards for his semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ from certain school zones and inner-city communities, claiming the ads glorified violence. A similar protest popped up in New York. While the posters met every standard set by the MPAA, a studio source considers the decision an ”appropriate response” to parental concerns.