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Celebrity news for the week of January 20, 2006

Celebrity news for the week of January 20, 2006 — Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

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EXPECTING

Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers), 34, and girlfriend Rhea Durham, 27, are expanding their Funky Bunch with a second child. The couple already has a daughter, Ella Rae, 2….The Constant Gardener‘s Rachel Weisz, 34, and her fiancé, director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), 36, are expecting their first child together.

HIRED

CNBC tapped former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, 63, to host and exec-produce a new talk show called Conversations With Michael Eisner. Fingers crossed that Eisner will probe the rocky marriage of the Mouses and uncover Goofy’s species of animal.

DIVORCING

It’s splitsville, take 2, as Sex, Love & Secrets‘ Denise Richards, 34, moves forward in her divorce from her husband of three years, Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men), 40. The couple, who have two children and were thought to have reconciled briefly, have filed for private arbitration.

SEPARATED

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, 31, and husband Chad Lowe (Unfaithful), 38, have separated after eight years of marriage.

RECOVERING

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 58, and son Patrick, 12, were involved in a minor traffic accident after a car collided with Schwarzenegger’s Harley-Davidson while Patrick rode in the sidecar. The Governator received 15 stitches…. Lindsay Lohan, 19, entered a Miami hospital on Jan. 2 for an asthma attack. She was released on Jan. 5.

YANKED

Citing a decision by upper management, a Salt Lake City movie theater removed Brokeback Mountain from its screening schedule. (Ironically, Brokeback was recently named Best Picture by the Utah Film Critics Society.) In other This Week in Censorship news: Five NBC affiliates pulled The Book of Daniel — which recounts the life of a Vicodin-addicted priest and his family — after complaints from Christian groups.

FOR LEASE

The West Village house used in 2001 for MTV’s Real World: Back to New York is available to rent for $35,000 a month through New York’s Stribling and Associates. Sadly, The Miz and Coral are not included.

COURTS

On Jan. 4, Nick Nolte (Hotel Rwanda), 64, had his conviction expunged in an L.A. court thanks to good behavior. The actor originally pleaded no contest to a 2002 arrest for driving under the influence and was placed on three years of probation. If only Nolte could expunge his infamous mug shot.