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Celebrity News for the week of December 15, 2006

Celebrity News for the week of December 15, 2006 — Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

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ENGAGED
Who are you calling desperate? HousewivesEva Longoria, 31, will wed San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, 24, next summer…. Scrubs doc Sarah Chalke, 30, will marry lawyer Jamie Afifi, 33. No date has been set.

BIRTHS
Sofia Coppola (Marie Antoinette), 35, and Thomas Mars (singer for the band Phoenix), 29, said bonjour to a girl, Romy, on Nov. 28 in Paris.

SPLITS
The divorce of laptop hurler Denise Richards, 35, and Charlie Sheen, 41, was finalized on Nov. 17. Custody of their two daughters has yet to be decided…. After announcing their coupledom in July, Lance Bass, 27, and Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, 32, have reportedly parted ways.

COURTS
The Human Rights Consultative Committee will help an African court decide if Madonna, 48, should be allowed to adopt David, a Malawi-born baby…. A Bahamian court has ordered Anna Nicole Smith, 39, to leave the house where she’s been living. G. Ben Thompson, who says he dated Smith, claims the property belongs to him. Smith is appealing the eviction…. It’s déjà vu all over again: Snoop Dogg (né Calvin Broadus), 35, was arrested after taping a Tonight Show segment on Nov. 28. Police allegedly found a handgun and illegal drugs in his car (he’s due in court on Jan. 11). Said his lawyer: ”Snoop, like everybody else, is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”… Producer Saul Zaentz, 85, filed suit on Nov. 30 against Miramax, claiming the studio owes him $20 million in profits from 1996’s The English Patient. Miramax didn’t return calls for comment…. Rip Torn (Men in Black), 75, was arrested Dec. 4 on suspicion of DWI in North Salem, N.Y. Police said Torn, due back in court on Dec. 11, refused a Breathalyzer test. Torn’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

RECOVERING
Nightlife fixture Lindsay Lohan, 20, is attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Lohan’s rep would not comment…. Farrah Fawcett, 59, who was diagnosed with cancer in September, has completed treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery.

MOVING
Lost won’t face off against Fox’s American Idol and CBS’ Criminal Minds when it returns Feb. 7. ABC has shifted the chin-scratching drama to Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

HIRED
Ousted Disney president Nina Jacobson (Pirates of the Caribbean) has signed a three-year deal to produce films for DreamWorks, where she was employed before moving to Disney in 1998.

ACCIDENTS
Actor Lane Garrison (Prison Break), 26, was driving an SUV that hit a tree Dec. 2 in Beverly Hills. His male passenger, 17, was killed, while two girls in the car, both 15, were injured. Police said Garrison appeared inebriated, but no charges have been filed. Garrison’s attorney claims the actor has no memory of the accident…. Jackie Chan was injured on the L.A. set of Rush Hour 3 Nov. 27, after being hit in the chest while filming a stunt. ”I didn’t break any bones,” he wrote on his website, ”and all my internal organs looked good.”

RENEWED
Late Show host David Letterman, 59, will stay with CBS through 2010.

DOWNSIZED
Walt Disney Animation will lay off 160 employees — about 20 percent of its workforce. Disney also made cutbacks at its live-action studio this past summer.

SELECTED
Beginning Jan. 18, 125 movies will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Among the pictures: Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), and Chapter 27, with Lindsay Lohan and Jared Leto.

DEATHS
Photojournalist Leonard Freed (Black in White America), 77, of cancer, Nov. 29, in Garrison, N.Y…. Director Perry Henzell (The Harder They Come), 70, of cancer, Nov. 30, in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica…. Writer and cultural critic George Trow (Within the Context of No Context), 63, of natural causes, Nov. 24, in Naples, Italy…. Ronnie Lippin, 59, a music-industry manager who worked with Prince, of breast cancer, Dec. 4, in L.A.


BUZZ(ED): DANNY DEVITO BLATHERS ON ‘THE VIEW’
ABC’s gabfest has seen its share of drama this year, but not much drinking — that is, until Deck the Halls star DeVito showed up Nov. 29. Unable to control his saliva or his disdain for President Bush, DeVito slurred his way through the segment after an evening imbibing with pal George Clooney (”It was a brutal night,” confirmed Clooney). DeVito apologized to Barbara Walters for the incident, but not to America for Halls.

This Week in…Fiji
The folks who run Survivor encountered more twists than they bargained for, when on Dec. 5 a coup erupted in Fiji — where the popular CBS reality show is filming its 14th season (to air in early 2007). The military seized control of the capital, but not of the million-dollar game show, whose base camp is on an island 30 minutes by air from the capital city of Suva. ”To be shooting Survivor while the host country is in the midst of a coup is a bit surreal for all of us,” Jeff Probst wrote to EW in an e-mail on the day of the revolt. ”Everyone here is safe and the disruptions thus far have been minimal.” In other words, no torch-snuffing out of the ordinary.

Up and Atom?
If you were one of the few who ventured to theaters to see Turistas (and we do mean few — it made only $3.6 million its opening weekend), you may have noticed the Hostel-with-bikinis flick was the first release from Fox Atomic. A spin-off of Fox Searchlight, the new division is the studio’s attempt to court viewers who were barely old enough to drive when it released The Full Monty in 1997. ”We’re trying to make broad commercial movies for young adults,” says Atomic’s president Peter Rice, a former Searchlight head who developed Oscar bait like 2004’s Sideways. To capture this audience, Atomic has launched an elaborate website that includes downloadable film-editing software and online-only creative content. ”Because we’re going for such a specific demo,” says Atomic’s COO John Hegeman, ”we want everything we do to be an event.” But it hasn’t been all stardust and sunbeams for Atomic so far: The nearly one-year-old company has already scrapped a much-hyped remake of Revenge of the Nerds, produced by The O.C.‘s chic geek Adam Brody. This spring will prove the ultimate test as Atomic aggressively releases three movies — including horror flicks The Hills Have Eyes 2 and 28 Weeks Later (a sequel to 28 Days Later), plus the sports comedy The Comebacks. Fox no doubt hopes Rice’s track record will provide the best defense against any Atomic bombs.