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Celebrity news for the week of January 19, 2007

Celebrity news for the week of January 19, 2007 — Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

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Love is in the House! The medical drama’s costars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer, both 27, will tie the knot. No date has been set…. Former SNL cast member Chris Kattan, 36, and model Sunshine Tutt, 30, will wed next year.

Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United) and illustrator Grant Shaffer, both 41, exchanged vows on Jan. 7 in London…. Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers), 32, and Jennifer Esposito (Crash), 34, got hitched over the holidays.

Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and Josh Janowicz (The Chumscrubber), both 25, have separated after six months of marriage…. Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (née Heather Sweet), 34, filed for divorce from shock rocker Marilyn Manson (né Brian Warner), 38, on Dec. 29. The two wed in November 2005.

Lindsay Lohan, 20, reportedly had an appendectomy on Jan. 4 at an L.A. area hospital, and was released a day later.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented the iPhone at the Macworld expo in San Francisco on Jan. 9. Users will be able to check e-mail, take pictures, and sync iTunes with the gadget, which will be available in June.

Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), 38, will reprise his role as Jesus on the 20-disc New Testament Audio Bible from Thomas Nelson, Inc., which also features Richard Dreyfuss as Moses, Marisa Tomei as Mary Magdalene, and Luke Perry as Judas.

On March 12, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct its first rap act, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, along with R.E.M., Patti Smith, the Ronettes, and Van Halen.

It’s baby steps for Britney Spears, 25, and Kevin Federline, 28. The exes reached a temporary custody arrangement on Jan. 5. Federline can visit sons Sean Preston, 1, and Jayden James, 4 months, for 12 hours a week between Jan. 12 and 31…. Carl Raymond Cheney, 27, who allegedly broke into the Malibu home of Days of Our Lives‘ Drake Hogestyn, 53, on Dec. 31, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and trespassing charges. The soap star said Cheney accused him of being possessed by Satan and attempted to perform an exorcism (yes, exorcism) on him…. Tanya Milner, an Oprah audience member who claims she was injured on the set during the April 11 taping, sued the program’s studio, Harpo Productions, on Jan. 4. Milner contends she was pushed down a flight of stairs as the crowd rushed to its seats, and is seeking unspecified damages…. As if that’s not enough, Oprah herself was reportedly the target of a recent blackmail plot. Court records say Keifer Bonvillain, 36, tried to extort ”a public figure and owner of a Chicago-based company” and claimed he had tapes of damaging phone calls. Two Windy City newspapers named Winfrey as the celeb. Bonvillain and Winfrey did not return calls for comment.

NBC Universal axed Megan Mullally’s talk show Jan. 3 due to poor ratings in its first season.

The home of Suzanne Somers (Three’s Company), 60, was razed in a Jan. 8 wildfire that swept through a Malibu neighborhood. At press time, the fire department was investigating the cause of the blaze.

Animator Iwao Takamoto, 81, who designed Scooby-Doo, of heart failure, Jan. 8, in L.A…. Flying Burrito Brothers co-founder ”Sneaky” Pete Kleinow, 72, of complications from Alzheimer’s, Jan. 6, in Petaluma, Calif…. Novelist/screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides (Kiss Me Deadly), 98, after a brief illness, Jan. 1, in Woodland Hills, Calif…. Character actor Frank Campanella (Dick Tracy), 87, of complications from Crohn’s disease, Dec. 30, in San Fernando Valley, Calif…. Grand Ole Opry star Del Reeves, 74, after a long illness, Jan. 1, in Nashville…. Author Tillie Olsen (Tell Me a Riddle), 94, of natural causes, Jan. 1, in Oakland…. Vincent Sardi Jr., 91, owner of landmark Broadway restaurant Sardi’s, of complications from a urinary tract infection, Jan. 4, in Berlin, Vt.

Madonna’s adoption of a Malawian baby continues to cause her PR headaches. Angelina Jolie recently commented on Madge’s travails in a French magazine, saying, ”I would never bring back a child from a country where adoption is illegal.” (Jolie later said the article ”included many falsehoods.”) Madonna’s rep reiterates that ”a Malawian court granted her an 18-month interim adoption,” while a spokesperson for Malawi declares that adoption is legal in his country and asks EW, ”Who is Angelina Jolie?” — Nisha Gopalan

Group Effort of the Week
When Emilio Estevez’s Bobby opened in November to mediocre reviews, the only nomination it seemed destined to receive was Outstanding Use of Bouffant Wigs. Yet the drama about RFK’s assassination — starring, among others, Sharon Stone, William H. Macy, and Demi Moore — is vying for a Golden Globe, and on Jan. 4 it earned a SAG nod for its ensemble cast. Suddenly, Bobby is behaving like an Oscar dark horse. What gives? Well, actors make up Hollywood’s biggest voting bloc, and they like to recognize their own. Star-on-star voting helped Crash bag Best Picture in 2006 and, says Bobby distributor Harvey Weinstein, it could work similar magic this year. ”Actors can get a movie like Bobby in the forefront,” he says. ”It has a real shot to be [a Best Picture nominee].” You laugh now, but remember: This is the guy who guided the treacly Chocolat to five nominations in 2000. — Missy Schwartz

Houston, We Have an Auction
Curious fans and collectors alike descended upon Speed of Sound storage in Irvington, N.J., for the Jan. 9 auction of Whitney Houston’s tour supplies and personal belongings (including keyboards, a dusty church pew, and designer shoes). The singer’s flashy, Dolce & Gabbana-heavy wardrobe lured hairstylist Alexis Patterson, who was prepared to bid up to $1,500, while teacher Rosalind Robinson called the event ”exciting” and said, ”I’m going to pray for [Whitney’s] comeback.” Houston’s rep says some proceeds from the sale will go toward unpaid storage-facility fees — estimated at $200,000 — and that it’s ”not unusual for an artist to sell off old equipment and costumes no longer needed.” — Margeaux Watson