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Celebrity news for the week of March 16, 2007

Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

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MARRIED
Actress Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers), 41, and Indian businessman Arun Nayar, 42, tied the knot March 2 at a castle in England before heading to India for another ceremony.

RE-SIGNED
Kevin Reilly, 44, signed a multiyear deal March 1 to continue on as president of NBC Entertainment, a position he’s held since May 2004. Reilly is credited with putting the network back on track with recent hits such as Heroes and critical favorites like The Office.

EXEC SHUFFLE
NBC News VP Alexandra Wallace, 41, is replacing John Reiss, 50, as exec producer of Nightly News. The switch was announced March 5, after ABC’s World News overtook Nightly for the No. 1 spot during February sweeps. Reiss will be reassigned within NBC News.

COURTS
Hip-hop singer Kelis (née Kelis Rogers-Jones), 27, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on March 2 in Miami Beach after allegedly charging — and yelling racial profanities — at undercover police posing as prostitutes in a sting operation. She was released on a $1,500 bond…. Bobby Brown, 38, was released from jail Feb. 28 after agreeing to allow Washington, D.C., radio station Hot 99.5 to pay the $19,150 he owed in child support and court fees. Station reps claim that in exchange, the singer said he’d cohost their morning talk show for a week — a deal on which he allegedly reneged. ”Hot 99.5 has used this to garner national media attention at Bobby Brown’s expense,” says his lawyer. ”He has repaid all the money.”… On Feb. 28, Jeff Goldblum, 54, won a restraining order against a 44-year-old aspiring screenwriter he claims has stalked his home more than 50 times in recent months. An L.A. judge ruled that the woman must stay at least 100 yards from the actor…. On March 2, real estate agent Gerard Rechnitzer, 27, sued Sean ”Diddy” Combs, 37, alleging that the music impresario punched him and declared, ”I’ll smack flames out your a–” at a Hollywood nightclub on Feb. 25. Rechnitzer is seeking unspecified damages. No charges have been filed, though police are conducting an investigation. Says Combs’ lawyer: ”The lawsuit is completely baseless.”… L.A. police are investigating a Feb. 24 car accident involving singer James Blunt, 33, and model Petra Nemcova, 27, in which Blunt allegedly ran over a man’s foot. The LAPD has classified the incident as a potential hit-and-run. Says Blunt’s publicist: ”He’s fully cooperating with the investigation.”… Foxy Brown (née Inga Marchand), 28, pleaded guilty March 1 to a probation violation. In 2006, the rapper was sentenced to three years of probation — which requires that she not leave the state of New York — for assaulting two nail-salon employees in August 2004. But on Feb. 15, Brown was arrested once more, this time in Florida, after an alleged dispute at a beauty-supply store. If Brown violates her probation again, she could face a year in prison.

FINED
Four major radio broadcasters — Clear Channel, CBS, Entercom, and Citadel — will pay a combined $12.5 million to the FCC in the wake of a pay-for-play investigation. The companies allegedly received money and gifts from major record companies to air their artists’ songs. Additionally, in a voluntary deal with the American Association of Independent Music, the conglomerates agreed to set aside 8,400 half-hour blocks over the next three years to play music from independent labels.

BURIED
On March 2, Anna Nicole Smith, who died at age 39, was laid to rest in the Bahamas next to her son, Daniel. A Bahamian judge denied a last-minute request by Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, 55, to postpone the burial. The cause of Smith’s death is still undetermined, but a Florida medical examiner’s office is expected to make an announcement soon.

DEATHS
Herman Brix, 100, who played the lead in 1935’s The New Adventures of Tarzan, of complications from a broken hip, Feb. 24, in Santa Monica…. Presidential historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (A Thousand Days), who won two Pulitzer Prizes, 89, of an apparent heart attack, Feb. 28, in NYC. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


ADOPTION
Team Jolie-Pitt May Expand Again
Last year, Brad Pitt, 43, joked that he and Angelina Jolie, 31, wanted to have enough kids to form their own soccer team. Now, it seems, a fourth player may be joining Maddox, 5, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 9 months. Jolie reportedly filed papers the week of Feb. 26 to adopt a Vietnamese boy. ”If we’re going to have 10 kids,” the actress said in a recent interview, ”we’d like to raise them while we’re young.” And, presumably, when they can still kick a ball around. — Tim Stack

‘Dancing’ Trades Partners
On March 2, ABC announced that John Ratzenberger — a.k.a. Cliff, the trivia-spouting postal worker on Cheers — will join season 4 of Dancing With the Stars (beginning March 19). Ratzenberger ”nobly stepped in” after sexagenarian Vincent Pastore (best known as Big Pussy on The Sopranos) found the first week of training too strenuous and dropped out. Pastore’s abrupt departure means that Ratzenberger has only two weeks (instead of the usual four) to prepare with partner Edyta Sliwinska, and that our dreams of seeing wildly inappropriate headlines like ”Heather Mills Tramples Big Pussy With Superior Rumba” will never be realized. — Hannah Tucker

Dirty Harry Finishes the Job
Maybe studio Muggles aren’t so uptight after all. After weeks of speculation that Daniel Radcliffe’s horse-friendly, totally nude turn in the current London stage production of Equus might hurt his chances of reprising his role as Harry Potter, Warner Bros. announced on March 5 that the 17-year-old actor will return for the franchise’s last two films. Producers told the BBC that Radcliffe was ”very much looking forward to” the series’ sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, slated to begin shooting this fall. At press time, costars Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton were not yet confirmed to return. If they need an extra incentive, we’ve got an idea: coed naked Quidditch at Hogwarts! — Missy Schwartz