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Celebrity news for the week of June 8, 2007

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EXPECTING
24‘s Kim Raver, 38, and her husband, French filmmaker Manuel Boyer, will welcome their second child this fall.

BIRTH
Actress Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), 41, and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, 43, greeted their first baby, son Bryce Thadeus, on May 21.

MARRIED
National Geographic Channel and Oprah correspondent Lisa Ling, 33, wed doctor Paul Song, 41, on May 26 in L.A.

ANNOUNCED
On May 28, Justin Timberlake, 26, revealed he will be chairman and CEO of newly formed label Tennman Records, whose CDs will be distributed by Interscope. ”Justin has been able to multitask because he learned it at such a young age,” says Timberlake’s manager Johnny Wright. ”The natural progression for him is to be the master of his own label.”

COURTS
On May 25, Ty Pennington, 42, host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, pleaded no contest to a drunk-driving charge, stemming from an arrest in L.A. three weeks earlier. He was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, and ordered to pay $1,500 and attend a 90-day outpatient alcohol-education program…. Actor Ryan O’Neal, 66, will not face criminal charges for allegedly assaulting his son, actor Griffin, 42, with a gun during an argument in February. According to the L.A. district attorney, there is ”insufficient evidence to prove the case.”… On May 25, R&B singer Brandy, 28, was slapped with a fourth lawsuit following a December 2006 freeway accident that killed a 38-year-old L.A. woman. Mallory Ham, 50, the driver of a third car in the crash, is suing the former Moesha star for an undisclosed sum, claiming she ”recklessly” operated the vehicle, causing Ham to be ”severely injured.” Brandy has denied all liability…. On May 24, Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), 22, was awarded nearly $6,000 in her suit against London’s Daily Mail for a January story that the actress claimed suggested she was partly responsible for an anorexic teen’s death. (The article ran a photo of Knightley next to the quote ”If pictures like this one of Keira carried a health warning, my darling daughter might have lived.”) Knightley intends to donate the settlement to an eating-disorder charity…. On May 18, Elizabeth Taylor, 75, won a three-year battle over the ownership of a Vincent van Gogh painting. A federal appeals court ruled that the descendants of the late Margarete Mauthner, who lost her possessions to the Nazis in Germany in 1939, waited too long to file their 2005 suit seeking ownership of View of the Chapel and Asylum at Saint-Rémy. Taylor bought the painting in London in 1963.

AILING
Mischa Barton (The O.C.), 21, was hospitalized in L.A. on May 27 after suffering a reaction to antibiotics for bronchitis. She was discharged the same day.

DEATH
Pianist Ben Weisman, 85, who co-wrote songs for Elvis Presley, including ”Follow That Dream,” after complications from a stroke, on May 20, in L.A. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen and Simon Vozick-Levinson


Legacy: Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007)
A Tony award-winning actor best known for his kitschy ’70s and ’80s TV appearances on Match Game, Hollywood Squares, and The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, Reilly died May 25 of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles. ”He was brilliant, he was inspirational,” said Barry Poltermann, who directed The Life of Reilly, the 2006 film version of the comedian’s autobiographical one-man stage play. ”He was funny as hell.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson


Lohan: 3; Driver’s Ed: O
It wasn’t the most festive of Memorial Day weekends for Lindsay Lohan. On May 26, the actress, 20, was arrested for DUI after Beverly Hills police say she crashed her Mercedes into some trees. (It was her third accident in two years — the first two weren’t her fault.) Cops also say they found a ”usable amount” of a substance they believe to be cocaine in her car; arraignment is set for Aug. 24. Her reps declined comment, but less than 48 hours later, paparazzi caught the starlet slumped in her SUV, mouth agape, after partying at the Roosevelt Hotel. On May 29, Lohan checked back into rehab. (Here’s hoping this one sticks!) No word yet on the status of her next production, the comedy Poor Things, which was due to begin shooting May 30.