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Celebrity news for the week of July 20, 2007

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BIRTH
The Killers’ frontman, Brandon Flowers, and his wife, Tana, both 26, welcomed their first child, a son, on July 14.

EXPECTING
Courtney Thorne-Smith (According to Jim), 39, and her husband, Roger Fishman, will welcome their first child this winter.

MARRIED
Rebecca Romijn (Ugly Betty), 34, wed Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan), 33, on July 14 in L.A. This is O’Connell’s first marriage, Romijn’s second.

ENGAGED
Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, 41, will tie the knot with real estate investor Brooke Mueller, 29, whom he met in April 2006.

AILING
Phyllis Diller, 90, twisted her back and suffered a minor fracture on July 8 in L.A. According to her rep, Diller is ”in great spirits” and ”doing okay.”… Singer Kelly Rowland, 26, was hospitalized after she collapsed on stage from dehydration at a concert on July 15 in Lagos, Nigeria. The former Destiny’s Child member was reported to be in good condition…. Comedian Dave Chappelle, 33, was hospitalized for exhaustion on July 14. Chappelle’s rep says he spent about 12 hours in an unnamed hospital and is now doing fine.

DEPARTURE
After being demoted by ICM on July 13, former co-president Ed Limato, 71, is in talks to leave the talent agency after 19 years. As of press time, an arbitration hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1. There, Limato is expected to challenge a contract clause that forbids him from taking his clients, including Mel Gibson and Denzel Washington, to another agency. Limato could not be reached for comment.

COURTS
On July 17, Sting, 55, and his wife, Trudie Styler, 53, were ordered to pay their former chef Jane Martin, 41, $51,000 in compensation after Martin won a sexual-discrimination claim against them in May, according to the Associated Press. Martin said she was unjustly fired after she became pregnant. Sting and Styler are reportedly appealing the ruling…. On July 12, action star Steven Seagal filed a lawsuit against Loeb & Loeb in L.A., claiming the legal firm charged the actor an ”unconscionable” fee when he testified in an extortion case in 2003. Earlier this year, a panel ruled in favor of Loeb, prompting Seagal to bring his case to Superior Court. ”We expect the same outcome as in the arbitration,” said a Loeb rep in a statement…. On July 15, rapper Remy Ma (née Remy Smith), 27, was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of acquaintance Makeda Barnes-Joseph, 23, in NYC. The two reportedly had a dispute over money. The hip-hop star, who is also being charged with assault, was released on $250,000 bail. A court date is set for Aug. 14. Remy Ma’s lawyer says, ”These are merely allegations.”

DEATHS
Cartoonist Robert ”Buck” Brown, 71, creator of Playboy magazine’s ”Granny” character, of a stroke, July 2, in Chicago…. Romance author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (The Flame and the Flower), 68, of cancer, July 6, in Princeton, Minn. — Additonal reporting by Jeff Labrecque and Adam Markovitz


British Invasion of the Week
On July 12, soccer demigod David Beckham and wife Victoria officially moved to L.A. with modest dreams: owning a home, making a wage (David plays for local team Galaxy), and dominating the American press. The arrival was preceded by a scorching cover spread in W magazine and followed by NBC’s July 16 special Victoria Beckham: Coming to America, an amusing look at the once and future Spice Girl. Major! — Lindsay Soll

Don’t Stop Believin’
The truth got out there on July 14, when erstwhile X-Files star David Duchovny revealed that he and former castmate Gillian Anderson — along with creator Chris Carter — are on board for a second movie version of the hit Fox series, possibly to begin filming this fall. A source close to the production says a script is expected ”within two weeks,” but couldn’t confirm if the film would pick up where the series left off when it ended in 2002 — with Mulder and Scully on the run from the military — or if it would be a stand-alone feature like the first X-Files film, which earned a respectable $84 million at the box office in 1998.