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Celebrity news for the week of February 15, 2008

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EXPECTING
A baby is on the way for actor Ethan Hawke, 37, and Ryan Shawhughes. She reportedly worked as the nanny to his two children with ex-wife Uma Thurman, 37…. Former 90210 resident Tori Spelling, 34, and husband/Inn Love costar Dean McDermott, 41, will reportedly add a second child to their family. Son Liam turns 1 in March.

BIRTHS
Daughter Billie Grace was born to John C. McGinley (Scrubs), 48, and wife Nichole, 35, on Feb. 2 in Malibu, Calif…. Ex-ER star Julianna Margulies, 41, and her husband, Keith Lieberthal, 35, are proud parents of a baby boy.

MARRIED
American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee, 23, reportedly wed producer Nick Cokas, 42, on Feb. 2 in L.A.

COURTS
Okay, y’all, it’s Britney, so take a deep breath before you dive into this one. On Feb. 1, while Britney Spears, 26, was in a nearby hospital, an L.A. judge made two rulings on her behalf: putting her dad, Jamie, and a court-appointed attorney in control of her finances for now; and issuing a temporary restraining order against manager Osama ”Sam” Lutfi, 33, after Britney’s mom, Lynne, accused him of drugging the singer. Why was she in the hospital, anyway? On Jan. 31, Spears began a 72-hour ”psychiatric hold,” on the orders of her physician, so that her mental and physical health could be monitored. Doctors then extended the hospital stay another 14 days. Meanwhile, on Feb. 4, an L.A. court upheld an order that barred Spears from visiting her sons; ex-husband Kevin Federline, 29, maintains sole custody of Sean, 2, and Jayden, 1. A follow-up hearing that’ll reopen this issue is set for Feb. 19. Her rep did not return calls for comment.

AILING
On Feb. 1, a rep for Eva Mendes (Ghost Rider), 33, confirmed that the actress had entered a rehab facility to ”proactively attend to some personal issues.”

RECOVERING
Grey’s Anatomy doc Justin Chambers, 37, checked out of UCLA Medical Center in L.A. on Feb. 2 after a voluntary two-day stay. A rep says he was ”exhausted and suffers from a sleeping disorder.”

DEATHS
Mystical guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, thought to be 91 — whose teachings on the mind-control practice Transcendental Meditation were taken up by the Beatles’ George Harrison and the Beach Boys’ Mike Love — Feb. 5, in Vlodrop, the Netherlands…. Barry Morse, 89, a.k.a. the relentless Lieutenant Gerard of TV’s The Fugitive, after a brief illness, Feb. 2, in London…. Shell Kepler, 49, General Hospital‘s nurse Amy Vining for 23 years, of renal failure, Feb. 1, in Portland, Ore…. TV writer Robert Guy Barrows (Bonanza), 81, of complications from surgery, Jan. 31, in Pueblo, Colo. — Adam Markovitz, with additional reporting by Beth Johnson


THE TAXMAN COMETH
On Feb. 1, Wesley Snipes got good news and bad news: An Ocala, Fla., jury acquitted the Blade star, 45, of felony tax fraud and conspiracy charges. (He had refused on principle to pay taxes on income earned in 1999-2004.) But he was convicted of failing to file tax returns and now could face up to three years in jail — on top of all the back taxes he may have to repay. A rep says Snipes ”has always been committed to doing the right thing.” — Adam Markovitz