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Celebrity news for the week of February 8, 2008

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MARRIED
Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean, 48, and British actress Georgina Sutcliffe, 29, exchanged two rings to rule them all on Feb. 19 in London…. Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, 34, celebrated Valentine’s Day by wedding All Saints singer Nicole Appleton, 33, in London on Feb. 14. The longtime couple have a 6-year-old son.

SPLIT
A rep for pop star Pink (née Alecia Moore), 28, has confirmed that the singer and her moto-cross racer husband Carey Hart, 32, have separated. The couple have been married for two years.

COURTS
Construction worker Diego Pillco, 20, pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 in NYC to first-degree manslaughter in the November 2006 death of Waitress actress-director Adrienne Shelly. In a deal with the Manhattan district attorney, Pillco will be sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for what he described as a robbery gone wrong…. In a Feb. 14 ruling, an L.A. judge transferred control of a trust belonging to Britney Spears, 26, to her brother, Bryan, 30, and a Spears family lawyer. The trust, reportedly worth $100 million, includes most of her liquid assets. (As co-conservator of his daughter’s estate, father Jamie will continue to oversee her personal affairs.) The singer’s rep did not return calls for comment…. Actress Bai Ling (Lost), 41, was charged with shoplifting on Feb. 13 after allegedly stealing $16 worth of magazines and batteries from a gift shop in Los Angeles International Airport. Ling was released on $1,000 bail and is due in court on March 5. Her agent did not return calls for comment…. On Feb. 14 in NYC, 50 Cent associate Tony Yayo (né Marvin Bernard), 29, was sentenced to 10 days’ community service after pleading guilty to harassing the 14-year-old son of a rival artist’s manager on a Manhattan street last March. The rapper admitted he glared at the boy, intending to threaten physical violence.

DEATHS
Actor David Groh, 68, who played Joe, Valerie Harper’s husband on Rhoda, of kidney cancer, Feb. 12, in L.A. Says friend Martin Landau: ”David was a very, very gifted actor. Always rich work, always deep work, layered work — he cared about his art.”… Acclaimed Japanese director Kon Ichikawa (Tokyo Olympiad), 92, of pneumonia, Feb. 13, in Tokyo…. Avantgarde Gallic author-director Alain Robbe-Grillet (Eden and After), 85, of heart disease, Feb. 18, in Caen, France. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen and Adam Markovitz


Heath Care Plan
When Heath Ledger passed away before he finished filming Terry Gilliam‘s circus fantasy The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus last month, the director was tasked with finding an actor to take over his star’s role. Instead, he found three: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. Gilliam has yet to reveal how the collaboration will work (character details are under wraps), but it’s rumored that the part will be split between the actors and original footage of Ledger — a fitting tribute to the chameleonic performer. — Adam Markovitz