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Celebrity news for the week of March 7, 2008

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EXPECTING
An mmm-baby is on the way this June for Hanson singer-guitarst Isaac Hanson, 27, and his wife, Nicole, 24. The couple already have a 10-month-old son.

BIRTHS
It’s a girl and a boy for Jennifer Lopez, 37, and Marc Anthony, 39. The actor-singers’ twins arrived Feb. 22…. Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Vincent D’Onofrio, 47, and ex-model Carin Van Der Donk have opened a new case: Their second son, Luka, was born on Feb. 14 in NYC.

ADDITIONS
Actors Brad Pitt, 44, and Angelina Jolie, 32, reportedly finalized their adoption of son Pax Thien, 4, on Feb. 20 in an L.A. court. Meanwhile, according to People.com, Jolie is pregnant with the couple’s fifth child.

COURTS
On Feb. 18, Will Smith, 39, settled his suit against World Entertainment News Networks, which falsely claimed the actor called Adolf Hitler ”a good person” in an interview. The U.K.-based wire service apologized to Smith in a London court and paid him undisclosed damages. Smith donated the money to his charity for inner-city youth…. Ne-Yo (né Shaffer Smith), 28, was arrested on Feb. 19 in Atlanta for allegedly driving over 100 mph and without a license. The R&B singer is due in court March 25…. Teen-pop singer Aaron Carter, 20, was arrested on marijuana-possession charges on Feb. 20 after being pulled over while allegedly speeding in Junction, Tex. His publicist did not return calls for comment…. On Feb. 20 in L.A., Lindsay Lohan, 21, settled a suit filed by Raymundo Ortega, who claimed the actress crashed her Mercedes-Benz into his van in October 2005 while she was intoxicated. The terms of the settlement were confidential.

DEATHS
Literature professor-turned-stage actor Dennis Letts, 73, of lung cancer, Feb. 22, in Tulsa. Letts was starring on Broadway in his son Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County up until his final days. ”Dad had a full and fascinating life,” the younger Letts said in a statement, ”and August: Osage County was the cherry on top.”… Ben Chapman, 79, one of two actors who played the monster in 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon, of heart failure, Feb. 21, in Honolulu…. Larry Norman, 60, a Christian-rock pioneer who influenced everyone from Bob Dylan to the Pixies, of heart failure, Feb. 24, in Salem, Ore. ”Larry was my door into the music business, and he was the most Christlike person I ever met,” said former Pixies frontman Frank Black in a statement. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen


I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM
Here’s an idea for a scary Wes Craven flick: A horrible landslide, a few gardeners, and…a star of Bio-Dome? Unfortunately, it’s true to life. Craven, 68, and Pauly Shore, 40 — neighbors in the Hollywood Hills section of L.A. — can’t seem to agree on who caused an ’06 landslide that damaged their homes. After the horror auteur sued him last year, Shore fired back on Feb. 11, claiming the blame lies with Craven’s landscapers. Reps for both declined to comment. — Simon Vozick-Levinson