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Celebrity news for the week of May 30, 2008

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WEDDINGS
With her dad, Joe, officiating, singer Ashlee Simpson, 23, and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, 28, tied the knot in L.A. on May 17…. On May 19, actress Jessica Alba, 27, married Cash Warren, 31. The pair are expecting their first child.

SPLITS
On May 16 in L.A., Dylan McDermott (Big Shots), 46, filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years, actress Shiva Rose, 39. They have two daughters, ages 12 and 2…. Singer Shania Twain, 42, and her husband/producer, Robert ”Mutt” Lange, 59, are separating after 14 years. Their son, Eja, is 6.

ADDITIONS
Grey’s Anatomy doc Brooke Smith, 41, and husband Steve Lubensky, 35, adopted a baby, Lucy, from Ethiopia. She joins 5-year-old Fanny…. Rapper T.I. (né Clifford Harris Jr.), 27, and fiancée Tameka Cottle, 32, now have a second son: Major arrived May 16 in Atlanta.

COURTS
Though Anne Heche, 39, and Coley Laffoon, 34, split in January 2007, they are still hammering out spousal and child support (son Homer is 6). On May 14 in L.A., the actress filed court papers stating that she cannot make the required monthly payments of almost $15,000 now that her ABC series, Men in Trees, has been canceled. ”I am continuing to look for work,” she wrote, ”but I have no offers pending and the impending strike by the Screen Actors Guild reduces my prospects for work even further.” A judge gave her a one-month reprieve, but has not made a final ruling…. On May 15 in L.A., ex — Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, 64, was found guilty of 76 counts including racketeering and wiretapping. Sylvester Stallone, 61, and Garry Shandling, 58, were among the stars named as victims during the trial. Pellicano will be sentenced in September…. On May 19 in NYC, student Maria Markova, 22, sued actress Lindsay Lohan, 21, alleging that Lohan took her $12,000 fur coat from a club in January. She is seeking unspecified punitive damages.

DEATHS
John Phillip Law, 70, best known as a Soviet sailor in 1966’s The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming and a blind angel in 1968’s Barbarella, of undisclosed causes, May 13, in L.A…. Warren Cowan, 87, of publicity firm Rogers & Cowan, of cancer, May 14, in L.A. Said client James Caan in a statement: ”Warren Cowan was the first…independent publicist I had ever known. He set the standard.”… MAD magazine artist Will Elder, 86, of Parkinson’s disease, May 15, in Rockleigh, N.J. Elder ”created visual feasts with dozens of background gags layered into every MAD story he illustrated,” said editor John Ficarra in a statement. — with additional reporting by Michael J. Powe