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Celebrity news for the week of July 7, 2008

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BIRTH
It’s a boy for Matthew McConaughey, 38, and his girlfriend, model-designer Camila Alves, 25. The child, their first, was born July 7 in L.A.

ENGAGED
Actors David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), 30, and Vanessa Britting (Without a Trace), 27, announced on July 7 that they plan to wed next year.

COURTS
Eminem, 35, was hit with a $100,000 assault lawsuit by Miad Jarbou in Detroit on July 3. Jarbou claims the rapper punched him in the face in the restroom of a strip club in 2006 and caused unspecified ”serious injuries.”… Accountant Aaron Ferguson filed a $1 million discrimination lawsuit against CBS on July 2 in Manhattan. Ferguson claims he was forced to leave his job at The Rachael Ray Show in 2007 because he is anorexic…. The gravestone of Ian Curtis, the frontman of seminal post-punk band Joy Division, has been stolen from a cemetery in Macclessfield, England, police said on July 1. No arrests have been made in the theft. Curtis — who was recently portrayed in director Anton Corbijn’s biopic Control — killed himself in 1980 at age 23 after recording two critically lauded albums with the band…. Tatum O’Neal, 44, pleaded guilty July 2 in Manhattan to disorderly conduct. The Rescue Me actress, who was originally arrested on June 1 for allegedly buying cocaine, was ordered to complete a treatment program. She’s due back in court on Sept. 4.

FOUND
A complete original cut of late director Fritz Lang‘s silent sci-fi movie Metropolis has been discovered in the archives of an Argentinean museum. Several key reels from Lang’s classic film were excised shortly after its 1927 release and later lost, leaving cinema scholars to debate for years about what may have appeared in the missing footage.

HOSPITALIZED
Victor Willis, 57, best known as the policeman in the Village People, was admitted July 7 in San Diego for surgery on his vocal cords. According to his rep, the band’s former lead singer plans to reschedule several canceled solo tour dates after recuperating.

DEATHS
Acclaimed author Thomas M. Disch, 68, died on July 5 in NYC in a suicide. Disch’s works spanned many genres, including politically tinged science-fiction novels (1968’s Camp Concentration) and witty poems. In 1987, his children’s fable The Brave Little Toaster was made into a popular animated film that was released by Disney. He also worked as a freelance critic, contributing many book reviews to EW in the early 1990s. ”I’ll remember him chiefly as a jovial wit, an astonishingly intelligent observer, a fine poet, and an exceptionally talented and substantial writer of fiction,” author Michael Moorcock tells EW. ”He was a dear, complex, invaluable friend.”…Don S. Davis, 65, a theater professor-turned-character actor, of a heart attack, June 29, in Gibsons, Canada. After teaching for years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Davis began appearing in supporting roles on TV series in the ’80s and ’90s — including Twin Peaks (as Maj. Garland Briggs), The X-Files (as Capt. William Scully), and Stargate: SG-1 (as Gen. George S. Hammond). — with additional reporting by Stewart Allen


MONDAY’S CHILD
Despite her name, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban was actually born on a Monday — July 7, to be precise — in Nashville. She’s the first baby for country rocker Keith Urban, 40, and Nicole Kidman, 41, who wed in 2006. The actress, who’ll return to the big screen this November in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, also has two adopted kids (a 15-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son) from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise. — SVL


LEGACY
Larry Harmon (1925-2008)
Sporting the combination of a round cherry nose and tufts of fiery hair, Harmon — who died July 3 in L.A. from congestive heart failure — delighted audiences around the world for decades as Bozo the Clown. Though he didn’t originate the character, it was Harmon who truly made the iconic jester into a pop culture phenomenon beginning with 1952’s TV pilot Pinky Talks Back, eventually creating The Bozo Show. ”I felt if I could plant my size 83AAA shoes on this planet,” Harmon said in a 1996 interview, ”[people] would never be able to forget those footprints.” — Tanner Stransky


LEGACY
Michael Turner (1971-2008)
The comic-book artist first found fame in the mid-’90s by drawing the voluptuous superheroines of successful indie series like Witchblade and Fathom. But soon Turner — who died June 27 in Santa Monica after a long struggle with bone cancer — was bringing his unique visual style to all corners of the comics world. In recent years he created covers for best-selling ”event” titles such as Marvel’s Civil War and DC’s Identity Crisis, and illustrated online tie-ins for NBC’s Heroes. ”Mike had a kinetic energy to his art,” novelist Brad Meltzer, who penned the Crisis miniseries, says to EW. ”He drew the Flash standing still — and you still felt like the character was racing at Mach 4. It felt alive. It felt real. And most important, it felt like — after 60 years of seeing the same poses over and over — you’d never seen it drawn like this before. Believe me, that’s a superpower.” — SVL