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Estelle Getty’s death and Andy Dick’s arrest made news the week of July 21, 2008

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CALLED OFF
Salma Hayek, 41, and François-Henri Pinault, 46, have broken their 16-month engagement. The pair have a daughter, Valentina, who is 10 months old.

MOVING ON
Film critics Roger Ebert, 66, and Richard Roeper, 48, are both leaving At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper in August. Roeper, who succeeded the late Gene Siskel on the syndicated show in 2000, cited a contractual dispute; Ebert, who launched the show on public television with Siskel in 1975, said producers had chosen to take the show ”in a new direction.” Reviewers Ben Lyons, 26 (son of critic Jeffrey Lyons), and Ben Mankiewicz, 41, replace the duo as of Sept. 6.

COURTS
On July 22 in London, Christian Bale, 34, turned himself in to police and was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister. ”Mr. Bale, who denies the allegation, cooperated throughout,” said his attorney in a statement. No charges have been filed; the Dark Knight star is due in court in September. (For more on the story, click here)… On July 21, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia repealed a $550,000 fine against CBS stemming from Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake‘s 2004 Super Bowl performance. The judges ruled that the government had no right to punish the network for inadvertently airing a half-second glimpse of Jackson’s breast…. Barenaked Ladies singer-guitarist Steven Page, 38, was arrested on July 11 after police allegedly found him inside a Fayetteville, N.Y., apartment with cocaine. A week later, the Canadian quintet canceled a stint at next month’s Disney Music Block Party, a charity concert series on Long Island. On their website, the band’s manager said they ”don’t want to put Disney in an awkward position before issues involving Steven’s arrest are resolved.” Page pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance; he’s due back in court on Aug. 26…. On July 16 in Murrieta, Calif., Andy Dick, 42, was arrested outside of a bar after he allegedly groped a 17-year-old girl. During a search, cops say they discovered marijuana and prescription pills in the actor’s pockets. He’s set to appear in court Aug. 12, where he could be charged with sexual battery, two counts of possession, and public intoxication.

DEATH
Singer Jo Stafford, 90, who sold millions of records in the WWII era, of heart failure, July 16, in Century City, Calif.
with additional reporting by Stewart Allen

LEGACY
Estelle Getty (1923-2008)
Picture it: Miami, 1985. On The Golden Girls, a diminutive mother named Sophia Petrillo shuffles on screen, and, with a never-ending stream of wisecracks and wisdom, captures the hearts of granny-loving fans everywhere. Getty, a onetime stage actress who brought the saucy, sauce-making Sicilian to life, died July 22 in L.A. after a long battle with dementia. Her biting jabs were legendary, and earned her both an Emmy and a Golden Globe during the sitcom’s seven-season run. Recalls Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, who wrote and produced for the Girls, ”Estelle was like a grandmother to me. She had a warm heart and tremendous talent. And she never took for granted the success that had come to her so late in life.” — Tanner Stransky

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