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The Obamas’s new pup and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s pregnancy made news the week of April 13, 2009

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BIRTH
Lost‘s Josh Holloway, 39, and wife Yessica welcomed daughter Java Kumala on April 9 in Oahu, Hawaii.

SETTLEMENT
On April 14, Michael Jackson, 50, reached an agreement with an L.A.-based auction house to halt the sale of nearly 1,400 pieces of the singer’s personal belongings, including the crystal-studded glove from 1983’s ”Billie Jean” video. The items had been consigned to the auction house when Jackson’s Neverland Ranch went into foreclosure in 2008. The terms of the settlement are private, but a joint statement from reps for Jackson and the auction house says the arrangement ”will allow the collection to be…enjoyed by Jackson’s fans for many years to come.”

CANCELED
On April 11, Billy Bob Thornton and his band, the Boxmasters, dropped out as the opening act in the final two Canadian shows of Willie Nelson’s tour. The move came just days after a video of Thornton’s on-air spat with a Canadian radio host became an Internet sensation. A note on Thornton’s website said a band member and some crew were ill.

RECOVERING
Farrah Fawcett, 62, was released from an L.A. hospital on April 9. The Charlie’s Angels actress, who has been battling anal cancer since 2006, was admitted two weeks ago for treatment of a hematoma following a medical procedure in Germany.

ALTERCATION
On April 8, a photographer filed a complaint against Woody Harrelson, 47, after the actor allegedly attacked him at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. No charges have been filed yet, but Harrelson issued a statement on April 10, saying, ”I wrapped a movie called Zombieland, in which I was constantly under assault by zombies…. I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie.”

COURTS
On April 13, an L.A. jury found record producer Phil Spector, 68, guilty of second-degree murder for the death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Spector will be sentenced on May 29 and could face 15 years to life in prison…. In divorce papers filed March 27 in Freehold, N.J., businessman Arthur J. Kelly claimed that wife Ann had an affair with Bruce Springsteen, 59. A rep for the rocker, who has been married to Patti Scialfa, 55, for 18 years, directed reporters to a 2006 post on Springsteen’s website in which the musician denied rumors of the affair. Ann Kelly’s lawyer also denied the allegations to several media outlets.

DEATHS
Adult-film actress Marilyn Chambers (Behind the Green Door), 56, was found dead in her L.A. home on April 12. The cause of death has not yet been determined…. Producer Simon Channing Williams, 63, who collaborated with director Mike Leigh on movies like Secrets & Lies and Happy-Go-Lucky, died of cancer on April 12 in Cornwall, England

Is the Obama Pup a Safer Bet Than Some Movie Mutts?
The Obamas found their First Pooch, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog named Bo. The breed was chosen because it’s family-friendly and hypoallergenic (daughter Malia has allergies). Bo received so much media attention during his official debut April 14, you might have thought he was opening a movie. Might he have the same impact as his box office brethren? Canine capers from Beverly Hills Chihuahua to Marley & Me have spotlighted breeds, with mixed results. Take 1996’s live-action 101 Dalmatians, for instance: ”101 Dalmatians was released around Christmas, so many people gave the animals as gifts,” says Lisa Lange, senior vice president of PETA, of the sometimes difficult breed. ”Come January, shelters were flooded with Dalmatian give-ups.” Dog lovers have a good example in the Obamas, though. ”People need to do exactly what they did,” says Lisa Peterson, spokes-person for the American Kennel Club. ”Research the breed that’s the best fit for their lifestyle.” — Jeremy Medina and Aly Semigran

Buffy’s Bump: Sarah Michelle Gellar Expecting
After seven years of marriage, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are expecting their first child, due this fall. The bundle of joyous news coincides with a promising moment in the 32-year-old actress’ career: This month, she begins production on the HBO comedy The Wonderful Maladys. (Prinze, 33, recently wrapped a comedy pilot for ABC called No Heroics.) Now, if only Gellar would consider that much-discussed Buffy movie — we’d give anything to see the Slayer with child. — Missy Schwartz

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