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EXPECTING
Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy, both 38, who got engaged earlier this month, announced they are expecting their first child.

MARRIED
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, 44, wed singer Mariqueen Maandig on Oct. 17 in L.A.

HIRED
The Academy of Motion Pictures announced Oct. 20 that Hairspray director and So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman, 44, and former Fox studio head Bill Mechanic will produce next year’s Oscars telecast, scheduled for March 7. Who’s their ideal choice to host? ”Mine is Johnny Carson,” jokes Mechanic. ”And I want Bob Hope,” says Shankman. ”Since neither are available, we’ll have to go from there.”

COMEBACK
Garth Brooks, 47, announced that he will end his nine-year retirement to play an extended engagement at the Encore Las Vegas starting Dec. 11.

RECOVERING
On Oct. 14, singer Leona Lewis, 24, was punched by a 29-year-old man during a London signing for her autobiography Dreams. Lewis suffered some bruising but is otherwise fine, according to her rep. The suspect was arrested and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

COURTS
Thomas Dekker, 21, was arrested Oct. 14 in Hollywood on suspicion of DUI after the actor allegedly hit a bicyclist. The former star of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was released on $100,000 bail…. TLC has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Jon Gosselin, 32, alleging that the Jon & Kate Plus Eight star ”made promotional appearances and product endorsements” that violated their agreement with him, according to papers filed Oct. 16 in Montgomery County, Md. An attorney for Gosselin called the suit ”baseless.”… On Oct. 18, Stephanie Pratt, 23, was arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of DUI. The Hills star had been out celebrating costar Holly Montag’s birthday. Pratt was released on $5,000 bail…. On Oct. 19, a federal judge in L.A. ruled there were not enough similarities between the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair and a 2006 documentary, My Nappy Roots, to delay the Oct. 23 nationwide release of Rock’s film. Roots’ codirector Regina Kimbell is suing Rock for allegedly stealing ideas from her movie for Good Hair…. Nicolas Cage, 45, is suing his former business manager, Samuel J. Levin, for $20 million. The suit, filed Oct. 16 in L.A., alleges Levin made ”highly speculative and risky real estate investments, resulting in Cage suffering catastrophic losses.” Levin did not return calls for comment…. Adam Jasinski, 31, the season 9 winner of Big Brother, was arrested Oct. 17 in North Reading, Mass., for allegedly using his $500,000 prize money to buy and resell thousands of oxycodone pills. If convicted, Jasinski faces up to 20 years in prison.

CONTROVERSY
Beyoncé Knowles, 28, postponed an Oct. 25 concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is the second time she’s postponed a show in the country following criticism from Islamic conservatives over her choreography and attire.

DEATHS
Pro-wrestling legend ”Captain” Lou Albano, 76, who appeared in Cyndi Lauper’s video ”Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” died Oct. 14 in Carmel, N.Y….Daniel Melnick, 77, a movie producer and former studio exec who helped launch the 1960s series Get Smart, died Oct. 13 in L.A…. Vic Mizzy, 93, who composed the theme songs for The Addams Family and Green Acres, died Oct. 17 in Bel Air, Calif.
With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


Roman Polanski Labeled a ”High” Risk for Flight. Duh.
On Oct. 19, Swiss authorities denied Roman Polanski’s appeal to be released from prison following his Sept. 26 arrest in Zurich. Citing the Oscar-winning director’s history — he became a fugitive in 1978 after fleeing the U.S. to avoid serving his sentence for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor — the man behind such classics as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown was labeled a ”high” risk for flight and ordered to remain in Swiss jail pending his extradition to the U.S. This followed Polanski’s offers earlier this month, rejected by local courts, to be placed under house arrest, with his ski chalet put up as collateral for his release. Still, Polanski did manage a brief release from jail: He was taken to a nearby hospital for unspecified medical tests on Oct. 16 (a rep said his condition wasn’t life-threatening). All the while, Polanski has maintained that he’s not trying to evade justice — just bankruptcy. His lawyers have said that the director risks financial ruin if he is unable to finish shooting his current project, The Ghost, a political thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor that had been slated for a February release. (Polanski is reportedly trying to give instructions to crew members from his cell in order to finish the film.) According to the Swiss Federal Criminal Court, Polanski can still appeal to the Swiss supreme court or propose another form of bail to the Ministry of Justice.
Adam Markovitz

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