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Tyler Perry, Elizabeth Moss, and Lil Wayne were in the news the week of October 30

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MARRIED
Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss, 27, and Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen, 42, wed Oct. 25 in Long Island City, N.Y…. Ivanka Trump, 27, and New York Observer publisher Jared Kushner, 28, tied the knot Oct. 25 in Bedminster, N.J.

BIRTHS
The Office‘s Amy Ryan, 39, and her fiancé, writer Eric Slovin, 42, welcomed daughter Georgia on Oct. 15 in NYC.

AILING
Andrew Lloyd Webber, 61, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. An Oct. 25 statement says the composer is ”undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work” by year’s end.

REVEALED
In his upcoming memoir, Open, Andre Agassi, 39, admits to using crystal meth in the late ’90s. Of making the shocking confession, the tennis champ tells PEOPLE, ”I was worried for a moment, but… [I’m] excited about telling the world the whole story.”

PHILANTHROPY
On Oct. 26, Madonna, 51, broke ground on her girls’ school in Malawi with a tree-planting ceremony. The school is scheduled to open in 2011.

CONTROVERSY
Mayumi Heene, 45, mother of Falcon (a.k.a. ”Balloon Boy”), admitted that the infamous Oct. 15 incident was a hoax, according to a police affidavit filed on Oct. 17 in Fort Collins, Colo. Police say Mayumi confessed that she and her husband, Richard Heene, 48, knew that their 6-year-old wasn’t in the balloon and that the family devised the prank to become ”more marketable for future media interest.” No charges had been filed at press time…. Crash director Paul Haggis, 56, has left the Church of Scientology, claiming its San Diego branch supported Proposition 8, the amendment that revoked the right for same-sex couples to marry in California. In August, Haggis wrote a resignation letter addressed to Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis detailing his grievances with the church; the letter surfaced online Oct. 14. ”It was a private letter between me and Paul,” Davis told EW in response. ”The church doesn’t take an official political stance on any issue,” he says, adding that the church opposes any infringement on the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

COURTS
An L.A. judge granted Justin Timberlake, 28, a temporary restraining order against a 48-year-old woman who was allegedly stalking the singer, according to court papers filed Oct. 23…. On Oct. 21, a Bahamian judge declared a mistrial in the extortion case involving John Travolta, 55, due to possible juror misconduct. While the jury was still deliberating, Picewell Forbes, a local politician, publicly announced that one of the defendants accused of blackmailing Travolta for $25 million had been acquitted. Forbes has since been ordered to reveal the purpose and source of his declaration. A retrial had not been scheduled as of press time…. Lil Wayne, 27, pleaded guilty to weapons-possession charges on Oct. 22 in NYC. In 2007, police found a handgun on the rapper’s tour bus; he is expected to serve up to a year in jail.

DEATHS
On Oct. 26, Lenny Sullivan, 34, the cousin and assistant road manager of Bruce Springsteen, 60, was found dead in a Kansas City, Mo., hotel. Springsteen canceled that night’s show; a statement on his website said that Sullivan ”was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family.”… Soupy Sales, 83, whose slapstick children’s show was a household staple in the ’60s, died Oct. 22 in NYC.
With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


Feud-Master Spike Lee Takes On Tyler Perry
Famously outspoken director Spike Lee (Miracle at St. Anna, Do the Right Thing) has sparked yet another high-profile feud. His opponent this time? Movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry. During a segment on last week’s 60 Minutes, newsman Byron Pitts read a disparaging statement that Lee made this past May about Perry’s work: ”I think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery. I see ads for Meet the Browns and House of Payne, and I’m scratching my head. We got a black president and we’re going back.” Perry was none too pleased. ”That pisses me off…. It’s so insulting,” he told Pitts. (Lee did not return EW’s calls seeking comment.) The filmmaker has a long history of butting heads with fellow A-listers. Here’s a look at some of Spike’s biggest spats.

— Clint Eastwood
In 2008, Lee criticized the dearth of black actors in war films like Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers. Eastwood told the press he thought Lee should ”shut his face,” to which Lee replied: ”The man is not my father and we’re not on a plantation either.”

— Eddie Murphy
In 1999, Lee called The PJs, Murphy’s animated series about a family in the projects, ”hateful toward black people.”

— Quentin Tarantino
Lee knocked the Jackie Brown auteur in 1997 for his frequent use of racial slurs: ”Quentin is infatuated with [the N-word]…. Does he want to be made an honorary black man?”
Adam Markovitz