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Monitor: Bret Michaels in critical condition

Plus Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber, and more celebrities making new the week of April 30, 2010

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EXPECTING
Law & Order‘s Alana de la Garza, 33, and her husband, Michael Roberts, 34, will become parents in October.

BIRTHS
NCIS agent Sean Murray, 32, and his wife, Carrie, 34, had a baby April 22 in L.A. River James is their second after Caitlyn Melissa, who’ll be 3 in May.

ANNOUNCED
HBO revealed April 20 that it has picked up an eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ten new episodes of the comedy starring Larry David, 62, will air next year…. On April 20, Cirque du Soleil released plans for a show based on the music of Michael Jackson. A tour will begin in late 2011, with a long-term engagement starting in Las Vegas the following year…. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry granted work permits on April 26 for the eight children of Kate Gosselin, 35, and Jon Gosselin, 33, opening the door for further reality shows starring the kids.

COURTS
A Santa Barbara judge sent Randy Quaid, 59, and wife Evi, 46, to jail April 26 after they repeatedly missed scheduled hearings. The couple were charged last year with felony theft when they allegedly skipped out on the bill at a luxury hotel. An attorney for the Quaids declined to comment…. On April 21 in L.A., Ross Bagdasarian Jr., 59, the son of late Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian Sr., sued 20th Century Fox, claiming that he and his wife, Janice Karman, 53, are owed half the profits from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. The couple says the screenplay for the recent hit, which grossed $442 million worldwide, borrowed large portions of a preliminary script by Karman. They also claim that the studio hasn’t sufficiently merchandised the Chipmunks brand. In a statement, Fox says the claims are ”completely without merit.”

ARRESTED
Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz, 35, was arrested April 26 in Huntington Beach, Calif., for alleged domestic violence against adult-film star Jenna Jameson, 36. Ortiz has denied any wrongdoing.

ROBBERY
Harold & Kumar actor Kal Penn, 33, was mugged at gunpoint on April 20 in Washington, D.C., where he works as an associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. (Penn was unhurt.)

MELEE
Police canceled an April 26 outdoor concert in Sydney, Australia, by Justin Bieber, 16, after a thousands-strong crowd devolved into chaos, slightly injuring at least eight fans. The teen heartthrob sang one song after moving to a TV studio.

DEATHS
Rapper Guru, 48, passed away April 19 in Suffern, N.Y., after a battle with cancer. As the vocal half of the duo Gang Starr, he was one of the most influential figures in East Coast hip-hop’s ’90s heyday; as a solo artist, he pioneered jazz/rap fusion with his series of Jazzmatazz collaboration albums. ”I will cherish everything we created together as Gang Starr, forever,” Gang Starr’s DJ Premier said in a statement. ”I’m gonna miss hearing his signature monotone voice when he walks in the room, but the songs will always bring it back to me. His rhyme flows were insane, and I will never remove him from my heart and soul.”… Ron Scalera, a top CBS marketing executive who helped make shows like CSI, NCIS, and The Big Bang Theory hits, passed away April 21 in L.A. at age 49. A cause of death was not provided…. Novelist Alan Sillitoe, who chronicled working-class British life after World War II in acclaimed books like 1958’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and 1959’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, died at age 82 in London on April 25 of undisclosed causes. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen

BIRTHDAYS
Kirsten Dunst, 28
April 30

Wes Anderson, 41
May 1

Tim McGraw, 43
May 1

Christina Hendricks, 35
May 3

George Clooney, 49
May 6


Poison’s Bret Michaels in Critical Condition
It’s been a horrific month for Bret Michaels. The 47-year-old Poison singer and reality TV star is in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage. Michaels, who’s currently appearing on The Celebrity Apprentice, was rushed to the hospital on the night of April 22 with a severe headache, and according to an April 26 statement from his management, he remains in an intensive-care unit under 24-hour surveillance while doctors attempt to locate the cause of the bleeding. ”Please remember Bret is, and always has been, a fighter and survivor and is under the best medical care possible,” the statement also noted. The rocker — who has been battling diabetes since childhood — is still recovering from another ailment: On April 11, intense stomach pains forced him to cancel a San Antonio concert at the last minute, and doctors performed an emergency appendectomy later that evening. ”They told me that if I had gone on stage like I wanted to, it likely would have ruptured and I could have died,” Michaels explained in an April 17 blog post. The Rock of Love star has stayed in the headlines this year, duetting with Miley Cyrus on ”Nothing to Lose,” a song from his upcoming album Custom Built, and competing on Apprentice (he was still in contention after last week’s show). For now, that program will be unaffected: The three episodes leading up to the May 23 live season finale have already been shot. — Dan Snierson

More Lindsay Lohan Woes
Lindsay Lohan‘s tough times continue. On April 24, she was fired from indie film The Other Side due to her diminished star power. Producer John Molli told EW in a statement that the film’s backers ”have been resistant to finance the movie with Lindsay in the lead role.” Two days earlier, her father, Michael Lohan, entered her L.A. apartment with sheriff’s deputies to check on the welfare of her sister, Ali, 16, who had been living there. And Lindsay, 23, was reportedly barred from a nightclub recently after throwing a glass at ex Samantha Ronson. Some good news? Her first feature film in two years, Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, is set for release this September. — Adam B. Vary