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Comedian Mike DeStefano dies

Plus Emma Watson, Martin Scorsese, and other stars in the news the week of March 11, 2011

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Hospitalized

Actor David Arquette, 39, was involved in a car accident March 4 in Los Angeles and was briefly hospitalized. The Scream star later tweeted that he was ”fine.”

Splits

Former Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert, 46, and her husband, actor Bruce Boxleitner, 60, have split. The couple, who wed in 1995, have one child together and three from previous marriages.

On Hiatus

Emma Watson, 20, announced March 7 that she will take time off from working toward a degree at Brown University, where she is a sophomore, in order to finish work on the Harry Potter films and pursue other acting opportunities.

Tax Trouble

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, 68, issued a statement denying reports that he owed the IRS $2.85 million. According to his rep: ”Mr. Scorsese does not owe the IRS any money whatsoever…. It is unfortunate that the IRS filed this lien prematurely.”

Fined

The producers of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark were cited for three workplace-safety violations and issued a $12,600 fine on March 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor for several incidents last year in which performers were injured.

Courts

Brooke Mueller, 33, was granted a temporary restraining order March 1 against soon-to-be ex-husband Charlie Sheen, 45. The order extends to their twin sons.

Deaths

Comedian Mike DeStefano, 44, who made it to the final five on the most recent season of Last Comic Standing, died March 6, reportedly of a heart attack.