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Monitor: Nov. 18, 2011

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Engaged
Margin Call star Stanley Tucci, 51, is engaged to Felicity Blunt, the sister of actress Emily Blunt.

Splits
New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel, 31, and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, 35, announced that they are separating after two years of marriage.

Ailing
Singer Adele, 23, underwent laser microsurgery on her vocal cords at a Boston hospital on Nov. 7…. Though he was in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn, 38, learned on Sept. 14 that the cancer had reappeared in his chest.

Controversy
Director Brett Ratner, 42, apologized for saying, ”Rehearsal’s for fags” at a Q&A following a Nov. 4 Tower Heist screening. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak called the remark by the man selected to produce the 2012 Oscars ”inappropriate” but says Ratner won’t be dumped from the telecast.

Courts
On Nov. 7, a jury found Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. A judge will determine his sentencing on Nov. 29, and he could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical license. Murray was accused of accidentally giving the singer a lethal dose of the sedative propofol on the day of his death…. Singer Justin Bieber, 17, has said he will take a paternity test to prove he is not the father of 20-year-old Mariah Yeater’s baby. On Oct. 31, Yeater filed a paternity suit against the star, who has consistently denied her accusations.

BIRTHDAYS
Nov. 13: Whoopi Goldberg, 56; Jimmy Kimmel, 44; Garry Marshall, 77
Nov. 17: Lorne Michaels, 67; Rachel McAdams, 33
Nov. 18: Owen Wilson, 43

(Additional reporting by Stewart Allen)

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