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Monitor: August 15, 2014

Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. get married, ”Girls” star Allison Williams to play Peter Pan, and more

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Weddings
Cheryl Hines, 48, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 60, wed on Aug. 2 at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass…. Sia, 38, and filmmaker Erik Anders Lang were reportedly married in Palm Springs, Calif., on Aug. 2.

Splits
Live! With Kelly and Michael cohost Michael Strahan, 42, and model Nicole Murphy, 46, have ended their five-year engagement.

Deals
Girls star Allison Williams, 26, is set to play Peter Pan in NBC’s Dec. 4 production Peter Pan Live!…. After protracted negotiations, the cast of The Big Bang Theory struck a three-year deal with Warner Bros. TV. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting will each earn roughly $1 million per episode, up from $325,000 per show.

Concert OD’s & Crimes
Two concertgoers died of apparent drug overdoses after attending the Mad Decent Block Party on Aug. 1 in Columbia, Md. Around 20 other attendees were hospitalized for alcohol or drug use…. A 25-year-old man was arrested at Beyoncé and Jay Z’s concert in Pasadena on Aug. 2 after allegedly groping a woman and biting off the tip of her partner’s finger…. An 18-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to raping a woman during a July 26 Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Mass. Also, more than 20 attendees were treated following the concert due to excessive alcohol consumption.

Deaths
Michael Johns, a popular contestant in American Idol‘s seventh season, died on Aug. 1 at the age of 35. As of press time, the cause of death had not been confirmed…. Author Billie Letts, best known for the novel Where the Heart Is, died in Tulsa on Aug. 2 of acute myeloid leukemia. She was 76. Letts is survived by three sons, including August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts…. Director Robert Drew, who pioneered the cinema vérité style of documentary filmmaking with his seminal 1960 film Primary, about John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, died on July 30 in Sharon, Conn. He was 90…. Guitarist Dick Wagner, who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss, and Aerosmith, died of a lung infection on July 30 at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he had undergone heart surgery. He was 71.