BIRTHS Achtung, baby! On May 21, U2 singer Bono, 41, and wife Ali, 41, greeted a still-unnamed 7-pound 7-ounce boy. This is their fourth child…. On May 16, Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, 35, and wife Beth, 33, welcomed their first child, Daniella Rose. Rucker has a daughter from a previous relationship…. On May 6, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, 37, and wife Skylar, 29, celebrated the birth of their second child, 7-pound 9-ounce son Layne.
SPLITS After 10 years, Oscar winner Jane Fonda, 63, and Ted Turner, 62, vice chair and senior adviser of EW parent AOL Time Warner, officially ended their marriage in divorce May 22.
AILING On May 15, after bleeding for several days, Courtney Love, 35, checked into a Vancouver hospital and learned she’d suffered a miscarriage. Love’s spokeswoman says the pregnancy was in its early stages and declined to name the father. After about a week’s rest, Love was expected back on the set of 24 Hours with Kevin Bacon.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Putting to rest a fave rumor, director John Frankenheimer (Ronin), 71, told the Los Angeles Times May 20 that he’s not the dad of Pearl Harbor director Michael Bay, 36. Frankenheimer copped to having a tryst with Bay’s unidentified birth mother but says years-old DNA tests disprove his paternity.
DEALS On May 20, Vivendi Universal announced plans to buy online music-sharing site MP3.com for $372 million. Vivendi sued the site for copyright violation last year; a settlement was eventually reached. Vivendi will use MP3.com in launching an online music-subscription service.
COURTS On May 18 in L.A., Christina Aguilera, 20, asked a judge to shelve Warlock Records’ forthcoming disc Just Be Free, claiming it consists of ”basement recordings” of her music. A rep for Warlock, which acquired some of Aguilera’s early tracks, says the disc is ”on hold.”… Director William Friedkin, 61, and screenwriter William Peter Blatty, 73, sued Warner Bros. and others May 22, claiming they were denied residuals from the 1973 and 2000 versions of the Oscar winner The Exorcist. They seek unspecified damages. Warner had no comment…. In a $20 million suit filed May 15, Pueblo Film Licensing Ltd. — the corporate successor of late Superman producer Alexander Salkind — claims that Warner Bros. owes it back profits for the four Superman films and that recently issued DVDs violate an agreement not to reedit Superman III or Superman IV for ”any new medium.” Warner had no comment.