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ADOPTIONS Start spreading the news: Liza Minnelli, 56, and her husband, producer David Gest (Liza’s Back!), 48, announced Sept. 3 that they’re adopting a 3-year-old girl named Serena, who’ll join their household in January.

WEDDINGS They rinally ried the rot! Scooby-Doo costars Freddie Prinze Jr., 26, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, 25, wed Sept. 1 at an undisclosed location in Mexico.

AILING Guitarist Steve Morris, 24, whose alt-rock band Unwritten Law charted this summer with the song ”Seein’ Red,” suffered minor injuries to his arm and eardrum when a homemade bomb went off in his Cardiff, Calif., home. Police arrested Morris’ 21-year-old neighbor for allegedly constructing and using an explosive device. Morris said he and the suspect, who’s being held on $500,000 bail, had been feuding.

COURTS On Aug. 27, screenwriter Robert Dellinger sued Nicolas Cage and his production company, Saturn Films, for more than $2 million, claiming Cage’s upcoming directorial debut, Sonny, is based on four unproduced screenplays cowritten by Dellinger. A Saturn Films rep says Cage and his company ”expect to be vindicated in court.”

DEPARTURES On Sept. 3, Warner Bros.’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura, 45, announced he was leaving his post as exec VP of worldwide motion pictures to become a producer for the studio. Di Bonaventura, who started at Warner in 1989, oversaw such films as The Matrix and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

CONTROVERSY Lance Bass, 23, may have to say ”bye bye bye” to his flight of fancy. On Sept. 3, Russia’s space agency reportedly denied the ‘N Syncer the chance to join an October mission, citing his failure to make $20 million in payments on time. Still, Bass is ”very confident…the trip will go on as planned,” says his rep…. Recent Big Brother 3 castoff Eric Ouellette, 27, was suspended from his job as a Groton, Conn., firefighter for insubordination. Officials claim Ouellette took off more time than permitted in order to appear on the CBS reality show this summer. ”It was a misunderstanding,” says Ouellette, adding that the matter will be arbitrated by his union. ”I was under the impression that I was allowed to go.”

DEATHS Jazz vibraphone pioneer Lionel Hampton, 94, of heart failure, Aug. 31, in New York City. (See Legacy, page 157.)… Director J. Lee Thompson, 88, who helmed more than 50 films, including 1962’s Cape Fear and 1961’s The Guns of Navarone (which garnered him an Oscar nod), of congestive heart failure, Aug. 30, in Sooke, British Columbia…. Writer-producer Robert Van Scoyk (Murder, She Wrote), 74, of complications from diabetes, Aug. 26, in L.A…. Vocalist William Warfield, 82, who won a 1984 Grammy for narrating Aaron Copland’s spoken-word piece ”A Lincoln Portrait,” of complications from a fall, Aug. 25, in Chicago. The singer was also known for his version of ”Ol’ Man River” in stage and screen productions of Showboat. — Nancy Miller and Brian M. Raftery

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