August 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT


On July 11, Chris O’Donnell, 33, and wife, Caroline, welcomed Charles McHugh O’Donnell to their brood, which includes Lily, 3, and Christopher Jr., 2.


Holy Smoke! Kate Winslet, 27, and her director hubby, Sam Mendes, 38, are looking forward to their first child together, due January. Winslet’s daughter Mia, 2, is from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton.


It’s over with a V! On July 25, reps for Liza Minnelli, 57, confirmed the performer was separated from her fourth husband, producer David Gest, 50, (right) after 16 months of marriage…. Papa’s got a brand new ad! On July 22, Godfather of Soul James Brown, 70, announced his separation from his wife of a year and a half, Tomi Rea Brown, 34, in a full-page Variety ad featuring the couple, their 2-year-old son, and Disney’s Goofy, reportedly intended to represent ”happier times.” A rep for Brown had no comment.


Diane Lane, 38, is suing Intermedia Film Equities USA, claiming it failed to finance the now-dead Me Again, which she had agreed to star in with Bruce Willis for $3.5 million. Lane is asking for $2.7 million, covering the balance of her salary and legal fees. Intermedia had no comment.


Marry me, Mini-Me! It seems reports that Verne Troyer, 34, and girlfriend Genevieve Gallen are engaged might be, ahem, tall tales. Troyer’s rep says the wedding news is ”100 percent not true…. He never even asked her.” Gallen could not be reached for comment.


French actress Marie Trintignant, 41, (Betty) is in a coma in a Lithuanian hospital after a reported dispute with her boyfriend, rocker Bertrand Cantat, 39, who has not been charged. His rep had no comment…. Beloved B-movie actor Bruce Campbell, 45, (Evil Dead) suffered minor injuries in a car accident near Ashland, Ore., July 26, with a man who was charged with DUI. A rep for Campbell said he was ”in good shape.”


Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braun, 52, who soloed on ”In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” July 25, in L.A., of cardiac arrest…. Baltimore dance-show host Buddy Deane, 78, whose 1950s program inspired John Waters’ Hairspray, in Pine Bluff, Ark., July 16, of complications from a stroke…. Ozzy Osbourne’s tour manager of 23 years, Robert (Bobby) Thompson, 50, July 24, in Birmingham, Mich., after a battle with throat cancer…. Writer, former actress, and wife of the late Walter Matthau, Carol Matthau, 78, July 20, in NYC, of a brain aneurysm…. Film and TV production designer Walter (Matt) Jefferies, 82, who created the Starship Enterprise, July 21, in Sherman Oaks, Calif., of a heart attack…. CBS’ 60 Minutes producer Trevor Nelson, 34, who worked with correspondent Steve Kroft, July 24, in Boston, of complications from meningitis. — Missy Schwartz and Sumeet Bal




Coming soon: Count It Like the Big Studios. That’s what Fox Searchlight anticipates with Aug. 1’s expansion of Bend It Like Beckham to about 1,000 screens. The impressive indie — budgeted at roughly $5.5 million — grossed $26 million plus in 20 weeks of limited release. Says Searchlight’s Nancy Utley: ”This summer has been full of movies that failed to meet moviegoers’ expectations. Maybe now [they’re] ready for a smaller movie which really delivers.”

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