Celebrity news for the week of June 24, 2005 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

By J.P. Mangalindan and Timothy Gunatilaka
Updated June 17, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

PREMIERE

”I thought, I’ll just hang the whole movie on her nose,” said writer-director Nora Ephron June 13 of Bewitched’s Nicole Kidman (above, with Will Ferrell). ”She can sing, dance, do everything. So I knew she could wiggle her nose.”

WEDDINGS

Sorry, boys, Batgirl’s off the market. Alicia Silverstone, 28, married musician Chris Jarecki June 11, marking the first nuptials for both.

DEPARTURES

Former Paramount and Fox TV chief and current Internet mogul Barry Diller, 63, agreed to sell his company’s 5.4 percent stake in Vivendi Universal Entertainment for $3.4 billion on June 8. The deal gives NBC Universal complete ownership of VUE. . . .On June 9, Jonathan Karp, 41, editor in chief of Random House imprints, resigned from his position. He may pursue opportunities outside of publishing.

COURTS

On June 6, a New York judge ordered Beyoncé Knowles, 23, to pay fees expected to exceed $1 million to the Wilhelmina modeling agency, after ruling that the pop star had breached her contract by withholding commissions and service charges from her then representatives while working on the L’Oréal campaign starting in 2001. Reps for Knowles did not return calls for comment. . . .The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty, 77, is suing Morgan Creek for allegedly reneging on an agreement to pay him $750,000 for Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist, which hit theaters last month. Blatty filed suit June 3 in L.A. superior court, claiming the production company guaranteed him a fee if they made a second prequel (following 2004’s Exorcist: The Beginning) to the original 1973 film. Morgan Creek reps were unavailable for comment. . . .Justin Timberlake, 24, and Cameron Diaz, 32, reached an undisclosed settlement with paparazzi Saul Lazo and Jose Gonzalez. The men had claimed the couple threatened them and that Diaz tripped Lazo and stole his camera while they were trying to photograph the stars outside an L.A. hotel.

CONTROVERSY

Toy guns battled the broomsticks, and the broomsticks won. On June 10, lawyers for J.K. Rowling, 39, filed for an injunction barring Aaron Lambert, 19, and Christopher Brown, 38, from revealing secrets from Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after British tabloid The Sun claimed that gunfire erupted at a meeting where the two were trying to sell advance copies of the forthcoming book for $90,000. On June 13, the two men, who were unavailable for comment, were charged with possessing stolen property and imitation firearms.

RETURNS

Pink Floyd will reunite for the Live 8 concert in London on July 2. This will mark the first time guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright, and bassist-vocalist Roger Waters have performed together since 1981.

DEATHS

Actor Dana Elcar, 77, who struggled with glaucoma and blindness both in real life and as Pete Thornton on ABC’s MacGyver, June 6, of pneumonia, in Ventura, Calif. . . .Simon Waronker, 90, founder of Liberty Records, the label with a roster that has included Eddie Cochran and Garth Brooks, June 7, of natural causes, in Beverly Hills. . . .David Tebet, 91, an NBC talent executive who discovered Johnny Carson for The Tonight Show and became VP of Carson’s production company, June 7, of complications from a stroke, in Coronado, Calif.

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