Celebrity news for the week of December 16, 2005 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

WEDDINGS Marilyn Manson (né Brian Warner), 36, married his girlfriend, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (née Heather Sweet), 33, on Dec. 3 in a castle in Kilsheelan, Ireland. This is the first marriage for both and, surprisingly, the ceremony did not involve blood or devil worshipping.

BIRTHS Garfleck gave birth! Jennifer Garner, 33, and Ben Affleck, 33, welcomed a baby girl, reportedly named Violet, on Dec. 1 in L.A. It is the first child for both…. Having kids is sooo rock & roll! Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell, 41, and wife Vicky, 27, greeted a son, Christopher Nicholas, on Dec. 5 in L.A. The couple have a 1-year-old daughter, Toni.

ADOPTIONS Although Brad Pitt, 42, and Angelina Jolie, 30, have never officially declared themselves a couple, the actor is seeking to become the adoptive father to Jolie’s children. The actress filed papers on Dec. 2 in L.A. to legally change the last name of her two children, Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 11 months, to Jolie-Pitt.

EXPECTING Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay, 41, and her husband, actor Peter Hermann, 38, are expecting their first child together…. Comedian Adam Sandler, 39, and his wife, Jackie, 31, are reportedly expecting their first child this spring. Sandler’s reps declined to comment.

DIVORCES Johnathon Schaech (Road House 2), 36, filed for divorce from his wife of four years, Sweet Charity star Christina Applegate, 33, on Dec. 5 in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences…. After 24 years of marriage, actress Valerie Bertinelli, 45, filed for divorce from rocker Eddie Van Halen, 50, on Dec. 6, citing irreconcilable differences. They have a 14-year-old son, Wolfgang Van Halen.

AILING British playwright Harold Pinter, 75, who earned the Nobel Prize in Literature this fall, was reportedly admitted to a London hospital for an undisclosed illness. Pinter, who has been battling a long-term ailment, will miss the Nobel ceremony Dec. 10 in Stockholm, Sweden, but videotaped his Nobel lecture in advance.

BRAWL According to their website, members of the rock band 311 were involved in a fistfight with former Creed lead singer Scott Stapp on Nov. 24 in a Baltimore hotel. The band claims an intoxicated Stapp, 32, started the fight and exchanged blows with drummer Chad Sexton, 35. CNN reports suggest 311 started the tiff. Police were reportedly called to the scene, but no charges have been filed. Stapp’s reps had no comment by press time.

COURTS Rumor Has It star Jennifer Aniston, 36, filed a violation-of- privacy lawsuit on Dec. 2 in L.A. against photographer Peter Brandt. Brandt allegedly took photos of a semi-clad Aniston on her property and was attempting to sell them to several celebrity magazines. Aniston is seeking unspecified damages. Brandt says the accusations are ”felonious.”… Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee, 24, was sued on Dec. 1 by the company of her former manager, Dennis Rider, for breach of contract. Lee terminated Rider’s services on Nov. 28, but he is seeking $10 million he claims is his percentage from two upcoming records…. Record label The Inc. president Irv ”Gotti” Lorenzo, 35, and his brother, Christopher, 38, were acquitted by a New York federal jury of money laundering and related conspiracy charges on Dec. 2…. As if those poor tailies aren’t cursed enough, Lost stars Michelle Rodriguez, 27, and Cynthia Watros, 37, were arrested on separate drunk-driving allegations on Dec. 1 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Their court dates are scheduled for Dec. 29. Watros’ reps could not be reached for comment…. British rocker Pete Doherty, 26, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession Dec. 4 in London. The singer was released on bail and has a court date scheduled for January. Doherty could not be reached for comment.