Celebrity news for the week of February 3, 2006
Celebrity news for the week of February 3, 2006 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more
BIRTHS Oscar-winning actress and Raising Arizona abettor Holly Hunter, 47, and boyfriend Gordon MacDonald welcomed twin boys (what? no quintuplets?) earlier this year…. Distillers singer Brody Dalle, 26, and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, 32, greeted daughter Camille Homme on Jan. 17 in L.A. According to the singular announcement, ”Camille’s interests include boobs, sleeping, and pooping. Camille’s dislikes include smoking, men who are afraid to cry, and dirty diapies.”
EXPECTING Saved by the Bell alum and Commander in Chief costar Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 31, and wife Lisa, 34, will become parents this spring for the second time. We trust this labor will go smoother than the one in that Bell episode when Zack helped Mrs. Belding give birth in an elevator after an earthquake.
MARRIAGE Dude, skateboarder Tony Hawk, 37, totally married his girlfriend, Lhotse Merriam, 33, on Jan. 12 in Fiji. How rad is it that her first name has the word hot in it?
ENGAGED Beauty Shop‘s Andie MacDowell, 47, is engaged to businessman Kevin Geagan, 40. No date has been set. It will be the third marriage for MacDowell, which brings her that much closer to four weddings.
HIRED Literate news of the week: PBS revealed on Jan. 23 that Paula A. Kerger, an exec at New York’s Educational Broadcasting Corporation, will be its new CEO starting March 13. Kerger will replace Pat Mitchell, who declined to seek a third term as CEO.
ENDING NBC announced on Jan. 22 that Will & Grace will end its eight-year run May 18 — you know, now that they’ve officially exhausted every possible guest-star option.
COURTS Respect! On Jan. 20, an L.A. federal judge ordered the City of Angels to pay $1.1 million in legal fees to the family of deceased rapper Notorious B.I.G., after it was determined that police withheld evidence during their civil-lawsuit trial in 2005…. Donald Trump filed a $5 billion — yup, billion — defamation suit Jan. 23 against author Timothy O’Brien and Warner Books (a division of Time Warner, EW’s parent company), claiming O’Brien’s book TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald contains ”egregiously false and malicious statements.” One sticking point: TrumpNation reported that the Apprentice boss wasn’t actually a billionaire. Said Warner Books in a statement: ”O’Brien and his book speak for themselves.”
PREMIERE The highly anticipated adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, will open the 2006 Cannes film festival on May 17. The premiere gives French filmgoers a solid two days to mock Hanks’ mullet-like Code hairdo before the movie opens worldwide and the rest of us can join in the fun.
DEATHS Anthony Franciosa, 77, who was nominated for a Tony and Oscar for the stage and feature-film versions of A Hatful of Rain, of complications from a stroke, Jan. 19, in L.A…. Janette Carter, 82, the matriarch of country music’s famous Carter Family, of chronic illness and Parkinson’s, Jan. 22, in Kingsport, Tenn.