Celebrity news for the week of February 10, 2006 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more
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ADDITIONS Meg Ryan, 44, joins the ranks of mesmerizingly plump-lipped adoptrixes by taking in Charlotte Ryan, a baby from China. Ryan also has a son, Jack, 13, with her ex, Dennis Quaid…. Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do With It), 47, and husband Courtney Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), 45, welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, via a surrogate on Jan. 27.

SEPARATED Former Melrose Place costars Josie Bissett, 35, and Rob Estes, 42, are reportedly divorcing after 13 years of marriage.

ACCIDENTS Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line), 31, escaped serious injury on Jan. 26 when his car turned over after its brakes failed…. On Jan. 27, Lindsay Lohan, 19, required stitches after cutting her leg. Her publicist wouldn’t confirm or deny reports that Lohan injured herself during a teacup mishap that took place at Bryan ”Summer of ’69” Adams’ house. But then again, neither would we.

INJURED World News Tonight coanchor Bob Woodruff, 44, and cameraman Doug Vogt, 46, were seriously hurt on Jan. 29 while on assignment in Iraq. Their convoy was hit by an explosive device, and both men suffered head trauma and multiple injuries from shrapnel. As of press time they were listed in serious but stable condition and had been flown to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

HIRED Break out those sweater-vests. Friends‘ Matthew Perry, 36, is returning to NBC this fall in an hour-long series from Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) about the writers, producers, and talent working on a Saturday Night Live-type comedy show.

AWARDS Awards season is sort of like hunting: You bait your prey with hype, then shoot ’em down when they lose out to, say, Mira Sorvino. At Jan. 28’s Directors Guild of America Awards, the big winner was Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee. (Among the other victors: Rome‘s Michael Apted and My Name Is Earl‘s Marc Buckland.) But the next day, Lee’s film was completely shut out of the SAG Awards, which gave the ensemble prize to Crash (and bestowed TV honors upon Lost and Desperate Housewives).

COURTS Oprah floggee/A Million Little Pieces scribe James Frey, 36, and his publisher Random House are being sued by several disgruntled readers, including Jennifer Cohn of NYC, who’s seeking $10 million in damages. Wow, her bookstore must have had quite a markup! … An NYC judge issued a warrant for Natasha Lyonne’s arrest after the American Pie star missed a court date Jan. 27. Lyonne, 26, was set to appear before a judge stemming from 2004 charges that she’d threatened to sexually molest her former landlord’s dog. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly.

DEATHS Arthur Bloom, 63, the original director of CBS’ 60 Minutes, of lung cancer, Jan. 28, in Grandview-on-Hudson, N.Y…. Tap dancer Fayard Nicholas, 91, who along with his brother performed as the Nicholas Brothers, of pneumonia, Jan. 24, in Toluca Lake, Calif.

DGA AWARDS ”[Crash director] Paul Haggis and I did The Facts of Life together. He was a writer, and I was an actor with a mullet,” said nominee George Clooney, before marveling, ”Now I get to sit at a table and drink with Clint Eastwood. This is fun.”

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