White Stripes rocker Jack White, 32, and his wife, model Karen Elson, 28, greeted their second child, son Henry Lee, on Aug. 7…. Sara Gilbert, 32, and her partner, Allison Adler, welcomed their second child, daughter Sawyer, on Aug. 2…. More baby talk for Emma Bunton, 31: The once and future Baby Spice and her boyfriend, musician Jade Jones, 27, are the new parents to son Beau, born Aug. 10 in London.
Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), 41, and her boyfriend, director Tim Burton (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), 48, are expecting their second child this December.
In other Spice Girl news: Melanie ”Scary Spice” Brown confirmed on Aug. 8 that she and movie producer Stephen Belafonte, both 32, were privately wed in Las Vegas on June 6. Brown has a 4-month-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy.
On Aug. 14, it was announced that ousted radio host Don Imus, 66, has reached a settlement with CBS Radio over his five-year, $40 million contract. Imus was dismissed in April for making offensive racial comments on air. A month later, his lawyer, Martin Garbus, threatened to file a $120 million lawsuit against CBS for breach of contract.
”Rehab” crooner Amy Winehouse, 23, was hospitalized and treated for exhaustion in London on Aug. 8, and has been ordered to ”take complete rest.”… Famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti, 71, was hospitalized with a fever on Aug. 7 in Modena, Italy. Pavarotti, who underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer last year, is in stable condition and is expected to be released ”imminently.”
On Aug. 14, Beaufort Books announced it made a deal with the family of Ronald Goldman to repackage and release If I Did It, O.J. Simpson‘s canceled book about the murders of Goldman and Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Last month, a federal judge awarded rights to the book to Goldman’s family to help satisfy a $33.5 million wrongful-death judgment against the former football star. Portions of the proceeds will go to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice charity.
Kevin Federline, 29, filed for primary physical custody of his two children with ex-wife Britney Spears, 25, on Aug. 8 in L.A. This comes less than two weeks after the couple’s divorce was finalized, with both Spears and Federline agreeing to joint custody of sons Sean Preston, 23 months, and Jayden James, 11 months. Four days later, Spears’ longtime pal Alli Sims, 26, was served with a subpoena by Federline’s lawyer, in which she was reportedly asked to testify about Spears’ parenting skills. Spears’ bodyguard Daimon Shippen was also served with a deposition subpoena in L.A. on Aug. 13. Spears’ lawyer did not return calls for comment…. On Aug. 6, court papers filed by Jennifer Lopez, 38, revealed that an arbitrator ordered ex-husband Ojani Noa, 33, to pay the singer-actress about $545,000 after Noa tried to publish an alleged tell-all book about their relationship. Lopez sued Noa in 2006 for allegedly breaching a confidentiality agreement as part of a 2005 settlement, which prevents him from disclosing information about the El Cantante star. According to the papers, Lopez was also granted a permanent injunction that bars Noa from divulging intimate or negative details about their relationship, which ended in 1998. Noa could not be reached for comment.
Writer-director Melville Shavelson (The Seven Little Foys, Houseboat), 90, of natural causes, Aug. 8, in Studio City, Calif…. Actor James Callahan, 76, best known for his role in the ’80s sitcom Charles in Charge, of esophageal cancer, Aug. 3, in Fallbrook, Calif. … Comic-book artist Mike Wieringo, 44, who worked on Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, of an apparent heart attack, Aug. 12, in Durham, N.C…. Former WWE wrestler Brian Adams (a.k.a. Crush), 44, of undisclosed causes, Aug. 13, in Tampa…. Comedian Stanley Myron Handelman, 77, who appeared regularly on The Tonight Show and Ed Sullivan in the 1960s and ’70s, of undetermined causes, Aug. 5, in L.A. — Additional reporting by Alice Lee Tebo
Van Halen and Roth: Together Again
”This is the press conference you probably never thought you would see,” a giddy David Lee Roth, 52, told reporters Aug. 13 in L.A. For the first time since 1985, Roth will hit the road with Van Halen for a 25-date North American tour on Sept. 27. (Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son, Wolfgang, will replace bassist Michael Anthony.) ”This is not a reunion. This is a new band,” said Roth, who added that the group will play from a song list ”as familiar as the roof of your own mouth.” — Leah Greenblatt
Tony Wilson (1950-2007)
The indie impresario who nurtured iconic bands like Joy Divi sion, New Order, and Happy Mondays, Wilson died after a battle with kidney cancer Aug. 10 in Manchester, England, the city he helped make a musical mecca. Wilson’s experiences as head of Factory Records from 1978 to 1992 went on to inspire the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People. ”Tony wasn’t actually interested in whether records sold,” says graphic artist and Factory partner Peter Saville. ”He was interested in whether they mattered.” New Order’s American manager, Tom Atencio, recalls Wilson’s warmth: ”He’d been through many successes and an equal amount of heartbreak, but I never saw him bitter or petty.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson
Party On, Garth!
Is Garth Brooks pulling a Jay-Z and returning to the music scene? After going into semiretirement in 2000, it seems Brooks is gearing up to step back into the spotlight. First, reports say that in November, the country-music superstar will release The Ultimate Garth Brooks, a three-disc boxed set featuring four new songs. (At press time, Brooks’ reps were mum on the details, though a press conference has been scheduled for Aug. 18.) But unlike his arrangement for the last two years, Brooks won’t be selling his wares exclusively at Wal-Mart: The retailing giant confirmed to EW that its distribution deal with the singer has ended. Brooks is also reportedly planning to rerelease his back catalogue, including some albums that haven’t been on shelves since 1998. Considering the country star’s cred — he’s sold more than 100 million albums worldwide — the sluggish music industry could definitely use his help moving product. Says David Card of media-research firm Jupiter Research, ”Does the industry need him? Yeah, if he’s going to be a star again…and he’s proven very, very capable of doing that in the past.” — Vanessa Juarez