Celebrity news for the week of November 16, 2007
Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (Babel), 38, will have her third child with her husband, playwright Andrew Upton, 41, in April…. Christina Aguilera, 26, confirmed her long-rumored pregnancy to the U.K. edition of Glamour magazine; the baby, due next year, is the first for the singer and her husband, music exec Jordan Bratman, 30…. Food Network host Giada De Laurentiis, 37, and husband Todd Thompson, 43, are expecting their first child in April.
Actress Milla Jovovich, 31, and fiancé Paul Anderson, 42, are new parents to daughter Ever Gabo, born on Nov. 3 in L.A. They met on 2002’s Resident Evil, which Anderson directed…. Actor Mark Ruffalo (Reservation Road), 39, and wife Sunrise Coigney, 34, added a daughter to their clan on Oct. 31 in L.A. She’s their third child…. Headline News anchor Nancy Grace, 48, and husband David Linch, 48, had twins, John David and Lucy Elizabeth, on Nov. 4 in Atlanta.
After 34 years of marriage, Deborah Santana, 56, the wife of Carlos Santana, 60, filed for divorce from the rock guitarist on Oct. 19 in Marin County, Calif…. ‘Til Death star Brad Garrett, 46, and wife Jill Diven, 42, are officially divorced as of Nov. 2. The pair, who wed in 1999, will share custody of their two children…. Actors Dermot Mulroney (Zodiac), 44, and Catherine Keener (The 40 Year-Old Virgin), 48, finalized their split on Oct. 30 in L.A. The couple, who have an 8-year-old son, separated in 2005 after nearly 15 years of marriage.
On Nov. 5, Time Warner (parent company of EW’s publisher, Time Inc.) announced that president and COO Jeffrey Bewkes, 55, would become CEO on Jan. 1; current CEO Richard Parsons, 59, will stay on as chairman. Previously, Bewkes spent seven years as head of HBO, shepherding hit programs like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Six Feet Under.
On Nov. 6, Grammy winner Rosanne Cash, 52, announced that she will interrupt her tour to undergo brain surgery in NYC for a ”rare but benign condition.” The singer-songwriter is expected to make a full recovery and plans to resume her concerts next spring.
Phil Hall, the spokesman for Dancing With the Stars’ Heather Mills (Paul McCartney’s ex), 39, quit on Oct. 29 because Mills made the TV talk-show rounds, claiming that the media branded her a ”whore.”
Shia LaBeouf, 21, (Transformers) was apprehended for allegedly refusing to leave a Chicago drugstore on Nov. 4. The actor, who is shooting a movie in the city, posted bond the same day and is expected to appear in court on Nov. 28 to face a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. His rep did not return calls for comment.
On Oct. 31 in L.A., former Prison Break actor Lane Garrison, 27, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his involvement in a December 2006 car accident that killed a teenage boy and injured two teenage girls. The actor, who pleaded guilty in May to charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI, was also ordered to pay more than $300,000 to the victims’ families…. On Nov. 6, an L.A. judge ordered Britney Spears, 25, to pay $120,000 in legal fees incurred by ex-hubby Kevin Federline, 29, during the couple’s ongoing battle over custody of sons Sean, 2, and Jayden, 1. Court documents cite the ”notable disparity between the parties’ incomes” and the fact that much of the litigation ”deals with [Spears’] conduct.” In other Britney news, ex-manager Johnny Wright, 47, sued the singer for back commission on Oct. 29 in Orlando. Wright, who worked with Spears from 1999 to 2003, claims she owes him for multimillion-dollar deals made during that period. Her reps did not return calls for comment…. Rapper Da Brat (née Shawntae Harris), 33, was arrested for aggravated assault on Oct. 31 in an Atlanta-area nightclub. According to police, the former Celebrity Fit Club-er struck a waitress in the face with a liquor bottle. (The server was hospitalized for her injuries.) Harris’ rep did not return calls for comment.
George Osmond, 90, father of nine (including Donny and Marie) and original manager of the ’70s singing group the Osmonds, of natural causes, Nov. 6, in Provo, Utah. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen
R.I.P. Colbert ’08
After announcing his candidacy on Oct. 16, Stephen Colbert was voted off the presidential primary ballot in his home state of South Carolina on Nov. 1 by Democratic Party officials. Said the Colbert Report host, whose Comedy Central show is among the first casualties of the writers’ strike: ”I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping.” — Adam Markovitz
This Dog Won’t Have His Day
Duane ”Dog” Chapman may be off the hook for kidnapping, but he’s still off the air. Though the Dog the Bounty Hunter star, 54, will not be extradited to Mexico — where, in 2003, he ”hunted” a convicted rapist — production on his A&E reality series has been suspended indefinitely. On Oct. 31, the National Enquirer‘s website posted audio clips of a taped phone call in which Chapman used racist language to describe his son’s girlfriend. He apologized in a statement, saying ”I am deeply disappointed in myself.” — Youyoung Lee