Minnie Driver's baby and J.K. Rowling's lawsuit made news the week of September 8, 2008
Minnie Driver, 38, gave birth to her first child, Henry Story, on Sept. 5 in Los Angeles…. On Sept. 4 it was confirmed that David Spade, 44, welcomed his first child, born on Aug. 26 in Missouri to Jillian Grace, 22.
Over the weekend of Sept. 5, Channing Tatum, 28, asked girlfriend and Step Up costar Jenna Dewan, 27, to marry him…. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, 26, got engaged to Matthew Robinson, 30, on Sept. 6.
Singer KT Tunstall, 33, has suddenly seen herself married to drummer Luke Bullen, 35. The two wed in Scotland on Sept. 6.
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, 41, was taken to a Toronto hospital on Sept. 7 after being attacked on stage. The alleged assailant was taken into police custody.
After an argument with Colt Rushton, 24, in a Payson, Utah, bowling alley on Sept. 6, police say Gary Coleman, 40, hit Rushton while backing up his truck. Rushton was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. No arrests have been made, but the case remains under investigation.
Steven Spielberg, Paramount Pictures, and DreamWorks, among others, are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in New York on Sept. 5 by the estate of Sheldon Abend. It claims that 2007’s Disturbia stole the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, which was based on a short story to which Abend had exclusive rights…. Anna Nicole Smith’s former lawyer Howard K. Stern, 39, filed a defamation lawsuit on Sept. 2 in Los Angeles against Jackie Hatten and Mark Speer, two alleged sources of statements against Stern in Rita Cosby’s 2007 tell-all Blonde Ambition. Hatten and Speer could not be reached for comment…. Tommy Lee Jones, 62, filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for more than $10 million on Sept. 4 in Bexar County, Tex. Jones claims he has yet to receive box office bonuses for No Country for Old Men. In a statement, Paramount responded, ”We’re confident that we have fulfilled our obligations to Mr. Jones.”
Stand Up to Cancer, a telethon with appearances from the likes of Christina Applegate and Sheryl Crow, raised more than $100 million, which will be donated to cancer research.
Peanuts animator and six-time Emmy winner Bill Melendez, 91, died of natural causes, Sept. 2, in Santa Monica…. Former Farrar, Straus & Giroux editor in chief Robert Giroux, 94, died of natural causes, Sept. 5, in Tinton Falls, N.J.
— with additional reporting by Michael J. Powe
It was points for Potter on Sept. 8 when scribe J.K. Rowling, 43, won her copyright-infringement lawsuit in New York against RDR Books to prevent the publication of The Harry Potter Lexicon. The judge ruled that the encyclopedia penned by fan Steve Vander Ark would cause irreparable harm to Rowling as a writer and awarded her $6,750 in damages. In a statement following the ruling, RDR Books responded, ”We are obviously disappointed with the result, and RDR is considering all of its options.” — KW