The Chris Brown-Rihanna situation and Ed McMahon's hospitalization made news the week of March 2, 2009
It’s 27th-birthday heaven for Jessica Biel, who had hers on March 3…. Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton ushered in her 29th birthday on Feb. 27, enjoying tiramisu with her parents at NYC restaurant 21…. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin rang in his 32nd birthday March 2 over dinner with dad while on tour in Melbourne.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 31, and supermodel Gisele Bündchen, 28, tied the knot in a Feb. 26 ceremony in Santa Monica.
There’ll be no Oasis in China: On Feb. 28, the Chinese government canceled the band’s April shows in the country after officials discovered that lead guitarist Noel Gallagher, 41, appeared at a Free Tibet benefit concert in 1997. The band’s management released a statement saying they ”hope that the powers that be within China will reconsider.”
Ed McMahon, 86, has been hospitalized in L.A. for the past month with pneumonia and other medical issues. The TV personality was moved to intensive care last week.
Jennifer Lopez, 38, and Marc Anthony, 40, are taking stroller seller Silver Cross to court after the company allegedly used a photo of the couple in an ad campaign without permission. In the Feb. 25 suit, Lopez and Anthony are demanding $5 million in damages and a permanent injunction against further use of their names or images. Silver Cross could not be reached for comment…. Morgan Freeman, 71, is being sued by Demaris Meyer, the passenger who was injured during the Dark Knight star’s August 2008 car crash in Mississippi. In the suit filed Feb. 25, Meyer is seeking damages for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and property damage. Freeman’s reps said: ”We’re confident this will be resolved.”… Three Stories Productions is suing Bruce Willis, 53, claiming the actor committed to directing Three Stories About Joan (starring Camilla Belle) and then walked off set. The company is seeking more than $4 million in damages. Willis’ lawyer says the suit is ”absurd” and that the movie collapsed because the production company didn’t have sufficient funds…. Megan Hauserman, a contestant from VH1’s Rock of Love: Charm School, is suing host Sharon Osbourne, 56, for battery, negligence, and the emotional distress that Hau-serman alleges she suffered after Osbourne insulted her and pulled her hair during the Jan. 4 episode of the show.
The House of Representatives put Paul Newman‘s legacy on the books Feb. 24 with a resolution recognizing his achievements. The decree said his ”humanitarian works and incomparable talents have made him an American icon who will never be forgotten.”
On March 1, Oprah Winfrey, 55, adopted a yet-to-be-named female cocker spaniel puppy from the PAWS shelter in Chicago with boyfriend Stedman Graham, 58. Oprah’s previous cocker spaniel, 13-year-old Sophie, died one year ago.
Radio commentator and Hall of Famer Paul Harvey, 90, known for his work on ABC Radio Networks’ The Rest of the Story, died Feb. 28 in Phoenix. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Does a Rihanna-Chris Brown Reunion Mean Case Closed?
In the monthlong media blitz following 21-year-old pop star Rihanna‘s alleged Feb. 8 beating by her 19-year-old R&B beau Chris Brown, the duo’s case has certainly been tried in the court of public opinion. But according to the latest news, the charges have yet to reach the bench. Will they ever, now that the onetime lovebirds are reportedly back together? After being spotted at one of Sean ”Diddy” Combs‘ homes on Miami Beach’s Star Island — where Brown was photographed extensively — the duo flew back on March 2 to L.A., where Brown had been scheduled to appear at an arraignment three days later. When contacted on March 3, however, the LAPD said that the case was still under investigation and had not yet been moved to the district attorney’s office — a necessary step for arraignment. (What isn’t necessary to press charges in cases of domestic violence: the victim’s cooperation.) Brown has declined to comment on the case beyond his Feb. 15 statement that he was saddened ”over what transpired.” When EW asked Los Angeles DA spokesperson Jane Robison whether a change in the pair’s relationship status would affect the outcome of the case were it to come to trial, she firmly replied, ”It doesn’t matter if there was a reconciliation or anything else, because nothing has been filed to us. Currently, there is no case here.” — Leah Greenblatt, with additional reporting by Adam B. Vary