The Broderick-Parker twins and Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag's second wedding made news the week of May 8, 2009
Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, 38, announced April 16 on Twitter that he’ll wed Esther Nazarov in July.
Jay Leno, 58, canceled a taping of The Tonight Show April 23 after checking into a Burbank hospital with a fever. The host returned to work April 27…. Thanks to a rib injury, Dancing With the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft, 25, was forced to sit out the April 27 performance show. On the results show April 28, Rycroft said she had ”started a new treatment” and was ”optimistic” that she could continue in the competition.
Singer and actress Jill Scott (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency), 37, gave birth to Jett Hamilton, her first child with drummer fiancé John Roberts on April 20…. Brad Paisley, 36, had a son with wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim), 37. Jasper Warren joined big brother Huck, 2, on April 17 in Nashville.
Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo, 39, will have her first baby with her husband, music producer Chris Ivery, 40…. Project Runway host Heidi Klum, 35, and husband Seal, 46, will welcome their third child this fall. (Klum also has a daughter from a previous relationship.)
Rihanna, 21, asked a court on April 21 to order the LAPD to return about $1.4 million in borrowed jewelry that has been kept in evidence since the alleged Feb. 7 assault on her by Chris Brown, 19. The LAPD said that protocol ensures that victims will reclaim belongings, ”but it just takes time.”… On April 22, Mutual of Omaha filed a complaint against Oprah Winfrey, claiming her production company, Harpo, wrongfully told them to halt an advertising campaign featuring the term ”aha moment.” The insurance company says Winfrey, who regularly uses the expression on her show and in O Magazine, hadn’t registered it as a trademark. A Harpo spokesperson replied in a statement, ”We hope to reach an amicable resolution on this issue.”
Recipients of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize were announced April 20. Winners included Elizabeth Strout for her collection of short stories, Olive Kitteridge, and Lynn Nottage for her play Ruined.
Battle of the Bulge director Ken Annakin, 94, died April 22 in Beverly Hills…. The African Queen cinematographer Jack Cardiff, 94, died April 22 in England. — With additional reporting by Beth Johnson
Twins for Sarah and Matthew
When Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick hit the red carpet in New York City on April 27 for the premiere of Broderick’s new film, Wonderful World, at the Tribeca Film Festival, no one suspected the real reason behind the couple’s glow. The following day, the pair announced that they will be making an addition to their family — two additions, in fact. Six years after the birth of their first child, son James Wilkie, Parker, 44, and Broderick, 47, are expecting twin girls via a surrogate. In a statement, their reps said, ”Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are happily anticipating the birth of their twin daughters later this summer with the generous help of a surrogate. The entire family is overjoyed.”
A friend of the couple, who married in 1997, tells Entertainment Weekly exclusively that Parker and Broderick have been hoping for years to add to their family, but the road hasn’t been an easy one. ”They had a lot of unsuccessful tries,” says the friend. ”They came to the conclusion that this was going to be the best alternative for expanding their family.” The couple turned to a surrogate — whose name and place of residence have not been disclosed — last year. ”They’re over the moon and excited, as any prospective parents would be,” says the friend. ”Their life is about to get a lot busier.”
That seems hard to believe, given each of their professional schedules. Beyond his new film, Broderick is currently starring on Broadway in The Philanthropist. Meanwhile, Parker has been all over New York City filming the romantic comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? costarring Hugh Grant and slated to hit theaters in December. After wrapping Morgans in June, Parker will get to work late this summer on the sequel to Sex and the City (out May 28, 2010). While New Line has confirmed that Chris Noth will reprise his role as Mr. Big, the studio is mum on rumors that Parker’s alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw, may also welcome a bundle of joy. — With additional reporting by Nicole Sperling
Speidi and Salma Say ”I Do” — Take Two
By our estimation, the April 25 ceremony in Pasadena marked the second-and-a-half wedding for Hills stars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. The first was a not-quite-legal ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, followed by a union interruptus at an L.A. courthouse. This time, Spencer’s sister Stephanie served as a bridesmaid and frenemy Lauren Conrad was in attendance. (The newly betrothed then headed to Mexico to shoot a music video — and found themselves in the center of swine-flu panic. ”They’re freaking out,” says Stephanie.)
Meanwhile, Salma Hayek and billionaire Fran¸ois-Henri Pinault also chose April 25 to renew their vows. (The couple wed in February and have a 19-month-old daughter, Valentina.) Guests at the soiree, held in Venice at the Teatro La Fenice, included Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, and some guy with glasses named Bono. — Tim Stack