Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo's split, Maura Tierney's surgery, and Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's marriage made news the week of July 24, 2009

By John Young
Updated July 17, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Step Up costars Channing Tatum, 29, and Jenna Dewan, 28, tied the knot July 11 in Malibu, Calif.

On July 8, a Los Angeles judge approved a request by Medium‘s Patricia Arquette, 41, to dismiss her divorce case, filed in January against her husband, Hung‘s Thomas Jane, 40. The two wed in June 2006 and have a 6-year-old daughter.

Terminator 2‘s Edward Furlong, 31, and wife, actress Rachael Bella, 25, are ending their three-year marriage, according to divorce papers Bella filed July 6 in L.A.

It’s double trouble for Molly Ringwald, 41, and husband Panio Gianopoulos, 33, who greeted twins Adele Georgiana and Roman Stylianos on July 10 in L.A…. Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jason Priestley, 39, and wife Naomi Lowde-Priestley, welcomed their second child, a son, on July 9 in Los Angeles.

On July 14, New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre, 36, announced that he and his wife, Barrett, are expecting their second child, a boy, in December…. Model Karolina Kurkova, 25, announced on July 14 that she is expecting her first child with fiancé Archie Drury.

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, 60, received the royal ”Commander of the British Empire” honor from Prince Charles on July 10 at Buckingham Palace in London.

On July 13, CBS confirmed that How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, 36, will emcee the Sept. 20 Emmys telecast.

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff, 47, returned to Iraq on July 13 for the first time since a roadside bomb there gravely injured him in 2006. The former anchor then traveled to Afghanistan to report on medical care in the military.

Prima Donna, the ambitious first opera by Rufus Wainwright, 35, opened in England on July 10 to mixed reviews.

George Clooney, 48, announced on July 9 that his production company will shoot the thriller A Very Private Gentleman in L’Aquila, Italy, this fall in order to help the economy of the city, which was devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in April.

Mariska Hargitay, 45, required several stitches after reportedly tripping over an umbrella while filming Law & Order: SVU on July 8 in New York City…. Rachael Ray, 40, had a benign cyst successfully removed from her vocal cord on July 7. In a statement, Ray’s doctor said the procedure required ”a short period of vocal rest.”… Country star Mickey Gilley, 73, underwent surgery on July 7 after he injured his back in Branson, Mo. The musician is expected to make a full recovery but has canceled all upcoming performances.

Emmy-nominated writer-producer Anthony Spinner, 79, alleges that ABC used his material in creating Lost, according to a lawsuit filed July 10 in L.A. Spinner claims he wrote a pilot for ABC in 1977 named Lost, about ”an airplane headed to L.A. [that] crashes into a tropical-jungle environment,” and that the network passed on the script then, and again in ’91 and ’94…. On July 10, a judge in Rhode Island denied Richard Hatch, 48 — the first winner of Survivor, who was convicted of felony tax evasion in 2006 — permission to fly to Samoa for the reality show’s 10th anniversary. Hatch, currently under house arrest, had asked the court for the chance to apply potential compensation from CBS toward outstanding taxes…. U.K. tabloid The Daily Express apologized on July 4 to Kate Beckinsale, 35, for falsely reporting that the actress was passed over for the lead in a remake of 1968’s Barbarella. Beckinsale received about $32,000 in damages…. The divorce of Private Practice‘s Kate Walsh, 41, and 20th Century Fox exec Alex Young, 37, is getting nastier. An L.A. judge ruled on July 8 that Young’s lawyers can depose ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson about Walsh’s financial prospects at the network. Walsh and Young filed for divorce last December.

Surgery for Maura Tierney Delays NBC’s ‘Parenthood’
Fans were startled by NBC’s July 10 announcement that its fall family drama Parenthood was being pushed to midseason due to a ”medical evaluation” for cast member Maura Tierney. Seeking to clarify the situation, Tierney, 44, released her own forthright statment on July 13: ”In an effort to guard my privacy, it seems that the wording of NBC’s press release has unfortunately caused some confusion and undue alarm about my health. I have discovered a tumor in my breast which requires surgery. I will not know either my exact diagnosis or course of treatment until that surgery is performed…. My doctors have all assured me this is a very treatable condition. I’m very optimistic.” Production on Parenthood, which costars Peter Krause and Dax Shepard, will go on hiatus for eight weeks, and the show will have a not-yet-determined midseason debut. Meanwhile, NBC’s nurse-centric Mercy, starring Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl), is being moved up to the fall, though at press time, the network has not confirmed whether the series will inherit Parenthood‘s Sept. 23 premiere date or its Wednesday-at-8 p.m. time slot.
Tanner Stransky

Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo Split
Looks like Jessica Simpson won’t be a Newlywed again anytime soon: According to PEOPLE, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, 29, broke up with the singer on July 9 — one day before her 29th birthday. (Simpson’s rep had no comment and Romo’s rep did not return calls.) The two were first linked in November 2007. Simpson, who decided not to go through with a Barbie-and-Ken-themed birthday party, shared her optimism online. ”Everyone needs to know that hope floats,” she tweeted on July 12. ”Grab the strings and pull it back to you.”
Adam Markovitz