Rihanna, Mel Gibson, and Dennis Hopper were in the news the week of November 6
Mel Gibson, 53, and his girlfriend, musician Oksana Grigorieva, 39, welcomed their first child, daughter Lucia, on Oct. 30 in L.A. Gibson has seven children with estranged wife Robyn Moore…. Colin Farrell, 33, and girlfriend Alicja Bachleda, 26, greeted son Henry on Oct. 7 in L.A.
Elton John, 62, was hospitalized in London while recovering from the flu and an E. coli infection, his spokesman announced Nov. 2. The singer, who has postponed eight shows (including three U.S. concerts with Billy Joel in November), was still in the hospital as of press time…. Dennis Hopper, 73, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his manager revealed Oct. 29. The actor, who had already wrapped season 2 of Crash (currently airing on Starz), has put all travel plans on hold to focus on his treatment.
On the day before Halloween, Christopher Lee, 87, who memorably played Dracula in a series of Hammer horror films, was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Dakota Fanning, 15, who’ll soon be seen in a little movie called The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was named a homecoming princess during her North Hollywood high school’s football game on Oct. 30.
On Nov. 2, Randy Quaid, 59, and his wife, Evi, 46, missed their fourth felony court hearing in Santa Barbara. Prosecutors are now seeking the couple’s extradition from Texas, where they were arrested in September for allegedly not paying a Santa Barbara hotel bill of around $10,000. The Quaids have claimed that the allegations are a misunderstanding…. Kate Winslet, 34, was awarded about $40,000 in a settlement with the Daily Mail, according to papers filed Nov. 3 in London. In January, the British tabloid published an article — accompanied by pictures of the Oscar winner appearing naked in various films — that accused Winslet of lying when she told reporters that she was not exercising during the awards season…. Five individuals have been charged with burglary in an alleged crime spree that targeted homes of celebrities including Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan, the L.A. district attorney announced Oct. 28. The group allegedly studied celebrity magazines and websites before breaking into various residences from December 2008 to October 2009 to steal more than $3 million in designer clothes and jewelry…. Chidi Uzomah, 25, has been arrested and charged with stalking Ryan Seacrest, 34. Uzomah was on probation for attacking Seacrest’s security in September when police detained him on Oct. 30 at the L.A. studio where Seacrest tapes E! News. Uzomah, who could face up to four years in prison if convicted, pleaded not guilty…. On Oct. 30, an L.A. judge ordered Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole Smith’s longtime companion, and two of Smith’s doctors to stand trial on charges of conspiring to illegally provide Smith with prescription drugs. (The Playmate died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2007.) Stern and the doctors have claimed no wrongdoing; arraignment has been set for Dec. 11.
Janet Weidenheimer, 72, known as ”Nana Janet” on Jon & Kate Plus Eight, died Oct. 28 in Spring Township, Pa.
— With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Rihanna Breaks Her Silence
For the nine months following her assault at the hands of then boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna chose to keep quiet. Not anymore. With her fourth album, Rated R, set to drop on Nov. 23, the 21-year-old singer sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer for a multipart interview airing on Good Morning America and 20/20 on Nov. 5 and 6. ”This happened to me,” she said of the attack. ”It could happen to anybody.” She spoke further about the incident in Glamour, addressing for the first time the February leak of a graphic photo showing her injuries: ”It was humiliating — that is not a photo you would show to anybody. I felt completely taken advantage of.” Also shocking to Rihanna? The media maelstrom that followed the Grammy-weekend attack. Detailing the attention (”What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac?”), the singer said, ”I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears.”
— Simon Vozick-Levinson