Plus Chris Evans, Sacha Baron Cohen, and more stars making news the week of March 26, 2010

By Archana Ram
March 26, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

EXPECTING
Amy Poehler, 38, and husband Will Arnett, 39, are expecting their second child. Their son, Archie, is 1…. Kevin Costner, 55, will become a dad for the seventh time this summer: His wife, Christine Baumgartner Costner, is due in June…. Danica McKellar, 35 — best known for playing Winnie on The Wonder Years — is expecting her first child this fall with film-composer husband Mike Verta…. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Kaitlin Olson, 34, and Rob McElhenney, 32, will welcome their first baby this August. The couple, who met while filming the FX series, wed in 2008.

ADOPTED
Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, 42, and his wife, Holly, have adopted a daughter, their rep confirms. (No additional details were available at press time.)

REVEALED
The father of Padma Lakshmi‘s 1-month-old daughter, Krishna, has been identified as venture capitalist Adam Dell, according to press reports.

RECOVERING
Star Jones, 47, is recuperating after preplanned cardiac surgery March 17 in New York City. It was a follow-up procedure to thoracic surgery that the former View cohost underwent 30 years ago.

CASTING
According to reports, Chris Evans, 28 who played the Human Torch in the recent Fantastic Four movies, has accepted the lead in the big-screen adaptation of Captain America (due in theaters July 2011). However, reps for Evans and Marvel Comics would not confirm the casting at press time.

MARRIED
That’s nice! Borat’s Sacha Baron Cohen, 38, and Isla Fisher, 34, reportedly tied the knot in Paris on March 15. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Olive.

ARRESTED
Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon, 38, was arrested for felony vandalism March 17. The actor reportedly damaged property as he tried to flee L.A. police officers and was shot with a Taser gun. He was released on $20,000 bail…. An arrest has been made in a prescription drug ring linked to the March 10 death of Corey Haim. Police reportedly found a fraudulent prescription in the actor’s home. A rep for the California attorney general’s office declined to give specifics on the bust.

COURTS
Lawyers for Roman Polanski, 76, filed an appeal March 18 in L.A., asking that the film director, who is currently under house arrest in Switzerland for a 1977 statutory rape case, be sentenced in absentia. An L.A. judge rejected a similar appeal in January…. On March 15, a federal judge ordered Oprah Winfrey, 56, to appear in a Philadelphia court to defend herself against a defamation lawsuit filed by Nomvuyo Mzamane, the former headmistress of Winfrey’s South African school. (The case stems from the 2007 abuse scandal at the academy.)… On March 19, a federal appeals court in California ruled that Anna Nicole Smith‘s estate will not receive the $300 million-plus sum she had previously been awarded from her late billionaire husband.

DEATHS
Fess Parker, best known for playing folk hero Davy Crockett on TV, died March 18 of natural causes at his home in Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. He was 85. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen

BIRTHDAYS
Leonard Nimoy, 79
March 26

Mariah Carey, 41
March 27

Quentin Tarantino, 47
March 27

Vince Vaughn, 40
March 28

Eric Clapton, 65
March 30

Bullock’s Marriage Woes:Say It Ain’t So, Sandy!
Sandra Bullock seemed to be living out a thoroughly modern fairy tale. At 45, she had revived the female-centric romantic comedy with last summer’s blockbuster performance of The Proposal, then crossed the $200 million mark with The Blind Side, topping it all off with an Oscar for Best Actress. We all rejoiced that a good, hardworking woman was finally getting her due, and swooned as she constantly lavished acceptance–speech praise on her seemingly smitten husband — her Prince Charming in this picture–perfect scenario.

That’s what makes the reports that Bullock’s five–year marriage is in jeopardy so surprising, and so sad. The rumors started swirling March 17, when tattoo model Michelle ”Bombshell” McGee told a magazine that she’d had an affair with Bullock’s husband, TV star and motorcycle mogul Jesse James, 40. (Bullock quickly canceled two European appearances to promote The Blind Side; the next day James issued a statement disputing the ”vast majority” of the allegations but acknowledging his own ”poor judgment.”) And the worst part — for us, people who, admittedly, have no stake in this — is that it blows up the story line we had worked out. We wanted her to have a happy ending — a revived career, an Oscar, and a great man — to prove to us it was possible for someone. We wanted this moment to be the end of a Sandra Bullock comedy. Instead, we’re getting a movie we’re not sure we want to watch. — Jennifer Armstrong

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