Plus Lindsay Lohan, Larry King, and more celebrities making news the week of July 16, 2010
Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch, 44, will welcome her first child this fall. The dad hasn’t been named…. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, 45, and wife Mari-queen Maandig are reportedly expecting their first child.
Kick-Ass actor Aaron Johnson, 20, and filmmaker fiancée Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, welcomed daughter Wylda Rae July 7 in London…. Former Scrubs star John C. McGinley, 50, and wife Nichole greeted daughter Kate Aleena June 24 in L.A. The baby joins siblings Billie Grace, 2, and Max, 12.
Carlos Santana, 62, proposed to fellow musician Cindy Blackman during his July 9 concert in Tinley Park, Ill.
Three months after filing for divorce, Larry King, 76, and wife Shawn Southwick, 50, filed petitions in L.A. July 7 to dismiss their documents.
An L.A. judge found Lindsay Lohan, 24, in violation of her probation July 6, sentencing the actress to 90 days in jail followed by 90 days of rehab. (The actress failed to attend weekly alcohol-education classes, as mandated by the court following a 2007 DUI bust.) The actress, who attended the hearing with ”f— u” stenciled on her middle fingernail, is due to begin her sentence July 20…. Hayden Christensen, 29, and his brother Tove filed a suit July 6 in New York against USA Network, claiming the company stole their idea for a TV series. The brothers allege that they approached the network in 2005 for a show about a doctor who makes house calls to rich clients — only to have USA debut the similarly themed Royal Pains in 2009…. The Walt Disney Co. was ordered to pay nearly $270 million July 7 when a Riverside, Calif., jury sided with Celador International in a lawsuit over profits from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. During the six years of back-and-forth litigation, Celador claimed that Disney withheld profits from the hit game show. Disney said in a statement: ”We believe this verdict is fundamentally wrong and will aggressively seek to have it reversed.”… The brother and father of Afshan Azad, 21, who played Padma Patil in the Harry Potter franchise, were charged June 29 with threatening to kill the actress at their family home in Manchester, England. Abdul Azad, 54, and Ashraf Azad, 28 — who was also charged with assaulting Afshan — were reportedly upset over her relationship with a Hindu man. They are expected to plead not guilty.
Jon Bon Jovi, 48, tore a calf muscle July 9 during a concert in East Rutherford, N.J., but the injury will not affect any of Bon Jovi’s tour dates.
George Steinbrenner, 80, the formidable longtime owner of the New York Yankees, died of undisclosed causes July 13 in Tampa, FL. Steinbrenner’s pop cultural presence loomed so large that he hosted Saturday Night Live in 1990 and had one of the most memorable recurring ”roles” on Seinfeld — as George Costanza’s demanding boss; Seinfeld co-creator Larry David provided Steinbrenner’s voice…. Ilene Woods, who voiced the title character in Disney’s 1950 animated classic Cinderella, died of undisclosed causes July 1 in Canoga Park, Calif., at age 81. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Will Ferrell, 43
Phyllis Diller, 93
Chace Crawford, 25
Alex Trebek, 70
Hollywood’s Big Wedding Weekend
They do! Summer wedding season is in full swing — and a slew of stars are taking the plunge. These four celeb couples walked down the aisle July 10:
John Krasinski & Emily Blunt
The Office star, 30, and the Golden Globe-nominated actress, 27, tied the knot just a week after Krasinski’s onscreen wife, Jenna Fischer, wed writer Lee Kirk.
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
American Idol‘s country princess, 27, and the Canadian hockey player, 30, exchanged vows in Greensboro, Ga. ”We could not feel more blessed,” they said in a statement.
Martin Lawrence & Shamicka Gibbs
After 14 years of dating and two kids, the funnyman, 45, and Gibbs, 35, wed in Lawrence’s Beverly Hills home as Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy looked on.
Alani ”LaLa” Vazquez & Carmelo Anthony
The former MTV VJ, 31, and the basketball star, 26, were married in NYC. Guests included Justin Timberlake and Kim Kardashian, and the wedding was taped for an upcoming VH1 reality show. — Archana Ram
Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)
Cult-favorite comic-book writer Harvey Pekar died in his Cleveland home July 12 at the age of 70. (Autopsy results were pending as of press time.) Pekar’s chronicles of his life as a filing clerk were illustrated by renowned artists such as R. Crumb, and his long-running series American Splendor was turned into a 2003 movie starring Paul Giamatti. He was also a contributor to EW and, in the ’80s, an infamously pugnacious guest on Late Night With David Letterman. Rolling through his credits, however, does not even come close to describing his legacy. A stubborn social realist in an era of pop culture escapism, Pekar was a unique, idiosyncratic voice who’ll be deeply missed. — Ken Tucker
This Week in TV & Movie Deals
· Casting for X-Men: First Class continues, with James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, and Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, EW sources confirm.
· Ryan Seacrest Productions and E! are teaming up with Lady Gaga‘s choreographer, Laurie Ann Gibson (Making the Band), for a reality series about dancers in Los Angeles.
· Laurence Fishburne will costar with Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet in Steven Soderbergh‘s Contagion, about a deadly virus.
· DreamWorks has cast Allison Janney in the movie version of best-seller The Help. She’ll play Skeeter’s mom.
· Mark Pellegrino, a.k.a. Lost‘s Jacob, has been tapped to star in Syfy‘s series Being Human, about a vampire, ghost, and werewolf who live together.