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Christina Aguilera's lawsuit and the birth of Kate Winslet's child made news the week of October 27, 2000

BIRTHS
Titanic actress Kate Winslet, 25, and her first mate, assistant director Jim Threapleton (Hideous Kinky), 27, welcomed 8-pound 9-ounce Mia Threapleton Oct. 12 in London. She is the first child for both.

WEDDINGS
Doe-eyed actress Jeanne Tripplehorn (Mickey Blue Eyes), 37, wed actor Leland Orser (The Bone Collector), 40, Oct. 14 in Tulsa. The pair met while filming the 1998 film Very Bad Things.

LAWSUITS
What a girl wants is retribution. Christina Aguilera, 19, filed a lawsuit Oct. 13 in L.A. against former manager Steven Kurtz of Marquee Management for fraud. The platinum-haired pop star alleges Kurtz had ”improper, undue and inappropriate influence” over her professional and personal affairs, and seeks unspecified damages. ”I am hopeful… Christina will question the motives of those persons who have encouraged her to pursue this baseless litigation…” said Kurtz in a statement…. Not everyone leaves a Don Henley concert bathed in peaceful, easy feelings. Seeking unspecified damages, Mary Ann Haley, 43, claims in an Oct. 13 lawsuit that the aging rocker conked her on the head with a maraca when she tried to take his picture during an Oct. 4 performance in North Little Rock, Ark. A spokesperson for Henley had no comment…. Mixed news for Madonna: On Oct. 6, Millennium Films filed a $5 million lawsuit in L.A. against the Material Mom for failing to appear in a cameo role in the never-released film Going Down, as allegedly promised in a 1998 oral contract. Madonna’s camp had no comment. On the other hand, the pop star won an Oct. 16 hearing in Geneva to evict cybersquatter Dan Parisi from madonna.com, which had been a non-Madonna-related porn site.

DEATHS
Vincent Canby, influential film and theater critic for The New York Times, 76, of cancer, Oct. 15 in New York City. Joining the Times in 1965 as a film reporter, Canby was named senior film critic four years later. During his nearly 25-year tenure in the position, Canby, known for his wry writing style, established himself as a leading voice in film criticism, along with such notable colleagues as The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael and The Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris. In 1993, Canby stepped down as lead film critic, after which he wrote theater reviews and essays for the Times’ Sunday edition. ”[He was] a truly great critic, one of the old school,” says New York Times culture editor John Darnton. ”Never malicious, always accurate, with a soft spot for good writing and good acting.” In addition to his day job, Canby authored two novels and three plays…. Actor Rick Jason, 74, Oct. 16 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, in Moorpark, Calif. Jason, who authorities say had been depressed, was best known for his portrayal of tough-guy infantry officer Lt. Gil Hanley on the ’60s hit TV series Combat!