Births Headbanger’s bawl: Metallica’s James Hetfield, 38, and wife Francesca, 31, welcomed their third child, 8-pound 5-ounce daughter Marcella Francesca, Jan. 17, in San Francisco….On Jan. 15, Ethan Hawke (Training Day), 31, and Uma Thurman (Tape), 31, welcomed their second child, a 7-pound 15-ounce boy, in New York. (At press time, his name hadn’t been announced.)…Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven), 45, and his wife, Marivi, 43, welcomed their first son, 7-pound 13-ounce Andres Antonio, on Jan. 28 in L.A. He joins three sisters.
Weddings They’ll make beautiful music together. On Jan. 1, Chante Moore, 34, married fellow R&B singer and first-time groom Kenny Lattimore, 31, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Moore was previously wed to A Different World star Kadeem Hardison, with whom she shares a daughter.
Splits Maybe they should call it InJunction. On Jan. 11, just days before their June 2001 wedding was featured on NBC’s In Style Celebrity Weddings, ex-Melrose Place hottie Kelly Rutherford, 33, filed for divorce from banker Carlos Tarajano, 31, citing irreconcilable differences. (Last year, Melrose Placer Courtney Thorne-Smith graced the cover of an In Style weddings issue as her divorce was making news.)
Controversy Author Olaf Olafsson, 39, the brains behind Sony’s PlayStation and a digital-media exec at EW parent AOL Time Warner, admitted he’d taken passages from the late M.F.K. Fisher’s 1943 memoir The Gastronomical Me for his The Journey Home. (Both passages discuss the shooting of Spanish refugees trying to swim to France.) Olafsson says he borrowed the prose as an ”homage” to Fisher.
Deals Greta Van who? On Jan. 23 CNN announced it had snapped up Emmy-winning ABC anchor Connie Chung, 55, for a nightly show that will square off with Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program. CNN, a division of AOL Time Warner, didn’t disclose salary details….CNN yakker Larry King, 68, inked a new four-year contract for a reported $28 million.
Courts Emmy winner Kim Delaney, 40, a cop on NYPD Blue and now a lawyer on Philly, was arrested in Malibu Jan. 26 on suspicion of drunken driving. Delaney, who police say refused to take a blood alcohol test, was booked and released. She’s due in court March 27. Delaney’s spokeswoman declined to comment….Renfro-no! Ghost World’s Brad Renfro, 19, was arrested Jan. 14 in his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., for public intoxication and driving without a license, both misdemeanors. Renfro posted bond and was released the following day; he’s due in court March 7. He’s serving two years’ probation for an August 2000 incident in which he got drunk and tried to steal a yacht. His spokesman had no comment….On Jan. 18, police charged rapper C-Murder (a.k.a. Corey Miller), 30, with second-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 12 shooting of a 16-year-old in Harvey, La. Steve Thomas died of a shot to the chest at a nightclub. At press time, rap impresario Master P’s brother was being held on $1 million bail and could face the death penalty. C-Murder’s lawyer says his client will plead not guilty, suggesting a witness misidentified the rapper….The Walt Disney Co. was fined $90,000 last August for destroying documents related to a lawsuit over Winnie the Pooh profits, say court papers ordered unsealed by an L.A. judge Jan. 18. Stephen Slesinger Inc., which owns rights to A.A. Milne’s character, sued Disney in 1991; it claims the company violated a then-30-year-old licensing deal by hiding millions in merchandising royalties. A Disney lawyer says the documents weren’t relevant. Slesinger seeks $200 million and termination of the licensing pact….On Jan. 14, an L.A. judge approved a deal requiring Universal Music to pay $4.75 million in back royalties to nearly 300 performers — including Billie Holiday — whose estates claimed the company miscalculated their cut. The deal won’t be final until May. Universal had no comment.