WEDDINGS A toast to the hosts. Entertainment Tonight’s Bob Goen, 49, married Landscapers’ Challenge hostess Marianne Curan March 20 in Southern California. It is the second marriage for both.
EXPECTING The Quiet American’s Brendan Fraser, 35, and his wife, Afton, will welcome their second child this fall. Son Griffin is 1 year old.
BIRTHS John Henton (The Hughleys), 44, and his girlfriend, Michele Delaney, 26, greeted their first child, Nicole Simone, March 8 in Orlando.
ARRESTS Members of Grammy-winning band Ozomatli and their manager were arrested at the South by Southwest music festival March 18 in Austin after they led audience members outside a club in their usual performance-ending conga line and were asked to return inside by police. Police claim percussionist Jiro Yamaguchi, 36, struck an officer who was trying to detain lead singer Will Abers, 31. Yamaguchi was charged with felony assault on a public servant (punishable by up to 10 years in prison). Abers was charged with misdemeanor failure to comply with a lawful order, and band manager Amy Blackman-Romero, 33, faces up to 180 days in jail for allegedly interfering with police duties. The band, which seeks a dismissal of all charges and faces an April 19 court date, vowed to play on. ”We will not be canceling any performances or altering the way in which we connect with our audience.”
COURTS As expected, prosecutors declined to continue their case against R. Kelly, 36, after a Florida judge tossed out photographic evidence used to charge the R&B star with child pornography March 11, and dropped the charges on March 17. Kelly continues to battle similar charges in an unrelated case in Chicago…. Actor and former children’s-TV host Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman), 51, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of obscene material, in an L.A. courtroom March 19. Under the terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a more serious charge of possessing child pornography. Reubens was sentenced to three years’ unsupervised probation and paid a $100 fine. Reubens said he was sorry ”any part of his art collection was ever deemed inappropriate.”… Bachelor Bob is off the hook. A California judge threw out a $10 million claim March 8 against Bob Guiney, 32, brought by producers of ABC’s reality show The Bachelor, alleging that Guiney failed to live up to the terms of his contract by releasing and promoting his CD, 3 Sides.
AILING Former televangelist and The Surreal Life costar Tammy Faye Messner (left), 62, told CNN’s Larry King on his March 18 broadcast that she has inoperable lung cancer…. Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, 62, was hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment March 20. Franklin said in a statement that she is ”resting comfortably and responding very well.”
DEATHS J.J. Jackson, 62, one of the first batch of MTV VJs when the network premiered in 1981, of an apparent heart attack, March 17, in L.A. An MTV statement said that Jackson (below), who left the network in 1986 to return to his roots in radio, was ”a big part of the channel’s success and we are sure he is in the music section of heaven, with lots of his friends and heroes.”… Arlene Sellers, 82, producer of Swing Shift, Circle of Friends, and Stanley & Iris, of cancer, March 5, in L.A…. Genevieve, 83, French singer known for her mangled-English comedy bits on Jack Paar’s Tonight Show, of complications from a stroke, March 14, in Venice, Calif…. Joan Cullman, 72, producer of such plays as Skylight, Sweet Smell of Success, and Tony winner Art, of a heart attack, March 18, in Tryall, Jamaica…. Author, actor, and teacher Nathan Heard, 67, who began writing the first of his five novels, Howard Street, while in New Jersey State Prison, of complications from Parkinson’s disease, March 16, in Livingston, N.J…. Documentarian Robert Snyder, 88, who won an Academy Award for 1950’s The Titan: The Story of Michelangelo, after a long illness, March 21, in Pacific Palisades, Calif…. Jazz singer Ella Johnson, 86, known for ”Please, Mr. Johnson” and ”Since I Fell for You,” after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, Feb. 16, in NYC…. Gospel singer Anna Carter Gordon Davis, 87, of acute respiratory failure, March 5, in Fort Worth. Davis, who was the widow of former Louisiana governor Jimmie Davis, was an original member of the 30-million-plus-selling Chuck Wagon Gang…. Johnny Bristol, 65, singer and producer for Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and others, of undisclosed causes, March 22, in Brighton Township, Mich.