There’s a Baby McDreamy on the way next spring for Grey’s Anatomy doc Patrick Dempsey, 40, and wife Jillian…. Amanda Peet (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), 34, and screenwriter fiancé David Benioff (25th Hour), 35, announced that they’ll become first-time parents in ‘07.
Rock trio Hanson’s middle brother, Taylor Hanson (a.k.a. ”The Cute One”), 23, and wife Natalie welcomed son River on Sept. 4 in Tulsa. This is their third child. Yes, you’re old.
Twentieth Century Fox has launched FoxFaith, a Christian-themed imprint that will both release DVDs and market up to a dozen big-screen films each year…. Hannibal Rising, author Thomas Harris’ fourth Hannibal Lecter book, will hit stores Dec. 5. Rising, about the wine-swilling killer’s formative years, will come two months before its movie version hits theaters.
Musician, actress, and onetime Mick Jagger paramour Marianne Faithfull, 59, is receiving treatment for breast cancer. According to her website, the prognosis is ”excellent.”… Lindsay Lohan, 20, was fitted with a soft cast at an NYC hospital after fracturing her wrist on Sept. 15, following a slip at a Fashion Week party.
Country music’s favorite midnight toker, Willie Nelson, 73, was cited Sept. 18 for possession of what police say was one-fifth of a pound of psychedelic mushrooms and one and a half pounds of marijuana found on his tour bus. A Louisiana state trooper had pulled the bus over for a routine inspection and then smelled a strong herbal odor.
The mystery surrounding the Sept. 10 death of Anna Nicole Smith’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, remains unsolved after two autopsies. Several natural causes have been ruled out, and the results of toxicology tests won’t be available until an Oct. 23 inquest. The second medical examiner reportedly determined that Smith’s son had been taking mild antidepressants.
Duane ”Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, 53, was arrested Sept. 14 in Hawaii for his capture of Max Factor heir — and convicted rapist — Andrew Luster. In 2003, Chapman caught Luster in Puerto Vallarta, but the Mexican government contends the act was illegal and wants the bounty hunter extradited from the U.S. to face charges. Chapman’s lawyer says his client made the arrest with someone claiming to be a Mexican police officer. Luster is currently serving a 124-year prison sentence in California.
Actor Mickey Hargitay, 80, a 1955 Mr. Universe, husband to Jayne Mansfield, and father to Mariska (Law & Order: SVU), of multiple melanoma, Sept. 14, in L.A…. Pat Corley, 76, best known as Phil the Bartender on Murphy Brown, of congestive heart failure, Sept. 11, in L.A…. Actor Pablo Santos, 19, a star of the 2002 WB series Greetings From Tucson, in a small-plane crash, Sept. 15, in Toluca, Mexico.
ROBERT EARL JONES 1910-2006
A Broadway and film performer, Jones died of natural causes Sept. 7 in Englewood, N.J. The father of actor James Earl Jones, Robert worked as a boxer before catching the acting bug. ”During WWII he got a few jobs [as] a sparring partner of Joe Louis in USO films,” son James recalled in 1990, ”and he realized that in movies you don’t get hit quite as hard. He thought, ‘This is for me.”’
Has Tommy Lee’s supergroup already fizzled? On Sept. 12, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that his new band couldn’t tour, record, or sell music under the name Supernova — one day before Lukas Rossi was crowned lead singer on CBS’ Rock Star: Supernova. Turns out the moniker already belonged to a ’90s pop-punk trio (best known for the song ”Chewbacca” on 1994’s Clerks soundtrack). Mark Burnett Productions’ lawyer said the company ”disagreed” with the ruling and is figuring out what to call the group on their upcoming CD (due Nov. 21) and winter tour. ”I’m sure that’ll be a decision for all of us,” says Rossi of the potential name change. Still, ”it’s my honor to lead these boys on a tour, man.” —Gary Susman