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Celebrity news for the week of July 20, 2007

EXPECTING
Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), 34, and her musician husband, Dave Galafassi, 28, are expecting their first child.

BIRTH
Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jason Priestley, 37, and his wife, makeup artist Naomi, 31, are the proud parents of a new daughter.

SPLITS
On July 3, Jackass star Johnny Knoxville (né Philip John Clapp), 36, filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years, Melanie Lynn Clapp, citing irreconcilable differences. He is seeking joint custody of their 11-year-old daughter…. Music mogul Sean ”Diddy” Combs, 37, and his girlfriend, Kim Porter, 36, have called it quits after dating for 10 years. The couple have three kids together: a 9-year-old son and twin 6-month-old daughters…. Mandie Brady filed for divorce from her husband, comedian Wayne Brady, 35, on July 2, citing irreconcilable differences. She is seeking joint custody of their 4-year-old daughter.

HIRED
On July 9, Fox Broadcasting announced Kevin Reilly, 44, will step in as its new entertainment president, less than two months after he was let go by NBC. He will replace Peter Liguori, 47, who will become Reilly’s boss as Fox entertainment chairman.

DEPARTURE
On July 9, radio host and former ESPN SportsCenter anchor Dan Patrick, 51, announced he was leaving the network after 18 years. Patrick, whose final broadcast will be on Aug. 17, told listeners, ”I was starting to take [the job] for granted.”

COURTS
Actor Goran Visnjic, 34, was sued on July 5 in Croatia by Mirela Rupic, 36, who claims the ER star and Croatian native is the father of her 4-month-old daughter. Rupic is requesting about $2,000 a month in alimony. Visnjic’s rep did not return calls for comment…. On July 3 in London, rocker and Kate Moss beau Pete Doherty, 28, pleaded guilty to a slew of drug charges (including possession of crack cocaine and heroin), as well as two driving offenses stemming from a May arrest. The judge deferred sentencing to Aug. 7.

ACCIDENT
An onstage pyrotechnics display went awry at a Beyoncé concert in St. Louis on July 8, injuring two audience members sitting in the front row. The fans were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, and received a surprise visit from the singer.

DEATHS
Opera diva Beverly Sills, 78, of lung cancer, July 2, in New York City…. Saxophone player Boots Randolph, 80, best known for the 1963 hit “Yakety Sax,” of a cerebral hemorrhage, July 3, in Nashville…. Bill Pinkney, 81, last surviving original member of R&B group the Drifters, of an apparent heart attack, July 4, in Daytona Beach, Fla…. Science-fiction author Fred T. Saberhagen, 77, of prostate cancer, June 29, in Albuquerque, N.M…. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette, 57, creator of the comic strip Kudzu, in a car accident, July 10, in Holly Springs, Miss…. Character actor Charles Lane (It’s a Wonderful Life), 102, of natural causes, July 9, in Brentwood, Calif. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen and Tanner Stransky


Nuptials: Tony Parker and Eva Longoria Get Hitched
Desperate Housewives’ Longoria, 32, said oui, oui to NBA star Parker, 25, at a wedding ceremony July 7 at the Church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois in Paris. (Once was not enough: The couple exchanged vows in a civil service the day before, per French law.) The reception took place at a 17th-century château outside the city, and guests included Jessica Alba and fellow Housewives Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman. — Lindsay Soll


‘Girlfriend’ vs. ‘Boyfriend’
On July 6, pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne, 22, revealed that she’s being sued by songwriters Tommy Dunbar, 50, and James Gangwer. In the suit, which was filed in May, the duo allege that Lavigne’s current hit ”Girlfriend” infringes on the copyright of their 1979 tune ”I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” performed by Dunbar’s band, the Rubinoos. Lavigne’s chorus begins, ”Hey, hey, you, you, I don’t like your girlfriend,” while the Rubinoos’ song features the refrain ”Hey, hey, you, you, I wanna be your boyfriend.” In a statement, Lavigne’s manager, Terry McBride, denied any similarity between the songs: ”There is no basis for this claim.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson