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Chris Brown's apology and Patrick Swayze's diagnosis made news the week of July 10, 2009

MARRIED
Oscar-winning director and actor Robert Redford, 72, married painter Sibylle Szaggars, 51, on July 11 in Hamburg, Germany…. Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, 38, married Ester Nazarov last week. ”We are now one and complete,” Durst announced via Twitter on July 16.

SPLIT
Amy Winehouse, 25, and Blake Fielder-Civil, 27, officially ended their two-year marriage when London’s High Court granted their divorce on July 16. According to papers he filed June 15, Fielder-Civil said he found Winehouse ”intolerable to live with.” He further accused Winehouse of adultery — a charge that the singer-songwriter admitted was true in the court papers.

ENGAGED
Singer Christina Milian, 27, is set to wed music producer The-Dream, 31. The couple have reportedly been keeping their engagement under wraps for months, but Milian wasn’t shy about flashing her engagement ring at a July 18 event in Hollywood…. Actress Leelee Sobieski, 26, is engaged to menswear designer Adam Kimmel, 30.

EXPECTING
Top Chef cohost Tom Colicchio, 46, and wife, filmmaker Lori Silverbush, 39, announced July 17 that they’re expecting their first child in August.

AILING
The Beastie Boys’ Adam ”MCA” Yauch, 43, was diagnosed last week with a treatable tumor in his salivary gland. The group has since pushed back its next album and canceled all upcoming concerts. ”It’s a pain in the neck (sorry, had to say it) because I was really looking forward to playing these shows,” Yauch said in a statement.

RECOVERING
The Passion of the Christ’s James Caviezel, 40, suffered cuts and bruises after a man allegedly hurled a bike into the path of the actor’s motorcycle on July 16 in Leavenworth, Wash.

UPDATE
Madonna, 50, arrived in Marseilles, France, on July 19 to visit the family of a lighting technician who died when the stage being built for the singer’s show collapsed on July 16. The accident also killed another man and hospitalized at least eight workers, some of whom the singer visited. ”My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families,” Madonna said in a statement.

COURTS
Disney star Vanessa Hudgens, 20, is suing her former music producer Johnny Vieira for breaking the terms of a court settlement. In papers filed July 20 in L.A., Hudgens claims Vieira violated a settlement the two had reached in April by using photos of her on his company’s MySpace page, implying that she was still signed with the producer. Hudgens is seeking damages and an injunction against the alleged false advertisement. Vieira could not be reached for comment…. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan DA said on July 21 that charges would not be filed against 24 star Kiefer Sutherland, 42, for allegedly head-butting designer Jack McCollough at a May 5 party in NYC, adding that McCollough was ”quite uncooperative” during the investigation. The two reportedly reached an out-of-court agreement in May…. Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett, 20, was sentenced to 120 hours of community service on July 21 by a London court for growing cannabis in his mother’s London home. ”I extend my sincere apologies to all Harry Potter fans,” said Waylett, who plays Vincent Crabbe…. Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan, 41, was arrested on DUI charges after nearly crashing into a parked police cruiser in Miami Beach on July 12. According to the police, Donovan refused to take a Breathalyzer test, and stated, ”The only mistake I made tonight was drinking Benadryl with three glasses of wine.” Donovan’s rep had no comment.

DEATHS
Frank McCourt, 78, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes, died July 19 of melanoma in New York City. (See page 61 for more on McCourt’s life and work.)… Musician Gordon Waller, 64, of the ’60s duo Peter & Gordon, died of cardiac arrest July 17 in Norwich, Conn.
Additional reporting by Stewart Allen


Chris Brown Apologizes: But Will It Work?
He pled guilty in an L.A. court on June 22 to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna in a February incident. Still, it took four more weeks for Chris Brown, 20, to make his contrition public. On July 20, the R&B singer issued an apology via a video statement. ”What I did was unacceptable, 100 percent,” he said, somberly addressing the camera. ”I can only ask and pray that you forgive me.” But are those words enough to salvage his career? One crisis PR maven, who preferred not to be named, thinks it’s too little, too late. ”It would have been great a couple months ago. And the tape got better as it went along — the beginning was terrible, really disingenuous.” Brown says in the video that he plans to ”do some interviews and answer some questions in the future,” so further apologies may be in the works, but his next professional move remains up in the air. Deflating rumors that a musical comeback is imminent, a representative for his label, Jive, tells EW, ”We have no album slated for release.” In any case, the PR expert says Brown has a long way to go before winning back the trust of his young fan base and — perhaps more important — their parents, who hold the purse strings. ”He’s got to do community service as part of his sentence; try to make it real. Don’t just make an album and make believe it didn’t happen. It’s going to be hard. Nobody’s going to forget those photos of Rihanna.”
Simon Vozick-Levinson

Patrick Swayze ”Continues to Do Well”
Texas native Patrick Swayze, 56, said he would ”cowboy up” and fight after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in January 2008, and this photo, showing the actor looking healthier while out in L.A. on July 11, proves he’s a man of his word. ”He has gained weight and he continues to do well while in treatment,” the actor’s rep told EW. Though his A&E series The Beast was canceled in June, Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi, who celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in June, are nearly finished co-writing his memoir. The Time of My Life, which is set to be published by Atria Books on Sept. 29, chronicles their love story — in sickness and in health.
Mandi Bierly