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John Krasinski's engagement, Eddie Cibrian's divorce, and Liam Neeson's naturalization made news the week of September 4

ENGAGED
Sorry, ladies. Not only is Jim from The Office set to wed Pam this season, but he’s off the market in real life, too. John Krasinski, 29, and The Devil Wears Prada’s Emily Blunt, 26, are engaged. The couple started dating in November.

SPLIT
Actor Eddie Cibrian, 36, filed for divorce from wife Brandi Glanville, according to papers filed Aug. 24 in L.A. Cibrian, who has been spotted out and about with country singer LeAnn Rimes, 27, is seeking shared custody of his two sons with Glanville. The following week, on Sept. 1, Rimes announced on her website that she and husband Dean Sheremet, 28, are divorcing as well. The couple married in 2002.

BIRTHS
BonesDavid Boreanaz, 40, and wife Jaime Bergman, 33, welcomed their second child, daughter Bardot, on Aug. 31 in L.A.

EXPECTING
TLC’s 18 Kids and Counting will soon have to update its title. Michelle Duggar, 42, and husband Jim Bob, 44, announced Sept. 1 that they’re expecting their 19th child in March.

RECOVERING
George Clooney, 48, broke his hand on Aug. 14 after accidentally shutting a car door on it. The actor was reportedly treated in Gravesano, Switzerland, where he was fitted with a temporary cast.

DISBANDED
Oasis lead guitarist and singer Noel Gallagher, 42, has left the British rock band after reportedly having a backstage fight with his brother and fellow band member Liam Gallagher, 36, moments before the group was scheduled to perform at an Aug. 28 concert just outside Paris. ”It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis,” Noel posted on the group’s website that same night. ”I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.” Oasis was formed in 1991 in Manchester, England, and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

UPDATE
Actor Liam Neeson, 57, became a U.S. citizen on Aug. 25, in part, he says, because of all the condolence letters he received from Americans after the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, in March. ”I’ve been living here for 20 years, and America’s been very good to me,” Neeson said Aug. 26 on Good Morning America. ”I’m still a proud Irishman, of course.”

AILING
On Aug. 26, actress Parker Posey, 40, bowed out of her starring role in the Off Broadway play This after being diagnosed with Lyme disease. The production, which is searching for a replacement, is slated to begin previews in November.

SETTLED
An arbitrator ruled on Aug. 27 that Jeremy Piven, 44, did not breach his contract with the producers of the Broadway play Speed-the-Plow when the actor pulled out of the show last December after claiming to have sushi-related mercury poisoning. ”I’m pleased to be completely vindicated in this matter based on the facts and the medical evidence,” Piven said in a statement.

COURTS
Saving Private Ryan actor Tom Sizemore, 47, was charged on Aug. 27 with spousal battery, after being arrested on Aug. 5 in L.A. (The identity of the woman he’s accused of assaulting has not been released; police say the two were romantically involved.) If convicted, Sizemore, who could not be reached for comment, could face up to a year in jail…. Celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, 35, who has appeared on America’s Next Top Model, was sentenced Aug. 31 in L.A. to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting several teenage girls and young women whom he had promised modeling work.

DEATHS
Ellie Greenwich, 68, who co-wrote a stream of 1960s pop hits including ”Be My Baby,” ”Chapel of Love,” and ”Leader of the Pack,” died Aug. 26 in NYC, reportedly of a heart attack. Greenwich frequently collaborated with the legendary (and now infamous) record producer Phil Spector.
Additional Reporting by Stewart Allen


After DJ AM’s Tragic Death, Will the Show Go On?
Disc jockey Adam ”DJ AM” Goldstein, 36 — who’d spoken publicly about his past battle with drugs and narrowly escaped death in a jet crash last year — relapsed just days before he was found dead in his New York City apartment on Aug. 28. (The NYC medical examiner said on Aug. 29 that determining the cause of death could be delayed ”several weeks” due to toxicology and tissue testing; drug paraphernalia was reportedly found near Goldstein’s body.) The deejay, who was known for dating Nicole Richie and Mandy Moore and mixing albums for artists including Madonna and Will Smith, had said crack used to be his ”drug of choice.” According to his rep, when friends and family learned of his relapse — after 11 years of sobriety — ”they sprung into action to try and get him to agree to go to rehab.” Goldstein had recently finished shooting MTV’s drug-intervention reality series Gone Too Far, originally set to premiere Oct. 5. The first episode of Gone, which EW viewed as a rough cut, finds Goldstein counseling a young heroin addict, and purchasing a crack pipe to show how easy it is to procure. (Afterward, Goldstein tells the camera, ”My heart’s still racing a little bit because I was just holding a crack pipe, which I haven’t held in a long time.”) At press time, MTV had yet to decide whether Goldstein’s eight episodes will air, but in a statement the network said it was ”honored to support [Goldstein] as he helped young people battle their own addictions.”
Tanner Stransky


Ellen Pompeo Gets a Baby Bash
She may work with Ellen Pompeo on Grey’s Anatomy, but Katherine Heigl made sure the Aug. 29 baby shower for her costar, who’s expecting a daughter with husband Chris Ivery, was a bit fancier than cake in the conference room. Held at Heigl’s L.A. pad, the fete brought out stars like Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh, and Eric ”McSteamy” Dane’s real-life wife, Rebecca Gayheart, who showered the mother-to-be with gifts from L.A.’s Juvenile Shop. No word yet on which TV doctor will be scrubbing in for diaper duty.
Archana Ram