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Ken Ober, Ron Livingston, and Anthony Michael Hall were in the news the week of November 20

MARRIED
Office Space’s Ron Livingston, 42, and United States of Tara’s Rosemarie DeWitt, 35, tied the knot Nov. 2 in San Francisco.

COURTS
A former girlfriend of The Breakfast Club’s Anthony Michael Hall, 41, is seeking a restraining order against the star, according to the NYPD. On Nov. 10, radio host Diana Falzone, 26, filed a complaint accusing Hall of harassment. No charges have been filed, and Hall’s rep has called the accusations ”erroneous.”… On Nov. 13 in Larimer County, Colo., Richard Heene, 48, who orchestrated the ”Balloon Boy” hoax, pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public servant. His wife, Mayumi Heene, 45, pleaded guilty to false reporting to authorities. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 23…. A 26-year-old German man, who allegedly attempted to extort about $150,000 from Cindy Crawford, 43, and her husband, Rande Gerber, 47, turned himself in to German authorities on Nov. 16. According to an affidavit filed Nov. 12 in L.A., the suspect threatened to sell tabloids a photo of the couple’s then- 7-year-old daughter, in which she was gagged and bound in a chair during a game of cops and robbers. If convicted, the suspect?who claims he stole the photo from the couple’s former nanny?could face up to two years in prison…. Jon & Kate Plus Eight’s Jon Gosselin, 32, filed a $5 million countersuit against TLC, according to papers filed Nov. 12 in Rockville, Md. Gosselin alleges that the network damaged his professional reputation by discouraging other media outlets from working with him. TLC sued Gosselin in October for allegedly breaching his contract by making TV appearances without permission.

DEATHS
Edward Woodward, 79, best known from the 1980s series The Equalizer, died Nov. 16 of pneumonia in Truro, England.
With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


Ken Ober (1957 - 2009)
Ken Ober wasn’t like the other kids. TV mattered to the host of the beloved MTV game show Remote Control — and he mattered to an entire generation of pop culture junkies who grew up watching his late-’80s TV-centric quizzer. That same generation went into mourning following news of the 52-year-old’s tragic passing: On Nov. 15, Ober was found dead at his home in Santa Monica. (Ober’s rep, who confirms that an autopsy is planned, says the comedian complained of ”a bad headache and flu-like symptoms” the day before he died.) Back in 1987, Ober was picked by MTV to host Remote — the network’s first nonmusical program — because of his sly wit and entertainment knowledge. ”There was truly a wink to what he was doing,” says friend and MTV exec Doug Herzog. ”It was like, ‘This is not your dad’s game show.”’ After five seasons on Remote, Ober went on to host Make Me Laugh and helped produce The New Adventures of Old Christine and Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn. (Quinn — along with a young comedian named Adam Sandler — got his start alongside Ober on Remote.) Still, nostalgic fans never forgot Ober’s work on Remote’s kitschy-cool faux-basement set. ”People would still recognize him from that show 20 years ago,” says Tom Freston, former CEO of MTV Networks, ”and people still thought about him in the warmest way.”
Kate Ward