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BIRTHS

Actress Liv Tyler, 27, and rocker husband Royston Langdon, 32, welcomed an as-yet- unnamed son, their first, Dec. 14 in NYC.... Chynna Phillips, 36, of pop group Wilson Phillips, and her husband, actor Billy Baldwin, 41, greeted daughter Brooke Dec. 6 in NYC. She joins sister Jameson, 4, and brother Vance, 3.... Disney soundtrack mainstay Phil Collins, 53, and wife Orianne, 31, welcomed their second son, Matthew, Dec. 1 in Geneva, Switzerland. The couple has a 3-year-old, Nicholas. Collins has three children from previous marriages.

HONORS

The Elephant Man star John Hurt, 64, was given the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama on Dec. 9 at Buckingham Palace in London.

PREMIERE

''That's pretty cool,'' said The Life Aquatic's Owen Wilson (on the red carpet Dec. 9) of having Bill Murray as his on-screen dad. ''Growing up and loving all those movies that he did.'' Countered Murray: ''Oh, everyone just wants to hug Owen.''

COURTS

Rapper DMX (né Earl Simmons), 33, pleaded guilty Dec. 8 in a Queens court to reckless endangerment and driving while under the influence of Valium in conjunction with an incident in June 2004, in which he crashed through a parking-lot gate at an NYC airport. Simmons was fined $1,000, ordered to forfeit his 1998 Ford Expedition, and sentenced to probation. His lawyer says, ''He ended up with just a misdemeanor, which resolved the issue most favorably.''... JMS Entertainment filed suit against American Idol judge Paula Abdul, 42, for fraud and breach of contract Dec. 14 in NYC, claiming that she reneged on her agreement to star in and produce a DVD entitled Paula Abdul's How to Become a Star. They seek $5 million in damages. Reps for Abdul did not return calls for comment.... Actress Sharon Stone, 46, is suing Los Angeles plastic surgeon Renato Calabria for unspecified damages. The suit, filed Dec. 13 in L.A., alleges that Calabria defamed Stone by telling reporters that the actress had undergone a face-lift. Calabria's reps say, ''Dr. Calabria has never told anyone that he performed plastic surgery on Sharon Stone. The lawsuit is erroneous.''

RECOVERING

Godfather of Soul James Brown, 71, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery Dec. 15. A full recovery is expected. ''I have overcome a lot of things in my life,'' Brown said in a statement. ''I will overcome this as well.''... Dick Clark, 75, host of American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, was hospitalized after suffering a mild stroke at his home in Malibu, Calif., Dec. 6. For the first time in 33 years, Clark will not host his New Year's Eve program. Talk- show host Regis Philbin will fill in. Clark said in a statement, ''It'll feel strange watching it on TV, but my doctors felt it was too soon. I'm sure Regis will do a great job.''...Singer Elton John, 57, was forced to cancel a concert in Glasgow, Scotland, Dec. 12, because of a throat infection. Two days prior, John scuttled a concert in Nottingham, England, citing similar problems. John said in a statement, ''I'm sorry to disappoint all the people who've bought tickets.''

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