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ENGAGEMENTS

Actress Sarah Wynter (24), 32, and Details editor in chief Dan Peres, 33, will wed later this year.

WEDDINGS

Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas, 26, exchanged vows with Juliet Joslin, 24, Feb. 5. This is the first marriage for both. . . . Harry Potter shopkeeper John Hurt, 65, and Anwen Rees-Myers wed Feb. 11. It is his fourth marriage.

BIRTHS

Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice), 30, and soccer star hubby David (a.k.a. ''Bend It Like''), 30, welcomed son Cruz, Feb. 20, in Madrid. He joins brothers Brooklyn, 5, and Romeo, 2.

COURTS

Producer Don Mizell filed suit Feb. 16 in L.A. against Ray Charles Enterprises and Starbucks, claiming they stole his idea for Grammy winner Genius Loves Company. He seeks more than $1 million in damages. Starbucks is ''reviewing the complaint.''. . . Christopher Merrill filed suit against Britney Spears, 23, and others associated with the 2002 film Crossroads, Feb. 15 in L.A. The copyright-infringement suit alleges Merrill's 2000 screenplay Dream Alive was the basis for the Spears flick and seeks in excess of $10 million. Reps for Spears did not return calls for comment. . . . Rapper Golden Girl (née Lisa Natson sued rapper Fabolous (né John Jackson), 25, Feb. 18 in NYC, claiming that on Oct. 29, 2004, Fabolous' bodyguards assaulted her. Natson wants $85 million in damages. . . . In a Feb. 17 suit filed in NYC against clothing company FUBU, rapper LL Cool J (né James Todd Smith) 36, alleges that FUBU didn't fully pay him for promoting its product. He is seeking $250,000 in back payments.

PREMIERE

So, Constantine demon Gavin Rossdale, if you could take a peek into hell, would you? ''I may have seen it already,'' said the rocker. ''In life.'' Dark!

ARRESTS

Singer Kid Rock (né Robert Ritchie), 33, was arrested Feb. 16 in Nashville for allegedly punching a DJ in the face at a strip club. A court date is set for March 30. Reps for the rocker did not return calls for comment.

CITIZENS

Thank you, America? Ottawa-born singer Alanis Morissette, 30, became a U.S. citizen Feb. 11 in L.A. She will retain Canadian citizenship.

HIATUS

Pop-punkers blink-182 announced Feb. 22 that they were going on an ''indefinite hiatus.'' In a statement, the band said, ''No one knows what tomorrow may bring.''

DEATHS

Brian Kelly, 73, the dad on 1960s TV hit Flipper, of pneumonia, Feb. 12, in Voorhees, N.J. . . . John Raitt, 88, father of singer Bonnie Raitt and Broadway's original Billy Bigelow in Carousel, of pneumonia, Feb. 20, in Pacific Palisades, Calif. . . . Oscar-nominated actor Dan O'Herlihy (The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe), 85, of heart failure, Feb. 17, in Malibu, Calif. . . . Steven Susskind (Friday the 13th, Part 3), 62, in a car accident, Jan. 21, in Tujunga, Calif. . . . Inventor Peter Foy, 79, who helped make Peter Pan fly in the 1954 Broadway musical, of natural causes, Feb. 17, in Las Vegas.

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