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EXPECTING

Holly Hunter, 47, and Gordon MacDonald, her costar in the West End play By the Bog of Cats, are expecting twins this winter.

BIRTHS

Singer Michelle Branch, 22, and bassist hubby Teddy Landau, 41, welcomed daughter Owen, their first child, Aug. 3.

WEDDINGS

Producer Robert Evans (Chinatown), 75, tied the knot for the seventh time, marrying British socialite Lady Victoria White, 42, Aug. 6, in Mexico.

DEPARTURES

Variety writer Army Archerd, 83, announced Aug. 3 that he will retire his column next month after 52 years.

COURTS

On Aug. 4, an NYC court ruled against Lewis Perdue, 56, who had filed a $150 million suit against novelist Dan Brown, 41. Perdue claimed The Da Vinci Code copied elements of his religious thriller Daughter of God. He plans to appeal. . . .United Licensing Group Inc. filed a breach-of-contract suit Aug. 4 in L.A. against Pamela Anderson, 38, claiming the Stacked star failed to promote her line of perfume and clothing. Anderson's lawyer could not be reached for comment. . . .Writer Augusten Burroughs' foster family is asking a Massachusetts court to stop further publication of his best-selling 2002 memoir Running With Scissors as a work of nonfiction. The Turcotte clan claims Burroughs, 39, inaccurately portrayed them as a ''mentally unstable cult'' and failed to conceal their identity. . . .Martha Stewart, 64, announced that her house arrest has been extended three weeks to Aug. 31, following reports that she may have violated the terms of her sentence by going to yoga. . . .On Aug. 9, a Delaware judge dismissed a 1997 suit demanding Disney's board of directors reimburse shareholders for the $100 million-plus severance package the company gave Michael Ovitz, 58, following his 14-month stint as Disney president.

RECOVERING

Grammy-winning singer Marc Cohn (''Walking in Memphis''), 46, was released from a Denver hospital and is expected to fully recover after being shot in the head during an attempted carjacking Aug. 7. A suspect has already been arrested.

AILING

Christopher Reeve's widow, actress Dana Reeve, 44, announced Aug. 9 that she is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

PREMIERE

''It tasted like chicken,'' said Matt Damon (with Casey and Ben Affleck, Aug. 8 in L.A.) of having to lick a frog in his new film, The Brothers Grimm. ''It was kind of like licking the back of your hand. It felt like the same thing.''

DEATHS

Blues guitar master ''Little Milton'' Campbell, 71, Aug. 4, after suffering a stroke, in Memphis. . . .Rock journalist Al Aronowitz, 77, who introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles, Aug. 1, of lung cancer, in Elizabeth, N.J. . . .Godfather of the '70s ''Columbus Soul'' sound Bill Moss, 69, who recently filed a lawsuit challenging the Ohio vote in the 2004 presidential election, Aug. 2, of a stroke, in Columbus, Ohio.

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