ENGAGED Once the arm candy of such actresses as Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock, The O.C.'s Tate Donovan, 42, will wed girlfriend Corinne Kingsbury.
HIRED Cosmetic giant Estée Lauder has tapped Gwyneth Paltrow, 33, to be the face of a major campaign for Lauder's pleasures perfume. Elizabeth Hurley, 40, will now hawk Estée's Re-Nutriv luxury skin-care line.
FIRED Page Kennedy, 28, was abruptly fired Nov. 4 from his role as basement dweller Caleb on ABC's Desperate Housewives. Kennedy was terminated for ''improper conduct,'' according to a show spokesperson, who added that the misbehavior did not involve any cast members. Kennedy's final appearance will be Nov. 13.
COURTS File-sharing Internet company Grokster has agreed to settle the lawsuit brought against it by several U.S. music publishers, record labels, and film studios. As part of the settlement, Grokster will be forced to cease its software and client applications, and has agreed to pay $50 million to the various plaintiffs.... Beach Boy Mike Love, 64, filed suit Nov. 2 in L.A. against his cousin and former bandmate Brian Wilson, 63, and various media outlets. Love claims Wilson misappropriated his songs, likeness, and the Beach Boys trademark while promoting the album Smile. Love is seeking unspecified damages. Wilson's attorney called the suit ''meritless''.... Kate Hudson, 26, has authorized British attorney Simon Smith to begin legal claims for defamation, privacy, and data protection against media outlets that published photos of Hudson and insinuated that she had an eating disorder. Smith claims the pictures have affected her reputation.... Mel Gibson's Icon Distribution filed suit Nov. 4 in L.A. against CleanFlicks, a Utah-based company that edits ''offensive'' elements out of films, for selling an unauthorized version of Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Icon is seeking to stop distribution and asking unspecified damages. CleanFlicks could not be reached for comment.
DEATHS Sheree North, 72, perhaps best known for playing Lou Grant's girlfriend on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, of complications following surgery, Nov. 4, in L.A. North also played Kramer's mother, Babs, on Seinfeld.... Actor Lloyd Bochner, 81, costar of TV's Hong Kong and Dynasty and father of actor Hart Bochner, of cancer, Oct. 29, in L.A.... Skitch Henderson, 87, of natural causes, Nov. 1, in New Milford, Conn. In the '60s Henderson was a musical director for the Tonight Show band. He later founded the New York Pops.
PREMIERE ''I grew up in an apartment in Queens my 'tree house' was the top shelf of my closet,'' said director Jon Favreau at the Nov. 5 premiere of Zathura, on why his house didn't play into childhood games like it does in the film.
LEGACY British author John Fowles, 79, died at his home in Lyme Regis, England, on Nov. 5 of undisclosed causes. Originally a teacher, Fowles won critical acclaim as a writer with his 1963 book The Collector. But he'll be best remembered for his 1969 novel The French Lieutenant's Woman. A Victorian-era love triangle with a joltingly modern-minded narrator, Woman was adapted into the lauded 1981 film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Fowles' other works include The Ebony Tower, The Magus, and Daniel Martin.