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Celebrity news for the week of December 9, 2005 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

BIRTHS Baby Jane — we mean Baby Without a Name Yet — was welcomed by Rod Stewart, 60, and fiancée Penny Lancaster, 34. Stewart has five children from previous relationships; the boy is Lancaster's first child.

EXPECTING The White Stripes' Jack White, 30, and wife Karen Elson, 25, are expecting their first child this spring. The couple don't know the baby's sex, but, luckily, red and white are not gender-specific colors.

MARRYING Elton John, 58, and boyfriend David Furnish, 43, plan to wed in London, shortly after the U.K. legalizes gay marriage on Dec. 21.... According to reports, George Michael, 42, and longtime partner Kenny Goss will also wed ''probably early next year.''

AWARDS Why do favorite-country-group winners Brooks & Dunn like the American Music Awards? ''We never seem to leave empty-handed,'' said Ronnie Dunn Nov. 22 in L.A. Added Kix Brooks: ''And we come for the gift bag. I need some expensive shampoo.''

LEGACY Veteran stage and screen actress Constance Cummings, 95, died, reportedly of natural causes, Nov. 23 in England. Cummings, who appeared in more than 40 American and British films and won a Tony award in 1979 for her performance in Wings on Broadway, is best known for playing Mary Tyrone opposite Laurence Olivier in the 1971 London revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.

CANCELED Bad things do happen in threes: CBS' Threshold, ABC's Hot Properties, and Fox's Reunion were all axed on Nov. 29. The trio join six other new shows canceled in the first half of the 2005-06 season.

CONTROVERSY The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement Nov. 23 declaring that Michael Jackson, 47, has an ''anti-Semitic streak'' and demanding an apology the day after ABC's Good Morning America played messages in which Jackson apparently refers to Jews as ''leeches.'' The tape was provided to the show by former manager Dieter Wiesner, who is suing the King of Pop for $64 million. Jackson's lawyers have claimed the tapes are heavily edited.

COURTS Writer Joel Lamontagne filed suit Nov. 22 in L.A. against the producers of Bravo's Project Runway, claiming they stole the concept from Lamontagne after meeting with him in 2003. Lamontagne is seeking unspecified damages. Bravo reps said, ''The producers have assured us they created the program independently.''... Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher, 40, filed a libel suit against British tabloid The Daily Sport on Nov. 23 in London after it published a report accusing Hatcher of having sex with men in a VW van parked outside her house. Hatcher's lawyer called the accusations ''offensive.'' Sport could not be reached for comment.... Warner Music Group agreed on Nov. 22 to pay $5 million to nonprofit groups for music education, after an investigation by New York's attorney general found that some employees bribed radio stations to play Warner music. In a similar settlement in July, Sony BMG agreed to pay $10 million.... Kevin Costner, 50, filed suit against Ascendant Pictures for $8 million on Nov. 29 in L.A. The Rumor Has It star claims that in June the studio backed out of its promise to cast him in the film Taming Ben Taylor.... Producer Aaron Spelling, 82, and his wife, Candy, filed suit against one of Aaron's former nurses, Charlene Richards, Nov. 23 in L.A., claiming she falsely accused Aaron of sexual harassment and broke a confidentiality agreement. The Spellings are seeking $5 million in damages. Richards' attorney called the suit ''meritless.''

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