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Celebrity news for the week of January 27, 2006 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

EXPECTING Gwyneth Paltrow, 33, and husband/ Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 28, are expecting their second child. The pair already have a daughter, Apple. In case you're keeping score: This means Paltrow has one-upped her ex Brad Pitt in actual conceptions. However, Pitt is moving for a late-game recovery by filing to adopt Angelina Jolie's two kids. Nicely played, Brad. Nicely played....Hold the phone! Russell Crowe, 41, will be a father again. He's reportedly expecting his second child with wife Danielle Spencer.

BABY MANIA A new sister, a new dad, and now poor Maddox Jolie(-Pitt), 4, must endure the relative indignity of another sibling, whose impending arrival was announced Jan. 11. And he thought the harsh reality of having to walk on the ground stunk.

MARRIAGE Proving that love lasts forever — even when one half of a couple harbors violent fantasies about the other in a rap song — Eminem (né Marshall Mathers), 33, re-wed ex-wife Kim Mathers, 30, in Rochester, Mich., Jan. 14.

CANCELLATIONS Apparently, Heaven is not a place on earth. Citing the high costs of production (a $16 million loss this year alone), The WB announced that 7th Heaven would go to greener pastures this May after 10 seasons. Over at Fox, both Malcolm in the Middle (seven seasons) and That '70s Show (eight seasons) will also go dark this May, though the net is in talks with Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher to appear in the '70s finale, which airs May 18.

FIRES An early morning fire brought down the Compleat Angler Hotel, which contained an Ernest Hemingway museum, on the island of Bimini in the Bahamas, Jan. 13. The hotel's bar was one of the Old Man and the Sea author's favorite haunts in the '30s.

COURTS Kate Moss' on-again, off-again (but at press time off-again) musician beau Pete Doherty, 26, was arrested again the morning of Jan. 14, when police booked him on possession of hard drugs.... Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, filed suit Dec. 30, 2005, in L.A. against 20th Century Fox for breach of contract. Carter alleges that Fox refused to follow through on various profit agreements and is seeking unspecified damages.

AILING The White Stripes have postponed their Japan tour after singer Jack White, 30, was diagnosed with an ''acute vocal cord problem,'' according to the band's website. Rest assured, Meg White, 31, is fine and still practicing mediocre drumming.

CONTROVERSIES As part of PETA's protest against KFC, Pamela Anderson penned a letter to Kentucky's governor, urging him to remove a bust of Colonel Sanders from the state capitol. Said the governor's office: ''Col. Sanders was one of Kentucky's most distinguished citizens.... We believe he warrants appropriate recognition as such.''

ANNOUNCEMENTS A week after her last Book Club memoir — James Frey's A Million Little Pieces — was called out for allegedly containing fabrications, Oprah Winfrey chose a far safer title for her next pick: Night, Elie Wiesel's celebrated autobiography about life in a concentration camp.

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