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Celebrity News for the week of November 17, 2006 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

ENGAGED
Actor Scott Foley (The Unit), 34, is engaged to his girlfriend of three years, actress Marika Dominczyk (Brothers & Sisters), 26.

EXPECTING
Public Enemy-turned-reality TV star Flavor Flav, 47, will welcome his seventh child in January. Mom is a Las Vegas woman he used to date, not current flame Flavor of Love season 2 winner London ''Deelishis'' Charles.

SPLIT
Pop star Britney Spears, 24, has filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Kevin Federline, 28. The couple have two sons.

RECOVERING
Singer Marianne Faithfull, 59, announced Nov. 6 that she'd received a clean bill of health after being treated for breast cancer and will resume her tour in March.

INJURED
Atlantic Records cofounder Ahmet Ertegun, 83, slipped and suffered a head injury during a Rolling Stones show to honor former president Bill Clinton's birthday in New York City on Oct. 29. His rep says he's doing well.

CANCELED
In other Stones news, the band nixed their final concert tour date in Honolulu so that Mick Jagger, 63, can recover from throat problems, the group announced Oct. 31. Three other shows have also been rescheduled; one unhappy fan even filed a $51 million bad-faith suit.... After yanking the Dana Delany drama Kidnapped last month after only five episodes, NBC announced it would air the show's remaining eight episodes on nbc.com for free starting Nov. 3.

PREMIERE
Arab news network al-Jazeera is launching its long-gestating English-language channel with the support of four global broadcast centers, including one in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15.

COURTS
According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 27 in L.A., Madonna's production company, Maverick Films, is seeking more than $50 million in damages from Inferno Distribution, claiming the company stole ideas from Maverick's upcoming The Stanford Prison Experiment to benefit its own film project, which is also based on the 1970s psychological experiment. Inferno says ''the lawsuit is groundless.''... Victory Records filed a $20 million lawsuit against Virgin Records Nov. 2, claiming the major label ''poached'' emo band Hawthorne Heights away from the indie. Victory says the band owed them two more records. Virgin parent EMI says there is no basis for the suit.

DEATHS
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 98, coauthor of Cheaper by the Dozen, of natural causes, Nov. 3, in Fresno, Calif.... Oscar-nominated screenwriter Leonard Schrader (Kiss of the Spider Woman), 62, of heart failure, Nov. 2, in L.A.... Drama critic Richard Gilman, 83, following a long struggle with lung cancer, Oct. 28, near Osaka, Japan.... Emmy-winning cinematographer James Glennon (Deadwood), 64, of prostate cancer, Oct. 19, in L.A.... Tony-winning costume designer Florence Klotz (Follies), 86, of heart failure, Nov. 1, in New York City.


LEGACY
ADRIENNE SHELLY 1966-2006
The New York indie film scene lost an icon when Adrienne Shelly (Factotum), 40, was found dead in her Manhattan office on Nov. 1. Best known for her roles in the Hal Hartley films The Unbelievable Truth (1989) and Trust (1990), Shelly embodied the electric spirit of the early Sundance era and was awaiting fest premiere dates for her latest directorial feature, Waitress. While it was initially thought that she'd killed herself, police now say construction worker Diego Pillco, 19, struck Shelly during an argument over noise, and then hung her from a shower rod to make her death look like a suicide. The official cause of death was compression to the neck — and not a blow. Pillco was charged with second-degree murder Nov. 7.

Controversy of the Week
Actor Alec Baldwin, 48, caused a stir when he asked that his name and voice be removed from Running With Arnold, a documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger's political career. Baldwin, a Democrat, insisted the filmmakers' use of Nazi rally footage was ''unfair'' to the Republican Governator. ''We're going ahead as planned,'' says Running producer Gregg Abrams. ''We'll litigate if we have to. [Baldwin] is just off-the-wall."''

Originally posted Nov 10, 2006 Published in issue #907 Nov 17, 2006 Order article reprints