Monitor

Monitor

Celebrity News for the week of December 22, 2006 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

BIRTHS
Musician spouses Diana Krall, 42, and Elvis Costello, 52, greeted twin boys, born Dec. 6.... The same day, Dancing With the Stars' John O'Hurley, 52, and his businesswoman wife, Lisa, welcomed a baby boy.

SPLIT
Following months of rumors, Break-Up stars Jennifer Aniston, 37, and Vince Vaughn, 36, announced they've ended their relationship.

COURTS
Actor Wesley Snipes (Blade), 44, who was indicted on eight counts of tax fraud, turned himself in on Dec. 8 in Orlando. Snipes pleaded not guilty and said he ''looks forward to resolving this issue posthaste.''... Kanye West, 28, who channels Evel Knievel in his ''Touch the Sky'' video, was sued by the canyon-jumping daredevil on Dec. 8. Knievel, 68, accuses West of copyright infringement and damaging his reputation. West's publicist did not return calls for comment.... On Dec. 8, a judge ruled against two fraternity members who wanted Borat yanked from theaters. The duo claim they were tricked into behaving badly in the movie.... Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John, 58, sued Universal Music on Dec. 1, claiming the label owes her over $1 million in royalties from the Grease soundtrack. Universal says the suit is without merit.

ARRESTED
Nicole Richie, 25, was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Dec. 11 in Burbank. The highway patrol received calls saying a car matching the description of Richie's SUV was driving on the wrong side of the freeway. Police say Richie admitted she'd taken Vicodin and smoked marijuana. No charges have been filed yet.

CONTROVERSIES
Rosie O'Donnell stoked the ire of Asian-American groups after she parodied the Chinese language (using the words ''ching chong'') on The View Dec. 5. Says O'Donnell's rep: ''She didn't mean to offend anyone.''... Eddie Murphy, 45, recently told a reporter ''We don't know whose child that is'' when asked about ex-girlfriend Melanie Brown's pregnancy. On Dec. 7, the former Spice Girl, 31, responded, ''I am obviously upset.... There is absolutely no question that Eddie is the father.''

ANNOUNCED
Prince will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 4, and the FCC will be watching very closely.

OVEREXPOSED
Britney Spears, 25, wrote on her website that she may have taken her ''newfound freedom a little too far'' since re-entering single life. Spears, who filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, 28, on Nov. 7, has attracted media attention for her (lack of) party attire.

AILING
Atlantic Records cofounder Ahmet Ertegün, 83, who suffered a head injury on Oct. 29, has slipped into a coma at a New York City hospital.

DEATHS
Green Lantern creator Martin Nodell, 91, of natural causes, Dec. 9, in Muskego, Wis.... Sid Raymond, 97, who was the voice of Baby Huey, after a stroke, Dec. 1, in Aventura, Fla.... Costumer Van Smith (Pink Flamingos), 61, after a heart attack, Dec. 5, in Marianna, Fla.


2007 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Proud Mary, keep on earning...accolades, that is. At the nominations announcement Dec. 7, R&B powerhouse Mary J. Blige led the pack with eight, including Song of the Year, while the (clearly still) Red Hot Chili Peppers followed with six. Other nominees include the Dixie Chicks and James Blunt (five apiece), and Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé (each with four). The ceremony takes place on Feb. 11 in L.A.

TORI SPELLING'S YARD SALE
At one point, Tori Spelling, 33 lived in a mansion so large it had a bowling alley. Now it seems that Lysol-ing bowling shoes at a local alley may be more appropriate. In the last chapter of this Horatio Algers story told in reverse, Spelling was said to have been all but dumped from her dad's will after sparring with mom Candy (her mother denies this.) In the latest installment, the former 90210 actress and husband Dean McDermott, who are expecting a son in March, hosted a yard sale at their Studio City, Calif., home Dec. 8 and 9. Fans picked through items like a signed 90210 poster. ''The sale went great,'' says Spelling. ''It was fun knowing that I could share pieces that I've loved with others.'' Time to change ''Donna Martin graduates!'' to ''Donna Martin consolidates!''

Originally posted Dec 15, 2006 Published in issue #912 Dec 22, 2006 Order article reprints