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Celebrity news for the week of May 9, 2008

EXPECTING
Amy Poehler, 36, is really getting into her Baby Mama role: She and husband Will Arnett (a.k.a. Alec Baldwin's smarmy rival on 30 Rock), 37, are about to become parents.... My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee, 38, and girlfriend Ceren Alkac will have their first child in the fall. Lee has a 4-year-old son, Pilot Inspektor, from a previous relationship.... Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty), 37, and wife Ivy Sherman, 36, have a second baby on the way.

SPLITS
On April 23, former View cohost Star Jones, 46, revealed that she filed for divorce in March from Al Reynolds, 37, her husband of three and a half years. ''Several years ago I made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life,'' Jones said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.... On April 18 in L.A., Alyce Eichelberger-Cleese, 63, filed for divorce from Monty Python funnyman John Cleese, 68, after 16 years of marriage.

ENGAGED
Actress/model/Dennis Rodman ex Carmen Electra, 36, will tie the knot with musician Rob Patterson, 37.

COURTS
On April 25, beehived British singer Amy Winehouse, 24, was placed under arrest at a London police station after slapping a man in public. The Grammy winner, who turned herself in, admitted to ''common assault'' and was released with a formal caution. Winehouse's rep said that ''she thanks the police for the professional handling of the matter.''... On April 24 in L.A., Shia LaBeouf, 21, was fined $500 for cigarette smoking. (He was arrested Feb. 18 for puffing in a public place.) The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star paid the penalty, and the DA dropped the charge.... CSI's Gary Dourdan, 41, was arrested for alleged possession of cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, and prescription drugs on April 28 in Palm Springs, Calif. Dourdan, who is exiting the CBS drama this spring after eight seasons, was discovered sleeping in his parked car. Reps for the actor, who was released on bail later that day, did not return calls for comment.... On April 27, country songwriter Richard Fagan (''I Miss You a Little''), 61, was charged with criminal homicide after allegedly stabbing his roommate, Gaetano Oteri, 69, in Nashville. The victim was the father of Saturday Night Live alum Cheri Oteri, 45. Fagan could not be reached for comment.... Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, 40, was sentenced to eight days behind bars after pleading no contest to DUI on April 28 in L.A. The rocker was arrested last November after crashing his car on an L.A. highway.... After pleading no contest to a drunk-driving charge in Newport Beach, Calif., on April 22, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, 48, was sentenced to three years' probation and an alcohol-education class. Sambora was arrested for DUI on March 25 in nearby Laguna Beach.

DEATHS
Danny Federici, 58, who played keyboards for four decades in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, of melanoma, April 17, in NYC. Eulogizing Federici at his funeral, Springsteen described him as ''father, husband, my brother, my friend, my mystery, my thorn, my rose, my keyboard player, my miracle man and lifelong member in good standing of the house rockin', pants droppin', earth shockin', hard rockin', booty shakin', love makin', heart breakin', soul cryin'...and, yes, death defyin' legendary E Street Band.''... Soul singer Al Wilson (''Show and Tell''), 68, of organ failure, April 21, in Fontana, Calif.... '70s singer Paul Davis (''I Go Crazy''), 60, of a heart attack, April 22, in Meridian, Miss.... Jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton, 86, after complications from surgery, April 25, in London. On Radiohead's official website, guitarist Jonny Greenwood — whose band invited Lyttelton to play on their 2001 song ''Life in a Glasshouse'' — called him ''an inspiring person to record with.''... Actress-screenwriter Kate Phillips, 94, who had small roles in pre-WWII films like Kitty Foyle and coscripted 1958's The Blob, of undisclosed causes, April 18, in Keene, N.H. — with additional reporting by Jeff Labrecque


SNIPES SENTENCED
Prosecutors asked the judge to throw the book at Wesley Snipes, 45, after he was convicted in February of failing to file tax returns for 1999 - 2001. On April 24, an Ocala, Fla., court agreed, handing down the maximum punishment: three years in prison. (He was acquitted of more serious felony tax fraud charges.) At the hearing, the Blade star paid back $5 million — a fraction of the still-undetermined amount the government says he owes — and reportedly gave an emotional presentencing speech: ''I am an idealistic, naive...spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance.'' He'll have lots of time to study now.

Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints
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