Monitor

Monitor

MARRIAGES

If ever there was an Emmy consolation! Megan Mullally, 44, the high-pitched socialite jokester on NBC's ''Will & Grace'', wed actor Nick Offerman, 33, Sept. 20 in Los Angeles. It is the actress' second marriage.... Melissa Etheridge, 41, and girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels, 28, exchanged vows over the Sept. 20 weekend in Malibu. This is the light-rocker's first trip down the aisle.

EXPECTING

Cate Blanchett (left), 34, awaits her second child with screenwriter hubby Andrew Upton in 2004, forcing her to withdraw from the upcoming ''Closer'' with Jude Law.

BIRTHS

''Daredevil'' Colin Farrell, 27, and model Kim Bordenave welcomed their first child, a boy, Sept. 12 in L.A. The actor was in Morocco shooting ''Alexander'', but his rep said the star was ''longing to see his son.''

COURTS

It's independence day -- for Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's maid! Marilu Cooley filed suit in Ventura County, Calif., Sept. 11, claiming she was fired after she complained about not receiving overtime pay -- a $25,000 year-end bonus. A rep for Will Smith had no comment.... WJMK, a Florida-based production company, filed suit against Walter Cronkite Sept. 18 in a Manhattan court after he decided not to host a series of ''educational programs.'' The former CBS news anchor withdrew when WJMK was criticized for producing pharmaceutical-company-backed health-care ''news breaks.'' The film group, which had agreed to pay Cronkite $50,000, seeks unspecified damages. A rep for Cronkite did not return calls.... Queremos el dinero de Taco Bell! Joseph Shields and Thomas Rinks, the claimed creators of the fast-food chain's talking Chihuahua, were awarded $12 million in interest Sept. 10 -- on top of the $30 million they received in June -- for the rights and use of the taco hound. A rep for Taco Bell said, ''We are appealing the jury's decision.''... French star Guillaume Depardieu, 32, was convicted of using a gun to threaten a man Sept. 16 in Lisieux. A judge suspended a nine-month prison sentence but ordered the actor to seek counseling for anger management and pay more than $9,000.... Talk about a disappointing encore. A Chicago judge dismissed a $2 million lawsuit filed by four angry Creed fans Sept. 10 over a concert last December. The justice seekers, who claimed that singer Scott Stapp's performance was erratic, said they would appeal.... And now for ''The Bachelor'' after-party. A couple who claim their Malibu house was trashed when they let it be used for the premiere season of the reality show are suing the show's production company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence. The homeowners are asking for $5 million. A rep for the studio had no comment.... After an eight-month investigation, law-enforcement officials ruled Sept. 22 that the death of B-list blond bombshell Lana Clarkson, found in record legend Phil Spector's home Feb. 3, was a homicide due to a gunshot wound in the head and neck. The L.A. district attorney's office is reviewing the case, but so far no charges have been filed. Spector -- out on $1 million bail since the shooting -- has maintained his innocence. Spector's lawyer did not return calls.... On Sept. 22, a New York judge dismissed misdemeanor child endangerment and trespassing charges against Phish bassist Mike Gordon, who was arrested Aug. 11 after being found with a 9-year-old girl in a restricted area of the Jones Beach amphitheater during a Grateful Dead concert. The child's parents had dropped charges, but prosecutors wanted to conduct an investigation before reaching a conclusion.

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