Monitor

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ENGAGEMENTS

''Dawson's Creek'' beauty Katie Holmes, 25, will wed her beau of four years, ''American Pie'''s Chris Klein, 24.

WEDDINGS

Aussie soap star-turned-singer Natalie Imbruglia (right), 28, and silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, 24, swapped I do's Dec. 31 in Australia.... Grammy winner Lou Rawls, 70, wed flight attendant Nina Malek Inman, 33, Jan. 1 in Memphis. It is Rawls' third marriage, Inman's first.

EXPECTING

Courteney Cox, 39, and David Arquette, 32, are expecting their first tiny tot.

BIRTHS

''Frasier'''s Jane Leeves, 41, and her hubby of six years, TV exec Marshall Coben, greeted son Finn William Dec. 19 in L.A. He joins sister Isabella, 3.

DEPARTURES

After nearly 20 years at Fox Television, chairman Sandy Grushow, 43, announced Jan. 5 that he will immediately leave the entertainment group to start his own 20th Century Fox-based production group.... The WB president and COO Jed Petrick will step down from his post in April to launch a yet-to-be-determined business.

COURTS

The final battle over honor on ''The Last Samurai'' will be fought in U.S. District Court. Screenwriter Michael Alan Eddy sued the Writers Guild of America, west, as well as Warner Bros., two of the film's production companies, writer-director Edward Zwick, and writer-producer Marshall Herskovitz, claiming he was blocked by the guild from pursuing a writing credit. Not named was Cruise/Wagner Productions.

ARRESTS

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (ne Zivojinovich), 46, started the new year off with a bang. Naples, Fla., police arrested the rocker during a party at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jan. 1 for allegedly assaulting sheriff's deputies while defending his son, Justin, who triggered the melee by refusing to leave the house band's stage. Lifeson, who was released on $14,500 bail the next day, will be arraigned Jan. 26.... On Dec. 26, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, 43, went, well, postal, allegedly striking a Phoenix post office security guard who had stepped in after the rocker had a run-in with a fellow PO patron. Kirkwood, who is recovering from a gunshot wound received during the scrape, was arrested on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon at a federal facility and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

RECOVERING

Chivalry isn't dead for Kinks frontman Ray Davies, 59. The singer-songwriter was shot in the leg while chasing two muggers who stole his gal pal's purse in New Orleans' French Quarter Jan. 4. Davies is expected to make a full recovery.... Pop singer Daniel Bedingfield, 24, suffered vertebrae damage Jan. 1 after his SUV ran off the road in Whangarei, New Zealand. The ''Gotta Get Thru This'' crooner is expected to make a full recovery.

UPDATES

On Jan. 5 a Michigan coroner announced that Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield's Nov. 5 death at age 63 was a result of acute cocaine intoxication and not a heart attack as previously believed.

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