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ENGAGEMENTS

Pop singer Brandy (below), 25, will wed Phoenix Suns star Quentin Richardson, 24. No date has been set. This will be Richardson's first marriage; reps for Brandy call it her first ''traditional marriage'' (she was previously not-exactly-hitched to producer Robert Smith, with whom she has a daughter, Sy'rai, 2).

WEDDINGS

Nicolas Cage, 40, married former sushi waitress Alice Kim, 20, July 30. It is the first marriage for Kim, the third for Cage. The ''Adaptation'' actor was married to actress Patricia Arquette for six years and Lisa Marie Presley for four months. Here's hoping that's not a downward trend.... Former ''Ed'' star Tom Cavanagh, 35, married SPORTS ILLUSTRATED photo editor Maureen Grise July 31 in Nantucket, Mass. It is the first marriage for both.

EXPECTING

''ER'' vet Michael Michele, 37, and her boyfriend, Jimmy Rodriquez, will welcome their first child early next year.

ARRIVAL

Ewan McGregor pulled in to NYC July 29, ending a 20,000-mile motorcycle tour around the globefodder for an upcoming book and TV show. ''It's been a ''Long Way Round,'' but I'm glad to be home.'' Nice plug, Ewan.

STUMPING

From Bennifer to...senator? Ben Affleck's ubiquity at the Democratic convention left some wondering if the ''Gigli'' actor was pulling a Schwarzenegger. Affleck, like any good aspiring pol, will neither confirm nor deny: ''As an actor, I'd like to dramatically reduce my profile in the media,'' he tells EW. ''The Kerry campaign asked me to do some media appearances. After it's over, I'm going to go off quietly.'' Promise?

COURTS

Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie, 42, accepted unspecified damages from British tabloid ''News of the World'' July 29 after the paper incorrectly reported that Gillespie's love for supermodel Kate Moss destroyed his relationship with longtime girlfriend Katy England.... Mantra Films, the sellers of the ''Girls Gone Wild'' videos, have settled Dec. 16, 2003, FTC charges of deceptive marketing (that caused buyers to unwittingly purchase a series of videos with their credit cards) and agreed to pay a $1.1 million fine. Mantra's lawyer said, ''We're happy we were able to resolve the matter amicably.''

ARRESTS

Anthony Anderson (''Barbershop''), 33, was charged with aggravated rape July 28 while filming ''Hustle & Flow.'' Memphis police say he was arrested after a passerby heard screams coming from a trailer. He has been released on $20,000 bond. ''We are confident that he will be completely exonerated,'' said Anderson's reps.... Kimora Lee Simmons, 29, designer and wife of rap mogul Russell Simmons, was arrested July 25 in Saddle River, N.J., for alleged erratic driving and marijuana possession. Simmons' lawyer denied ''any wrongdoing whatsoever.''

RECOVERING

Pixar and Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, 49, underwent surgery July 31 to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. Jobs e-mailed from his hospital bed (put the computer down, Steve) that he will not require any chemotherapy and he plans to return to work in September.

DEATHS

Irvin Shortess ''Shorty'' Yeaworth Jr., 78, director of the 1958 cult movie ''The Blob'' (below), in a car accident, July 19, in Jordan.... Jackson Beck, 92, a radio legend who introduced '''Superman,'' and voiced Popeye nemesis Bluto in more than 300 cartoons, of unspecified causes, July 28, in NYC.... Children's-book writer Lilian Moore (''Little Raccoon''), 95, of natural causes, July 20, in Seattle.... Burt I. Harris, 81, cable-TV pioneer, of cancer, July 29, in L.A.... Actor Sam Edwards (''Gunsmoke''), 89, of a heart attack, July 28, in Durango, Colo.... Actress Virginia Grey (''Airport''), 87, romantically linked with Clark Gable, of heart failure, July 31, in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Originally posted Aug 13, 2004 Published in issue #778 Aug 13, 2004 Order article reprints
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