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SPLITS

Actress Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day), 46, and her husband of nearly three years, Rhett Hartzog, were divorced Oct. 5.

PROFESSIONAL SPLITS

Fragrance mogul Britney Spears, 22, has parted ways with her manager of eight years, Larry Rudolph. Though neither chose to comment on the reason for the split, her reps say the two parted amicably. Plans for her future management are yet to be determined.

ARRESTS

Brandon Boyd, 28, lead singer of rock band Incubus, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon by Port Authority police at NYC's La Guardia Airport Oct. 6, for having a switchblade in his carry-on luggage. Boyd, who was flying to North Carolina for a show, was arrested and held for three hours. Reps for the singer say the delay caused him to arrive in N.C. with 20 minutes to spare — requiring a police escort to get him to the concert on time. He is scheduled to return to Queens within 30 days for a desk appearance.

RULINGS

On Oct. 12, the FCC proposed to fine 169 Fox Broadcasting affiliates a record total of nearly $1.2 million ($7,000 each) for airing the April 7 episode of Married by America, stating that the ep, shown prior to 10 p.m., and containing racy bachelor- and bachelorette-party scenes, was ''patently offensive.'' Reps for Fox say they disagree with the decision.

COURTS

Singer Loretta Lynn (Van Lear Rose), 69, filed suit Oct. 1 in Nashville, seeking to void a publishing contract with Sure Fire Music Company. Reps for Lynn said in a statement that the 1966 contract stated that the ''relationship would be considered 'null and void''' in the event of an ownership change at Sure Fire, which holds the rights to 114 of Lynn's songs. The owners at the time of her signing have since passed away. Sure Fire replied, ''There is no basis for the return of the copyrights to her.''... On Oct. 6, a Memphis judge found there was not sufficient probable cause to send the aggravated-rape case of actor Anthony Anderson (Barbershop), 34, to criminal court. Anderson was arrested July 28 while filming Hustle & Flow. Prosecutors may still seek a grand jury indictment. In a statement, reps for Anderson said, ''He is eager to put it behind him.''... Sportswear company Ellesse USA filed a trademark infringement suit Sept. 30 in Delaware against P. Diddy (né Sean Combs), 34, and his Sean John Clothing line, alleging that Puffy and pals are copying the Ellesse tennis-ball logo on a line of Sean John Deuce Tees. The company seeks unspecified damages. A rep for Puff said, ''We've not seen the papers yet,'' and declined to comment.... On Oct. 8 in Philadelphia, Beanie Sigel (né Dwight Grant), 30, was sentenced to one year in prison, two years probation, and a $25,000 fine. He pled guilty earlier this year to possession of controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a felon. The charge stemmed from a 2002 traffic stop in which Grant fled the vehicle with a gun. His reps could not be reached for comment.... Three former high school mates of director Richard Linklater, 44, filed suit in Santa Fe on Oct. 7, charging him and Universal City Studios with defamation. Bobby Wooderson, Andy Slater, and Richard ''Pink'' Floyd allege that Linklater used their names and likenesses without permission in the DVD release of his 1993 film Dazed and Confused, and that the stoner personas given to each have caused ''embarrassment and ridicule.'' They are seeking unspecified damages. A rep for Linklater said, ''We don't comment on legal matters.''

AILING

Singer Melissa Etheridge, 43, announced Oct. 8 that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has canceled upcoming tour dates to undergo treatment, but, according to a statement, she is "looking forward to a quick and full recovery."

RECOVERING

Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars (né Bob Allen Deal), 53, underwent surgery in L.A. Oct. 5 to replace a hip damaged by the degenerative disease ankylosing spondylitis. According to reps, he's ''making progress.''

DEATHS

Author Hope Hale Davis (Great Day Coming: A Memoir of the 1930s), 100, of pneumonia, Oct. 2, in Boston.... Jazz bassist Vernon Alley, 89, who played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and many others, after a long illness, Oct. 3, in San Francisco.... Actress Hildy Parks (Love of Life), 78, who also wrote the first 20 Tony Awards telecasts, beginning in 1967, of complications after a recent stroke, Oct. 7, in Englewood, N.J.... Emmy award-winning TV producer Richard Ellison (Vietnam: A Television History), 80, of a neurological syndrome known as diffuse Lewy body disease, Oct. 8, in Kingston, Mass.... The family of Edward Morey Jr., 85, former VP in charge of production at Warner Bros., has announced his death from undisclosed causes, July 21, in L.A.... Bruce Palmer, 58, bassist for Buffalo Springfield, reportedly of a heart attack, Oct. 1, in Belleville, Ontario.

PREMIERE

''I thought I was pretty good,'' said ex-high school player and Friday Night Lights abusive dad Tim McGraw at the Oct. 6 premiere. ''But I couldn't have even walked on the field with these guys. Texas football is a whole 'nother thing.''

NEW CITIZEN

Just weeks after the naturalization of James Bond, America welcomes Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Jim Carrey became a U.S. citizen Oct. 7, saying in a statement ''This country has helped define me and make my dreams come true.'' (He will retain his Canadian citizenship.) Unlike Pierce Brosnan, Carrey specified no political inclinations, but any remaining foreign-born celebs take note: California voter registration closed Oct. 18.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints
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