Paltrow expecting first baby

Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Gwyneth Paltrow and boyfriend Chris Martin are expecting their first child next summer, her publicist said Wednesday.

The couple were "pleased" to confirm the pregnancy, publicist Stephen Huvane said in a statement.

He declined to say whether there were wedding plans.

The 31-year-old actress has been dating Martin, frontman for the British band Coldplay, for the past year. Both have been reticent about publicly discussing their relationship.

Paltrow won a best-actress Oscar in 1999 for "Shakespeare in Love." She stars as poet Sylvia Plath in the new film "Sylvia."

A glimmer of discontent

London -- Keith Richards has criticized his old friend and fellow Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for accepting a knighthood.

In an interview published in the December issue of the music magazine "Uncut," the Stones' guitarist was quoted as saying, "I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs (awards) from the establishment when they did their very best to throw us in jail," in a reference to his and Jagger's 1967 conviction on drug offenses, later overturned on appeal.

"(Mick) defended himself by saying that (Prime Minister) Tony Blair insisted that he took the knighthood. Like that's an excuse. Like you can't turn down anything. Like it doesn't depend how you feel about it."

Wedding deal brings lawsuit

Los Angeles -- Something borrowed, something blue -- and a lawsuit, too, for bride-to-be Trista Rehn of "The Bachelorette."

Rehn's former manager, Kevin Allyn, is suing for a cut of the $1 million fee he said he negotiated from ABC to air her wedding to Ryan Sutter, "Entertainment Tonight" reports.

The lawsuit contending he's owed 20 percent of the fee, $200,000, was filed Nov. 19 in Superior Court, the news magazine reported.

The wedding and preparations for it have been featured in a series of specials. The couple is scheduled to exchange vows in a Dec. 10 program. ABC is picking up the tab for the wedding, reportedly at the Lodge at Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs and costing $1 million. That includes the value of donated goods and services and production costs for the program.

Happy to be underfoot

Los Angeles -- Alice Cooper showed up in full makeup Tuesday to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

He recounted his early days in Hollywood when he and his band members didn't have enough money to pay $1.29 for steak and eggs.

"We would walk over the names of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, never, ever thinking that our names would ever be on the Walk of Fame," Cooper, 55, said. "That is really quite a privilege to be here."

His star sits between those of Gene Autry and Hugh Hefner.


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