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80th Annual Academy Awards - Food & Music Preview - Los Angeles, California - Thursday 21st February 2008

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The Oscar golden statuettes are on display at ABC's Good Morning America studios before they are shipped to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24th - New York City, USA - Thursday 14th February 2008

* HEATH LEDGER DEAD Movie star HEATH LEDGER has been found dead in his New York apartment. The actor was declared dead by medics at his Broome Street, Soho apartment at 3.30pm on Tuesday (22Jan08), according to the New York Police Department. A police spokesperson reveals Ledger was discovered by his housekeeper, after he failed to answer the door to a masseuse he had booked to give him a massage. Pills were found strewn around his apartment. As WENN goes to press, there are no more details of his death. The Australian Brokeback Mountain star, 28, was just about to start promoting the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight, in which he plays movie villain The Joker. Ledger moved to New York to be with his then-fiancee Michelle Williams. The couple split last year (07). The actor leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, Matilda Rose. (KL&IG/WN) Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams The 78th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars)- Red Carpet Arrivals Kodak Theater Hollywood, California- 05.03.06

Heath Ledger, Batman Begins, Batman, Brokeback Mountain and Michelle Williams

* DMX ORDERED TO PAY BABY'S MOTHER $1.5 MILLION Rapper DMX has been forced to pay out $1.5 million (£750,000) to the mother of his child, after failing to turn up to a Maryland court on Friday (11Jan08) to defend himself against allegations of defamation. The Party Up (Up In Here) MC - real name Earl Simmons - was sued by Monique Wayne for defamation of character in 2006 after the star claimed he was raped by the woman during a hotel stay in Baltimore in 2003. He told American magazine Sister 2 Sister, She raped me. DNA says it is (my child). I don't know. If I did (have sex with her), I would remember. It ain't like she's a pretty girl. Wayne responded to the comments by filing a $6 million (£3 million) lawsuit against Simmons in Prince George's County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in October 2006. And Judge Thomas Smith ruled in Wayne's favour on Friday when Simmons skipped the scheduled court hearing, ordering the rapper to pay her $518,400 (£259,200) in compensation, plus a further $1 million (£500,000) in punitive penalties, reports the New York Post. Following the ruling, Wayne told the newspaper, It's not so much the price, it's the point I wanted to get across. Let him think about what he's going to say before he says it. A spokesman for DMX has yet to comment. (MT/WNWNSB) DMX CUN Academy Awards Celebration Dinner and After Party held at Music Box at the Fonda Hollywood, USA - 25.02.07

Dmx, Earl Simmons and Prince

* MURPHY & EDMONDS TO WED IN TAHITI THIS WEEKEND EDDIE MURPHY will wed fiancee TRACEY EDMONDS this weekend in the South Pacific, according to Internet reports. Sources claim the couple and family members arrived in Tahiti on Friday (28Dec07) for the low-key nuptials. And insiders tell that top secret fittings for the bride and her bridesmaids took place earlier in the week. Edmonds, the former wife of music mogul Kenneth `Babyface' Edmonds, revealed she and Murphy were planning to wed before the end of 2007 back in October (07). She told Sister 2 Sister magazine she envisioned a very intimate ceremony, adding, My bridal party would be much smaller than my first wedding. Murphy proposed to Edmonds in July (07), while the two were watching TV. She has revealed he walked over to her casually, and then surprised her by getting on his knees. She asked him what he was doing and he replied, I'm about to ask you to marry me, before he presented her with a canary yellow square diamond, surrounded by two white diamonds in a platinum setting. She recalls, I was speechless for a moment when I first saw it. (KL/WNV&STS) Eddie Murphy and Tracey E. Edmonds The 79th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) - Arrivals Kodak Theater Hollywood, California- 25.02.07

79th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) nominations are announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts - Los Angeles, California - Tuesday 23rd January 2007

* ACTRESS KERR DIES Scottish actress DEBORAH KERR has died. She was 86. The King and I star died lost a long battle with Parkinson's disease on Thursday (18Oct07). Kerr was nominated for six Academy Awards before she was eventually awarded an honorary Oscar in 1994 in recognition of the "perfection, discipline and elegance" of her screen work. She was also appointed CBE in 1998. Kerr long resided in Switzerland and Spain, but recently move back to her native Scotland after being diagnosed with the degenerative disorder. She leaves two daughters Melanie Jane and Francesca Ann. (LJ/WN/IG)P Deborah Kerr, 1947

* KIDMAN REVEALS CRUISE MARRIAGE MISCARRIAGE NICOLE KIDMAN has sensationally revealed the biggest secret during her nine-year marriage to TOM CRUISE - she miscarried a child. The tragedy has become the subject of much speculation in recent years, and now Kidman is revealing all in a stunning new Vanity Fair interview. She recalls, "From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies. "We lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that's when we would adopt (daughter) Bella." When asked to talk about her ill-fated pregnancy, the Australian actress adds, "There's a complicated background to that, given that I never speak much about many things. One day maybe that story will be told." Kidman and Cruise separated in 2000, shortly before their 10th wedding anniversary. The divorce was finalised in 2001. If the miscarriage revelation doesn't shock, the Patrick Demarchelier Vanity Fair cover shot will - the normally demure and shy Kidman poses in a sailor's hat and rips open her blouse to reveal a white bra. (KL/PE&VF/MT) USA - 05.09.07 Nicole Kidman The 79th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) - Arrivals Kodak Theater Hollywood, California - 25.02.07

* SPIDER-MAN WEDS SPIDER-MAN TOBEY MAGUIRE has wed JENNIFER MEYER, the mother of his baby daughter, in a secret Hawaiian ceremony. The couple exchanged vows in a romantic Labor Day (03Sep07) sunset ceremony on Maui. The low-key nuptials were attended by a small group of close friends, according to U.S. magazine In Touch Weekly. Maguire and Meyer, the daughter of Universal Studios executive Ron Meyer, have been dating since 2003. They announced their engagement last summer (06), when Meyer was four months pregnant. The couple became parents to baby Ruby in November (06). Sources tell In Touch, Maguire's best friend Leonardo DiCaprio was invited to the wedding, but was unable to attend because of filming commitments. (KL/ITC) Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer The 79th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) - Arrivals Kodak Theater Hollywood, California- 25.02.07

- The Rehab hitmaker - who was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday (07Aug07) - Wednesday 12th May 2004

- Hollywood, California - Sunday 29th February 2004

* GORE'S SON JAILED IN CALIFORNIA Former U.S. Vice-President AL GORE has been served a little bad news as he prepares for Saturday's (07Jul07) Live Earth spectacular - his son has been charged with driving under the influence and possessing prescription drugs and marijuana. Gore's 24-year-old son, Al Gore III, was pulled over by cops after he was clocked driving his hybrid Prius car at 100 milesper-hour in Orange County, California. Traffic cops reportedly smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle and a search turned up less than an ounce of marijuana, painkillers and valium. Gore was booked into cells at the Inmate Reception Center in Santa Ana, California, where he was officially charged, on Wednesday (04Jul07). Bail has been set at $20,000 (GBP10,000). Gore Sr is a co-organiser of the Live Earth concerts, which were inspired by his global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth. (KL/WNV) Al Gore The 79th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) - Arrivals Kodak Theater Hollywood, California - 25.02.07

Indian International Film Awards (Bollywood Oscars) - Inside show at the Hallam FM Arena - Sheffield, England - Saturday 9th June 2007

Indian International Film Awards (Bollywood Oscars) - Inside show at the Hallam FM Arena - Sheffield, England - Saturday 9th June 2007

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