Wedding bells will ring for Kristen Bell, 29, and Dax Shepard, 35, who costar in the romantic comedy When in Rome. The Michigan natives have been dating since 2007.
Heroes actor Adrian Pasdar, 44, husband of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Jan. 27 after being pulled over for speeding and swerving on an L.A. freeway. He was released from jail on $15,000 bail five hours later, and a court date has been scheduled for Feb. 24. • Emmy-winner Rip Torn, 79, jailed Jan. 29 for allegedly breaking into a Salisbury, Conn., bank with a gun, agreed in court three days later to enter a Manhattan rehab clinic. He was released after posting $100,000 bond. • Steven Hayes, 46, one of two men charged in the 2007 home invasion and murder of a mother and her two daughters in Cheshire, Conn., was found unconscious in his prison cell and hospitalized Jan. 31. He and Joshua Komisarjevsky, 29, who is also awaiting trial, have pleaded not guilty to the slayings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, who was strangled, and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, who died of smoke inhalation after the house was set on fire. Dr. William Petit Jr., 53, Jennifer’s husband and the girls’ father, escaped.
It’s another boy for funnyman Will Ferrell, 42, and his wife, art auctioneer Viveca, 40, with the arrival of Axel in L.A. Jan. 23. The couple, who married in 2000, have sons Magnus, 5, and Mattias, 3.
Zelda Rubinstein (inset), 76, the 4’3″ actress who played a psychic in the 1982 thriller Poltergeist and its two sequels, died in L.A. Jan. 27 of complications from a heart attack she had suffered two months earlier. •Jasmina Anema, the 6-year-old leukemia patient whose need for a bone-marrow transplant was championed by singer Rihanna on people.com, died in Manhattan Jan. 27. She underwent the proce-dure in June but was hospitalized Jan. 25 with pneumonia in both lungs. President Barack Obama, whom she met at the White House last December, praised her “bravery in the face of adversity.”
HOWARD ZINN 1922-2010
Howard Zinn, 87, author of the bestseller A People’s History of the United States, died after suffering a heart attack while swimming in Santa Monica Jan. 27. His liberal views and writings have long been controversial, drawing charges of anti-Americanism from conservatives and praise from famous fans, including Zinn’s family friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (top right), who grew up near the influential professor’s home. “[He] was one of the great voices and thinkers in the American political arena,” Affleck tells PEOPLE. Says Josh Brolin (bottom right), who appeared in a TV documentary based on Zinn’s 2004 audiobook The People Speak: “Howard was a brave, gentle and noble soul whose legacy will be felt for generations.”