PASSAGES: 'Harry' Ready for the Beach
ANNOUNCED: The eagerly awaited “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth book in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series about the boy wizard, will be released June 21, its publishers announced Wednesday. It will contain 38 chapters and run 25 percent longer than the last Potter book, the 752-page “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
SENTENCED: “Chicago” supporting actress Golden Globe nominee Queen Latifah (real name: Dana Elaine Owens), 32, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless driving to avoid facing trial on two charges of driving under the influence stemming from her Los Angeles arrest in November, Reuters reports. She was sentenced to three years’ informal probation and ordered to pay $300 in fines and participate in a 12-hour alcohol education program, said an L.A. city attorney’s office spokesman.
SETTLED: Tommy Lee, 40, and Pamela Anderson, 35, have agreed to end their bitter custody battle over sons Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4, her lawyer, Suzanne Harris, tells the Associated Press. Harris said Anderson now has the option of moving the boys to Michigan, the home state of her fiance, rap-rocker Kid Rock. As part of their divorce, the pair agreed to share custody of the children, but the actress, calling Lee a “very angry, unstable man who presents a danger to others, particularly when he is using alcohol,” filed a petition in 2001 seeking full custody.
BORN: Nicoletta Mantovani, 33, the partner of opera star Luciano Pavarotti, 67, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, prematurely on Monday, but only the girl survived, her physician tells the Associated Press. Dr. Luciano Bovicelli, director of Rome’s Gynecological and Obstetrical Clinic at Sant’Orsola Polyclinic, said the daughter is in good condition, considering she weighed only 3.8 lbs. at birth and Mantovani, who is also doing well, was only in her 31st week of pregnancy. Pavarotti, who has been with Mantovani since 1996, has three children from his marriage to Adua Veroni.
ENGAGED: Tony-winning “Aida” and “The Lion King” star Heather Headley, 28, and former New York Jets wide receiver Brian Musso are set to wed, after she accepted his proposal last Wednesday, her record label has announced. The two have been dating for two years. Headley has said in interviews that a large part of Musso’s initial appeal was that he was not involved in show business.