PASSAGES: Madonna, Guy Done with Vows
DECLINED: Madonna, 44, and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, 34, will not renew their marriage vows under a branch of Judaism they are both studying, Ritchie tells “Access Hollywood.” Asked about their study of Kaballah and rumors they would renew their wedding vows in that tradition, Ritchie (there to discuss his and his wife’s new movie, “Swept Away”), insisted they would not be “renewing our vows. I think we are happy with our vows as they are.”
NEGOTIATIED: Tommy Lee, 40, and Pamela Anderson, 35, are close to an agreement on custody of their two sons, Lee’s lawyer, Lance Spiegel, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lee Smalley Edmon on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The actress filed a petition last year seeking full custody of sons Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4. Judge Edmon had warned that if a deal isn’t completed by next Monday, she would declare a mistrial.
ANNOUNCED: Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, 42, host of the Food Network’s “Emeril Live” and “Essence of Emeril,” and his wife of two and a half years, Alden, 35, are expecting their first child in March, a spokeswoman for the couple confirms.
CORRECTED: Barbra Streisand, 60, has been jabbed by noted Shakespearean scholar Matt Drudge, who pointed out in his cyber gossip column that her attribution of a quote to the Bard at a Democratic fundraiser concert last Sunday in Los Angeles didn’t come from Shakespeare at all. (The star was editorializing to the crowd against some Republican policies. The quote: “Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.”) Replied the funny girl in a good-humored statement: “It was just called to my attention, but it doesn’t detract from the fact that it is powerful and true and beautifully written. Whoever wrote it is damn talented. I hope he’s writing his own play.”
SENTENCED: British ’80s pop star Adam Ant (real name: Stuart Goddard), 48, was suffering from a temporary mental illness last January when he threatened pub drinkers with an imitation pistol, a London court ruled Wednesday, CNN reports. He was placed under a one-year court supervision and ordered to pay $780 to musician Pavlos Contostavlos, who was injured when Ant reportedly threw part of a car’s electrical system through the pub window.