PEOPLE's Week in Photos
BEST KEPT SECRET
It's for real: Britney Spears, 22, married dancer Kevin Federline, 26, on Sept. 18 in a Studio City, Calif., ceremony that took even her parents by surprise. "That was one of the first things she said to me: 'Mama, I kept a secret!' " recalls mom Lynne Spears. The couple have 90 days to file their marriage license. "Basically, those reports that we didn't legally wed are b-------," Federline told PEOPLE. "But it doesn't bother me."
BIGGEST BABY NEWS
Billy Bob Thornton, 49, and girlfriend Connie Angland, 39, announced on Sept. 22 the arrival of baby daughter Bella. It's the fourth child for the Bad Santa actor, who divorced Angelina Jolie in 2003. And the stork is staying busy: The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 27, admitted on the air Sept. 23 that she was feeling nauseous – for a "good cause." The cohost and her NFL quarterback husband, Tim Hasselbeck, will welcome their first child in the spring.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL LANDING
Cat Stevens, 56, says he was "totally shocked" after U.S. officials who found his name on a no-fly list diverted his London-to-Washington flight to Bangor, Maine, on Sept. 21 and deported the '70s folk singer (now known as Yusuf Islam). Islam, a Muslim British citizen who calls himself a "man of peace," is demanding an inquiry into why the U.S. Homeland Security Department associates the "Wild World" singer with "activities that could be potentially linked to terrorism." "It is simply outrageous," he says.
LATEST COUPLES REPORT
Love on the rocks – and in the house: Sweet Home Alabama's Josh Lucas acknowledged Sept. 22 that after about a year of dating he and girlfriend Salma Hayek called it quits three months ago. On the flip side, Heidi Klum and singer Seal have bought a Hollywood Hills house together and, along with Klum's 5-month-old daughter, Leni, will be a bicoastal family, maintaining a home in New York City, too.
MOST HUMBLING MOMENT
CBS affiliates report that they're receiving a barrage of e-mail from viewers who say they won't tune in for the news if Dan Rather, 72, is at the helm. The veteran anchorman is under fire over his 60 Minutes report accusing President George W. Bush of receiving preferential treatment by his superiors during his Vietnam-era National Guard duty. With the authenticity of his documentation under investigation by CBS, Rather – who originally stood by his Sept. 8 segment – apologized Sept. 20: "I want to say personally and directly I'm sorry."
MOST CHARITABLE HANG TIME
This isn't the Bennifer we remember: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner cohosted a Washington, D.C., benefit Sept. 21, joining their mutual friend Joe Kindregan, a 16-year-old who suffers from the neurological disease ataxia-telangiectasia. The latest are-they-or-aren't-they couple oversaw the auction for the A-T Children's Project. So does Kindregan, who visited the Daredevil costars on the movie's set last year, think the two are palling around off-camera too? "Maybe," he told PEOPLE slyly.
WORST HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Top or bottom bunk, Martha? Domestic diva Stewart, 63, will have to make the best of her less-than-posh digs for five months after learning on Sept. 21 that she must start her jail sentence by Oct. 8 for lying to federal investigators about a stock trade. But Stewart may not find out whether she'll be housed at the Danbury (Conn.) Federal Correctional Institution (where Leona Helmsley served) or the Coleman (Fla.) Federal Correctional Complex (where inmates can practice Zen meditation) until 72 hours before lock-up.
Elton John, 57, lashed out angrily at the Taiwanese media Sept. 23, calling them "rude, vile pigs" after being greeted unexpectedly by flashbulbs in the restricted area of the Taipei airport. Media there can obtain special passes for airport access, and are known to ambush celebrities. In concert the next night, John, who says he has visited more than 60 countries, told fans: "They are a disgrace to your country."
SMUGGEST MUG SHOT
A smirking Macaulay Culkin, 24, added his mug shot to the roster of former child actors with an arrest record. The Home Alone star was charged with two misdemeanors for allegedly carrying marijuana, plus Xanax and other pills without prescriptions. Police arrested Culkin on Sept. 17 in Oklahoma City after the car he was riding in with a friend was stopped for speeding. Culkin, who immediately posted $4,000 bail, faces an Oct. 15 arraignment.
MOST SATISFYING WIN
The Sopranos finally walked away with its biggest hit Sept. 19, taking the Emmy for outstanding drama series after having lost four times before. The Mob drama's Drea de Matteo (who promised, "I'll thank you later. I'm going off now to have 10 drinks") and Michael Imperioli netted trophies for supporting actress and actor. HBO counted comedy wins for its Sex and the City ladies Sarah Jessica Parker (lead actress) and Cynthia Nixon (supporting actress) as well, but FOX's Arrested Development got the last laugh: outstanding comedy series.