August 19, 2004 08:20 AM

SUED: Sandra Bullock, 40, was in Texas’s Travis County court Wednesday because of a dispute with Austin developer M.B. “Benny” Daneshjou, whom she hired to build a luxury home that she says is defective, the Associated Press reports. Daneshjou claims the house is fine and Bullock stiffed him – and now they are suing each other. In the courtroom for jury selection on Wednesday, the actress laughed when one woman said she didn’t realize Bullock was a movie star and not a former wife of the late Texas political giant Bob Bullock, a former lieutenant governor and state comptroller.

REVEALED: Jane Pauley, 53, spent nearly three weeks in a hospital in 2001 for treatment of bipolar disorder, the NBC newswoman reveals in her autobiography, Skywriting, excerpted in the new issue of PEOPLE. Her illness was triggered by an ill side effect to prescription steroids she was taking for a stubborn case of hives, mixed with an antidepressant. Today, Pauley is dealing with her condition through the use of lithium, she writes.

BORN: Former child star Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys), 32, and his wife, Susie Sprague Feldman, 21, welcomed their first child, son Zen Scott, on Aug. 7 in L.A., reports PEOPLE. The couple’s wedding ceremony aired on the final episode of the reality TV show The Surreal Life in February 2003.

EXPECTED: Country singer Trace Adkins, 42, and his wife of seven years, Rhonda, 40, are expecting their third daughter in December. The tot will join sisters Mackenzie, 6, and Brianna, 2. Adkins also has two teenage daughters from a previous marriage. … Actors Boris Kodjoe, 31, and Nicole Parker, 33, costars on Showtime’s Soul Food, are expecting their first child in March. The couple, who plan to marry next spring, will star in the upcoming UPN sitcom Second Time Around. . . . ER alum Michael Michele, 37, and her boyfriend, New York City restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez, are expecting their first child next year.

DIED: Prolific Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein, 82, whose 200 scores included those for The 10 Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird and Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he won an Oscar, died Wednesday at his home in Ojai, Calif., after a lengthy illness. His wife, Eve, and his two daughters, Elizabeth and Emilie, were by his side, a spokesperson said. Bernstein’s last major film score was for the 2002 drama Far From Heaven, for which he received his 14th Academy Award nomination.

CONSIDERED: Chris Robinson has canceled plans for a fall tour with his band New Earth Mud, amid growing speculation that he may re-team with younger brother Rich under the Black Crowes banner, reports Billboard. The rival siblings have met recently with former manager Pete Angelus to discuss a potential reunion. Angelus declined to comment, other than to say, “Keep your resin-covered fingers crossed.”

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