WEEK AHEAD: Brad & Jen Finalize Divorce
Plus: Ashlee Simpson turns 21, Pamela Anderson faces her stalker, and more
SUNDAY, OCT. 2: Now it’s really over: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston‘s divorce will be finalized Sunday. Of course, both have already moved on. In her recent chat with Oprah Winfrey, Aniston said that living alone is “pretty fantastic” and that she’s looking forward to the “unknown. I love the discovery of what will be happening and just kind of sitting back and not knowing.” Meanwhile, tongues are wagging over whether Pitt and girlfriend Angelina Jolie – who’ve been spending time together in Canada, where he’s filming The Assassination of Jesse James – will make their way to the altar.
MONDAY, OCT. 3: Jessica’s little sis is turning 21! Ashlee Simpson will spend her landmark birthday partying in – where else? – Sin City. “I’ve gotten into clubs since I was 15 and Vegas is the one place where, as you know, they always ask for your ID. So I will be there gambling,” she says. She’ll follow up her celebrations with the release of her sophomore album, I Am Me, on Oct. 18.
Meanwhile, Pamela Anderson will head to a Los Angeles court to face a man she claims confronted her and her children, the Associated Press reports. The actress has filed a request for a restraining order against William Stansfield, who she contends has been “stalking and harassing me, my sons and other family members for more than a month,” according to court documents. Stansfield allegedly approached Anderson and her family several times, including talking to her 7-year-old son Dylan at school. According to police, Stansfield also told Anderson he wanted her to stop working on her FOX show Stacked and instead do a movie he had written for her.
TUESDAY, OCT. 4: Fiona Apple fans can rest easy. Six years after the release of her last album, the singer is returning with Extraordinary Machine. The CD has garnered plenty of buzz, starting with rumors that it was shelved by her record label. (Turns out it was Apple’s decision, and she was trying to get out of her contract, she told Entertainment Weekly.) An earlier version of the record also was leaked on the Web, but critics so far are raving about the final product.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5: Even though their real-life romance has hit the skids, One Tree Hill costars Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush could still live happily ever on the small screen, when the WB show returns for its season premiere at 8 p.m. ET. Last week, the couple announced they’re splitting up after just five months of marriage.
NEW THIS WEEK:
• Movies (now in theaters): The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson; Into the Blue, starring Jessica Alba and Paul Walker; A History of Violence, starring Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello; The Greatest Game Ever Played, starring Shia LaBeouf
• Music (in stores Tuesday): Melissa Etheridge, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled; Sinead O’Connor, Throw Down Your Arms; Nickelback, All the Right Reasons; Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better; Sara Evans, Real Fine Place; Liz Phair, Somebody’s Miracle; Kirk Franklin, Hero
• DVDs (in stores Tuesday): The Amityville Horror; The Interpreter; Jiminy Glick in LalaWood; Into the West; The Fly: Collector’s Edition