Chris Brown, Audrey Hepburn, Joe Biden and Jordin Sparks

Splitting: James Van Der Beek and Heather McComb.
Splitting: James Van Der Beek and Heather McComb. (Chris Pizzello/associated Press)
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chris Brown update

What's Chris Brown up to these days?

The R&B singer's ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, has been making the media rounds, speaking out about the February night when Brown beat her (he pleaded guilty to felony assault, got five years' probation, six months' community service, plus domestic-violence counseling sessions). Last we heard from Brown was in September, and he was starting his community service in Virginia, his home state.

Two months later, he's making progress. At a hearing Thursday, a Los Angeles judge told Brown he has received "an extremely favorable" report from probation officials, People magazine reports. The judge said Brown has completed 100 hours of service (washing cars, removing graffiti, cleaning and maintaining grounds) and seven counseling sessions.

Still, six months of service amounts to roughly 1,400 hours, so Brown still has his work cut out for him. His next review is Feb. 18.

Get Hepburn's 'look'

Feel like making it a Roman holiday?

About three dozen dresses, gowns and other clothing from Audrey Hepburn's closet will be auctioned Dec. 8 at Sotheby's in London, Reuters reports. It will be the largest-ever sale of clothing that once belonged to the British actress, who died in 1993 at 63.

Among the merchandise: a Givenchy haute couture silk dress Hepburn wore to promote "Paris When It Sizzles." ("It was a terrible film, but the clothes were marvelous," said auctioneer Kerry Taylor.) The dress is expected to sell for $17,000 to $25,000. A black cocktail dress is estimated to bring $30,000.

Half of proceeds will go to Hepburn's friend Tanja Star-Busmann, to whom the actress gave much of her clothing before her death; the rest will go to charities.

67 candles for Biden

How do busy politicians celebrate their birthdays? By sandwiching in a party between everything else: At an arts reception at the Naval Observatory on Thursday night, Jill Biden surprised her husband, Vice President Biden, with a cake and led the guests in singing "Happy Birthday." Friday was Biden's actual birthday (he's 67). He spent the day at home in Wilmington, Del.

End Notes

Recovering: Former "American Idol" champ Jordin Sparks, whose appendix was removed Thursday. As is de rigueur these days, she broke the news on Twitter: "Released from the hospital," Sparks wrote Friday afternoon. "I'm still hurting but it's gonna be a good day."

Divorcing: Actor James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek," anyone?) and wife Heather Ann McComb, the Associated Press reports. The couple, who married in 2003, have no kids.

Married: Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland and jewelry designer Chloe Lee-Evans, Us Weekly reports. The longtime couple, who have a 2-year-old daughter, wed Saturday with bandmates Chris Martin, Will Champion and Guy Berryman in attendance. And who on Earth got that plum reception gig? Believe it or not, an "X Factor" contestant named Daniel Pearce, who played covers with his band.

Quoted: "I've never told anyone this before. This is a hair scoop. Shower before you go to bed, and then sleep on your wet hair. . . . In the morning, it's all messed up naturally. If you have that messed-up thing going when you wake up, it's more willing to stay that way. That's Zac's hair tip." -- Zac Efron to Time magazine, indulging a fan's question about how he keeps his hair "looking so great all the time."

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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