Names and Faces: Charlie Sheen, Golden Globes presenters, more

CASE CLOSED: Broderick and Parker's surrogate prompted attention.
CASE CLOSED: Broderick and Parker's surrogate prompted attention. (Peter Kramer/associated Press)
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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sheen, wife mending fences

After a messier Christmas than most, it sounds like Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller are trying to reconcile.

Mueller's lawyer, Yale Galanter, spoke with several news outlets Wednesday, saying the couple is "very much in love" and "want to try to work it out." Sheen's lawyer echoed those sentiments to the Associated Press.

Sheen, 44, was arrested in Aspen on Christmas, after his 32-year-old wife told police he had threatened her with a knife during an argument. Sheen, who is facing felony menacing and domestic violence charges, denies threatening Mueller with a knife. He was released on $8,500 bond Friday night and is expected back at work on the "Two and a Half Men" set Jan. 4.

Galanter, a Florida lawyer who has represented O.J. Simpson, told People magazine that he filed papers in Aspen on Wednesday to alter a protective order put in place after Sheen's arrest. That way Sheen and Mueller "can see each other immediately and work through the issues," Galanter said. "They have absolutely gorgeous little babies" -- 9-month-old twin sons -- "and will do all they can to work out their problems."

Former police chief sentenced

Crime, continuing to not pay: A former Ohio police chief has received a prison sentence for his role in a break-in at the home of the surrogate mother who bore Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's infant twins.

Barry Carpenter was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison Wednesday, AP reports. He was convicted last month on charges of receiving stolen property, theft in office and evidence tampering. Carpenter's lawyer says he will appeal.

In one of 2009's more bizarre celebrity-linked cases, Carpenter and Chad Dojack, chief of police in a nearby town, were accused of conspiring to steal -- and then sell to paparazzi -- items from the surrogate's home. Carpenter resigned his post two weeks ago. Dojack's trial is scheduled for next month.

Globes net more stars

The Golden Globe Awards are getting glitzier: Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and "Avatar" star Sam Worthington will join other celebrity presenters at the Jan. 17 ceremony, AP reports. Previously announced presenters include Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Colin Farrell, Matthew Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California and will air live on NBC.

End notes

Dating: Rosie O'Donnell and Texas-based artist Tracy Kachtick-Anders, O'Donnell's rep confirms to People. The pair were spotted walking hand-in-hand in Miami Beach on Tuesday. O'Donnell recently revealed that her longtime partner, Kelli Carpenter, moved out of their home two years ago.

Born: A baby girl to three-time Indy 500 winner (and former "Dancing With the Stars" champion) Helio Castroneves, AP reports. Castroneves's girlfriend, Adriana Henao, gave birth to the couple's first child on Monday afternoon in Atlanta; in a statement, Castroneves says the baby already has him running around "like crazy."

Quoted: "Tall, dark and he could say Golodryga and spell it after our first date. That is a winner in my book." -- ABC News correspondent Bianna Golodryga, now better known as White House budget director Peter Orszag's fiancee, on Tuesday's "Good Morning America." Golodryga praised Orszag after being called out on-air by her colleagues.

-- Marissa Newhall, from wire and Web reports

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