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May 20, 2010

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Travolta, Preston expecting a baby

Los Angeles — John Travolta and Kelly Preston are having a baby.

The couple released a statement on their websites Tuesday saying that they “are expecting a new addition to our family.”

Travolta’s publicist, Paul Bloch, confirmed Wednesday that Preston is pregnant.

The 47-year-old actress and 56-year-old actor have a daughter, Ella, who is 10. The couple’s son, Jett, died last year at age 16. The family’s two dogs were killed Thursday in an accident at Maine’s Bangor International Airport.

Fox dropped from third ‘Transformers’

Los Angeles — Megan Fox, who made her name as Shia LaBeouf’s sultry love interest in the first two “Transformers” movies, has been dropped from the third.

Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that Fox’s option was not picked up for part three in the blockbuster Michael Bay series.

The studio, which released the first two movies, declined to give further details.

“Transformers” from 2007 and the 2009 sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” have made more than $1.5 billion worldwide.

Fox also starred last year as the title character in “Jennifer’s Body,” playing a possessed cheerleader who preys on high school boys.

The movie, written by Oscar-winning “Juno” writer Diablo Cody, made a disappointing $16.2 million domestically.

Michaels increasing rehab to twice a day

Chicago — Rocker and reality television star Bret Michaels says he’s increasing his rehabilitation to twice a day after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month.

Michaels said on Wednesday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” that he’s still having trouble moving his lower extremities and has neck stiffness but that “each day gets better.”

The 47-year-old Michaels was recently released from a Phoenix hospital. He was admitted to a hospital April 22 complaining of a severe headache.

The Poison frontman and “Celebrity Apprentice” finalist says he still has headaches but that they’re to be expected.

Michaels told Winfrey that after the hemorrhage he asked God “to let me live through this.”

Law school on hold for TV lawyer gig

New York — Jerry O’Connell hopes to get school credit for his new acting gig.

He’ll play a lawyer on the new CBS television show “The Defenders” this fall alongside Jim Belushi. In real life, he recently finished his first year at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

CBS describes “The Defenders” as a comedic drama about two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys.

The 36-year-old O’Connell says “The Defenders” is a little more complicated than the basics he learned in his first year of law school but he was able to recognize some tidbits.

Law school is on hold while O’Connell plays a lawyer on TV. But he says he plans to get his degree.

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