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Britney Spears
 (The Spokesman-Review)
Britney Spears (The Spokesman-Review)

BRITNEY SPEARS TIED the knot with fiancé Kevin Federline in a secret weekend ceremony, her second marriage in nine months, her record label announced. “Entertainment Tonight” reported Spears wore a white strapless dress for the wedding, held Saturday evening at a private home in the Studio City area with 20 to 30 people attending.

In January, Spears married childhood friend Jason Alexander in a surprise wedding in Las Vegas. That marriage was annulled 55 hours later.

Spears, 22, and Federline, 26, announced their engagement in June. Federline appeared in the movie “You Got Served” and performed as a backup dancer for singer Justin Timberlake, Spears’ former boyfriend.

He was previously involved with actress Shar Jackson of TV’s “Moesha.” They have two children: a 2-year-old and a newborn.

Offstage at Sunday night’s Emmys ceremony, Dennis Haysbert, who plays President Palmer on Fox’s “24,” joked: “I was just getting used to the other guy.”

Tony’s words whacked by Emmy

Producers of this year’s Emmys were ruthless in cutting acceptance speeches short – including a would-be finale from James Gandolfini, who rushed to the microphone after “The Sopranos” won for best drama only to hear host Garry Shandling say goodnight.

Backstage, the crew of the show said Gandolfini, who plays mob boss Tony Soprano, wanted to send a word out to the soldiers of First Platoon, Alpha Company, Task Force 22 infantry in Normandy.

The troops named their Bradley fighting vehicle the “Stugotz” after Tony Soprano’s boat and sent a photo to the show, and the cast and crew autographed it for them.

The fat lady has sung for Adriana

Speaking of “The Sopranos,” is Adriana really dead?

Drea de Matteo, who won the best supporting drama actress Emmy for playing the mob girlfriend turned informant who was whacked offscreen last season, said she’d be happy to return if the death was a hoax.

But Terence Winter, who won an Emmy for writing the episode, said he had Adriana done in off camera because he couldn’t bear to watch. As for her survival, he said emphatically: “She’s dead.”

She’s got Bitty shoes to fill

Traylor Howard, a veteran of such series as “Boston Common” and “Bram and Alice,” is joining the cast of “Monk” as a former bartender and single mother who becomes the new assistant to Tony Shalhoub‘s obsessive-compulsive private eye.

Bitty Schram, who played Monk’s personal nurse, recently left the show in what was described as an amicable parting. Production starts this week, with new episodes scheduled for January.

What’s that ‘SNL’ insurance? Affleck

Although former President Bill Clinton was invited, Ben Affleck will host the 30th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 2 with musical guest Nelly.

Clinton had turned down the offer for undisclosed reasons and has since undergone open-heart surgery. It will be Affleck’s third “SNL” appearance.

The birthday bunch

Actor Larry Hagman is 73. Actor-comedian Henry Gibson is 69. Author-comedian Fanny Flagg is 60. Author Stephen King is 57. Actor Bill Murray is 54. Filmmaker Ethan Coen is 47. Actor Dave Coulier (“Full House”) is 45. Actor David James Elliott (“JAG”) is 44. Actress Nancy Travis (“Becker”) is 43. Actor Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure”) is 42. Actress Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is 39. Country singer Faith Hill is 37. Actress/talk host Ricki Lake is 36. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is 33. Actor Luke Wilson is 33. Actress Nicole Richie (“The Simple Life”) is 23. Actors Nikolas and Lorenzo Brino (“7th Heaven”) are 6.

 

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