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Names in the news, Aug. 29

By From wire service reports

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola married rocker Thomas Mars on Saturday in the remote southern Italian town where her great-grandfather was born. Coppola’s famous filmmaker father, Francis Ford Coppola, escorted the 40-year-old Sofia down the aisle to a waiting Mars, lead singer of the French band Phoenix and the father of their two young daughters. The early evening ceremony took place in the garden of the palazzo that the elder Coppola renovated in the historic center of Bernalda in Italy’s Basilicata region. … After sparring for more than a year, Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva have reached a financial and custody settlement of a bitter dispute that spawned a criminal case and left the Academy Award winner’s reputation damaged. A hearing Wednesday will be held to discuss the financial terms. The custody of the couple’s infant daughter will be handled in closed session, the court announced. … One of the prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder trial is writing a book about the case. Jeff Ashton confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that he is finishing a book titled “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony.” It is scheduled for release in November. Ashton was the co-prosecutor in the trial of Anthony, the young Florida mother accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The trial garnered national media attention. A jury acquitted Anthony of the murder charge. … “Sex Bomb” singer Tom Jones was recovering in a Monaco hospital Sunday, saying “severe dehydration” forced him to cancel a concert in the glamorous principality. The longtime star, famed for his swivel-hipped appeal and soulful voice, apologized to his fans on his website and denied reports that he had suffered a heart scare Saturday night. The 71-year-old Welshman burst to international fame in 1964 with “It’s Not Unusual” and other hits.

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