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'Avatar' star is engaged

LOS ANGELES -- Zoe Saldana is capping off a string of hit films with another big engagement -- to her longtime boyfriend.

A spokesman for the 32-year-old actress said she is engaged to marry actor Keith Britton. Publicist Gary Mantoosh offered no other details.

Saldana has become a familiar face in film recently, with starring roles in ''Star Trek'' and ''Avatar.'' The lithe brunette also appears in the action flick ''The Losers,'' the comedy ''Death at a Funeral'' and the forthcoming ''Takers.''

Britton's credits include ''Cold Case'' and ''As the World Turns.''

Duchovny to make stage debut in play

NEW YORK -- David Duchovny will make his stage debut in Neil LaBute's ''The Break of Noon.''

The ''X-Files'' actor will play John Smith in the seventh play by LaBute, whose last play, ''Reasons to be Pretty'' was nominated for a Tony Award.

Performances of ''The Break of Noon,'' which is set amid an office shooting, will begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on Oct. 28.

A New York native, the 49-year-old Duchovny hasn't previously acted on stage in any productions of note. He currently stars in the Showtime series ''Californication.''

Rascal Flatts' DeMarcus, wife expecting child

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and his wife, Allison, are expecting their first child.

The bass player recently joked that he felt left out of baby discussions with bandmates Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, both fathers. But he won't be excluded any more.

A news release said the child is due in January. The couple was married in 2004.

DeMarcus said he's confident his wife, a former Miss Tennessee and CMT personality, will be a great mother ''because she has done an incredible job raising me over the past six years.''

The band is on the road this summer.