LEGAL TROUBLE Oliver Stone was arrested on Wednesday for investigation of driving under the influence and possession of hashish, according to the Associated Press. He was released on Thursday morning on $12,500 bail. Good luck finding a conspiracy on this one, buddy…. Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein pleaded guilty to smoking in the Concorde’s bathroom while flying to London (his cigarette set off the plane’s smoke alarm), and paid the 200 pound (or $320) fine. In a letter he sent to the court, he stressed that, contrary to reports, he only lit up because he was nervous about some turbulence. ”This was not an air rage incident,” he wrote. ”There was no violence or drunkenness involved. I am extremely apologetic.”
MADAM DEAREST Jody ”Babydoll” Gibson, an acolyte of madam Heidi Fleiss who learned well, was arrested yesterday for running one of the biggest call girl rings in Hollywood. Nerves will be a bit frayed in Los Angeles because cops — who ended a 10-month sting operation with the arrest — found notebooks that listed her clients, which included many famous actors and producers and their kink of choice. The police aren’t releasing any names but said that as the investigation continued ”some of these people may get a phone call or a knock on the door (from detectives),” according to Variety.
OBITUARY DeForest Kelly, best known for his role as Dr. ”Bones” McCoy on the original ”Star Trek” TV series, died Friday at the age of 79 after a long undisclosed illness.
MOB RULES Ricky Martin attracted more than 1,000 fans when he played ”La Vida Loca” outside the ”Today” show’s New York City studio this morning. Shrieking was the reaction of choice for the mostly female crowd, a few dozen of whom had camped out overnight to nab a good view.
PAYDAY George Clooney will get an astronomical $2 million for each ”ER” guest spot next season, according to People magazine.
LAWSUIT Columbia TriStar TV is suing actor Daniel Stern (”City Slickers”) for ruining its sitcom ”Partners”’ chances of getting on CBS’s fall schedule when he backed out of the cast after making the pilot and allegedly called CBS president Les Moonves to criticize the show. (”Partners” was reportedly a favorite to be picked up for fall, but surprisingly did not appear on the network’s announced lineup.) The studio is asking for $25 million in its breach-of-contract suit, but Stern’s lawyer says that the actor never called CBS, and that Columbia TriStar misrepresented the show to Stern when he signed on.
CASTING Dustin Hoffman produced Tony Goldwyn‘s directing debut, ”A Walk on the Moon,” and now they’re reteaming, except this time Hoffman’s also taking a role. Goldwyn will direct him in ”Dinner for Two at the El Cortez,” a dramatic comedy about a man whose wife, dying of Alzheimer’s, urges him to find another spouse…. Jeremy Irons has taken a role in ”Dungeons and Dragons,” a film adaptation of the fantasy board game that seems to be coming out a scant 20 years after the craze peaked.
TOURS Lauryn Hill will be heading out on a summer tour and will be joined by Busty Rhymes, Slick Rick, The Roots, and Outkast. The concert series kicks off on July 11 in Long Island, New York…. Eminem has joined the Warped Tour and will take the place of Cypress Hill, who backed out because the band needed to work on their new album (due in Novemeber). The six-week tour, which also features Blink-182, Lit, and Ice-T, begins June 25 in San Antonio, Tex.
PAYING UP The Rolling Stones were fined around $80,000 by a local council in London when the band played 20 minutes past their musical curfew in an intimate club show Tuesday night. The whopping penalty is approximately three times what the concert (which only held 1,600 people) grossed.
BROADWAY CASTING Ron Eldard (”Deep Impact”) is joining the cast of the Tony-winning ”Death of a Salesman” as Biff Loman, starting on July 27…. Broadway’s newest stars will be (gulp) Billy Zane and Grace Jones, who are planning a trip to the Great White Way in ”A Celebration of the Lizard,” a musical based on the music of the Doors. Zane will play a mysterious stranger who shows the survivors in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles how to build a new community. The show will debut in San Diego next summer before heading to New York.
NETWORK NEWBORN The TV suffrage movement continues: Turner Broadcasting has announced that in early 2000 it will launch its own cable network for women, which will compete with Lifetime and the new female-centric Oxygen Channel (backed by Oprah Winfrey), which goes on the air on Feb. 2. While Lifetime and Oxygen are both presenting sitcoms and dramas, the Turner network will focus only on informational programming, with live broadcasts oftentimes working in conjunction with women’s magazines like Vogue and Glamour. According to Variety, however, some in the cable industry think that the network will never see air, and the announcement is a fake-out to scare Oxygen’s owners into letting Time Warner (Turner’s parent company) gain an equity position in that network.
REEL DEAL Groundbreaking TV producer Norman Lear is trying to grab the Zeitgeist again by shopping around a new animated show called ”Til the Fat Lady Sings,” about life at an old-age home.
OBITUARY Edward Kurdziel, guitarist for the glam-rock band Redd Kross, died of an apparent overdose on Sunday, at the age of 38. Although the band formed in 1978, Kurdziel didn’t join until 1993, in time for its first major album, ”Phaseshifter.”