ARRESTED Gary Coleman has been arrested for the second time in a year. The former ”Diff’rent Strokes” star was taken into custody by Hawthorne, Calif., authorities Saturday after passing through a routine sobriety checkpoint. The police officers noticed Coleman had an expired license plate and then discovered through the police department’s computer database that he was wanted on an outstanding warrant (he hadn’t paid a $400 fine ordered in February after pleading no contest to disturbing the peace). Coleman was released on $26,000 bail and is due in court Aug. 3.
CAN’T JOIN ‘EM, BEAT ‘EM The Offspring frontman Bryan ”Dexter” Holland beat up life-size dummies of the Backstreet Boys (A.J., Brian, Howie, Kevin, and Nick) with a whiffle bat during the rock band’s Sunday-night concert in Berkeley, Calif. After the pretend thrashing, the Offspring sang their parodic 1997 single ”Cool to Hate.”
TUBE WATCH Syndication company King World is standing by ”The Roseanne Show.” Despite the decision of 13 NBC affiliate stations to pay for but not broadcast the expensive talk show, King World has promised to produce ”Roseanne” for the entire second season, claiming the daytime show will profit whether NBC stations air it or not…. ABC has spent an estimated $17 million to buy the television rights for Universal’s summer hit ”Notting Hill.” The Julia Roberts-Hugh Grant comedy will debut on ABC in February 2002 and will air three more times until 2006.
BIOPIC UPDATE MTV has announced its plans to produce a Tupac Shakur biopic (starring pop princess Monica) as one of nearly 20 telefilms the cable channel will broadcast in the next five years. Along with the Shakur drama, MTV is developing a rap version of the opera ”Carmen” and a music-industry satire ”2GETHER,” which will air by the end of 1999.
CASTING Barry Pepper (”Saving Private Ryan”’s sharpshooter) is in final talks to star in New Line’s mobster pic ”Knockaround Guys.” Fellow ”Ryan” alum Vin Diesel is also in talks to costar. ”Guys” follows four Mob sons on their own adventures.
REEL DEAL Montel Williams, TV’s favorite bald talk-show host, is currently directing his first film, ”Little Pieces,” a drama about three close friends. ”Pieces,” which started shooting last week, was written by and will star Williams’ wife, Grace Morley, and Amy Acton. Costars include Eva LaRue, Jon Seda (”Homicide”), and Daniel Quinn.