MORE CONCERT TROUBLE Perhaps there’s still some residual Woodstock ’99 rage hanging in the air: A mini-riot blew up outside of a Dave Matthews Band concert in Hartford, Conn., Sunday night, according to the Associated Press. In a parking lot near the show, congregating crowds who didn’t have tickets began throwing rocks and liquor bottles, and police moved in with tear gas and pepper spray, with one cop getting hit in the face by a bottle. In a separate incident, a different crowd began pelting police with objects after the cops pushed them away from an entrance to the concert hall. This was actually the third Hartford show for Matthews, and the second night of violence: On Saturday night, more than a dozen cars were set on fire outside of the show, according to the Associated Press.
GIVE ME BACK MY NAME Robert De Niro‘s lawyer has asked a restaurant owner in British Columbia to stop using the actor’s name in her eatery, ”De Niro’s Supper Club.” The restaurateur, Salli Pateman, a rabid De Niro fan, has not only named dishes after his famous characters (the Vito Corleone, the Jake LaMotta, etc.), but she also has a special swivel chair reserved solely for him in case he ever decides to come by. The lawyer has threatened legal action if she refuses to back down. ”This is definitely serious,” she told the AP. ”So much for him coming in to dine in his sacred chair.” Oh well, it can’t be too hard to change the name to ”The Al Pacino Munch-o-Mat.”
CASTING Brad Renfro (”Apt Pupil”) and Dominique Swain (”Face/Off”) will play counselors who revolutionize their camp when the director is ousted mid-summer. Hopefully there will be important life lessons amidst the panty raids.
REEL DEALS Danny DeVito will produce the next script from star writer Richard La Gravenese (”The Horse Whisperer,” ”The Fisher King”), called ”The Peppermint Lounge.” DeVito isn’t necessarily going to star in this tale about a nightclub in the late 1950s, although he acted in the screenwriter’s directorial debut, ”Living Out Loud”…. Prince Edward of England, who has his own production company, is teaming with NBC to create a TV movie about his grandmother, the Queen Mother, to celebrate her 100th birthday next year. It will be an affectionate (if not downright whitewashed) account, so don’t expect to learn that the Queen Mum couldn’t stand wire hangers.
OBITUARY The official archivist of all of the Grateful Dead‘s live recordings, Dick Latvala, died on Friday at 56 from a heart attack. Latvala, an avid Dead bootleg collector since the 1960s, was recruited by the band to maintain their music, and since Jerry Garcia’s death 14 CDs of classic live recordings have been released called ”Dick’s Picks.”