COURTS More summertime blues for Bobby Brown: A Fort Lauderdale judge has sentenced the singer, who’s been jailed since May 10 on an outstanding warrant, to 75 days in the local lockup for violating the terms of his parole. Admitting that he refused to take a drug test, the 31 year old blamed his troubles on booze. ”I have a disease. I am an addict. I am an alcoholic,” Brown told the judge June 12. Though his lawyer produced character witnesses to bolster his cause, Brown’s wife, Whitney Houston, was not in court. In exchange for the singer’s admission, the judge set aside a more serious charge of probation violation, which could have landed Brown behind bars for a minimum of six months. With credit for time already served, he’ll have to serve only another 36 days in jail. Neither Brown’s lawyer nor Houston’s publicist offered any comment. Well, that’s their prerogative.
PROTEST Bobby and Peter Farrelly‘s new movie won’t be released until June 23, but some people have already decided there’s nothing funny about the directors’ follow-up to ”There’s Something About Mary.” The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is launching a national protest against the Twentieth Century Fox comedy ”Me, Myself & Irene,” which stars Jim Carrey as a man whose two personalities are in love with the same woman, Renée Zellweger’s Irene. The nonprofit advocacy group, which earlier this year protested the short-lived ABC drama ”Wonderland,” has objected to the movie’s story and its marketing campaign, which they say show gross insensitivity to people with mental illnesses and their families. But isn’t gross insensitivity what the Farrellys do best?
REEL UNIFORMS Steven Spielberg had a big hit with ”Saving Private Ryan,” but his Marine Corps TV project may be in peril. ”Semper Fi,” a coproduction between NBC Studios and DreamWorks Television, and executive produced by Spielberg, was envisioned as a $6 million action series for the fall TV schedule. But according to Variety, various production and creative decision-making delays may turn ”Semper Fi”’s planned 13 episode run into a two-hour TV movie…. Meanwhile, director John Milius (”Red Dawn”) has signed up to develop virtual reality and simulation technology for use in training military personnel. Sounds like material for yet another TV series. (Insert your own ”Harsh Realm” joke here.)
CASTING NEWS ”Romeo Must Die” star Jet Li has signed on for a martial arts film written, produced, and financed by Luc Besson (”The Fifth Element”). The Hong Kong to Hollywood star, who’s also being courted for roles in sequels to ”The Matrix,” a remake of ”The Green Hornet,” and nearly every other action movie these days, made his high kicking U.S. debut in ’98’s ”Lethal Weapon 4.” The title and plot of the Li-Besson film, which starts filming this fall, have not been announced…. Don’t look for Harrison Ford to reprise the role of Cold War hero Jack Ryan. Ford has decided to pass on ”The Sum of All Fears,” based on the novel by Tom Clancy. (Ford took on the role in 1992’s ”Patriot Games” and ’94’s ”Clear and Present Danger” after Alec Baldwin had a shot in ’90’s ”The Hunt for Red October.”) Producers are expected to search for a new Ryan, which can mean only one thing: Jet Li is in the running.
MUSIC In the continuing sibling rivalry/soap opera that is Oasis, the band’s guitarist, Noel Gallagher, claimed that his singer brother Liam was losing it. Speaking on the BBC’s Radio One, Noel, who last month quit the band’s international tour, explained, ”What’s going on is that I’ve had a major disagreement with monkey boy, the singer.” Even so, Noel said he would rejoin the band for a series of British concerts.
HERE’S TO YOU Texan supermodel Jerry Hall, the former wife of Mick Jagger, will take on the skin-baring role of Mrs. Robinson in a London stage production of ”The Graduate.” Hall, who’s replacing Kathleen Turner, will begin treading the boards — barefoot, we presume — at the end of July.
REEL DEALS Screenwriter Todd Komarnicki, who adapted ”The Professor and the Madman” for Mel Gibson, is attached to direct his original script ”Tonight at 11,” the story of a man who sees his death foretold on the evening news…. Miramax films has acquired film and TV rights for ”Ice Bound,” a nonfiction book about a 1925 Arctic rescue mission.
CAMELOT TV The lineup of faux Kennedys for two competing miniseries continues to grow. Daniel Hugh Kelly, who portrayed TV dad Robert Reed in NBC’s ”Growing Up Brady,” will next play slain president JFK in NBC’s ”Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot,” joining Jill Hennessy (Jackie), Lauren Holly (Ethel), and Leslie Stefanson (Joan). The producers of the rival Camelot project, CBS’ ”Jacqueline Kennedy: A Life,” starring Joanne Whalley, haven’t yet announced who’ll play Jack. Has anyone asked Harrison Ford if he’s interested?
WRESTLING USA Network’s bid to keep the WWF from leaping to Viacom/CBS has landed in Delaware court. Testimony began June 12, and a judge’s decision is expected by the end of the month.