Paula Poundstone gets good review from the court. Plus, news about Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Kennedy, David Letterman, Robert Altman, Joan Cusack, and others

By Gary Susman
March 26, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
Paula Poundstone: Barry Talesnick/Retna

LEGAL BRIEFS Like Robert Downey Jr., Paula Poundstone got a positive grade on her court-ordered progress report this week, having continued to fulfill the requirement of her probation that she stay clean and sober. While the Los Angeles Superior Court judge in her child-endangerment case refused to grant her requests for additional child-visitation rights, fewer counseling and therapy sessions, and more than five travel days at a time away from L.A., he did tell her that, among the ”hundreds and hundreds of people” whose efforts to turn over a new leaf he oversees, she was ”one of the best,” and he hailed her as a ”leader.” Outside the courthouse in Santa Monica, the comedian crowed about being called ”a leader among felons”….