In Ohio, every Dogghas his day in court
OBERLIN, Ohio -- A lawyer for rap star Snoop Dogg appeared in court to plead innocent on behalf of his client, who is charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop.
Snoop Dogg, 29, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of $250 and 30 days in jail.
Broadus was charged after his tour bus was stopped in Amherst by the State Highway Patrol for speeding Oct. 17. Drug-sniffing dogs found six bags of marijuana weighing about 200 grams in the cargo hold of the bus.
Defense attorney Jay Milano said Tuesday that Broadus' high-profile status makes him an easy target. "Sometimes Snoop Dogg's buses have been stopped just because it's Snoop Dogg's bus," Milano said. "We're not sure that happened here, but if it did, then that's an issue that we'd have to fight out."
Stiller is steamed,defends movie decision
Ben Stiller is defending his decision to erase images of the World Trade Center towers from a couple of scenes in his comedy "Zoolander," which hit screens 17 days after the Sept. 11 disaster. He fired back at producer Michael Mailer, who was quoted in a New York Times article about the skyline as saying it was "execrable to alter the scenes."
In a letter to the Times, Stiller wrote: "The appropriateness of releasing a comedy at all at that time was under serious discussion. In deciding to go ahead, I had to make an immediate judgment about the skyline shots, which were indispensable to the story. I decided to edit out one shot, and to obscure the towers in another. I felt that people who chose to see the movie as escapist entertainment were not looking for another reminder of tragedy.
'Star Wars' star keeps lawn order
NEW YORK -- Winning the lead role of Anakin Skywalker in the next two "Star Wars" prequels has left newcomer Hayden Christensen humbled.
"I still live with my folks, who make me mow the grass and take the garbage out," he tells People magazine in its Nov. 5 issue.
"Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" is due out next year.
Christensen says every nuance on the set was surreal. "The outfit and the cloak? Mind-boggling. Meeting R2-D2? An out-of-body experience. The light saber? A thrill," he said.
Christensen also plays Kevin Kline's son in the new film "Life as a House."
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