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Poundstone jailed for half a day



Published: Fri, November 16, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Poundstone jailedfor half a day

LOS ANGELES -- Troubled comedian Paula Poundstone spent several hours behind bars after she admitted violating probation by taking prescription drugs, reports Entertainment Weekly.

At Tuesday's hearing in Santa Monica, Calif., Poundstone, 40, was removed from the courtroom in handcuffs, then was brought back to court later in the day.

"You've been in for half a day and I always let people have a break on the first violation," Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins told her. But, he added, "To me, this is a relapse rather than just a slip."

"He jailed her to make a point," said Jane Robison, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney.

Poundstone is next due in court Dec. 5, when she's scheduled to be released from rehab.

"Rehab is never a smooth road," said Poundstone's spokesperson, Allan Mayer. "What's important is you pick yourself up and keep moving along toward your rehabilitation, and that's exactly what Paula's doing."

Poundstone had pleaded no-contest Sept. 12 to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor inflicting injury on a child. The lewd conduct charges were dropped. Poundstone blamed drinking for some of her problems but insisted there was no lewd conduct.

Douglases to makefirst movie together

LOS ANGELES -- Kirk Douglas and his son, Michael, plan to appear in their first movie together, a comedy called "Smack in the Puss" that is to begin filming in February.

Michael Douglas' 23-year-old son, Cameron, an aspiring actor, also is expected to appear in the movie, Variety reported Tuesday.

"It's a black comedy about three generations of a dysfunctional family living in New York and their attempt to reconcile," Michael Douglas said.

The Oscar-winning "Wall Street" star said he wanted to share the screen with his father and son now after the Sept. 11 terror attacks caused him to place a higher priority on family.

"If you have a rare opportunity to work with people you know in an appropriate project, you take it," he said. "Dad and I could never decide on one to do together before, though we came close a couple of times. He's pretty picky, and so am I."

The 84-year-old Kirk Douglas, who suffered a stroke in 1995, last appeared on-screen in the 1999 comedy "Diamonds." Michael Douglas, 57, most recently starred in the thriller "Don't Say a Word."

Jagger is miffedat not being 'sir'

LONDON -- Flamboyant Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger has taken a good-natured swipe at Britain's royal family for failing to award him any of the nation's coveted royal honors, reports The Melbourne Age.

While Paul McCartney and Elton John sport the knighted title of "sir" and The Beatles were all declared members of the Order of British Empire decades ago, Jagger remains without a title -- an apparent irritation.

In a soon-to-be-released documentary, the Stones singer jokes about the matter shortly before an encounter with Prince Charles. In an exaggerated upper-class English accent, Jagger holds a mock conversation with himself: "Is it true that you haven't got anything at all? That is rather odd, isn't it."

Meanwhile, Mick is apparently jealous of Britney Spears and *N Sync -- or at least their audiences, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The veteran rocker, 58, not content with a fan base of baby boomers, is targeting Generation Y now that he's about to release his first solo album since 1993, "Goddess in the Doorway."

The message that Jagger and his record label, Virgin, are trying to spread -- largely on the Web -- is that Jagger is not your father's rock star. To reach a younger crowd, Virgin says MTV will play the video to the new album's first single, "God Gave Me Everything" on Total Request Live.

Springfield extendsrole in Vegas show

LAS VEGAS -- Rick Springfield has agreed to extend his starring role in the "EFX Alive" show at the MGM Grand hotel-casino for one more year.

"I'm very proud of the show and what we've done with it so far and I look forward to going further," Springfield told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old singer and former "General Hospital" star said staying in Las Vegas also gives him time to write his next album, which he hopes to finish and release early next year.

The Grammy and American Music Award-winning headliner debuted in the $75 million production on Jan. 30 and originally was contracted for one year.

In "EFX Alive," Springfield leads the audience on a journey exploring the worlds of the wizard Merlin, the showman P.T. Barnum, illusionist Harry Houdini and science-fiction author H.G. Wells.

He replaced Broadway star Tommy Tune in the production that has also featured David Cassidy and Michael Crawford since it opened in March 1995.

Today's birthdays

Actor Clu Gulager is 73. Blues musician Hubert Sumlin is 70. Journalist Elizabeth Drew is 66. Blues musician W.C. Clark is 62. Actress Joanna Pettet is 57. Actor Steve Railsback is 56. Actor David Leisure is 51. Actress Marg Helgenberger is 43. Rock musician Mani (The Stone Roses) is 39. Tennis player Zina Garrison is 38. Baseball player Dwight Gooden is 37. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 37. Actress Lisa Bonet is 34. Actress Tammy Lauren is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) is 32. Actress Martha Plimpton is 31. Olympic gold medal figure skater Oksana Baiul is 24. Pop singer Trevor Penick is 22. Actress Kimberly J. Brown is 17.




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