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Police charge Garfunkel after pot is found in car



Published: Wed, August 31, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police charge Garfunkelafter pot is found in car

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. -- Singer Art Garfunkel, who pleaded guilty last year to marijuana possession in upstate New York, was charged again Sunday after a marijuana cigarette was reportedly found in the ashtray of his car, state police said. The 63-year-old Garfunkel, who lives in Manhattan, was charged after being pulled over for failing to stop his vehicle at a stop sign, the Daily Freeman of Kingston reported Tuesday. Upon approaching Garfunkel's car, a trooper noticed a strong odor of marijuana and a subsequent search turned up a joint in the ashtray, the newspaper reported. He was issued a ticket and is due back in court Sept. 22. Garfunkel, who with Paul Simon made up the legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel, produced a string of hits in the 1960s, including "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," "Old Friends" and "The 59th Street Bridge Song [Feelin' Groovy]."

'Napoleon' star: I couldcelebrate my inner nerd

DELAWARE, Ohio -- The star of the cult hit "Napoleon Dynamite" said making the film gave him the chance to "celebrate the nerd within me." Jon Heder, who plays the film's curly haired, awkward namesake, appeared with Aaron Ruell, who plays Napoleon's older brother Kip, at Ohio Wesleyan University in nearby Columbus recently. They said they could relate to the movie, which follows Idaho outcasts trying to find their place in the world. "We created Kip and Napoleon from ourselves and from people we knew and experiences we had," said Heder, 27. "It was fun to celebrate the nerd within me." The movie's low budget -- it was made for $400,000 over 22 days -- forced the cast and crew to improvise. "All of our clothing came from thrift stores or Wal-Mart, and we did our own stunts," said Ruell, 29. "Napoleon Dynamite" grossed more than $45 million at the box office and has made more than $104 million in DVD sales. The movie also has opened new opportunities for Heder and Ruell, both Mormons who met at Brigham Young University's film school. Heder stars alongside Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo in "Just Like Heaven," which is to be released Sept. 16. Ruell is working on an untitled feature film that he wrote and will direct.

Man pleads innocentto burglary at star's home

LOS ANGELES -- A 48-year-old homeless man who reportedly broke into Jennifer Aniston's Malibu home pleaded innocent Monday to a burglary charge, officials said. David Hesterbey faces first-degree burglary and petty theft charges, officials with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. He is being held on $70,000 bail. Hesterbey reportedly vaulted a 9-foot fence last week and entered the actress' rented house on the Pacific Coast Highway, prosecutors said. Aniston's employees told authorities that Hesterbey said he was "looking for Jennifer," authorities said. When an employee confronted Hesterbey, he became startled and fled the house, jumping a fence and running toward the beach, sheriff's officials said. He was arrested later that day by deputy sheriffs who found him walking along the beach near Aniston's home. The actress was not at home at the time.

Dimond's off Court TV

NEW YORK -- The gavel has sounded on Diane Dimond's time at Court TV. The anchor's contract has run out with cable network, said Patty Caruso, a spokeswoman for Court TV. The network isn't renewing and Dimond is leaving to concentrate on her book. "Dimond is a respected journalist who has been a tremendous asset to Court TV News and was key to the network's successful coverage of the Michael Jackson trial," Caruso said. Dimond, whose title was executive investigative editor, will release a book this November chronicling her 12 years covering Michael Jackson, "Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case." In her twenty years in television, Dimond has also reported for Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and the syndicated program "Hard Copy."

Today's birthdays

Broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr is 89. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson is 70. Actor Warren Berlinger is 68. Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 66. Actor Jack Thompson is 65. Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 60. Singer Van Morrison is 60. Rock musician Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) is 57. Actor Richard Gere is 56. Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 48. Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go's) is 48. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) is 46. Singer Chris Whitley is 45. Rhythm-and-blues musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 42. Actor Jaime P. Gomez is 40. Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 36. Singer-composer Deborah Gibson is 35. Rock musician Greg Richling (Wallflowers) is 35. Actor Chris Tucker is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamara (Trina & amp; Tamara) is 28.




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