PASSAGES: Schiffer's Lord of the Rings

01/09/2003 12:48PM

SENTENCED: An unemployed Berlin construction worker identified only as Julio S., 32, was so obsessed with supermodel Claudia Schiffer that he stole 124 wedding rings for her, Reuters reports. On Tuesday he was found not guilty due to mental illness and sent to a psychiatric clinic. While heisting the rings last September, he reportedly used a toy pistol and wore a Halloween mask to rack up a booty worth $58,000. "I needed so many rings so that she could pick one out. Besides, I wasn't sure about her ring size," Julio S., told the court.

SET: "The Sopranos" daughter Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 21, will marry her manager, A.J. Discala, 31, on July 11, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue. The date occurs smack in the middle of the Mob hit's shooting schedule. "They're going to have to stop filming for a day so everyone can go," a friend of the actress tells the magazine. The couple got engaged over last Labor Day weekend, when he proposed to her while they were on a Mexican cruise.

NAMED: "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers, 39, will receive the 2003 AFI Star Award at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, set to take place Feb. 26-March 2 in Aspen. "Clerks" filmmaker Kevin Smith, 32, who recently shot "Jersey Girl" with Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, will also be recognized for his devotion to freedom of speech and expression.

PLEADED: Jeffrey Jones, who played the principal in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," pleaded not guilty Wednesday to child porn charges, the Associated Press reports. Jones, 56, is accused of hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for explicit photos. The actor is expected back in court Feb. 3, when a preliminary hearing date will be set. Jones was arrested Nov. 14 after a yearlong investigation that also resulted in the arrest of actor Paul Reubens, 50, best known as Pee-wee Herman.

SOLD: A white Knabe grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley fetched $685,000 this week, reports AP. (Elvis, who died in 1977, would have turned 68 on Wednesday.) Memphis guitarist-music producer Robert A. Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the instrument to Michael Muzio, chairman of Blue Moon Group Inc., who said he hopes to put the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour and then use it for an exhibit at a proposed rock museum in Walt Disney World.

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