NEWS BRIEFS: Bobby Brown Back in Jail

02/23/2004 at 12:10 PM EST

JAILED: He's baaaack. Singer Bobby Brown was back in a Georgia jail Saturday after reportedly violating the terms of his probation, the Associated Press reports. Brown, 35, was being held without bond at the DeKalb County Jail following an appearance before a judge on Friday. What the former New Edition star had done to break his probation was not immediately clear, although initial press reports indicate it may be related to his misdemeanor battery charge following a dustup in December with wife Whitney Houston. Brown is expected to remain in custody until a hearing on Friday.

TOSSED: A New Jersey judge's claim to "Sopranos" fame has been tossed out by a federal magistrate. Municipal Judge Robert Baer said that he deserved a share of HBO's hit series "The Sopranos" because he suggested the show and provided creator David Chase with "ideas and access to underworld contacts," AP reports. While Chase acknowledges meeting Baer and sending him a draft of the original script "as a courtesy," Chase says he developed the original idea five years before his and Baer's lunch meeting. On Friday a federal judge agreed, dismissing Baer's 2002 lawsuit.


QUOTED: "I know what's going on, but I'm not like current-event savvy. I'm not perfect." -- Norah Jones, explaining her apprehension before appearing opposite sharp-witted Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show," on Wednesday, AP reports


CRASHED: Former teen idol Shaun Cassidy was in the wrong place at the wrong time Friday when a car he was driving hit another car on the Warner Bros. studio lot, trapping a security guard and breaking the guard's leg, AP reports. The 1970s teen idol reportedly was driving into the studio when he hit a car from behind, pushing it into another car and trapping guard Conrad Perez between the two vehicles. Cassidy, 45, was not cited, but the incident is under investigation.

AWARDED: Actor and onetime American Express spokesman Karl Malden ("Don't leave home without it") won the lifetime achievement award at the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday. Michael Douglas, his former costar on TV's "The Streets of San Francisco," led a tribute to the 92-year-old Oscar winner, who appeared in such classics as "On the Waterfront," "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Patton." ... In other awards news, "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" was the big winner at Sunday's Laurence Olivier Awards in London. The expletive-filled show won four awards including best new musical, Reuters reports.

HARRIED: It's not as bad -- nor as fake -- as it looks. That's the word from Donald Trump, the billionaire real-estate mogul turned reality TV star, on his much-talked-about hairdo. "I don't say my hair is my greatest strength in the world, but it's not terrible," The Donald told Newsweek magazine. The star of NBC's hit "The Apprentice" recently dropped in on daytime show "The View," where he pulled back his carefully combed mane to reveal that every strand is his own.

ROCKED: Despite reports to the contrary last week, heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne intends to return to the stage for his Ozzfest tour, he tells Reuters. The 55-year-old former Black Sabbath frontman was severely injured last year when an all-terrain vehicle he was riding turned over and landed on him. He spent several days in a coma. Early last week Osbourne told reporters he was not sure if he would ever be able to perform again, but by Friday he changed his tune, telling reporters, "I'm not dead. I'm ready to rock, man."

DIED: Bart Howard, 88, the composer who wrote one of Frank Sinatra's signature hits "Fly Me to the Moon," died Saturday in Carmel, N.Y., of complications from a stroke, The New York Times reports. Howard also penned cabaret songs for performers such as Mabel Mercer and Johnny Mathis. He lived in North Salem, N.Y., and is survived by his companion of 58 years, Thomas Fowler, and a sister, Dorothy Lind.

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