Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Chong busted for glass

Pittsburgh -- Tommy Chong, an actor and comedian best known for the Cheech and Chong movies, pleaded guilty to violating federal drug paraphernalia laws, as part of a federal crackdown on the sales of water pipes and miniature scales.

The actor's Chong Glass company offered and sold thousands of marijuana pipes with Chong's picture through its Web site,, the U.S. Justice Department said.

When he is sentenced in September, Chong faces as many as five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Chong and his partner, Cheech Marin, shot to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s with a series of movies involving drug use and creative marijuana smuggling, including "Up in Smoke," "Still Smokin"' and "Nice Dreams."

Garner files for divorce

Los Angeles -- "Alias" star Jennifer Garner has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Scott Foley, six weeks after they announced they were separating.

Garner, 31, blamed irreconcilable differences for the breakup in papers filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

She and Foley met in 1998 on the set of "Felicity," the WB drama in which he costarred. They married in October 2000, and have no children.

It's been a bad week for Foley: His "Felicity" follow-up, NBC's woeful comedy "A.U.S.A.," was officially deep-sixed by the network on the same day Garner filed.

Not enough Dylan fans

Little Rock, Ark. -- Bob Dylan's concert set for Sunday has been moved from the 18,000-seat Alltel Arena in North Little Rock to a nightclub on the south side of the river.

Promoter Butch Stone said slow ticket sales prompted the move to a venue that holds 2,400 people. About 1,300 tickets had been sold for Dylan's show.

Alltel Arena lost a show in March that Elton John and Billy Joel were to have played, where the top ticket price was $187. Promoters sold only 4,000 tickets before that show was called off.

"This is not like Dallas and Houston. We're not an infinite market. There's too many shows costing too much money," Stone said.

Presley plays overseas

London -- Lisa Marie Presley has achieved one musical landmark her father never managed -- playing a concert in Britain.

The 35-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley performed songs from her debut album, "To Whom It May Concern," before 200 people Monday at a London nightclub.

Elvis visited Britain only once, making a two-hour stopover in Scotland as he returned from military service in Germany in 1960.

Elvis' only concerts were in the United States and Canada. His manager, Col. Tom Parker (aka Andreas Cornelius Van Kuijk), was an illegal alien who feared leaving the States and being barred from re-entry.