Wednesday, September 24, 2003

MTV pulls plug on Green

New York -- Tom Green has his nights free again.

MTV has pulled the plug on the former gross-out king's late-night talk show. It was supposed to return with original episodes on Monday, but production was stopped.

Debuting in June, the talk show featured a different Green than viewers were used to, one who harked back to late-night legends such as Johnny Carson. In a rave review, the New York Post called Green "a creative talent and natural broadcaster in the tradition of the young David Letterman."

But viewers who sampled the show didn't stay. "The New Tom Green Show" averaged 889,000 viewers in its first week, and was down to 255,000 for reruns last week.

Relax, it's only a gun

Hinesville, Ga. -- Just because Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez aren't doing much of anything doesn't mean they're not making news.

Hollywood's most overexposed couple set gossip pages aflame anew on Tuesday after they popped into a south Georgia courthouse near Affleck's Hampton Island home.

But apparently it was a gun license, not a marriage license, that the on-again, off-again super couple was seeking Monday.

"Affleck wanted to know where he could apply for a gun permit," said Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin, who mugged for a photo before sending the couple down the hall to the probate court.

Sticking up for a friend

Detroit -- Stevie Wonder has asked a federal judge to free a man convicted as a leader of a West Coast-to-Detroit cocaine and heroin ring.

The Grammy-winning singer Monday came to U.S. District Court for Antonio Ameen's sentencing hearing. Ameen, 37, received 20 years in prison.

Wonder asked to speak in favor of allowing Ameen to remain free on bond during an appeal that is based on race bias. U.S. District Judge John O'Meara declined the request, saying Wonder had covered all his points in a Sept. 30, 2002, letter.

In the letter, Wonder said he'd known Ameen for several years and was impressed with Ameen's parenting during a long, hard criminal case.

Wonder, 53, and Ameen met after Ameen became a musician and producer in Los Angeles.

'Peanuts' gang moves in

St. Paul, Minn. -- Three bronze statues of the "Peanuts" gang are now permanent residents in downtown St. Paul's Landmark Center.

The statues are a tribute to the late cartoonist Charles Schulz, a Minnesota native who created the "Peanuts" comic strip. Schulz died of colon cancer at 77 in February 2000.

The 4-foot-high statues are of Charlie Brown seated with Snoopy on his lap, Schroeder playing his piano with Lucy leaning across the piano, and Linus and Sally looking over a stone wall.

A fourth statue will feature Marcie and Peppermint Patty.