James Brown charged with criminal domestic violence

Aiken, S.C. -- Soul singer James Brown was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly pushed his wife to the floor during an argument, authorities said.

Brown, 70, was charged with criminal domestic violence and was to remain jailed until a bond hearing this morning, Aiken County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Michael Frank said. The Sheriff's Office provided the picture at right.

Investigators said Brown shoved his wife during an argument in a bedroom at the couple's home in Beech Island, 70 miles southwest of Columbia.

Tomi Rae Brown, 33, had scratches and bruises to her right arm and hip and was taken to a hospital, Frank said.

Sandler plans new 'Longest Yard'

Los Angeles -- Adam Sandler will star in a remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds comedy "The Longest Yard," the story of a former football player turned convict who challenges prison guards to a game.

Production will begin in June with Columbia Pictures, Sherry Lansing of Paramount's Motion Picture Group said Monday.

Sandler will play Paul Crewe, the retired football player, in a role Reynolds originally played 30 years ago.

Producers also are in discussion with comedian Chris Rock to play the role of Caretaker and rapper Snoop Dogg to play a member of the team.

'Shaft' singer awarded Trumpet

Singer and composer Isaac Hayes was among those honored at the 12th Annual Trumpet Awards, which recognize achievement by black people in politics, business, law and the arts.

Hayes, who won an Oscar for his theme song from the 1971 movie "Shaft," received an award Monday night for past accomplishments, reports The Associated Press. Turner Broadcasting System sponsors the awards.

"Isaac's music not only made the difference in that movie -- it made a difference throughout the film industry where scores are concerned," said actor Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original "Shaft" and presented Hayes with his Trumpet.

A crowd estimated at 1,500 attended the black-tie affair. A broadcast of the awards ceremony will air 7 p.m. Feb. 21 on TBS, Sunflower Broadband Channel 10.

Art Garfunkel apparently contesting marijuana charge

New York -- Folk-rock legend Art Garfunkel apparently is contesting a marijuana possession charge he faces in upstate New York.

Settling the matter Wednesday could have been as easy as paying a $100 fine, but instead a judge set a Feb. 11 hearing after Garfunkel's attorney Michael Federoff appeared in court.

Federoff declined to discuss the case, and a call to a publicist for Garfunkel was not immediately returned Wednesday night.

Garfunkel, 62, of Manhattan, was charged with marijuana possession Jan. 17 after state police stopped his limousine for speeding in Hurley and reported finding 6 grams of marijuana in Garfunkel's pocket.


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