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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Entertainment News

Man Seeks State Pardon For Jim Morrison

Dave Diamond is a cable television producer from Dayton, Ohio, who wrote to Florida Governor Charlie Crist last month asking for the pardon. Diamond said the goal is to remember the Melbourne, Fla., native as an artist, instead of another rock-and-roll bad boy with a rap sheet.

But Crist can't pardon someone by himself. He needs two of the three other members of the Florida Cabinet, which acts as the state clemency board.

In addition, there are no procedures for posthumous pardons.

Marshals Detain Girls Gone Wild Founder

Joe Francis drew the contempt citation during negotiations in a civil lawsuit brought by seven women who were underage when they were filmed by his company on Panama City Beach during spring break in 2003.

Lawyers for the women told a judge that Francis became enraged during the settlement talks, shouting obscenities at the lawyers and threatening to "bury them."

The judge ordered Francis to settle the case or go to jail for his behavior.

Roscoe Lee Browne dies

Dignified, silky-voiced character actorRoscoe Lee Browne died yesterday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 81. He'd been suffering from cancer. In a career that spanned 45 years, Browne's distinguished air often made him stand out -- whether in comedic or dramatic parts. After Robert Guilllaume's "Benson" was spun off Soap into his own sitcom, Browne was a natural to become the next deadpan butler, a character named "Saunders." He'd later win an Emmy for a guest appearance in The Cosby Show, and guest starred on such series as Bonanza, Sanford and Son, Good Times, All in the Family, Streets of San Francisco, Falcon Crest and Barney Miller, a role that resulted in an Emmy nomination. In 1972, he memorably rode with John Wayne, playing the chuck wagon cook in The Cowboys -- one of "The Duke"'s last westerns. He also had his turn in a few blaxploitation classics -- Super Fly T-N-T and Up Tight. Voice work continued to give Browne an active career until very recently -- he provided the voice of "Kingpin" in the Spider-Man cartoons of the 1990s, and was the narrator of Babe, Babe: Pig in the City and the comedy released earlier this year, Epic Movie.