- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Coleman strikes

Actor Gary Coleman is in the news — and possibly in trouble — again.

The pint-size star of TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes” hit a fan with his truck after arguing with him over some snapshots in a Utah bowling alley, police told Associated Press.

Mr. Coleman, 40, argued with the man after the fan took pictures of him inside the bowling alley in suburban Payson, police said. The argument continued outside, and Mr. Coleman hit the fan, Colt Rushton, as he was backing out of a parking space.

Neither man was issued a citation, and police said it wasn’t clear whether Mr. Coleman ran into Mr. Rushton on purpose.

“We’re currently trying to sort through those issues,” Payson police Lt. Bill Wright told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City.

Mr. Coleman, a candidate for governor in the 2003 California recall election, pleaded no contest in 1999 to punching an autograph-seeker he claimed insulted him.

“Diff’rent Strokes” had an eight-year run on NBC beginning in 1978.

Ring jokes spark flap

British comic Russell Brand, host of Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, was forced to apologize for poking fun at the Jonas Brothers‘ morals during the event after a public dressing down from 2007 “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks.

Mr. Brand, star of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” mercilessly mocked the pop sensations for more than half the show for their no-sex-before-marriage promise and the purity rings they wear.

At one point, he even pretended he had stolen a Jonas brother’s virginity as he held a ring in his hand.

Miss Sparks, who is among the teen stars advocating putting purity before sex, admonished Mr. Brand for his remarks. Minutes later, a crestfallen Mr. Brand apologized, saying, “I’ve gotta say sorry because I said those things about promise rings; that was bad of me. I didn’t mean to take it lightly.”

Caine on board for ‘Brown’

Two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer (“Lars and the Real Girl”) have signed on to star in “Harry Brown,” a British vigilante thriller from Marv Films, the Hollywood Reporter says. British filmmaker Daniel Barber — an Oscar nominee for the live-action short “The Tonto Woman” — will direct.

“Brown” centers on an elderly ex-serviceman and widower (Mr. Caine) who lives alone within a community that has been decimated by drugs and gun crime. When his best friend is murdered, the man dispenses his own brand of justice.

Miss Mortimer will play a young police officer.

The film will shoot entirely on location in the United Kingdom, and principal photography is set to begin in November.

Kids, chef on state’s list

New Kids on the Block, your check is ready.

The recently reunited band, former Red Sox player Nomar Garciaparra and celebrity chef Todd English are among 40,000 people, businesses and charities on Massachusetts’ latest list of owners of abandoned property.

According to AP, the list, maintained by state Treasurer Tim Cahill‘s office, includes bank and brokerage accounts and other assets that have been untouched for three years.

The treasurer’s office says $800 in unclaimed stock and a $27 check are waiting for the New Kids. Likewise, Mr. Garciaparra — who now plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers — can claim an uncashed check worth $121.40. Mr. English, meanwhile, has $1,239 in unclaimed assets.

The latest list has a combined total of $17 million in unclaimed assets, including six accounts worth more than $100,000 each, AP says.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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