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2 Live Crew rapper arrested

Luther Campbell, lead singer of the rap group 2 Live Crew, appears to have worn out his welcome in the Windy City. He was arrested late Thursday for disorderly conduct after police said he became abusive to workers at a restaurant at the Water Tower mall. Campbell said he was accosted by a waitress and a manager, who he says singled him out because he is black. The rapper, who lives in Miami, was released within an hour on $75 bail. Campbell's manager said the singer was in Chicago on tour for his new solo album, Luke in the Nude.


Universal buys Turow's new book

Universal Pictures has acquired film rights to Scott Turow's current bestselling thriller, Pleading Guilty, for Avnet/Kerner Productions to produce. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Jon Avnet said, "Scott Turow will make a lot of money if the film's successful." Avnet, who made a highly successful theatrical directing debut with Fried Green Tomatoes, said he might direct Pleading Guilty. Hollywood is currently infatuated with lawyer novels as the works of John Grisham, the other lawyer turned bestselling novelist _ The Firm, The Client and The Pelican Brief _ all are making their way to the big screen.


3-D pay cable channel in the works

Entrepreneur Elvin Feltner is finalizing plans to launch a new pay cable service with a twist: It will be in 3-D. Promising that he has all U.S. rights to a technology that will allow film-to-tape or tape-to-tape transfers that fully encrypt traditional two-dimensional programming into 3-D, Feltner said he hopes to have the service up and running by the fourth quarter of this year. The channel will carry no advertising and will be entirely supported by a hefty per-month subscription fee, he said, indicating that it will likely cost more than industry leader HBO.


New Townshend LP

Pete Townshend's new album, Psychoderelict, is due out tomorrow June 15 on Atlantic Records. It's the British guitarist's first album in four years, and merges music and dialogue in a multilayered story told through songs, narrative and instrumental passages. The first single, English Boy, is now a video. Townshend will embark on his first solo tour of North America, slated to begin July 10th. Townshend, formerly of the Who, recently received a Tony award for best original musical score for the broadway show, The Who's Tommy.