A weeping Billy Preston was sentenced to three years in prison for violating probation he received for cocaine possession. A judge rejected pleas for leniency Monday and ordered the maximum sentence, saying prison will save the Grammy-winning singer's life. "We've got enough famous people 6 feet under the ground," Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins said. Preston, 51, was placed on three years' probation this year for cocaine possession. He agreed to spend 90 days in jail and to remain drug-free. Preston tested positive for drug use "several times," Kamins said.
Whipping up support for Roy, Dale
Load your six-shooters. Circle the wagons. Art Emr is on the warpath, trying to persuade the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give Roy Rogers and wife Dale Evans honorary Oscars. For two years, Emr has rallied other Rogers diehards, using country music radio stations, television and the Internet. Hundreds have signed a petition. But none of the 6,000 Academy members have stepped forward with nominations for the couple and their work in Westerns. Emr, a film producer, fears time is running out. Evans, 85, and Rogers, who turns 86 today, have been ill.
In other news . . .
CBS is adding a drama to its mix of midseason shows. The network is expected to announce soon that it has ordered episodes of Homestead, a new prime-time serial from David Jacobs and Michael Filerman, the team behind such shows as Dallas and Knots Landing. Homestead, about a ranching family in New Mexico, will star Ann-Margret and Sonia Braga. The network expects to air the show in the 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. slot.
ABC extended the lives of the new sitcoms Hiller & Diller and Teen Angel by five episodes, but has yet to order a full-season run for either. Conversely, the network has told the producers of the sitcom You Wish that there will be no additions to its initial 13 episodes. The program was the lowest-rated series in ABC's Friday block. Meanwhile, the network has ordered six more scripts for the drama Cracker, and three more for the controversial Nothing Sacred.
The French truckers' strike claimed another celebrity victim Tuesday when Phil Collins was forced to postpone a concert date because his equipment was caught in the blockade. The opening night of Collins' British tour was put back a day to Friday because truckloads of his equipment were unlikely to arrive on time from France.
Julio Iglesias, a serious wine drinker, is coming out with his own line of wines. Iglesias told the Miami Herald that he'll introduce the Julio Iglesias International Wine Selections today at a restaurant in Coral Gables.
Yoko Ono's statement that "no one can tell you not to touch the art" was taken literally by a Seattle man who now faces charges. Jake Platt, 22, is free on bond after drawing red lines around several of Ono's stark black-and-white paintings at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. A friend of Platt's said the action was consistent with his belief in the Flexus art movement that advocates viewer participation. The paintings were returned to New York, where the damage will be assessed.
_ From staff and wire reports