POOR MAN: O.J. Simpson said Friday he owed the IRS $700,000 in back taxes and will probably rent a house in L.A. once his multimillion-dollar Brentwood estate is auctioned off. He made the comments during a break in a court hearing on his assets.
NEPOTISM AWARD: The winners of the first ever Platinum Circle Award honoring families that contribute to the arts: the Walter Matthau family. Wife Carol has written two books (one about her hubby) and son Charles has directed three movies (one starring daddy).
DUKE DETOUR: It turns out John Wayne won't be getting a highway named after him in Arizona after all. The controversial road--which cuts through an American Indian reservation--will be taken over by the state, which plans to christen it Arizona 347.
NIGHT MOVES: Rocker Bob Seger--the voice of Chevy trucks--faces an impaired driving charge after his BMW ran off a road in northern Ontario Wednesday night. The 52-year-old musician also was charged with failing to provide a breath sample. He must appear in court July 30.
MI NETWORK: ABC bought three Latino-themed movies for broadcast: Selena, A Walk in the Clouds and My Family/Mi Familia. Yesterday, Hispanic groups called for a boycott of the network and owner Disney because, they claim, the companies don't employ enough high-level Latinos.
HE'LL SPEAK: Bill Cosby will have to testify at the extortion trial in New York of the woman who claims to be his illegitimate daughter. But prosecutors asked the judge to bar questioning by defense attorneys on the paternity issue.
BE SEATED: Mel Brooks' 1970 comedy The Twelve Chairs will get its first release on home video July 1 as part of a collection of seven of Brooks' films
BE CENSORED: The Tin Drum may have won the Oscar as best foreign film of 1979, but an Oklahoma City judge declared it obscene anyway Wednesday because it shows a boy under the age of 18 having sex, a violation of state law. Police seized copies from six video stores and a library.
MEGAPLEX: Cineplex Odeon president Allen Karp told his shareholders that no merger deal had yet been made with the Loews Theater Group. Together, the two would make the world's second-largest theater chain.
BANKABLE: Rogue Trader the story of Nick Leeson, whose financial trades nearly destroyed the venerable British bank Barings, has been adapted for the screen by Fatal Attraction writer James Deardon, who will also direct.
NOT BANKABLE: Sylvester Stallone has left the production of Frequency, costarring Tommy Lee Jones, over salary issues says Daily Variety. Stallone used to get $20 million a picture, but his appeal to U.S. audiences has dimmed. For all the casting news, see The Dotted Line...Stallone and his neighbors convinced Miami officials to keep a gate near their homes closed at night as an anti-crime measure, but another government agency still could rule in favor of joggers who want the gate kept open.
GROUNDED: The planned summer opening of Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton is being delayed until year-end because of technical problems. The $70 million attraction features a motion-simulator voyage, state-of-the-art computer games, retail shops and a Star Trek-themed restaurant and lounge.
SILENCED: Monitor Radio went off the air today, 13 years after the Christian Science Church launched the news program for public-radio stations. The Church said it couldn't afford to subsidize the service anymore.
DIVORCED: Conservative TV pundit Ariana Huffington and her millionaire husband (and former Congressman) Michael Huffington, have parted company.