Plus: Harvey Weinstein knighted, NYPD Blue actor fined, and more

By Todd Peterson
Updated November 24, 2004 08:00 AM

EDUCATED: Marilyn Manson got schooled Monday. The shock rocker dropped in on students during an “Art and Society” class at Philadelphia’s Temple University for an hour-long lecture, the Associated Press reports. An MTV crew filmed Manson as he fielded questions about art, politics and religion. The Q&A session will be broadcast on MTV’s college network, mtvU, on Dec. 6.

KNIGHTED: Miramax exec Harvey Weinstein is now more than just Hollywood royalty. The influential studio head has been made an honorary Commander of the British Empire, New York’s Daily News reports. The ceremony took place Monday night in Weinstein’s Manhattan penthouse, during which Weinstein also declared his independence from Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

REUNITED: Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend, the two surviving members of legendary British rock band The Who, have formally announced plans to enter a studio and record their first original album since 1982. “It’s exciting. I think it’s going to be very different,” Daltry told reporters. “We are going to take a completely new approach to how we work in the studio and see what happens.” In a statement posted on his Website, Townshend said the project was tentatively titled Who2. If the recording is successful, “We may have a CD ready to release in the spring,” Townshend wrote.

DONATED: Godfather of Soul James Brown knows how to please a crowd. The soul singer helped give away 1,000 turkeys in his native Augusta, Ga., on Monday. Brown turned out for the annual charity drive with his wife and son, James Brown Jr., AP reports. After greeting the crowd, Brown sang and led the audience in a brief prayer. “It’s not about politics or partying,” he said. “It’s about people.”

FINED: Carmine Caridi, a character actor who has appeared in a recurring role on NYPD Blue, was hit with a $309,600 judgment Tuesday for his role in copying and distributing screener tapes of films intended for viewing by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Reuters reports. A California judge said Warner Bros. was entitled to the money from Caridi, who is accused of making copies of last year’s The Last Samurai and Mystic River and distributing them on the Internet. Members of the Academy are given the special versions of the films and are under instruction not to copy or distribute them. Caridi was expelled from the Academy last February.

RELEASED: A four-disc box set of recordings by grunge rockers Nirvana finally hit shelves Tuesday, after nearly three years in legal limbo. With the Lights Out, a three-CD, one-DVD collection that features more than 60 unreleased tracks, was delayed by legal battles between Courtney Love, the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and the group’s surviving members, AP reports.

SELECTED: Seventy-five people have been chosen for the jury panel pool in Robert Blake’s murder trial, AP reports. The former Baretta star is accused of killing his wife Bonny Lee Bakley as she sat in a car outside a restaurant where the couple had just dined. The 75 prospects were selected in a six-day process during which attorneys from both sides quizzed them. The potential jurors will return to court Dec. 1 where they will be whittled down to 12 panelists and six alternates.