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Wednesday, July 18, 2001

REHABILITATION ORDERED: Robert Downey Jr., who faced a possible prison sentence on drug charges, was ordered to undergo rehabilitation under a new state law that stresses treatment over punishment for substance abusers.

Downey was sentenced in Indio, Calif., Monday to a year in a live-in rehabilitation program and three years of probation after pleading no contest to cocaine possession and being under the influence. A third charge was dropped.

The actor also was ordered to comply with a set of regulations including random drug testing and random searches.

Downey, nominated for an Oscar for the film “Chaplin” and for an Emmy last week for “Ally McBeal,” was arrested at Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel and Givenchy Spa in Palm Springs in November. Authorities allegedly found the drugs in his hotel room.

The judge warned Downey he could go to prison for up to four years if he violated the terms.

TITANIC WEDDING: How’s this for a wedding announcement: A New York couple plans to get married 21/2 miles under the Atlantic Ocean near the wreckage of the Titanic.

David Leibowitz and Kimberly Miller plan to travel by submarine to the wreck later this month as part of an expedition organized by Britain-based SubSea Explorer, said Aiden Feeney, a company spokesman.

Feeney said the company sought to “re-create the love scene” from the 1997 movie “Titanic.”

The ceremony would be performed via a communications link between the submarine – which will carry a pilot, Leibowitz and Miller – and the ship captain above water. The expedition sets sail from Newfoundland on July 26.

FINED FOR PLAYING TOO LONG: What would you say if Dave Matthews broke curfew?

The University of Colorado fined the musician and his band $15,000 – $1,000 a minute – after their concert last week ran 15 minutes past a 10:30 p.m. curfew in Boulder, Colo.

“They tend not to go over curfew that frequently, but they were just having a great time and wanted to keep playing a little longer,” band publicist Ambrosia Healy said of the July 11 concert.

She called the $15,000 fine, levied the next day, a “routine” part of touring concerts.

Under a contract with CU, fines would have escalated to $10,000 a minute after 10:45 p.m.

The band and promoters grossed about $2 million from the show.

BRUNETTE VS. BLONDES: Selma Blair is a brunette, but she doesn’t feel threatened by the big-haired blonde beauty queens in Hollywood.

“I’m pretty open and real and I’m not sure that’s necessarily a good thing,” said Blair, who co-stars with Reese Witherspoon in the comedy “Legally Blonde.”

“I think a lot of people would rather have a girl that really presents herself in a really positive way all the time. So I deal with them just fine – it’s how people deal with me that’s usually the problem.”

The 29-year-old actress said she’s never been known for having over-the-top looks, and that’s fine with her.

“Some women who have other things that are more distracting – you know, like a beautiful body, very voluptuous, big hair – they might get more of a rap as being unintelligent because it’s such distracting glamour,” she said. “And I don’t really possess that although I’m perfectly happy with the way I look.”

“Legally Blonde” debuted at No. 1 at the box office last weekend, grossing more than $20 million.

INSANE FANS: Police pulled the plug on rap group Insane Clown Posse’s concert after more than 100 fans rushed onto the stage in Toledo, Ohio.

Authorities said they stopped the concert because of safety concerns.

Much of the band’s equipment was destroyed during the disturbance Sunday, which came on the final day of a three-day music festival.

“A few stupid people ruined it for everybody,” said one fan, Doug Ramsey, 23, of New York City.

Police said they had few problems with angry fans after the show ended.

“WEST WING” STARS BACK ON SET: Four stars of “The West Wing” who were holding out for pay raises have returned to the set of the NBC Emmy-winning TV series in Burbank, Calif.

Filming on the show’s third season began Monday.

“They went to work and they are still negotiating in good faith,” said publicist Pat Kingsley, who represents Allison Janney, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff.

Each actor “makes in the $30,000 range” per episode and they want more, Kingsley said Monday. She wouldn’t disclose financial details.

Daily Variety reported last week that actors Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe each make six-figure salaries per episode. Both returned to the set last week.

“They signed on with agreement it was an ensemble cast and they would all be making the same thing. They want parity,” Kingsley said. Sheen signed on later and wasn’t part of the ensemble deal, she said, but Lowe was.

The show, which captured a record nine Emmys last year including best drama series, garnered a total of 18 new nominations last week. The four dissenting cast members each got a nod for supporting performer.

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