JAILED Embattled R&B singer Bobby Brown, 33, was released from an Atlanta jail Jan. 21 after serving six days of an eight-day sentence for a 1996 DUI charge. On the fifth day of his sentence, Brown was taken to a local hospital for undisclosed reasons. He was released from both hospital and jail the following day.
COURTS On Jan. 14, Queen Latifah (nee Dana Owens), 32, pleaded no contest to reckless-driving charges stemming from her arrest last Nov. 20 in L.A.; two DUI charges were dropped. Latifah was sentenced to three years' probation, fined $300, and ordered to participate in a 12-hour alcohol-education program.
DEATHS Italian actor-screenwriter Leopoldo Trieste, 85, a Federico Fellini regular who played fearful landlord Signor Roberto in 1974's The Godfather: Part II, reportedly of a heart attack, Jan. 26, in Rome.... Actor Robert Rockwell, 82, who played opposite Eve Arden in the '50s sitcom Our Miss Brooks, of cancer, Jan. 25, in Malibu.... Emmy winner Richard Crenna, 76, of complications from pancreatic cancer, Jan. 17, in L.A. Also a star of Our Miss Brooks, he later played steely Colonel Trautman in the Rambo movies and Tyne Daly's fiance on CBS' Judging Amy.... Paul Monash, 85, who cocreated '60s TV series Peyton Place and produced such films as Carrie and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, of an undisclosed illness, Jan. 14, in L.A.... Screenwriter Norman Panama, 88, of complications from Parkinson's disease, Jan. 13, in L.A. With partner Melvin Frank, Panama wrote films including 1954's White Christmas and the hit Broadway musical Li'l Abner, and earned three Oscar nominations -- for Road to Utopia (1946), Knock on Wood (1954), and The Facts of Life (1960).... British writer-producer Anthony Havelock-Allan, 98, who earned Oscar noms for cowriting 1946's Brief Encounter and Great Expectations, of undisclosed causes, Jan. 11, in London. -- Evan Serpick