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April 8, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Macaulay Culkin’s father is in more trouble with the law.

A judge issued a warrant for Christopher Culkin’s arrest after he didn’t keep a court date Monday for his alleged attack on a news photographer.

Culkin was due in Manhattan Criminal Court to answer misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, attempted assault and harassment. Judge Arlene Goldberg issued the warrant when neither Culkin nor his lawyer showed up.

Culkin, 52, is accused of punching Andy Uzzle, a photographer working for the New York Post, outside Culkin’s Manhattan apartment March 5.

As the star of ``Home Alone″ movies and other films, Macaulay Culkin became the highest paid child star in history.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ ``Martin″ is quitting. He’s going to the movies.

After a troubled year, star Martin Lawrence said he’s ending his Fox comedy with a one-hour special May 1.

``After five years with the series, I feel it’s time to move on,″ said Lawrence, who starred in the movies ``You So Crazy,″ and ``Bad Boys.″

Lawrence was arrested in March after allegedly punching a man in a Los Angeles restaurant and was arrested last summer after a loaded gun was found in his suitcase.

In December, former co-star Tisha Campbell sued Lawrence, claiming he sexually harassed and sexually battered her.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns credits public television with allowing him to do what he does best.

Burns, whose works on Thomas Jefferson, the Civil War and baseball have won acclaim and awards, said there are ``misguided souls″ who think the marketplace is everything.

``They say if you can’t survive in the marketplace you can’t survive,″ he told Auburn University journalism students Monday.

But only through public TV could such expansive works have been made with artistic freedom, ``unfettered by the very demand the marketplace often exerts.″

Burns first won notice for his documentary on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, for which actress Julie Harris did the voice-over.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The 41-year-old son of Ike and Tina Turner was ordered to stand trial on charges that he used someone else’s credit card to buy orange juice and condoms from a drug store.

Ricky Turner was arrested March 20 outside the store in Los Angeles and charged with commercial burglary and credit card fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Marilyn Hoffman ruled Monday that there was enough evidence to try Turner.

Turner has a criminal record that includes convictions dating back to 1988. He was recently paroled after serving 18 months for car theft.

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MIAMI (AP) _ Everglades crusader Marjory Stoneman Douglas correctly predicted she’d live to 107. Now her aim is for 115.

Ms. Douglas rested through much of her 107th birthday Monday, too tired to join friends gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony for a environmental education center next to the small cottage where she’s lived since 1926.

It was the second birthday celebration in two days and a little too much activity for her, longtime friend Elisabeth Lilly said.

Ms. Douglas’ 1947 book, ``The Everglades: River of Grass,″ sounded the alarm about the perils of the ecosystem.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige has a surprise choice he’s eagerly pursuing for the lead role in his next film _ fellow director Zhang Yimou. He says he likes his face.

Chen, who won international acclaim for ``Yellow Earth″ and ``Farewell My Concubine,″ said Monday he hopes to work out a deal by next week to snare Zhang for ``Assassins.″ The film is a tale of an emperor of the Qin nation 2,000 years ago who discovers he is an illegitimate son.

``It’s a little risky. He’s been a director for years, but he didn’t play any part recently,″ Chen said. ``I just think he has a great face.″

Zhang, 46, has close-cropped hair and a toothy grin. He has directed international hits such as ``Red Sorghum,″ ``Raise the Red Lantern,″ ``The Story of Qiu Ju″ and ``To Live.″

The two are China’s best-known directors and one directing the other would be akin to Francis Ford Coppolla directing Martin Scorsese.

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