updated 01/24/2003 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/24/2003 AT 1:00 PM ET
WINONA WORKS: It’s back to work for Winona Ryder, who has landed her first movie role since her conviction last November for having lifted nearly $6,000 of merchandise from the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. Variety reported that the “Girl, Interrupted,” star, 31, will costar with TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Ray Romano, 45, in “Eulogy,” a black comedy whose cast also includes Debra Winger, Hank Azaria, Monica Potter and Rip Torn. Shooting is set to begin Feb. 21.
BROWN BOUNCED: Bobby Brown was released from Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, one day after being transferred there from jail for what remains an undisclosed condition, Reuters reported. The R&B musician, 33, was also released from jail custody under a “good time” policy that reduces sentences by 25 percent for good behavior. Brown, the husband of Whitney Houston, 39, had been serving an eight-day jail sentence since last Friday, after pleading guilty to a 1996 drunk-driving charge.
KELLY CAUGHT: Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly, 34, was arrested in Miami Tuesday night on new child pornography charges, after investigators said they discovered 12 photographs of a nude girl in one of his central Florida summer homes, the Miami Herald reported. Kelly, whose first name is Robert, was apparently filming a video for his new song “Ignition,” and was taken into custody by Miami-Dade Police at Coconut Grove’s Grand Bay Hotel. The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was held at the county jail before being released on $12,000 bail.
MADONNA & GRACE: Madonna has been swept away by the guest-star craze on “Will & Grace” and will make her episodic TV series debut on the NBC hit during the May ratings sweeps, the Associated Press reported. Details of what she will do on the show – or even the date of her episode – have yet to be revealed. In other TV news, NBC has hired Cybill Shepherd, 52, to play Martha Stewart in its two-hour movie for May, “Martha Inc.: The Martha Stewart Story,” based on the book by New York Post business columnist Christopher Byron.
PRESLEY SINGS: Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is finally releasing her first solo album, “To Whom It May Concern,” to hit stores April 8, her label, Capitol Records, announced. Lisa Marie, 34, wrote all the songs on the CD, which has been in the gestation stage since she signed a deal with Capitol way back in 1998. Pop guru Glenn Ballard helps out on Presley’s debut, as does songwriter Danny Keough (Lisa Marie’s first husband “and still best friend,” according to her press release) and ex-Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.