Madonna is the newest target of the nation's leading anti-porn crusader. Florida lawyer Jack Thompson, who started the campaign against the rap group 2 Live Crew, now says he'll try to get police to arrest record store owners who sell Madonna's "Justify My Love" video to minors.
Warner Reprise Video, which is releasing the video, has responded with a warning sticker advising potential buyers that the tape may not be suitable for viewing by children. So far, no video chains are refusing to carry the cassette.More bad news for Madonna: She may be able to justify her love, as the song title says, but a judge in L.A. says she can't justify the height of bushes and a tree in her Hollywood Hills yard. Neighbor Donald J. Robinson won a court order compelling her to trim her driveway hedge and keep a pine tree below the roof line so they won't block his view. Madonna wanted high greenery to ensure privacy.
- Jane Fonda, due to be officially engaged to cable TV tycoon Ted Turner on her 54th birthday, Dec. 21, was spotted picking up some racy parts of her trousseau at Frederick's of Hollywood. The wedding is set for sometime next summer, after Troy Hayden, son of Jane and ex-husband Tom Hayden, graduates from Santa Monica High School.
- Paul Newman has set up a new Hole-in-the-Wall Gang camp for children with cancer in England. Newman already uses money from his Newman's Own Foods to fund a similar summer camp in Connecticut. The camps are named after the gang of outlaws in Newman's movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
Newman has also shipped a quarter-million bottles of his company's lemonade to U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.
- A plea bargain looms in the Christian Brando murder case, as a Tahitian court declares his half-sister Cheyenne mentally incompetent after she twice tried suicide. The ruling makes it almost certain she won't return to Los Angeles in time to testify in Christian's trial for the May 16 shooting of her lover, Dag Drollet, at papa Marlon Brando's mansion on Mullholland Drive. Christian admits shooting Drollet, but says it was an accident.
- This benefit was a bust. The $7,500 check from a benefit staged in Hollywood last August for paralyzed soul singer Curtis Mayfield has bounced. Mayfield, paralyzed from the neck down when hit by a lighting scaffold during a summer concert, is still hospitalized.
- Actor Corey ("Stand By Me") Feldman, 19, has received four years' probation and a $5,000 fine in a plea bargain after two drug possession arrests. Feldman pleaded no contest to heroin and cocaine possession charges, and agreed to finish a seven-month drug rehabilitation program he started, then left, in October. He's barred from entertainment industry work while in the program.
- Televangelist and erstwhile presidential candidate Pat Robertson has taken a unique view of the huge Election Night fire at Universal Studios. He sees it as divine retribution for movies like "The Last Temptation of Christ."
Robertson, on his "700 Club" program, said, "God is going to judge the entertainment industry in Hollywood that has been spewing out things around the world that have been corrupting the lives of people; (Universal) will be destroyed and will not rise again."
Obviously, Japan's Matsushita Electric Industries Corp. disagrees.
- "Golden Girl" Bea Arthur has told Dinah Shore she's forsworn wearing fur. "I wore fur in a picture that was taken of me and Lucille Ball when we were making `Mame' in 1974. That was the last time I wore fur," Arthur said.
- Charlie Sheen told a trade paper he's hoping for a sequel to his new movie, "The Rookie," so he'll get another chance to work with Clint Eastwood. "I was very nervous about working with him at first, almost afraid to meet him, since he'd always been my hero," Sheen said. But he found Eastwood "very down to earth, very much like my dad (Martin Sheen). No ego getting in the way. . . . I'd love to work with him again."
- Take these debts and . . . Country singer Johnny Paycheck, imprisoned for shooting and wounding a man in a Hillsboro, Ohio, bar in 1985, has filed for bankruptcy. The singer, whose real name is Donald Lytel, is best known for "Take This Job and Shove It." He's serving a 7-to-9 1/2-year term for aggravated assault.
- Real estate beat: Longtime singing cowboy Gene Autry has sold off the last 10 acres of his Melody Ranch movie set in Santa Clarita, north of L.A. The ranch was scene of numerous movie shootouts involving the likes of John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, and appeared in the TV series "Gun-smoke" and the movie "High Noon." The ranch, now surrounded by upscale homes, sold for a reported $975,000 . . . Chevy Chase has purchased a vacation home in Snowmass Village, just outside Aspen, Colo. The price was not revealed . . . Recently divorced Raquel Welch is buying a four-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath contemporary house in Beverly Hills. The house has a 40-foot-long swimming pool, spa and fountain, and reportedly went for just over $1.5 million.
- Gary Coleman is back in sick bay. The ex-star of "Diff'rent Strokes" has had two kidney transplants and is bedridden in an Arizona hospital with more renal problems. Spokesmen won't specify which hospital or city he's in.
- Helen Hayes and Dennis Weaver have drawn bouquets, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Eddie Murphy brickbats from the Hollywood Women's Press Club. Hayes and Weaver are co-winners of the group's Louella O. Parsons Awards for projecting positive lifetime images and making humanitarian efforts. Zsa Zsa and Murphy, meanwhile, share the Sour Apple award.