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July 27, 1993|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

A Princely Return?: The Joffrey Ballet's "Billboards" grossed $479,565 over five performances, "a lot of money for dance," according to James A. Doolittle, who presented the company's just-ended run at the Music Center's 3,200-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Claiming that "hundreds" were turned away after Saturday and Sunday's shows sold out, Doolittle said he is already "in negotiations" with the Joffrey to bring the rock ballet, performed to music by Prince (who did not attend the production), back to the Pavilion by June, 1994. "Billboards," which moves to the Orange County Performing Arts Center tonight through Thursday, will be performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in November.


Violence Hot Line: ABC will offer a national toll-free hot line beginning Aug. 1 to let viewers obtain information about ABC programs carrying a parental or viewer advisory, the network announced Monday. The public service line (1-800-213-6ABC) will be updated twice weekly with information about the title, air date and content of targeted programs.

*Rox Says She Was Fired: Susan Ruttan, who played office manager Roxanne on "L.A. Law" for the past seven years, says she was unceremoniously dumped from the NBC series. In Saturday's issue of TV Guide, Ruttan says her character will disappear next season because "the powers that be felt that the character wasn't worth the money." She also says that nobody on the show even said goodby. "It hurt my feelings," Ruttan said. Executive Producer William Finkelstein said he felt the network's money would be better spent getting new faces on the show.

*Can We Talk? Not Yet: A new KTLA morning talk show was supposed to have premiered Monday at 9 a.m., but "The Joan Rivers Show" aired as usual instead. "Sam & Barbara," a proposed take-off of the now defunct "A.M. Los Angeles" that is scheduled to star "KTLA Morning News" personalities Sam Rubin and Barbara Beck, has been postponed at least until late August. After a couple of full-show rehearsals, station management decided that the "show isn't quite ready" and that they would take more time "to re-evaluate the direction" of the program, a KTLA spokeswoman said.


New Sheriff: Director Jonathan Kaplan ("The Accused") is in negotiations to replace Tamra Davis at the helm of "Bad Girls," the women's Western set in the late 1800s and starring Madeleine Stowe, Andie MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Drew Barrymore and Cynda Williams. Production shut down after three weeks when Davis ("CB4") was reportedly fired; a statement from producer Andre Morgan, however, says the parties "did not share a common vision" and that it was "her decision to leave the project." Production is set to resume in two weeks in Northern California.


Grilling Garth: Country star Garth Brooks' recent hard-line stance against record stores that sell used compact discs has not made him any new fans on the West Coast. In fact, hundreds of disgruntled consumers are expected to show up at 7 tonight at Rockaway Records on Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake to burn the singer's albums at the "Garth Buck$ 'I Want More Money--BBQ for Retail Freedom.' " Tonight's roast is the last of seven staged between Seattle and Los Angeles to protest Brooks' decision not to release his albums to any store that sells used CDs.

*Elton's Nightmare: "You don't stay up for three or four days at a time doing drugs, then sleep for two days, then eat for three days . . . and not be lucky to be alive," says Elton John, describing his 17-year drug habit and bouts with bulimia on tonight's "Entertainment Tonight." Describing when he hit rock bottom, John says: "I wouldn't wash, there would be vomit on my dressing gown from bulimia. There would be empty whiskey bottles, mirrors with coke on them. I would be desperately searching on the carpet for cocaine. . . . I'd become an animal, a pig. I couldn't say, 'OK, I've got a problem.' When I did, everything changed."


Mick Jagger turned 50 Monday, passing a milestone of middle age that he admits has taken some of the rage out of the snarling "Street Fighting Man" of the 1960s. "You supposedly get different as you get older," Jagger said during a break from recording a new Rolling Stones album in Dublin. "I'm not so aggressive. I'm not so ready to punch people out as I used to be." . . . Former NBC News correspondent and "scud stud" Arthur Kent has been hired to be the host and reporter on "Man Alive," a long-running weekly documentary series on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Kent, who is Canadian, recently has been making documentary films. . . . Devante Swing, a member of the pop group Jodeci, was bound, blindfolded and struck in the head by armed robbers who ransacked his New Jersey house on Friday and stole about $20,000 in jewelry, the Record of Hackensack newspaper reported.

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