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April 16, 1998|SHAUNA SNOW

ENTERTAINMENT

Springer Warning: The controversial "Jerry Springer Show" was scheduled on Wednesday evening to begin airing parental advisories for the talk show/slugfest. At the show's start, a full-screen warning will read: "The following may contain adult themes, strong language or violence. Parents are cautioned this program may not be appropriate for children." USA Networks Studios, which produces the syndicated show, ordered the advisory in response to criticism of the show's content and violence, which includes frequent brawls among guests. The weekday show airs locally on KCAL-TV Channel 9 at 11 p.m. (Delayed repeats air at 10 a.m.)

Spice Tour: The Spice Girls will kick off their first U.S. concert tour on June 15 in Miami. They'll play at L.A.'s Great Western Forum on Aug. 15 (tickets go on sale April 25), followed by a scheduled stop at the still-under-construction Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Aug. 21.

DiCaprio Sued: "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio and friend Tobey Maguire have been sued by independent producer David Stutman over a low-budget film, "Don's Plum," which they filmed in 1995-96. The suit alleges that the two actors used "DiCaprio's clout as a newly anointed superstar" in an "egomaniacal" campaign to pressure distributors against the film's release. The reason: Maguire, who co-starred with DiCaprio in "This Boy's Life," was unhappy with his role in the finished film, the suit claims. No response from the actors was available at press time.

THE ARTS

Man of Action: In his first administrative move as executive vice president and managing director of the L.A. Philharmonic, Willem Wijnbergen has announced that he will personally lead overall management of the Hollywood Bowl, while Anne Parsons, whose job description had included those duties under former managing director Ernest Fleischmann, will manage the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Wijnbergen said the formal reassignment of responsibilities will "achieve a stronger focus of Bowl management" and help in "further expanding the Hollywood Bowl audience."

QUICK TAKES

Master P's No Limit Records has officially completed its purchase of Snoop Doggy Dogg's contract from Death Row Records. Both companies declined comment on details of the arrangement, but sources say Death Row received an estimated $4 million to hand over the rapper's exclusive recording services. . . . Warner Home Video has delayed the video release of Oscar-winning "L.A. Confidential" for one week. It is now scheduled to be in stores next Tuesday.

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