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Interscope Records artist Andre Young, aka Dr. Dre, pleaded no-contest Wednesday to assaulting record producer Damon Thomas and was sentenced by a Van Nuys court to three-years probation and ordered to make a $ 5,000 payment to a battered women’s shelter as part of a plea agreement. Young also was ordered to serve either 90 days in L.A. County Jail or enter into a house arrest program before June 16 as part of the sentence on a related probation violation.

David Koepp, co-scripter on “Jurassic Park,” will be the guest speaker Aug. 9 at UCLA Extension’s program series “Screenwriters on Screenwriting.” The series begins July 26 with Peter Iliff (“Patriot Games”) and continues Aug. 2 with Jeffrey Abrams (“Forever Young,””Regarding Henry”).

The postponed show “Jesus Was His Name” will open at Radio City Music Hall with changes that remove what Jewish groups perceived as anti-Semitic depictions. The multimedia show, which was to open Wednesday, will instead open Saturday. An announcement will be read before shows saying there was no intent to denigrate the Jewish people.

Gary LeMel, president of music for Warner Bros. Pictures, will speak on “Music in Film and Soundtrack Albums” today at noon as part of the luncheon series sponsored by the L.A. chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. The event, at the Ma Maison Hotel Sofitel, is open to NARAS members and the public.

Harry Belafonte will be the second inductee to the Greek Theatre Wall of Fame , joining the band Santana. A ceremony commemorating the event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday and is open to the public. Belafonte will perform at the venue later that night. The Wall honors those who have sold more than 100,000 seats at the 6,187-capacity venue.

Peter Jones Prods. will produce four half-hour specials next season for American Movie Classics. Jones has provided programming to AMC since 1990.

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