STILL CRAZY after all these years . . .
Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, were arrested on disorderly conduct charges Saturday by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in a Connecticut court yesterday and said they did not feel threatened by the other.
Simon told a Norwalk Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument with his wife Saturday night at their home in New Canaan.
A caller from the singers' home dialed 9-1-1 late in the evening Saturday and hung up, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference yesterday. That caller was Brickell's mother, who was visiting. Officers who responded found minor injuries and believed it was a case of domestic violence, he said.
Simon and Brickell, who have been married for more than two decades, were each given a misdemeanor summons and one of them agreed to leave and go to another location, Krolikowski said.
In the clearing stands a boxer/And a fighter by his trade/And he carries the reminders/Of ev'ry glove that laid him down/Or cut him till he cried out/In his anger and his shame/"I am leaving, I am leaving"/But the fighter still remains.
An attorney representing the couple, Allan Cramer, said the incident was very minor.
"They are here together, they get along fine with each other," Cramer told reporters before the hearing. "If it were Joe Blow we wouldn't be here. You certainly wouldn't be here. These people have had a wonderful life together and they've never had these types of problems."
According to Cramer, what happened was that the couple got in an argument (possibly over the number of ways there are to leave your lover) and when Simon tried to exit because he craved the sound of silence, Brickell locked the door because she didn't appreciate the dangling conversation.
At yesterday's hearing, Simon and Brickell each said the other was not a threat. Judge William J. Wenzel said he did not see a need for a protective order.
The couple left court, homeward bound. "We're going to watch our son play baseball," Simon said.
Simon, 72, and Brickell, 47, were asked to return to court May 16.
* Warner Bros. says that the tentatively titled "Batman vs. Superman" movie will lead into a "Justice League" movie, either in 2017 or 2018.
Zack Snyder will direct.
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are expected to reprise their roles as Batman and Superman, and Gal Gadot will likely play Wonder Woman.
TheWrap.com says that one casting rumor that has been circulating around Hollywood is that Affleck's close friend and collaborator Matt Damon is being sought to play Aquaman, with Jason Momoa also rumored for that role (among others).
No knock against Damon, but he does not seem the most buoyant of actors.
"Batman vs. Superman" is slated to hit theaters on May 6, 2016, the same day Disney/Marvel plans to release "Captain America 3."
* It will be easy for Beyonce to keep track of Jay Z this summer.
They're performing together.
The "On the Run Tour" launches June 25 in Miami and hits Citizens Bank Park on July 5.
* Willie Nelson, who turns 81 this week, is getting his fifth-degree black belt.
The biodiesel driving, pot-smoking country-music icon was scheduled yesterday to achieve another level of mastery in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul.
Admit it, you thought it said Bong Kwon Yu Sul.
* The e-wait is over: "To Kill a Mockingbird" will become available as an e-book and digital audiobook on July 8, HarperCollins Publishers announced yesterday. Author Harper Lee, in a rare public statement, cited a "new generation" of fans in agreeing to the downloadable editions of her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.
"I'm still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries," Lee, who turned 88 yesterday, said through her publisher. "I am amazed and humbled that 'Mockingbird' has survived this long. This is 'Mockingbird' for a new generation."
* Fox TV jumped into the TV theater game yesterday, saying it will air a three-hour live version of the musical "Grease" that will feature "a young ensemble cast."
How about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez as Danny and Sandy? Who's with us?
* Speaking of . . .
"Extra!" reports that Orlando Bloom, 37, and Selena Gomez, 21, may be a new couple, speculating that it's a revenge move against Justin Bieber getting cozy with Bloom ex Miranda Kerr.
We're not buying it.
Meanwhile, TMZ.com reports that Selena has broken up with former friends Kylie and Kendall Jenner. Each is blaming the other for being a bad influence.
* Not only is he getting married, George Clooney is settling down.
Or at least stepping down.
Clooney will no longer be a U.N. "Messenger of Peace," the United Nations said yesterday, suggesting that the newly engaged actor did not have enough time for the role of promoting the world body's peacekeeping efforts.
And if there's one job that's a full-time gig, it's promoting peace.
- Daily News wire services
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