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Mar102011

Judge Gives Lohan More Time to Consider Plea Deal

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday,  A Los Angeles judge gave Lindsay Lohan a deadline of March 25 to decide whether she wants to accept a plea deal or go to trial on a felony charge of stealing a $2,500 necklace. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Clad in a gold leather tunic and black tights and accompanied by her mother, Dina, Lohan stayed silent for most of the hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom. She was also accompanied by her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley.

If convicted, Lohan could go to California state prison for up to three years. The 24-year-old actress already has been to jail three times in the past three years for DUI, drug possession, and probation violations.

California criminal defense attorney Dana Cole thinks it's unlikely Lohan will serve time for the jewelry case.

"No one's cutting her any breaks," he told ABCNews.com. "This is not a major felony case at all, I doubt she will do any jail time on this felony, it could get reduced to a misdemeanor. The question is the probation violation; that will only be dealt with after the necklace caper is resolved in one way or the other."

At her last appearance on Feb. 23, Judge Keith Schwartz set Lohan's bail at $40,000 -- $20,000 each for both the felony charge and for violation of her probation stemming from her 2007 DUI case. The judge warned Lohan that any plea deal would involve jail time.

"If you plead in front of me, you are going to jail, period!" Schwartz told Lohan during the Feb hearing.

Lohan's only public comments outside of court about the case have been to the TV show "Extra," saying she is embarrassed by the legal spectacle.

"I don't like the attention," she said on Extra. "I don't want that. I want my attention to come through my films, from the work that I'm doing."

But Lohan reportedly has said that the necklace in question was loaned to her by the jewelry store Kamofie & Co. and her assistant returned it to police.

After detectives started looking into the case and began preparing a search warrant, a friend of Lohan's brought the necklace to the Pacific Division police station.

This week Kamofie & Co. sold the rights to the security video of Lohan for an undisclosed price. The store owners said Wednesday they will auction off the necklace and donate the proceeds to charity but they wont be able to do so until the case is resolved since the necklace is being held by prosecutors as evidence.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Rob Lowe Won't Replace Charlie Sheen

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rob Lowe has no love for Two and a Half Men.

Despite Charlie Sheen's assertations that Lowe is "a beautiful man" and would make a "fabulous" potential replacement for him on Two and a Half Men, Parks and Recreation executive producer Michael Schur revealed at a panel in Los Angeles on Wednesday that Lowe has signed a "multiyear contract" with his show.

Schur added that "there's no truth" to the rumors that Lowe will replace Sheen. "The Internet lit a match and set itself on fire," he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On fire indeed. Many online commenters wouldn't mind if Lowe -- or John Stamos, another name that's been bandied about -- stepped into Sheen's shoes. Sheen gave both actors a thumbs-up in an interview on Dan Patrick's radio show Wednesday and offered them -- or whoever his successor may be -- some advice:

"What I would advise them to do, though, is just make it their own," Sheen added. "Don't, don't, don't think about anything that I've done brilliantly on the show for 177,000 episodes...but I would just tell them, make it your own."

Indeed, Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre crafted the Charlie Harper character for Sheen, not for any other actor. Do both love to drink? Check. Both drawn to multiple women at a time? Check. Both prone to fits of rage? Check.

But surely a man not fueled by "tiger blood" or built with "Adonis DNA" could play the similarly-minded uncle, cousin, long lost best friend or secret half-brother of TV's most loved playboy. (Isn't that why they call it acting?) Considering the studio suits probably have their hands full with threats from Sheen's lawyer and the potential loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, we thought we'd throw them a line. 

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Thursday
Mar102011

Exclusive: Roman Polanski's Victim Speaks Out 

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The justice system's decades-long pursuit of Roman Polanski for unlawful sexual intercourse has harmed his victim more than the film director ever did, the woman told Good Morning America in an exclusive interview Thursday.

"What I want people to know is that they don't understand what happened," Samantha Geimer, now in her mid-40s, said of the 1977 incident.

"It was [rape] because I was 13, but he didn't mean to hurt me, he thought it was all right and I was just scared and it was bad but it wasn't as bad as grand jury testimony, it wasn't as bad as having my sons traumatized by paparazzi.

"You shouldn't be damaged more by the court than by the crime," the mother of three said.

Polanski, 77, recently returned to France after spending 10 months under house arrest in Switzerland. It was the latest attempt to extradite the famed director back to the United States.

In the interview, Geimer revealed a never-before-seen photo taken by Polanski of her weeks before that fateful night in the California Hollywood hills.

Polanski, then 43 and the director of famous films such as "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby," promised that he could make the teen's dreams of becoming a model and actress a reality, she said.

The photo shows a fresh-faced blond teen smiling for the camera. Looking at the photo today, Geimer teared up.

"I'm kind of used to seeing it but, yeah, it's hard to look at it," she said. "That was not a great time for me."

Geimer testified in court that Polanski took topless photos of her as well.

Polanski first met Geimer at her home Feb. 13, 1977. Geimer said the director asked her mother if he could photograph her for French Vogue. The mother agreed.

A few weeks after the photo shoot, Polanski brought the young girl to the home of his friend, actor Jack Nicholson. Nicholson was not there at the time.

Geimer testified that Polanski plied her with champagne, gave her a Quaalude sleeping pill and then brought her into a bedroom where he sexually assaulted her.

The two have not spoken since that day.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Celebrity Chef Has Car Stolen

PRNewsFoto/Knuckle Sandwich(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo sports car owned by celebrity chef and Minute to Win It host Guy Fieri was stolen from a San Francisco car dealership in a daring heist early Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Investigators say a thief climbed onto the dealership's roof and then rappelled into the showroom using climbing gear before driving away.

The car is worth more than 200 thousand dollars. It can reach speeds upwards of 200 miles per hour, so getting away may have been easy, but blending in in a bright yellow Lamborghini could turn out to be the real challenge.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Lindsay Lohan Headed to Court Thursday

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan will make an appearance in a Los Angeles court on Thursday in connection to her grand theft case, at which time she'll have to decide whether to cop a plea in her alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace last January, or take her chances with a trial.

TMZ.com reports she will likely choose the latter option.  The website also reports Lohan's lawyer and a prosecutor handling the case met Wednesday but did not come away with an agreement.  A judge told Lohan at her arraignment that if she accepts a plea deal, she will go to jail.

Entertainment Tonight has been airing footage of the surveillance video of Lohan taken at the Venice, California jewelry store Kamofie & Co. on the day of the alleged theft.  Kamofie, which reportedly received at least $40,000 for releasing the tape to the media, is now planning to sell the necklace at auction after the case is resolved, according to TMZ.com.  The proceeds from the auction would go to charity.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Over 74,000 Have Applied to Be Charlie Sheen's Intern

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Do you want to be a "winning" social media intern for Charlie Sheen?  You had better apply soon.

So far, the former Two and a Half Men star has received more than 74,000 applications from people in 181 countries, according to TMZ, all stemming from a tweet he sent out reportedly looking for an intern.  Candidates can apply for the eight-week paid internship at cs.internships.com/charlie-sheen-internship.

The site says the actor is looking for "a hard-working, self-motivated, creative, resourceful and social media-savvy individual to work closely with Charlie Sheen in leveraging his social network."

The Twitter message was actually a sponsored tweet -- meaning Sheen was paid to post the ad by the website internships.com.

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Thursday
Mar102011

'American Idol's' Top 13 Perform for America's Vote

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top 13 finalists performed for America's vote Wednesday night, delivering songs originally recorded by their idols.

Judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their critiques.

For this round, all 13 hopefuls worked with record label honcho Jimmy Iovine and other big-name producers to perfect their performances.  Here's what happened:

Lauren Alaina was up first, singing "Any Man of Mine" by her hero Shania Twain.  Mega producer Don Was and Jimmy Iovine coached her on the performance, and they both thought she had star power.  Tyler liked the song, but he wished she had punched it up a notch.  Lopez loved her voice but she also wanted more energy from her.  Jackson doesn't think she knows how talented she really is, and he wants her to really stretch herself in the future.

Casey Abrams' idol is Joe Cooker, so he did Cooker's cover of The Beatles' "I Get by with a Little Help from My Friends."  Lopez was so overcome during his performance, she grabbed Jackson's arm and said, "I'm watching somebody important."  Jackson said he was "exciting" and "unbelievable," and Tyler called him a "rainbow of talent" and said he had a "plethora of passion."

Ashton Jones sang Diana Ross' song "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" after working with R&B super-producer Rodney Jerkins.  Jackson thought the song choice was a little safe, but he felt that she showed growth as a singer with the performance.  Tyler said he thinks she has more to her than she's showing yet, and Lopez challenged her to choose more familiar songs.

Paul McDonald looks up to Ryan Adams musically, so he chose to perform Adams' song "Come Pick Me Up."  Tyler loved the character in his voice, but he thought "Come Pick Me Up" wasn't in the right key for him.  Lopez thought he really engaged the crowd, and she hoped it translated to America.  Jackson loved that he is a little left-of-center and thought he was good for American Idol.

Pia Toscano chose Celine Dion's "All By Myself."  Lopez had tears in her eyes and was pretty much speechless while critiquing her.  Jackson applauded her natural talent and said he was in awe of her.  Tyler said she slammed it and called the performance "beautiful."

James Durbin went with Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," but he put a different spin on it with a little help from producer Jim Jonsin.  Jackson was amazed that he slew a Paul McCartney tune and showed his sensitive side this week, saying, "James Durbin is dangerous, America."  Tyler said he took everything he ever felt and kicked into the middle of next week with that performance, and Lopez applauded him as a great rock singer.

Haley Reinhart sang "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes, which called for quite a bit of country vocal acrobatics.  Tyler said the country and Western part of America was roaring for that performance, and Lopez said she has a really unique voice.  Jackson loved her range, noting that she performed an Alicia Keys song last week, but he thought this week's performance was boring.

Jacob Lusk really used his gospel background to deliver R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" with a choir backing him up.  Tyler said his performance was so good and pure he couldn’t even judge it.  Lopez said he made everyone feel so much when he sings, and Jackson was excited to see what he did next.

Thia Megia's performance of the Charlie Chaplin classic "Smile" began normally, but then she put a little beat behind it at the halfway mark.  Jackson liked the beginning, but thought she got pitchy when the jazzy part started.  Tyler agreed with Jackson, but cut her some slack since she was so young.  Lopez wanted to see her move a little more but said she sang like an angel.

Stefano Langone chose to sing Stevie Wonder's "Lately" because the words tell a story.  Tyler thought he really pulled it off, and Lopez was actually dancing during the performance.  Jackson thought he soared with this performance.

Karen Rodriguez went with Selena's "I Could Fall in Love" for her performance, and Lopez thought she seemed a little uncomfortable with the low notes.  Jackson said it seemed like she was fighting with the song and thought it fell flat.  Tyler added that he knew she could do better and hoped to see that next week.

Country boy Scott McCreery teamed up with producer Don Was to work on his rendition of "The River" by Garth Brooks.  Jackson told him not to change a thing, and Tyler told him, "Scotty, you did the Garth justice."  Lopez thought he opened up as a performer this time around.

Naima Adedapo went with "Umbrella" by Rihanna and worked with the producer of the original version, Tricky Stewart.  Tyler said she was crazy good, even though there were some pitch problems.  Lopez said the pitch issues didn't matter because she had flair during her performance.  Jackson said she needed to maintain vocal control while dancing, but he loved the reggae flavor she added to the song.

Someone is going home on Thursday night's American Idol results show.  The action starts at 8:00 ET on Fox with performances from Diddy Dirty Money and Idol alum Adam Lambert.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Rep Says Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn't Have a Record Deal Yet

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An online report that Gwyneth Paltrow has landed a recording deal with Atlantic Records appears to have been premature.

Her rep tells People magazine, "There is no deal yet."

There's been a lot of talk that Paltrow will record an album following her role in the recent film Country Strong and her appearances on Glee.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Adele Tops Chart Again; Album Is Best-Selling Disc of the Year So Far

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Singer Adele is definitely on a roll.

Her sophomore album, 21, is spending a second week at number one on the Billboard album chart, and it's already gone gold.  The album has sold 520,000 copies in two weeks, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making it the best-selling album of 2011 so far.  In fact, it's the only record to go gold so far this year.

Adele will kick off a U.S. tour May 12 in Washington, D.C.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Warner Bros. to Offer 'The Dark Knight' for Rental on Facebook

Paul Kane/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Hollywood movies are coming to Facebook.

Warner Bros. is offering The Dark Knight for rent on its Facebook page, with several other films to follow over the next few months.

Users can pay for the films with Facebook credits worth $3.  Multi-taskers need not worry -- their Facebook accounts will remain fully active while the movie is streaming so they won't miss a thing.

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