Socked With Shoe
This week's Lindsay Lohan update has nothing to do with the actress, but rather with her father. While she's making headlines as a bona fide box-office babe for starring in "Mean Girls," her father, sadly, is making headlines, too.
Michael Lohan got into a bit of a scuffle with his brother-in-law outside Lohan's Long Island home two weeks ago after a party for his 7-year-old son, Dakota. A First Communion party. Lohan is accused of striking Matt Sullivan across his head with a shoe, a blow that resulted in 16 stitches. At the First Communion party.
The 42-year-old patriarch was arraigned Thursday in Hempstead, N.Y., on charges of second-degree assault and aggravated harassment.
Lohan -- who has been in the pokey three times in his past, according to the New York Daily News -- insists that his relative was drunk and initiated the fight. He's due back in court a mere two days before his teen daughter hosts the MTV Movie Awards on June 10.
Pet psychics are popular people these days, and Juliette Lewis, for one, wants to take advantage of their special gift. "As crazy as that is," she says in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "I want to go to her and say, 'Where is my Chowie? Is he reincarnated? And how can I find him?' " (Chowie, we've learned, was her Chihuahua, who fell victim to coyotes seven years ago.)
Whether or not she finds peace of mind about Chowie, the 30-year-old is currently putting all of her energy into performing with her band, the Licks, which goes on the Warped Tour June 25. And though actresses-turned-rock stars are the latest craze in Hollywood (think Minnie Driver and Gina Gershon), Lewis says she's unlike those other actresses seeking the rocker limelight. "First of all, you have to ask yourself what kind of actress I am. I'm not some blushing ingenue who has an immaculate image, who has caretakers and stylists and all that stuff." (Yes, Juliette we've noticed the lack of stylist.)
"I'm literally -- this sounds stupid, but I'm of the people," she laughs. "That's why I never did well at Hollywood social events."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, the tough-talkin' TV judge, and her spouse, that other TV judge from "The People's Court," Gerald Sheindlin, are making a case for the protection of their back yard in Greenwich, Conn. The couple have complained to local authorities that a neighboring athletic field was built without proper permits. The town ordered Martin Sands, owner of the property, to cease use of the field until permits are acquired, leaving an eighth-grade girls lacrosse team high and dry.
So, what started this whole problem? Mud in the couple's pool, they say, because of erosion, which apparently cost $17,000 to clean. But now parents and athletes alike are irritated, as there's a shortage of fields.
Not surprisingly, the Sheindlins aren't budging. "As the grandparents of 10 grandchildren who love sports, what we find most offensive is that the Sandses are basically telling children it's okay to break the law if you have enough money to try and get what you want," Judge Judy said in a statement. "That's not only irresponsible, it's reprehensible."
Noted . . .
He has the construction of an entire building to oversee in Chicago for The Donald, but Bill Rancic -- winner of "The Apprentice" -- is going to pen a book (in all of his spare time, we imagine) detailing how he achieved success and how you can, too. "You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life From the Winner of 'The Apprentice,' " (tentative title) should hit stores this fall, according to HarperCollins Publishers.
. . . and Quoted
"That's ridiculous. Why would having smaller boobs get you bigger roles?"
-- Actress Christina Ricci, rebutting claims that she had a breast reduction to aid her career, according to ContactMusic.com.
-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder
from staff and wire reports