Lohan's new 'bling' could be career drag
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Lindsay Lohan left court yesterday with a heavy new piece of jewelry, but it wasn't her favorite kind of bling.
Lohan sported an ugly, alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet that came with tough restrictions on her probation that could cut into her career plans.
The measures were ordered after Lohan angered Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel by failing to show up for a hearing last week in Beverly Hills and instead attended the Cannes Film Festival in France.
The actress has been on probation since August 2007 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug charges and no contest to three driving charges.
ALL-STAR LINEUP TO HONOR PAUL MCCARTNEY
WASHINGTON — The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld are among an all-star lineup that will honor Paul McCartney next month at the White House.
McCartney will receive the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. It will be presented at a concert June 2 in the East Room of the White House.
Performers announced yesterday also will include White Stripes singer and guitarist Jack White, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and others.
WIDOWER OF BRITTANY MURPHY DEAD AT 39
LOS ANGELES — The husband of Brittany Murphy was found dead by his mother-in-law late Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with the late actress, the coroner's office said.
Simon Monjack's death was reported as a possible heart attack and appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. Monjack was 39.
There were no signs of foul play or physical injury to his body, Winter said. Prescription medications belonging to Monjack were found in his bedroom, but there was no immediate indication he overdosed. An autopsy was planned for today.
Murphy died last Dec. 20 after collapsing in the home.
ABDUL TO JUDGE NEW COMPETITION SERIES
NEW YORK — As Simon Cowell leaves the reality-show judge's chair, his old foil, Paula Abdul, is returning.
CBS said yesterday that Abdul will be a judge on "Got to Dance," a competition expected to make it on the air sometime next season. She'll also be an executive producer for the series, which is based on a successful competition that airs in Britain.
Cowell is leaving "American Idol" after this season, concentrating on a new show he'll import from England.
SLIPKNOT BASSIST FOUND DEAD IN HOTEL ROOM
DES MOINES, Iowa — Paul Gray, the bassist for Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, was found dead yesterday in an Iowa hotel room, police said.
A hotel employee found Gray, 38, dead in a room at the Town Plaza Hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines, police said in a statement. Foul play isn't suspected, and an autopsy is planned for today.
Slipknot's self-titled debut in 1999 sold more than a million copies. Known for its grotesque masks, the band won a Grammy in 2006 for best metal performance for the song "Before I Forget."