Celebritology Weekend: Lindsay Lohan heads back to jail; A 'Grey's' doctor at Colonial Williamsburg; Cameron Crowe, Nancy Wilson split
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...
Lohan heads back to the slammer: Lindsay Lohan is back in jail, and this time she's there to stay for nearly a month. As the Associated Press reported, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox immediately had Lohan taken into custody Friday when she arrived in court for a hearing following her recent admission -- on Twitter, of course -- that she failed a court-mandated drug test. The “Mean Girls” star will be held in an isolation unit in an L.A. county women's jail until Oct. 22, when her next hearing has been set. To recap, for those confused by Lohan's perpetual trips through the justice system: the actress served 14 days of a 30-day jail sentence, followed by 23 days in rehab, over the summer for violating probation in a 2007 DUI case. A spokesman for the L.A. Sheriff's Office told People magazine that Lohan won't be released early this time, though, because her incarceration is a court order, not a jail sentence.
A “Grey's” doctor gets a page from Colonial Williamsburg: If you happen to be strolling through the streets of Williamsburg on Saturday, don't be surprised to see a familiar face from “Grey's Anatomy.” Jesse Williams -- who became a regular on the ABC drama this season after a multi-episode stint last year as Dr. Jackson Avery -- will appear in a production of a short, historical play called “What Holds the Future.” The piece -- to be performed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Governor's Palace and followed by Q&As with Williams -- is part of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's guest artist program, an effort to incorporate high-profile young actors into its interpretations of 18th-century history. (Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, kicked off the program last May.) “I think they found out in the press that I've been getting that I used to be a professional African-American history teacher and that it was something that was important to me,” he explained during a recent phone interview about how the opportunity came his way. The Chicago native and Temple University grad taught in Philadelphia's charter school system for two years before opting to pursue an acting career full-time. “That was something that I decided and then couldn't bring myself to do for months and months and months,” says the 29-year-old. “Because I loved my kids and I loved what I did and the need was so strong.” Williams hasn't ruled out a return to the classroom someday. But right now, he's relishing that full-time job on “Grey's Anatomy” and still adjusting to all the emotional intensity that a gig at Seattle Grace requires. “I'm figuring that out,” Williams says when asked if he's able to let go of all that “Anatomy” angst when the cameras stop rolling. “It does weigh on me a little bit but I am getting better at creating a partition between the two and shaking it off, so to speak.”
Crowe and Wilson split: It's so tempting to make a reference to Heart's song “What About Love?” in this situation. But honestly, we're too sad to bother. Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart has filed for divorce from Cameron Crowe, the filmmaker responsible for “Jerry Maguire,” “Almost Famous” and the ever-quotable teen classic “Say Anything,” citing irreconcilable differences. According to the Associated Press, the pair is seeking joint custody of their twin 10-year-old sons. The guitarist and the guy who wrote “Fast Times at Ridgmont High” have been married for 24 years in what always appeared to be -- to borrow the words of “Say Anything's” Lloyd Dobler -- a dare-to-be-great partnership. The pair has reportedly been separated since 2008.
Pop Culture Pulse: Andrew Garfield
This actor made headlines earlier this year after he was tapped to become the next Spider-Man. But expect his name to bubble up in conversation again in coming weeks in the wake of his exceptional turns in two award-worthy fall films: “Never Let Me Go” (in theaters now) and “The Social Network,” opening Friday. The vastly different performances demonstrate the 27-year-old's range -- in the former, he's a slow-witted, sheltered Brit and in the latter, the driven Latino-American who co-founded Facebook. Yet in both roles, he skillfully reveals the heartbreak experienced by two young men who naively believe the promises made by people they desperately want to trust.
Poll of the Week: Bieber's acting skills
Justin Bieber -- the pop singer who has launched a thousand (at least) Internet memes -- made a much-hyped appearance on the season premiere of “CSI” this week. As a teen with an anti-authority streak, Bieber clearly aimed to explore his dark side. How did he do? We asked readers that question in an online poll that may have been, um, influenced by fans infected with Bieber fever.
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
Comment: “Wait, 'possession of an ice pick' is illegal? I can't believe the National Ice Pick Association isn't all over this. Ice picks don't kill people, insufficiently chilled drinks kill people. Well, not 'kill' exactly, but nobody wants a warm Diet Fresca.” — byoolin1
Comment: “Ben Stiller must be beside himself.” — td_in_baltimore
This is an online version of the Celebritology column that appears in print in Saturday's Style section.
| September 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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