Sideshow: Lilo to be a motivator?

People-Lindsay Lohan
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Lindsay Lohan attends the Mr. Pink Ginseng launch party at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lohan's attorney wrote in a letter filed in court on Feb. 22, 2013, that the actress is willing to record public service announcements and provide inspirational talks at schools and hospitals as a possible way to resolve a case that alleges she lied to police about a car accident. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

She's reformed! She's a good girl now! So Lindsay Lohan's lawyer, Mark Heller, promises about the troubled child, 26, who has been in and out of courts, jails, rehab (and one morgue) since '07. LiLo is turning her life around and plans to become an inspirational speaker on the dangers of alcohol, domestic abuse, and of, well, being LiLo. "I think she suddenly woke up one morning and had an epiphany and she suddenly realized and appreciated the seriousness of the events that led to her being in court," Heller tells the Associated Press.

"She's going to try to inspire hope in people . . . I think it will be good for her." LiLo, who faces up to 245 days in jail for violating her probation, is due in court on Friday. Surely she still could inspire from behind bars?

  

Soap for Rick Springfield, son

Soap veteran and "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield, 63, tells People he will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of ABC's General Hospital by reprising his role as Dr. Noah Drake for a brief story arc in April. He won't be alone: Rick's son, Liam Springthorpe, will join the show, as an undercover cop. So just where is Dr. Noah these days? "He lost his wife and became a drunk and regretted all these terrible, sinful ways and then cleaned his act up when he almost died from the alcohol," Rick tells People.

 

Carrie Fisher ill; treated; now OK

Carrie Fisher, 56, who lost 50 pounds on Jenny Craig, last week had a "medical incident related to [her] bipolar disorder" while aboard a Holland American Eurodam ship in the Caribbean, her rep tells USA Today.

"She went to the hospital briefly to adjust her medication and is feeling much better now." TMZ says the Star Wars alum had an embarrassing episode on board, singing bizarre songs, or singing regular songs bizarrely.

 

Even angels must suffer

In a ruinous turn of events that will haunt us to the day our pneuma is set free, Rachel McAdams, 34, and Michael Sheen, 44, have broken up. They met in 2010 on the set of Midnight in Paris, directed by that delightful film industry Cupid, Woody Allen.

To deepen our grief, a source tells People that Michelle Williams, 32, and Jason Segel, 33, have split up, after dating for a year.

 

Tidbits 'n pieces

ABC will announce the next Bachelorette star on March 11. Several gossipers have guessed who it might be. . . . Anne Hathaway has apologized for her last-minute dress switch on Oscar night. . . . A Los Angeles auction house is selling some of Oscar champ Jennifer Lawrence's costumes from Silver Linings Playbook, including a sports bra and vanilla-colored pants. . . . Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Mercedes McNab and hub Mark Henderson have welcomed their first child, daughter Vaunne Sydney, People reports.

 

Stone Temple fires pilot

The Stone Temple Pilots on Wednesday said they've fired singer Scott Weiland. Scott said he's confused: "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded," he said in a statement. "That's something for the lawyers to figure out."

Carmen Electra in swimwear

In a powerful statement about the viability of reducing women of all ages to sex objects, Gloria Steinem's spiritual heir, Carmen Electra, 40, poses on the cover of In Touch mag in the iconic red swimsuit that made her so respected on her trash TV hit Baywatch. "I feel better than I did at 25!" she said. "Once I got it on, I felt amazing."

 

Dick Gregory at Bryn Mawr

Named as one of the 100 greatest standup comics of all time by Comedy Central, Dick Gregory, 80, also is famed for his civil rights work. He'll deliver Bryn Mawr College's Black History Month keynote address Thursday at 7 p.m. Info: 269-589-7242.

 

Making money musically

Madonna ain't quite ready for retirement yet: The "Like a Virgin" singer tops Billboard's list of top earners, having made a total of $34.5 million over the last year.

Another perennial favorite, Bruce Springsteen, is at No. 2 with $33.4 mil. Roger Waters ($21.1 mil), Van Halen ($20.1 mil) and Kenny Chesney ($19.1 mil) round out the top five.

 

Mumford & Sons stay on top

English folkies Mumford & Sons remain atop the Billboard album charts for a fifth nonconsecutive week with Babel, which this week sold 63,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox is at No. 2 with 48,000, while Josh Groban's All That Echoes claws its way from No. 5 to third place with 41,000.

 


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.