Lohan paves way for trial
Sorry to drag this out, but Lindsay Lohan isn't going to jail just yet. The actor elected to take her grand theft charge on the road to a trial after refusing to accept a plea deal that would have resulted in time behind bars. After Lohan showed up Thursday 35 minutes late and wearing a beige latex minidress, Judge Keith Schwartz set an April 22 preliminary hearing date on the charges that she stole a $2,500 necklace from a Ventura, Calif., jewelry shop. That case will be heard by Judge Stephanie Sautner, E! reports. If Sautner finds her guilty of violating her probation, Lohan will sit in jail until her trial on the theft charge.
Sheen files lawsuit
Just days after being fired from CBS' Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen has fired back with a $100 million lawsuit on behalf of himself and the show's crew against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, the studio and the executive producer of the show, respectively. The suit, filed Thursday in Santa Monica Superior Court, charges that Sheen was fired from the show only because he had recently criticized Lorre. Warner Bros. had no comment on the suit. Meanwhile, have you wondered how the current job market might affect Sheen's search for an intern? More than 74,000 people have applied for the job, according to Internships.com, where his ad was posted. The actor said he will pay someone to help leverage his social media network this summer. The application wasn't exactly extensive: It limited applicants to 75 characters or less.
Moore will play Palin
Despite the obvious answer that this role should have gone to Tina Fey, HBO has announced that Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin in an upcoming original movie. Game Change is based on the bestselling book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, which followed Sen. John McCain's selection of Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign, the Los Angeles Times reports. It will be directed by Jay Roach with a screenplay by Danny Strong, the pair behind the Emmy-winning 2008 HBO picture Recount.
New twist for Spidey
Julie Taymor, the Tony Award-winning director of The Lion King, will no longer direct Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical. Producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening until summer. Taymor, who also co-wrote the book for Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, will remain part of the new team, lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris said Wednesday.