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Chris Cooper cast as Green Goblin in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ sequel

By Greg Gilman

Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborn — the Green Goblin’s corporate alter ego — in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” a spokesman for Sony told TheWrap.

The character is one of Peter Parker’s most infamous villains, and was portrayed by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. “Chronicle” star Dane DeHaan has already been cast as Harry Osborn, who is Norman’s son and Parker’s best friend.

Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield, will have his hands full in his next big-screen adventure, as it’s been previously announced that he’ll be facing off against Jamie Foxx (“Django Unchained”) as Electro and Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) as the Rhino.

The teenage superhero will also be juggling multiple romantic relationships, too. Emma Stone is returning as Gwen Stacy, while Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”) is portraying Mary Jane Watson — a character previously played by Kirsten Dunst.

Production for the second film in the planned trilogy is already underway, with its release scheduled for May 2, 2014.

Cooper, an Academy Award winner in 2002 for best supporting actor in “Adaptation,” was seen in theaters as the maniacal oil executive Tex Richman in 2011’s “The Muppets,” and will next appear in “August: Osage County.”

Lawyer says Lohan committed to turning life around

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan is committed to turning her life around and wants to record public service announcements on the dangers of domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drunken driving, her attorney said Wednesday.

Mark Heller told The Associated Press that the actress’ plans are independent of a criminal case that could return her to jail on charges that she lied to police about being a passenger in her car when it slammed into a dump truck in June.

The “Liz Dick” star has been repeatedly sentenced to jail, rehab, and community service since her first pair of arrests for driving under the influence in 2007. She spent several months in court-ordered psychotherapy until a judge released her from supervised probation in March 2012.

As part of the intense psychotherapy sessions, Lohan is in the beginning stages of trying to become an inspirational speaker to young people, he said.

“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 said.

“She’s going to try to inspire hope in people,” he said. “I think it will be good for her. It certainly won’t hurt others.”

Heller mentioned Lohan’s intent to become an inspirational speaker in a letter to prosecutors and a judge that was obtained Tuesday. He said he will meet with prosecutors on Friday to try to reach a resolution in Lohan’s newest case, which includes misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and obstructing officers from performing their duties.

She has pleaded not guilty. Lohan, 26, was on probation at the time of the crash and faces up to 245 days in jail if a judge determines her conduct violated her probation in a 2011 necklace theft case.

Officers suspected alcohol might have been involved in the June accident on Pacific Coast Highway, but the actress passed sobriety tests at a hospital and she was never charged with driving under the influence.

Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said officers did not give Lohan a field sobriety test at the accident scene because she and her assistant were injured in the crash and were taken to a nearby hospital. While officers could not rule out that Lohan might have been drinking, he noted that she did not show signs of impairment.

Celebrity web site TMZ, citing anonymous sources, reported Wednesday that a bottle of alcohol was found next to Lohan’s sports car after the crash. Lewis said he could not discuss evidence in the case, but noted that the actress was not charged with drunken driving.

Heller wrote in a motion filed last week that officers found a bottle that they initially thought was urine, but might have contained wine. His filing, which seeks a delay or dismissal of charges against the actress, states that “upon information and belief” the bottle’s contents were never tested.

Lohan’s case returns to court on Friday, although the actress is not required to attend.

Heller is asking a judge to dismiss the case against Lohan because officers ignored the actress’ request to talk to her attorney before being interviewed, court records show. He said he is prepared to defend Lohan at trial if necessary, but is hoping a deal can be worked out. He is seeking a delay in the case to have time to prepare and allow Lohan to demonstrate she is improving her life.

Threats from judges and jail sentences that are invariably cut short because of overcrowding haven’t helped Lohan, Heller said. “None of it really brought closure to this predicament that led to this most recent event.”


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Carrie Fisher briefly hospitalized

Entertainment Tonight.

ET confirms that Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher was hospitalized briefly in Los Angeles following a medical incident related to her bipolar disorder.

According to the 56-year-old star’s rep, “There was a medical incident related to Carrie Fisher’s bipolar disorder. She went to the hospital briefly to adjust her medication and is feeling much better now.” Fisher is currently in Los Angeles.

The star was recently honored with the Utah Film Center’s Kim Peek Award for Disability in Media for her forthright candor in dealing with her bipolar disorder and for raising awareness about the condition, saying that people suffering from bipolar disorder must choose between being a victim and “taking it on and flying in the face of it.”

The accomplished writer and performer has also been making headlines as of late with rampant speculation that the original Star Wars trilogy cast will appear in the in-development Star Wars VII, directed by J.J. Abrams.

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