Blog Posts by Sheila Marikar

  • Lindsay Lohan Questions Sandy 'Panic'

    Never mind the closed schools, shut down transit systems, and hundreds of thousands of evacuees. Lindsay Lohan wants to know what the big deal is.

    "WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i'm calling it Sally)..?" she tweeted Sunday night. "Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace"

    Lohan was re-tweeted more than 3,000 times, and thousands more Twitter users responded to her with comments including "taking precautions isn't negativity…" and "you high sis?"

    Incidentally, before sending her tweet, the 26-year-old actress re-tweeted a message from the Red Cross beseeching followers to review family emergency plans. Maybe she's confused, or just needs a publicist.

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  • Lebanon Threatens 'Homeland' With Suit

    Though it's been a runaway hit in the U.S., Lebanese officials aren't happy with "Homeland." A tourism minister told multiple media outlets this week that Lebanon is considering suing the Emmy-award-winning Showtime series because of its unflattering portrayal of Lebanon.

    "This kind of film damages the image of Lebanon - it is not fair to us and it's not true, it is not portraying reality," Fadi Abboud told the Beirut-based Executive magazine. "We want to take action, we want to write to the filmmakers and producers and demand an apology. And we are planning to raise a lawsuit against the director and the producer."

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    Abboud pointed to a recent "Homeland" episode that featured snipers on Hamra Street in West Beirut, which according to the Associated Press is a lively neighborhood filled with cafes, book stores and bars.

    "It showed Hamra Street with militia roaming in it. This does not

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  • Uma Thurman's Daughter Has 7 Names

    Uma Thurman's daughter is going to have a hell of a time filling out a Scantron form.

    On Wednesday, the actress revealed the name of the daughter she gave birth to in July: Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson, "better known to family and friends as Luna," Thurman's rep Gabrielle Kachman told People magazine.

    While so long? "Each name has a special reason and meaning to her mother and father," Kachman said.

    Little Luna joins the ranks of Blue Ivy Carter, Apple Paltrow, and more celebrity children unlikely to find their monikers on souvenir key-chains.

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  • Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green Welcome Baby Boy

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    The World's Sexiest Woman is now the World's Sexiest Mom.

    Actress and men's magazine darling Megan Fox revealed on Facebook today that she and husband Brian Austin Green welcomed a son on Sept. 27.

    "We have been very lucky to have had a peaceful few weeks at home, but I would like to release this myself before others do," she wrote. "I gave birth to our son Noah Shannon Green on September 27th. He is healthy, happy, and perfect. We are humbled to have the opportunity to call ourselves the parents of this beautiful soul and I am forever grateful to God for allowing me to know this kind of boundless, immaculate love."

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    Fox kept her pregnancy under wraps until photos of her with a bulging belly revealed that she was expecting. The "Friends With Kids" star told Cosmopolitan in April that she's "always been maternal" and wants "at least two, probably three kids."

    Fox and Green, the erstwhile David Silver on "Beverly Hills,

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  • Romney Still Using 'Friday Night Lights' Sign

    (ABC News)Mitt Romney's still mimicking Coach Taylor, even though "Friday Night Lights" creator Peter Berg told him to stop.

    Tuesday night, Romney's personal assistant snapped a photo of the Republican presidential candidate touching a "Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose." sign and posted it on Twitter, Romney's campaign confirmed to ABC News. The palm slap is a nod to the ritual performed by the Dillon Panthers on "FNL" as they run out of their locker room and onto the field.

    Berg's probably not pleased. Last week, he slammed the GOP nominee for using the motto of his football TV drama in speeches and campaign signs, saying "Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series."

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    He added, "The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity - who turned his back on

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  • Halle Berry Says She's Related to Sarah Palin

    (ABC News)Here's hoping Halle Berry's next family reunion takes place in Wasilla. The Oscar-winning actress revealed in an interview with "Extra" that she's distantly related to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

    "You want to know who I'm related to? Sarah Palin!" Berry told "Extra." "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli shouted "No!" in disbelief. Berry laughed and said, "That's what I said, 'Nooo!'" mimicking a horror movie scream.

    How? "Some twisted way," Berry said. "Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative]."

    Berry's "Cloud Atlas" co-star Tom Hanks, who was also interviewed by "Extra," said the connection fits in with the theme of their new sci-fi film, which opens Oct. 26.

    "This is the 'Cloud Atlas' continuum without a doubt," he joked. "I'm telling you, the connections that go through. It doesn't matter who, what race, where, what time."

    Berry didn't say how she discovered the Palin connection, but many celebrities are discovering unlikely famous relations

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  • Lindsay Lohan, Dina Lohan Prompt 911 Call: Report

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    More problems for Lindsay Lohan: According to the Associated Press, police were called to her childhood home on New York's Long Island Wednesday morning after hearing reports of a fight between the 26-year-old actress and her mother.

    Nassau County police told the AP that officers were called around 8 a.m. to the Merrick, N.Y., home where Lohan grew up. Her mother, Dina Lohan, lives in the house with some of Lindsay's siblings. An investigation revealed "no criminality." Police did not release details on the subject of the argument.

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    Lohan's publicist declined's requests for comment. Messages left with Dina Lohan were not answered.

    According to, the argument started around 4 a.m. at New York City's Dream Downtown, the hotel where Lohan was accused of a hit-and-run last month. TMZ said Lohan wanted to "take her limo to her New York City hotel, but Dina wanted to take it to her home in Long Island,

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  • Lady Gaga Dresses Like a Witch to Meet Julian Assange

    (Photo Credit: this under people you didn't expect to break bread together: Lady Gaga visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London Monday and ate dinner with him there, according to the Telegraph.

    Gaga promoted her new perfume Fame with a tea party at the nearby Harrods department store before going to the embassy. She wore a black outfit and a pointed witch's hat. They took a picture. According to the Telegraph, they spent five hours talking and Gaga left after midnight.

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    Assange, who is wanted in Sweden over alleged sex assaults on two women, has been at the Ecuadorian embassy since June and has claimed asylum.

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    Why did they meet? What did they talk about? It's unclear. Representatives for the embassy and Gaga did not immediately respond to's requests for comment. But maybe this Sunday evening tweet from singer M.I.A. to Gaga has something to with it:

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  • Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman Separate After 30 Years

    Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAfter more than three decades together, actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have separated, DeVito's rep confirmed to today.

    DeVito, 67, and Perlman, 64, married in January 1982 and have three children together. They met in 1970 after Perlman went to see a friend in the Broadway play "The Shrinking Bride" and ended up charmed by DeVito, who was also in the production.

    In a 1983 interview with People magazine, Perlman said DeVito "was a lot more fun and a lot more sexy" than men she had previously dated. DeVito recalled, "She was vibrant, with a great sense of humor, and real warm." The two moved in together after two weeks.

    After 13 years as a couple, Perlman told People their relationship was so solid, "you'd really have to work hard at breaking us up at this point." Years later, when asked about the secret to his enduring marriage, DeVito reportedly replied, "Love. Love. I mean, really. You know what? Who knows. The secret to success is to try to

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  • Vivica Fox Says Obama Campaign Needs 'a Little Bit of Drama'

    Vivica Fox knows drama – she presides over a circus of it on the reality series “Prank My Mom,” premiering Tuesday on Lifetime – and thinks President Obama needs to indulge in it after Wednesday’s debate.

    "What I love about him is that he's so great under fire, but he has to realize that people like a little bit of drama," she told today. "He has to walk that line."

    Fox, a "sports junkie" who said she's probably watching ESPN if her TV's not tuned to CSPAN, compared the presidential debates to a boxing match.

    "It was just round one," she said. "Obama's like the heavyweight champ. He's going to wear [Mitt Romney] down. He's a smart guy."

    Between promoting "Prank My Mom," starring in the sitcom, "Mr. Box Office," and working on films, Fox has been supporting Obama and encouraging others to do the same.

    "I tweet all the time, I make donations, I'm doing as much as I can do," she said. "I support him 150 percent, and I just want to tell everybody, I know he's not

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