Winfrey scores deal to interview Lohan
Oprah Winfrey has scored another high-profile coup for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network: Lindsay Lohan.
The troubled star, who is currently serving her latest rehab stint, will be interviewed by Winfrey in August after her release. Lohan has also been signed for an eight-part documentary series that will air in 2014.
The deal with Lohan, which is sure to generate large ratings for OWN, is the latest in a series of prominent interview “gets” for Winfrey. The former talk show mogul has scored exclusive interviews with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and the family of deceased singer Whitney Houston.
Costner selling resort site at loss
Hollywood actor Kevin Costner is asking $14 million for 1,000 acres of land he owns near the Old West gambling town of Deadwood in western South Dakota’s Black Hills.
The property includes the site of the ill-fated Dunbar casino resort, a $100 million project that would have included a golf course and a steam-powered passenger train. It never materialized.
The listing does not include Costner’s Midnight Star casino and restaurant, the tallest building on Deadwood’s Main Street, or the $6 million visitor attraction he owns on the town’s north edge called Tatanka: Story of the Bison.
Costner filmed much of his Academy Award-winning movie “Dances with Wolves” in South Dakota.
“He has a strong sense of loyalty to the area and it was a hard decision for him,” real estate agent Mike Percevich said, adding that it took months for Costner to make up his mind.
Franklin cites health for no-show
Aretha Franklin has canceled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing treatment.
The show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., initially had been scheduled for June 22, but Franklin postponed it to later this month. Then, in a letter written by the Grammy-winning singer and distributed Friday by her publicist, Franklin said she was canceling the show “one last time” due to an unspecified ongoing treatment.
The 71-year-old Queen of Soul had announced in May that she was putting off scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut to undergo medical treatment.
The birthday bunch
Actor Patrick Stewart is 73. Actor Robert Forster is 72. Actor Harrison Ford is 71. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 71. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 67. Actress Didi Conn is 62. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 56. Comedian Tom Kenny (TV: “SpongeBob SquarePants”) is 51. Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 51. Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 35.