Runs in the family
Lindsay Lohan’s mother is facing an aggravated drunken driving charge in New York following a traffic stop on Long Island.
State police say Dina Lohan, 50, was stopped on the Northern State Parkway in Nassau County at 11 p.m. Thursday after troopers clocked her driving a BMW at 77 mph in a 55-mph zone.
She took a breath test that pegged her blood-alcohol level at 0.20 percent, police said. That’s more than twice New York’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Lohan was brought to a State Police barracks in Farmingdale, issued tickets for driving while intoxicated and speeding and then released to a “sober third party,” state police said in a news release. She is due in court Sept. 24.
Kidman OK, but shaken up
Nicole Kidman says she was shaken up after being knocked down by a bicyclist on a city sidewalk.
Kidman appeared on the red carpet Thursday night celebrating Francisco Costa’s 10th anniversary as the women’s creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection.
Earlier, the 46-year-old actress was outside a hotel when she was hit by a bicyclist. She was knocked to the ground, but in an interview at the Calvin Klein event, she said she was OK.
Kidman added: “I’m up, I’m walking around, but I was shaken.”
The New York Police Department says a 19-year-old bicyclist was issued three summonses for riding a bike on the sidewalk, riding a bike with no helmet and reckless driving.
Zadora ordered to get help
A judge on Thursday ordered singer-actress Pia Zadora to complete alcohol and impulse control counseling.
The entertainer, whose career peaked in the 1980s, was arrested in May after police say she sprayed her teenage son with a hose in an attempt to get him to go to bed.
A Las Vegas judge told Zadora that she’ll face 30 days in jail if she fails to seek help, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
Zadora was charged with domestic abuse and coercion after a disturbance that began with her attempt to hustle the 16-year-old boy to bed so she could get some rest.
‘Real story’ better than film
A former Canadian prime minister said Thursday the real story of how a former Canadian ambassador protected Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis is a “better story” than Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning picture “Argo.”
Joe Clark, Canada’s prime minister in 1979, made the remarks at a screening of the documentary “Our Man in Tehran” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Argo” came under criticism from some Canadians, including former ambassador Ken Taylor, who said he felt slighted by “Argo” because it makes Canada look like a meek observer to CIA heroics.
“I think the truth is the better story,” Clark said to applause.
Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and at the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran for three months and facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Ottawa government to issue fake passports.