Stiles to return to the stage
Julia Stiles is returning to the New York stage in a quirky little comedy about a one-night-stand that has long-term implications.
The Cherry Lane Theatre said Tuesday the star of “10 Things I Hate About You” and David Mamet’s “Oleanna” on Broadway will next star in Scott Organ’s “Phoenix.” James Wirt will play her love interest and Jennifer DeLia will direct.
“Phoenix” begins performances on July 28 and opens Aug. 7.
Stiles has appeared in such films as “Save the Last Dance” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” She was also a guest star on the fifth season of “Dexter.”
Humperdinck gets sued
An upstate New York theater is suing singer Engelbert Humperdinck for more than $70,000 for his last-minute cancellation of a performance three years ago.
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that Palace Performing Arts Center in Albany filed the lawsuit last week against Arnold George Dorsey, Humperdinck’s legal name.
The venue is suing the British pop singer for funds he never returned after he canceled a show scheduled for June 29, 2011. The lawsuit says his band was already at the theater when Humperdinck canceled the concert.
The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for a $20,000 deposit it provided the 78-year-old performer, plus about $10,000 in advertising, more than $31,000 in sold tickets and attorney fees. Humperdinck’s agents wanted to reschedule the show, but the theater refused.
‘Jeopardy!’ streak ends
The reign of the winningest female contestant in “Jeopardy!” history has come to an end.
Julia Collins, 31, lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday. The Chicago-area resident accumulated a total of $428,100 during her 20 victories on the syndicated series.
Collins was vanquished by Brian Loughnane, an investment operations manager from Scituate, Mass. Collins went into the final-question showdown in second place, bet everything and lost it. Loughnane, who is from Ireland, won $22,600.
The clue that stumped her: The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay. She failed to answer with the correct question: Who is John Irving? His novel and film are titled “The Cider House Rules.”
Lohan’s mom to pay fine
The mother of actress Lindsay Lohan won’t go to jail for speeding and driving drunk on a New York highway.
A judge ordered Dina Lohan on Tuesday to pay over $3,000 in fines and fees. She’ll also perform 100 hours of community service and participate in an anti-drunken driving program.
Her driver’s license remains suspended. The 51-year-old’s sentence includes a requirement that she install an alcohol-detecting ignition lock on her vehicle.
Lohan pleaded guilty in April to aggravated driving while intoxicated and speeding in Nassau County on Long Island in September. She has said she was fleeing paparazzi..