NEW YORK – Being under house arrest seems to have an up side for Lindsay Lohan.

The 24-year-old actress says that since being confined to her 3,000-square-foot home in Venice Beach, Calif., she’s caught up on movies and TV shows, stayed out of the public eye and, most important, had time to finish decorating her house and patio.

“I probably wouldn’t have done it had I not been home,” Lohan says in an interview in Life & Style magazine, on newsstands Friday.

Lohan is serving house arrest on a 120-day jail sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case by taking a necklace without permission from a jewelry store in January. She began serving her sentence last month, and is expected to serve about 35 days.

Lohan says that while not ideal, she treasures these moments alone in her home.

“There are so many things you can do,” she says. “It’s a nice way to just be reading scripts and focusing on what I’m going to do next.”

But Lohan says she cannot wait to resume doing things that she had taken for granted, like walking in the neighborhood, going shopping or dining out. Her recent request to leave her home to attend her brother’s 16th birthday party was denied.

In the interview, Lohan also addresses criticism that she got off easy with house arrest by saying it’s a common punishment. She says it’s a better alternative to a 12-by-8-foot jail cell at the Lynwood facility.

“It’s a scary place and a place that I don’t wish on anyone,” she says.

Lohan says she’s anxious to get started on the community service portion of her sentence. “I want to finish that so I can work in August and September,” she says.

Lohan claims that she no longer drinks, but falls short of saying she’ll stay out of nightclubs.

“I don’t think you should ever say never,” she says.

Glen Campbell, his last tour set, has Alzheimer’s

NEW YORK – Country music legend Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and will put out his final album this summer.

Campbell’s representative Bobbie Gale made the announcement Wednesday. The disease is in its early stages.

The 76-year-old’s wife Kim also talked to People magazine and said they wanted to go public with his illness because they wanted fans to know if he has trouble onstage.

Campbell’s CD “Ghost on the Canvas” is scheduled for release Aug. 30. He also is to go on “The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour.”

The Country Music Hall of Famer had pop and country hits with “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and perhaps his most famous song, “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Potter fans anticipating 

LONDON – Harry Potter fans are holding their collective breath as author J.K. Rowling gets set to reveal her latest project involving the boy wizard. Rowling has called a news conference today in London to reveal details of “Pottermore,” a mysterious website that has been taunting fans with the words “coming soon.”

Theories include a Harry Potter encyclopedia or an Internet-based game.

Several British newspapers received what appeared to be a leaked marketing memo indicating the site is a web-based game including a hunt for real magic wands. But Rowling spokeswoman Rebecca Salt said the memo, dated December 2010, was “an out-of-date document that got sent out by mistake.”