May 3, 2013

Lohan enters rehab, drama ensues

LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan's attorney said Thursday that the actress has checked into a California rehab facility.

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Lindsay Lohan’s sentence in a misdemeanor reckless driving case requires her to serve 90 days in a lockdown rehab facility.

The Associated Press

Attorney Mark Jay Heller told a judge at a morning hearing that Lohan was settling in at Morningside Recovery, a treatment facility in Newport Beach.

But hours later, Millicent Tidwell, an acting deputy director at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, said Morningside did not have the appropriate licenses to provide the type of restrictive in-patient treatment that a judge sentenced Lohan to undergo. The facility is certified to provide outpatient services and operates sober living houses, which do not require licenses, Tidwell said.

Lohan's sentence in a misdemeanor driving case requires her to serve 90 days in a lockdown rehab facility. Her choice of Morningside rankled a prosecutor, who said he would conduct his own investigation of the facility to make sure it complied with the terms of Lohan's sentence.

Morningside Recovery disputed that it was unlicensed, and issued a statement saying it has a 6,300-square-foot facility for drug and alcohol treatment.

"We have successfully treated thousands of patients through our program, many of which have been ordered to us by state and federal courts," Morningside said.

Spielberg to tell Navy SEAL's story in his next movie

LOS ANGELES - Steven Spielberg has his sights set on his next project, a movie about former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

A spokeswoman for DreamWorks Studios says the filmmaker will direct Bradley Cooper in an adaptation of the best-selling book "American Sniper."

"Spread" screenwriter Jason Hall wrote the script based on the autobiography of Kyle, who was killed along with a friend earlier this year while at a North Texas gun range. An Iraq war veteran who they were trying to help deal with PTSD is charged with the killings.

Kyle is considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.

– From news service reports

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