Fireworks on 'Glee' ...
Actress Jane Lynch says her "Glee" character Sue Sylvester throws "a hissy fit the likes of which no one has seen before" when the show returns.
The Fox hit is on hiatus until a special post-Super Bowl episode on Feb. 6 that features guest shots from Gwyneth Paltrow and Katie Couric, and the students offering their version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," she said.
"It's got so much firepower," the Emmy-winning actress said. "There is so much going on in the show that is crazy and funny and wild. I have a hissy fit the likes of which no one has seen before, where I try to destroy the locker room and principal's office. I try to shoot one of my cheerleaders from a cannon."
Lynch talked about her show Thursday while promoting another project: an educational campaign on teenage mobile phone misuse that she is doing for LG Mobile Phones. She does a series of short videos about texting while driving, sexting, cyberbullying and other misuses of mobile phones by teenagers. The vignettes are available on YouTube and the company's website.
The videos are aimed at parents to get them talking with their children about these problems, and show parents how to set ground rules. Younger viewers familiar with Lynch's stern, slightly off-center depiction of Sylvester would likely enjoy them, too.
Lohan's spat draws probe ...
Lindsay Lohan isn't the only one authorities are investigating over a late night spat with a rehab worker. Experts say the facility where she is being treated and its former employee will also receive some scrutiny.
A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health confirmed the agency was conducting an investigation at Betty Ford, but declined to release details. Spokesman Ralph Montano said this week that details may be released later, but he could not confirm that the inquiry was related to Lohan or an interview by the fired employee.
Detectives are investigating Lohan for misdemeanor battery at the request of a Betty Ford Clinic worker who was involved in a fight with the "Mean Girls" star shortly around 1 a.m. on Dec. 12.
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, has declined to comment on the incident but said it was the actress who called police.
The worker later conducted an on-camera interview with celebrity website TMZ, which also posted an e-mail the worker apparently sent to supervisors after the fight. The woman, identified by TMZ as Dawn Holland, was promptly fired by Betty Ford.
Criminal defense attorney Steve Cron, who is not involved in the case, said both Betty Ford and Holland are likely to face some repercussions. Betty Ford, which described the Lohan incident as the first time in 28 years that it had a breach of patient confidentiality, could face a civil fine, he said.
Baldwin v. Costner ...
Stephen Baldwin has sued fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The federal lawsuit filed in New Orleans on Wednesday by Baldwin and a friend claims Costner and a business partner duped them out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges from a company they formed after the April 20 spill.
BP ordered 32 of the centrifuges, which separate oil from water, and deployed a few of the devices on a barge in June. BP capped the well in July and kept any more oil from leaking until the seafloor gusher was permanently sealed in September.
Costner's publicist, Arnold Robinson, declined to comment Thursday on the suit's allegations.
Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris, owned shares in Ocean Therapy Solutions, the company that marketed the centrifuges to BP.
But Baldwin and his friend claim they were deliberately excluded from a June 8 meeting between Costner, his business partner Patrick Smith and a BP executive, Doug Suttles. At the meeting, the suit says, Suttles agreed to make an $18 million deposit on a $52 million order for the 32 devices.
Coin fails likeness test ...
That's Kate Middleton? Britain's Royal Mint on Thursday released a commemorative coin featuring portraits of Prince William and his bride-to-be, but critics said the results were far from lifelike.
Images of the couple on the memento bear little resemblance to either the prince or his 28-year-old betrothed. Middleton appears plump in the face and lips and has bags under her eyes, while some critics suggested William looks more like former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Available in silver or gold, the 5-pound ($7.70) coin -- which costs 9.99 pounds ($15.40) to buy -- marks the April 29 wedding of the second-in-line to the British throne.
"This coin is of historical importance, to get it so wrong seems ridiculous," Ingrid Seward of Majesty magazine told Britain's Sky News.