Book eyed for TV series...
HBO is interested in turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "A Visit from the Goon Squad" into a television series.
The network said Thursday that it had a development deal with the book's author, Jennifer Egan. Such deals are first steps in making TV series, but not every project in development makes it to TV.
Egan's novel about the passage of time won the Pulitzer for best fiction Monday. It talks about how technology has changed the way people live and communicate. Its main characters are a punk rocker who grows up to become an influential record producer and his assistant.
HBO spokeswoman Tobe Becker says there are no timetables for when such a series might be ready for air.
Lohan in Gotti film...
Lindsay Lohan is joining the big screen Gotti family as the wife of John Gotti Jr. in a biopic of one of New York's most infamous families.
She called her casting in "Gotti: Three Generations" a huge honor and told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the film is an opportunity to prove herself as an actress again.
"I'm really excited to be back on set and clear up all the misinterpretations about me and show this is what I love to do," Lohan said.
John Travolta has been cast to play John Gotti Sr., the mob family's patriarch who had a flair for style and a knack for avoiding convictions that earned him the name "Teflon Don." Joe Pesci will play one of his deputies.
The younger Gotti has insisted he left the mob life in the 1990s and has been unsuccessfully tried four times on racketeering charges.
He sold the rights to his life story to Fiore Films, which is developing the film focusing on Junior Gotti's relationship with his father. It will be shot in New York and is set for a 2012 release.
Redford speaking out...
Call it the fight between the megamine and the megastar.
Hollywood star Robert Redford is speaking out against the Pebble Mine, a huge copper and gold deposit poised for development in southwest Alaska, which also hosts the world's last and best wild salmon streams.
Redford posted a blog entry Thursday morning on the Huffington Post website that says he's not against mining but is against "putting megamines where they don't belong."
He also is speaking out in a New York Times advertisement paid for by the Natural Resources Defense Council asking mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American to leave Bristol Bay alone.
Slap on the wrist...
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' daughter Theodora, 25, will get her New York City graffiti and drug case dismissed in exchange for doing two days of community service, a judge said Thursday.
Theodora Richards has until late June to do the community service and won't have to enter a plea.
Police said officers spotted her March 1 writing the letters "T" and "A," with a heart symbol between them, in red ink on the side of a Manhattan building.
She had a small amount of marijuana and 8 1/2 hydrocodone pills in her purse, police said.
Prosecutors agreed to the dismissal "given her lack of a criminal record and her ongoing treatment," Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Kelli Clancy told the judge.