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Changing course

A spokeswoman for Harry Potter star Emma Watson says she will be transferring from Brown University to another university in the autumn.

Vanessa Davies denied reports that the 21-year-old actress was "bullied out" of the Rhode Island Ivy League university, saying there was no truth in reports by a number of online publications who cited classmates and "insiders."

Davies said Saturday that Watson, who plays Hermione in the wizard movie series, has decided to pursue a different course not offered at Brown.

She added that the star "has absolutely loved her time at Brown" and made many good friends there.

Watson has recently taken time out of her studies to focus on her movie career. She has said that her first days in college were difficult.

Davies did not identify the university Watson will be transferring to.


Lohan freed on bail

The day unfolded all too familiarly for Lindsay Lohan: a court hearing, a jail sentence, a quick release.

The starlet appeared before a judge Friday for the fourth time in nearly a year and was sentenced to 120 days for violating her probation by taking a designer necklace.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said she thought the actress had intentionally taken the $2,500 necklace from an upscale Venice store and shown poor judgment in not trying to return it until police became involved.

The judge reduced the actress' charge from felony grand theft to a misdemeanor and imposed the 120-day sentence.

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, filed a notice of appeal right before court closed, clearing the way for the actress' release on bail. She was freed at 9:21 p.m. after posting $75,000 bail, according to the Sheriff's Office website.

Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers said her office would consider appealing the ruling as well.


It's just business

Pharrell may be involved with the textile company Return Textiles -- which creates clothes from recycled bottles -- but he says his intention isn't to be eco-friendly.

The rapper-producer told the Associated Press that he wasn't eco-conscious growing up and still isn't.

And while the company is an eco-friendly one, Pharrell says its main goal is to make quality products.

He says he hates "to put so much emphasis on the recycling part of it." Pharrell says because the company uses recycled bottles, the sustainability becomes "an added value."

Return Textiles makes its products through the use of bionic yarn technology, which is produced by using fibers collected from recycled plastic bottles.

Pharrell joined the company in 2008.


Designing woman

Almost anyone interested in fashion would do anything to work with designer Karl Lagerfeld, even if it's for an ice cream commercial.

Rachel Bilson jumped at the chance to star in a three-part short film series directed by the legendary Chanel designer for Magnum ice cream, which is launching in the United States.

"I was like, I'm working with Karl Lagerfeld. I could be doing something, like, really ridiculous and in, like, a big clown suit. It wouldn't matter," she said.

Bilson, 29, best known for her role on "The OC," has also gained recognition for her sense of style and writes a column about fashion for In Style magazine. For Thursday night's premiere for the ads at the Tribeca Film Festival, she wore a Chanel dress and carried a Chanel clutch.

"I was very young when I knew that I was into fashion,' Bilson said. She said she insisted on picking her own outfits at the age of 2.

'It was a young marriage between me and clothing," she joked.

For the ads, Bilson was the right actress, Lagerfeld said.

"Rachel is great, you know," he said. "She's a very good actress. She can play with her face without even saying one word. It was an easy job. The company told her what they wanted and the spirit and she adapted."

Bilson recently shot a TV pilot, "Hart of Dixie," for the CW network.

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