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Nov. 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Michael Jackson's father suffers stroke

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Joe Jackson, father of U.S. pop stars Michael and Janet, suffered a mild stroke -- his third in five years, family sources told CNN.

The 83-year-old Jackson family patriarch" is in very good spirits" as he recovers at an undisclosed Las Vegas hospital, an insider said.

CNN said despite his age, Jackson, who also created the Jackson 5, remains active in developing and promoting several businesses and products.

He lives in Las Vegas, while Katherine, his wife of more than 60 years, lives in Calabasas, Calif., with Michael's three children.

Michael died in 2009 at the age of 50.


Lawyer says Lohan wasn't drinking

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan's lawyer says the actress, who has a history of addiction issues, was not drinking or using drugs when she was arrested in New York this week.

The 26-year-old starlet was taken into police custody early Thursday after an altercation with a woman at a Manhattan nightclub.

"I can tell you when I was with her this morning; she was in great condition," her attorney Mark Heller told E! News Thursday. "She was certainly not intoxicated, certainly not under the influence of drugs. She was clear [and] lucid, her eyes were clear. No alcohol involvement whatsoever on this occasion."

E! News said Heller admitted he didn't ask Lohan if she had been drinking or doing drugs at any point before she was accused of a punching a fellow clubgoer.

"It wasn't even brought up," he said. "She was perfectly appropriate. And the police made note of that."

Lohan, who was seen this week in the Lifetime television movie "Liz & Dick," is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 7.


Francesca Eastwood is Miss Golden Globe

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher, will serve as Miss Golden Globe at the 70th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

The announcement was made Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Francesca Eastwood will help hand out the HFPA's Golden Globes for outstanding work in television and film.

She is the second Eastwood to become a Miss Golden Globe -- her half-sister Kathryn Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and Jacelyn Reeves, held the title in 2005.

"Francesca comes from a very talented family and we are delighted to have her be our Miss Golden Globe," said Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, the HFPA president. "She is a budding actress and is a great addition as we celebrate the show's 70th anniversary."

"I am honored to have been chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press to be Miss Golden Globe of 2013," Francesca Eastwood said. "I have watched the Golden Globes ceremonies since I was a little girl and it means so much to me to be a part of one of Hollywood's most illustrious events."

Francesca Eastwood, 19, has appeared in the films "True Crime" and "The Stars Fell on Henrietta." She is currently seen on the E! reality show, "Mrs. Eastwood and Company," starring alongside her stepmother, Dina Eastwood, her younger half-sister, Morgan Eastwood, and the South African band Overtone.

Francesca Eastwood is enrolled at the University of Southern California.


Clarkson, Pitbull join 'VH1 Divas' lineup

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric and Pitbull have joined the lineup for next month's "VH1 Divas" concert in Los Angeles, organizers said.

Also set to take part in the Dec. 16 dance music tribute at the Shrine Auditorium are Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks.

Adam Lambert is to serve as host of the "homage to the greatest divas of dance music," VH1 said.

The show also will include tributes to the late dance-music greats Whitney Houston and Donna Summer.

"VH1 Divas" will benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping music education alive in American public schools.

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