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Lohan appears in court and gets new trial date

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Lindsay Lohan (inset) briefly appeared in a Los Angeles court Wednesday for the first time in nearly a year and left with new attorney Mark Heller and a new trial date. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner shook her head when she saw Lohan seated with her attorney, just months after the judge had warned the ‘‘Liz and Dick’’ star to grow up and stay out of trouble. The actress was required to attend the pretrial hearing involving three misdemeanor counts filed after a car crash last summer. Lohan has pleaded not guilty to lying to police, reckless driving, and obstructing officers from performing their duties. Sautner previously sent her to jail, placed her under house arrest, and forced her to perform morgue cleanup duty in another case. Lohan was on probation at the time of the wreck and could be sentenced to 245 days in jail if a judge determines her actions in the crash were a violation of her sentence in a theft case. Lohan’s new trial date is March 18. (AP)

Nabors ‘wanted it legal’

Actor Jim Nabors says marrying his longtime male partner doesn’t change anything about their relationship — he just wanted it to be formally acknowledged. ‘‘I just wanted it legal,’’ said the 82-year-old actor best known as Gomer Pyle in ‘‘The Andy Griffith Show.’’ Nabors married 64-year-old Stan Cadwallader, his partner of 38 years, in Seattle on Jan. 15. The couple flew from Honolulu and were married in a hotel room by a judge friend who drove up from Olympia, Wash. Nabors became an instant success when he joined ‘‘The Andy Griffith Show’’ in 1963. The character of Gomer Pyle — the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim ‘‘Gollllll-ly!’’ — proved so popular that in 1964 CBS starred him in ‘‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’’ (AP)

Sitcom reveal promised

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CBS says the big reveal is coming for ‘‘How I Met Your Mother.’’ The network said Wednesday the sitcom will air its ninth and final season next fall. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler promised that TV’s ‘‘most mysterious mother’’ will be unveiled as the show wraps up. That would be the mystery woman with whom Ted, played by Josh Radnor, ultimately has a family. The sitcom’s cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan. 20th Century Fox Television says all the actors will return for the 2013-14 season. (AP)

Separation for Judd

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are separating after 11 years of marriage. Judd’s spokeswoman confirmed a Tuesday report from People magazine that the 44-year-old actress and 39-year-old Scottish race car driver are ending their marriage. The star of such films as ‘‘Double Jeopardy’’ and ‘‘Kiss the Girls’’ says in a statement that the pair will ‘‘always be family’’ and will continue to cherish their relationship based on love, integrity, and respect. Franchitti has won the Indianapolis 500 race three times. The couple wed in a private ceremony in Scotland in 2001. (AP)

Online Warhol auction

An online auction of Andy Warhol’s works will give a broader audience the chance to own a piece of his pop art. It is Christie’s International’s first online-only Warhol sale. About 125 paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints will be offered from Feb. 26 through March 5. Pre-sale estimates range from $600 to $70,000. The auction is being held in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The works can be previewed online before the sale. Bidders can browse, bid, and receive instant updates by e-mail or phone if another bid exceeds theirs. The first live auction raised $17 million for the Warhol Foundation’s endowment. (AP)

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