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Updated: February 19, 2013 2:04PM



Things continue to keep going from bad to worse for Lindsay Lohan, with friends and close associates again shaking their heads after learning the actress had fired her perennially patient attorney, Shawn Holley.

The lawyer, seen at Lohan’s side in many court appearances over the past several years, reportedly was axed mostly because the actress refused to go along with a deal Holley crafted. The attorney hoped to prevent Lohan from being sent back to jail for violating terms of her probation in several pending cases tied to that Malibu car crash and the alleged jewelry theft from a California boutique.

Reportedly, the deal would require Lohan to return to rehab for a minimum of six months — something the actress totally rejected out of hand.

Still pending? An estimated unpaid $300,000 bill for Holley’s legal services.

IT WAS A JOKE, PEOPLE! Many didn’t get the gag when Jennifer Lawrence jumped on stage to accept her best actress/musical or comedy trophy at the Golden Globes and said,“I beat Meryl Streep.” Even Lindsay Lohan joined the throng of clueless folks in Twitterland who thought the young actress was insulting the iconic Streep.

Nothing could be further from the truth, as Lawrence took pains to explain on David Letterman’s show Tuesday night. The “Silver Linings Playbook” star was merely quoting Bette Midler’s famous line about a fictional Golden Globe inscription in Goldie Hawn’s home in “The First Wives Club.”

The good news: I’ve learned Streep thought it was a very clever quip by Lawrence — particularly since the two women were competing against each other Sunday.

TRAGIC LOSS: The helicopter crash Wednesday morning in central London was a half world away from Hollywood, but Pete Barnes, the chopper pilot killed in the crash near the new American embassy, was well known to many movie studio production executives. He had piloted camera-carrying helicopters for TV and film projects including “Die Another Day” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

The fatal crash occurred when Barnes’ helicopter collided with a construction crane in the Vauxhall area of London, near the headquarters of the British spy agency, MI6.

ROMANCE: Demi Moore appears to be continuing to focus on younger men. As her divorce from Ashton Kutcher nears finalizing, the actress is said to be casually dating a guy with a bit of a Chicago connection: restaurateur Harry Morton, the grandson of the late, great Chicago restaurant and nightlife honcho Arnie Morton.

There’s word Jonah Hill and ex-girlfriend J ordan Klein — who he broke up with about two years ago — have quietly begun seeing each other again.

TINSELTOWN TRIVIA: Here’s an interesting tidbit about the Oscar-nominated “Argo,” Ben Affleck’s hit film that already has won two Golden Globes and other critics groups’ awards.

Turns out that Beverly Hills mansion that served as the home for Alan Arkin’s Hollywood producer character in the film actually belongs to Zsa Zsa Gabor. The ailing actress’ husband rented the house out to the film company while Gabor was in the hospital — unfortunately an all-to-frequent occurrence in her life these days.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Chicago’s own Joe Mantegna, star of “Criminal Minds,” and his daughter, actress Gia Mantegna, will co-host the 21st annual Faith & Values Awards for family-oriented films, sponsored by Movieguide, Feb. 15 in Hollywood, airing on the Hallmark Movie Channel.

TAKE NOTE: Fans of Chicago music legend Milt Trenier will want to know he and his team will be celebrating Milt’s 83rd birthday by jamming at Untitled Show Lounge, 111 W. Kinzie, on Saturday. The fun all starts at 8 p.m.

STAGE SET: Adelaide Mestre is restaging her unique autobiographical one-woman show at New York’s Stage 72 on the Upper West Side, with performances set for Feb. 5, 13, 19 and 27.

The reason for the mention here: Mestre is a descendant of the Marshall Field family of Chicago department store and Sun-Times fame — something she touches on in her show that travels from the gilded penthouses of Manhattan to Havana, the home of her concert pianist father, who married her American socialite and professional opera singer mother.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Rapper, actor and TV host Xzibit dined at Gibsons on Rush, chatting with execs from Southern Wine about his new tequila called Bonita Platinum and happily posing for photos with fans. … While in Chicago this week, Rhea Perlman did a bit of shopping at the popular Sofia boutique, which recently moved into a new home at 100 E. Walton. … Former Bulls great Bob Love happily greeted fans at O’Donovan’s on Irving Park the other night — predicting the 2013 team will make the playoffs, but worrying their biggest nemesis will be the Miami Heat.

GOING FOR YUKS: Most of the cast of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network’s recent special “My Life is a Joke” — Patti Vasquez, Kellye Howard, Lisa Laureta and Natalie Jose — will take the stage at Zanies’ Wells Street comedy club on Jan. 28. Only cast member Jessica Joy is unable to perform.

The Chicago Bears’ Israel Idonije and ex-Bear Jerry Azumah have teamed up for a comedy show benefitting the two athletes’ charities (Azumah Student Assistance Program Foundation and Israel Idonije Foundation) — featuring a slew of comics for a Jan. 29 gig at Untitled. Among the comics expected to perform in the “Laugh Out Loud” show, hosted by WGCI’s Leon Rogers and Vocalo.org’s Brian Babylon, are Damon Williams, Tony Sculfield, Mitch Hurley, Erica Clark, Willie Lynch and Ali Clayton.



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