As you read this,
is enjoying sobriety tucked up in the luxurious if not extravagant bosom of that famed former-First-Lady-inspired celeb rehab, the
Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., TMZ reports.
LiLo, who has racked up more arrests, jail time, rehab stays, drunken fights, boyfriends, and breakups at the tender age of 26 than many a world-class rogue accrues in a lifetime, got to the center via a tortured and circuitous road.
Ordered to spend 90 days in an inpatient program in lieu of jail, LiLo was supposed to park her neuroses at the Seafield Centre in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., but balked when she found out it was a nonsmoking joint.
So she flew out to Cali with plans to check into Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, Calif., even though it hadn't been approved by the court. She showed up 11 a.m. Thursday, then walked out after a few minutes. TMZ says she switched lawyers and got a green light to go to Betty Ford, where she arrived late Thursday night.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
The New York Drama Critics' Circle has voted Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as best play and Matilda: The Musical as best musical. . . . Nicole Kidman is too regal to shoot adverts here, but not in her native Australia, where she stars in a vitamin commercial. She is portrayed dancing around jubilant in a perfect garden and eating an apple.
Faux Twitterati in mils
It seems you can't trust figures about celeb Twitter followers, including folks on the "most followed" list, currently topped by Justin Bieber (38.5 mil), Lady Gaga (36.8 mil), Katy Perry (36 mil), Barack Obama (31 mil), and Rihanna (29.4 mil).
But a total of nearly 80 mil of their so-called fans are completely bogus, says StatusPeople.com's Faker Scores. SocialBakers.com's Fake Followers Check pretty much agrees. It claims 53 percent of Bieber's, and even 34 percent of the New York Times' followers are fake, as well as 23 percent for Pope Francis (@Pontifex), StatusPeople's tool suggests.
Apparently fake followership is a huge and growing industry, with a couple dozen online enterprises in the business who create fake followers for a price.
"Fake followers are typically sold in batches of one thousand to one mil accounts," according to the Times' Bits blog. "The average price for 1,000 fake followers is $18, according to one study by Barracuda Labs." Unclear is who's to blame.
Nobody's putting forth hard evidence of culpability, even as researchers cite mysterious almost-overnight increases in followers, citing big brand names, politicians, and a couple of prominent rappers.
It's also possible these fakery calculators can't be fully trusted either.
- Peter Mucha