Talk show host Phil McGraw’s pristine 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible has been stolen from a Southern California hot rod shop.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says in a statement that McGraw was driving the collector car when it broke down on Sunday and was taken to the RODZ shop in Burbank.
The car is worth at least $80,000 and was stolen that night.
The actor who played David Starsky in the 1970s police drama Starsky & Hutch is fighting a drug charge in Kentucky for what he says is medical marijuana from California.
The Daily News in Bowling Green reports an attorney entered a not guilty plea on Thursday on behalf of 69-year-old Paul Michael Glaser of Venice, Calif.
Bowling Green police charged Glaser with possession of marijuana and a pipe on May 10, hours after he read an excerpt of his young adult novel, Chrystallia and the Source of Light, to students at a middle school.
New music rules
There will be more songs vying for Oscars at next year’s Academy Awards.
The motion picture academy said Thursday that there will be a minimum of five nominees in the original song category at next year’s ceremony.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that the five nominated songs receiving the highest number of votes from music branch members will be up for the final award. The voting process previously only allowed songs that earned an average score to be nominated.
Only two songs were nominated for the trophy this year.
Rimes files suit
LeAnn Rimes has sued two women she claims illegally taped a phone conversation with her and posted edited snippets online.
The country singer’s lawsuit filed in Los Angeles seeks damages of more than $25,000 against Kimberly Smiley and her daughter Lexi, who are described in the case as supporters of the ex-wife of Rimes’ husband Eddie Cibrian.
The suit claims Rimes did not know she was being recorded and spoke to the Smileys to get them to stop posting negative things about her online.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 81. Actress Judith Ivey is 61. Actress Khandi Alexander is 55. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 52. Actor Wes Bentley is 34. Actor Max Greenfield is 33. Singer Beyoncé is 31.