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Pals say that Lohan's London stage debut is improving, sorta

How about this for a change? Some positive Lindsay Lohan news. After a rocky start to her West End stage debut in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," Lohan is said to be settling into the job and actually doing pretty well. I know! "A bunch of her friends went to see the show and, despite what you hear, she gave a really solid performance. She did not get handed her lines and was really funny. The audience had a great reaction to her," a source tells Radar Online. And hey, faint praise is still praise, right? "She is in a really good place right now and we are all really proud of her. It seems like the old Lindsay is back," the source insists. I'm assuming that's supposed to be a good thing.

Emma Watson's influence must be rubbing off. Jennifer Garner was honored at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood benefit earlier this week, and she used the name of the event as a jumping off point for a pretty awesome speech about sexism in Hollywood. Here it is:

"The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad. I mean, the Men in Hollywood event is every day — it's called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part.

"So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill. We got home at night and we compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, 'How do you balance work and family?' and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the 'Blurred Lines' girl, which, for the record if we're talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous. … As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn't it time to kind of change that conversation?"

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All valid points, and cleverly made. I'm all for asking Affleck about how he juggles it all the next time I interview him. But does that mean I have to ask Garner about Emily Ratajkowski's rack, too?

After a year of very grown-up trouble, it's nice to see Justin Bieber getting back to the kind of juvenile shenanigans that made him such a lovable scamp to begin with. Pop's reigning tiny tyrant took a trip to the Vatican recently, where he was scolded by staff during a tour for kicking a soccer ball around the halls. Oh, that Bieber. Always getting up to something! Justin, you know you're not supposed to play ball inside the house of the Lord.

It's also worth noting that the Vatican usually enforces a strict dress code for visitors to its Museums, a dress code that bars shorts and hats. No word on whether Bieber got scolded for that as well, though.

So apparently Joan Rivers left some instructions that her executors are finding a little tough to follow through on. "Joan requested that after she is gone that her personal diaries be turned into a book," a source tells Radar Online. "The problem is that they are having a real hard time shopping it around because of how over-the-top and defamatory it is." Sounds about right for Rivers. So how bad is this burn book of hers? I mean, how defamatory are we really talking here? "Joan bashes celebrities and politicians in first-hand accounts throughout her life. Among her biggest revelations is that President Barack Obama is gay, which is something that she had joked about while she was alive." Oh. Oh, I see.

Katy Perry is turning 30 this Saturday, and her friends are pulling out all the stops. Over the weekend, she made one of her birthday wishes known — and it's kind of adorably hokey. "All I want for my birthday is my name on the Shakey's Pizza marquee on Santa Monica Blvd. Please," she tweeted.

Well, Katy, ask and ye shall receive. Sort of. In no time, the message "Happy birthday Katy Perry from Sophia" (from pal and Hello Giggles co-founder Sofia Rossi) popped up on a Shakey's. Only it was the Shakey's on Olympic, not Santa Monica. But Perry's not being picky about that bit and is still apparently thrilled, calling the mention "a bucket list dream come true." Some people are just really easy to shop for.

 
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