Lindsay Lohan's mother Dina Lohan doesn't acknowledge the similarities between her daughter and Amanda Bynes.

Of course not. Both are 26-year-old former child stars who had loads of potential but now can't stop partying and crashing cars into things. No similarities there.

"You know, I'm a mother, and I feel that that's for her mother to speak about, and not me, because people have spoken for my child and myself," Lohan told Entertainment Tonight. "I really feel that's for her parents to discuss and Amanda herself."

A source tells the new issue of Us Weekly (out Friday) that Bynes' dentist dad, Rick, and her office manager mom, Lynn, are helpless: "Amanda shut them out and isn't speaking to them."

When pressed for general advice she'd give to parents who have been through similar situations, Dina --- also mom to Michael Jr., 24, Ali, 18, and Cody, 16 -- replied, "Just be around. It's hard when your daughter's not, you know, over 18, and you want to let them go and they want to feel like they're in control of themselves. So it's a very strategic place for a parent to be, but she'll be OK."

Obviously Dina Lohan's definition of "OK" is different from anyone else's.

Dina also used her Entertainment Tonight interview to address her loopy appearance on Dr. Phil September 17. "I was absolutely not under, intoxicated, or on any kind of medication," she insisted. "I was extremely upset."


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BEACH BOYS SPLIT UP AGAIN: Mike Love, who owns the name of the Beach Boys, has canned three band members, including Brian Wilson.

Love announced that the group will split after finishing concerts this week in the U.K.. Wilson, widely considered the creative genius behind the band, Al Jardine and David Marks have been dumped from the group, according to the Huffington Post. The report said three did not find out they had been dropped until Love and Bruce Johnston released a public statement.

Isn't this like Ron Wood and the Stones' touring bassist deciding to fire Mick, Keith and Charlie?

The statement reads: "The post-50th anniversary configuration will not include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. The 50th Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band."

So, in other words, we want to keep on living off Brian Wilson's music, dividing the money up between two people instead of five.

The exiting Beach Boys will be replaced by the group's longtime backing band, which includes Love's son Christian, according to the London Telegraph newspaper. Love did say the decision to drop the three members was financially motivated, though not the way one might think.

"You've got to be careful not to get overexposed. There are promoters who are interested (in more shows by the reunited lineup), but they've said, 'Give it a rest for a year'. The Eagles found out the hard way when they went out for a second year and wound up selling tickets for $5."

Yet Love and Johnston will keep on getting exposed on tour.

Wilson was blindsided.

"I'm disappointed and can't understand why he (Love) doesn't want to tour with Al, David and me," he told CNN. "We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys."

If the five members of the Beach Boys do not rekindle their bond, the Sept. 28 concert at Wembley Stadium may be the last show they play together, CNN noted.

There is already a petition on iPetition.com asking for Love, who owns the rights to the band's name, to rethink the decision to break up the original Beach Boys.

The petition, addressed to Love, reads: "In order to preserve the validity of 'The Beach Boys' as a whole, and not as a 'money saving, stripped down version' that only contains 1 original member, and 1 member that joined in 1965, we ask you to reinstate the 3 other members to the touring group for your final years performing."

"It's the right thing to do, and it's what the fans want," the message concludes.

Amen.

Jardine linked to the petition in a tweet. As of Wednesday morning, it had more 2,000 signatures.

In December 2011, the Beach Boys confirmed 50 shows to celebrate their 50th anniversary, Rolling Stone previously reported. The band formed in California in 1961. The reunion tour marks the first time the Boys have toured together in more than two decades.

Although the group had problems in the past, like nasty comments in the press and numerous lawsuits, Love swore that all the negativity was behind them. "All that stuff is long forgotten," he told Rolling Stone.

Not anymore.

Back in June, Rolling Stone reported that Love booked shows for his version of the Beach Boys without consulting the other members.

AMANDA BYNES PLEADS MNOT GUILTY: Amanda Bynes pleaded not guilty to two counts of hit-and-run Thursday morning.

Then she tried to order a ham sandwich from the judge.

Bynes was charged with both counts of hit-and-run earlier this month after two separate incidents -- one in April, another in August -- when she allegedly smashed into other cars and fled the scene.

Everyone who drives in L.A. has since been legally required to wear helmets.

Prosecutors initially declined to charge Bynes for the first hit-and-run incident , but reopened the case after the actress was accused of the second accident, according to TMZ.

If convicted on both counts, she faces up to a year in jail. She's due back in court Oct. 19.

Bynes still faces a DUI charge from the night she crashed into a police car, and two charges of driving on a suspended license when she was driving around Southern California, mumbling and smoking what looked like a marijuana pipe.

See? They were right. The wacky tobacky makes people crazy.

REESE WITHERSPOON HAS BABY BOY: Reese Witherspoon had another child.

The Oscar winner and husband Jim Toth welcomed their first child together, son Tennessee James Toth, on Thursday, her rep confirmed to E! News.

Tennessee? Is that like Tennessee Williams, or Tennessee Tuxedo?

Sorry if you weren't a kid in the '70s and didn't get that last reference.

"Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today," her rep says. "Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled."

People.com first reported the birth. We have to say that or they'll sue the pants off us.

Witherspoon is also mom to 12-year-old daughter Ava and 9-year-old son Deacon with ex Ryan Phillippe.

Reese is "healthy and fine" despite rumored pregnancy trouble.

VAN HALEN BOYS TRIED HOOKING UP WITH WILSON SISTERS: In Heart's new memoir "Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll," Nancy Wilson says the Van Halen brothers tried to sleep with her and her sister, singer Ann Wilson, when the two bands crossed paths on the road in 1979.

She also said -- go figure -- the Van Halens were drinking, snorting drugs and fighting, according to the Van Halen News Desk.

"At one hotel, we met Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Over the course of a few hours, they had a Kamikaze-drinking contest, followed by a cocaine-snorting fest. Once they were good and loose, they got into a fistfight. Moments later, they were hugging each other and falling down, saying, 'I love you so much, man.' They would cycle through this pattern every hour."

Makes you want to send your kids to band camp, doesn't it?

"Eddie and Alex let it be known that if Ann and I wanted to sleep with them, they would be amenable to that," Nancy Wilson wrote. "Their concept was two brothers with two sisters: lnstead of the Wil-Shers, we could now be the Wil-Halens, except they wanted us in one bed. It wasn't the only time we had that offer, and as with every other request, we turned it down."

The Wilson sisters are no fun.

Wilson also wrote that she and Eddie talked about acoustic guitar playing, when he said he didn't own one. She tried to buy him one, but the stores were closed. So she gave him her favorite one.

"I walked up to Eddie's room and handed it to him," she wrote. "He started crying. "That's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me," Eddie said.

She wrote that she went back to her room, slept, and received a phone call from Van Halen at 7 a.m.

"'Nancy, Nance, sweet Nancy, sweetest Nancy,' he said. He was obviously still high and had been up all night. 'I wrote a song for you on my Nancy-Nancy acoustic guitar.' He put the phone down and started to play. He was only a few rooms down the hall, so I could also hear him through the walls.

"The song went on for many minutes and was truly amazing. It was more of a suite than a song, but it was beautiful. Eventually, the line went dead -- I think Eddie had passed out. I don't know if he ever played the song again, or even if, when he sobered up, he remembered anything about the night, except that he and Alex didn't manage to take the Wilsons to bed. But it was the best thing I ever heard Eddie Van Halen play. I only wish I could hear it again."

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SEPTEMBER 28 IN HISTORY

Friday is Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2012. There are 94 days left in the year.

1066: William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.

1542: Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.

1787: The Congress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval.

1850: Flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.

1920: Eight members of the Chicago White Sox were indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. (All were acquitted at trial, but all eight were banned from the game for life.)

1924: Three U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle, having completed the first round-the-world trip by air in 175 days.

1937: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Bonneville Dam in Oregon.

1939: During World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a treaty calling for the partitioning of Poland, which the two countries had invaded.

1962: A federal appeals court found Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett in civil contempt for blocking the admission of James Meredith, a black student, to the University of Mississippi. (Federal marshals escorted Meredith onto the campus two days later.)

1974: First lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, following discovery of a cancerous lump in her breast.

1989: Deposed Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii at age 72.

2002: Iraq defiantly rejected a U.S.-British plan for the United Nations to force President Saddam Hussein to disarm and open his palaces for weapons searches. Finance leaders meeting in Washington directed the International Monetary Fund to work on new approach to resolving global debt crises. U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, a 12-term Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, died in Honolulu at age 74.

2007: The International Monetary Fund chose France's Dominique Strauss-Kahn as its new leader. (Strauss-Kahn resigned the post in 2011 following allegations he'd sexually assaulted a New York hotel employee; prosecutors ended up dropping all the charges.) Traveler Carol Anne Gotbaum of New York died in a holding cell at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix; authorities say Gotbaum, 45, accidentally asphyxiated herself after being chained to a bench.

2011: The Obama administration formally appealed a federal appeals court ruling striking down a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. (The U.S. Supreme Court later upheld the individual mandate.)

BIRTHDAYS

Actress Brigitte Bardot (78), singer Ben E. King (74), rock musician George Lynch (58), actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo (48), actress Mira Sorvino (45), TV personality Moon Zappa (45), actress-model Carre Otis (44), actress Naomi Watts (44), rapper Young Jeezy (35), World Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak (35), writer-producer-director-actor Bam Margera (33), actress Hilary Duff (25).

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