Rick Springfield has pleaded no contest to reckless driving and will serve probation to end a drunken-driving case filed after his arrest last year.
The rocker’s attorney Philip Cohen entered the plea to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving with driving under the influence conditions Thursday in Malibu, Calif. The singer initially faced drunken-driving charges, but the revised charge doesn’t include any allegation of alcohol impairment.
The Jessie’s Girl singer was arrested in May 2011 after deputies spotted him speeding in his 1963 Corvette on Pacific Coast Highway.
District attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison says Springfield will be on informal probation for three years and is required to attend a three-month alcohol education program.
Springfield did not attend the hearing.
A New Jersey shore town that tried to close its bars early and restricts overnight parking has said no to Snooki & JWoww.
The Point Pleasant Beach Council unanimously voted against 495 Productions’ request to tape the Jersey Shore spinoff featuring Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Jennifer JWoww Farley.
The request says the cast would be living outside the town.
Councilman William Mayer tells the Asbury Park Press it’s not what the town needs at this point.
Nearby Toms River also turned down the MTV reality series.
Snooki & JWoww taped its first season in Jersey City.
Jimmy Fallon says he was asked to emcee next year’s Academy Awards but declined the gig.
The talk-show host told Matt Lauer on Wednesday that it’s an honor to be asked by the academy, but it’s not my year.
Fallon, who hosted the 2010 Primetime Emmys, made the remarks during a Today show broadcast from London.
Meanwhile, last year’s Oscar host, Billy Crystal, tells USA Today he would be open to returning for a 10th turn at leading the ceremony. The door is open. It’s up to them. I had a very good time this last time, he said.
The Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 24.
Gaga in Vogue
Lady Gaga is one of the most visible celebrities in the world, but she says not everything she does is documented.
In the September issue of Vogue magazine, Gaga says she likes to feel a little irresponsible and act like I’m nineteen. She goes on to admit she even manages to roll into a bar and dance topless or have sex on the beach without getting recognized.
The issue goes on sale Aug. 21.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Ronnie Bennett
Greenfield is 69. Actor James Reynolds is 66. Singer Patti Austin is 62. Actress Rosanna Arquette is 53. Actor Antonio Banderas is 52. Singer Neneh Cherry is 48. Singer Aaron Hall is 48. Actress Angie Harmon is 40. Singer Jennifer Hanson is 39. Singer Nikki Bratcher is 32. Actor Ryan Eggold is 28.