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June 08 2011
Russell Brand doles out ice cream and LiLo does community service at a shelter


Russell Brand was spotted on the streets of Los Angeles giving food and drink out to homeless people. The actor, who was presumably taking a break from reading awful reviews of his new movie Arthur, was seen in LA handing out armfuls of ice cream and snacks to rough sleepers. The Daily Star reported that the rough sleepers chatted to Brand for about an hour, with one of them saying afterwards that the Essex-born funnyman was “wild”.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Sin City, troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been assigned 500 hours community service at a homeless shelter after being convicted of shoplifting a $2,500 necklace. Lohan has been assigned to work at LA’s Downtown Women’s Centre, where the gossip website TMZ reports she is going to run a theatre workshop called DIVAS - an acronym for ‘Dames Investing in Very Authentic Storytelling’. Apparently Lohan loves the idea of working with the DIVAS programme, thinking that it's “a perfect fit for her community service.” What the women at the shelter think to working with the repeatedly-convicted criminal and star of the remake of Herbie is, sadly, unreported.