Lindsey Lohan's stepmother was removed from a flight on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Scoop: Lindsay Lohan’s stepmother removed from airplane

A coast-to-coast flight was diverted to New Orleans to remove actress Lindsay Lohan’s stepmother, authorities said Saturday.

Kate Major-Lohan, who is married to Lindsay Lohan’s father, was removed from a JetBlue plane on Wednesday, Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, confirmed in an email.

FBI spokesman Craig Betzebe said she was arrested on a charge of interfering with flight crew members.

JetBlue Airways Corp. spokeswoman Sharon Jones said in an email that Wednesday’s Flight 101 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Los Angeles was diverted to New Orleans to remove an “unruly customer” whom she did not identify. She referred further questions to law enforcement.

Major-Lohan’s phone number was not immediately available. It was not clear whether she had an attorney who could comment.

Lindsay Lohan’s spokeswoman, Kate Driver, said in an email, “We don’t comment on clients’ personal lives.”

‘Gods’ makers apologize

“Gods of Egypt” director Alex Proyas apologized for casting mostly white actors in his upcoming film based on Egyptian mythology.

The filmmaker and studio Lionsgate issued separate statements on Friday acknowledging the controversy sparked by the release of the film’s first trailer two weeks ago, featuring a cast led by Scottish actor Gerard Butler and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Australian director Proyas, who was born in Egypt, said it is clear that their casting choices should have been more diverse.

Lionsgate also said they are deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of their audiences and pledged to do better.

“Gods of Egypt” also stars actor Chadwick Boseman, an African American, and actress Elodie Yung, who is French-Cambodian.

Gaiman returns to comics

Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s beloved writers and could probably work on any project he wants. And what he wanted to do is go back to his roots in the comic book world.

That’s how Gaiman ended up writing “The Sandman: Overture,” for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo. It was recently released as part of a deluxe edition.

“The idea of celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘Sandman’ with a comic was just too good to miss,” Gaiman said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Happy birthday

Actress Kaley Cuoco is 30. … Actor-director Ben Stiller is 50. … Singer Billy Idol is 60. … Singer-actor Mandy Patinkin is 63. … Director Ridley Scott is 78.

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