Amanda Bynes: Lindsay Lohan-style meltdown not happening

Today’s trip through the pop-culture fast lane finds a familiar tale, a noted death, a new court date, many other things, and the mystery music video.

SCREAMING IN THE DARK: We’ve seen this one before, per TMZ, “Amanda Bynes insists ... she's not having a Britney Spears-type meltdown -- telling friends she does NOT need a conservatorship because she's perfectly capable of making her own life choices. Amanda is adamant ... she has no substance abuse problems and she dismisses the pending criminal hit-and-run charges and the DUI cases -- claiming the charges are all bogus.”

EDWARD QUARTERMAINE: Just the facts, per Us Weekly, “Soap fans are mourning the loss of one of General Hospital's most beloved stars. Actor John Ingle, who played patriarch Edward Quartermaine for nearly two decades on the series, passed away Sunday at the age of 84, ABC confirmed in a statement Monday. The actor "died surrounded by his family in California . . . after a courageous battle with cancer," the network shared. Ingle last taped General Hospital this year, on August 24, and his final appearance aired September 11, fulfilling his wish to play Edward one last time.”

NOT SURE WHAT THIS PORTENDS: Both sides appear to be girding for. . .something, per the Los Angeles Times, “Chris Brown will have to wait a bit longer before checking in with an L.A. judge regarding how much community service he's performed since he was convicted of felony assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. A court appearance scheduled for Monday has been pushed back a week to allow authorities more time to prepare the singer's probation report.”

THIS SHOULD BE GOOD: Really good, and it’ll be here in D.C., per the New York Times, “The election season has added another debate – one less likely, perhaps, to determine the next president of the United States, but with greater chances of intentional hilarity and use of the word “pinhead.” Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News personality and host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” and Jon Stewart, the satirist and anchor of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will face each other in a 90-minute contest of mental nimbleness and verbal dexterity, to be held in Washington on Oct. 6 and broadcast on the Internet, its organizers said.”

FEUD?: Nah, per Entertainment Weekly, “Just over 24 hours after the new American Idol judges panel was made official, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have found themselves battling rumors of behind-the-scenes disagreements. But the pair laughed them off during a press conference in New York City. (Of course, was there really any other response we expected?)”

ALASKA CHECKS IN: Through you know who, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Sarah Palin is using the publication of Errol Morris's new book A Wilderness of Error to launch a new attack on Joe McGinniss, who wrote about her in his 2011 book The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, telling The Hollywood Reporter that McGinniss is "a stone cold manipulative liar."

BALD IS BEAUTIFUL: And imitation is flattering, per People, “When Miley Cyrus and Pink showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards sporting similar hairstyles, the claws came out … among fans. But as it turns out, Pink is flattered that Cyrus is trying something new — and wishes other women would follow suit. “Everyone has long, brown hair,” Pink said Tuesday morning during an appearance on Today. “When two girls get fearless and shave their heads, it’s a big deal. I think we’re just a little more daring.”

KATE MIDDLETON: Receives favorable ruling, per E!, “On Tuesday, a day after the royal couple filed a criminal complaint over the publication of topless photos of the duchess, a French court blocked Closer magazine from running the revealing images and ordered it to surrender all digital copies of the pics, a palace spokeswoman confirms to E! News.”

FILL-INS: But they bring clout, per Rolling Stone, “Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are taking a break from The Voice after three consecutive seasons as judges on the NBC singing competition, the network announced Monday. Usher and Shakira will join returning judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the panel for the show's fourth season next spring.”

ROBIN ROBERTS: She shares her ordeal, per Radar, “Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts -- who remains off the air as she prepares for a bone marrow transplant later this week -- posted a moving new blog entry Tuesday in which she says her “body is so weak.” In her latest blog posted on, Roberts, 51, writes of her struggles and the impact of daily chemo treatments on her body.”

ACADEMY AWARDS: Off the beaten path, per indieWIRE, “The submission list for the 85th Annual Academy Awards' foreign-language category has begun trickling, with 27 countries selecting films so far (last year, 63 countries submitted in the end). The selection so far includes high profile entries on this year's festival circuit, including Michael Haneke's "Amour" (Austria), Cate Shortland's "Lore" (Australia), Christian Petzold's "Barbara" (Germany), Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond The Hills" (Romania), and Kim Ki-duk's recent Venice Film Festival winner "Pieta" (South Korea).”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)