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Posted at 8:20 AM ET, 05/15/2009

Lindsay Lohan Lands an Acting Gig; Oprah Apologizes to James Frey

By Liz Kelly

Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz pose during a photocall for the film 'Precious' yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. (Reuters)

Friday

Headlines: Lindsay Lohan lands an actual film role... Michael Lohan vows to catch Lilo's home invader... Oprah apologizes for ripping apart author James Frey on national TV... Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards... Docs gave Robin Williams weeks to live before heart surgery... Lou Diamond Phillips joins cast of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!"... Miss California Carrie Prejean cancels Larry King interview... "Angels and Demons" co-star Stellan Skarsgard calls Dan Brown a "terribly bad writer"... Pink and Carey Hart back together... Former producer sues Ryan O'Neal, NBC over Farrah Fawcett TV special... Home of young "Slumdog Millionaire" star demolished.

Crime Watch: Gerard Butler charged with battery in 2008 photog scuffle... One-time "Survivor" winner and convicted tax evader Richard Hatch released from prison... DMX released from jail.

Pix and Video: Agitated Janice Dickinson attacks paparazzi (NSFW language)... Brooke Shields rocks the latex for photo shoot.

Rumor Mill: Madonna and Jesus Luz planning Kabbalah commitment ceremony?... Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio for Frank Sinatra biopic?... Russell Brand dating Holly Madison?

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Video: On the red (blue) carpet at last night's "Night at the Museum" premiere. -- Updated 11:39 a.m. ET

By Liz Kelly  | May 15, 2009; 8:20 AM ET
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Comments

I love the look on Lenny's face in that picture. Priceless.

Posted by: Osteph | May 15, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Oh Liz, that photo of Mariah and Kravitz begs to be a caption contest photo!

Posted by: jlessl | May 15, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

The role for Lindsay should be a cakewalk. Her whole life is a fantasy comedy.....Let's see how many times she calls in "sick" on this one....

Posted by: irishone | May 15, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Lenny just told Mariah that his mother was on "The Jeffersons" and she just told him that she has no clue what he is talking about.

Good for Neil Patrick Harris, being the first out gay man who not only has topped AfterElton's Hot 100 list but also who is hosting the Tony Awards. Was Jake Gyllenhall runner-up again? I'm going to start calling him Miss California.

It's Apology Week on Oprah! Today James Frey. Tomorrow the Texas Cattle Ranchers. Wednesday Steadman Graham. Thursday Viewers Like You.

Wow, Brooke, get over you. How'd you get those PVC stockings on anyway? Did you have to coat your legs with pretty baby powder first?

Holly Madison: Loved her snack cakes when I was a kid. Free Zingers for Russell!

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 15, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards.

Woo-hoo! That's appointment TV for me (seriously).


Agitated Janice Dickinson attacks paparazzi.

Does anyone actually remember when she was a model? I never heard of her till she was well into cougar-hood, promoting herself as a former model.


WTF is Oprah apologizing to an author who fabricated his autobiography into a work of fiction? I think now she owes an apology to the public for apologizing to this scumbag.


Miss California Carrie Prejean cancels Larry King interview.

Are his questions are too taxing for her fragile little brain? Or is she afraid he'll try to dump his latest young wife for her?


Liz, you missed the little item in the intro to the 6:30 AM news headlines on NPR re a hair-care product line coming onto the market called "Blago." I was hoping it was April 1 again, à la "Groundhog Day."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I forgot the Blago punchline. The shampoo's called "'Bleep'n Golden,'" after one of his signature phrases.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I am pre-emptively calling shenanigans on "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here."

The commercials lead one to believe that they will have the ability to shoot bees* at Heincer using my cell phone. There's no way that such a wonderful and glorious dream could ever actaully come true.

*-or dogs, or dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark, they shoot bees at Heincer.

Posted by: VTDuffman | May 15, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Photo caption: Lenny does not fall for the preening, hair-flipping Mariah and says "American woman, get away from me!"

Lilo to appear in film with Dave Matthews, Woody Harrelson, and Alanis Morrisette!? Were the casting directors high or something? Who are they kidding? This film will never be finished. But I'd like an invite to their cast party!

Doctor's thwart recall to Ork! Mork is alive and well.

Saw Slumdog over the weekend. If you haven't seen it yet, it is worth the hype.

Wow, Brooke. cough. Holy cow. I don't know what to say.

Madonna and committment in the same sentence? That's how you know it is just rumor.

I vote for Leo.

Posted by: hodie | May 15, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"Free Zingers for Russell!"
Very nice work, td. Very nice.


"Michael Lohan vows to catch Lilo's home invader..." and if that goes well, he'll offer to help OJ find the real killers.


Miss California Carrie Prejean cancels Larry King interview - did God warn her that Larry would only be asking questions written by Satan?


I wouldn't want to see Janice Dickinson agitated. Or relaxed, for that matter.


"Madonna and Jesus Luz planning Kabbalah commitment ceremony?" What that boy needs is a psychiatric commitment ceremony.

Posted by: byoolin1 | May 15, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Madonna has found a way to avoid having to pay her boytoy alimony when she dumps him, yet still claim to her children some moral foundation in her behavior.

How long until Madonna feels she must compete with Lourdes for dates?

Posted by: Amelia5 | May 15, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

hodie
Were the casting directors high or something?

Well, ya know, even "Easy Rider" and "Apocalypse Now" eventually got finished, not to mention the Cheech/Chong flicks.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Lou Diamond Phillips on I'm a Celebrity? he has an actual career (so looking forward to him on Numb3rs tonight).

Oprah, it's okay to call someone who lied, a liar. Woman must be having hunger pains and it is affecting her work. Talk to Lilo about how to deal with that. Oh wait, it will still affect your work. Never mind.

Posted by: epjd | May 15, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

That little dress of Mariah's is working mightily, but the job appears to be too much for it.

Posted by: 44west | May 15, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, ya know, even "Easy Rider" and "Apocalypse Now" eventually got finished, not to mention the Cheech/Chong flicks.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Good point, Nosy. And so did Harold and Kumar go to White Castle's.

Posted by: hodie | May 15, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I vote for Leo, too.... I think he can pull off that Rat Pack swagger, and bonus, he may actually have a singing voice.

After Willie Wonka and Sweeny Todd, we can be reasonably sure Depp doesn't.

Posted by: memphis1 | May 15, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I had forgotten that LiLo was supposed to be an actress

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | May 15, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks a Michael Lohan/OJ Simpson buddy comedy could be in the works. Maybe sorcorers_cat can write a treatment for it.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | May 15, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Also, I don't know how Ms. Shields got into the PVC, but I will certainly volunteer to help get her out of it.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | May 15, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I agree, Leo would be great. But wouldn't it be better to have Old Blue Eyes doing the singing? So who cares if Leo can sing. Didn't that movie about Patsy Cline, starring Jessica Lange, use Patsy's songs and Lange lipsynched? That was a pretty good movie, actually.

Posted by: jlessl | May 15, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

No snark yet - haven't read the posts - just want to send out my Friday love to The Swayze! (Not that we don't love him EVERY day of the week....)

Posted by: jaybbub | May 15, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Got to say that I agree with Stellan Skaarsgard's critique of Dan Brown (even if I did just finish Digital Fortress this morning).

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | May 15, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"Got to say that I agree with Stellan Skaarsgard's critique of Dan Brown"

I'm sure Dan Brown is crying himself to sleep right now over Stellan's comments...on top of a pile of money with many beautiful women.

Posted by: VTDuffman | May 15, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The Sinatra estate is on board with the movie. So, the actor will not be singing, we will hear Frank. I saw a picture on Deadline Hollywood of Sinatra and Depp. Oh give me Depp anytime in that role.

Posted by: epjd | May 15, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Re: LiLo's film career: I stand by the inquiry I made to the chat a few weeks back. (For context, Liz had just responded to a question about the next Harold and Kumar movie: "...according to IMDB, the project still doesn't have any talent attached.")

Query: Can we qualify any future Lindsay Lohan work as "having no talent attached"?

Liz Kelly: Hells yes.


Given that Woody Harrelson is the most storied actor on that cast list, I'm going to stick with that assessment.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | May 15, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

VT, I'm loving the stealth Simpsons quotes this morning.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | May 15, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

For every celebrity who sang in a celebrity biopic and did it well (Sissy Spacek), there's a celebrity who sang and shouldn't have (Kevin Spacey).

Frank Sinatra's voice is so iconic that they should really have a lip-syncher. Or if the role calls for a quick one-liner in song, get Frank Sinatra, Jr. in the studio.

Having Leo or Johnny sing Frank Sinatra would be like having Fergie sing Barbra Striesand. True, your Oscar chances go down if you lip-synch (Jessica Lange, Jennifer Lopez), but the movie would get horrific reviews if you didn't. (I'm looking at you again, Kevin Spacey. "Beyond the Sea." Bleech.)

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 15, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Does Mariah Carey know what a sickening joke she's become? When exactly did she jump the shark?

I see Stellan Skarsgard has a wee case of Katherine Heigl "bite the hand that feeds ya" syndrome. Nice.

Brooke - oh, please. Get over yourself, honey.

And definitely Leo as Ol' Blue Eyes. I love Johnny, but Leo has the chops, big time.

Posted by: jaybbub | May 15, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Brooke, all is forgiven for wearing that hat to the derby. And raiding Elvira's closet is a big improvemnet over raiding your daughter's.

Posted by: kabuki3 | May 15, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Oprah is such the opportunist. She shouldn't have jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else...now she has mud all over her face

Posted by: info40 | May 15, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oprah didn't just jump on the bandwagon, she gave a free bandwagon to every audience member.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | May 15, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

in defense of actors' singing in their portrayals of music icons, consider this:

jamie foxx as ray charles
diana ross as billie holiday

now, it's a given that it will be Sinatra's voice we hear in this movie, but for vocal skills (and *some* acting skill), I wonder if Justin Timberlake could pull it off.....

Posted by: memphis1 | May 15, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

jlessl
Didn't that movie about Patsy Cline, starring Jessica Lange, use Patsy's songs and Lange lipsynched?

Correct. OTOH, in "Coalminer's Daughter," Beverly D'Angelo did her own singing as Patsy Cline (as did Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Okay, this has nothing to do with Liz's blog, but I just saw the cover of the May Washingtonian, with the topless Prez, and it is HOT!

Posted by: kabuki3 | May 15, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Oprah didn't just jump on the bandwagon, she gave a free bandwagon to every audience member.-Bawlmer

I nominate for a comment of the week. Now does someone have wipes that I can use for my computer screen?

Posted by: hodie | May 15, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Um...the Hubble telescope? What happened to Night in the Museum?

Posted by: pras40 | May 15, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, the video above is a discussion of the Hubble telescope. Which is fascinating, but not exactly what I was expecting.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | May 15, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Bravo, Bawlmer. You make Charm City proud!

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 15, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

In the Frank Sinatra biopic, I hope Michelle Williams plays the young Mia Farrow. She totally rocked the gamine hairdo just like young Mia.

Posted by: Californian11 | May 15, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

VT keeps inciting twisted imaginings of what we could put Heincer through on that show. This is, I think, a good exercise for a writer trying to kick start his or her imagination prior to writing a torture porn flick.

Duck, Lou! We actually like you.

My only problem with Johnny as old blue eyes is...well, he has those big gorgeous brown eyes...I just don't see it. Though his publicity shots as Dillinger show he can rock the look. What am I saying, he can rock ANY look.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | May 15, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh please just GIVE ME JOHNNY DEPP PERIOD!!

Seriously, the man could read the phone book & I'd pay to see it.

Posted by: wadejg | May 15, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Where's Lisa de Moraes' online TV chat today? I need my Pookie fix! (Not the same as a Chris Cillizza Fix, alas).


Dorkus, did the Tooth Fairy leave any money under your pillow? Did you know some people have a second set of wisdom teeth, which can erupt after the first set are extracted and there's space for them? It's a hereditary thing, not common but not exceedingly rare either, so I'm worried, as it's occurred in my family...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Nosy - I am hoping that LdeM is on vacation or assignment since she also didn't blog about AI yesterday (but did on Wednesday)! Just hope nothing bad happened!

I was so excited to discuss Grey's today too!

Posted by: suzannepdc | May 15, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

suzannepdc, After the horrendous tragedy that befell LdeM's family a month or so ago, I hope nothing's wrong this week, and that maybe she's just savoring a little well-earned R&R.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Nope Nosy, no visit from the tooth fairy, and no signs of a second set of teeth. Currently I'm just tired of sitting around doing nothing.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | May 15, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Dorkus:

1. Danged Tooth Fairy is a slacker!

2. Vanilla ice cream + Chocolate syrup + Milk
Smoosh around the ingredients in a large jar with a long-handled spoon till combined. You can't use a straw till your sockets heal, but you can eat with the long-handled spoon.

3. If you're feeling a bit more ambitious,
"Taking Mocktails Seriously"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/14/AR2009041400721.html

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"Oprah apologizes for ripping apart author James Frey on national TV....." and for not using the proper utensils when she ate the body parts."

I think that if I were Riaz Ahmed, I would seriously consider asking Mariah Carey to be the spokesperson for my company...if Salma Hayek turned down my first offer.

Gerard Butler didn't do anything. It was his computer-generated King Leonides alter ego who punched out the pap.

What is the effective period for a Kaballah Commitment Contract? I suppose it's cheaper for Madonna than having a lawyer draft a pre-nup. Tough luck, ep. Ya coulda been a pre-nup contender.

I wonder how far Richard hatch's halfway house is from Byoolin's house. Lemmie guess: it's halfway there.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 15, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sorry that I called you out on being a lying sack on national TV"

Why is Oprah apologizing? The man lied to her, his publishers, and the public. He obviously isn't too bright; didn't he realize that when Oprah selected his book everyone who knew that he lied would be all over it? He tried hard to stick with his story until too many people poked too many holes.

I can understand apologizing if you were wrong, but why if you're right?

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | May 15, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

onlytheshadowknows1, Exactly! Only you said it far more clearly than my feeble attempt earlier today.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Nosy - my thoughts exactly (re: LdeM).

Posted by: suzannepdc | May 15, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I dunno about James Frey being solely responsible. He tried to sell the title as fiction and no one wanted it. Someone (can't remember) suggested pitching it as a memoir. Now one of the biggest pub houses wants it because of that awful drecky premise of inspirational-pull yourself up by your own bootstraps-lived the hard street life-but was really a genius-now cleaned up and properly remorseful-and now you too can get into a peek at that life w/o getting your own hands dirty and feel morally superior-type story. Frey did lie, but that lie was more than facilitated by the publisher, and then made more complicated by O's barf-o-reffic fawning of it. The truth made her look stupid, so she reamed his butt on tv way too harshly and now feels bad.

Posted by: jelo97 | May 15, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Of course, James Frey's "memoir" isn't new. Google JT Leroy and the most egregious of all Nasdijj. If you Google "When the Story Stolen Is Your Own", you'll get a sordid tale of author fraud that makes Frey seem like small potatoes.

Posted by: jelo97 | May 15, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

BTW, the Post's Ann Hornaday speaks well of the film "Precious," including Mariah's performance. She admitted to being surprised.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay, warning--this will cause you to waste time. I've only succeeded three times.

http://www.flytrapgames.com/2009/05/13/trap-the-cat/

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | May 15, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. sorcerers_cat.

I like to start me up each morning with these:
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/crosswords/kenken.html

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 15, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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