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Posted at 2:20 PM ET, 07/ 7/2010

Lindsay Lohan: The aftermath of the sentence

By Jen Chaney

Lindsay Lohan sentenced | PHOTO GALLERY (Reuters)

Now that a 90-day jail sentence has been issued and some courtroom tears have been shed and some Web photos of profanely painted fingernails have been posted, the question is: what's next for Lindsay Lohan? Can she do her time in prison while still working toward a career comeback? Opinions are mixed.

An item from Fox News claims that Lohan's career is now in a "tailspin," and follows up on that headline with a nail-in-the-coffin quote from Hollywood publicist Michael Levine, former PR man for Michael Jackson: "Her employability over the next five years is impossible. She can’t get insurance, she is too much of [a] liability. Even if her best friend wanted to make a movie with her, it just couldn’t happen.”

A producer for "One Night With You," one of the projects Lohan has signed on to tackle, tells Entertainment Weekly that the film could be pushed back by six months to a year, and that it is indeed unclear whether the actress could get bonded to do the movie. But on a more positive note for Lohan, Matthew Wilder -- director of "Inferno," the Linda Lovelace biopic in which she is set to star -- has said he's sticking by the actress and won't move forward with the project without her. Same goes for the producers of "The Dry Gulch Kid," a Willie Nelson production she's currently in negotiations to join. No word yet on what impact, if any, this matter has on "Machete," the Robert Rodriguez grindhouse flick that co-stars Lohan and is due out in September.

And now that the courtroom drama has died down, some are expressing sympathy and support for Lohan. A blogger for Huffington Post feels sorry for the actress. And the folks at E! Online are openly rooting for her comeback.

Do you think Lohan can bounce back and become a successful actress again? Or are the odds -- and the potential liabilities -- stacked against her?

By Jen Chaney  | July 7, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Lindsay Lohan  
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I regret that I cannot bring myself to snark when it comes to this young woman's life. Whether or not she has an acting career in the future simply isn't as important as whether she survives the mess she's made of her life. I wish her the best, and I also wish the world would leave her alone - but that ain't happening any time soon.

Posted by: kbockl | July 7, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so upset about this woman's messy life? What has she done in the past that makes her life more valuable than, say... a regular person? Her acting has never been anything but forgettable, her singing... not even karaoke worth it.
By not getting sober she is endangering the life of others by driving while stoned/drunk. She has a great option to get sober by herself but doesn't want to. Big deal. Go to jail then and let me know when you change your mind.
It's like timeout for adults.

Posted by: ileschinder | July 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Second kbockl's motion.

LiLo's best revenge against her car-wreck parents would be to do a Drew Barrymore or RDJ and pull her life together.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

She could make a career comeback a la Robert Downey Jr. if she cleaned up her act, dealt with her psychological issues, stayed out of the Chateau Marmont and the clubbing life, and grew up. Sad thing is, she has to want to do that.

If she does, though, America loves a comeback kid and a lot of celebs have hit rock bottom and then come back.

Posted by: Californian11 | July 7, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What I really want to know is - what is "LuvLindsay"-'s take on all this? Jen & Producer Paul - please keep your eyes open for a post from the mysterious pro-Lohan oracle when the questions flow in for this week's chat!

Posted by: flippityflop1 | July 7, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

in Manhattan
Playwright Larry Myers presents

his "Lindsay Lohan's Mistakes Tree"

as an emergency theater warning piece
about drinking drugs drising false gods

it joins

"Lady Gaga's Guidebook for Living"
about bent Catholicism & excess

and "Edgar Cayce's Autograph"

about the Gulf Oil leak

Dr Myers was there in Deep South
in person to conduct interviews

Posted by: dramaman | July 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Main difference between Lindsay and RDJ and/or Drew is the latter two come from distinguished hollywood lineage--hollywood was literally their family trying to help them straighten up by giving them work and monitoring them that way. Lilo on the other hand is a complete blip on the scene and a mediocre actress to boot. I don't foresee a phoenix-like return like they had even if she does clean up her act.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | July 7, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

If Martha Stewart could come back after a prison term, so can Lindsay. Come on, she's only 24. Of course she'll come back.

She'll serve her time, lay low (hey, I can dream) for a few months, then meekly return to society at some fringe event, where (over club sodas) she'll attract the attention of a past-his-prime actor who wants to try a new field by directing an indie film / character study about world hunger with a small cast but killer cinematography (so everyone'll think the movie's better than it really is).

Lindsay signs on in a supporting role that gives her one big oh-my-God-she-CAN-act moment (think Miranda Richardson in "Damage") and Roger Ebert uses the words "pleasantly surprised" in his review. Hello Golden Globe nomination. The People magazine cover will feature a smiling LiLo with the not-clever headline "She's Back!").

Before you know it, she's back on the A-list, dragging Dina along on the edge of her heel like toilet paper as before. To no one's surprise, she nabs the Golden Globe. Sadly, she'll lose the Oscar (to Marisa Tomei), but offers will pour in regardless. Smiles all around.

And everyone will say, "See? I KNEW she could do it."

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 7, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

If she really had the F bomb painted on her nails she should be give a lot more time than 3 mos. And although I sympathize with her Dad who appeared on L.King Live, I disagree, his daughter will gain a lot by time served in prison, but regretfully she will not serve it with the hoi paloi ( which would be truly sobering) and instead get a private cell to her selfish famous self. In the meantime, she insulted the court and the People of California ( most of whom who spend their sad little infamous lives following the law). Who cares if she ahs talent. She should be greatful for that if true and show some humility.

Posted by: maddymappo | July 7, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

One of Robert Downey Jr.'s steps on his comeback was an awesome guest star role on Ally McBeal. He was Ally's love interest, & if he had misbehaved he could have been written out of the show easily. Luckily, he did a great job and what could have been a small role became a recurring part. What LiLo needs is a hot TV show like Mad Men or True Blood to take a chance on her. It's a risk, but a limited one because if she behaves unprofessionally, then they can dispose of her the next week.

Posted by: themegnapkin | July 7, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If Lindsay Lohan is not insurable as an actress, she could get a job in a nail salon painting sophomoric obscenities on the nails of spoiled Mean Girls.

Posted by: angelos_peter | July 7, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

My long distance dedication goes out to Lindsay Lohan:

"Jailbreak" - Thin Lizzy

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 7, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

A "successful actress again?" What's with the "again?" Actors and actresses can actually act; movie stars get by on their looks, playing themselves over and over again. And there's always a role for a mean girl.

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 7, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

She'll have tons to think about while behind bars. Will she still be tweeting?

Who are the Kardashians and what is their claim to fame? Just their old man who put OJ back on the streets? Who cares? I guess I don't "get" people who want to live their lives in public on twitter and reality shows. Who cares??

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | July 8, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

45 days is not gonna break her. in fact, she may learn something. i'd be surprised if she does the whole 45.

Posted by: stone232 | July 8, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

With her recorded reaction, I expected her to jump up and demand "Don't you know who I am?!!!" That's been her problem all along, she seems to be psychologically disconnected from the real world and that's how you wind up hurting people, whether you're famous or not, getting behind the wheel of a car drunk and killing a few innocent bystanders. The judge is trying to wake her up - she's not six years old and she doesn't get to do whatever she wants. Of course, her no-talent mother is probably already trying to calculate how they can work this into a "reality" show and get a bunch of money for it.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | July 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

td_in_baltimore you're so off reservation. Miranda Richardson had a lead actress nomination before Damage, was about the only person who escaped nomination for The Hours, and Harry Potter doesn't count. Lohan is the reason actresses like her don't have more roles for you to criticize.

Posted by: sm_jordan | July 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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