The Mean Girls star was in talks to play John Gotti's wife Kim in the biopic, opposite John Travolta, but negotiations broke down last year (11) and Lohan pulled out of the project completely.
Gotti producer Marc Fiore released a statement on Thursday (07Jun12), suggesting he was still keen on landing Lohan for his film, which starts shooting later this year (12).
He wrote, "Lindsay does not have a contract. But right now, we're not in the phase of doing casting. I still have every intention of speaking to Lindsay about the role of Kim Gotti. There's no truth to Lindsay being out of the film."
But her rep Steve Honig begs to differ.
He states, "I can confirm that Lindsay has not signed on to be a part of the John Gotti movie, nor is she in talks to join the cast. It does not look like an agreement can be made. Lindsay's representatives and film producers were unable to come to an agreement."
He adds, "Lindsay has the utmost respect for (director) Barry Levinson and the producers and hopes to work with them in the future and wishes them all the best."
Lohan is currently portraying Elizabeth Taylor in TV biopic Liz & Dick, about the late movie icon's turbulent romance with Welsh acting great Richard Burton.
June 5 saw the first official photo of Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler (True Blood) taking on the classic Hollywood romance at the center of Lifetime's Liz & Dick. And wouldn't you know it, LiLo pulled off a pretty fantastic Elizabeth Taylor pose. Determined to keep us rolling on this good faith, Lifetime released another set of portraits to promote the TV movie, and the good impressions are still rolling.
The cable network released two individual portraits of the film's principle characters: Taylor and her longtime love Richard Burton, as played by Lohan and Bowler. Lohan dons an outfit similar to the red dress and fur shawl Taylor once wore in this iconic photo. Okay, Lifetime. We're with you. La Lohan is pulling this off!
Bowler's Burton portrait doesn't have such a classic rendition to play off of, but we get the idea: He's classically handsome and dresses like a classic 1960s actor. Plus, if we weren't clear on the whole Hollywood actor bit (I'm sorry, I mean thespian), they've got him in a director's chair. For more Lohan as Liz Taylor, head over to our gallery. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler. [Images: Lifetime] More: Lindsay Lohan Actually Pulls Off Liz Taylor - PIC Lindsay Lohan Dyes a Marilyn Wig Brown for Liz Taylor Pic
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A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Lindsay Lohan was left red-faced after she suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction on the set of her upcoming movie Liz & Dick.
The Mean Girls star, who plays a young Elizabeth Taylor in the film, was on board a boat docked in Marina del Rey, California, to recreate Taylor's 1965 trip to the Bay of Naples, Italy with her then beau Richard Burton.
Lohan was filming a heated argument with her co-star Grant Bowler, who plays Burton, and the actress was unaware she flashed a breast as the plunging neckline of her dress slipped down when Bowler dragged her across the deck.
The actress soon recovered and was pictured smiling as the scene drew to a close.
Following a week of rehearsals, Lohan is now all set to portray late movie icon Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic.
Executive producer Larry Thompson tells PerezHilton.com, "This is really happening... She is number one on the call sheet. She is the star."
And Thompson can't wait for film fans to see his leading lady as Taylor after the top-secret TV movie is shot.
He adds, "When you see both of them (Lindsay and co-star Grant Bowler) in full hair and make-up, it is the definition of movie magic."
Bowler is playing the love of Taylor's life, Richard Burton, in the film.
For months, Lindsay Lohan has been telling the world that she's looking to make a career comeback, and it seems the actress might actually be keeping her word. Filming has already begun for the highly anticipated Lifetime movie, Liz & Dick — which will showcase the life of the late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor — and Lilo is already starting to transform into the part.
Wearing a leopard print, one-piece bathing suit, glamorous sunglasses and long dark locks, the 25-year-old star manages to bare a notable resemblance to Ms. Taylor, which is a lot better than some skeptic may have thought she could pull off.
The movie also stars True Blood actor Grant Bowler as one of Taylor's husbands, Richard Burton, and will focus on the couple's tumultuous relationship.Of course, maybe the transformation isn't so shocking after all. I mean anyone can understand the many levels of controversy and drama, it would be Lindsay Lohan.
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Both men grew up in Port Talbot in Wales, and Sheen, who looked up to Burton as a youngster, wants to delve into the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? star's history.
He tells Britain's The One Show, "He was a huge, huge influence... not just as an actor, but also just as someone who came from the town and did very well, because coming from Port Talbot, people not necessarily feeling that confident about people being interested in them (sic), so someone coming from there like Richard Burton, (was a) massive influence."
Speaking about the possibility of portraying Burton in a project, he adds, "It's a tough thing to play someone who does what you do but does it better. I don't mind tough! That charisma... you hear those tones, it's very hard to replicate that."
Sheen also admits he wants to create his own retrospective on Burton: "I believe there is a script, but honestly I would like to develop something myself one day because I think something that affected Richard was coming from a town like Port Talbot and then going to Hollywood. Once you've left a town like Port Talbot, (it's) very hard to feel like you totally belong again afterwards once you've done other stuff and also feel like you don't totally belong in Hollywood because you come from somewhere like Port Talbot.
"I think I kind of identify with certain aspects, so I'd like to explore that kind of thing."
America’s favorite bastion of good life decisions, Lindsay Lohan, has been convinced by Lifetime to dye her Marilyn Monroe wig brown. Lohan’s new gig as the venerable Elizabeth Taylor for the biopic Liz & Dick has people wide-eyed and curious as to how she will handle the role. The answer? With terrible hair!
Lohan recently changed her Twitter profile picture to an image of herself in a wig that allegedly makes her look perfect to play the part of Dame Elizabeth. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Hear that? That was the sound of a collective Honey Boo Boo Child moment across all of the Internet. Upon hearing that very-much-unattractive Grant Bowler fellow was cast as her leading man, Richard Burton, Lindsay got down to work.
‘Time to make the transformation complete!’ She thought to herself while she climbed up the stairs of her Hollywood mansion. Past the photos of her ginger heyday, the bronze statue of her mother Orangina Dina Lohan—straight through to the bathroom with a box of Power Brunette hair dye in her hands.
‘Scrub, scrub scrub!’ she sang as she threw the wig into the bathtub and began applying the dye. ‘Only 25 minutes until I am a serious actress again, at last!’ Lindsay could hardly stand the wait until the dye was finished, so she applied her purple contacts to complete the look, staring at herself in the mirror—trying to find the perfect amount of pouting mystery and tortured soul within her eyes. ‘I don’t know why I ever thought I was a Marilyn when I am so clearly destined to be a Liz Taylor!’ she smiled to herself as she said it, snapping a picture in the mirror to remember the genuine emotion she felt for the first time in ages.
The wig was taking forever! Impatient as she was, she grabbed the wig and rushed out the door, brown dye trailing behind her as she got into her car and raced over to Grant Bowler’s house. Lindsay held the wig out the window as she tore through the hills. Arriving at Grant’s house she ran up to the door, tossing the wig atop her head, and smiled—a real, true smile, or what she believed them to be. It had been so long. Grant opened the door, bewildered, and questioning who this young woman was in front of him.
“Oh, Dick!” Lindsay said, fluttering her eyelashes, hip cocked in an exaggerated manner, arms outstretched. “It’s me, your darling Liz! At long last!”
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Menacing, seductive, and sinister; words that could aptly be used to describe the likes of Count Dracula. The one label rarely assigned to vampires is… funny. This week, Tim Burton brings to the screen the film adaptation of the 1960s/70s television series Dark Shadows, centering on the undead fiend Barnabas Collins. Though the series was hardly hilarious, except on the few occasions wherein we giggled at the rampant cheesiness, the film version takes a decidedly more comical approach to vampires. That got us thinking about our favorite blood-sucker comedies, and we’ve listed a few of the battiest below.
It’s gotten to the point that when Nicolas Cage’s name is listed amongst the cast of a new film, we happily head to the theater just to see how unhinged his performance will be. While this is something that’s certainly become more pronounced of late, Cage’s propensity toward lunacy is nothing new. In 1988’s Vampire’s Kiss, he plays a publishing executive who believes he has been bitten by a beautiful female vampire. He then spends the remainder of the film spiraling into full-blown madness. His accent becomes cartoonish, he chases his employees around the office, and he begins to model his physicality after Max Schreck from the classic Nosferatu. I think my favorite moment is when Cage goes running down the streets of New York screaming, “I’m a vampire, I’m a vampire,” at the top of his lungs. And you thought he was a nutjob in Ghost Rider.
Before Jim Carrey was a Grinch, a cable guy, or even a pet detective, he was virginal high school student Mark Kendall in 1985’s Once Bitten. It’s the story of a geeky guy who gets tired of waiting for his girlfriend to “give him a taste,” and his desires lead him right into the arms of a gorgeous vampire. From that moment on, Mark experiences changes not quite in keeping with those of the other boys his age. Carrey proves perfectly cast in this silly, sexy, and unrepentantly '80s comedy; the countess’ coffin looks like something right out of Miami Vice. His rubber-faced comedic presence is where the film derives most of its laughs, and provides a fitting foreshadow for the performances that would later define his career.
I know what you’re thinking, Fright Night is a horror movie and not a comedy, right? While the majority of the film is aiming for shrieks over chuckles, Roddy McDowall provides us with plenty of comedy fodder. He plays Peter Vincent, former horror film star reduced to hosting a campy late-night scary movie show on television. When a local teen comes to him and tells him of an actual vampire loose in the city, Vincent is forced to play the hero for real. Unfortunately, he’s a bit of a coward. In one of the film’s most hilarious moments, Vincent musters the courage to confront the villainous vamp (played with devilish poise by Chris Sarandon) with a crucifix, only to see him crush the cross in his bare hands. The speed and cravenness with which McDowall exits the room is hysterical.
Love at First Bite
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Dracula were suddenly transported to the 1970s? Well if you watched Hammer Films’ Dracula A.D. 1972 and found it to be strikingly devoid of funny, perhaps you would be better suited by Stan Dragoti’s 1979 comedy Love at First Bite. After having to vacate his Transylvanian castle, Dracula (George Hamilton) travels to New York City. There he stalks a tasty-looking Susan Saint James while her boyfriend, Richard Benjamin, tries to expose Drac for exactly what he is. Love at First Bite has an impressive comedic wingspan. Arte Johnson’s Renfield is outstanding, Richard Benjamin’s impotent and erroneous attempts to slay Dracula (at one point with silver bullets) are riotous, and if there is anything more absurd than seeing a vampire on the disco floor, I don’t believe I’ve seen it.
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While not likely to stake a claim as Mel Brooks’ premier horror comedy, that title still firmly belongs to Young Frankenstein, I really enjoy his irreverent approach to Count Dracula. In Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Brooks takes a bite out of everything from Bela Lugosi’s iconic first incarnation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale to Francis Ford Coppola’s arty 1992 iteration. The great Leslie Nielsen trips masterfully into the role, once again demonstrating his adeptness for slapstick and nonsense. You also can’t help but love Brooks himself as an entirely whacked out Van Helsing. To me, the film’s funniest moment is the one in which it harkens back to the classic Hammer Drac films. As Jonathan Harker (played by Wings’ Steven Weber) drives a stake into a female vamp’s heart, he is dosed in a bucket of blood disproportionate to reason.