Lindsay Lohan is determined to prove she is a changed woman by vowing not to miss a single rehearsal or show as she prepares to make her West End debut in a new production of David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow. The former child star has developed a reputation for tardiness in recent years after struggling with a variety of personal problems, culminating in a court-ordered 90-day rehab stint last summer (13).
She has been working to rebuild her flailing acting career ever since, and reveals she is banking on her new job as Karen, her first ever stage role, to show industry executives her true worth.
Lohan insists she will not be hitting headlines for skipping shows once rehearsals begin in the coming weeks, telling the BBC, "That's not going to happen. That's not on the cards. It's not. I'm at a place in my life where I like the commitment. I'm looking forward to that part of it.
"I want to be known for my talents and my work that I create, rather than a tabloid sensation. However long it does take, I'm willing to do it. I'm willing to work for it."
She confesses she feels "very lucky and excited and nervous" to make her debut in London's theatre district and adds, "There's a different standard to it here. It seems more prestigious. It seems a bit more serious and that's something that I really want to experience."
The Mean Girls star has been spending an increasing amount of time in the British capital in recent months and she admits she is considering moving to London "for good", because celebrities don't dominate the national news and TV scheduling.
She explains, "I've noticed here, watching the news, you guys have such a different outlook. In the U.S. starting at 5pm it's TMZ (gossip show), it's all these shows talking about people's personal lives and here I don't notice any of that - it's news and politics and music.
"So it's nice to be able to turn on the TV and not everything is about gossip. That's a really nice feeling."
The revival of satirical play Speed-the-Plow is due to run for 10 weeks at the Playhouse Theatre from 24 September (14).
Jack White has decided to cut down the amount of hours he spends in the recording studio for the sake of his children. The former White Stripes star has two kids, Scarlett, eight, and Henry, six, with his ex-wife Karen Elson, and the rocker admits he has changed his work schedule so he can spend more time with the youngsters.
He tells Britain's BBC Radio 1, "I used to record 12, 14 hours a day when I work on records, I don't do that any more... I try to work less hours so I can be with them in the evening or the morning. I try to work around the kids, I guess - they kind of control me."
Lindsay Lohan is "thrilled" to be heading back to work after landing her first stage role in London's West End. The Mean Girls actress was confirmed for the role of Karen in a new London production of David Mamet's Hollywood satire Speed-the-Plow on Thursday (26Jun14), marking her theatre debut.
Lohan has now taken to Twitter.com to share her joy at being given the opportunity to show off her acting chops on the stage.
She writes, "Thrilled to be a part of this production #liveyourdreams #nevergiveup."
The high-profile part is a huge boost for Lohan as she attempts to rebuild her acting career following a court-ordered rehab stint last year (14), but industry insiders suggest the play's director Lindsay Posner plans to hire a strong supporting cast to ensure the show can go ahead if the star falls back into her old ways.
The role of Karen was originated by Madonna on Broadway in 1988. Lohan's run will start at the Playhouse Theatre on 24 September (14).
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Lindsay Lohan is officially set to make her West End debut in a new production of satirical drama Speed-The-Plow.
The Mean Girls star previously revealed she was in the running to tackle the role of Karen in the David Mamet play, and now her part has been confirmed - she will tread the boards at London's Playhouse Theatre from 24 September to 29 November (14).
Lohan recently discussed the "potential" job with The New York Times, saying, "It's the first time I've done a stage play or anything like that. I'm nervous but I'm excited." Other casting details have yet to be revealed, but director Lindsay Posner will take charge of the revival for the Theatre Royal Bath.
Madonna previously played Karen in a Broadway revival of Speed-The-Plow in 1988. Lohan will be hoping her London stage debut will give her acting career the boost it desperately needs after overcoming a series of personal issues and legal troubles, which resulted in a court-ordered spell in rehab last year (13).
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A familiar face will be cruising through Marvel's cinematic galaxy come this August. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has confirmed that the one and only Nathan Fillion will appear in the upcoming space adventure in a "very small fun cameo." While earlier rumors suggested that Fillion might play a bigger role in the film, Gunn set the record straight via his Twitter account last night. With Fillion's addition the cast, Guardians of the Galaxy is looking like it might be the most geek-friendly film of the decade. In light of the good news, we've decided to assess to geek cred of every major cast member in the film.
Relevant Projects: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Ding-Along Blog, Justice League Unlimited, that one episode of Lost Geek Cred: Through his frequent collaborations with nerd Jesus Joss Whedon, including a guest-stint on the last season of Buffy and a leading role in the cult sci-fi western Firefly, Fillion has built up an incredibly loyal legion of fans. Even 10 years after it's cancelation, some of the more deluded browncoats out there still believe there's a chance Firefly can somehow become un-cancelled. Now, there's some credibility for you.Rating: 5 out of 5
Chris PrattRelevant Projects: Jennifer's Body, Wanted Geek Cred: Pratt doesn't have a whole lot of nerd fodder to his name, but appearances in the comic book film Wanted and the underappreciated horror comedy Jennifer's Body to give him a decent boost. Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Avatar, The LosersGeek Cred: Saldana has a prominent role in the newest chain of Star Trek film, though that might boost or diminish her cred, depending on who you talk to. There are similarly mixed feelings about her other two genre pictures, Avatar and The Losers.Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The Man with the Iron Firsts, RiddickGeek Cred: Batista has spent more time wrestling than appearing in movies so most geeks probably aren't familiar with their new Drax the Destroyer. He did have a role in the latest Riddick sequel, but was overshadowed by Vin Diesel. (More on him later)Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: AliasGeek Cred: Unfortunately, Bradley Cooper doesn't have the most geek friendly filmography as of yet, but his role as Rocket Raccoon should change that quite soon. Geeks might remember him in Alias, but even in the J.J. Abrams show, he wasn't the one doing the cool spy stuff.Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Doctor Who, Outcast, OculusGeek Cred: Huge! Gillan three-year stint on the British import Doctor Who was almost perfectly timed with the show's explosion in popularity in the states.Rating: 4 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Stargate, Alias, EragonGeek Cred: Not very high. Hounsou has enjoyed small roles in things like Stargate, Alias, and Eragon, but noting really major for geeks to really get to know the actor.Rating: 2 out of 5
John C. Reilly
Relevant Projects: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Wreck-it Ralph, everything Tim and EricGeek Cred: Reilly doesn't have a huge backlog of geeky things on his resume, but Wreck-It Ralph and his work in the absurdly wonderful world of Tim and Eric does give him some clout to work with.Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Mars Attacks!Geek Cred: Despite being a A-lister in Hollywood, Close has mostly steered clear of genre pictures, though her appearance in Mars Attacks! does give her something.Rating: 1 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The 6th Day, Slither, Stargate SG-1, Chuck, The Walking DeadGeek Cred: Rooker's cred skyrocketed with his role as Merle on The Walking Dead, but the longtime character actor has stealthily built up quite the geeky filmography over the years with appeareances in shows like Chuck and Archer.Rating: 4 out of 5
Benicio Del Toro
Relevant Projects: Sin City, The Wolfman, Thor: The Dark WorldGeek Cred: Fans recieved a snapshot of Del Toro's "The Collector" character in the end credits stinger for Thor: The Dark World, but beyond that, the actor's geek cred is pretty slim.Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: All the Riddick moviesGeek Cred: Huge. Even outside of his career, Diesel is a well-documented geek and enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons on his off-time. He has also developed a good relationship with fans, appearing in video game adaptations of his Riddick films, and even putting up his own money to fund the 2013's Riddick.Rating: 5 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The Fall, the Hobbit moviesGeek Cred: Pace has impressed in the last two Hobbit films, but he doesn't quite have the same history as some of his cast members.Rating: 2 out of 5
"It's the first time I've done a stage play or anything like that. I'm nervous but I'm excited." Actress Lindsay Lohan is battling nerves as she prepares to make her West End debut with a "potential appearance" in an upcoming revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow. As previously reported, the Mean Girls star, who has spent the past few weeks in London, is in contention for the role of Karen, which was played by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.
A New York City magistrate took aim at former Fugees star Pras Michel for missing a child support hearing on Thursday (12Jun14). The rapper-turned-film producer was due in court in Manhattan to face former girlfriend Angela Severiano, who is seeking a raise in her child support payments, but he failed to attend as he was in South America.
He tried to phone in to offer his testimony from Bogota, Colombia, but Family Court Magistrate Karen Kolomechuk stopped him.
She said, "It's not acceptable to call in from a cafe in Colombia. This is not a free-for-all."
Michel's legal team allegedly told the court he couldn't leave Colombia because of issues with his passport.
Severiano is seeking $7,000 (£4,375) to cover school fees and a move to a larger apartment. She currently receives $3,000 (£1,875)-a-month from the star.
Former How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor is returning to Broadway. Radnor is set to take the lead in the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, starring alongside Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, and Hari Dhillon.
The actor made his Broadway debut more than a decade ago opposite Kathleen Turner in 2002's The Graduate and he will be following in the footsteps of his How I Met Your Mother co-star Neil Patrick Harris, who is currently riding high on the Great White Way in a Tony Award-winning production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Disgraced, about a Muslim-American lawyer and his artist wife who have an explosive conversation about beliefs, race and identity with another couple over dinner, opens at the Lyceum Theatre on 27 September (14).
British actor Toby Jones plans to marry his partner of 25 years next month (Jul14). The Hunger Games star has been in a relationship with a defence attorney, identified only as Karen, for more than two decades, and they are parents to two daughters.
He has now revealed they are finally planning to tie the knot, telling Britain's The Times newspaper the ceremony is set for July (14).