Lindsay Lohan was honoured with the Biggest Comeback Award at the Ischia Film Festival in Italy on Tuesday (15Jul14). The Mean Girls star was given the festival's trademark seahorse award in recognition for her return to acting as she attempts to rebuild her career following a court-ordered rehab stint last year (13).
Crash director Paul Haggis handed the trophy to Lohan, who said in an emotional speech that she looked forward to working with the Oscar winner in the future.
The Comeback Award arrives on the heels of Lohan's recent announcement that she has been cast as one of the leads in the upcoming London production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow this September (14).
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).
Lindsay Lohan has been left battered and bruised on her birthday after she was injured during a bike ride. The Mean Girls star celebrated turning 28 on Wednesday (02Jul14) with a New York City pedal, but she was left with cuts and bruises on her legs when her Citi Bike outing went awry.
Posting a snap of her war wounds on Instagram.com, Lohan wrote, "A citibike gone wrong #notsoquiche (hot)."
The actress returned to the Big Apple earlier this week (begs30Jul14) after spending several weeks in London, where she met with theatre bosses behind her stage debut. She will appear in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow in September (14).
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).
"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.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is in talks to make her West End debut, according to a U.K. report. The Mean Girls star is rumoured to be plotting a permanent move to London after spending a lot of time in the city in recent weeks, and now a new report suggests Lohan is hoping to land a stage role.
Editors at Britain's The Sun newspaper state Lohan is in talks to star in a West End revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow. She is said to be in contention for the role of Karen, which was previously played by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.
A source tells the newspaper, "Lindsay has been looking for West End plays to prove she's still a serious actress."
Lohan's movie career stalled in recent years amid spiralling personal problems and legal troubles, but she is now trying to get her professional life back on track following her latest spell in rehab last year (13).
Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt is to reunite with her former co-star Nigel Harman to work on a West End play. The actors were at the centre of a controversial rape storyline, in which Harman's character attacks the housemaid played by Froggatt, and they will now re-team for a production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Rabbit Hole.
Froggatt will portray Becca - a mother struggling to cope with the loss of her child - in the play, which will be directed Harman.
The actress tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It's a part I've been waiting forever to play. I totally fell in love with the play the moment I read it... it's heartbreaking, but really funny in parts as well. Becca's very different from Anna. She's American, and she's middle class, and she's going through this traumatic time over her child."
Previews will begin at the Vaudeville Theatre in London on 11 September (14).
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon won a Tony Award for her role as Becca in a Broadway production, while Nicole Kidman landed an Oscar nomination for her turn in the 2010 film adaptation.
Lindsay Lohan was left fighting back tears during a recent TV taping after she attempted to prank call Oprah Winfrey, only for the media mogul to gush about how proud she is of the embattled actress' progress.
The Mean Girls star paid a visit to the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday (07Apr14) and offered to share her contact details for Winfrey so the TV host could surprise their mutual pal on air.
She said, "I think maybe I should just call her right now. Should we call Oprah? I think so. Do you have a phone? Have we got a phone?" A reluctant Letterman finally agreed to the stunt and pretended to pose as Lohan's assistant after Winfrey picked up. He said, "Yes, can I speak to Oprah Winfrey please? Hi, this is, uh, Lindsay Lohan's secretary."
When Winfrey asked, "Who is this?", Letterman gave in and confessed, "It's Dave, Oprah. It's Dave."
He then asked The Butler star how she thought Lohan was doing after completing a court-ordered stint in rehab last summer (13) and filming her own reality show, Lindsay, which is produced by, and airs on, Winfrey's OWN network in America.
Praising Lohan, Winfrey said, "I think she's doing OK... I think she's doing really OK. I think to have cameras following you around for every phase of your life and you're trying to pull your life together, I think that's a really difficult thing. "We're really pleased that she's making some progress." A smiling Lohan appeared to wipe away tears as the call ended. The interview is due to air on Wednesday night (09Apr14).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
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But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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