The outspoken TV host slammed Lifestyle network producers' decision to cast the Mean Girls actress as the late Hollywood icon, saying, "The last thing she did good (was when) she was 16. I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."
Lohan responded to the criticism, insisting she was shocked to be on the receiving end of O'Donnell's rant, because she had always got one well with her since appearing on her talk show as a kid.
Now O'Donnell has explained her outburst on her website, insisting she wants Lohan to get the help she needs to make a full comeback - and would hate the star to end up like Whitney Houston, who died in February (12).
In poetic form, she writes, "To me working right now seems like a bad idea it is not about her talent it is about her health Lindsay Lohan needs help.
"I met her when she was a young girl smart adorable and full of light we all watched her this last decade a true Hollywood story... the exact feeling I had watching Whitney Houston's funeral in Newark we all should have spoken up for her too.
"We believe in u, u r not alone help is available u r loved. Lindsay Lohan is worth saving she is the only one who can do it before it is 2 late, I hope she can finds (sic) her value - off camera. And then - when she returns - on camera she will wow us all once more peace."
The Mean Girls star was confirmed to portray the late movie legend in the Lifetime network project Liz & Dick on Monday (23Apr12), but not everyone welcomed the news.
Outspoken O'Donnell questioned the casting and suggested Lohan would be better served away from the spotlight after 18 months of legal issues and jail and rehab stints.
The former chat show host said, "I feel very sorry for her. I think she needs a lot of time away... I think she's not in a place to work."
And she's convinced Lohan isn't the right person to play Hollywood icon Taylor: "The last thing she did good (was when) she was 16. I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."
Lohan's father Michael hit back at the O'Donnell on Tuesday (24Apr12), insisting she is in no place to judge his daughter's casting, and now the actress has responded to the criticism.
The 25 year old tells Eonline.com, "It's funny that someone you don't know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing. You know, I did one of my first interviews with (O'Donnell) when I was little. I was so excited."
And Lohan is refusing to answer back or take the criticism to heart as she focuses on preparing for the role: "I don't think I need to tell her anything. I know that I'm great. I know that I know Liz Taylor very well, and I share the same make-up artist and the same hair stylist. We've worked with a lot of the same people.
"(I feel) lucky to be able to do this role (and want) to honour (Taylor) the way that she should be honoured because she helped a lot of people in her life."
Lindsey Lohan doesn't care what all her haters think — she's going to make a comeback to the entertainment world whether they like it or not. Ever since the formerly troubled actress was pegged to play Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, critics (including Rosie O'Donnell) have questioned her ability to pull off a convincing portrayal. But our dear LiLo is more than confident in her abilities and had a few things to say at Star magazine's All Hollywood event on April 24, in response to all the negativity.
"It's funny that someone you don't know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing," Lohan told E! News when asked about O'Donnell's harsh remarks. "You know, I did one of my first interviews with [Rosie] when I was little. I was so excited."
But the 25-year-old star doesn't feel the need to confront the former TV host directly. "I don't think I need to tell her anything," she stated. "I know that I'm great. I know that I know Liz Taylor very well, and I share the same makeup artist and the same hair stylist. We've worked with a lot of the same people."
For her part, Lohan just feels lucky to be able to delve into the life of one of the most iconic women in the world. She even has a few ideas of who should play Richard Burton in the film — one of her seven husbands, whom she married twice — but refused to share any names for fear of jinxing it.
Who do you think would make a great Burton to her Taylor? Sound off on your ideas below!
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Outspoken O'Donnell has gone public with her thoughts about the now-confirmed movie project, in which troubled Lohan will portray the late movie legend - and she's far from convinced the idea is a good one.
While appearing as a panellist on America's Today show on Tuesday (24Apr12), O'Donnell said, "The last thing she (Lohan) did good (was when) she was 16. I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."
Lohan's angry father Michael has since responded by issuing a statement to TMZ.com.
He rages, "Who the hell is Rosie O'Donnell to judge anyone, especially Lindsay, who has far more talent than Rosie ever had?
"Lindsay's talent isn't limited to being a comedienne or getting notoriety for adopting and raising a bunch of kids. Sure, she has her pitfalls, but she is 25, and how old is Rosie?
"Two failed talk shows, a failed marriage, etc..."
Rosie O'Donnell may not think that Lindsay Lohan is fit to play Elizabeth Taylor in her new Lifetime movie, but Lohan thinks the Queen of Nice's comments on Today were, well, not so nice. After O'Donnell publicly slammed Lohan on the morning show Tuesday — saying that the 25-year-old has "had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including [Saturday Night Live] ... She's not in a place to work" — Lohan's publicist has come to the actress' defense.
"I think Rosie should be focused on her own career right now and not everyone else's," Steve Honig, Lohan's publicist, tells Hollywood.com exclusively. "It's a shame that she has to be so cruel towards another human being in order to keep herself in the news."
So the feud begins. Who will win: The Queen of Nice — who said Lohan "needs a lot of time away" — or the Mean Girl? Your serve O'Donnell. What ya' got?
Watch O'Donnell's Today appearance below.
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Four Reasons Lohan is Meant to Play Elizabeth Taylor
Speculation the Mean Girls star was set to play Taylor in the Lifetime TV movie Liz & Dick, about the icon's relationship with Richard Burton, has circled for months, and on Monday (23Apr12) it was confirmed she has won the part.
The role comes as Lohan tries to rebuild her once glittering career after a series of run-ins with the law and stints in rehab - but O'Donnell is adamant the actress is nowhere near ready to return to meaty acting roles.
While appearing as a panellist on America's Today show on Tuesday (24Apr12), she said, "I feel very sorry for her. I think she needs a lot of time away... She's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including SNL (Saturday Night Live). She was out and not in rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work."
And when fellow panellist Donny Deutsch claimed Lohan is a modern-day Taylor, a fuming O'Donnell snapped back, "You're out of your mind! You're a crackhead! The last thing she did good (was when) she was 16. I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
The Transporter star managed to offload his Los Angeles bachelor pad for $2.7 million (£1.65 million) this week (begs01Aug11) and now he's landed the perfect property to set up home with his girlfriend, actress/model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
The couple's new Mediterranean-style home features 10 bedrooms and a guest house and is located near to the Hollywood Bowl, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stiller and his actress wife Christine Taylor have been trying to sell the place since 2009.
Animated films may come to dominate the family-film genre but they’ll never entirely edge out their live-action counterparts -- not so long as there exist characters like Nanny McPhee whose charms could never be properly rendered in a computer. After a half-decade away from the big screen Emma Thompson’s magical governess is back to take on a new batch of recalcitrant children in Nanny McPhee Returns. She's gotten better with age.
The second chapter of the Nanny McPhee saga which marks a definitive improvement over the first sends the unsightly taskmaster to the English countryside where Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) the mother of three rambunctious tots (Oscar Steer Asa Butterfield and Lil Woods) has been left alone to raise her unruly brood and manage the family farm while her husband is away at war. (Though it’s never specifically mentioned the film is presumed to take place during World War II.) Harried but capable Isabel’s tenuous grip on her unfortunate situation begins to loosen when a pair of privileged London cousins (Eros Vlahos and Rosie Taylor-Ritson) and a shady indebted brother-in-law (Rhys Ifans) arrive to wreak fresh havoc in her already chaotic existence. On the verge of losing control of both her farm and her family she opens the door to find Nanny McPhee’s wart-covered visage staring back at her and not a moment too soon.
Though for the most part a breezy and whimsical fable Nanny McPhee Returns is unafraid to scatter a few dramatic bombshells amid its mix of lighthearted fantasy and practical life lessons trusting correctly that its youthful audience can handle a few bleak bumps en route to its happy ending. The biggest revelation of the film aside from director Susanna White and screenwriter/star Thompson’s bawdy comedic sensibilities (one of the film’s less pleasant lessons: kids never tire of scatological humor) is the proficiency of its child actors so often the weak link in even the best family fare. It’s their winning performances along with that of the always excellent Gyllenhaal that help make Nanny McPhee Returns not just an entertaining experience but an endearing one as well.
Models are in high-demand in Hollywood these days - and not just as escorts for dweebs that can't get their own dates for movie premieres (I'm looking at you Scott Pilgrim). Specifically, the stable of seductive ladies under contract with Victoria's Secret have been very fortunate, starting with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley getting "transformed" into an "actress" for Michael Bay's upcoming Transformers threequel and continuing on today, as her colleague Brooklyn Decker has officially enlisted in Universal's Battleship.
According to Latino Review, Decker will be playing Sam, a hopefully barely-clothed piece of eye-candy who will join recording artist Rihanna as the female leads of the film. I guess that director Peter Berg's casting philosophy is "two hot chicks = half an actress". That hardly justifies his absolutely ridiculous train of thought, but my guess is that, with the studio spilling hundreds of millions of dollars into this production, they need to save money on talent and beef up the special effects so hiring real actors is out of the question. Either that or they figure, "hey, it worked for Paramount, maybe it'll work for us!"
Despite the lack of bankable females in the film, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard as brothers who engage in a global military offensive against an alien invasion. Though not exactly household names, both of these young men have a following - Kitsch is arguably the best thing about NBC's Friday Night Lights (which Berg executive produces) and played fan-favorite Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. When Battleship is released on May 18th 2012, he'll also have another mega-sized film ready to bow just weeks after - Disney-Pixar's John Carter of Mars. As for Skarsgaard, if the studio is smart they'll cut their first teaser trailer for the film with nothing but footage of him shirtless to ensure that both male and female Fangbangers are aware of his presence in the picture. That's good for at least a couple of million bucks, don't ya think? My point is, by the time the film hits theaters, Decker and Rihanna may not matter: the boys of Battleship will probably sell the tickets.
Source: Latino Review