The screenwriter penned One Night With You with Lohan partly in mind and now believes the comedy could be her comeback film - if she'll agree to have a little fun at her own expense.
The script revolves around a former child star, whose reputation is ruined by a series of public scandals. She books a gig on a reality dating show to keep her career afloat and hopefully clean up her image.
A source close to the film says, "Basically the character is Lindsay Lohan. Wouldn't it be funny if Lindsay herself was cast? The thinking being, 'Hey, look what The Wrestler did for Mickey Rourke'."
O'Sullivan tells WENN, "It is ready-made for Lindsay. If it happens, it could be her Mickey Rourke comeback. But we're proceeding with extreme caution while the Lohan family sorts through their issues during a very trying time.
"We want to put an official offer on the table but we want to make sure that the timing is right and that we don't add to any of Lindsay's current stress. That said though, we're pulling for Lindsay, and we're pulling for that whole family. They've been demonized from all sides, but let's get real. Families get crazy with each other. They love each other, they hate each other. The only difference is that the Lohans have to do it with cameras watching them.
"We believe in Lindsay's talent and hope to put an offer on the table and work with her when she's ready."
Lindsay and her estranged father Michael are currently embroiled in a war of words after he organised a police-led raid on her Hollywood apartment last week (ends23Apr10) and then appeared on TV insisting the actress was a bad role model for her teenage sister Ali, who lives with her.
Claiming his eldest daughter is hooked on prescription drugs, Michael Lohan is seeking a court order to force the actress into rehab and a conservatorship ruling that will give him control of the troubled star's finances.
Lohan's film career took another hit last week (ends23Apr10) when she was dropped from new movie The Other Side.
Writer/director David Michaels confirmed the Mean Girls star won't be moving forward with the project, explaining, "Our team simply chose to move on from Lindsay and we'll soon be announcing a replacement."
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Adapted by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero The Rules of Attraction American Psycho) from his own 1994 novel about the excesses of the rich and not-so-lucky in Hollywood circa 1983 this shallow film seems out of touch now in a time of economic turmoil — even if it is disguised as a period piece. Presented as a multi-story look at L.A. at its sordid best The Informers introduces us to a sleazy movie executive his estranged wife her poolboy lover a coked-out British punk rock star a fading newscaster a voyeuristic doorman a slimy ex-con and any number of beautiful vapid sexed-up twentysomethings who seem to spend their days either partying or snorting immune to any kind of social consciousness in an era marked by the dawn of the AIDS epidemic.
WHO’S IN IT?
The ensemble cast is split between older stars who’ve seen better days and a promising group of new talent unfortunately caught up in this mess. Billy Bob Thornton sleepwalks through the studio exec role while a pre-Wrestler Mickey Rourke (in a glorified cameo) shows us the kind of dreck he’s been stuck in the last few years as a tough ex-con who seems obsessed with someone called “the Indian.” Kim Basinger survives intact as a long-suffering Hollywood wife looking for a human connection from anyone who crosses her path while Winona Ryder projects just a shadow of her once-promising career as the aging newscaster. The late Brad Renfro who himself apparently fell victim to a drug-induced lifestyle is oddly touching as the peeping-tom doorman. Filling in the lost youth part of the equation are Jon Foster Amber Heard Austin Nichols Lou Taylor Pucci and amusing British star Mel Raido who do the best they can with their clothes on and off. Chris Isaak and Rhys Ifans also turn up in minor roles.
For what it’s worth The Informers has been handsomely shot and does capture emotional deadness well but unfortunately there’s nothing behind the façade of a group of characters we just don’t care about.
Ellis covered this all in Less Than Zero — same era same losers — so did we really need a LESS THAN Less Than Zero in 2009? It’s also a shame to see a fine group of actors so completely wasted both on screen and off.
BEST STONED-OUT LOSER SCENE:
The tenor of the whole film is summed up in the ice cube-filled bathtub sequence where a drunken almost catatonic British rocker proceeds to nearly kill himself trying to light a cigarette and answer a phone that NEVER stops ringing.
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Tragedy strikes the Marshall University community when a plane crash claims the lives of most of the football team coaches and some fans. With the whole town traumatized university president Donald Dedmond (David Strathairn) thinks it's best to cancel the football program but remaining players led by Nate Ruffin (Anthony Mackie) rally the school to support continuing the team's honor. Of course nobody wants to coach in these circumstances--that is until rogue bad boy Jake Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) asks for the job. Along with surviving assistant coach Red Dawson (Matthew Fox) they build the team back up. Just putting the team back together raises the town's spirits but getting back the winning record is another story. This could have easily been a sappy tearjerker but it sticks to the high road for the most part. There are some sad scenes (i.e. the cheerleader [Kate Mara] returning the engagement ring her dead boyfriend gave her to his mourning daddy) but otherwise the focus is on moving ahead. Just about every actor gets at least one big moment to cry. That's a given in a story of this nature and some of them are better than others. Mackie's stoic attempt to take punches in an injured shoulder is full of passion but Fox's random breakdown is well just like a flashback from Lost. He is better on the field showing us a side to his personality we haven’t seen yet. Strathairn seems the most sympathetic as the pained authority figure making tough decisions. Mara (Brokeback Mountain) looks so innocent you just want to hold her hand and stroke her hair every time she wells up. Aside from that there's also a lot of personality in the film. McConaughey leads the team with a gleam in his eye and a smirk on his lips but it never comes across as insensitive. He’s hip so of course he's the one who can lead them out of tragedy. And as an ensemble film the cast comes together as a community in which a single tragedy can affect them all and a single victory can give them hope. McG totally restrains his bombastic Charlie's Angels style of filmmaking for this character piece. Just about the only noticeably fancy shot is a dissolve from Mara looking up at the plane to her boyfriend staring out the airplane window. It's a moving moment because we know what is coming and it does not call too much attention to the filmmaking process. McG knows how to do some great montages too. Recruiting the new players running the drills--they're all full of visual moments set to a rocking soundtrack. Most importantly he handles the tragedy with class and doesn’t deliberately try to jerk tears. The plane crashes with only a single jump and a fade to black but the wreckage burns through our hearts. Instead McG shows there's a way to honor the dead to take back a community's pride and let life go on without disrespecting any of the departed. The football games in We Are Marshall are filmed with visceral impacts pretty much the way most sports movies are. There's no Friday Night Lights grit but that's fine. These games are about telling a story not exposing the seedy underbelly of the sport.
Animation giant Disney has regained the rights to cartoon character Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, the forerunner to Mickey Mouse.
Late animator Walt Disney created the black-eared bunny in 1927, but after the rights were given to Universal, Disney decided to create his most famous animation, Mickey Mouse, which looked similar to Oswald.
Disney has managed to regain the rights in a deal which allows sports commentator Al Michaels to leave their ESPN channel for NBC Universal.
Michaels will now host NBC's Sunday Night National Football League (NFL) games as part of the deal, which also included the broadcasting rights to the Ryder Cup golf tournament and Olympic highlights.
NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol explains, "He (Walt) told me this incredible story that Walt's first really big production as a cartoonist for the cinema had been a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which was before Mickey.
"And for reasons that aren't still totally clear to me, Walt lost those rights. He didn't have the money to hold onto them."
Disney's daughter Diane Disney Miller adds, "When Robert Iger was named CEO, he told me he wanted to bring Oswald back to Disney, and I appreciate that he is a man of his word. Having Oswald around again is going to be a lot of fun."
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