Lindsay Lohan's father is facing a police investigation over allegations he threatened a record label boss. Dan Herman, CEO of Chinga Chang Records, has filed a report with police in his native Pennsylvania accusing Michael Lohan, 54, of threatening him over a deal he was attempting to set up with Lohan's model-turned-singer daughter Ali.
Cops have launched an investigation, according to TMZ.com.
Lindsay Lohan's model sister Ali is said to be on the verge of launching herself as a country singer and has been meeting with a number of record label executives in recent weeks in a bid to land a deal.
American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has been selected to serve as the international jury president at Belgium's Film Fest Gent. The writer, who also penned the script for Lindsay Lohan film flop The Canyons, follows in the footsteps of director Michael Haneke and French actress Jeanne Moreau, who previously held the role. The 2014 festival, which will pay tribute to French film, kicks off on 14 October (14).
An aspiring actor is suing producers at The Weinstein Company over his role in horror parody sequel Scary Movie 5. Michael Trigg donated $100,000 (£58,823) to charity to win a small speaking role in the 2013 movie, starring Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, but he only got to say one word and producers warned him the scene could be cut from the final product.
Trigg complained to producers at The Weinstein Company, led by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, about his small screen time and they allegedly agreed a $40,000 (£23,529) refund if his scene was eventually cut.
His donation, made through online auction site Charitybuzz.com, also allegedly guaranteed a one-on-one chat with Harvey Weinstein, which Trigg claims never materialised.
According to Perezhilton.com, Trigg is suing the company for breach of contract and misrepresentation.
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has been ordered to hand over additional child support payments to the actress' mother Dina. Michael Lohan and his ex-wife share four children - the Mean Girls actress and her three younger siblings Michael, Ali and Dakota - and Dina claims Lindsay's father has not been paying enough maintenance for their children.
She alleges Michael owes $20,000 (£12,500) in back payments, and legal documents obtained by TMZ.com show he has been ordered to pay her $3,800 (£2,375). Michael argues that he has overpaid her already.
According to the website's editors, Michael has until July (14) to pay the bill or a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
This is not the first time the former couple has fought over money - last year (13), Michael had to hand over $30,000 (£18,750) after he failed to provide Dina with the agreed maintenance payments.
The mother of Lindsay Lohan's baby half-sister has been sentenced to serve eight months behind bars relating to a charge of DUI. Kate Major, the on/off girlfriend of the actress' father, Michael, was sentenced in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday (19May14) after a judge deemed her arrest for a DUI in March (14) violated her probation from a 2012 battery case.
As a result, the judge revoked her probation and sentenced her to jail time. She will stay locked up for just under seven months, as she has received 70 days credit for time served, reports TMZ.com.
The news is the latest blow for Major, who gave birth to Michael's child in January, 2013 - she reportedly suffered a seizure last Monday (12May14) while in a rehab centre in Florida.
TV titan Oprah Winfrey is set to feature sports star Michael Sam in a docu-series on her TV network after he became the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the National Football League (NFL).
The 24-year-old 'came out' as gay in February (14) and last Saturday (10May14), he was chosen to play for the St. Louis Rams, making football history. Now Winfrey is keen to tell his story on her OWN Network with the The Untitled Michael Sam Project, giving viewers an inside look into his journey to becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Sam hopes sharing his story on television will inspire others, saying in a statement, "Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability. I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that's great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together."
Winfrey has previously had success with reality shows on her network - Lindsay Lohan recently wrapped an eight-episode docu-series which followed the actress as she rebuilt her life after rehab.
Kate Major, the on-off girlfriend of Lindsay Lohan's father Michael, has reportedly suffered a seizure in rehab. Major, who gave birth to the actress' half-sister in January, 2013, reportedly complained of chest pains on Monday (12May14), and was hospitalised at the JFK Medical Center in Florida.
Her condition is unknown.
This isn't the first medical scare for Major - in 2011, she suffered a seizure while seeking treatment at a rehab centre in Florida.
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Who is Lindsay Lohan? She could be the amazing actress we love from Mean Girls and The Parent Trap. Or she may be the Tara Reid-esque has-been who will do anything to cover immense debt. Or maybe she’s the clean, composed, grateful recovering addict we met in Oprah Winfrey’s infamous interview. You would think the OWN show Lindsay would shed some light on the real Lindsay. Spoiler alert: it does not. The show has three conflicting ideologies. There’s Lohan’s attempt to convey she’s changed, sober, and a bankable star. There’s Oprah trying to deliver an on-brand inspirational story of an addict coming clean and finding love and light. Then there are the show’s producers who want to get some ratings and border on Bravo style editing and drama. Crossing over into reality TV could be the kiss of death or the key to a career resurgence. So does the series help or hurt Lindsay?
How It Helps
The show has helped Lohan by making her sympathetic, interesting, and relevant. The producers of the show made questionable choices like showing man on the street interviews of people trashing her. So the Lindsay vs. the Producers debate seems more nuanced than just a sign she’s unreliable. Lohan even had a candid conversation with a friend about reality television and the narrative of the show. This made her seem savvy, focused, and business-oriented. Her financial struggles are a big issue on the show. You see her surrounded by paparazzi and spending money on assistants and hotel rooms one minute, then you see her begging producers to release checks for her apartment and working for free the next. Her questionable relationship with her parents shows she did not receive much guidance and some of her addiction, financial woes, and diva behavior are enabled by Michael and Dina Lohan. It's sad to think someone so bankable would have this many struggles. Similar to Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List, the show catches Lindsay getting snubbed by Miley Cyrus, doing photo shoots for Asian imprints of magazines, and even getting manipulated by a low-rent model producer. This falling star storyline makes audiences want her to succeed. Also, the success of the show makes her relevant outside of tabloid gossip.
How It Hurts
The series does not do much to change the unreliable Lohan storyline. Outside of issues with the production crew, there are multiple cases of Lohan showing up obscenely late for work. The now infamous shoot for Elle Indonesia has Lindsay late multiple times and pushing production which ultimately costs money. The series seems less like a series and more like salvaged footage. Lindsay took breaks from filming and did not let them film her outside New York City… this is not showcasing cooperation. The show starts to feel like an expose as it catches Lindsay in lies, shows her around alcohol, and captures audio recorded while she’s miked. She stays up late and has diva tantrums. Does this mean she’s using? Her questionable relationship with her assistant, who signed a non-disclosure agreement, also raises questions. Her life coach questions her sobriety on camera. By the end of the series her credibility is debatable at best.
The show will get Lohan some buzz and notoriety. It will also reinvigorate some dormant fans. However, ultimately, it does not show her as dependable or trustworthy. Her being late for any production will not reduce concerns of how much it will cost to employ her. Ironically, had she done an unabashedly real reality show where she shared everything good and bad she could have won over everyone. An addict struggling with drinking and drug use is sympathetic. But given the limited footage you question what’s real and what’s acting. After all, she is one of the most talented actors of her generation.
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Lindsay Lohan has had multiple run-ins with the law but has served significant time only in rehab. Like Lohan, Paris Hilton walked in and out of prison. Directors Roman Polanski and Woody Allen have had questionable sex scandals and faced no jail time. Even O.J. Simpson was tried for murder and acquitted but then declared guilty in a civil trial. It’s unclear whether the court of justice gets interrupted by the court of public opinion, the legal system is not prepared to handle high profile inmates, or if justice can be effectively carried out with such high profile figures. So does the burden fall on Hollywood to police its own?
Shh! It’s a Secret
One challenge to Hollywood policing its celebrities is that they have high powered lawyers and are very litigious. How can journalists report on crimes if they are subject to high profile lawsuits? Also, if you’re rich enough you may have a built in network of alibis and accomplices. It’s easy to have "friends" (or paid-off bouncers) take the rap, or to have people in your employ sign non-disclosure agreements. But having inequitable legal protection does not allow celebrities to be above the law. Stars like Lindsay Lohan may not serve jail time, but judging from her reality show, the time incarcerated may have served her well. With so many celebrities dying of drug related deaths does this behavior not warrant some sort of action?
The NBA has banned Donald Sterling for life for inflammatory statements he made about minorities. Paula Deen was let go from The Food Network and lost many endorsements because of things she said. But what about the things actors and performers say that get out. During stand-up performances, Tracy Morgan said if his son was gay he would kill him, and Michael Richards used the N-word. Lest we forget the many inflammatory comments by Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. And yet, no one is around to fine, ban, or police them.
Shonda Rhimes: Avenger
One of the few showbiz figures policing her stars seems to be Shonda Rhimes. Columbus Short, star of Scandal, has been let go by ABC amid allegations of spousal abuse. It’s sad to lose such a vital character on the show but there are some things you just can’t abide. He may be able to get away without having to do prison time but he shouldn’t appear on a national television show, with major notoriety, about a Washington power player that is a woman. It’s unclear whether it is Rhimes or ABC that removed Short, but Rhimes does have a long history of keeping her actors in line. When Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington engaged in a major physical altercation, used a gay slur, and outed an actor derisively, he was let go from the show. Now this may also be a case of responding to a public outcry but it was a decision based on outrage by the cast, crew, and creators. Regardless of whether it is ABC or Rhimes making the order, letting these actors go sends a clear message: this behavior is not permissible. Look at a show like Two and a Half Men, which kept Charlie Sheen on until his public face became too much to handle. The show was a cash cow but could have afforded to let Sheen go earlier. Clearly, he has issues with drugs and his own hubris. He didn’t start out at rock bottom and had the show intervened earlier his career might have been saved.
No one is above the law but it seems like actors and Hollywood types will not realize until they lose everything. The one lesson from Lohan’s OWN show Lindsay is that you can get yourself ejected from Hollywood for bad behavior. The trip back is an uphill climb. There’s tons of talented actors and directors, beautiful models, and enjoyable comedians… but you only get a few chances.
Rihanna was the toast of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (01May14), despite arriving late and missing out on accepting the new prizegiving's first ever trophy.
The Umbrella singer found herself stuck in rush-hour traffic and wasn't even at the Shrine Auditorium when she won the night's Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year for Pour it Up. She arrived shortly afterwards and was present to pick up her awards for Best Fan Army, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (Stay). Sporting a gothic look with blue lipstick, a black lace dress, jewelled crucifixes and a new Tank Girl-style hairdo, Rihanna accepted the latter trophy by thanking radio producers for playing the ballad, stating, "This record would never have been this big if it wasn't for you." And accepting her Artist of the Year honour at the end of the night, she added, "Shout out to everybody who has ever worked on my project. I know I'm a pain in the a** - but it's worth it!"
It was also a huge night for Pharrell Williams, who picked up the first-ever iHeartRadio Innovator Award. Presenter Gwen Stefani called her pal "the coolest guy ever", before a series of tributes from stars like Lady Gaga, Usher, Beyonce, Shakira, Oprah Winfrey, and Rita Ora flashed up on video screens. The man of the hour then performed a hits medley, including Blurred Lines, Get Lucky and Happy. Accepting his Innovator Award, the singer/songwriter/producer thanked his wife Helen Lasichanh and son Rocket and added, "I never dreamt in a million years that I'd be standing here as an artist... All I did was write the songs and you guys (fans) did all the heavy lifting, all the hard work, all those millions of views on YouTube... Thank you guys so much for lifting me so high."
Pitbull opened the show by performing Wild Wild Love and Timber without his duet partner Kesha, who has yet to perform for the first time following a stint in rehab earlier this year (14). The track won the couple the Best Collaboration trophy.
Performance highlights also included sets from Bastille, Ariana Grande, Shakira, Kendrick Lamar and 30 Seconds to Mars, who played City of Angels as frontman Jared Leto's accompanying short film featuring stars like Kanye West, Selena Gomez and Lindsay Lohan talking about their love of Los Angeles flashed up on video screens on either side of the stage.
But the night's talking point came when Usher showed off his Michael Jackson moves as he danced along to the King of Pop's new single Love Never Felt So Good, which debuted during the ceremony. As images of the late Thriller star appeared on video screens on the stage and throughout the audience, Usher and a gang of dancers performed the pop superstar's moon walk and other signature moves.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards telecast also featured a series of pre-taped anecdotes about L.A. from the likes of Chris Martin, John Legend, Steven Tyler, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Iggy Azalea. More than 60 million U.S. radio listeners voted for the awards.
The full list of prizewinners is: Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year - Pour it Up by Rihanna Best Collaboration - Timber by Pitbull & Kesha Best Lyrics - Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus Best New Artist - Lorde Best Fan Army - Rihanna's Navy Song of the Year - Stay by Rihanna Alternative Rock Song of the Year - Demons by Imagine Dragons Young Influencer Award - Ariana Grande Instagram Award - Austin Mahone EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Song of the Year - Wake Me Up by Avicii & Aloe Blacc Country Song of the Year - Boys 'Round Here by Blake Shelton Artist of the Year - Rihanna