Actress Lindsay Lohan has revealed she suffered a miscarriage during the filming of her reality TV series. The Mean Girls star's eight-part docu-series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network came to an explosive end on Sunday (20Apr14), when the 27 year old shared her devastating secret.
Breaking down in tears, Lohan made the confession while explaining why she took a two-week break from filming, saying, "No one knows this - I had a miscarriage for those two weeks that I took off.
"That's why on the show when it says she doesn't want to come down, I couldn't move, I was sick. Mentally, that messes with you."
She refused to divulge the identity of the father, simply saying it was "a very long story".
Lohan also discussed the leaked list of her celebrity lovers, which was published in U.S. tabloid magazine In Touch last month (Mar14).
The actress explained she was heartbroken after a picture of the note, which featured famous names including James Franco, Ashton Kutcher, Heath Ledger, Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, and Colin Farrell, hit headlines.
She added, "That was part of my (rehab) Betty Ford (treatment) - it's step number 5 or step number 8. It's your sexual inventory. So that was really personal to my sponsor.
"When I was moving, there were two people there that helped me move... Someone took a photo, and I'm pretty sure I know who it is, unfortunately."
"The fact that that happened was not only humiliating but it was just mean. It was mean-spirited for someone to do that. That's a desperate human being who is really f**ked up in the head."
Adding up her experience shooting the series, Lohan insisted she has no regrets: "I cried so many times watching it.... But I'm happy. The biggest thing I learned from his experience and doing this show is my work ethic is different. I have that fire back in me."
The Internet has changed the spoilers game. No longer can you just avoid that one know-it-all dude at the office who always spills the beans. All of social media, your morning commute and text messages are a veritable minefield of spoilers waiting to ruin your day.
Now that Games of Thrones has become the cultural monolith it is today, it's even harder not to give things away if you've read the books or happened to be one of those people blessed with cable or access to HBO Go. With an ever-growing cast of characters, sub-plots and clans, the show does not always follow the book exactly in therein lies ample opportunity to reveal more than you bargained for. So in interest of keeping your friends and not acting like a smug GOT overlord, here are a few tips for all your GOT needs.
Avoid Leading Commentary
Group-watching popular TV shows is a fun, sociable activity that makes the episodes that much more enjoyable, until you spout off, "That's going to bite him in the ass later!" If your couch were the courtroom, this would be called "leading the witness." Being purposely vague is even worse: "So that's how they're going to play it," and even an innocuous "Hmmm," can get you in trouble. You don't need to be tight-lipped about everything, but perhaps it's time start your own screening night with fellow book enthusiasts.
Spare Your Social Media
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was your entire social media circle able to consume the latest episode. With the entire Thrones-loving public crashing and slowing down HBO GO every Sunday, there's a good chance that not everyone got the latest gruesome death scene or flaying incident. News sites are the most guilty of this – because well – it's their job to produce clickbait and instant recaps, but that doesn't mean you have share it or create your own impaling GIF. Despite what Stephen King says, some people purposely avoid reading the books so they can still enjoy the twists, turns and surprises on the show.
Provide More Questions Than Answers
Despite being the spoiler-free, responsible, fantasy-fiction enthusiast that you are, there will always be people who want to get an idea of where the show is headed, against their better judgment. For every person who asks you, "What happens to the Starks," simply respond, "What doesn't happen to the Starks?" Or when they ask, "What's the deal with that sociopath from the Misfits who has a fetish for torturing Mick Jagger? Tell them, Ramsay Snow is a special snowflake with daddy issues and time is a flat circle, and they'll stop listening and divert their attention back to Cersei and Tywin Lannister vacationing together and making duck faces on Instagram.
The Shameless Season 3 finale left Season 4 with a lot of work to do. The end of the previous year read like a potential series finale: Lip was accepted into MIT, Fiona was beginning to move on from Jimmy/Steve with her first stable job (and boyfriend/boss) at World Wide Cup, all as Frank looked headed towards the great beyond with his liver failure diagnosis. Heck, even Sheila was left by her daughter and boyfriend/daughter's husband, only to start a Mary Kay-style sex toy business.
Suffice it to say, in Shameless terms, things were tied up about as neatly as we could hope for. But if Season 3's finale served to pull together a lot of long-running plotlines, Season 4 knotted them all together worse than we could ever imagine. And it's those exceptionally hard-to-untangle knots that made up Shameless' best season to date.
Season 4 redefined "low" for most of the characters – we're certain that Frank will look back on his pint of non-alcoholic beer with a shudder. But in all seriousness, many of the characters really did fall farther down the rabbit hole than we've ever seen them. The ever-cocky Lip got knocked down a peg, but this time it wasn't by mean girl Karen Jackson – no, it was the University of Chicago that caused him to really work for the first time and showed him just how much he was capable of juggling.
Fiona hit her low point when Liam nearly died of an overdose on her watch, then continued to get deeper and deeper as she went from jail to parole to jail and, finally to parole once more.
And Frank had the darkest arc of all. And the most Sisyphean: after 12 episodes of wrestling with mortality and watching the crows circle ever closer, he finally broke through to the other side, only to celebrate with a few hearty pulls of liquor. Yes, this season certainly had its fair share of heartbreak, but by pushing these much-loved characters to their very limits (though let it be said that if there's a way to go even further, Shameless will find it) we got some of the very best storytelling on television.
We've said it before, and we won't hesitate to say it again: here's to a Season 5 that exceeds even our wildest expectations.
Rob Lowe is nothing if not candid. In promoting his new book, Love Life (the follow-up to 2011's Stories I Only Tell My Friends), Lowe has been espousing his opinions on subjects as diverse as the relative merits of Justin Bieber and big government, as well as re-enacting his awkward kissing scenes with Jewel while shooting the short-lived TV show The Lyon's Den.
One other revelation that came out of the book — which largely features stories about his wife and sons — is that Lowe feels as though he's been typecast because of his good looks.
"I've been told, as I'm sure others have been countless times, that the way I look precludes me from playing a cop or a doctor or a regular guy," the actor told Fox News. “'A PTA father would never look like that!' Meanwhile I am a PTA father but I've never been precluded from playing an arrogant, rich prick. So what does that tell you?"
There is no denying that the former teen heartthrob and Brat Pack member was, is and probably always will be an extremely attractive man. His looks helped him overcome everything from a sex tape scandal (before that was fashionable) — something Lowe will parody with an appearance in this summer's Jason Segal-Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape — to one of the most reviled moments in Oscars' history when he sang a cringe-inducing duet with Snow White.
The reality is that all actors are typecast in some ways based on their looks. Film and television is a visual medium and there's no escaping the fact that a person's appearance plays a role in that. He might not be in the running for some of the roles that Paul Giamatti or Patton Oswalt might play, but they're not going to be in the running for a whole lot more roles that an actor with Lowe's physical gifts would be.
Still, Oswalt's Young Adult costar Charlize Theron has proven that being gorgeous doesn’t have to stop an actor from getting substantial roles. Her physical transformation for Monster was convincing enough that audiences were willing to put aside the fact that she was still more attractive than the real Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer on whose life it was based. The same was true for Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. Men considered just as beautiful as Lowe like George Clooney and Matt Damon have also downplayed their inherent good looks for roles (Syriana and The Informant! come to mind).
In fact, it's easier for most actors to do that — slide into a better looking version of a "normal" person — than it is for actors like Giamatti or the late Philip Seymour Hoffman to be seen as leading men, no matter how talented they are as performers.
While it's true that Lowe earned his way in Hollywood by virtue of his matinee idol good looks, that doesn't mean that it has to continue to define him… just as it hasn't always defined Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio. If he wants it to change, then he needs to continue taking roles like the creepy plastic surgeon in Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.
Lowe has been around long enough that he knows the game and how to work around any stigma that might be attached to his being handsome. It's incumbent on him to fight for a role if he really wants to play it… even if it is just a PTA dad. That's the nature of Hollywood for all actors, not just the pretty ones. It's really hard to find a way that Lowe's looks have been a true hindrance to him, and when he's playing someone's ridiculously attractive grandfather in 15 years, we won't feel bad for him then either.
Kaley Cuoco has seemingly been everywhere recently. Since showing up last fall unexpectedly on The Voice while her sister auditioned, The Big Bang Theory's resident hot girl has been chatting up reporters, even landing on the cover of Cosmopolitan, dishing openly about everything from her wedding to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting to her breast implants. Then there are her Instagram posts, which have featured Cuoco showing off the tattoo that she got in honor of her nuptials (the Roman numeral equivalent of the date), her new shorter haircut, and her stunning bikini-clad body.
It's not as though Cuoco has been averse to publicity before this. She's been in the public eye going back to when she was 17 and playing the late John Ritter's too-sexy daughter on 8 Simple Rules. She's also never been shy about showing some skin; beyond just the skimpy outfits her character Penny wears on Big Bang, the actress has done multiple cover shoots for Maxim. Something about this recent wave feels different, however.
With a guarantee of three more seasons of her sitcom in place, Cuoco appears to be making a play for a larger role in the public's mind and to keep from being known only as "Penny." In today's world, one way to compete with the Kardashian and Jenner sisters — not to mention Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc. — is to put more of your personal life out for public consumption. In Cuoco's case, she's earned the right to take some chances and see if they pay off.
Over the course of her run on Big Bang, Cuoco has taken the character from being a one-note joke — the hot girl across the hall — and turned her into a three-dimensional person. She's infused her character with a funny mixture that's equal parts brashness and low self-esteem. Instead of just being the "normal" person reacting to the geniuses, we've gotten to see Penny deal with insecurities at being the non-college graduate amongst a group of Ph.Ds. Cuoco's comedic timing has improved nearly every season since the beginning of the show… with her at some point taking on somewhat of a Dean Martin persona, looking for a drink to help smooth out the rough edges.
What the actress hasn't been able to do so far, though, is make that translate into something more than being a star on TV's top rated sitcom. A lot of her recent publicity push has been in support of Authors Anonymous, a low-budget comedy costarring Chris Klein (American Pie). Her biggest on-screen success thus far has been a supporting role in the kiddie flick Hop, where she didn't even get to play the female lead (she played a secondary character, James Marsden's sister).
Despite the solid work on Big Bang, Cuoco's career hasn't exactly progressed at lightning speed. Her next project, The Wedding Ringer, puts her alongside Kevin Hart — never a bad thing — but it still places her squarely in a supporting role.
Cuoco comes across in interviews as funny and down-to-earth. She's not obnoxious about what she chooses to share about herself and it's hard to find anyone that begrudges her success. If putting her life (and body) front and center in the jostling for media attention leads to the actress being offered better film roles, then more power to her. Few others have paid their dues as long as she has for the opportunity.
Kerry Washington has thanked the team behind her hit TV show Scandal for working so hard to conceal her real life pregnancy onscreen, calling the process "complicated" and "challenging". The actress is expecting her first child with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, and she had to film the latest season of the small screen drama while sporting a growing baby bump.
Washington has now revealed the TV team went to huge lengths to help disguise her pregnancy.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person (character) with the personal transformation that's going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn't been easy. It's been an awesome challenge for me as an actor... It's definitely been complicated to say the least...
"I'm just grateful for how hard everybody has worked to maintain the authenticity of this character in this world. I'm grateful to (costume designer) Lyn Paolo and all our producers... I feel very grateful that we have such an amazing team that was able to protect the character within the context of what the actress was going through."
Lindsay Lohan has come to the defence of her mother Dina, insisting she has never been a party girl. The Mean Girls star has been fighting her own battles with drug and alcohol addiction, and many were quick to point out that her mum Dina was the driving force behind her troubled ways.
However, during an interview on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday (17Apr14), Lohan defended her mother, who was booked for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and speeding last September (13).
She explains, "My mum doesn't drink. That's (Dina's hardcore partying) never been true. It's really interesting how people perceive it and what gets told, because if anything, she's gone out with me because I've forced her to come out with me.
"It's just a security blanket. the trust in there. I have a cool mom. And she had me at a very young age. Thank God for that though because she's my best friend."
Lindsay also insists she has mended ties with her estranged father, Michael Lohan, and even opened up about their strained relationship on her reality TV series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, Lindsay, but most of it was cut out.
She added, "I love my dad - but my dad is my dad... He was on the outs. He's gone through a lot in his life. Insider trading...
"There's a lot of things that have happened in my life that they don't show. I was a lot more honest on the show, like about my entire life story."
With the series finale airing in America on Sunday (20Apr14), Lohan insists she has no remorse over her candid interviews throughout the course of the programme.
She adds, "I don't regret it at all. Oprah's literally been a blessing to me as a friend, a mentor and I can actually say I can call Oprah whenever I need to. It's been nice to just show who I am as a person. So that people can actually see the chaos that comes in and comes out."
This past season of Suits seems to have joined in on cable TV's trend of catering to the dwindling attention spans of viewers. At only six episodes long, it was one of the shortest TV seasons out there (though certainly not the shortest — the BBC runs three-episode seasons of Sherlock). But even though this method is becoming common practice, is it effective?
The hope is that short sesasons will provide tighter, more cohesive storylines — an absence of meandering fluff (something prevalent in network TV, thanks to seasons of 20 episodes or more). It's what's keeping the audience riveted, and it's also what's making binge-watching on services like Netflix, Amazon Streaming, or Hulu even more appetizing. Late to a series? You can burn through a season a day or two.
The question is, though, was six episodes too short, or did it hit the Goldilocks measurement of just right? To this viewer, this past season of Suits seemed more rushed, like they took conflict that could have been stretched out over the course of several episodes and crammed it all into an hour. Rick Hoffman' Louis Litt had a heart attack, proposed to his girlfriend and lost her all in the span of one single hour. Patrick J. Adams' Mike Ross waffled back and forth about leaving the firm for what seemed like too short a time. This season wasn't given space to breathe — a six-episode cap warranted longer individual broadcasts, in earnest. FX adds time to its episodes all the time (for example, Sons of Anarchy) and it has proven a more effective way to tell stories. The cost? Missing out on a rerun of Law & Order: SVU once a week. Not too big a price to pay,
Another big trend is the splitting of seasons into two parts. Breaking Bad's two eight-episode semi-seasons made the final run of the show feel stifled. The time between the setup for Walter White to put all his chess pieces in place and his vindication felt too rushed — an extra episode or two in the home stretch might have helped. As a result of the format, the series finale seemed to fly by to quickly, with the last 15 minutes cramming in what needed another hour at least.
Obviously, there's no one-size-fit-all for a season's length. Some want to have entire real seasons (winter, spring, summer) go by as they watch their shows while others may want to have the show wrapped up as quickly as possible so they can move onto the next thing. I tend to find that the sweet spot is at least 12 to 13 episodes. Just long enough to really be able to have some meat in the plot but not so long that they have a ton of fillers that move the main plot along at a glacier's pace (Supernatural, I'm looking at you). I just think that this season of Suits felt as though its jacket sleeves ended at the elbows its pant legs ended at the knees. Do a better job of tailoring next time.
Newly-engaged couple Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny Mccarthy have been given the blessing of their children and former spouses to wed after holding a family meeting with their exes prior to announcing the happy news. The actress and TV personality revealed on Wednesday (16Apr14) that Wahlberg had proposed to her last weekend (12-13Apr14), and she showed off her huge yellow sapphire ring and gushed about the surprise on her U.S. daytime show The View.
Now she reveals that she and her new fiance chose to keep the news to themselves for a few days to ensure the New Kids on the Block star's ex-wife and mother of his two sons, Kim Fey, and McCarthy's former husband John Asher, dad to her boy Evan, were comfortable with their plans to wed.
She says, "The thing about getting married at this age is that... it's a package deal so not only do you have to find somebody you love so much and (is) the greatest guy in the world, but he has to accept your child, just as much as he loves you...
"But the other way around is he has two children and I sat down with his ex (to get her approval), (and) John Asher, my ex, loves Donnie, so it's really a blessed union and I'm really very grateful."
And McCarthy is considering asking fellow U.S. TV personality Andy Cohen to officiate their nuptials after first meeting her husband-to-be on his show Watch What Happens Live early last year (13).
She adds, "We were actually considering asking him to marry us, so we'll see."
The couple only started dating after Wahlberg featured as a guest on her short-lived late night programme, The Jenny McCarthy Show.
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It's been more than 20 years since we last spent time with that hilarious Scottish nanny, but Mrs. Doubtfire is finally making her way back to the big screen. Fox announced today that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is officially in the works, with both Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus on board. The idea of a sequel was teased in 2001, when Bonnie Hunt was hired to write the script. From there, the project cycled through various screenwriters and drafts before they finally found the right screenplay, courtesy of Elf writer David Berenbaum. But while fans of the film are likely thrilled by the news of a sequel, it does raise a very important question: Why on earth would Daniel Hillard dress up like Mrs. Doubtfire again?
At the end of the first film, not only has he been reunited with his children – who now know that he was the kindly old lady who was looking after them this whole time – but he was also given his own children’s television show based on the character. This isn't just another instance of a movie’s fans being wary of a sequel tarnishing the original’s image; it genuinely makes no sense whatsoever for him to don that costume again.
Thanks to the 20 year time difference, Lydie, Chris, and Natalie are now adults, so the issue of custody is no longer applicable. The most logical and obvious direction for a sequel to take would be for Daniel to be estranged from one of his children, and for him to disguise himself in order to spend time with his grandchildren. But Lydie, Chris, and Natalie not only know what Mrs. Doubtfire looks like, thanks to the time she spent babysitting them, but are also likely to be suspicious of any distinctive-looking U.K.-born septuagenarians who apply for a housekeeping job. They know his game, and he wouldn’t be able to trick them any more.
And thanks to his popular children’s show, Daniel would have a hard time tricking random people into buying his Mrs. Doubtfire act as well. If they were old enough to have children when Euphegenia's House was on the air (and since it was supposedly incredibly popular, it probably ran for a long time) they would recognize the character, and would be suspicious of a celebrity wanting to look after their children. Anyone who was a child when he was on the air, but is now old enough to have children would also be able to recognize him, and therefore he wouldn’t have any luck with that generation either.
Plus, if Euphegenia's House was popular as the film’s ending implied it to be, the general public would likely be aware that Mrs. Doubtfire is actually a character played by Daniel Hillard. If, for some reason, they didn’t know about Daniel’s celebrity status or his alter ego, it would only be a matter of time before they found out, as no parent would hire someone to look after their children without at least doing a cursory Google search first. There’s no way there isn’t a Wikipedia page dedicated to Euphegenia's House or Daniel Hillard in this universe. If the original story is outlandish enough to make a good movie, then it would definitely make for some entertaining Internet reading.
So, if the logical plots wouldn’t work, then what options does Mrs. Doubtfire 2 have? The best one would be for the script to explore the television angle, as the familial conflict was solved over the course of the first film. Maybe Daniel and the network are trying to re-launch or reboot Euphegenia's House, and so he needs to return to his old character in order to get the show back off the ground. Perhaps, by some unlikely twist of fate, Mrs. Doubtfire’s real identity has been kept secret for all of these years, and now a reporter or TV executive is looking to out her. It’s even possible that there could be some kind of producer or network president who never managed to figure out Daniel’s alter ego, and now he or she wants to bring the show back, and insists on meeting Euphegenia herself.
In a more far-fetched scenario, we could even see Mrs. Doubtfire 2 having Daniel open a housekeeping or child-minding business under her name – after all, she’s the one with the stellar references, not him – and then attempting to keep people from figuring out that Mrs. Doubtfire isn’t who she claims to be. Unfortunately, that story, while rife with comedic opportunity, would have its own complications. Namely, the fact that strangers would be less likely to allow this strange, duplicitous manchild-in-a-dress to watch their children than Daniel’s ex-wife was. At least then he was only endangering his own children.
But while the first film worked based on the relationship Daniel had with his children, there just isn’t a reason for Mrs. Doubtfire to make reappearance. Sure, it might be interesting to watch Daniel deal with the popularity of his television show, but that drastically cuts down on the amount of screen time that Mrs. Doubtfire gets, as well as limiting the amount of hijinks and wacky scenarios that she could find herself in. Both Daniel and Mrs. Doubtfire are great film characters, and it’s no surprise that both studios and audiences want to see more of them, but the first film simply wrapped everything up too neatly for that to make any sense. We’re sure that Berenbaum’s script will have taken all of these questions into consideration. After all, Williams has often said that he wouldn’t sign on to a sequel if the script wasn’t right, so there must be something in Mrs. Doubtfire 2 that makes sense. But until we find out what just what kind of story that script tells, we’re going to hold off on buying our movie tickets.
Of course, if it turns out that Mrs. Doubtfire gets a partner-in-crime named Mrs. Featherbottom, then we might be willing to ignore any lingering doubts we might have.