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Lindsay Lohan exhaustion: Comeback hits a new snag?

June 15, 2012 | 12:54 pm

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Just a week after wrecking her loaner Porsche, Lindsay Lohan ended up back in the headlines Friday morning when paramedics were called to examine the actress.

Per our colleague Andrew Blankstein at L.A. Now:

"Lindsay Lohan was examined by paramedics on Friday after a co-worker on a movie she is filming became concerned that the actress looked exhausted, sources told The Times. One source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of medical privacy rules, said Lohan was resting after long stretches of filming and looked tired. She was checked out by paramedics and was not taken to the hospital."

The incident comes in the middle of a career resurgence of sorts for the troubled actress. Lohan is currently shooting the Elizabeth Taylor biopic “Liz & Dick” for Lifetime Television and hosted "Saturday Night Live" this past March.

Then again, comeback is a relative term where LiLo is concerned.

She’s set for an independent flick opposite -- wait for it -- Rob Schneider that's titled “Inappropriate Comedy” and has signed on to star in a new independent feature that could shoot this summer. Titled "The Canyons," it’s a soapy thriller with the strangest of pedigrees: directed by Paul Schrader, written by Bret Easton Ellis and costarring an adult films actor named James Deen.

But strange is what you get when producers are wary of casting you and few reputable insurance companies are eager to bond you.

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan this spring. Credit: Kristina Bumphrey / Associated Press


Would filmgoers come out to see a movie about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton?

June 2, 2011 |  8:34 am

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When Elizabeth Taylor passed away this spring, it was impossible not to hear about the tempestuous love she shared with Richard Burton, a relationship that over the decades included an affair, two failed marriages and innumerable hot stops and starts.

Now Martin Scorsese and Paramount are hoping that the "Cleopatra" couple is the stuff of appealing drama. According to a report in Deadline they've optioned a book about the pairing titled "Furious Love" and made a rights agreement with the Burton estate. The goal would be to focus on the actors' relationships more than either of their careers or other aspects of their lives. It's a look at the swoon as well as the slumps, a story somewhere between "Titanic" and "The War of the Roses."

We won't even begin to think about casting possibilities, though we suspect the A-listers will be calling their agents on this one. Is there a young actor who wouldn't want to play Richard Burton or Elizabeth Taylor? It will certainly be interesting to see Scorsese take a turn back to the subject of taboo romance, something he hasn't done since "The Age of Innocence" nearly 20 years ago. And a Burton-Taylor film could have a double-barrel appeal: It's the stuff of big love, but with real-world legends we're always curious about.

Of course, intriguing real-world events don't always make great cinema -- we're sure, for instance, that someone is thinking about a royal wedding feature, and hoping they keep it in the realm of idle thought -- and tends to generate more ink than audience interest. A movie about a great romance we've read about for so long could get people to come see what the fuss was about, or get them wondering if they need to come out to see something they've been reading about for so long.

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Photo: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in "Cleopatra." Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters

 


Around town: Terrence Malick, Monte Hellman, Michael Keaton and more

May 12, 2011 |  5:00 am

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There are some directors such as Oscar winners Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood who make a new film practically every year. And then there are those like Terrence Malick and Monte Hellman, who have gone decades between projects. Thankfully for cinephiles, both of them have directed new films and are the subjects of tributes this weekend.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is heralding Malick's return to the big screen May 27 with "The Tree of Life," starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, with "The Elemental Cinema of Terrence Malick." Sissy Spacek will be on hand Thursday evening for the screening of Malick's acclaimed first feature, 1973's "Badlands," in which Spacek and Martin Sheen play lovers on a killing spree in the 1950s. On tap for Friday evening is 1998's "The Thin Red Line," Malick's all-star World War II drama based on James Jones' novel. One of the film's stars, Jim Caviezel, will be on hand. Production designer and longtime collaborator Jack Fisk, who is married to Spacek, will talk about working with Malick on Saturday evening at the screening of the director's 1978 drama, "Days of Heaven," starring Richard Gere, Sam Shepard and Brooke Adams. http://www.lacma.org

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Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Michael York

March 23, 2011 |  3:17 pm

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British actor Michael York made his film debut in Franco Zeffirelli's 1967 "Taming of the Shrew" opposite Elizabeth Taylor. He credits Taylor with giving him his Hollywood beginning.

Wrote York, "Elizabeth will always have a special place in my heart as she gave me my start in movies. As a producer as well as luminous star, she approved my casting in 'The Taming of the Shrew.' She was generous and encouraging and at the end of filming gave me a silver framed photo inscribed 'Dear Michael, You will tread greater boards than these. If not, we want to know why.'

"In a way, I have been trying to justify her crucial faith in me ever since.

"The firmament of stars is significantly less bright tonight."

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 Photo: Michael York in a recording studio in 2009. Credit: Thomas Nelson Inc.


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Mickey Rooney

March 23, 2011 |  2:11 pm

 
Velvet Veteran actor Mickey Rooney, who starred with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944's "National Velvet" and remained her friend ever since, remembered the actress in a statement on Wednesday:

"Our loss in the motion picture business with Elizabeth Taylor's passing is momentuous. She was a lady who gave of herself to everyone. I know I consider it a great personal loss."

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Photo: Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney in "National Velvet." Credit: MGM/UA


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

March 23, 2011 |  1:47 pm

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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan recalled her longtime friend Elizabeth Taylor in a statement Wednesday:

"Elizabeth Taylor was a dear friend. I knew her from our days together at MGM when she was just a teenager, and I watched her grow into one of Hollywood's finest actresses. She was passionate -- and compassionate -- about everything in her life, including her family, her friends and especially the victims of AIDS. She was truly a legend and we will miss her."

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Photo: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was known as actress Nancy Davis when she first met Taylor. Credit: File photo/MGM


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

March 23, 2011 |  1:46 pm

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Former President Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, remembered Elizabeth Taylor in a statement Wednesday:

"With the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, America has lost one of its greatest talents and fiercest advocates for HIV/AIDS research. Born in England, Elizabeth became thoroughly American royalty. For more than a generation, she brought to life unforgettable characters on film, and her tireless efforts to combat AIDS brought hope to millions of people around the world. We were honored to host her at the White House in 2001 when she received the Presidential Citizens Medal for her relentless crusade for more AIDS research and better care. In founding amfAR, she raised both millions of dollars and our level of awareness about the impact of AIDS in the United States and around the world. Elizabeth's legacy will live on in many people around the world whose lives will be longer and better because of her work and the ongoing efforts of those she inspired. Our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her many fans. We will miss her talent, her heart and her friendship."

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Photo: President Clinton presents Elizabeth Taylor with the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001. Credit: Steve Jaffe / AFP/Getty Images


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Barry Manilow

March 23, 2011 |  1:04 pm

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Barry Manilow, the award-winning singer-songwriter remembered his friend Elizabeth Taylor in a statement Wednesday:

"Elizabeth was the last great movie star. And a great human being. What I'll always remember about Elizabeth was her laugh. She would walk into a room looking like a princess and suddenly there would be this cackle that filled the room that would crack us all up. I'm so glad to have known her. It's a very sad day for me."

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Photo: Barry Manilow. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Jane Fonda

March 23, 2011 | 12:37 pm

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The two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, who appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in 1976's "The Bluebird," remembered the actress in a statement Wednesday:

"Elizabeth, on every level, was a mensch. Kind, generous, brave."

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Photo: Jane Fonda. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: George Hamilton

March 23, 2011 | 12:36 pm

Hamilton Film and television actor George Hamilton starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in the television movie "Poker Alice" in 1987. He was also linked romantically to the actress.

He issued a brief statement, commenting on her passing: "The whole world has been in love with Elizabeth Taylor and I was fortunate enough to be one of them."

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-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: George Hamilton in 2001. Credit: Associated Press


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