By Emily Senger - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 0 Comments
‘We didn’t discuss this in the pre-interview’
Lindsay Lohan appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, where she told the talk-show host that her upcoming court-ordered rehab was “a blessing.”
While Lohan appeared on Letterman’s show in an effort to promote an upcoming guest appearance on Charlie Sheen’s television program Anger Management and a cameo in Scary Movie 5, Letterman — who frequently uses Lohan as fodder for his jokes — quickly pressed for details of her court-ordered rehabilitation.
“Aren’t you supposed to be in rehab?” Letterman asked Lohan.
She said that she will start a three-month in-patient rehabilitation program on May 2.
Letterman pressed for more details and Lohan tried to joke, “we didn’t discuss this in the pre-interview,” but she eventually relented. Continue…
By Emily Senger - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM - 0 Comments
The two Hollywood stars best known for their public meltdowns are teaming up, as…
The two Hollywood stars best known for their public meltdowns are teaming up, as Lindsay Lohan has reportedly guest starred on Charlie Sheen’s television program Anger Management.
Reports say that Lohan was on the set of Anger Management Monday, where she played herself. The script has Lohan falling for Sheen’s psychiatrist character, Dr. Charlie Goodson.
Lohan, who has become notorious for being difficult to work with, was in fine form and showed up ready to work at 9 a.m., a source told the New York Daily News. “She looked surprisingly good and was upbeat and professional,” the source said.
Rumours say that Lohan made the cameo after Sheen gave her $100,000 to help her pay taxes. Continue…
By macleans.ca - Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:30 AM - 0 Comments
Sonia Sotomayor hits Sesame Street, Robert Mugabe is the new Cecil Rhodes, plus a king-in-not-waiting
The full-bore FAQ
The royal family still feeds Prince Charles now that he’s 64—just not seven eggs at breakfast, as per popular myth. That and other long-held beliefs about the Prince of Wales were laid to rest this week in an FAQ released by Clarence House on the occasion of Charles’s birthday, as part of the royals’ ongoing effort to put a more normal face on their sometimes remote heir. He doesn’t duck taxes, advocate use of dangerous alternative therapies or loathe modern architecture, according to officials. And he doesn’t spend any—repeat, any—time thinking about being king. All of which is too bad: those were things that made him interesting.
Now, put that wand away
No sooner is Barack Obama re-elected than his first Supreme Court appointee is out spreading his radical anti-princess agenda. Sonia Sotomayor appeared on Sesame Street to confront a pink muppet named Abby who was dressed as a Disney-style princess, telling her that pretending to be a princess “is definitely not a career,” and encouraging girls to be “a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer and even a scientist” instead. But her profession hasn’t been very helpful to Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who plays Elmo on the iconic kids’ show. He took a leave of absence after being accused of sexual misconduct, an accusation that was then recanted in a statement by the accuser’s law firm. Maybe he’d be happier if more people became princesses, not lawyers. Continue…
By Martin Patriquin - Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM - 0 Comments
John Edwards heads to court, St. John’s mayor takes on Harper, and Lindsay Lohan returns to the big screen
After years of tawdry headlines, tarnished Democratic Party golden boy John Edwards is going to court. The former senator and presidential candidate is accused of diverting $900,000 in contributions to his 2008 presidential campaign to cover up an affair with videographer Rielle Hunter, as well as the birth of their child. Edwards, whose wife, Elizabeth, died of cancer in 2010, contends that the funds weren’t campaign contributions; rather, the lawyers for the North Carolina politician say, the money was a gift from friends to help him out in his time of need. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.
The final frontier
After having a go at astrophysics, academia and the world of high tech, Cheick Modibo Diarra has moved on to something far more complicated: governing an African nation. Between 1989 and 2002, the Mali-born Diarra oversaw unmanned NASA missions to Mars, Venus, Jupiter and the sun. He then became president of one African university and co-founded another, before becoming head of Microsoft Africa in 2006. After launching a political party last year, Diarra was recently appointed interim prime minister of Mali following a coup d’état. His first challenge: quelling rebel uprisings in the country’s north. Getting a spacecraft to Mars may be simpler by comparison.
By Erica Alini - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 9:20 AM - 0 Comments
Can celebrities make economic policy sexy?
Want to get people to pay attention to that driest of issues: monetary policy? Get a Hollywood celebrity to tweet about it. Better still, one whose resumé includes rehab, house arrest and an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet. That’s what the National Inflation Association, an organization that describes itself as “preparing Americans for hyperinflation,” did last week. It paid Lindsay Lohan to slam the Federal Reserve on her Twitter account. It read: “Have you guys seen food and gas prices lately? U.S. $ will soon be worthless if the Fed keeps printing money!” The tweet, initially attributed to Lohan herself, quickly made the rounds in gossip, mainstream and business media. It may have helped focus minds on macroeconomics (albeit briefly), but the tweet did little to improve Lohan’s image, after reporters pointed out that the NIA’s main aim appears to be pitching investors on penny stocks and that the group is not the conservative non-profit the starlet said she believed it to be.
By macleans.ca - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 5:17 PM - 0 Comments
P.K. Subban’s winning streak, Hugo Chávez weighs in on everything, and what LiLo can learn from Blago
Old hat, new hat trick
It was a typical week at the office for Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban. Last Thursday, he was hacked by an established NHL star, Vincent Lecavalier. On Friday he scored a goal against the New York Rangers and was challenged to a fight. On Saturday, he was disparaged on national TV by Don Cherry, and on Sunday he scored the first hat trick by a rookie defenceman in the 101-year history of les glorieux. The ebullient Subban is driving his opponents to distraction—not to mention a few prigs in the hockey media. But with each passing game, it’s becoming clearer that P.K.’s detractors will have to adjust to him rather than vice versa. As former Habs GM Bob Gainey put it: “Some of those people should just shut up and play against him.”
Hugo still boss
An autocrat’s work is never done. In between signing trade agreements with China, including a deal involving Venezuela’s state-run oil company, and an extended $4-billion line of credit for its capital of Caracas, Latin American strongman Hugo Chávez found time last week to accuse America of planning to sabotage his re-election bid in 2012, censure the West for its air strikes on Libya—and attack the boom in breast implants in his own country. He pointed the finger at doctors, who “convince some women that if they don’t have some big bosoms, they should feel bad.”
By Jaime Weinman - Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 2:00 PM - 0 Comments
From the Summer ’09 Newsmakers family edition
Lindsay Lohan was caught on tape banging on the door of her on-again, off-again lover Samantha Ronson, cursing at Ronson and begging her to let her in. A few days later they were spotted dining together, so that technique must work for repairing a relationship..
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were seen talking and laughing together at the high school graduation of their daughter Scout, leading observers to pronounce them “Hollywood’s happiest divorced couple.” Unless he was laughing at those embarrassing photos of her Ashton Kutcher posted on Twitter.. Continue…
By Scott Feschuk - Monday, July 20, 2009 at 9:30 AM - 12 Comments
France gets a first lady who posed naked. America gets Sarah Palin. We get Brad Wall.
Where did we go wrong, Canada? France gets as a first lady a supermodel who used to pose naked. Italy gets a prime minister in the midst of yet another sex scandal—this one set off by the revelations of a woman who goes by the nickname Long Thighs. And what do we get? We get a summer’s worth of political debate about the mechanics of Employment Insurance administration. If we’re not careful, they’re going to kick us out of the G8 for this.
The tedium transcends the federal level. Ed Stelmach was grazed by a handful of pie near the beginning of his term as Alberta premier, and has yet to accomplish anything else quite as interesting. Brad Wall of Saskatchewan keeps talking about how everything in his province is going to be all great and awesome thanks to . . . potash!—the four-eyed nerd of the resource world. Meanwhile, reporters in Prince Edward Island got excited recently when rumours began to fly that one of Robert Ghiz’s hairs had been spotted moving. Continue…
By Elio Iannacci - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 11:20 AM - 30 Comments
The Fleetwood Mac icon has harsh words for certain younger ‘messy’ and ‘dippy’ singers
If anyone has the right to give advice to the Britney Spearses and Lindsay Lohans of the world, it’s Stevie Nicks. In her more-than-30-year career as a solo singer and as one of the lead vocalists of the rock group Fleetwood Mac, the 61-year-old icon has paved the way for women in the music industry. And she has the war wounds to prove it. From battles with drug addiction to notorious love affairs, her life is tailor-made for a Hollywood film. Which is probably why Lindsay Lohan keeps telling reporters about her burning desire to play Nicks in a yet-to-be-made Fleetwood Mac biopic. This has Nicks a little concerned. Via phone from a presidential suite in New York City, she repeats the words “over my dead body” when the mention of a Lindsay-as-Stevie movie comes up. “That girl is the antithesis of everything that I don’t want for younger girls to be. I don’t want anyone as messy as her messing with my history.”
The legacy Nicks is so protective of is still going strong. This spring she has been busy promoting her latest two projects—a DVD called Live In Chicago and a live CD titled The Soundstage Sessions—as well as reconnecting on stage with Fleetwood Mac on its current greatest-hits North American tour. Packed with five remaining Canadian concert dates, the tour has Nicks performing more than 50 shows, many of which are sold out. Which explains why Hollywood execs have been banging on her door. “Most of them,” she says, “want to focus on when I first joined the band and the three fun, crazy years after that. Quite frankly, I don’t blame them—they were a roller-coaster ride!”
By Alex Shimo - Friday, December 26, 2008 at 9:00 AM - 24 Comments
Liquid leggings are all the rage, but some women have discovered a few problems . . .
Liquid leggings, sported by Posh Spice, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Olsen, among many other celebrities, have replaced the skinny jean as the newest buzz item. Fashion imitators, however, should beware: wearing this item of clothing can be deeply embarrassing, as Jacinte Faria, a Toronto interactive Web producer, knows only too well. She has three pairs. When she wears the leggings, her friends tease her, saying she looks like she’s wearing Superman’s tights. “They say I’m crazy. They call me ‘No-pant Faria.’ ”
When Mosha Lundström Halbert, 22, a fourth-year University of Toronto student and freelance fashion journalist, wears her skin-tight pleather leggings, she too gets attention. People have stopped and asked, “Are your pants leather?” To which she replies, “No, they are even tackier than leather, they are latex.”
By Scott Feschuk - Monday, November 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM - 9 Comments
In the sequel, Sex and a Very Small Town in Arkansas, they’re all pregnant, all the time
It’s time for a new instalment of this column’s most popular (i.e. only) recurring feature. That’s right—it’s time for What the Hell is Wrong with You Stupid Idiots, and Other Reasoned Observations.
So now they’re making a Sex and the City sequel, are they? Idiots.
Don’t get me wrong: I understand that the Sex and the City movie—which followed the thong-based exploits of, uhh, Veronica, Betty, the Professor and Mary Ann (I’m paraphrasing)—was a big success this summer. But (spoiler alert) Carrie got married in the film. And (nobody cares alert) various things happened to the other various characters. Bottom line: the show’s big question has been answered, its fans’ curiosity has been sated, which means that a sequel is going to stink . . . unless they somehow completely rejuvenate the plot lines.
To do that, they need to take the girls out of their natural habitat of New York City and make it a fish-out-of-water story. Ladies and gentlemen (okay, just ladies), I ask you to consider the creative possibilities inherent in Sex and a Very Small Town in Arkansas: Continue…
By Scott Feschuk - Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 5:32 AM - 0 Comments
Mingling Moms, a social networking group on Long Island, has bestowed the title of Top Mom on, of all people, Dina Lohan – mother of Lindsay Lohan. One of several celebrity moms honoured, Dina was cited for her “behind the scenes” contributions to her daughter’s “tremendous career.”
Because I’m all about giving back, here are some prepared remarks for Dina to use upon accepting the honour…
Ladies and gentlemen:
A parenting award – for me? Did Lynne Spears have a scheduling conflict? [Pause for laughter.]
Let me begin tonight by saying from the bottom of my heart – a cash bar? Really? You people sicken me.
But I appreciate the recognition. I do. Some people think it’s easy being a mother of a big-time Hollywood superstar, but it’s not. There’s a lot of responsibility. Sometimes a mother has to be the one to remind her daughter to forget to wear underwear. [Pause for nods of agreement.]