OWN Takes A Major Gamble On LiLo Series

14 03 2014

Legendary talk show host, entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey shocked audiences across America when she retired from her beloved afternoon syndicate, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in favor of heading her own network. Harpo Productions teamed with Discovery Communications to present “a mix of original programs, strips, specials, documentaries and acquired movies,” to replace the fledgling Discovery Health Channel.

OWN-OprahWinfreyNetworkOWN has established itself as a network with the sort of dynamic and dramatic content viewers ate up on Oprah’s original show; offering in-depth conversations on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (now “Oprah Prime”), investigative documentaries on “Our America with Lisa Ling,” and scripted drama on “Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots.’
As of Sunday night, the reality program “Lindsay” joined the 2014 line-up, with a production order of eight episodes.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you know who the titular Lindsay refers to. The circus that is Lindsay Lohan’s personal life raised its tents over Los Angeles over two years, notably between when she was filming Herbie: Fully Loaded (erratic behavior and vague hospital stays for a “kidney infection” held up production) and Georgia Rule (unpredictable attendance and attitude, along with a myriad of doctor’s visits for “dehydration and exhaustion” left co-stars and crew in the lurch).
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A once-promising young star, Lohan has been sidelined from big-name and big-budget projects of late for being an ‘insurance risk—’ the industry’s way of highlighting that the actor/actress lacks credibility and poses a threat to the budget and schedule of a project (Film Insurance covers any unforeseen cost overruns related to the legal hiccups (like an arrest or lawsuit), illness, injury or death of cast and crew members of a given production.) Additionally, a string of poor reviews and financial returns have taken the light out of her star.
In the last decade, Lindsay Lohan has been to rehab six times; been charged with two DUIs, theft, assault, and possession of cocaine; violated her probation twice; and served a combined six weeks in the Century Regional Detention Facility, also known as Lynwood Jail.
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The series began filming in the summer of 2013, during the week after Lohan’s release from her sixth facility, Cliffside Malibu. In an effort to maintain the sobriety that has evaded her in the past, Lohan travels to New York City with a sober companion who is employed by the rehabilitation/counseling center. She states the move is to give her a (deserved?) clean slate, and keep her away from the temptations of L.A. nightlife.

While Lohan says all the right things about her struggles and the uphill battle she continues to face without alcohol or recreational drugs to dull/twist her reality, she continues to lack a certain accountability — despite telling filmmaker Amy Rice, “I know this is my last shot.” There is a fine line between acknowledging and blaming one’s dysfunctional family and upbringing as a source of stress that exacerbated their addictions. Lohan is still full of excuses, at one point foregoing a planned AA meeting because there are paparazzi outside her hotel. Understandably, she didn’t want to bring that sort of prying chaos into the lives of other attendees, but being seen at a meeting could only help her at this point; a fact she remains blind to. Finding a “sanctuary” she can call home is priority number one, when finding a regular therapist in the Big Apple and productive hobbies to fill her time should be.
Regardless of what mantras she spews or plans she alleges, it is difficult to picture Lindsay Lohan riding the subway (like Jay-Z) or walking her kids to school (like SJP). Ever. Jail and rehab have not provided a sufficient bottom, indicated by the “This Season on ‘Lindsay’” clips that followed the show.

Following her stint in rehab, Lohan was given an opportunity to appear on the cult-hit HBO series “Eastbound & Down,” which stars funnyman Danny McBride. Reportedly, the episode filmed without incident, and Lohan was a gracious guest. Recently, dual appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and a cameo scheduled on CBS’ “Two Broke Girls” are about all the work Lohan can hope for. She has a long road back to blockbusters— given that her most recent ‘feature’ The Canyons co-starred an adult figure (James Deen) and grossed a measly fifty grand.

The reality show, or ‘docu-series’ as Oprah is calling it, has elements of established guilty-pleasure programming many of you readers will be familiar with. In the roughly 48 hours since it premiered, I have watched the inaugural episode three times. I can assure bits of murky substance dependence, ála “Intervention;” a kooky cast of oblivious family members, ála “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo;” a misplaced desire for all things luxurious, ála “The Real Housewives of…;” and a borderline delusional self-assurance, ála auditions week of “American Idol.”  It’s damn near riveting, and at times not for great reasons. At one point, Lohan will declare: “Until I fuck up, you can’t assume I am going to.” History repeats itself, particularly in her life, so excuse us while we brace for implosion.

0202123As a former Lindsay (the actress) fan, I will undoubtedly continue to watch the mayhem that is in-store on “Lindsay” (the show).  I admit, I loved Mean Girls and even occasionally rock out to “Rumors” when it comes across shuffle on my iPod.
There’s a fine line between celebrities who genuinely struggle with addiction or mental illness and those who squander their chances and egregiously self-sabotage. Historically, I have given up (interest and/or creative admiration) on people whose personal lives eclipse their professional achievements.
[For example: In my mind, Katherine Heigl is an ungrateful twat who deserves to never work again; LeAnn Rimes is an attention-starved former childstar who knows she peaked at 13; and Justin Bieber is going to end up with a shell of his career and eternally on probation, just like Chris Brown, because nobody tells him ‘no’ or points out that saying ‘Jesus is my homeboy!’ doesn’t negate your moral misdeeds.] I digress.

I want to look at Lindsay in a decade and not even recall the criminal and pharmaceutical issues that plagued her for the last decade. There is no denying her talent, from her mature and intuitive turn as Ali Fowler on “Another World,” to her comic chops in Freaky Friday and emotional range shown in Prairie Home Companion and Chapter 27. Unfortunately, ratings for the series did not start off on a high, with a reported 693,000 viewers tuning in. It would appear that people are so over the hype and the shortcomings of this woman. Even in our 24/7-media cycle, stalkerazzi, fame-obsessed society watching this kind of epic failure loses its salacious glow and becomes just plain sad. 

I hope that LiLo gets herself together, for real, this time and pulls a Drew Barrymore-level or Robert Downey Jr.-level comeback. Those are the ideals for this situation. Seven more episodes to go; we’ll have to wait and see if the woman known for millions of water-cooler moments can work her magic once more, and reform this squandered celebrity into a stable, sober, consistent adult actress.





Tyler Shields is a raging psychopath

20 06 2012

So I wasn’t really jazzed when E! was promoting the new show Mrs. Eastwood & Company, but I ended up catching bits of the first few episodes… I don’t hate it. I’m not sure who thought up this program (though I suspect Seacrest had a tiny hand in it!), the family seems amusing enough but I doubt anyone in E!’s young demographic was dying to know about Clint Eastwood’s second wife.

Dina Eastwood is a pretty cool lady. 
After growing up in a working-class family in Castro Valley, CA, she received a degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State.  She worked at various locally oriented stations through the early 90s, before meeting and marrying Eastwood in 1996. Dina would go on to host an educationally based television program “Quest for Excellence” in 1998.

I find that Dina is full of energy, investing herself fully into whatever task lay at hand. I hesitate to say she comes off as too pleased with her status as A-List spouse, because she imparts very reasonable lessons whilst trying to reign in her privileged daughters.

She seems to have a true journalist spirit, interests across the board and a deep-seeded desire to learn about them all. The project of the moment being manager to South African a cappella boyband ‘Overtone,’ to whom she was introduced while accompanying Clint on location for Invictus (2009).

Also featured on the reality show are Dina’s “company.”
Step-daughter Francesca Fisher-Eastwood (18), daughter Morgan (15), Lisa Thrash (family housekeeper), the 6 guys of ‘Overtone,’ and Francesca’s insane liar of a boyfriend, photographer Tyler Shields (30).

And that brings me to my topic: TYLER SHIELDS.

Within minutes of his first appearance on the screen, I knew he was bad news. And I couldn’t help but wonder why his name was so familiar…  Behold the magic of Google. Shields is a professional photographer/artist, known publicly for his highly controversial pictorials with a gun-toting Lindsay Lohan and battered Heather Morris.

 

The Florida native was previously a ranked vert skater, having participated in the X-Games and tours with the Godfather of Skateboarding, Tony Hawk.
With no formal training to speak of, Shields seems to have fallen into his (current) profession the way so many people caught their breaks in the early 2000s: via Myspace. He has been deemed “young Hollywoods favorite photographer” by several online outlets, including PopEater, Celebuzz and the Daily Mail.

 I am stunned at the number of up-and-comers who pose for/with him. They seek Shields out, perhaps behind the backs of their management, in order to get the thrill of working with the crazy blood guy.

Well this guy is so egomaniacal, on Sundays episode he went so far as to tell Dina Eastwood he was a doctor when one of Morgan’s young friends was injured in the family swimming pool. (Her nose was bloody, though not broken.)  He has Francesca totally under a spell. She stated in an interview for the episode that he is “the one.”
I think he’s “the one” who is going to dump her when he gets where he wants to be. Dating the daughter of one of the most prolific actor/directors alive today, and appearing on the family’s reality show, is a great way to market himself.
And that fact has NOT escaped Shields’ consciousness.  The shock value of his work right now is not going to garner him the staying power of other and historical significance of David LaChappelle or Andres Serrano.

Francesca Eastwood, who has already posed for Shields in two not-so-safe scenarios (hanging precariously off a bridge and mutilating a $100k flaming handbag with a chainsaw), could end up in jail — as the cast of The CW’s Vampire Diaries found themselves in 2009 after a night romp in Georgia with Shields– or worse, as death threats for the pair have flown in since the artistic incident aired on June 10.

The latest episode also revealed that Shields is not “close” with his own family, therefore excited at the prospect of being accepted by the Eastwoods. His own family probably recognized those sociopathic tendencies and flair for the grandiose that Dina picked up on.
Subsequently, Dina declared that she never wanted to be in the same room with him again. Easier said than done when you’re (literally) on an island.





Here’s Hoping the Apple Falls Really Far from These Trees.

31 03 2011

Leave Britney Kevin Federline Alone!

Federline, 33, with Prince, 28 (Photo credit: Seth Browarnik/Startraks)

Word has it that Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed, aka Fed-Ex, is expecting his fifth child.

Federline has a daughter and son (born in 2002 and 2004) with former longtime girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson; and two sons (born 2005 and 2006) with pop singer Britney Spears.

Current girlfriend Victoria Prince, a former pro Volleyball player, has been dating Federline for about two years.  The baby is said to be due this summer.

As soon as this little tidbit leaked, the bloggers went berzerk.  Yet another woman let this sloppy bastard… well, I’ll let you fill in the end of that thought.

Kidding aside, I think that this man has really made the best of what life has handed him and dealt with the reprocussions of his choices admirably.  If you’ll recall, following ex-wife Spears’ very public freak out and subsequent conservatorship in ’07, Federline was awarded custody of their two young children, Sean Preston and Jayden James.  So a judge was sure enough that these kids were in good hands, we should give the guy some credit!

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HERE ARE FOUR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEFINITELY WORSE PARENTS THAN K~FED!
The stork must have been higher than Snoop Dogg to deliver bouncing bundles to these people…

 

1. Charlie Sheen
The personal life of the highest paid man in television has begun to eclipse his resume spanning two decades.  The fact that three women have married him, knowing full well of his drug and prostitute-filled tendencies, blows my mind

The father of five — High school love Paula Profit gave birth to a daughter, Cassandra, now 26; ex-wife Denise Richards had two girls, Sam and Lola, in 2004 and 2005; and estranged wife Brooke Mueller has twin boys Max and Bob, born in 2008 — has been arrested half a dozen times.

He can barely take care of himself, with or without the help of his ‘goddesses.’
I wouldn’t let this man watch a pet, nevermind a human child! Which coincidentally is something he and ex-wife Richards are currently fighting over.

2. Michael Lohan
Well, just look at his trainwreck of a daughter, former actress Lindsay Lohan, and see how put together this man is!

His many life accomplishments include an arrest and 3-year prison stint for insider trading,  an illegitimate child concieved while estranged from wife Dina in the mid-90s, another year   served for probation violation, followed by two and a half years in a correctional facility   following his assault on brother-in-law Matt Sullivan and conviction for DUI.

Lohan’s divorce from wife Dina was finalized in 2007– which is about the time that his oldest   daughter, Lindsay, began her inelegant descent from up-and-coming Disney darling to a   tabloid-fixture and drug-addict who hasn’t participated in a respectable film since 2005’s   “Herbie Fully Loaded.”  

Mr. Lohan is set to appear on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s Celebrity Rehab, in it’s fifth season, to resolve  anger issues and an extended dependency on alcohol.   Just days after he finished therapy at  the Pasadena Recovery Center, Lohan was accused of battering ex-fiance and disgraced journalist Kate Major.

 

3. Courtney Love

She may or may not have killed her husband Kurt Cobain in the early 90s, but her drug use and deviancy document back to her teens.

The Hole front-woman has had many social ups and downs — between fights with her bandmates, a myriad of lawsuits, confangled rants on her blog and Twitter, and attempt at acting — but the general perception of her is that she is a sloppy mess. You wouldn’t want her for a friend, but you definitely don’t want her for an enemy.

Child services have been a fixture in their lives since daughter Frances Bean, born to in 1992, was only weeks old. It is alleged that Courtney Love used heroin during the pregnancy, a suspicion only reinforced by statements Love herself made to Vanity Fair magazine.  Family members on both sides made efforts to secure guardianship of the minor, but not until 2009 did a permanent arrangement come to fruition.  A no-contact/restraining order was grated to Frances against her mother in December 2009, at which time Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, was appointed her temporary guardian by a Los Angeles County judge.

4. Alec Baldwin
He’s an award-winning actor, but I just don’t get it.  Sometimes Baldwin, just one of the four famous brothers, gives a likeable, nice-guy performance, but he plays a jackass way better! (Because, let’s just assume, he is one!)

No matter how many good things the cast of 30 Rock has to say about the funny-man, his 2008 voicemail rant against his 11-year-old daughter Ireland was no laughing matter.  That situation, in which he called the girl a “rude, thoughtless little pig,” had all the makings of a Lohan-level family disaster.

Baldwin has apologized and offered a bunch of explanations, but the bottom line is he lashed out at his child because of his paranoia and dissatisfaction with how his divorce from Kim Basinger played out.
Honestly, he should me more than happy to jump through the so-called hoops he talks about in order to maintain a relationship with Ireland. How dare any adult man complain about having to travel and spend a little money in order to see his kid?
What’s more, we very quickly forgave and forgot about this incident,  but I doubt Ireland has or will.

 

5. Joe Jackson

The original stage-father has been called the ultimate disciplinarian, a real bastard. Blinded by fame and sick with the power that came with managing The Jackson 5, he seems to have lost touch with his humble roots in Arkansas, personal failure as a boxer and blue-collar career in the steel insustry.

The most famous of his musical offspring, Michael, spoke candidly of his tumultuous childhood in the early 90s– telling Oprah Winfrey that Joe would overwork and beat the kids, to the point where little Michael would vomit in fear at the sight of him father.

All nine of the Jackson children have had their share of highly publicized personal issues— with the law, with romantic partners, and with their father.  Matriarch Katherine (Scruse) Jackson had the opportunity to save herself and her children from the manipulative would-be entrepreneur, but she declined to pursue a divorce despite Joe’s infidelity (that resulted in his eleventh child, Joh’Vonnie Jackson) in the early 70s.





What Were You Obsessed With This Year?

4 12 2010

Yahoo News staffers Vera Chan and Melissa O’Neil compiled a list of the people and products we couldn’t  get enough of in 2010.

The Top 3 from their list?

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Apple iPhone (Version 4)
        Despite an early appearance courteousy of a forgetful tech and a lucky  bar-goer, Gizmodo analyzed and previewed the prototype on their website in April. 

        The touchscreen device boasts video chatting, email and assorted media applications.   The 16g retails for $199, while the 32g will run you $299.

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Lohan, with her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley (AP Photo)

Lindsay Lohan
     Things seemed to be turn-ing around for the troubled actress as 2009 came to a close- but her attitude of entitlement, obvious substance abuse, and repeated run-ins with the law quickly caught up with her.

The  once-adored, freckle-faced Disney darling fell from grace in 2010.
And she fell hard.
Lohan occupied her time juggling multi-million dollar lawsuits, several court appearances for parole violations, followed by a month-long stint in Lynwood Correctional Facility.

Lohan’s lifestyle has left her nearly broke, and she has few options to rejuvenate her career. Lohan was dropped from the only project to which she has been attached, a biopic of Linda Lovelace, in November.

The 24-year-old currently lives in a sober-living house affiliated with the Betty Ford Center, she is mandated by the court to stay in the program until January 3, 2011.

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Steve Jobs shows off the iPad tablet (Newscom)

Apple iPad
      Apple ushered in yet another craze with their invention of the iPad- a tablet computer.  Arguably, it is merely a hybrid of a high-end smartphone and a laptop.

From April, when it was released, through October roughly 8million units were sold.  At $499 a pop, that’s about $4billion earned.

 Media application for music, movies, and magazines (to name a few) put a rest to publisher’s (& the public’s) love affair with the Amazon Kindle and BN’s Nook.  The iPad, while no more efficient in presentation or storage, has won out over the competitors. 

This week Android came out with their own tablet, just in time for the holidays, but it is unlikely that their “Power Round” will best the best.