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Lindsay Lohan Among the Latest To Channel Marilyn Monroe – Hollywood’s Favorite Photoshoot Cliche

Is taking a modern day celeb and having them pose as Marilyn Monroe Hollywood’s favorite cliché? Stop. Please stop. The photos from inside Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy shoot are now out there, and apparently that’s what has been done again.



Is taking a modern day celeb and having them pose as Marilyn Monroe Hollywood’s favorite cliche? Stop. Please stop. The photos from inside Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy shoot are now out there, and apparently that’s what has been done again.  For the complete pics, with the naughty bits obscured, visit TheBestWeekEver. (Or just click here.)

The first thing celebrities and their stylists and photo editors should remember is, it’s very hard to do justice to an icon.  The second – for those celebrities who pine for a Marilynesque level of stardom, remember that Monroe’s story did not have a happy ending.

Channeling Monroe has become a bit tired. Unless you’re playing her in a film, (as Michelle Williams and other actresses have) it often disappoints. Or, simply seems, well… cliche.

Lohan has actually done her version of Marilyn Monroe before, recreating a gauzy Marilyn Monroe photo shoot that was originally shot in 1962 by photographer Bert Stern. The series came to be known as “The Last Sitting.” Lohan’s recreation of these photos were featured in 2008 in New York Magazine.

 Check out the 2008 photos from New York Magazine.

Both tragic and ironic, Anna Nicole Smith often seemed to channel Marilyn Monroe. Eventually becoming famous for her own personal struggles with addiction, Smith died in 2007.

Monroe wasn’t necessarily the first to pose with  sultry, lowered eyelids – but her iconic photos have practically given her the right to call them a trademark. They’ve become a posing staple for actresses and models alike.

It’s no secret that Madonna was a fan of Monroe. She replicated her looks both on the red carpet and in her videos.


There are some actresses whose personalities, accompanied by good looks, seem a good fit for a Marilyn-esque shoot. Scarlett Johansson holds her own as a Marilyn type…largely because it doesn’t necessarily try too hard to perfectly replicate an existing photo – but instead harken back to the days of Hollywood glamour.

…But there’s something about Paris Hilton that doesn’t hit the mark and ends up looking Halloween-y. This was actually from an event promoting one of her fragrances.

When a star does pose as Marilyn, there are some that will immediately dismiss it. It’s understandable. Ultimately, Marilyn wasn’t just about beauty and sexuality, but and underlying purity of heart and innocence. It’s that depth and vulnerability that we know of now, that almost instantly renders the attempts of others to replicate her fruitless.

Ironically, while many may have been reluctant to embrace Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe (again, noting that Monroe’s look was so distinct and difficult to capture,) she is getting rave reviews for her performance in the film “My Week With Marilyn.” Not solely for her look, but for the depth she brings to the role. A clip from the film is below. It also makes a world of difference to channel Marilyn for a dramatic film performance over a red carpet photo op. Some clips of the film below show that Williams approached the character with reverence and determination.

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Three Words That Went So Viral That Kylie Wants To Trademark Them – And Why She’s Right To Do It.



It all started when Kylie Jenner gave us a tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube. Then, she went to wake her sleeping daughter, singing “rise and shine.”

Maybe it was the way she sang it, but it went viral, memes followed, and it became the most hashtagged phrase EVER on Tik Tok. Almost immediately.

Within a week, she filed an application to trademark the phrase, hoping to turn the now viral moment into a merchandising opportunity. Folks called it excessive and silly, claiming such a common expression shouldn’t be up for the taking.

Those people are wrong. What it is, is smart.

Take a look – the seemingly innocuous moment happens 15 minutes in to the tour.

Why is it smart? Because if she doesn’t trademark it, someone else will. People are ALL about capitalizing on viral moments, and if she didn’t, someone else would have tried to use Kylie’s influence to benefit themselves, just like people are using the #RiseAndShine hashtag right now for views and likes. And that’s not taking advantage of it?

In fact, she’s not the first person to even apply for a trademark for the phrase. Roughly 100 applications, some active, some dead, have been filed with variations of the phrase over the years. A mattress company liked the sound of it, so did a coffee company, a beer, snack mix, and Hardee’s wanted to use it to promote breakfast entrees. All of them make sense. McDonald’s trademarked the common phrase “I’m Lovin’ It.” Emeril trademarked “Bam!” and Paris Hilton trademarked “That’s hot.” Having the trademark doesn’t prohibit everyone else from saying it in conversation, but it does limit the ability for others to monetize it for themselves. It keeps a phrase that is uniquely attributed to another person or business from being used in a misleading way for monetary gain by others. Sports announcer Michael Buffer wisely trademarked “Let’s get ready to rumble” so that others couldn’t go and make t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise with a catchphrase that he made famous. Anyone can file for a trademark on a phrase. In the end, the trademark office will decide if the application has merit. Before you do, it is suggested you seek the advice of a legal expert.

By now we know that Kylie Jenner is a successful business woman, given the enormous popularity of Kylie Cosmetics. It stands to reason that she is going to expand her scope of business. No matter WHAT she decided to name a spinoff of her brand, she would trademark it. By jumping on a phrase that is now already organically linked to her, thanks to the fans themselves, she merely did the SMART thing. Coming up with a brand name is one of the hardest things an entrepreneur does. Half of the ideas are taken, the others you don’t love, and sometimes the ones you do love other people don’t like.

So before we start hating on Kylie’s fast acting ingenuity, we should be inspired and do some of it ourselves!

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VIDEO: Why Paris Hilton Is A Chameleon.



Paris Hilton sat down with me and Makho Ndlovu at the People Now studios to talk about her new fragrance “Electrify,” the first song she plays when she’s DJ’ing, and what character’s she likes the play… in real life!

What an amazing time it is visiting and guest co-hosting People Now. The people on camera and behind the scenes couldn’t be more kind and welcoming! And Paris herself was absolutely charming and sweet.


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Watch How This Hasselhoff Deepfake Takes Years Off The Actor!



Visual effects artist Chris Ume takes countless images of David Hasselhoff from his past Baywatch days, then creates a younger avator, blending the new, artificial Hof onto the real life Hoff.

The process of this crazy magic? It’s called a Deepfake = combining and superimposing existing images and videos onto a source image or video. The process is incredible, and yet still relatively in its infancy. If things keep progressing this genre as we can only expect they will, it’s not a stretch to imagine that we could someday see an actor actress play a younger version of themselves so convincingly we won’t see how they did it.

To follow more of his work, subscribe to Chris’ youtube channel.

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