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Casting Buzz That We Hope Won’t Happen: Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor

We hear a lot about ‘casting buzz’ going on in Hollywood. ‘This actress is rumored to be in the running for something-or-other, etcetera.’ Sometimes it happens, other times it fizzles out. In the case of the latest news that Lindsay Lohan might portray Elizabeth Taylor, it seems like a stretch that would be best not to happen.

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We hear a lot about ‘casting buzz’ going on in Hollywood. ‘This actress is rumored to be in the running for something-or-other, etcetera.’ Sometimes it happens, other (and often) times it fizzles out. In the case of the latest news – that Lindsay Lohan might portray Elizabeth Taylor, it seems like a stretch that would be best not to happen.

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Lohan is in talks to play the actress in the upcoming Lifetime original movie, “Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story,” centering on the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and two-time husband Richard Burton.

Any film that portrays a Hollywood Icon can be a hot button among viewers and fans, so casting is crucial. Mind you, a a Lifetime movie, compared to an Oscar contender film like “My Week With Marilyn” are quite different animals, especially when you consider the budget, and the potential shelf life of each.

The Lifetime movie will be smaller in scale, and can make more radical casting decisions based on building buzz and media attention alone – even if they’re off-base – if they result in a phenomenal rating on one night.

That said, Lindsay Lohan has yet to tackle a truly transformational role, and there is a chance that viewers will be quick to dismiss it. While her appeareance doesn’t immediately harken back to Liz, this could be addressed to some degree. (As evidenced by the photo likeness here, first seen in Interview Magazine.) Her voice, however, cannot. While she is a talented actress, it would be a formidable challenge to ditch the raspy quality of Lohan’s delivery in favor of Taylor’s.

The project has been in development for almost a year already, and it is entirely possible that bringing Lindsay Lohan into the discussion, (and letting the word get out) could be a way of ‘taking the pulse’ of the idea, or simply for getting publicity alone, with no intention of casting her.

I’m eager for Lindsay Lohan to make her comeback, and I think she’s entirely capable of wowing moviegoers with a redemption role. But I truly believe these shoes are too big for Lohan to fill. Her best bet would be to take a small role as part of a strong ensemble of actors, with a truly solid, even if brief performance. (Her rumored participation in the film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father would have been a great example, but to prove my earlier point about buzz not panning out, we first read that she would portray Victoria Gotti, then Kim Gotti, and now, the film’s IMDB page makes no mention of her at all.)

As a fan of both Liz Taylor, and the potential of Lindsay Lohan, I hope that this pairing doesn’t happen, and the Lohan finds a role that is better suited for her talents.

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Amber Riley Performs Beautiful Tribute To Naya Rivera On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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RIP.

Whenever Amber Riley and Naya Rivera combined their insurmountable talents on the hit show Glee there was an almost tangible magic that left fans in awe of the powerhouse duo. Playing Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez respectively, the two characters may not have always seen eye to eye but when they joined you knew you were in for a memorable performance. It is sad to think that we will never get another “River Deep, Mountain High” or “The Boy Is Mine” moment after Rivera’s passing last month but there is something special in knowing Riley will carry the torch for her fallen costar forever.

On Thursday night introduced by guest-host Lil Rel, Riley virtually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  to perform a new song from her EP entitled “A Moment” which was dedicated to Rivera. “Not too long ago we both lost a really amazing friend in a tragic accident and we both will miss her forever,” said Lil Rel. The performance is displayed in black and white and features Riley singing in front of a montage of photos of her former co-star. It is truly stunning.

Check out the tribute below.

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You Will Have Hearts In Your Eyes When You See Cardi B’s New Hair Do

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Wait till you see her WAP (Wonderfully Artistic Pigtails)

Cardi B has never shied away from a bold look and her latest hair do is proof of that.

The 27-year-old “WAP” singer…song of the year IMO…took to Instagram Tuesday night to show off her pink, heart-shaped pigtails and people are loving the look. In the short video Cardi asks fans if they would “go to the club with your hair like this” and I think we can all agree that this look would definitely turn heads at the clurb.

The artistic hair do was crafted by Cardi’s long time longtime stylist Tokyo Stylez and took at least three hours to complete. Fans commented about how beautiful the unique hairstyle is but questioned how the rapper was going to sleep that night. Let’s hope those pigtails can be twisted off and be thrown on the nightstand.

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Check It Out, Joe Jonas Has Shocked His Fans With His New Look

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I’m a sucker for his new do.

It doesn’t matter if you are more of a “Nick” or a “Kevin” or a “Joe” when it comes to loving the Jonas Brothers. All that matters is that you all agree with me that Joe is obviously the most attractive of the three brothers and that’s just a fact. I’m sorry but I don’t make the rules.

The 31-year old stunned fans today earlier today when he debuted a shocking new look on his Instagram. Sporting a black t-shirt and those signature dark, furry-Murray eyebrows, Joe flashed his new platinum blond buzzcut. I know I might be in the minority here but I do love when these Hollywood hotties switch it up and do the blond thing. I loved it on Adam Levine. I loved it on Zac Efron. I even found myself oddly drawn to the OG platinum stud, James Michael Tyler aka Gunther from Friends.

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Perhaps the new do is a part of Joe’s daddy-makeover as he and his wife, Sophie Turner, recently welcomed their first child, Willa. A source told ET “Sophie and Joe have named their daughter Willa. The couple’s bond has gotten even stronger since the addition of their daughter. Although circumstances are different right now because of the [coronavirus] pandemic, Joe was there for the birth of his daughter. The couple is happy they now have time to spend at home with their daughter and get used to their new life together.”

Be still my heart.

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