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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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Laura Dern Honors Her Parents In Touching Academy Award Win Speech

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Laura Dern, who has been slaying awards season this year for her role in “Marriage Story,” took home the ultimate prize – a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award – and thanked her actor parents in a touching acceptance speech.

Her parents, actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern brought her to the Oscars with them when she was just 7 years old.

“Some say never meet your heroes. I say if you’re really blessed, you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting hero my legends, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. You got game. I love you.”

Dern’s mother has been nominated three times, her father twice, but neither have won. Her mother can be seen during the speech crying in the audience.

Congrats Laura!!!

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POP UPDATE: Justin Bieber, “Friends” For Life, And The Critics Choice Awards

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We’re going to be doing some quick video updates whenever we can! Here’s the latest! Justin Bieber begging for streams, (while you can hear him chew – ew), the ladies of Friends reunited, and mother nature. Take a look!

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Courteney Cox’s Instagram Caption Is Every Parent With A Teenage Kid

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Have you heard? It’s 2020 and we’re all supposed to music videos on TikTok. Courteney Cox is no exception. The TV star posted an instagram of her and her daughter Coco dancing it out, with the hilarious caption, “Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them.”

Also, how long does it take to actually learn one of these routines? It seems very time consuming.

What I was really hoping for was video of her daughter losing her patience, but what we got was a pretty strong routine!

 

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Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them. #familyaerobics

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