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Lindsay Lohan: Appetite for self-destruction

Oprah’s OWN drew solid ratings for the premiere of its Lindsay Lohan docuseries. Are we watching for the wrong reasons? This column originally appeared in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The most honest words uttered in the debut of Lindsay, the new and deeply problematic docuseries about the troubled actress, came not from the maniacally self-absorbed Lohan or the show’s benefactor, Oprah Winfrey. Rather, they came from a fan on the street who was glibly effusive when asked to speak on behalf of the people. “I’m a big fan of Lindsay Lohan,” he said with a happy grin on his face, “both as an actress and as a media sensation.” Isn’t it entertaining when a young woman is so misguided and bent on destruction that she lands in rehab for a sixth time? As a culture we seem to value Lohan, and countless women before her, as little more than cheap spectacle, marveling at how far former good girls can fall from our manufactured pedestals.

The show was not without its odd voyeuristic pleasures. Show business has never looked so unglamorous as when Lohan’s smartly dressed assistant, whose former bosses range from Sean Astin to Prince, was tasked with packing up her floor-to-ceiling-stuffed hotel room. Earlier, Lohan’s storage unit of expensive junk was the size of an abandoned airplane hangar. I’m convinced that if this woman jettisoned 95 percent of her belongings and spent an anonymous year reading novels and going to meetings, she might just have a shot at enjoying her 30s. Instead she’s starring on a reality series whose viewers spent an inordinate amount of Twitter bandwidth snickering about the amount of side boob she exposed during the hour. READ FULL STORY

Amanda Bynes' breakdown 'no laughing matter,' Nick Cannon writes in open letter

Nick Cannon and Amanda Bynes both found fame on Nickelodeon’s All That, but their careers have taken drastically different turns since, with Cannon hosting America’s Got Talent and marrying superstar singer Mariah Carey and Bynes retiring from acting and lashing out with a series of arrests and bizarre tweets.

But Cannon hasn’t forgotten about his former castmate, and he’s often asked about her in interviews, given her recent involuntary psychiatric hold following one of those arrests. He posted an open letter to his “sister” online Wednesday, trying to explain to the public the pressures child stars face and how Bynes’ behavior might look “crazy” to some but makes total sense to him.

A look back at Channing Tatum in 'She's the Man'

Congratulations are in order for Channing Tatum. He’s got his likely summer blockbuster, White House Down, opening today; he’s been killing it on the press front (Channing all over your Tatum is now a real-life phrase. Congratulations!) and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a kid more than watching him adorably dance with co-star Joey King on Good Morning America. But he wasn’t always such an A-list stud (Or, more accurately, A-list; he was always a stud). Back in 2006, Tatum was best known for a little teen comedy called She’s the Man.

She’s the Man is, 100 percent unironically, one of my all-time favorite movies. I’m not saying it should have won an Oscar, but when it comes to a film I can watch over and over again, Amanda Bynes dressing up as a dude to prove that ladies are just as good at soccer as the boys, muttering weird catchphrases while her hot roommate/crush Duke (Tatum) parades around in a white tank top while school president David Cross — surely collecting a paycheck! —  makes everyone uncomfortable is a romp that can even find the laugh lines in systemic gender inequality. Plus, the whole thing is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Highbrow!

I’m bringing this movie up today because it’s where the White House Down star got his leading-role start (He’d previously had small parts in things like Coach Carter and  Havoc). He may now have successfully moved on to bigger things, but I’ll never forget the sensitive hunk who fell in love with his roommate. Below, five incredible Tatum-specific moments from She’s the Man (and yes, many of them are shirtless). A star is born!

Amanda Bynes's very bad year: A timeline

In retrospect, we should have known something was up with Amanda Bynes back in the summer of 2010, when she retired from acting, then un-retired from acting, then deleted her original Twitter feed altogether. Since then, The Amanda Show‘s former lead has been behaving more and more erratically — getting in multiple car accidents, dramatically altering her appearance, and declaring on her latest Twitter account that she wants the rapper Drake to “murder [her] vagina.”

And then came May 23, when Bynes was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment. (She allegedly threw a bong out of a window in her New York City apartment.) The incident has catalyzed an even odder spate of behavior for the ex-Nickelodeon star, including wearing a ratty platinum wig to court and claiming that she’s going to sue the NYPD for both sexual harassment and making a false arrest.

How did she get here? Though the real story probably begins when a 7-year-old Bynes appeared in her first commercial (for Buncha Crunch) in 1994, let’s start instead a little more than a year ago, when Bynes had her first brush with the law.


Amanda Bynes is making us uncomfortable again with new tweet about Drake

Amanda, please!

She’s gone undercover to throw people off her trail before (You all remember a little film called She’s the Man, right?) so here’s hoping something similar is going on now. Amanda Bynes – who clearly hasn’t exactly had the greatest couple of months – raised eyebrows once again last night when she tweeted, “I want @drake to murder my vagina.” [Bynes does not currently have public representation for EW to verify that her account wasn’t hacked].

The controversial plea to the rapper has been retweeted over 17,000 times so far. A few moments later, she let her fans know that she is “twerking out” right now.

Sadly, “twerking out” is not another way to say “Hard at work on Moody’s Point: The Musical.”

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Don't worry about Amanda Bynes -- she's 'doing amazing,' despite appearances

Amanda Bynes is fine, you guys. Really. She is. In fact, she’s better than fine: “I am doing amazing,” the actress told People this week, finally speaking out after spending the last few months single-handedly keeping the auto insurance industry in business.

What, that’s not reassuring enough? Try this quote on for size: “I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line… I am not talking about being arrested for DUI because I don’t drink, and I don’t drink and drive. It is all false.”

The magazine described Bynes as sounding “polite, respectful, and upbeat,” although she’s apparently also retiring her ability to use contractions.

But other unnamed sources are singing a different tune.  READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan's mad that Amanda Bynes is not in jail

According to her Twitter bio, beleaguered actress Lindsay Lohan is an “artist of many things.” She’s also a crusader against injustice, particularly as perpetrated by California’s legal system — understandable, considering her vast experience with the state’s police and courts.

Last night, the star of Lifetime’s Liz & Dick took to her favorite bully pulpit to complain about what she perceives as unfair treatment. But Lindsay wasn’t talking about innocent people getting convicted for crimes they didn’t commit, or lopsided custody battles — she was focused on how Cali treats former child stars, its most endangered species. “Why did I get put in jail and a Nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far?” she tweeted bitterly, continuing a few minutes later with this message: “These are the moments that I appreciate my life experiences, living without regrets and Disney for supporting me as an actress.”

The Nickelodeon star in question, of course, is Amanda Bynes, who has even more driving infractions than this guy. (She seems to be staying off Twitter for a change.) Lohan’s complaints are actually premature, since Bynes is due in court on Sept. 21. If convicted for a DUI (she’s pleading not guilty) and two counts of misdemeanor hit-and-run (which allegedly occurred April 10 and August 4), the star of What I Like About You could face a large fine and, yes, up to one year in jail.

So… cheer up, Lindsay?

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