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Lindsay Lohan rasps her way through a gentle 'Tonight Show' interview -- VIDEO

The last time Lindsay Lohan stopped by The Tonight Show, Jay Leno steered the beleaguered actress through a surprisingly frank conversation about her legal woes, her jail time, and what she’s learned from her rocky post-Mean Girls years. “I made a lot of poor decisions in the past,” she told Leno. “And I’m dealing with the consequences of those decisions. So, yeah, there were times when I was concerned [about getting work], but I’m a fighter. And I know I have to work to gain the respect back. And I’m willing to do the work that I have to do to follow through with being an actress.”

Alas, Lohan’s most recent Tonight Show interview wasn’t nearly as candid — though between bouts of nervous hair-playing, she did briefly address canceling on Barbara Walters and the news that she apparently has a half-sister. Of the former, Lindsay said vaguely that “the timing wasn’t right” for a probing 20/20 sitdown; of the latter, she drily commented, “I guess I could give her one word of advice: Good luck with my dad.” READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan reveals secret to her comeback: 'Just keep me on set. It's safer that way' -- VIDEO

Breaking: Lindsay Lohan managed to plug Liz & Dick on Good Morning America without injuring a single pedestrian or setting anything on fire! I knew good things would start happening for our girl as soon as she became a redhead again.

After Lohan pulled out of a planned interview with Barbara Walters last week, it seemed like the beleaguered actress might not be ready for another press tour. But the star of Lifetime’s new Elizabeth Taylor biopic was calm and composed on GMA, if a little stiff. In a smoky voice that seemed huskier each time she opened her mouth, Lohan discussed her role — surprise: she relates to Taylor’s famously tumultuous life “in a lot of ways” — and her drama-filled past few years, albeit obliquely. “I think that everyone goes through things in life,” she told Amy Robach, “and I like to learn from my mistakes… Everything happens for a reason, good or bad.”

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Elizabeth Taylor beats Michael Jackson for title of highest-earning dead celebrity

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Screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson this year on Forbes‘ list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. The actress, who suffered heart failure last March, earned a whopping $210 million; $45 more than the highest paid living celeb, Oprah Winfrey.

A chunk of that change — $184 million — came from Taylor’s record-breaking Christie’s auction, which sold off her fine jewelry, costumes, and art work. Her estate also profited from her White Diamonds perfume sales as well as residuals from her films. READ FULL STORY

Brian D'Arcy James to star in 'Giant'

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Tony Award-nominee and Smash star Brian D’Arcy James will take on the lead role of Bick in the Public Theater’s upcoming production of Giant.

Originally a novel by Edna Ferber, the story follows a cattle rancher and his multi-generational rivalry with an oil tycoon. It was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1956 starring Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Joining D’Arcy James, who received Tony nominations for his work on Sweet Smell of Success and Shrek the Musical, are P.J. Griffith (American Idiot) as rival tycoon Jett, and Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow) as Bick’s new wife, Leslie.

Previews begin at the Public on Oct. 26; the show opens Nov. 13.

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Lindsay Lohan accused of trashing Elizabeth Taylor's trailer

Chalk it up to more Rumors.

Lindsay Lohan has not had a great week. While she dodged burglary charges, there are reports coming out of her time on set of Liz & Dick, and they aren’t good.

CNN reports Elizabeth Taylor’s famous trailer, used on set of Cleopatra, was sold to Angel Alger for $50,000 in June, but as part of the sale agreement, Alger had to rent it out to Silver Screen Pictures to use in the Liz & Dick movie. Alger claims that when she saw it again in July, there was $100,000 worth of damage to it, including broken dishes and cigarette marks over everything.

Alger said she suspects Lindsay Lohan is responsible, “based on a studio employee’s comment to [Alger] that the actress and her friends had access to it each night after filming.” Alger has no other evidence to prove it.

When asked for comment, Lindsay’s rep tells EW, “Lindsay has the highest respect and admiration for Elizabeth Taylor. To suggest that she was responsible for this is preposterous.”

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Beyond rich: 'Forbes' names top earners from the afterlife

They say you can’t take it with you, but some leave a lot more behind than others. Forbes unveiled its list of “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” today, and it came down to two Kings. Once again, King of Pop Michael Jackson took the top spot, earning a massive $170 million this year even as the circumstances of his 2009 death are still examined in court.

In fact, Jackson’s posthumous income made him 2011’s second-highest earning act (dead or alive) after U2. Jackson blew away his closest deceased competitor, King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley (whose $55 million was buoyed by Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis) by more than $100 million, thanks to his publishing company Mijac Music. Who else made the list? Read more after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Kate Winslet pays homage to Elizabeth Taylor

Aside from perhaps the go-to Marilyn Monroe costume party get-up, there may be no screen legend more fun to dress up as than Elizabeth Taylor. Even this generation’s biggest stars can appreciate the appeal. Kate Winslet graces the cover of V magazine‘s Fall 2011 “Heroes” issue with a shot that captures Taylor’s look, pearls included. “There was a real fearlessness in her,” Winslet said to the magazine.”Back then, there didn’t seem to be a rule book, and there was some expectation in terms of how glamorous a woman should look. There is sort of a coolness and aloofness to the way [Taylor] would look in posed photographs. In candid snapshots she was really quite soft, and she would really screw up her face. I do that as well.” READ FULL STORY

Martin Scorsese to tackle Richard Burton, Liz Taylor romance: Who would you cast?

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed a Deadline report that Paramount has optioned Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s recent book about the torrid and tempestuous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as a potential directorial project for Martin Scorsese. This is a biopic where casting is everything. While it would nearly be impossible for the starring couple to equal the celebrity of Liz and Richard, they’ll need to be famous enough themselves to convey the magnitude of their onscreen counterparts. Thus, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are logical suggestions, especially since Jolie is preparing to play the Taylor role in a remake of the infamous Cleopatra, where the couple, then married to other people, first sparked an interest in each other. But Cleopatra remake and previous famous marriages aside, I don’t think Brangelina are the best fit. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Covers: Arnold and Liz

What a week. An exclusive interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. Both in the same issue. Which one do you put on the cover? Ultimately we decided to give you both — a “flip” cover with Arnold on the front and Liz on the back. In Benjamin Svetkey’s Arnold story (Arnold’s first major interview since leaving the governor’s office) the action hero-turned-politican announces his new Stan Lee animated series, The Governator (no, we’re not joking), and talks about his plan to return to movies. Click here for more details. Our Liz tribute celebrates the movies and crazy life of the legend, and includes personal remembrances about her from friends and colleagues like Debbie Reynolds (Liz stole her husband, but they later reconciled), Dr. Mathilde Krim (founding chairman of amfAR), and Al Jean, the executive producer of The Simpsons, which used Taylor’s voice for baby Maggie Simpson in 1992. Our critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum also weigh in with her 10 must-see films. The issue is on stands Friday.

Elizabeth Taylor: James Dean 'was molested by his minister,' says late star in lost interview

Elizabeth Taylor may have unfortunately passed on to the hot tin roof in the sky, but she’s still passing on gossip-y secrets from beyond the grave. Over at the Daily Beast, writer Kevin Sessums just released a delicious array of previously off-the-record statements from Taylor, dating from a 1997 interview that focused on the star’s AIDS activism. Some of Taylor’s statements just capture her charm: Upon being told that a prominent British politician has announced his support of gay marriage, Taylor says, “It doesn’t surprise me, really. When the English make a move, it’s usually a good one — though it does take them a while. Everybody thinks everybody is gay who comes from England anyway.” But Taylor also offers a bombshell about her fellow Hollywood legend James Dean, her co-star on Giant: “I loved Jimmy. I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK? When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister. I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did.” READ FULL STORY

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