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Lindsay Lohan appears on "Ellen" this Monday, and -- don't worry -- we have clips. But she does indeed have a lot to say -- about dating, post-rehab, Wilmer Valderrama and Oprah.
Of the Queen, she calls her a "guiding force," which is what I guess Linds and I have in common: O is my guiding force, too.
Clips below, but here's a quick quote from her life in re-hab -- the sixth or seventh such stint ended last summer and, as you may know, she's been in a Sunday night "docuseries" on OWN charting her post-rehab life in New York, and the series has not exactly been burning up the Nielsens. This visit to "Ellen" may be some sort of stratagem, one assumes, to light a fire.
"When I went to Cliffside, I really wanted a moment for myself and I learned a lot of different tools and things that I didn’t in the past. In the past, a lot of it, people don’t know this, but I was sent to rehab to avoid you know, them trying to put me in jail. So it wasn’t something that I necessarily wanted or was ready for. It was something that it was kind of just going with the motions. And this was the first time where I went to Shawn Holley, my lawyer, and said look, I need some time. I need to figure something out. And it was through kind of, you know, meditation and learning different things that . . . and just growing up as well and being like I’m tired and I want to be working and all these other girls are doing this and I’ve been doing this my whole life …and maybe, you know, that’s what makes me happy. So I’m just going to do what I have to do to get there again."
"Lindsay" -- which yours truly called "utterly absorbing," an opinion clearly in the minority and possibly an overstatement when viewed in the cold light of dawn -- was seen by only 693,000 viewers. That seems like a small number in TV terms because it is.
OWN did see the sliver lining, of course: "This marks OWN’s highest rating in the Sunday 10 p.m. hour in 27 weeks among women 25-54."
And in fairness to, ummm, myself, I did indeed think "Lindsay" was absorbing if only because it tried to humanize her, which doesn't exactly happen every time you see her on screen. This coulda been a disaster. It was not. Have at me if you disagree... Comment below!
Lindsay Lohan: "There's nothing left in having a drink for me . . ."
Oprah Winfrey: "You need to cut the [expletive] . . ."
And there you have the bookends -- telling ones -- of a two-minute sizzle reel OWN released late Tuesday of its new eight-part series, "Lindsay," which premieres Sunday night at 10. (OWN has declined to offer review copies for reasons unknown.)
The tease features an intermittently calm Lohan with a frazzled Lohan: "People have this image of me that it is chaos. I don't want all of the negative [expletive] that's going on, and the stress that might show through on camera . . ."
Then, of course, there's chaos: Lohan tells off dad Michael ("You weren't good for me for a long time in my life") and she gets locked out of her Manhattan apartment. (Reasons also unclear.)
Cut to the director of the series, Amy Rice, who looks balefully into the camera. "So we were supposed to start shooting at 12:30, and Lindsay was locked out of her apartment . . ."
The reel ends with an assistant to Winfrey saying Lohan wants to back out of the taping. Then, it's Oprah's turn to stare balefully into the camera: "This is exactly what everybody said was gonna happen . . ."
And so it goes. Are these 120 seconds representative of an eight-hour docuseries, filmed after Lohan was released from rehab last summer? We'll all have to find out together, which is exactly what OWN and Oprah have planned.
Bottom line: If you can judge a series by the promo - and of course you can't - this one does look intriguing. Warning: Oprah drops an expletive at the end of the preview that may be offensive to some viewers.
[Meanwhile, for those readers just cynical enough to think this whole thing is a play, or ploy, to get Lindsay more employment, congratuations! You may be right. This just in from CBS: "Actress Lindsay Lohan is set to guest star on 2 BROKE GIRLS, Monday, April 14 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. She will play Claire Guinness, a soon-to-be-bride who asks Max and Caroline to make her wedding cake. As Max and Caroline get to know her, it quickly becomes clear that Claire has trouble making decisions. "]
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OWN's "Lindsay" is coming -- and sooner than you think: March 9, Sunday, 10 p.m. But it is beginning to look as though OWN plans on keeping the media in a fenced off area, so to speak, on this one: No "preview" screeners, no clips and maybe even no interviews (with Amy Rice, the director here; Linds doesn't "do" interviews.... except with Oprah who paid hard cash for this interview/docuseries package.)...Read more »
Wednesday's the day Oprah Winfrey turns 60, but anticipating the big moment, Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday posted this touching tribute.
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As you may have heard, there's a Super Bowl coming up -- No. 48, or ex-el-vee-triple "i" -- and while there will be football, there will also be commercials: Roughly 60 of them. That's is a big number and potentially represents, as it does every year, the bane of advertisers, notably "clutter." "Clutter" means too many ads, and when there are too many, viewers tend to forget all of them. And that is one reason why Super Bowl commercials tend to be some of the most memorable bits of video you see all year -- thirty second snippets that are designed to make you remember them, long after the game has ended.
With that thought in mind, let's take a tour of the 15 most memorable Super Bowls in history -- beginning with No. 15. The most memorable is No. 1, naturally. The fun thing about these lists is that they are purely subjective: Each of us will come up with a different list, of course. This is mine... And by the way, "best" reflects only that which is "most memorable." Obviously, some of these are aesthetic monstrosities -- ghastly bits of video that curdle the mind and corrupt the senses. But, darn-it, you can't forget 'em.
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15.) Britney Spears 2001: Hey, this could even go at number one; it's unforgettable, even if we want to forget...
14.) Doritos: Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo get crunchy. Once seen, never ever forgotten...
13.) Danica Patrick: There have been so many awful Go Daddy Danica Patrick ads that one hardly knows where to begin -- they all run together in a big unseemly mess in the brain. But this one, from 1999, is a good start:
12.) Betty White and Abe Vigoda, in 2010: Has there ever been a better Super Bowl commercial?
11.) Dave! Jay! Oprah! This one is great -- but I totally forget what the product being sold is. Who cares! It's the ad that counts:
10.) Xerox and the Monks... a most peculiar ad, from 1976, but once seen never forgotten...
9.) Bud Light: From Super Bowl XLII -- so many Bud Light commercials? Where to begin? What to choose? This one...
8.) Budweiser and its foals... So many Bud foals over the years -- but this one from last year sticks; maybe because it's from last year:
7.) Bridgestone's Killer Whale: Bridgestone's killer whale is one of my all-time favorites, and damned if I'm about to forget it...
6.) Michael Jordan, Larry Bird play "HORSE" for a Big Mac: Again, as memorable as they get, and as absurd as they get, too? Multimillionaires playing for a Big Mac? Of course, in the alternate-logic universe of the Super Ad, makes perfect...
5.) Monster.com created some of the most memorable of them all, including this one from 2009:
4.) John Madden and Miller Lite -- 1980: The Super Bowl, as a collective memory predicated largely on commercials as opposed to football, would be unimaginable without this one...
3.) Noxema creams Joe Namath, or Farrah Fawcett does: In 1973 there was an ad so ineffably awful that it would stay with us all forever... This one:
2.) Mean Joe Greene and Coca-Cola: Debates have raged over this ad -- a great one or an awful one? I've long ago settled on the "great" side of the equation here. This ad is largely perfect, as an emblem of everything Coke is or ever wanted to be, and coming as it did when the Steel Curtain really was made of steel, its timeliness was even better. Most of all, it's unforgettable:
1.) Apple: You knew this would be number one, didn't you? Chiat/Day's classic, which launched a brand and till this very day still resonates. Weirdly, otherworldly wonderful...
Which Super Bowl commercial do you think is the most memorable? Tell us in the comments below.
Lindsay Lohan's "docu-series" will arrive on OWN on March 9, the network announced Thursday.
OWN also screened a "sneak peek" of the series, entitled "Lindsay," to reporters attending the semi-annual TV press tour in California that indicated there may have been friction between Lohan and OWN honcho Oprah Winfrey. At one point, Winfrey is told Lohan is "not following the rules," according to a Deadline.com report by Lisa De Moraes. "This is exactly what everybody said was going to happen and I believed differently," Winfrey says. "She doesn't understand. This is her life -- you think you have forever."
Later, Winfrey tells Lohan, "My truth is I really do want you to win . . . but if that isn't what you want I'm OK with that. I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today." (Lohan then backed down.)
According to the De Moraes report, Lohan tells the camera: "There's nothing left in having a drink for me. There's no party I haven't gone to, nobody I haven't hung out with, no situation I haven't been exposed to."
The sneak peek also included a scene of Lohan getting locked out of her apartment and one in which the actress' sober coach says "um . . . you know" when asked if Lohan has remained sober.
The series, part of a multimillion deal sealed last summer that included an interview with Winfrey (already aired), was shot in August after Lohan's release from a Malibu rehab facility.
Lohan did not appear at the junket to promote the series.