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Grading Lindsay Lohan’s Comeback Attempts

Grading Lindsay Lohan’s Comeback Attempts

Ahead of the premiere of Lindsay Lohan‘s new docu-reality series, we wanted to take a closer look at her career (and personal) recovery. While most view the time around the release of I Know Who Killed Me as her big breakdown moment, troubles for the actress started shortly after the success of Mean Girls. Lohan was under a microscope. After collapsing during the making of Herbie: Fully Loaded and getting into a string of car accidents, her her star started to diminish. Suddenly everyone was wondering if she was worth the effort or even all the unwanted attention. Since then, Lohan has been struggling to bounce back and erase any memory of the past decade with a series of comeback attempts.

Comeback Attempt #1: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Grading Lindsay Lohan’s Comeback Attempts

Immediately following the success of Mean Girls, Lohan completed her final obligation to Disney: Herbie: Fully Loaded. During that time she recorded her debut album, Speak. Overworked and stretched thin, Lohan collapsed on set, got into her first of many car accidents and started dating Wilmer Valderrama. While Just My Luck was a minor hit, insiders were beginning to grumble over Lohan’s troubling off-screen antics.

Grading Lindsay Lohan’s Comeback Attempts

In order to stall the “good girl gone bad” reputation, Lohan quickly signed up for two adult ensemble films, A Prairie Home Companion as Meryl Streep’s daughter and Bobby as a bride-to-be in the hotel where RFK was assassinated. Lohan excelled in both, proving that she had the acting chops to stand alongside Streep and Sharon Stone. But both films presented an unsettling omen: Lohan was not a redhead in either film. Blonde and brunette dye jobs would later prove rough for Lohan’s career.

Final Grade: A-

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First Dibs: How Does Martha Stewart Keep It Clean When She’s Doing The Dirty?

First Dibs: How Does Martha Stewart Keep It Clean When She’s Doing The Dirty?

What really happened with Andrew Garfield and Batkid? Did Jennifer Lawrence try to stop Shailene Woodley from starring in Divergent? What will you find at Jeff Goldblum‘s new restaurant?

  • We always knew Martha Stewart was the queen of clean, but now we know how she keeps it fresh when she gets down and dirty. The domestic goddess revealed in a Reddit AMA yesterday that she “always take[s] a bath before and after [sex].” [Daily Mail]
  • The Andrew Garfield/Oscars situation has a whole new wrinkle. Apparently, Garfield was pissed off at the Academy because they axed the segment with Miles “Batkid” Scott and made a point to take Batkid to Disneyland. So, now people are asking why the Academy would cause such a scandal by cutting Batkid and blaming Garfield. [People]
  • Shailene Woodley only agreed to star in Divergent because Jennifer Lawrence convinced her to do it. Woodley was reticent to sign on to a franchise, but Lawrence told her, “You must do it.” [US Magazine]
  • Are you a big Jeff Goldblum fan? Well, buckle up because the actor has just opened a new restaurant called “Goldblum’s,” where everything is all Jeff Goldblum all the time. [MTV News]

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Indian Acid Attack Survivor Finds Love – and a Job as a TV News Anchor

03/06/2014 at 08:15 PM EST

Indian Acid Attack Survivor Finds Love   and a Job as a TV News Anchor

Alok Dixit and Laxmi

Arkaprava Ghosh/Barcroft Media /Landov

Eight years ago, when a spurned suitor threw acid on her face, Laxmi thought her life was over. Finding love and achieving her dream of a career in television seemed impossible.

But on March 4, honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the International Women of Courage Award, Laxmi talked about her struggle – and triumph.

Referring to the man who attacked her when she was 16 after she refused his advances, she read a poem she composed: “You haven’t thrown acid on my face, you threw it on my dreams … The time will be burdened for you. Then you will know that I am alive, free and thriving and living my dreams.”

The petite 23-year-old has undergone a dozen operations to repair the disfiguring burns on her face and body. For years she felt suicidal. A second blow was the death of her beloved father, who sank into depression over his daughter’s agony. Eventually she emerged from her despair with a determination to prevent other women from suffering a similar fate.

Laxmi, who goes by her first name, campaigned tirelessly against the easy availability of acid in India – available at any grocery store for 50 cents. Last year, she enjoyed her moment of triumph when India’s Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling, ordered the government to regulate the sale.

“When we see these women raise their voices, and move their feet and empower others to create change, we need to realize that each of us has that same power, and that same obligation,” Mrs. Obama said after congratulating Laxmi and nine other women at the State Department ceremony.

The award is given to women who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating peace, justice, human rights and gender equality.

Finding Love and Opportunity

Perhaps Laxmi’s greatest reward is that she has rebuilt her life. “A relative once told me that, given how I looked, I could forget ever finding love or romance,” Laxmi told PEOPLE.

But last year, she met Alok Dixit, a 26-year-old journalist who joined her campaign. The two fell in love and live together in Delhi. “I was attracted to her courage,” Dixit told PEOPLE. “She is an exceptional young woman and for me, she is beautiful.”

She’s also found a job as a television news anchor. When she got the call from the local news channel, she thought at first it was a cruel hoax. But the call was real, and Laxmi will go on air in a few weeks.

Finding love and new opportunities has helped Laxmi heal emotionally as well as physically. “How could I hate men or suspect them all?” she said. “My father was the best man in the world, and my brother and Alok love me, so how can I possibly feel that all men are bad just because one man was wicked?”

Indian Acid Attack Survivor Finds Love   and a Job as a TV News Anchor
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Cameron Diaz Talks Racy Sex Tape Scenes with Jason Segel: ‘We Had Each Other’s Backs’

03/06/2014 at 08:05 PM EST

Cameron Diaz Talks Racy Sex Tape Scenes with Jason Segel: We Had Each Others Backs

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape

Claire Fogler/Columbia Pictures

It’s not every day that Cameron Diaz strips down in front of a group of people, but during the shooting for her new film, Sex Tape, she got very comfortable, very quickly.

“The whole movie is lovemaking between the characters,” Diaz tells PEOPLE. “The crew was awesome and so respectful. It’s not a vanity thing. It’s about telling a story.”

In the film, out July 25, Diaz and costar Jason Segel play a married couple who film themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex, only to have the tape go missing.

Cameron Diaz Talks Racy Sex Tape Scenes with Jason Segel: We Had Each Others Backs

From left: Cameron Diaz, Ellie Kemper, Rob Corddry and Jason Segel

Claire Folger

“There’s such trust [with Jason],” says Diaz. “We both had each other’s backs. Our day was, ‘My ass is going to be in your face and your package is going to be in my face!’ “

Which took some, ahem, selective wardrobe decisions.

“We call them modesty garments,” Diaz says. “My dresser and I got really intimate. Double-stick tape can be the difference between the whole world seeing your goods!”

And the subject matter certainly provided for a lot of laughs.

Says Diaz: “Sometimes I would stop in the middle of a scene and go, ‘Everybody hold on! Do you realize we’re getting paid to do this?’ We had such a fun time laughing our asses off, having such gratitude that this is our job. We get to be idiots all day long and tell a really sweet story at the same time.”

Cameron Diaz Talks Racy Sex Tape Scenes with Jason Segel: We Had Each Others Backs
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