Friday, July 20, 2007

NEWS FLASH: Lindsay Lohan Causes Cancellation of Channing Tatum's 'Poor Things'

Sadly this is no surprise to me, but Page Six is saying today that Channing Tatum's movie has now been cancelled, mostly because of Lindsay Lohan's decision to celebrate her exit from rehab with a party in Las Vegas and multiple other clubs and partially because the production was not managed well over all.

I definitely think Lindsay's decision to have an alcohol monitoring device after rehab was a step in the right direction, but I just don't understand why she seemed hell bent on proving to everyone that she could party and stay sober and off drugs. Why wouldn't she just lay low and stay away from the clubs for a while? It was just a recipe for disaster.

And now the worst has happened. She's pretty much single-handedly brought the entire 'Poor Things' production down with her.

From the Page Six article below we learn that Channing was no longer part of the cast and had been replaced by Giovanni Ribisi (as I had been saying on the blog for a while now). The random friend of Lindsay quoted in the article states that they don't know why the replacement occurred, but I and my sources know it was because Channing had scheduling conflicts with his next film and he had to turn down the role.

I feel really sorry for the actors, actresses, and crew that are now out of jobs because of this debacle. Channing has a ton of other projects to move on to, but a lot of the other people involved are not in the same boat. The producer's decision to postpone for LiLo was noble, but was a horrible business decision. I am hoping that other productions learn from this movie's mistakes when they think about hiring LiLo in the future (until she truly gets her life together).

You can take a look at the entire Page Six article below:

IT may be too late for Lindsay Lohan's movie career. Despite her submission to alcohol monitoring and drug tests, Hollywood studios have become wary of working with the hard-partying star.

Lohan was supposed to start filming "Poor Things" with Shirley MacLaine when she was out of rehab. But last week, product vendors including GE and Dell computers, who had been promised placement in the movie in exchange for cash, got a disturbing e-mail from set designer Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb.

Hebb's e-mail, with the subject line: " 'Poor Things' has been cancelled," said, "Sorry to be the harbinger of bad news, but I just received a call from Jacky Gilardi, the producer, pulling the plug on the ill-fated film.

"Apparently, Ms. Lohan's antics in Las Vegas over the weekend have scared the bond companies and all of the funding has been pulled . . . I look forward to working together in the future and trust our next project will not be as fraught with difficulty."

The insurers were said to worry that Lohan, despite wearing an alcohol-monitoring device around her ankle and claiming to take daily drug tests, had gone out clubbing with pals. (Ironically, the plot of "Poor Things" involves two women who befriend and then murder homeless men to collect their life insurance.)

But a Lohan friend fumes: "She had nothing to do with that movie shutting down. It was a mess to begin with. They randomly fired Channing Tatum for Giovanni Ribisi, and then financing fell through because producers spent money like water. It was only supposed to cost $4 million - Lindsay was being paid nothing for that role.

"Lindsay is proving to everyone that she is - and will remain - sober by voluntarily wearing the ankle bracelet and taking drug tests. This is not about her work. It's about her being able to live her life and go out with her friends without people writing nasty items about her."

UPDATE (July 21, 2007): Producers of the movie 'Poor Things' are now saying that it has not been cancelled, but as far as I can tell, Channing is no longer a part of this project. I am sure we will be hearing more from the real-life soap opera for way longer than any of us really wish to, and stay tuned to CTU for the latest dish.

Source: Page Six

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Tina said...

UGH!! I hope LiLo's got plans to straighten her life soon.. She should be ashamed of herself if you ask me...

She's causing people to lose their jobs and good actors to lose opportunities to work with other great actors...

Its a good thing Channing had to turn down the project even before the news cancellation and has A LOT of projects lined up for him... Maybe this movie was just not really meant for our dear Channing..

Tina said...

CORRECTION on my last paragraph: Its a good thing Channing had to turn down the project even before the cancellation news.. And that he has A LOT of projects lined up for him... Maybe this movie was not really meant for our dear Chaning...

Luv said...

Lindsay better get her act together, because she is starting to make Paris look like a "Saint".