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Lindsay Lohan Nude 'Playboy' Photos Leaked Online + Mike Leigh vs. Isabelle Adjani

Lindsay Lohan nude Playboy images: Marilyn Monroe revisited in photo shoot leaked onlineLindsay Lohan nude Playboy images – or at least some of them – have been leaked online. In the photo shoot, the Freaky Friday and Mean Girls actress is made up to look like Marilyn Monroe in the late 1940s/early 1950s. Before becoming a 20th Century Fox star, Monroe posed nude for photographer Tom Kelley, who later sold the images to a Chicago-based calendar-making company, which eventually sold them to Hugh Hefner, who included them in the first issue of Playboy, launched in 1953 – the year Monroe became a star thanks to Niagara, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Even though she has not enjoyed as many quality star vehicles as Marilyn Monroe, Lindsay Lohan has been featured in several important (though not necessarily successful) productions, among them Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, with Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin, and Garry Marshall's Georgia Rule, with Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. Besides, she was a SAG Award nominee – along with her fellow cast members – for Emilio Estevez's 2006 ensemble political drama Bobby. Lindsay Lohan's latest is a supporting role in the (more or less) all-star Machete, toplining Danny Trejo as the title character.

Lindsay Lohan nude 'Playboy' shoot leaked online: Homage to classic Marilyn Monroe images

Seems like Lindsay Lohan, 25, has always been enmeshed in controversy for one reason or another. Her Playboy spread is no different: the photos showing a naked Lindsay Lohan posing à la Marilyn Monroe have been leaked online, much to the official consternation of the Playboy top brass.

“Because of the interest & the Internet leak,” Hugh Hefner tweeted, “we're releasing the Lindsay Lohan issue early.” Without any apparent consternation, Hefner added, “Lindsay Lohan was the top search name on the Internet yesterday. Her issue goes on sale late next week. Hot. Hot. Hot.”

Well, in case you didn't know what to get friends & family this Christmas 2011…

Good-looking images

Lindsay Lohan's nude photos, in fact, look great. Those writing nasty comments about them are, in all probability, doing so because they're envious: either they wanted her face and body or the (reported) almost $1 million she earned for the shoot. Or perhaps they're envious of her fame/notoriety. Or, why not, all of the above.

By the way, Lohan had already emulated the naked Marilyn Monroe for New York magazine in 2008. The difference is that the previous shoot reflected the Monroe of the early 1960s; the current one brings back the Monroe of the late 1940s/early 1950s.

Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday: Body-switching comedy 1 of 4 box office hits in teen actress' careerLindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday. Her second feature film – following the successful 1998 family comedy The Parent TrapFreaky Friday (2003) features Lindsay Lohan as a teenager who switches bodies with her mother, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. The comedy fantasy was another sizable box office hit. Curiously, both The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday were remakes. The former, which starred Lohan as twins attempting to reunite parents Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson, was based on the 1961 Disney hit of the same name, directed by David Swift, and toplining Hayley Mills as the twins, plus Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith as the parents. The latter was a remake of another Disney production, Gary Nelson's 1976 body-switching comedy starring Barbara Harris as the mother and Jodie Foster as the daughter. Lindsay Lohan would have two more significant hits – Mean Girls (2004) and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) – before her career took a marked commercial downturn.

Lindsay Lohan movies

Although generally associated with supermarket tabloids, Lindsay Lohan (born on July 2, 1986, in The Bronx, New York City) has an extensive – and to some extent respectable – list of movie credits. These include:

  • The Parent Trap (1998).
    Dir.: Nancy Meyers.
    Cast: Natasha Richardson. Dennis Quaid. Lindsay Lohan.
  • Freaky Friday (2003).
    Dir.: Mark Waters.
    Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis. Lindsay Lohan. Mark Harmon.
  • Mean Girls (2004).
    Dir.: Mark Waters.
    Cast: Lindsay Lohan. Amanda Seyfried. Rachel McAdams. Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Lacey Chabert. Jonathan Bennett.
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004).
    Dir.: Sara Sugarman.
    Cast: Lindsay Lohan. Adam Garcia. Glenne Headly. Eli Marienthal. Carol Kane. Megan Fox.
  • Herbie Fully Loaded (2005).
    Dir.: Angela Robinson.
    Cast: Lindsay Lohan. Michael Keaton. Breckin Meyer. Justin Long. Cheryl Hines. Matt Dillon.
  • A Prairie Home Companion (2006).
    Dir.: Robert Altman.
    Cast: Garrison Keillor. Meryl Streep. Kevin Kline. Lily Tomlin. Tommy Lee Jones. Woody Harrelson. Lindsay Lohan. Virginia Madsen. Maya Rudolph. John C. Reilly.
  • The Holiday (2006).
    Dir.: Nancy Meyers.
    Cast: Cameron Diaz. Kate Winslet. Jude Law. Jack Black. Eli Wallach. Edward Burns. Rufus Sewell. John Krasinski. Kathryn Hahn. Alex O'Loughlin. Cameos as themselves: Dustin Hoffman. James Franco. Lindsay Lohan.
  • Bobby (2006).
    Dir.: Emilio Estevez.
    Cast: Emilio Estevez. Harry Belafonte. Heather Graham. Anthony Hopkins. Helen Hunt. Joshua Jackson. Ashton Kutcher. Shia LaBeouf. Lindsay Lohan. William H. Macy. Demi Moore. Martin Sheen. Christian Slater. Sharon Stone. Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Elijah Wood.
  • Just My Luck (2006).
    Dir.: Donald Petrie.
    Cast: Lindsay Lohan. Chris Pine.
  • Georgia Rule (2007).
    Dir.: Garry Marshall.
    Cast: Jane Fonda. Felicity Huffman. Lindsay Lohan. Dermot Mulroney. Garrett Hedlund. Cary Elwes. Zachary Gordon.
  • Chapter 27 (2007).
    Dir.: J.P. Schaefer.
    Cast: Jared Leto. Lindsay Lohan.
  • I Know Who Killed Me (2007).
    Dir.: Chris Sivertson.
    Cast: Lindsay Lohan. Julia Ormond. Neal McDonough. Brian Geraghty.
  • Labor Pains (2009).
    Dir.: Lara Shapiro.
    Cast: Lindsay Lohan. Luke Kirby. Chris Parnell.
  • Machete (2010).
    Dir.: Ethan Maniquis & Robert Rodriguez.
    Cast: Danny Trejo. Robert De Niro. Jessica Alba. Lindsay Lohan. Don Johnson. Cheech Marin. Jeff Fahey. Steven Seagal. Michelle Rodriguez.

Lindsay Lohan has also been featured in a number of television productions, notably in guest roles in That '70s Show and Ugly Betty.

As an aside, this week's Friday movie at the Hugh Hefner mansion doesn't star Lindsay Lohan. Instead, Hefner & friends will be watching Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant in Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember.

Lindsay Lohan nude photo © Playboy (website).

Lindsay Lohan Freaky Friday image: Walt Disney Studios.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 with Daniel Craig Rooney Mara. David Fincher enters controversyThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Here's one movie-related controversy not involving Lindsay Lohan: David Fincher and producer Scott Rudin, both responsible for the 2011 remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, have been at odds with The New Yorker film critic David Denby, who published a review of the film ahead of time.

David Fincher sides with 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' producer

In other film news, David Fincher, director of the upcoming thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and of the Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network, has – not unexpectedly – sided with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo producer Scott Rudin in the latest email-exchange leak that has had the Web abuzz, Twitter BFFs turning into Twitter mortal enemies, and some wondering how much of this fracas is a publicity ploy to enhance visibility for the potential Oscar contender starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.

Below is Fincher's take (via the Miami Herald) on Rudin's email spat with film critic David Denby – a result of Denby's breaking The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's review embargo in The New Yorker.

I think Scott's response was totally correct. It's a hard thing for people outside our business to understand. It is a bit of a tempest in a teapot. But as silly as this may all look from the outside – privileged people bickering – I think it's important. Film critics are part of the business of getting movies made. You swim in the same water we swim in. And there is a business to letting people know your movie is coming out. It is not a charity business. It is a business-business.

This is not about controlling the media. If people realized how much thought goes into deciding at what point can we allow our movie to be seen, they would understand. There are so many other things constantly screaming for people's attention. I started shooting this movie 25 days after I turned in The Social Network. We have been working really hard to make this release date. And when you're trying to orchestrate a build-up of anticipation, it is extremely frustrating to have someone agree to something and then upturn the apple cart and change the rules – for everybody.

Changing the rules

Rules had been initially changed when Rudin and distributor Columbia-TriStar agreed to allow members of the New York Film Critics Circle to watch The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before anybody else. Even so, the film failed to win any of the NYFCC awards.

Fincher added that he was against the early screening: “Embargoes … Look, if it were up to me, I wouldn't show movies to anybody before they were released. I wouldn't give clips to talk shows. I would do one trailer and three television spots and let the chips fall where they may.”

Scott Rudin, for his part, has vowed that David Denby will no longer be invited to screenings of his films.

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' cast

Besides Rooney Mara in the title role and Daniel Craig, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also features:

Robin Wright. Stellan Skarsgård. Embeth Davidtz. Joely Richardson. Goran Visnjic. Julian Sands. Elodie Yung. Geraldine James.

Veteran Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music; Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Last Station, 2009).

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the original (2009), Swedish-made international blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Män som hatar kvinnor (lit. “Men Who Hate Women”) stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo image: Anders Linden / Columbia-TriStar.

Mike Leigh Berlin Film Festival Jury President: Remembering clash with Isabelle Adjani at Cannes juryMike Leigh to be Berlin Film Festival Jury President. No Mike Leigh film has taken home the Berlinale's Golden Bear, but Happy-Go-Lucky was in contention in 2008, eventually earning star Sally Hawkins that year's Best Actress Silver Bear. More than a decade ago – in 1997 to be exact – Leigh was a jury member at another European film festival, the one in Cannes, where he clashed with Jury President Isabelle Adjani, best known as the star of François Truffaut's The Story of Adele H., Bruno Nuytten's Camille Claudel, and Patrice Chéreau's Queen Margot. The first two titles earned Adjani Best Actress Academy Award nominations; the latter two earned her the Best Actress Prix César.

Mike Leigh to head Berlin Film Festival Jury

Less controversial film news (maybe): Mike Leigh will chair the jury of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Among the 68-year-old filmmaker's best-known efforts are Naked, Vera Drake, Another Year, Happy-Go-Lucky, the Oscar-nominated Secret & Lies, and the New York Film Critics Circle's 1999 Best Film winner Topsy-Turvy.

“Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding film-makers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema,” the festival said in a (somewhat convoluted) statement. “Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countless international awards and several Oscar nominations.”

Oscar 'nobody, persona non grata'

Writing for The Guardian/The Observer, Leigh said the following about Secrets & Lies and the Oscars:

Secrets & Lies then went on to be nominated for five Oscars, my first nominations. We lost out on everything to the blimmin' [The English Patient], which seems horrid to say now that poor Anthony [Minghella] is dead, but I wasn't very happy at the time. You get so caught up in the hype of the whole thing when you're out there in LA that when the big night comes you really want to win, badly. And if not getting the call from Cannes is painful, well, at the Oscars, the minute you haven't won, you're nobody, persona non grata. It's quite amazing.

Winning some, losing some

In 1993, Mike Leigh won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Naked, starring David Thewlis. Three years later, his mother-daughter drama Secrets & Lies, featuring Best Actress Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn, won the Palme d'Or.

After being snubbed by the powers-that-be at Cannes, Vera Drake won the Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, in addition to earning Leigh a Best Director BAFTA and Imelda Staunton a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Four years later, Happy-Go-Lucky earned Sally Hawkins the Best Actress Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

And earlier this year, Another Year earned the filmmaker an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Even though his movies are purportedly made without an actual shooting script, Leigh has been shortlisted five times in that particular Oscar category (and after each Oscar night became nobody, persona non grata).

Mike Leigh vs. Isabelle Adjani

In 1997, Mike Leigh served as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival, where he found himself at odds with Jury President Isabelle Adjani. In his The Guardian piece, Leigh recalled:

“I was on the jury during Cannes's 50th birthday, in 1997, the year after Secrets and Lies won. Everyone was brilliant, except for the president, Isabelle Adjani, who's just not so bright.”

The 1997 Palme d'Or winner was Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. In addition to Adjani and Leigh, the “brilliant” Cannes jury included Gong Li, Nanni Moretti, Tim Burton, Mira Sorvino, and Michael Ondaatje.

The Berlin Film Festival will be held from Feb. 9–19.

Mike Leigh photo: Gerhard Kassner / Berlin Film Festival.

Slavery By Another Name: How numerous black Americans remained de facto slaves well into 20th centurySlavery by Another Name. Based on Douglas Blackmon's book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, Sam Pollard's documentary chronicles how de facto slavery remained a reality of life in the American South long after the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Written by Sheila Curran Bernard, the documentary is narrated by Laurence Fishburne.

Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition

In other film festival news, below is a partial list (and shortened synopses) of movies in competition for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Documentary category.

The Invisible War / U.S.A. (Dir.: Kirby Dick) – An investigative and powerfully emotional examination of the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military.

Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present / U.S.A. (Dir.: Matthew Akers) – Marina Abramovic prepares for a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

ME at the ZOO / U.S.A. (Dir.: Chris Moukarbel & Valerie Veatch) – Chris Crocker … is considered the Internet's first rebel folk hero and at the same time one of its most controversial personalities.

The Other Dream Team / Lithuania, U.S.A. (Dir.: Marius Markevicius) – The 1992 Lithuanian National Basketball Team went from the clutches of Communism to the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

The Queen of Versailles / U.S.A. (Dir.: Lauren Greenfield) – Jackie and David were triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America … when their timeshare empire falters due to the economic crisis.

Slavery by Another Name / U.S.A. (Dir.: Sam Pollard) – As slavery came to an end with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place.

Love Free or Die: How the Bishop of New Hampshire is Changing the World / U.S.A. (Dir.: Macky Alston) – An openly gay bishop refuses to leave the Church or the man he loves.

We're Not Broke / U.S.A. (Dir.: Karin Hayes & Victoria Bruce) – As American lawmakers slash budgets and lay off employees … multibillion-dollar corporations are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax.

Slavery by Another Name image via slaverybyanothername.com.

Jaws Bruce the Shark Steven Spielberg: Universal Studios Orlando ends rideJaws star Bruce the Shark and Steven Spielberg. Universal Studios Orlando is getting rid of the Jaws ride in order to come up with something to compete with rival theme park Islands of Adventure. One of the biggest box office hits in history, Jaws turned 36 years old this year. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the 1975 release starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. The film itself was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; its cast members and director, however, were not.

'Jaws' ride axed at Universal Studios Orlando

And finally … Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror actioner Jaws may remain one of the biggest blockbusters ever – if inflation is taken into account. In fact, it's no. 7 at boxofficemojo.com's inflation-adjusted list of top domestic box office hits, having sold enough tickets to guarantee more than $1 billion in current dollars.

But that's not enough for Universal Studios Orlando, which will be sending Bruce the Shark packing in order to bring visitors something NEW and EXCITING – and to better compete with fellow Universal amusement park, Islands of Adventure. See below (via Facebook).

Hey fans, we want you to be the first to know… JAWS! and the Amity area will officially close on January 2 to make room for an exciting, NEW, experience we're planning for you. We know you love JAWS! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of Amity here at Universal Orlando for 20 years, it's a VERY important part of our history. So, we've got a couple things planned to ensure we always remember and honor it. We know it's hard to say goodbye, but we can't express how EXCITED we are about the new, innovative & amazing experience we're going to be bringing you.

New & exciting mystery

What that new ride will be remains unclear. But one thing you can be sure of (if park executives have a modicum of sense): the new and exciting Universal Orlando attraction will not be based on the Universal-distributed Cowboys & Aliens, Paul, The Dilemma, Tower Heist, The Change-Up, Larry Crowne, Sanctum, Your Highness, or Dream House.

Now, what about a Bridesmaids ride? This Kristen Wiig comedy was one of the studio's few 2011 hits. They just gotta remove the R-rated swear words and sexual innuendos and … to make it family (and investor) friendly.

'Despicable Me' ride

As per The Baltimore Sun, Universal Studios' next new and exciting attraction is scheduled to open next year. It'll feature a 3D ride based on Despicable Me.

Whether that'll be as “exciting” as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” remains to be seen. Probably thanks to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the Harry Potter amusement area has been one of Islands of Adventure's chief attractions since its 2010 debut.

'Jaws' on the box office chart

Oh, and in case you were wondering … Ahead of Jaws on the inflation-adjusted chart are:

  • The David O. Selznick-produced, Victor Fleming-directed Gone with the Wind (1939), a perennial Civil War favorite starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland.
  • George Lucas' cartoonish sci-fier Star Wars (1977), toplining Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.
  • Robert Wise's Alpine musical The Sound of Music (1965), with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker.
  • Steven Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), with Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, and Dee Wallace.
  • Cecil B. DeMille's all-star biblical epic The Ten Commandments (1956), with Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner, Yvonne De Carlo, Edward G. Robinson, and John Derek.
  • James Cameron's mix of love story and disaster movie, Titanic (1997), featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and veteran Gloria Stuart (The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man).

What? No Avatar? That's no. 14 – and even further down the list, if you were to take into account actual ticket sales (because of box office-inflating 3D surcharges).

Bruce the Shark and Steven Spielberg Jaws publicity image: Universal Pictures.


         
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