The Word: More bad reviews for Lindsay Lohan's London run

Lindsay Lohan attends an after party following the press night performance of "Speed The Plow" at the National Liberal Club on October 2, 2014 in London, England. Lindsay Lohan attends an after party following the press night performance of "Speed The Plow" at the National Liberal Club on October 2, 2014 in London, England.


Lindsay Lohan's London stage debut is out of previews and officially opened, but the critical response has not improved. Mark Shenton, writing for "the Stage," says Lohan is "clearly out of her league and embarrassing on stage, still calling for prompts," while Quentin Letts of the "Mail Online" calls her turn in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" a "travesty of art" and criticized the show's producers because they "sold their art for a potage of notoriety." Even the positive reviews feel like backhanded compliments, like Michael Billington's "Guardian" review that praises Lohan for a "perfectly creditable performance"


Still, Lohan's got some influential fans on her side, like Oprah Winfrey, who stopped by backstage after a performance. I guess any bad feelings they had over the Lohan-focused reality series Winfrey produced are behind them.




Prince William to photogs: 'Leave my kid alone'

If anyone can successfully take on the paparazzi — or, in this case, one individual paparazzo — it's Prince William. His Kensington Palace office announced William and wife Kate Middleton have "taken legal steps to ask that an individual ceases harassing and following both Prince George and his nanny as they go about their ordinary daily lives," according to a royal statement. William and Kate "understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit, but while he is young he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible." Seems reasonable enough, but that "as ordinary a life as possible" bit has got to be on a pretty impressive sliding scale when you're talking about a member of the royal family. Still, points for effort.

Zoe Saldana would've preferred some trousers for 'Star Trek'

The indignities some actresses suffer for the sake of entertainment. Zoe Saldana admits that her "Star Trek" uniforms often boldly go a bit too far up the thigh. "I just remember always being exposed no matter how hard I would try," Saldana says, according to E! News. "I would tell [costume designer] Michael [Kaplan] that we had to work on this and [he would say], 'But it looks so cute.'" Tough to argue with, that. So how did Saldana know that the skirts might be a little too revealing? Her helpful co-stars. "I kept being reminded by all my male cast members that I was flashing," she says. I would sit down and it be like, 'Oh, Zoe, cross your legs.' And I would say, 'They are crossed.' 'Well, then put something over that because I'm just seeing everything.'"

Robert Downey Jr. has one 'Iron Man 4' condition

You want more "Iron Man" movies starring Robert Downey Jr.? Well, he's got some very specific demands. While the "Avengers" star has previously said a fourth "Iron Man" standalone film was out of the question, he agrees with Deadline's idea that he'd be up for it only if Mel Gibson directs. "Why not? That movie would be bananas," Downey says. And Downey knows something about having a rocky past to get beyond. "I think it was just the very worst aspects of somebody's psyche being treated as though they were the blanket statement about a person," he says of Gibson's troubles. "Because he is so gifted as a storyteller and a director, I don't know that he requires some sort of mass forgiveness."

Sandler taking his fart jokes to Netflix

Adam Sandler is going instant. The "Jack and Jill" star is set to produce and star in four films premiering exclusively on Netflix, bypassing a theatrical run, Netflix announced. "When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only. Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks," Sandler said in a statement. "Let the streaming begin!" Netflix, which has already found success in producing original television and documentary content, is moving aggressively into the feature film world. The Sandler news comes shortly after an earlier announcement that the service is teaming with the Weinstein Company to produce a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

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