Though Lindsay Lohan got mixed reviews on her “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig this weekend, Hollywood insiders – who watched the troubled star extremely closely – mostly liked what they saw.
“She got slammed on Twitter and Facebook and all over social media,” said a longtime studio pro. “But the people who actually can give her jobs – at least the ones I talked to – said she did a fine job and had several truly funny moments.”
The biggest problem for some industry observers was the obvious way LiLo read her lines off cue cards.
“All the ‘SNL’ kids do that, of course, but Lindsay was really kind of bad at that. I know they change scenes and lines right up to when the show goes live in New York, but that seeming lack of focus is something that directors and producers would be worried about,” added a second source, a top Hollywood casting director. “It really seemed very evident when she did that house-sitting skit with Kristen Wiig going crazy over imagined crank calls.”
A close Lohan friend who has stuck with her during her long battle with drugs and her attendant legal problems said the ultimate proof “will come from how she does with that Elizabeth Taylor Lifetime film and other projects that are said to be in the works. Lindsay is a talented actress and as long as she stays sober, she’ll be great.”
That friend liked Lohan’s “very funny” opening monologue Saturday night, “with both her self-deprecating jokes about her problems and the other cast members checking her out.”
â€ Lohan’s rift with Michael Lohan (top) reportedly continues. An “SNL” source claims a call by the actress’ dad right before the show was not put through to her, at her team’s request. “It was clear they didn’t want him to do anything to upset her – even if all he was going to say was ‘good luck!’ ”
â€ Lindsay’s mother, Dina Lohan (bottom), was telling everyone afterward, “Wasn’t she great? Wasn’t she hilarious?!” But the well-known stage mother wasn’t happy about the cue card issue – reportedly saying they didn’t position those cards for LiLo “as well as they do for the regulars on the show.”
Mama Lohan was said to be especially unhappy with the “Rude Buddha” bit, starring Andy Samberg as a sex-obsessed, smart-aleck version of the religious thinker. “She just didn’t think that segment was all that funny,” said a show insider.
LOCAL LIGHT: Director Beverly Siegel’s “Women Unchained,” the documentary she co-produced with fellow Chicago native Leta Lenik, will have its Chicago premiere Sunday at Spertus Institute. Narrated on camera by Mayim Bialik, the film chronicles the experiences of Orthodox Jewish women whose husbands refuse to grant them a “get,” a Jewish divorce. The film was shot all over the country and in Israel, with comments from Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Chicago’s Sholom Congregation in Lakeview and and Darryle and Michael Gillman of Lincolnwood.
STAR WATCH: Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, the wife of actor and filmmaker Edward Burns, will be in town this spring for a screeningof her directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry,” a documentary focusing on four pregnant women in underdeveloped countries. The movie highlights the deaths of hundreds of thousands of women annually from pregnancy complications caused mostly by the lack of access to basic health care. The April 16 event at the Gene Siskel Film Center will be sponsored by Lifeway Foods and its CEO, Julie Smolyansky, who works closely with Turlington Burns and her Every Mother Counts campaign to reduce maternal mortality around the globe.
POL PATTER: Ex-Munster resident Georgette Mosbacher – who soared from switchboard operator to cosmetics mogul (La Prairie, Borghese) and major GOP fund-raiser – is said to be thinking of a big run for office. The New York press is blabbing about Mosbacher’s interest in seeking Olympia Snowe’s Senate seat, now that the moderate Maine Republican has announced her retirement.
The hitch: Mosbacher, the New York-based ex-wife of the late Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher, has only until March 15 to establish Maine residency.