Liz & Dick – Why We’ve Forgotten Lindsay Lohan IS Such A Good Actress

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It’s very easy to forget that youth is a time for reckless abandon; partying, finding yourself (sometimes with the wrong person and in the wrong place at the wrong time), buying those shoes, handbags or what not that you know is way over your budget but not giving a damn because you had to have them, breaking up over and over with a boyfriend or girlfriend you know is toxic, but they’re hot and the sex is great (or so you think), drinking way too much, puking your guts out, passing out in your clothes and make-up, waking up later that morning feeling like warmed over death, only to do it all over again the next night because that’s what young people do.

Lindsay Lohan is no different from any other out-of-control youth who thinks she’s got it ALL under control. No one can tell a young person shit and I was no exception. But here’s the thing, she’s an addict and as an addict with a self-destructive personality, she has to stay away from certain stressors and triggers that can negate any progress she’s made. Lindsay left Los Angeles waxing poetic about how LA is too this and too that. So now she’s in New York and guess what, her ass is in a jam yet again. Why, because she hasn’t really embraced who she is in regards to her addiction. Nothing is under control in her life until she owns up to her addictions and completely exorcises the things and people who keep pulling her down into the abyss. Unfortunately we may keep seeing the Lindsay headlines until, and I’m hoping this will never happen, there will be a final tragic headline lamenting her untimely death.

When she was younger, Lindsay was heralded as a great young actress in the making and I still think her talent is there. However, the Hollywood powers-that-be and the public’s patience, has run short. We live in an instant gratification society. Our attention span is mega-short and we’re always looking for the next great idea, hot gadget, newest gizmo and “it boy and it girl”. That’s the reality of a social media driven world and a 24 hour news cycle.  If she wants to salvage what’s left of her career, it’s time for her to be honest with herself and those around her about what’s important. She’s 26 yrs. old now and yes that’s still young enough to turn her life around, but how many chances does one person get?

During the press junket for “A Prairie Home Companion”, Meryl Streep was asked about Lindsay and her talent.  Meryl, who is considered the grande dame of the Hollywood elite, had nothing but praise and hope for Lindsay to achieve her full potential. When you have an Academy Award winning actress of Streep’s caliber pulling for you, you need to seriously step back and reflect on where you’re going wrong. But in true Lindsay form, she got into more trouble and continued her descent.

Fast forward to the present, here we are with la Lohan playing one of the most beloved and iconic actresses of the golden era of Hollywood, albeit on Lifetime, but it is a step in the right direction or so we thought. What happened during the filming of Liz and Dick, Lindsay gets into another car accident and of course, as usual, it wasn’t her fault. And by the way, someone needs to take away her keys or a judge needs to order her not to drive because Ms. Thang is a menace, but that’s just a mini rant on my part…couldn’t help it.

Even the woman she’s portraying had her share of foibles, missteps and bad judgement, but Elizabeth Taylor faced it all with class, grace and dignity. She never blamed anyone but herself for her headline making bad behavior and that’s why she was always forgiven. In contrast, the only time Lindsay shows a modicum of contrition is when she’s in court trying to stay out of jail and even then, she’s as phony as Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage.

When the announcement was made that she was staring in Liz and Dick, I admit I was skeptical at first because I love myself some Elizabeth Taylor and thought there was no way under the sun Lindsay could pull that off. Then I started thinking, this is a young woman who is immensely talented and why not? I actually started pulling for her. If the reviews are good and the audience watches (in droves for cable and satellite), then this could be the catalyst needed to propel her into better projects.

Since the news broke on her latest arrest, which may threaten her probation in Los Angeles, I’m about ready to throw in the towel. New York was supposed to be a fresh start, away from the rabid paparazzi and here we go again. It’s obvious that Lindsay has no one looking out for her best interests and now it may be time for the book to be thrown at that noggin. If the charges stand up in court, at this point, the only thing I feel will be a jolt to her system is cooling her heels in the gray bar motel for a good long time.

Liz and Dick has one major hurdle to overcome and that’s…Lindsay Lohan.  What a pity that such a fascinating story about the love affair of the 20th century had to be marred by a young woman who is the train wreck of the 21st century. But isn’t that what Hollywood loves…building people up only to tear them down and make a movie about the result? Let’s just keep hoping that if a move is ever made about Lindsay Lohan’s life, it won’t be a tragedy but a triumph.

UPDATE:  10/13/2012 – Lindsay and her mom had this big argument with accusations lobbed like scud missiles at each other. It seems that Lindsay gave her mother 40 thousand dollars to save her home from foreclosure. Lindsay turned to her father for comfort (big mistake) and was betrayed by him releasing the tapes of their conversation to the media. Is there any doubt why Lindsay is screwed up…look at her parents.

The Endeavor Sighting! How Cool!!!

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I acted like a kid today when I saw the Space Shuttle Endeavor circling over my neighborhood in Los Angeles. Then I saw it again as I was on my way to a meeting. What an amazing sight! I understand that all things must change, but knowing that this is an end of an era makes me sad. I long for the days when a nation could be glued to the TV and look in complete awe at the possibility of space travel.

Those were the days!

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On the Set and a Hot Mess…

I would love to wake up in the morning, roll out of bed and look as though I’ve just stepped off the pages of Vogue. Hair and make-up done to perfection, beautiful designer clothes draped on my body like the finest spun silk. But in reality, my hair is all over my head (unless I have on a do-rag), morning breath in full effect, one eye is half closed causing me to bump into the obstacle course that is my bedroom, on the way to the bathroom for my morning look into the mirror of horror.

Once I finally get through the trauma of my morning ritual, I get my jolt of caffeine…Coca Cola baby, and by then I can move on with my day. I am truly lucky to have a variety skills that takes me to many places including TV and movie sets. It’s not all red carpets, doing lunch, movie premieres, fashion shows and slick Hollywood parties. There are people who make the stars look good when they’re up on the big screen or that dreaded HDTV and I’ve been fortunate enough to be one of them.

I thought that I would share some of the more interesting photos of me doing my thing on the set. WARNING….WARNING…I look nothing like the Warhol-esque photo on my blog and believe me, it’s just all sorts of wrong. HA..HA..HA..HA..HA..HA..HA!!!

The Scoodie Quick Hit – Weekend Hang-outs

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Every Friday I’ll give my little Scoodies a suggestion on where to drop-in for drinks, food and fun when hanging in Los Angeles or wherever I may be in the World. Tonight its Bar Marmont, located inside the famous or infamous Chateau Marmont Hotel on the fabulous Sunset Strip. This is one of my favorites because you never know who you’ll see…an amateur paparazzo’s wet-dream. Or, if you’re an actor, model or anyone who wants to be seen, this is just the place for you.

You’ll enjoy the posh yet quirky decor, the energetic atmosphere and try one of their signature cocktails like The Jalapeno, The Framboise Savage, The Ginger Rogers or my personal fav, the Sun Goddess – a simply intoxicating mix of Belvedere vodka, Lillet, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, and muddled grapes. It’s smooth, refreshing and will have you seeing quadruple if you’re not careful. Oh, do I remember the days.

As a side note, every time I go there, I feel as though I’ve stepped back in time to the old Hollywood glamour and glory days. I somehow keep wondering if  at any moment, I’ll see the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe or Paul Newman with all the star-power, joie de vivre, elegance and class our present day little camera muggers seem to be lacking. If only the walls could talk, the tales that they could tell must be mind-blowing.

Over the years I’ve bumped into many of today’s celebrities when getting my party on with friends. Hate to name drop but what the Hell, here goes…Lindsay Lohan (before becoming the hot mess she is now), Eva Longoria (texting and gushing over her little French B-baller, pre-divorce of course), Justin Timberlake (who is terribly funny and wildly flirtatious), Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling, Lebron James and entourage, P-Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Combs or whatever moniker he’s going by these days, and even on one rare occasion, Colin Firth, Mr. King’s Speech himself.

So if you’re ever out this way or already live in these parts, drop in and get your party on! But one suggestion, make dinner reservations or stay at the hotel to make sure your entry into this little slice of decadent heaven is locked down.  Hope to see you there!

Bar Marmont

8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Cocktail Bar

(323) 650-0575

Bar Snacks
$8.00

Gougeres

$5.00

House Cured Olives

$5.00

Crispy Chickpeas Zaatar

$7.00

Papadams & Yogurt Dip

$6.00

Pork Cracklins & Pumpkin Ketchup

$8.00

Bacon Wrapped Bourbon Apples

$7.00

Rabbit Rillette Toasties

$7.00

French Fries & 3 Dips

$5.00

Pickle Plate

$6.00

Deviled Egg

Small Plates
((6)) $15.00

Oysters

Bloody mary mignonette
$15.00

Taleggio Macn Cheese

$14.00

Smoked Trout In Crispy Potatoes

Creme fraiche & capers
$15.00

Crab & Avocado

Garlic lime vinaigrette & crispy potatoes
$15.00

Oxtail Bruschetta

Shallot parsley salad
$14.00

Crispy Calamari

Horseradish cream & lemon
$16.00

Garlicky Shrimp

Toast
$13.00

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts

Cippolinis
Main Course
$27.00

Almond Crusted Bass

Caper lemon sauce & haricots vert
$21.00

Sheeps Milk Ricotta Gnocchi

Cauliflower & pinenuts
$21.00

Lamb Ragout & Tagliatelle

Pecorino
$16.00

Damn Good Burger

Homemade ketchup, fries n fixins
$28.00

Grilled Salmon

Spiced lentils & spinach
$27.00

Cider Glazed Pork Loin

Mustard spaetzle
$26.00

Roasted Chicken

Kale & mashed potatoes
$27.00

Cast Iron Flank Steak

Romesco & potatoes bravas
Dessert
$9.00

Salted Pistachio Crumble

Pistachio gelato
$9.00

Coconut Creme Caramel

Pineapple rum granita
$9.00

Vanilla Buttermilk Panna Cotta

$9.00

Chocolate & Dulce De Leche Pudding

$9.00

Welcome To Hollywood Cake

$9.00

Chevre & Hazelnut Cheesecake

$20.00

Three Cheese Board

Buckwheat honey, date & fig jam

Ralph Lauren’s New “Plus-size” Model…Really?

I was reading the headlines today that Ralph Lauren signed Robyn Lawley as his first plus-size model. Robyn is gorgeous…has that familiar Ralph Lauren face which exudes east coast sophistication, summers in the Hamptons, with an equestrian type of vibe, but she’s also 6’2 and a size 12.

According to various sources; Mayo Clinic, Fit Information, BMI Chart to name a few, a woman of her height should weigh somewhere between 144 – 165 pounds. Her size 12, on a 6’2 woman is considered slim. So this brings me to my question…how in the Hell is a size 12, 6’2 woman considered plus-size? I know the fashion industry lives in a world of their own design (no pun intended) and anyone who has actually eaten since the 90’s is considered harpoon ready, but this is ridiculous.

I applaud Ralph Lauren for putting a woman in his campaign that we all don’t want to tie to a chair and feed her butter, but trying to pawn this young woman off as a leader in changing the image of models in an industry that worships eating disorders, is disingenuous. She is well above the average height for American women and just about all women in general. Her size 12 would truly be plus-size on someone 4’11 but on her, it looks natural. Mind you, she doesn’t have that hungry, mad and emaciated look, but in the photos, if you weren’t told that she was “plus-size”, you couldn’t tell.

So this brings me to the last part of my complete bewilderment: Is this what we’ve become as a society? Do we really want our little girls to grow up thinking that if they’re a normal size, then there must be something wrong that needs fixing? I have a god-daughter and three nieces and I for one, do not want them thinking that their value and self-esteem is tied up in how they look.

I don’t want them to look at celebrities, models, magazines, the media, social networking sites and damn near every other commercial on TV, instructing them on how to be beautiful and skinny forever. That feat is impossible no matter how much money you have and how much cosmetic surgery you do, we are not designed to stay frozen in time. But what is extremely disturbing and frightening is that there are all sorts of subliminal and outright blatant messages being sent to young girls earlier and earlier that beauty, not brains, is all that matters. If you’re beautiful, you’ve got it made…hands down.

Then there’s the other layer…the parents who’ve drank the Kool Aid and are pushing their daughters to insanity with their criticisms and their own pursuit of perfection. Oh yes, I’ve witnessed those mothers…giving their daughters breast enhancements and tummy tucks at 16 for birthday presents, criticizing their kids in front of other people about their weight, wanting to live vicariously through their daughters because of their own failed careers in acting, modeling and beauty pageants. And, these are the very people who would find any and everything wrong with Ralph Lauren using Robyn in his campaign because she doesn’t fit the image of a beautiful, sexy, desirable woman. Why…because they’ve been brainwashed so much over the years on what women are SUPPOSE to look like, they’ve forgotten what we ACTUALLY look like.

As I said before, even Robyn isn’t necessarily “normal” according to popular standards and that has more to do with her height than anything else. But at this moment, we’ve got to take what we can get and what we’re getting is a lot better than what we’ve had.

Robyn Lawley Becomes First Plus Size Ralph Lauren Model

Posted: 09/19/2012 3:06 pm Updated: 09/19/2012 5:57 pm

Plus-size shapes have been inching further and further into the mainstream, from magazine covers like Vogue Italia and Glamour to high-end designer lines like Burberry. But Robyn Lawley, one of the most successful plus-size models in the biz, is going where no plus-size stunner has gone before: Ralph Lauren.

Lawley announced her new gig as the first plus-size model for Ralph Lauren on “Good Morning America” today. The size 12 model, who stands at a statuesque 6 feet 2 inches tall, spoke to “GMA” about her journey to get here — how she initially worked as a “straight” model at age 16, felt the pressure to diet and change her body, and eventually hit her stride as a plus-size mode at 19.

Now she’s starring in a new Ralph Lauren campaign, not to mention landingmagazine covers and lingerie ads. (This after her splashy start on the cover of Vogue Italia‘s famous plus-size issue.)

The majority of the industry may still select skinnier-than-thou models, but at age 23, Lawley is representative of the potential success a plus-size model can have. “There are so many plus-size models in New York doing so well at the moment,” she tells “GMA,” “and it’s only going to get better.”

We hope so — if Ralph Lauren could come all this way, we bet other brands can too.

See the gorgeous Aussie in the video above and in her new ads below.

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My Monthly Weigh-in

This morning I did my monthly weigh-in and I’ve lost an extra 7 lbs which makes 20 lbs in total. Yippee!!! Now I have about 20 more to go. I know what some of you must be thinking, but wait a minute, I wasn’t sitting on the couch stuffing my face with cookies and chips, I travel a lot and that caused me to swoop into fast food restaurants, order room service and because of my jet-lag, I didn’t haul my lazy, tired ass to the gym. And good people…it caught up with me big time!

Now I have a regimen I’ve followed for the past 2 months and it includes yoga and aerobic body conditioning on Mondays and Wednesdays, then weight training and water aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So far it’s working and maybe resisting my urge to suck down every fattening thing I get my hands on is helping too? You think?

I’ve never been a big person but once you start creeping up in age…ahem, pounds seem to stick to you like they’ve been super glued….there’s inch pinching, dimples and a muffin top that should NEVER EVER appear on anyone’s body as long as you’re alive on this earth! You wake up one morning and that dress you thought you’d still be hot in, well, you can’t even get it over your breasts (and if by some miracle of nature you can squeeze it over the boobs from Hell)  you can’t button or zip it up. And let me tell you, I’m deathly afraid of surgeons and scalpels, so no nipping and sucking here…Oh Hell no! Let me not forget Botox, that’s just wrong on multiple levels, but I digressed.

I simply believe that it took time for me to blow up and it’ll take time, patience and persistence to deflate. I did this to myself and no one but me has to suffer the consequences of my binges. That being said, I’m off to the gym to suffer with my friends for a couple of hours and hopefully I’ll continue to survive. Peace!

 Obama 1998 Lo…

Obama 1998 Loyola Speech Leaked: ‘I Believe In

Redistribution’ (AUDIO)

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 09/18/2012 5:27 pm Updated: 09/18/2012 5:30 pm

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It turns out Mitt Romney isn’t the only presidential candidate to have a video leak this week.

Fresh on the heels of Romney’s leaked campaign fundraising video, in which the Republican candidate calls 47 percent of Americans “dependent on government” since they don’t pay federal income taxes, a recording from a purported 1998 Loyola University appearance by President Barack Obama has been posted to YouTube.

The sentiments revealed in the more than decade-old Obama video, however, are far different those Romney expressed at a Florida fundraiser this May. Referring to efforts to restore the efficacy of government, then-Illinois state Sen. Obama said:

“The trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some [wealth] redistribution — because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”

A request for comment to confirm the authenticity of the leaked Loyola video was not immediately returned by the Obama campaign.

During his 2008 presidential campaign, some 10 years later, it seemed Obama’s stance on redistribution had changed little. He garnered Republican criticism when he told an Ohio campaign audience, “When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Obama now may be more wary of such language. Earlier this year when the president pushed for the Buffett Rule, a plan that would have raised taxes on the wealthy, he maintained such a tax increase was not designed to redistribute wealth but to spur investment in the U.S. economy.

The Scoodie  – By Sydney Chandler posted on 9/18/2012

Whoever leaked this audio tape really believed they had an Obama “gotcha” moment. Redistributing the wealth and making sure people got a shot…how dare he! Wanting there to be a fair and equal playing field is so incredibly radical

on Obama’s part, it’s disturbing. When did we become a country who didn’t care about it’s own people? I was taught that when you are able to help someone else as you go up the ladder of success…you do it. Now according to the extremist radical right, anyone who isn’t wealthy is lazy…can you get any lazier than people who were born on third base but started bragging like they hit a triple?
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