Lindsay Lohan's workplace gets a union checkup

Matt Lauer (left) might soon have a new co-host on the "Today" show, as NBC is reportedly looking to replace Ann Curry (right). Associated Press
Matt Lauer (left) might soon have a new co-host on the "Today" show, as NBC is reportedly looking to replace Ann Curry (right). Associated Press
Posted: June 22, 2012

It looks as though Lindsay Lohan has triggered a workplace-safety issue.

Two Hollywood unions are scrutinizing Lindsay's TV movie "Liz & Dick" after the actress tweeted that she was exhausted because of long production days.

That would be too much Liz and not enough Dick.

Larry A. Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lilo as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found in the SAG-AFTRA review.

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed that its representatives visited the production. It said it "will continue to visit" to enforce guild rules.

"We have spoken with representatives from the company, and they are fully aware of their contractual obligations. We will ensure that all applicable penalties will be paid," the guild said in a statement.

In a statement, Thompson said a SAG-AFTRA representative "was totally fine with everything" she found during shooting Tuesday at a Los Angeles estate. He was told that there had been no complaints from guild members and that the visit was prompted by "tweets and comments in the media," he said.

Lohan was treated last week by paramedics for exhaustion and dehydration. She posted on Twitter: "Note to self... After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion & ... 7 paramedics MIGHT show up."

"Liz & Dick" is expected to wrap principal photography at the end of June after about four weeks of shooting at Southern California locations standing in for Europe.

The house used Tuesday is serving as the Italian villa Taylor occupied while filming "Cleopatra," Thompson said.

If Lindsay Lohan can be Elizabeth Taylor, there's not much reason why a house in L.A. can't be a villa in Italy.

In other Lifetime news, former Disney star Kyle Massey ("Dancing with the Stars"), his brother Christopher and mother Angela have sued the producers of "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp,"

E! Online says the Masseys contend the show was their idea and they even began shooting a series with Bristol in L.A.

"It is unfortunate that after months of trying to resolve this matter the professional way, we were left with no other course of action than to take legal action to protect ourselves," Angela Massey said in a statement. "If you read the entire complaint, and particularly pages 8-11, you will see how we created the show, registered the show and did all the leg work to bring this idea to TV and to the defendants, who stole our concept."

The show could have used a little Massey charm. The first episode flopped.

A hurry to can Curry?

NBC is reportedly looking to give "Today" co-host Ann Curry the boot.

Curry, who has been with "Today" since 1997, replaced Meredith Vieira last June as Matt Lauer's partner. He agreed to a long-term contract this spring to stay with the show.

But with "Today" in a rare ratings battle, someone needs to be blamed.

It's unclear whether Curry, who looks amazing for 55, will remain with the morning show if and when she's axed as co-host.

Savannah Guthrie, 41, who co-hosts the show's third hour, is at the top of the list of Curry's possible replacements.

But Kathie Lee Gifford is a force of nature and may not be denied.


"Dead Man Down," the Colin Farrell movie shooting in Philadelphia, has been given a release date by distributor Film District — April 5. Mark your calendars.

Radiohead has postponed part of its European tour after a stage collapse in Toronto killed the band's drum technician, Scott Johnson.

A statement posted on the band's website Thursday says they are dealing with grief from the accident and practical considerations that have forced them to postpone shows in Italy, Germany and Switzerland scheduled through July 9.

The band said the collapse destroyed its light show, which will take weeks to replace.

Hip-hop and fashion mogul Russell Simmons, who's in Israel on the invitation of Israeli President Shimon Peres, says the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is like "a rap beef" that can be resolved through dialogue and understanding.

"A little trust, and it's over," he said.

And thus ends thousands of years of fighting.


Celebrity baker Duff Goldman, the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," on Thursday opened Duff's Cakemix, a make-your-own-cake shop next to his Los Angeles bakery Charm City Cakes West, where novices and experts alike can dabble in fondant, cake tattoos and airbrushed designs.

"With the pottery places, you've got this plate sitting around for a while," Duff said. "With this, you make a cake, you take it home, you invite a bunch of friends and you eat it."

Alec Baldwin denied punching a New York Daily News photographer during a confrontation outside a marriage-license bureau.

"If I had punched him, I would be in jail right now, rightfully so," Baldwin said during an appearance on David Letterman's "Late Show" on Wednesday. "I kind of pushed him out of the way because he almost hit me in the face with the camera."

A joking Baldwin noted that in the Daily News picture of his confrontation, he appears to be forming the letter "f" with his mouth. "What I'm saying is, ‘What f-stop are you using on the camera?'"

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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