Sideshow: Lindsay Lohan resists father's insistence on returning to rehab

Posted: October 23, 2012

Watch out! Here comes the Lohan Follies. Again.

We're a month away from the premiere of her cable TV movie, Liz & Dick and, like clockwork, Lindsay Lohan has unleased her unique marketing campaign: To be featured in every sleazy tabloid story possible.

First, there's her beef with dad, Michael. TMZ says LiLo plans to retaliate against MiLo for trying to stage an intervention at her house. Convinced she is in trouble with drugs and alcohol again, dad insisted LiLo go to rehab and wouldn't leave her house on Friday.    

LiLo, 26, had the cops remove da and plans this week to file an order of protection against him.

In sweeter news, LiLo has found a new man to cheer her on. Literally: The feller, Josh Chunn, 25, is a former University of Louisiana cheerleader. Chunn who grew up to become a fitness trainer, says he's helping LiLo get back on track. "I think I'm the best influence on her," the modest lad tells the New York Daily News. It hasn't been easy.

"I've been trying to get Lindsay to focus. But how do you get her to focus with all the stuff going on around her?" he asks.

But he's optimistic. "She's a strong girl. She's cleaning up," he tells the News. "I just want her to be OK. I want us to be OK." OK?

Box office not so supernatural

It was a relatively slow weekend at the movies. People went for the scares (or snoozes, depending on your tastes): Katie Featherston found footage haunting Paranormal Activity 4, which made $30.2 mil in its opening weekend to take the top spot on the box office chart.

Iran hostage drama Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, was at No. 2 with $16.6 mil, according to studio estimates. It has made a respectable $43.2 mil in 10 days.

Cartoon Hotel Transylvania was at No. 3 with $13.5 mil. The Liam Neeson thriller Taken 2 ($13.4 mil) and Tyler Perry's latest, Alex Cross ($11.8 mil), rounded out the top five.

Robert Zemeckis in Phila.

Writer, director, and producer Robert Zemeckis, 61, creator of the Back to the Future franchise and director of The Polar Express, will discuss his life and work with film critic Carrie Rickey at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kimmel Center. For tix and info visit http://kimmelcenter.org/.

Zemeckis will be in town to support his new pic, Flight, at the Philadelphia Film Festival at 7 p.m. the same evening. Festival info: www.filmadelphia.org/festival.


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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