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Lindsay Lohan Survives Flour Assault

James Hirsen By Tuesday, 18 November 2008 09:48 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Lindsay Lohan Survives Flour Assault
2. Elton John Slams Prop 8, Lauds Civil Unions
3. Tim Robbins Gripes the Vote
4. An Unbelievable Hollywood Screenplay
5. Michael Moore Changes Theme of Upcoming Film

1. Lindsay Lohan Survives Flour Assault

In Paris, anti-fur activists lie in wait for Lindsay Lohan outside a club on the Champs-Elysees.

Suddenly the actress is showered with flour.

An attacker screams, “Lindsay Lohan — fur hag!” as Lohan tries to brush the white powder away.

“Lindsay was mortified and then furious,” a bystander tells the Associated Press.

The flour thrower reportedly is connected to animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which routinely attacks celebrities who don fur garments.

Lohan made PETA's annual “Worst-Dressed List” this year.

PETA issued a statement saying: “Lohan has enraged animal lovers by appearing in at least two different fur coats in recent days, despite PETA's repeated pleas that she consider how animals suffer for every fur garment and stop wearing their skins.”

Evidently, PETA Europe's Robbie LeBlanc approved of the assault on Lohan.

“There is nothing remotely fashionable about the torture and death of animals killed for fur. Lindsay Lohan might be able to ignore images of bloody animals skinned alive for their pelts, but we hope a dash of flour will help her rise to the occasion and forsake fur once and for all,” LeBlanc says.

If the law on assault and battery is enforced, the flour powdering is going to cost the attacker a sack full.

2. Elton John Slams Gay Marriage Ban, Lauds Civil Unions

Elton John and David Furnish may have had a ceremony to solidify their commitment, but John recently let the world know, “We're not married. Let's get that right. We have a civil partnership.”

John distanced himself from the protests that are taking place in cities across the United States. “What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage,” he said.

John and Furnish came to the U.S. for the annual benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

“I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership,” John advised.

“The word 'marriage,' I think, puts a lot of people off. You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships,” John added.

Hosting the dinner-fundraiser was CNN's Anderson Cooper, who hasn’t indicated whether he agrees with the legendary rocker.

3. Tim Robbins Gripes the Vote

Tim Robbins created a bit of a scene on Election Day.

Apparently, the actor’s name wasn’t on the list at the New York YMCA on West 14th Street when he arrived.

After being offered the opportunity to vote with a paper ballot, Robbins refused and went to court to force election officials to allow him to use the voting machine.

“This is just one example of how difficult it is to vote in the US,” Robbins groused to the press.

According to a letter sent to Robbins, a recent change of address may be to blame for the polling place confusion.

Robbins already tried to dispel the notion that it was in any way his fault, claiming that he voted in 2006 without incident and that the address the board referred to is an office.

“I have never voted at this place they claim I'm registered at,” Robbins told the New York Post. “I think they are trying to cover their tracks.”

Maybe William Shatner needs to look into the matter.

4. An Unbelievable Hollywood Screenplay

A new script is rumored to be making the Hollywood rounds.

Here’s the plot:

In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, a senior New York Democratic senator pens a letter, which ultimately leads to a run on a bank called IndyMac.

Then, mere weeks before Election Day, the Treasury secretary warns that a market meltdown is inevitable if his plans to address the crises are not immediately implemented.

He also scares the president, Congress and nation half out of their wits with terrifying talk about catastrophic economic consequences that will ensue if a $700 billion bailout bill is not passed pronto.

He speaks, too, of an outright economic collapse if Congress fails to act. He tells the country that the money must be used to buy assets from financial institutions — or else.

A sufficient degree of fear is generated for the Treasury secretary’s demands to be met.

But intriguingly in the process, the political dynamics of the presidential race are altered. The Dem candidate assumes the lead and ultimately scores an Election Day victory.

Immediately following the election, the Treasury secretary announces that his rescue plan — the one so urgently needed — isn’t necessary after all.

Is the bailout bill negated? No.

It turns out that the $700 billion won’t be used to buy troubled assets, which the public was told would fix the ailing credit market, but instead will be sent to banks and finance companies, which handle credit cards and auto loans. The Treasury secretary explains that this is the fix the credit market needs. No talk about how it will encourage people to buy more stuff that they can’t afford.

Since banks were the ones originally designated for the bailout bucks, the Treasury secretary additionally allows companies to become banks, so they can ride the gravy train, too.

How are things faring for the Hollywood-D.C. screenplay? Not too well.

Studio execs are passing on the script because it’s just too unbelievable, according to veteran Hollywood insiders.

5. Michael Moore Changes Theme of Upcoming Film

Michael Moore is trying to keep his faltering filmmaker career alive by changing his upcoming documentary into a flick on the global financial crisis.

When Paramount Vantage and Overture first announced Moore's film in May 2008, it was presented with a focus on foreign policy.

But as the big news shifted toward the economy, Moore began describing his movie as one dealing with the global financial crisis and the U.S. economy.

Moore has also changed the conversation from the film being a sequel to “Fahrenheit 9/11” to a follow-up to his first filmmaking effort, “Roger & Me,” which focused on the economy and auto industry.

The yet untitled movie is still in production with a targeted release of spring 2009.

Industry insiders question whether Moore's patented attack dog mock-umentary approach will continue to be as viable as during the Bush years. The election of Barack Obama has eliminated one of the motivations that filmgoers had to buy tickets for Moore’s theatrical releases, which greatly depended on Bush-GOP hatred.

Maybe some budding filmmaker can work on a script, “Paulson & Me.”

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Lindsay Lohan Survives Flour Assault2. Elton John Slams Prop 8, Lauds Civil Unions 3. Tim Robbins Gripes the Vote4. An Unbelievable Hollywood Screenplay5. Michael Moore Changes Theme of Upcoming Film 1. Lindsay Lohan Survives...
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 09:48 PM
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