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Lindsay Lohan Is Returning to TV, and This Could Be the Low-Key Comeback Vehicle She Needs

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Lindsay Lohan is heading back to television, but she’s doing it across the pond.

The “Mean Girls” star has landed a role on “Sick Note,” a British comedy series that will air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV sometime this year. The show has already been renewed for a second season, which is when Lohan is slated to show up.

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“Sick Note” stars Rupert Grint as Daniel Glass, whose life hasn’t been going so well lately. He’s struggling to care about his dead-end job with his demanding boss Kenny West (Don Johnson) and is also in failing relationship. It all comes to a head when he’s diagnosed with esophageal cancer, supposedly a fatal case. Upon learning the news, everyone begins to treat Daniel better, and as a result he becomes far more invested in his life.

Unfortunately, Daniel discovers that he was misdiagnosed by the incompetent Dr. Ian Glennis (Nick Frost). On the advice of the oncologist, Daniel decides to keep the truth a secret and perpetuate the charade. What could possibly go wrong when you’re lying about having a fatal disease?

Lohan will play Katerina West, the daughter of Daniel’s boss. According to IMDb, she’ll appear in at least the first three episodes of the second season. Lohan posted the news on her Instagram and Twitter accounts a few days ago, accompanied with a picture of her costars Grint and Frost.

 

“Sick Note” is co-created by Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz. Jo Sargent is an executive producer, while Sarah Fraser is a producer and David Jargowsky and Scott Aukerman are consulting producers.

Lohan has had far more misses than hits in her career. After a promising start in soaps and then films like “The Parent Trap,” “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls,” her life started to spiral out of control due to alcohol abuse, family and behavioral issues, and even a DUI. Although she continued to land jobs, the work was inconsistent and later, her issues interfered sometimes with her ability to perform her duties. Some of her most recent critical failures were starring as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie “Liz & Dick” and the indie erotic thriller “The Canyons.”

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Despite all of her problems though, Lohan’s abilities as a performer often shine through. They’ve set her apart from contemporaries like Hilary Duff, who is charming and entertaining but hasn’t delivered the nuanced performances that Lohan has. She’s been shown to have an instinct for hitting the right emotional notes and great comic sensibilities. Even Meryl Streep, who co-starred with Lohan in “A Prairie Home Companion” once said, “She’s in command of the art form. Whatever acting is — I don’t know what it is — she’s in command of it. I think she could do anything she puts her mind to.”

This is all to say that Lohan has the ability if only she keeps the rest of her life under control. That’s a big “if,” judging by how much of her career has been derailed before. Nevertheless, “Sick Note” could be the comeback vehicle to get her back on her acting feet. It’s not big enough to require that she carry the weight of a leading role, but it’s not an insubstantial cameo either. Plus, she can do humor. A quirky, somewhat dark British comedy is low-key enough to not put on the pressure, but just interesting enough to let her show off her ability. At only 30 years old, Lohan could still have a strong acting career ahead of her if she fights for it.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched

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The first shows for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begin tonight, and there’s every expectation that is will be the biggest-opening, top-grossing domestic release of 2017. At a minimum, we’re looking at a $200 million opening, with $225 million very likely.

With strong holiday playtime following the first 10 days of release, a multiple of at least three times its opening is possible, which could propel to the domestic take to around $700 million.

Yes, it’s going to be huge — but there’s a few records it might not beat. Here (with adjusting numbers to 2017 values) are some comparable numbers that “Jedi” will easily best, and a few that seem unlikely.

Top domestic grosses of 2017: YES

“The Last Jedi” should find the opening numbers easy to beat, and it’s hard to imagine it won’t be the best-performing movie of the year.

Film Studio Opening Gross Domestic Total
Beauty and the Beast Disney $174.8 million $504 million
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Disney $146.5 million $412.6 million
It Warner Bros. $123.4 million $389.8 million

 

Best opening weekends in the “Star Wars” franchise: MAYBE

The bigger opening numbers in recent years can be tied to more seats available, pre-buys, and overall moviegoing habits.

Title Year Opening Box Office
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $254.5 million
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 $157.6 million
Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith 2005  $151.1 million

 

Best domestic gross for the “Star Wars” franchise: MAYBE

This includes reissues. “Star Wars” is the #2 film of all time, while “The Force Awakens” is the biggest success in the last 20 years. To be as high as fifth on the all time “Star Wars” list, “The Last Jedi”  would need to do 78 percent of the total for “The Force Awakens,” and significantly better than “Rogue One.”

Title Year Total Box Office
Star Wars 1977 $1.591 billion
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $965.5 million
The Empire Strikes Back 1980 $876.8 million
The Return of the Jedi 1983 $840.0 million
The Phantom Menace 1999  $757.4 million

 

“The Fate of the Furious”

Top international grosses for 2017: NO

The two most recent “Star Wars” films weren’t top among overseas release in their years. In 2015, “The Force Awakens” was second to “Furious 7,” though it did gross over $1 billion overseas. “Rogue One” was eighth best among 2016 releases, grossing $524 million. Expect “The Last Jedi” to gross somewhere in between, unlikely to be better than third best for the year.

Title Studio Total
The Fate of the Furious Universal $1.010 billion
Wolf Warrior 2 Beijing Jingxi Culture & Tourism Co. $864.9 million
Despicable Me 3 Universal $767.8 million
Beauty and the Beast Disney $759.5 million
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Disney  $622.3 million

 

Top worldwide grosses for 2017: YES

This looks entirely doable. “The Force Awakens” made over $2 billion, “Rogue One” a little over $1 billion; expect this to do more, both at home and overseas.

Title Studio Total
Beauty and the Beast Disney $1.264 billion
The Fate of the Furious Universal $1.236 billion
Despicable Me 3 20th Century Fox $1.033 billion
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony $880.2 million
Wolf Warrior 2 Beijing Jingxi Culture & Tourism Co.  $870.3 million

 


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