Lindsay Lohan Will Not Get Out of Jail Time, Says Expert
"It's county jail. If she were a regular Jane Doe, she might get processed out in 23, 30 days. But the county knows it's going to be looked at. They don't want people to say she got out too fast," believes leading Hollywood-based celebrity attorney Debra Opri. She considers it more likely that the trouble-plagued starlet will serve 60-70 percent of her sentence for violating the terms of her probation on counts of driving under the influence and reckless driving.
"It's going to be hell on earth," adds the lawyer known for numerous high-profile clients including the Jackson Family and James Brown. "I don't think there's going to be any special treatment, but they will take steps to protect her. Many people in there would like to say, 'I beat up Lindsay Lohan'" — or worse.
Opri is definitely part of the camp that believes Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel's harsh sentence will ultimately prove beneficial for the 24-year-old, who flouted the law by missing seven court-ordered alcohol counseling sessions (not to mention the obscenity she had painted on her middle fingernail at her hearing this week). "In my opinion, she will survive this and will be like Robert Downey Jr. She is too good of an actress, too good," says Opri, who'd love to see Downey meet with Lohan. "I believe she is going to overcome the addictions and thank the judge eventually. If it weren't for this, the system's tough love, she would die of addiction. She was headed for death in a matter of years."
When Lohan went through rehab in 2007, her one-time movie mom, Jamie Lee Curtis, told us that "I have great confidence in her talent, and I have great confidence in her intelligence and in her ability to make good choices."
Curtis herself went through her own lost period with cocaine and booze — though certainly never as publicly or with the severity of Lohan. She has talked about bonding with her father, '50s matinee idol Tony Curtis, by doing cocaine together over a period of time. When she realized the habit had become destructive and decided to quit, their closeness evaporated for years — but she became wildly successful in both her personal and professional lives. Here's hoping Lohan looks to her example.
WHERE THERE'S A WILL: Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Bridget Moynahan and other members of their "Blue Bloods" series company are migrating from West to East Coast over the next couple of weeks. The forthcoming CBS show — about a family of police in New York City — will shoot in New York with a cast consisting mostly of L.A. actors. So everyone's moving in advance of the July 26 production start, at least temporarily.
Former "American Dreams" and "Reunion" actor Estes, who is playing the scion of the Reagan police clan, tells us he'll be staying on in the Big Apple at least six months. "I've always wanted to try living in New York, and I've had a secret — well, not so secret — wish to play a cop, so this is two dreams wrapped up in one," he says.
Estes says he was "really excited" about the "Blue Bloods" project as soon as he read the script — not even knowing that the show was created by "Sopranos" veteran executive producers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green. Nor did he know until later that Selleck and Wahlberg were aboard. There was a long, grueling casting process to go through before he finally learned the job was his, he says. "I waited and waited, days and days. I finally said, 'Just stop calling me. Don't tell me I'm still in the mix anymore. Just tell me if I got it,'" he recounts.
If he and his cast mates look like a real family group sitting around a dinner table in the pilot, attribute it to good acting. "We didn't have any rehearsal or prep time to get the family dynamics" before shooting on that scene commenced, according to Estes. "It was a fun process, kind of getting thrown in. I have a friend who has worked with Donnie Wahlberg, so I felt I knew him a little bit, but never had any interaction with Tom Selleck or Bridget Moynahan. Once we all get our sea legs, I think it's going to be phenomenal."
INDUSTRY BITS: With "Entourage" and "Hung" production wrapping for their respective seasons, stars Jeremy Piven and Thomas Jane are gearing up for filmmaker Mark Pellington's "I Melt With You" — and what a movie it sounds like it is bound to be. Pellington, who is known for his work with bands from U2 and Nine Inch Nails to Bruce Springsteen, is also the director of such spine-tingling fare as Richard Gere's "The Mothman Prophecy" and the Jeff Bridges-Tim Robbins suspense thriller, "Arlington Road." His latest foray into the big-screen scene is being described as "an exciting low budget artistic, almost experimental film" and also as "an explosive dark ugly piece of work about men and a promise made and fulfilled."
Jane also has a date with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore ahead — their "L.O.L." movie about a mother and daughter who get dumped by their men at the same time. Ashley Greene of "Twilight" fame is in the comedy as well.
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