How Lindsay Lohan Can Turn a Life Low Point Into a Career High

Lohan's still got a lock on playing the lead in "Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story" -- the biography of the porn star that Lohan was purportedly promoting at the Cannes Film Festival in May when she should have been in court. This week, the movie's writer and director told the Los Angeles Times he's backing Lohan "100 percent."

"Not moving on, not recasting, not under any circumstances," Matthew Wilder wrote in an e-mail to the Times, adding that the movie is "fully financed" and under no threat of falling apart.

Considering the nature of Lohan's upcoming performances, she could stand to gain from a little real life grit.

"If she's going to be in a movie playing a porn star, this isn't the type of thing that's going to hurt her," Dergarabedian said. "If she were pursuing more Disney-esque roles, it would be a problem."

Music

Lohan's past singles, like 2004's "Rumors" and 2005's "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" touched on her crazy life in the limelight with amateurish, poppy beats. In 2007, after signing with Universal Motown, she tried her hand at rap, rhyming about how she likes "it how I like it when I like it" in "Bossy."

Her third album fell by the wayside the following year. If really she wants to grow up and go gangsta, now's the time.

"Come out with a rap single," suggested Ed Steinberg, producer of music videos for artists including Madonna and U2 and founder of the RockAmerica production company. "The most logical one, and the most commercial one, would be a Lindsay rap song about being in the joint, or whatever term she can come up with. The other focus could be not on jail but how she got there -- the absurdity of what led to her incarceration. This is classic music video fodder; the trial, the media circus."

TuPac, Biggie, Lil Kim, T.I.... LiLo? She could -- maybe, just maybe -- count herself among the rap and R&B stars to turn a prison sentence into a paycheck if she partners with the right producer.

"Hooking up with Dr. Dre would be the number one choice," Steinberg said. "He would match her up with the right type of people to translate her misery. She should definitely write a song, or at least lyrics that someone else can take and make into a good song."

But if rap's not the path Lohan's pursuing anymore, as her just-leaked ballad "Too Young to Die" suggests, Steinberg offered another route to the top of the Billboard 100:

"Get Justin Bieber. Do a duet."

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