WHO is comparing Lindsay Lohan to the great Marilyn Monroe?!?!
PAUL SCHRADER, the guy who directed LINDSAY in "The Canyons", says that working with Lindsay was difficult . . . but ultimately WORTH IT.
He says their time together was marked by, quote, "Tardiness, tantrums, absences, neediness, psychodrama."
He says, quote, "[Lindsay] feels she must be experiencing an emotion in order to play it. This leads to all sorts of emotional turmoil, not to mention on-set delays and melodrama."
In that way, he compares Lindsay to MARILYN MONROE . . . in that neither of them had the ability to FAKE IT. Although he thinks Lindsay has more natural talent than Marilyn did.
He calls both of them, quote, "People whose professional and personal performances are more or less indistinguishable . . . They get under our skin in a way that controlled performers can't."
Ultimately though, it was worth it . . . quote, "A director can shoot around misbehavior. He can't shoot around lack of charisma."
WHO will be taking Elizabeth Hassleback's spot on The View?
ELISABETH HASSELBECK is officially leaving "The View" and TODAY is her last episode.
She won't be off your TV for long though. Fox News has announced she'll be joining the morning show "Fox & Friends" in mid-September . . . which makes sense, because ABC reportedly wanted to replace her for not testing well with "The View's" mostly left-leaning audience.
She'll be replacing current "Fox & Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson, who's getting her own one-hour daytime series.
Barbara Walters said quote, "We have had ten wonderful years with Elisabeth, and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good."
There was talk that Elisabeth would be replaced by Brooke Shields, who's been a guest host on "The View" several times. But there's no official word yet on whether that's happening or not.
Next month, Joy Behar is also stepping down, and the leading candidate to replace her is Jenny McCarthy. Barbara is set to retire NEXT summer.
Was Jennifer Lopez homeless?
In a new interview with "W" magazine, JENNIFER LOPEZ talks about struggling when she first started out in show business . . . and how she was HOMELESS for a few months following high school.
When she was 18, J.Lo says she and her mother didn't quite agree on her future. Quote, "I didn't want to go to college. I wanted to try dance full-time. So [my mom] and I had a break . . .
"I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, 'This is what I have to do.' A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked 'In Living Color' . . . It all happened in a year."
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