August 16th, 2010
04:07 PM ET
There's big outrage today after Lindsay Lohan’s mother said Lindsay did not deserve to serve jail time for violating probation.
Dina Lohan was grilled by the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer about her daughter’s bad behavior, asking whether or not she or Michael Lohan have done enough to keep her out of trouble. Dina called it all “propaganda,” and said that Lindsay’s situation has been “blown out of proportion.”
Staffers at the "Showbiz Tonight" meeting this morning were all in agreement that Lohan is in complete denial and should take at least some responsibility for Lindsay’s drama.
In that same interview, she revealed that Lindsay might actually be allowed to check out of rehab early and avoid serving the full 90-day rehab sentence. Is that just a big mistake? We’ll debate that today on the show, and you can join the debate by voting in today’s "Showbiz" poll: Lindsay Lohan’s parents: Who has done a better job of protecting her? Lindsay’s mom, Lindsay’s dad, or neither?
Another big story we’re following today is the box office showdown between Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” versus Julia Roberts’ “Eat, Pray, Love.” “The Expendables” earned more than an estimated $32 million, while “Eat, Pray, Love” pulled in over an estimated $23 million. But the idea that a Julia Roberts movie could open behind a film based on a comic book with aging action stars got us wondering if Roberts is losing her golden touch. What do you think? Could “Eat, Pray, Love” prove to be bad news for Roberts?
We were also buzzing about Oprah Winfrey and her new OWN network this morning after new reports say Discovery Communications is putting in $89 million more into the network. As a result, Winfrey is reportedly going to have a bigger on-air presence on the network. But could this mean that Winfrey's network is already struggling? Is the queen of daytime talk getting a raw deal, or is she taking too many risks – especially hiring Rosie O’Donnell to join her venture? There will be Winfrey controversy and more on "Showbiz Tonight," live at 5 p.m. ETn on HLN.
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