Can these Hollywood careers be saved?
From Hartnett to Hudson, we offer advice to 22 floundering Tinseltown talents
Career high point: "Mean Girls"
Career low point: Take your pick. We'll just go with "I Know Who Killed Me."
How to fix it: Step one: Obey the law, regularly. As if you were a normal person. Step two: Remind directors and audiences that the precious talent behind "Freaky Friday" and "The Parent Trap" and "Mean Girls" hasn't vanished. Posing for Playboy? Not a good career move. Convincing Lorne Michaels to let you host "Saturday Night Live"? Brilliant. Go to NYC and be the most professional, eager-to-please host they've EVER had. Show a Melissa McCarthy-esque willingness to laugh at yourself and do anything for a punchline. Get people saying, "Wow. She's not bad." And then repeat that level of professionalism in selling yourself to the best directors in town and making it clear that you're willing to do anything to appear in a mainstream film with a legitimate script and, preferably, a legitimate director. It may not be easy, but we'd much rather celebrate a Lindsay Lohan comeback than have her as a sad cautionary tale.
- Daniel Fienberg