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Lindsay Lohan Cancels Europe Trip on Oprah Winfrey’s Advice

Lindsay Lohan has cancelled a planned trip to Europe after Oprah Winfrey warned she would be tempted back into drinking during a sun-soaked break in Italy.

The troubled actress, who recently completed a 90-day stint in rehab, was due to fly to Italy to promote her film The Canyons at the upcoming Venice Film Festival later this month.

However, Winfrey claims the Mean Girls star has now decided not to go after the media mogul gave her some advice at the end of their taped chat for Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Speaking on America’s TODAY show, Winfrey says, “At the end of the interview, I said to her, ‘Look, I have some concerns ’cause I hear you’re going to Europe. And I just came from Europe, and Europe is the place to go when you want to feel really good and relax. It’s very hard to go to Capri and not have a Bellini’.

“I was saying, if I were you I would think about it. So she texted me and said, ‘Yes, I will think about it. But, look, I’ve already paid for it.’ And then I just heard this morning she’s decided not to go. Isn’t that good? That she’s decided to stay here (in America) and work on herself? I’m so proud of her for that decision.”

Winfrey also revealed she hopes Lohan will let the public see her struggle to rebuild her life during an upcoming fly-on-the-wall reality TV show which she is filming for the TV titan’s OWN network.

She adds, “I’m anxious to see whether or not this young woman, who is a really, really fine actress, will be able to allow us into her life and let us see the trajectory of trying to put the pieces back together.”

Lohan has been in and out of jail and rehab in recent years, and her latest stint in a clinic in California was ordered by the courts after she pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a car crash last summer.

Her interview with Winfrey will air in the U.S. on 18 August, and her reality show is set for broadcast early next year.

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Charlie Sheen Challenges TV Writer In Hard-hitting Interview

Troubled Charlie Sheen used a U.S. TV interview recorded over the weekend (26-27Feb11) to challenge the creator of his suspended show Two And A Half Men as their war of words turned really nasty.

In the Today Show interview, which aired in America on Monday, the actor was asked what he’d like to say to writer Chuck Lorre, who has been battling Sheen publicly for weeks.

Sheen promptly produced a series of question cards, stating, “It’s funny you’d ask; I have the questions right here.”

He went on to reel off questions directly into the camera, asking Lorre why he had cancelled the remainder of the sitcom series in the wake of Sheen’s rehab and health woes.

He accused Lorre of laziness, suggesting the writer had used Sheen’s problems to shut down the show – because he had no new episodes written.

The actor’s most pertinent question: “When you were told that the crew would suffer gravely as a result of your dictatorial laziness would you please explain what you meant by your statement, ‘They are not my problem’.

“I’m sure there’s, like, 120-something people that would love to hear the answer to that.”