NEW YORK — Snuggled into a VIP booth at the Coffee Shop in Union Square, Lindsay Lohan escaped the icy air to kick off the Napster to Go Cafe Tour, surveying the downloading scene while dishing about her musical preferences, her next video and an upcoming role alongside Meryl Streep.
Like other partygoers reveling in their goody-bag glory, Lohan had also received an MP3 player, but many people wouldn't guess what she'd fill it with. "Probably some Al Green. I was just listening to some of [his music] the other day. I really enjoyed it," she said. These days Lohan's musical choices are as varied as all the projects she is trying to juggle. "I'm kind of [obsessed] with the 'Garden State' soundtrack and Damien Rice. ... I am also a big Tom Petty and Journey fan. I also like hip-hop."
With "Herbie: Fully Loaded" out June 24, Lohan already has two more movies lined up. First will be the Robert Altman ("Gosford Park," "The Player," "Nashville") film "A Prairie Home Companion," a behind-the-scenes look at the popular radio show, in which she will play Meryl Streep's daughter. "I think we're pushing it to July. I have to go to Japan for my album and everything, so that's exciting. You know, I'm all over the place," she said, adding that she'll likely take that trip to Japan in April.
Lohan's next film, "Fashionistas," will have her in the role of a young designer. That picture will not begin shooting until after "A Prairie Home Companion," as the script isn't finished, according to the actress — who also just finished a flick (alternately called "Lady Luck" and "Just My Luck") with Chris Pine ("The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement") and Samaire Armstrong ("The O.C.") in New Orleans.
Lohan is everywhere, and her video, "Over," is no different. Still nestled at the top of the "TRL" countdown, she attributes the success of the song to her siblings. "I think my brothers and sisters vote for it," she joked. "I came up with the idea for that, and I wrote the treatment with the director. And I felt so proud of doing that, because I actually got to act in it" (see "Lindsay Lohan Finds Her Inner Rock Chick In New Video").
Her follow-up single is likely to be the title track off her debut album. "I believe it's going to be 'Speak,' and I think that Francis Lawrence is directing it, so we're working on the treatment now," she explained. Lawrence, who directed the Keanu Reeves film "Constantine," is best known for videos including Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right," Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For?" and Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River."
Lohan also expects to work her musical talents for the "Herbie: Fully Loaded" soundtrack, including a cover of "Life Is a Highway," Tom Cochrane's peppy 1991 hit.
Although Jessica Simpson's "Dukes of Hazzard" movie comes out the same day as "Herbie," Lohan isn't feeling any competition. Asked to handicap the Love Bug and the General Lee in a fictional race, Lohan was diplomatic. "Well, Herbie's magical. Actually, they'd have a tie. Let's hope for a tie, and no one's hurt."
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