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Malin Akerman replaces Lindsay Lohan in porno flick

Malin Akerman at this year's TIFF (Image: Karon Liu)

So much for Lindsay Lohan’s comeback. After much chatter that her forthcoming role as a 1970s porn star would prove her acting chops, she’s been booted off the film because of a prolonged stay in rehab. Her replacement: Ontario’s very own Malin Akerman. Akerman, who was in Toronto during TIFF to promote The Bang Bang Club with co-star Ryan Phillippe, was born in Sweden but grew up in Southern Ontario and attended York University. In Matthew Wilder’s Inferno, she’ll play Linda Lovelace (of Deep Throat infamy), who claimed her husband forced her into pornography.

Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Inferno’ Replacement: ‘Couples Retreat’ Star Malin Akerman [PopEater]

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House of the Week: $10.8 million for a Bridle Path bungalow once graced by Ryan Phillippe

ADDRESS: 78 The Bridle Path

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Bridle Path–Sunnybrook–York Mills

AGENT: Elise Kalles, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage and Ross Anicai, Home Market Realty Inc.

PRICE: $10.8 million

THE PLACE: Ray Civello, owner of the Civello chain of salons, has put his Bridle Path bungalow up for bids. The modernist monolith features five bedrooms and six bathrooms in 10,000 square feet of space. The place could be dubbed The Entertainer: there’s a retractable 15-foot movie screen, an in-ground pool, a dining room that easily seats 12 and an industrial kitchen.

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Bang Bang on the Bridle Path: inside the after party with Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman

Toronto's own Malin Akerman arrives at a private residence on the Bridle Path last night for the Bang Bang Club after party (Image: Sonia Recchia/Getty Images )

Toronto’s rich and not-so-famous mingled through the house that hair built Wednesday night at the after party for Ryan Phillippe’s South African photojournalist drama The Bang Bang Club. Ray Civello, owner of the Civello salons and the man behind many of Aveda’s Canadian institutions, threw the soirée at his Bridle Path residence. A dashingly suited-up Phillippe sank into the white leather sofas of the VIP quarters, overlooking the home’s wide-open courtyard, joined by his Canadian co-star Malin Akerman. One guest remembered when the 32-year-old actress was slinging drinks back at Bar 606. “I remember when she used to clean the bathrooms,” she says. “She was King Street before it was King Street.”

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman walk the red carpet at the premiere of The Bang Bang Club

Actors Malin Akerman and Ryan Phillippe arrive for the premiere of The Bang Bang Club at Roy Thomson Hall (Image: Karon Liu)

At last night’s premiere of The Bang Bang Club—a Canadian–South African collaboration about real-life war photographers Kevin Carter, Joao Silva, Greg Marinovich and Ken Oosterbroek’s experiences in South Africa during the late Apartheid period—fans raved over hottie headliners Ryan Phillippe (who plays Marinovich) and local girl Malin Akerman (who plays a photo editor based on the real-life Times picture editor Robin Comley). The only problem was that the crowd couldn’t quite get Akerman’s name right. We heard “May-lin,” “Maa-lin” and a few “Marlins” as the crowd attempted to lure the former York University psych student away from the cameras to sign autographs. Finally, one of the red carpet organizers yelled out, “She’ll probably come back if you say her name correctly!” Akerman never did return to the fan pit.

For the record, it’s “Mall-in.”