Lindsey Lohan a no-show at the Venice Film Festival

VENICE, ITALY - Lindsay Lohan is a no-show at the Venice Film Festival, where she was expected to promote the erotic thriller `'The Canyons."

Director Paul Schrader told reporters that he was `'a free man," adding:  "For the last 16 months I've been hostage, by own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress."

Neither Schrader nor Lohan's publicist gave a reason for the last-minute cancellation.

Lohan plays the girlfriend of an LA movie producer, portrayed by adult movie actor James Deen, who together engage in erotic encounters with couples found on the Internet.  The movie is being shown out of competition Friday.

Schrader said Lohan `'stepped up very hard" for the role.

Lohan, 27, has been plagued by legal and substance abuse problems.  She completed her latest court-ordered stay in rehab in July

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