Lifetime’s decision to pair its original film Whitney with the specials Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances turned out to be a masterful plan as 11.8 million viewers tuned in throughout the night’s events.
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After months of speculation about Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, the first trailer is here — and shows both the singer’s professional highs and personal lows: One moment she’s singing “I Will Always Love You” in a sparkly dress onstage; the next she’s engaging in a screaming match with Bobby Brown.
Yaya DaCosta, a one-time America’s Next Top Model Contestant, plays Houston in the Angela Bassett-directed film. Bassett, who’s making her directorial debut with Whitney, wanted to focus on Houston’s relationship with Brown, one that was often perceived as tumultuous. “I really just want to tell a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love,” Bassett told EW in June. READ FULL STORY
Lifetime premiered their Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, Saturday night — and Twitter responded with disappointment.
The film is based on Christopher John Farley’s Aaliyah: More than a Woman, a biography of the singer who died in 2001 at age 22. Lifetime’s project has been the subject of controversy since the beginning: Aaliyah’s parents, vocal about their disapproval of the film, prevented Lifetime from acquiring the rights to Aaliyah’s music — so none of the late singer’s songs are included in the movie.
Then Zendaya Coleman, who was set to play Aaliyah, dropped out in June amid criticism that her biracial heritage was not right for the role of a black woman. (Alexandra Shipp later took on the part.)
Between production holds and rights issues, the film’s existence is itself an accomplishment — but not exactly a quality one, according to watchers who took to Twitter to post their reactions.
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Actress Brittany Murphy died of cardiac arrest in 2009, but the upcoming Lifetime movie about the star claims Murphy died of something other than heart problems.
In a trailer for the film, titled The Brittany Murphy Story, Murphy (played by Amanda Fuller) shields her eyes from camera flashes and fumbles with pill bottles as the title screen displays dramatic phrases like “afraid for her life” and “the suspects,” suggesting the film will focus on speculations that Murphy was murdered. READ FULL STORY
Lifetime has found its replacement for Zendaya Coleman.
Alexandra Shipp will play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (working title), EW has confirmed. The planned film is set to premiere this fall and will be executive produced by Debra Martin Chase and talk show host Wendy Williams.
Willams broke the news earlier today when she tweeted:
Shipp’s previous film credits include Nicklelodeon’s House of Anubis, and guest appearances on Awkward, Switched At Birth, and Victorious. Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up) was originally cast in the lead role, but the 17-year-old actress dropped out of the project in June. Coleman, whose “Replay” spent 21 weeks on Billboard Hot 100, was originally set to sing in the film as well. No word yet on whether or not Shipp will also sing in the film.
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B is based on Wall Street Journal editor Christopher John Farley’s biography on the late singer Aaliyah: More than a Woman.
Rob Lowe is heading to Lifetime, but his character’s lifetime is literally going to be cut short.
The network announced Monday that Lowe will star in its latest based-on-a-true-story movie, Beautiful and Twisted. Set in the ritzy world of Miami excess, the film from Sony Picture Televisionwill feature Lowe as Ben Novack Jr., a millionaire heir to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune. When he’s found brutally murdered, police work their way through the tangle of intrigue surrounding his marriage to Narcy (Spanish actress Paz Vega), whom they identify as a prime suspect. Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) will portray Ben’s mother, Bernice.
Tyra taught her to smize, but will Yaya sing too?
EW has confirmed that Yaya DaCosta, who made her television debut in Cycle 3 of America’s Top Model, has been cast to play Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic. The Brown graduate (as she frequently reminded us on the show) has made a name for herself since taking second place in the modeling competition, nabbing acting roles in All My Children, Ugly Betty, House, and even Lee Daniel’s The Butler.
'Petals on the Wind' stars talk whirlwind filmmaking -- and whether they're rooting for Christopher and Cathy
If you own a television, chances are you’ve seen either Rose McIver or Wyatt Nash pop up on it at some point in the last few years. She’s had notable roles on Masters of Sex and Once Upon a Time; he’s appeared on Pretty Little Liars and Rake, and was also a contestant on Survivor: Redemption Island in 2011. (Back then, Nash went by his given name, Matt Elrod; he switched to his middle name and Nash, for Nashville, after leaving the show. “I kind of wanted to start at ground zero and really work my way to where I am now,” he explains to EW. “I didn’t want to use [my experience on Survivor] as a leg up.”)
But even if you’re familiar with either actor’s work, you’ve never seen them like this before: playing grown-up siblings Cathy and Christopher Sheffield (formerly Dollanganger), a pair of blonde bombshells who are secretly in love with each other. READ FULL STORY
Lifetime has begun early development on a film documenting the incredible true story of Michelle Knight.
Tentatively titled The Michelle Knight Story, the film will explore the story of Knight, who in 2002 at the age of 21 was abducted by Ariel Castro in Cleveland and held as a prisoner in his home alongside Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus for over 11 years before escaping last May. At the time of her kidnapping, Knight was a single mom fighting for custody of her two-year-old son.
Knight’s story joins a long list of previous true stories adapted by Lifetime, including Bonnie & Clyde, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, and Liz & Dick. Stephen Tolkin (Brothers & Sisters) is writing the script.
Variety first reported the news.
'Petals on the Wind' trailer: Thought 'Flowers in the Attic' was nuts? You ain't seen nothing yet -- EXCLUSIVE
A brief, uber-dramatic recap of Flowers in the Attic? Check. A shot of Heather Graham in a gorgeous ball gown, torching her ancestral home with an ornate candelabra? Brother-boning, ballet, and literal petals on literal wind? Check, check, and mate.
In short: Why are you not already watching the very first trailer for Petals on the Wind, Lifetime’s juicy followup to its smash hit Flowers in the Attic adaptation? The film features returning stars Graham, Ellen Burstyn, and Dylan Bruce, as well as Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash in parts originated by Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye. (The sequel picks up 10 years after the events of Flowers, meaning it’s really an adaptation of the second half of Petals. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, because the second half of Petals is just as insane as the first.)
Check out the deliciously melodramatic teaser below, all set to the haunting strains of Kelly Sweet’s take on “In the Air Tonight” — or risk Withered Old Ellen Burstyn haunting your dreams forevermore. READ FULL STORY
Ready to see grown up Cathy and Christopher?
Here are the first two character images from Lifetime’s Petals on the Wind, the sequel to ratings sensation Flowers in the Attic. Plus, we can also exclusively reveal the film’s premiere date: Scrap your Memorial Day plans, because you’re going to watching Petals on the Wind Monday, May 26 at 9 p.m.
The film stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time) as Cathy Dollanganger and Wyatt Nash (Pretty Little Liars) as her brother/secret attic lover Christopher Dollanganger. These two young-ish Flowers parts were recast because the sequel picks up a decade after the conclusion of the first film. Heather Graham also returns as their mother Corrine, while Cathy’s new boyfriend is played by Will Kemp (90210).
One photo shows a family portrait with a trio of blue-eyed Dollangangers decked out in swinging retro threads. Cathy in particular looks rather intense, doesn’t she? Then there’s a photo of Cathy and her abusive dancer paramour Julian, a relationship that leads her to confront the forbidden romance she had with her brother in the first film. Ellen Burstyn and Dylan Bruce will also reprise their roles in the film as grandmother Olivia and Corrine’s husband Bart, respectively.
UPDATE: Above is a revised, final image from the studio.
Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks…
It’s not just a disturbing nursery rhyme! Now the true story of how Lizzie Borden murdered her parents (or did she?) in the summer of 1892 is being brought to Lifetime, with Christina Ricci as the eponymous Lizzie. The true-crime case captured national attention when it first happened, proving that Americans obsession with scandalous and sordid tales is nothing new.
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax also stars Billy Campbell as Borden’s lawyer, and Clea DuVall (Argo) as her sister. The TV movie — with the perfectly pun-y tagline “It’s time to bury the hatchet” — will premiere on Lifetime Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.
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