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Lifetime suggests Brittany Murphy was murdered in new biopic trailer

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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

Fists fly in trailer for 'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story'

What was it like to be a television star in the early 1990’s? Well, for the teens made popular by Saved By The Bell, it seems like it was complicated. And that’s exactly why Lifetime is premiering The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, a made-for-TV movie that tells the unauthorized behind-the-scenes story of fame at a young age.

In a new trailer for the film, we get an extended glimpse at some of the same hormone-induced drama featured in the movie’s first clip—only this time, there’s a motorcycle, a pool party, and at least one fist fight. Clearly, someone needs to call Mr. Belding.

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Lifetime to air 'The Brittany Murphy Story'

Nearly five years after her death, Brittany Murphy’s story is getting the small-screen treatment.

EW has confirmed that Lifetime will air The Brittany Murphy Story next month. Starring Amanda Fuller as Murphy and Sherilyn Fenn as Murphy’s mother Sharon, the film follows the young actress’ career, from her breakout role in Clueless to dealing with the attention that comes with being a part of Hollywood.

According to the film’s description, “The relentless rumors and paparazzi coupled with Brittany’s insecurities about her appearance and desperation for approval wreaked havoc in her personal life. Through it all, Sharon remained her grounding force but her enduring love wasn’t enough to save Brittany from the dark side of life in Hollywood.”

The Brittany Murphy Story premieres Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

Whitney Houston's mom speaks out against upcoming biopic

Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother, is speaking out against Lifetime’s upcoming biopic about her late daughter. In a statement to Entertainment Tonightshe said her family is “exhausted by the continuing misinformation” and pleaded to “let [Whitney] rest.”

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Zendaya Coleman exits Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic

Lifetime has confirmed that Zendaya Coleman, the 17-year-old best known as the star of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up! and as a breakout on Dancing With the Stars, will no longer be starring in the cable channel’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (working title).

“We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold,” the network’s PR team confirmed Sunday on its Twitter feed. The casting of Coleman, whose own 2013 single “Replay” spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, was announced June 16. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston biopic director Angela Bassett talks casting, drugs, family, and Bobby Brown

Ever since Angela Bassett announced she would direct a Lifetime film on beloved singer Whitney Houston, diehard fans—and most of the Internet—have speculated on nearly every aspect of the film. Who would play Houston, with her prodigious voice and winning smile? Would her daughter Bobbi Kristina appear in the movie? Would her family be involved? How would her ex-husband, singer-songwriter Bobby Brown, be depicted? And what of Houston’s death in 2012—would that make it to the small screen? READ FULL STORY

Lifetime will adapt Stephen King's 'Big Driver' into a movie starring Maria Bello

Maria Bello will star in a Lifetime movie adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novella Big Driver. The movie will also star Olympia Dukakis, Grammy nominee Joan Jett, and Will Harris (Sky High). This project is the first collaboration between King and Lifetime. READ FULL STORY

'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story' is coming to Lifetime

Too bad a bell can’t save them now.

Five years after Saved by the Bell‘s Dustin Diamond wrote Behind the Bell, his tell-all book that revealed secrets of the Bell set, EW has confirmed that Lifetime is airing The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story. Although the project is completely separate from Diamond’s book, which included accusations of threesomes, drugs, and more, the new television movie will focus in on the same subject matter: The on-set life of the hit series that ran from 1989-1993. According to a press release, the film “delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky-clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen.” READ FULL STORY

Grumpy Cat to star in Lifetime Christmas movie

Is Grumpy Cat going to replace the Grinch?

Internet-famous Grumpy Cat is going Hollywood: The unimpressed cat will star in a Christmas movie this year on Lifetime, EW has confirmed.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, written by Tim Hill (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jeff Morris, will center on a pet-store cat who is constantly overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Show of hands: Up until this moment, who thought Grumpy Cat was actually a guy!?) READ FULL STORY

'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

Former 'Walking Dead' showrunner developing series based on 'The Omen' for Lifetime

A little boy named Damien is once again about to haunt your dreams, but this time on the small screen.

The young boy from the classic 1976 horror film (and 2006 remake) The Omen is now an adult facing his true destiny as the Antichrist in Damien, a new TV series in development for Lifetime from former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of the project with Mazzara writing the script and executive producing under his overall deal with Fox Television Studios. In addition to already being a horror expert thanks to The Walking Dead, Mazzara also created the movie-to-TV adaptation of the Academy-Award winning film Crash for Starz.

Damien is a follow-up to the Antichrist story based on the original film that starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as parents who secretly adopt the baby of a mother who died at the same time of their own child’s birth, only to learn that their son Damien is the Antichrist. The original spawned two sequels and later two movie adaptations in the ’90s. A 2006 remake starring Julia Stiles and Liev Schreiber grossed over $100 million worldwide.

Lifetime adapting 'The Red Tent' into miniseries starring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson

Lifetime is the latest network to order Bible-themed programming, announcing a miniseries adaptation of Anita Diamant’s bestselling novel, The Red Tent.

The two-night event stars Minnie Driver (About a Boy), Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), and Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) in the expanded saga of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who was only briefly mentioned in the Old Testament. Production begins this month in Morocco.

Ferguson plays Dinah, who spends her formative years in her tribe’s red tent, a women-only sanctuary where she learns about her family’s traditions and turmoil. The story recounts her father Jacob’s (Glen) courtship of her mothers Leah (Driver), Rachel (Baccarin), Zilpah, and Bilhah. The tale continues with Dinah’s own experiences with love and a devastating loss that changes the fate of her family.

Winger portrays Rebecca, Jacob’s mother; Tudor stars as Joseph, Dinah’s brother. READ FULL STORY

Lifetime orders 'The Sisterhood', a reality show about nuns

The life of a nun is something few people really understand, but Lifetime is looking to change that.

EW has confirmed that Lifetime has ordered six hour-long episodes of The Sisterhood, a new unscripted series that will follow five woman who have to decide whether they want to become nuns.

For The Sisterhood, cameras will be allowed inside a Catholic convent, where each woman will work and live before making her decision. Cameras have been granted access to the women in both the “discernment phase” and the “accelerated program,” which, according to the network, “will truly test their devotion.” Will they take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience? You’ll have to watch to find out. READ FULL STORY

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