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'Flowers in the Attic' sequel: Sexy first photos and premiere date -- EXCLUSIVE

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.

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Lifetime's 'Devious Maids' season 2 poster -- EXCLUSIVE

The ladies of Lifetime’s hit series Devious Maids are back – and by the looks of a new poster for season 2, with plenty of oh-so-juicy secrets. READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' star Tony Goldwyn cast as polygamist Warren Jeffs in Lifetime movie

Scandal star Tony Goldywn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s hit soapy drama, has been cast as Warren Jeffs in Lifetime’s upcoming original movie Outlaw Prophet (working title).

Prophet is about Jeffs, the leader of a fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect who was caught after evading authorities for more than a year. It is based on the book When Men Become Gods by Stephen Singular. The film chronicles Jeffs’ rise to power following the death of his father. The scoop was first reported by THR.

'Flowers in the Attic' sequel gets new Cathy: Rose McIver to replace Kiernan Shipka

Is this the face of a beautiful prima ballerina who burns for her beautiful brother — and yearns for revenge against her equally beautiful mother?

Lifetime thinks so. EW can confirm that 26-year-old Rose McIver will star as Cathy in Petals on the Wind, the network’s upcoming sequel to its hit adaptation of V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic. McIver will inherit the role from Kiernan Shipka, who played Cathy from ages 12 through 15 in the first film. The novel on which Petals is based picks up immediately where Flowers leaves off, covering a sequence of events that take place over the course of 12 years; Lifetime’s movie version will take a different approach, beginning a decade after the events of the first movie. (Which is a good thing, since it means viewers will be spared scenes of Sally Draper seducing a 40-year-old man.)

McIver, a New Zealand native, may be known best to American audiences as Vivian Scully on Showtime’s Masters of Sex or Tinker Bell on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. As her Facebook page notes, McIver also used to study ballet and jazz dance — which may come in handy when playing dancer-turned-teacher Cathy. She joins returning Flowers cast members Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn, who will reprise their roles Cathy’s wicked mother and grandmother, respectively.

'Drop Dead Diva' to end this year (really)

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Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva will expire after season 6.

Marking the show’s second cancellation, the series will officially come to a conclusion this year, the network confirmed Thursday. The program starring Brooke Elliott has told the story of shallow model Deb, who died in an accident only to find her soul reincarnated in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized attorney. Lifetime briefly axed the show after its fourth season, then reversed course. READ FULL STORY

Lifetime orders dystopian thriller from 'Children of Men' author

Lifetime is getting into the thriller genre, picking up 10 episodes of conspiracy drama The Lottery.

Written by Children of Men author Timothy J. Sexton, The Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children and the human race is on the verge of extinction. But when a fertility specialist (Marley Shelton) successfully fertilizes 100 embryos, the government sponsors a lottery to find suitable surrogates.

The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” the network’s executive vice president Rob Sharenow said. “Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.”

The series also stars Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story), David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries), and Martin Donovan (Homeland). Sexton is set to executive produce along with former Prison Break EP Dawn Olmstead.

'Bachelor' behind the scenes? Lifetime orders dark comedy series 'Un-Real'

Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of a brand-new series called Un-Real. Produced by Marti Noxon (Mad Men, Fright Night) and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (Sequin Raze), Un-Real will give a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.

Starring Shiri Appleby (Girls), Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), and Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter, Pitch Perfect), the dark comedy marks the first scripted series that will be fully financed and controlled by A+E Studios.
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Christina Ricci is murderous in 'Lizzie Borden Took An Ax' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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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.

Gina Gershon: 10 steps to becoming Donatella Versace for Lifetime's 'House of Versace'

This Saturday marks the premiere of Lifetime’s latest film, House of Versace. Based on Deborah Ball’s book, House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival, the film gives an in-depth look at Donatella Versace’s life in the years after her brother and renowned designer Gianni Versace was shot and killed at the height of the brand’s success. It follows Donatella, played by Gina Gershon, as she falls into a world of drugs, disorder, and chaos. And even though Versace recently told WWD, “Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction,” actress Gina Gershon still had a very large task in front of her when she took on the part: Playing a well-known public figure with a very distinct look.

We caught up with Gershon to talk about her amazing transformation into the iconic fashionista. Here’s your checklist for the long road to becoming Donatella Versace:

The body: “You have to lose weight and start working out like a fiend, especially your arms because she has those amazing arms, which was good because I needed to do that anyway so that forced me into doing it. It was right before summer so it was like, ‘Alright, I’ll do this.'”

The voice: “Start smoking a lot of cigarettes, which I wasn’t really used to, but I had to learn because she smokes quite a bit and it also helps with the voice. I can’t do her voice unless I have that sort of thing going on.”

The face: “You gotta have some tape to flatten out the face when you need to. You pull it a little bit. That helps with the lips. Her lips get kind of wider as she gets older.”

The shoes/walk: “High, high heels! You have to wear super high heels at all times even when you’re going to the gym. She’s a little thing and she likes to be big, and she wears those heels like nobody’s business. But it also helped with the walk. The tighter the skirt and the tighter I made my waist — sometimes a corset — and the higher the heels, I felt like I could fall into her walk and her stance a little bit easier. She kind of walks with her hips more, her hips are jutted forward and her shoulders are a little bit caved in, which is completely the exact opposite, I’m usually more swayback-y. So I had to really really concentrate on that probably the most of anything.”

The accent: “I listened to her non-stop. I would listen to her as I was going to sleep; I was listening to her in my trailer. Luckily for me, she’s done a lot of interviews, and I’ve done Italian accents before, but hers is very different. Not only is it Southern Italian, she comes from Calabria. The more Southern you get, the lazier the sound becomes and the wider it becomes. But then on top of it she has a very specific Donatella-esque accent. And she’s really funny, so she’s got a very dry sense of humor. I really started totally going for her accent, but then I guess, with TV, they want to understand what I’m saying. [Laughs] The truth is, if I was really doing Donatella, she’s tough to understand sometimes. I kept requesting we use subtitles, but no one really went for that suggestion. But I was kind of being serious. But that was one thing: I had to pull back on her accent, which kind of bummed me out a little bit, but I also understood why people want to hear what I’m saying.”

The make-up: “I had a zillion pictures of her … It’s like painting your face looking at someone else’s. You’re just putting the shadows and the highlights in a different area. She has a bit of a longer, wider forehead than I do, so I would lighten it up as much as possible. I love makeup, and I love lighting, and I love changing my face. It’s like painting. It’s all an optical illusion, an then hopefully if the lighting’s right then you really can create that illusion.”

The hair: “It was a really nice wig which was important. When I first got the gig I said, ‘Listen, the wig’s gotta be great,’ because I hate when you watch these sort of movies where it’s supposed to be someone and the wig is wrong. I find it so distracting. Her hair is part of her look. She’s got this iconic look, and she’s had that hair since she was 11 years old. If you saw an invisible face with that hair you’d be like, ‘Oh that’s Donatella Versace,’ so it was really important to me that we got the wig just right in different periods of her life.”

The eyebrows: “I can’t say I looked great after I’d leave the set because then I had to dye my eyebrows white as well, and I dyed the front of my hair white just so it looked. I wanted the illusion of my hair being further back, like a longer forehead. I looked like a crazy alien once the alien came off. I put my hat on, went home, and didn’t look in the mirror because it was too scary.”

The clothes: “She’s like a little teeny tiny thing; she’s like a little Barbie doll. She’s always had a great body, so the clothes, I found a couple vintage pieces from that time period that I was really happy with and the costume lady was happy with, and then some of the stuff we just had to try to recreate, which is tough. Versace’s Versace for a reason because they build those dresses so you look incredible, but unless you have the time to do the corsets and the pulling the way they do it, it’s not quite as fabulous. [The movie's] an illusion, so hopefully it shows up. Some of the clothes I thought were amazing; some of them I thought were not great. When it’s not really Versace, it’s not really Versace.”

The presence: “The most important thing after you get the look together, and even before you get the look together, hopefully you capture the essence of the person. That’s the most important job you have as an actress playing someone.  I was really interested in how shy she was. I know she seems so flamboyant but there’s an actual real shyness that she has, and there’s a softness and a vulnerability, but then there’s that absolute protection that she has. Her sense of humor I thought was really important; she kind of has a very dry wit. And who she trusts and who she feels comfortable with and who she doesn’t, I found that informed how I played certain parts.”

And although Gerson has never met Donatella, she didn’t have a problem taking on the role. She actually preferred it. “At a certain point, I didn’t want to [meet her]. If I had met her before I probably wouldn’t have done it because you feel very protective over people. Although I feel like it’s ultimately a very flattering portrayal of her. I only have super respect for her,” Gershon said. “But I’ve done projects where I’ve been in touch and worked with the living person of who I was playing, and I think what happens psychologically or subconsciously, you start protecting them in weird ways, so you don’t play certain scenes as intensely as you would had you not known them.”

So how then did she prepare? “I read anything I could on her. I read all of her interviews; I watched every single piece of video tape that she had. There was a really great French documentary when they were getting ready for a show, which I thought really was pretty helpful. It showed her personality and what she was like and how she dealt with people, the rhythm of how she spoke.”

All in all, Gershon calls the role “one of the most challenging parts I’ve ever done” due to the film’s large amount of “emotionally trying” scenes, but that doesn’t mean Donatella never smiled. “There’s a couple scenes that were certainly fun before everything started going wrong and she was just sort of fabulous and in her element. There’s something really fun about her,” Gershon said.

House of Versace premieres Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

'Drop Dead Diva': Brooke Elliott teases show's return

On Sunday, Drop Dead Diva returns for the remaining five episodes of its fifth season (9 p.m. ET on Lifetime). It’s an episode fans have probably been curious about since creator Josh Berman first teased it: Grayson (Jackson Hurst) is asked to represent a young man who was kicked off an airplane after he refused to open his window because, he claims, he’s a vampire and the sunlight will burn his skin.

“We wanted to find a Diva way in to a bullying story that would not seem like your typical bullying story,” Berman told EW before the season began. “We also wanted to write an emotional storyline for Grayson that ties into something that we’ve always suspected had gone on in his past. So Grayson ends up bonding with this boy who thinks he’s a vampire and it helps both of them gain closure on events in their past.” READ FULL STORY

First look: The 'Witches of East End' catch fire -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Based on the book by Melissa de la Cruz, Lifetime’s new series Witches of East End stars Julia Ormond as the matriarch of a very magical family, with Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum playing her daughters, who slowly begin to discover their family’s mystical secrets.

EW has an exclusive first look at the entire cast, as well as individual portraits below, which show Boston in the role of Ingrid Beauchamp, Mädchen Amick as Wendy Beauchamp, Ormond as Joanna Beauchamp, and Dewan-Tatum as Freya Beauchamp.
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'Orphan Black' actor Dylan Bruce to star in Lifetime's 'Flowers in the Attic'

Hot Paul’s career is almost as hot as he is.

With Orphan Black not returning until April, star Dylan Bruce is using his downtime wisely. Not only has he scheduled a guest stint on The CW’s hit show Arrow, but EW has confirmed his recent Twitter announcement that he has joined Lifetime’s TV movie Flowers in the Attic.

Bruce joins the movie adaptation as Bart Winslow, the second husband of Corrine, played by Heather Graham. The movie is an adaptation of V.C. Andrew’s novel, which tells the story of what happens when Corrine leaves her four children with their grandmother (played by Ellen Burstyn), who then locks them in the attic due to a family secret. Corrine’s two eldest children, Cathy and Chris, will be played by Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye.

Flowers in the Attic is currently shooting in Vancouver, and according to Lifetime, expects a release date of early next year.

As far as we’re concerned, the more Dylan Bruce in our lives, the better.

Check out his tweet below:
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'Witches of East End' teaser photo: 'The witching hour is coming' -- EXCLUSIVE

This exclusive image from Lifetime’s new series Witches of East End boasts that “the witching hour is coming.” Clips from the series have teased us with dark, sexy magic — and although this stunning green eye gives us few clues as to what the pilot will be like, the image promises it will certainly be beautiful.

In the mystical tale of discovery, Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum star as the titular witches — but only the mother, Joanna (Ormond), knows about the power her family possesses. Based on the book by Melissa de la Cruz, the story follows Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Boston) as they discover magic and the dark secrets of their family’s past.

Witches of East End premieres Oct. 6 on Lifetime.

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