Entries in Lifetime (17)


Actress Remarkably Transforms Into Anna Nicole Smith

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Six years after her death, Anna Nicole Smith was immortalized in a new Lifetime movie called Anna Nicole that debuted Saturday.

At first glance, 27-year-old Agnes Bruckner, who started acting at the age of 11 as a regular on the daytime drama The Bold and Beautiful, seems like a long shot to play the platinum blonde temptress.
“She went through extensive hair and makeup and then there was a whole process of prosthetics,” Entertainment Weekly writer Lindzi Scharf told ABC News.

Bruckner, who is much smaller than the voluptuous Anna Nicole Smith, reportedly had to undergo four hours of hair, makeup and prosthetics with three people each morning before shooting. To pull off the look, the natural brunette bleached her hair and added extensions, required neck, cheek and breast prosthetics, and to capture that Marilyn Monroe-like look, she donned wigs.

“The moment I saw her, I didn’t recognize her,” said Deborah Everton, the costume designer for the film. “I was wondering, ‘Who is this?’ …  And then I realized it was Agnes.”

Side by side images of Bruckner compared to iconic images of Smith are nearly identical.
“She really became Anna Nicole for this role,” said Scharf.

Bruckner says the role was more than just perfecting the “look” but also inhabiting Smith’s persona.
“I became really protective of Anna Nicole,” Bruckner told Entertainment Tonight. “And I think we did her justice.”

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Casey Anthony Movie Set to Air in January

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Lifetime movie, Prosecuting Casey Anthony, will air on Jan. 19, according to the New York Post

The film is based on District Attorney Jeff Ashton’s book, Imperfect Justice, and is told mostly through the eyes of the attorneys involved in the trial.

Rob Lowe portrays Ashton, the prosecutor who lost the case. Oscar Nunez of The Office is cast as Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez. Actress Virginia Welch plays Casey Anthony, the young Florida mom who was acquitted of murder this past July in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Lifetime says the Anthony character makes just a few brief appearances in the true-crime TV movie, which was filmed over the summer in Canada.

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Lindsay Lohan's "Liz & Dick" Premieres on Lifetime This Sunday

Richard McLaren/Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- The most-talked-about TV movie of the year -- Liz & Dick -- premieres this Sunday night.

You already know who stars in the Lifetime movie: Lindsay Lohan.  She portrays Elizabeth Taylor opposite Grant Bowler's Richard Burton. 

Liz & Dick chronicles Taylor and Burton's roller-coaster romance, beginning with their work on the Oscar-winning film Cleopatra.

The early reviews for Liz & Dick have not been kind, but you can make your own judgment when it airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Lifetime.

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‘The Wonder Years’ Star, Danica McKellar, Returns to Acting

Ray Tamarra/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Danica McKellar, who played Winnie Cooper on 1990s television hit, The Wonder Years, is back on TV with her famous bangs and all.

McKellar stars in Lifetime’s new holiday film,  Love at the Christmas Table, in her first major return to the spotlight. The actress said it was easy to get back into acting.

“I love acting and I’m going to get more into that,” McKellar said on the Today show Thursday.

The 37-year-old sports bangs in the film, making her look not much older than she did when she played the lovable Winnie Cooper.

“I would look at myself in the mirror in the dressing room and go, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Winnie Cooper.’ It’s the weirdest thing,” McKellar said about her bangs.

McKellar is a best-selling author with four mathematics books under her belt. Earlier this year, she divorced her husband of three years, Mike Verta, with whom she had a son, now 2 years old.

McKellar will star in a Sci-Fi channel movie set to premiere next year.

Love at the Christmas Table
airs on Lifetime Nov. 25.

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Two Hollywood Unions Investigate "Liz & Dick" Production

Richard McLaren/Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan's Lifetime movie Liz & Dick is under investigation by two Hollywood unions after she and two crew members suffered exhaustion last week.

The actors union SAG-AFTRA tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement that it is "looking into this matter but can't yet provide any verified information."

Similarly, the stage employees union IATSE is reportedly investigating the crew's work hours.

It was reported last Friday that Lohan was found unconscious in her hotel room, but she later tweeted that she was simply exhausted because she'd worked 85 hours in four days.

Two crew members were later hospitalized with exhaustion.

Lohan plays Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick, which will premiere on Lifetime this fall.

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Bristol Palin Says Reality Show Will Present Her as a ‘Normal Mom’

Richard Knapp/Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin is certainly no shrinking violet. She has appeared on the political stage next to her mother — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, taken center stage on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and has captured people’s attention, making a few headlines of her own.

Now, with her 3-year-old son, Tripp, in tow, Palin will star in her own reality TV show.  Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, will feature 10 half-hour episodes that will air on the Lifetime network starting June 19.

Palin, 21, sat down recently with ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts to talk about the show.

Asked what it was to have cameras watching her every move, every hour of every day, she replied:  “I don’t really think you get used to all of it, but Tripp was used to it the whole time. He’s didn’t care if the cameras were there or not. He’s still going to be rowdy, he’s still going to be a little terror, but it was fun. It was a lot of fun.”

Roberts also asked Palin how her mother felt about her doing the series.

“You know, she supports me and she knows that I have good judgment so she is definitely in support of it,” Palin replied.

And the young woman’s strong support of her mother is clearly demonstrated in the show, when she engages in a heated verbal exchange at a bull-riding bar with a man whose political views are different from those of her famous mother.

“I think if somebody is going to talk poorly about my mom, I am going to pick and choose my battles and a battle like that, I chose to confront him and see what the real problem was,” she said, “and I’m excited for viewers to see the real me in that, because I’m sitting there all tough and shaking and I’m acting tough and instantly when it’s over, it’s like, ‘OK, there’s the real Bristol,’ because I am calling my boyfriend, I’m calling my mom. ‘Ah, get me out of here,’ people are going to see the real Bristol in this show.”

She added that the real Bristol Palin is “a grounded, normal mom.”

Palin has faced criticism for appearing in the reality show, but says she’s prepared for the public’s disapproval.

“I think I have tough skin and I know that God is on my side and my faith is everything to me. It’s just the root of my life and my family’s life and I think it will do well,” she said. “And when people are talking poorly about me, I think it just gives me more motivation to want to do more and want to speak up even louder and they’re just not doing themselves well by doing that.”

She added: “I think the people who don’t like me, I’m not trying to change their opinion on it, but it’s going to be a good show.”

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Photos of Lindsay Lohan's Elizabeth Taylor Movie Released

Richard McLaren/Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan is a working actress again.  Principal photography began Monday in Los Angeles on her latest project: a Lifetime movie about Elizabeth Taylor's romance with Richard Burton.

Liz & Dick stars Lohan as Taylor and True Blood and GCB actor Grant Bowler as Burton.

Lifetime has released a black-and-white photo of both actors in their respective roles.  Bowler is seen kissing the neck of a glamorous-looking Lohan. previously posted a photo of Lohan in a dress holding a cigarette as she does her best Taylor imitation.  The website reports Lohan has cut her hair a few inches and dyed it brown in order to replicate Taylor's look.

Liz & Dick is set to air on Lifetime this November.

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"Steel Magnolias" Revisited: All-Black Cast Announced

Jesse Grant/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Lifetime has announced the cast of the all-black Steel Magnolias original movie.  In case your memory has faded, here are the stars of the original 1989 movie and the actresses that will star in the contemporary adaptation of the famous Southern drama.

  • Dolly Parton’s beauty shop queen, Truvy Jones, will be played by Jill Scott.
  • Sally Field’s strong willed mama,  ‘M’Lynn’, will be played by Queen Latifah, who will also serve as executive producer of the movie.
  • Julia Roberts' diabetic bride, Shelby Eatenton Latcherie, will be played by Condola Rashad.
  • Shirley MacLaine’s grumpy Louisa “Ouiser” Boudreaux will be portrayed by Alfre Woodard.
  • Olympia Dukakis’ Clairee Belcher will go to Phylicia Rashad.
  • Darryl Hannah’s dippy Annelle Dupuy Desoto will be played by Adepero Oduye.

The movie will be a contemporary TV adaptation of the play and 1989 film of the same name.  It is set to premiere later this year.

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Bristol Palin Back in the Spotlight for Lifetime Reality Series

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- Lifetime announced Wednesday that the network has picked up a new documentary series focusing on Bristol Palin, daughter of 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former contestant on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

The show, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, was picked up for 10 half-hour episodes and will offer an insight into the life of the 21-year-old mother as she raises her 3-year-old son, Tripp. The network said the show will also focus on her relationship with her parents, Sarah and Todd Palin, and her siblings.

"From the first moment she was thrust into the public eye, Bristol and her son have been the subjects of a huge amount of curiosity and misunderstanding," said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming for Lifetime Networks, in a news release Wednesday. "This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, mother and a young woman making her way in the world."

Palin first stepped into the spotlight in 2008, when her mother, the former Alaska governor, became Republican Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate.

At the age of 18, Palin gave birth to her son, garnering national attention because she was not married to the father, then-18-year-old Levi Johnston.

The two have been engaged and broken the engagement twice in the past four years.

After the birth of her son, Palin began working with the Candie's Foundation as an advocate for the prevention of teen pregnancy, speaking to teens about the importance of abstinence.

In 2010, Palin participated in Dancing With the Stars alongside celebrities David Hasselhoff, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from Jersey Shore, Florence Henderson and Jennifer Grey. She placed third in the competition's 11th season.

Palin's memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, made the New York Times best-seller list after its release in 2011. The book chronicled her personal life and time spent in the public eye.

The current Lifetime series is already in production, but no clips of the show have been released. Network representatives said they plan to begin airing the series sometime this year.

As for Johnston's role in the series, his manager, Tank Jones, said he was offered a role by the producers, but they have yet to make a decision.

"I don't like surprises," Jones told ABC News. "I don't want him to walk into a bad situation -- not that we necessarily think it will be. We're just trying to be careful so we're looking at everything before he decides to participate in the show."

This is the second proposed series focused on Palin. The first, a reality show picked up by the BIO channel, was dropped in November, and would have included fellow DWTS contestant Kyle Massey.

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Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore Earn Directors Guild Awards Nod

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston is getting some love this awards season -- not for her acting, but for her directing skills.

Aniston on Tuesday received a Directors Guild of America Awards nomination for her work on the Lifetime anthology Five, which focused on the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.  She shares the nomination in the TV movie/miniseries category with her Five co-directors, including Demi Moore and singer Alicia Keys.

The nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in a comedy series are ABC's Modern Family, NBC's 30 Rock and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.  The drama series category features Showtime's Homeland, AMC's Breaking Bad and The Killing, HBO's Game of Thrones and DirecTV/NBC's Friday Night Lights.

The film nominees were announced on Monday.

Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 28.

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