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Exclusive Q&A - “Petals on the Wind” Star, Rose McIver

Posted By njules 4:32pm GMT

Q&A with Rose McIver Rose McIver stars as "Cathy" in the Lifetime Original Movie “Petals on the WInd.” Find out how she prepared for the role, her favorite scene and more, in this exclusive Q&A.

How familiar were you with the Flowers in the Attic series before taking on the role as Cathy? Did you watch Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic and/or read the books?

I had not read the books, although I had heard of them. In preparing for the role of Cathy I watched the first film, and had lengthy discussions with both the director Karen Moncrieff and my acting coach Miranda Harcourt about Cathy's emotional journey. Kiernan Shipka did a fantastic job creating the character.

There is also a large ballet component in the film so I went back into barre classes and working with our fantastic choreographer Kitty McNamee.

Describe your character Cathy in 3 words.

Brave, conflicted and maternal.

If you could change one thing about her what would it be?

Her tendency to rely on men to make her feel complete.

What was the most difficult scene(s) to shoot?

The dance sequences were very physically taxing but also a lot of fun. Poor hair and makeup departments had to deal with me sweating off all their efforts to pretty me up!

Did Heather Graham or Ellen Burstyn offer you any advice while on set?

Not specifically. I tend to learn a lot from working with people just by watching their processes and openness as an actor. I was a big fan of Ellens already so it was an honor to work with her.

What’s your favorite scene in the movie?

The sequence with Olivia's character when Cathy finally addresses how damaging her childhood was.

Are there any fun facts about yourself you’d like to share with fans?

If I had never been an actor I would have loved to teach elementary school. I think it's an incredibly honorable job and I find it so refreshing and rewarding to work with children and their brilliant imaginations.

Photo Credit: Patrick Ecclesine

Tune in to the world premiere of “Petals on the Wind” on Monday, May 26 at 9.8c!

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Coming Soon: A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Posted By njules 11:31am GMT

Coming Soon: A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

Get ready for some friendly family dysfunction! Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Emmy®, Grammy® and Tony Award®-winner Whoopi Goldberg will star alongside Ving Rhames in the Lifetime Original Movie “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” based on the New York Times bestseller by Terry McMillan.

Set to premiere on Saturday, April 19 at 8.7c, Goldberg stars as Viola Price, the irascible matriarch who tries to create some order within her family after learning her next asthma attack might kill her. Will she succeed in fixing her fractured family? You'll have to wait to find out but in the meantime, test your Whoopi knowledge by answering the poll question below!

Which other Terry McMillan film adaption does Whoopi Goldberg star in?



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"Flowers in the Attic" Exclusive: V.C. Andrews’ Letter

Posted By njules 11:50am GMT

"Flowers in the Attic" author V.C. Andrews reveals the inspiration behind her iconic novel and more in this original letter:
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Flowers in the Attic Exclusive: V.C. Andrews’ Letter


Share your thoughts on the letter below and don't forget to tune in to the world premiere of "Flowers in the Attic" Saturday, January 18 at 8/7c!

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"Flowers in the Attic" Exclusive: Cathy’s Secret Letter

Posted By njules 12:47pm GMT

Flowers in  the Attic As we gear up for the premiere of “Flowers in the Attic” on Saturday, January 18 at 8.7c, check out this exclusive must-read by V.C. Andrews: A secret letter from the protagonist and narrator of “Flowers in the Attic,” Cathy Dollanganger, to her close friend Diane.

Dear Diane,

You’re probably the only friend I had who will remember or even care to remember me. It’s already been over three years since we saw or spoke to each other. I’m sure the first question on your mind is where did we go? You also must wonder why did we leave so quickly.

I will never forget how you, of all my friends, spent so much time with me after my father was killed in the car accident. As you and I often said, most of my ‘fair-weather’ friends simply didn’t want to be around someone who was always so sad and lost.

My mother took us to live with our grandparents in Charlottesville. They are very rich and live in a mansion. That all sounds good until I tell you we had to be hidden in the mansion, shut away until my grandfather died. He and my grandmother were very angry at my mother for marrying my father. I’d really rather not go into why. In fact, there are so many things now I would never be able to tell anyone.

Because we were shut up in this house, I was unable to ever call you or even get a letter out to you. Or to anyone for that matter, and neither was Christopher. If it wasn’t for Christopher, my brilliant and sensible brother, we never would have survived. Yes, it has been that bad. My grandmother has been more like the jailer from hell. You might be wondering why we stayed here under such conditions. My mother told us and believed that my grandfather was very sick and would die shortly after we were brought here, and when he did, we would be accepted and my mother would have lots of money for us.

He didn’t die and hasn’t yet at the writing of this letter to you, so we are still locked away here. We all sleep in a small bedroom and spend most of our time in a very big attic . Mother keeps telling us soon we’ll be free and happy again, soon, but soon has become months, and months have become years.

I don’t know if this letter will ever be mailed. I was afraid to write it in fact, but I discovered Christopher was keeping a diary. I would never read his diary, and I don’t want him to think I have, but I am going to hide it at the back of Christopher’s diary because he keeps it hidden so well, so well in fact that it took me years to discover it. My little brother Cory has become very, very sick and my mother took him to the hospital a little while ago. I was so frightened and nervous I decided to write this letter to keep my mind on something else. I hope you’ll still care enough to read my letter. I wrote it very quickly.

Perhaps I’ll write again and some day be able to talk to you. I don’t know if I’ll still be here or not. Maybe we’ll move away from Charlottesville. I have two other fears beside concern for my brother as I write this. I’m afraid you will have forgotten me so long ago that you will toss my letter into the garbage. I’m sure you’ve made many new friends by now. I have made none.

My third fear is that if and when I get a chance to make a new friend, I will have forgotten how to do it.

Maybe, I’ll always be shut away in one way or another.

Still, I will sign this,

Your friend,
Cathy Dollanganger


© Vanda General Partnership, LLC

Photo Credit: Richard McLaren

Find out more about Cathy Dollanganger and the rest of the "Flowers in the Attic" cast before tuning in to world premiere Saturday, January 18 at 8/7c!

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Exclusive Q&A - “Christmas on the Bayou” Star, Tyler Hilton

Posted By njules 4:55pm GMT

Q&A with Tyler Hilton We caught up Tyler Hilton to get the scoop on his holiday traditions. Find out what he had to say and catch him in the world premiere of "Christmas on the Bayou" Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8.7c.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Cramming into my family car with hot chocolate and cruising around looking at Christmas lights.

The holidays aren't complete without...

A game of Charades.

What's your favorite holiday song?

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

What holiday dish does your family make every year?

My grandma makes an amazing Christmas ham. I can't even talk about it right now ‘cause it's making me crazy for it.

What's your fondest childhood holiday memory?

My family all pitched in and got me my first guitar and amp when I was 10. I just stared at it amazed all Christmas Day.

Who is the hardest person in your life to shop for?

My grandfather always was. You could always see on his face right away that he had no idea what to do with whatever you bought him.

Are you on the naughty or nice list this year?

I better be on the nice list! But...alas...it's up to Santa.

What is the worst gift you've ever given/received?

Ha! I gave my cousin a ceramic bust I found in the trash once. Good ol’ White Elephants.

What is your holiday wish this year?

To be home and in ridiculous pajamas for weeks with my family.

Photo Credit: Eliot Brasseaux

Tune in to the world premiere of “Christmas on the Bayou” this Saturday at 8.7c and listen to music featured in our holiday movies including Tyler Hilton's "One Foot in the Bayou" now!

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Q&A: "Christmas in the City" Cast

Posted By njules 12:47pm GMT

Exclusive Q&A: Jordin Sparks and Tatyana Ali Talk Holiday Traditions

Photo Credit: Charles Christopher

From cocoa and candy canes to sweet potato pie, find out more about Ashanti and Shanola Hampton's holiday traditions in this exclusive Q&A, and catch the all-star cast in the world premiere of “Christmas in the City,” Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8.7c.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Ashanti: cocoa and candy canes! My mom makes hot cocoa on Christmas Eve and we dip our candy canes in it until they melt then we sing our song, "Cocoa and Candy Canes" --- the best cocoa EVER!

Shanola Hampton: My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Eve party at my Grandmother's house! The entire family is there, it's always loud, and we play grab bag.

What's your favorite holiday song?

SH: My favorite Christmas song is "O Holy Night."

A: A song I wrote on my first Christmas Album: “It's Christmas Time Again.”

What holiday dish does your family make every year?

A: Turkey and chicken roast plus all the side dishes!

SH: Every year we have sweet potato pie. My favorite is when the crust is on the top, too.

What's your fondest childhood holiday memory?

A: My Super Mario Bros. pink Nintendo watch I got when I was 8 years old!

Are you on the naughty or nice list this year?

SH: I am definitely not on the naughty list...THIS year

What is your holiday wish this year?

A: Good health, peace and prosperity!

SH: My holiday wish this year is simple...joy and happiness.


What are your holiday traditions? Share them below.
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A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti EP Available Now!

Posted By njules 1:28pm GMT

A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti EP Available Now!

Ashanti's A Wonderful Christmas EP featuring music from the Lifetime Original Movie "Christmas in the City" is available now!

Purchase Ashanti's EP today and watch her in the world premiere of "Christmas in the City," Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.7c!

Diggin' Ashanti's holiday tunes? Visit her official iTunes page for more music.
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Q&A: Jordin Sparks and Tatyana Ali Talk Holiday Traditions

Posted By njules 3:21pm GMT

Exclusive Q&A: Jordin Sparks and Tatyana Ali Talk Holiday Traditions

Photo Credit: Hybrid, LLC

We caught up with Jordin Sparks and Tatyana Ali, stars of the all-new Lifetime holiday movie, “Dear Secret Santa.” Read all about their holiday traditions in this exclusive Q&A and watch them in the world premiere of “Dear Secret Santa” on November 30 at 8.7c.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Jordin Sparks: When I was little we used to go throughout my Nana & Papas neighborhood and sing carols in the back of their convertible with the top down. Not door to door but blasting the music and singing loud for all to hear!

Tatyana Ali: My mom still gets my sisters and me matching pajamas, which was completely embarrassing when I was little. But now, if a year went by and she didn’t get us new PJs, we’d all be really upset. My sister recently got married, and her husband gets matching PJs as well.

The holidays aren't complete without...

TA: A tree!

JS: My mom’s sweet potato casserole!

What's your favorite holiday song?

TA: "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause" by The Jackson 5 and "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole

JS: I love "The Christmas Song" and all of Mariah Carey's Christmas music.

What holiday dish does your family make every year?

JS: My Nana makes a honey baked ham and amazing soup. My mom makes turkey legs and collard greens and of course we have an amazing selection of sweets. Caramel corn, fudge, almond roca, wedding cake cookies, pies…mmmm!

TA: My dad is from Trinidad, so every year for breakfast my dad makes salt fish and bakes (kind of like a biscuit), with tomatoes and perfectly ripe avocados. It’s my favorite.

What's your fondest childhood holiday memory?

JS: Putting the angel on the top of the tree. I felt extra special getting to put her up there.

TA: I loved Christmas in New York...there’s just nothing like it. L.A. has become my home, but lights on palm trees still seem a bit odd to me.

Are you on the naughty or nice list this year?

JS: Won't everyone say the nice list? ;)

TA: Nice, I hope!

What is the worst gift you've ever given/received?

JS: During a white elephant gift exchange I got stove top burners. No stove…just the burners. Hahaha!

TA: When I moved into my own place my parents got me kitchen utensils for Christmas. It was a great gift in retrospect, very useful, and they were actually quite nice, but at the time it was a tiny bit lackluster.

What is your holiday wish this year?

JS: I just want everyone to have a good time together and cherish it.

TA: That every wish of the people I love comes true.

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Exclusive Q&A - “Kristin's Christmas Past” Star, Shiri Appleby

Posted By njules 3:16pm GMT

Q&A with  Shiri Appleby It's a Wonderful Lifetime™ continues this Saturday at 8.7c with the premiere of "Kristin's Christmas Past" starring Shiri Appleby. Find out how she celebrates the holidays and more in this exclusive Q&A.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Eating Chinese food and seeing movies on Christmas Day. "Miracle on 34th Street" wins every time!

The holidays aren't complete without...

Honey baked ham.

What's your favorite holiday song?

Jews don't have great holiday songs. It's one of our downfalls.

What holiday dish does your family make every year?

Latkes. Fresh off the stove, piping hot with sides of applesauce and sour cream. MMMM...

What's your fondest childhood holiday memory?

Getting together with my cousins at our grandparents house to light the menorah and open presents.

Who is the hardest person in your life to shop for?

Myself. I have not problem buying for other. It's me I'm confused about.

Are you on the naughty or nice list this year?

I'm feeling pretty good about my spot on the nice list. Thankfully it was a (relatively) drama-free year.

What is the worst gift you've ever given/received?

The worst gift I ever gave anyone was travel size samples of laundry detergent. I was going for particle. BIG MISTAKE!

What is your holiday wish this year?

My holiday wish this year is to laugh and eat as much as I can!

Photo Credit: MarVista Entertainment

Tune in to the world premiere of “Kristin's Christmas Past” this Saturday at 8.7c and catch NEW holiday movies all season long on Lifetime!

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Exclusive Q&A - “A Country Christmas Story” Star, Dolly Parton

Posted By njules 3:33pm GMT

Q&A with Dolly Parton Dolly Parton, star of the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie “A Country Christmas Story,” shares her holiday traditions, childhood holiday memories and whether she’s been naughty or nice, in this exclusive Q&A.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

No matter what, I always make it home for Christmas. I love to go to my Tennessee Mountain Home and invite all of my nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids and do what we all like to do – eat, laugh, trade presents and just enjoy each other…and sometimes I even dress up like Santa Claus!

The holidays aren't complete without...

Family – especially the little ones. Their Christmas joy is my Christmas joy.

What's your favorite holiday song?

I know it’s corny –but I love Jingle Bells!

What holiday dish does your family make every year?

All of us are good cooks and believe me, we cook enough to feed an army. All of the traditional southern dishes are on my table but I am always partial to a great baked ham or a pork shoulder. It’s lip smacking good!

What's your fondest childhood holiday memory?

My brother Randy was born at Christmas time so I had the greatest gift of all – my very own real life doll. I carried him around like a little sack of potatoes and thank God I never dropped him –then it would have been my Christmas nightmare.

What is your holiday wish this year?

My wish for my family is good health for us all but my wish for the world is a day when there is less war, less suffering and less pain.

Photo Credit: Karolina Wojtasik

Tune in to the world premiere of “A Country Christmas Story” this Saturday at 8.7c and catch NEW holiday movies all season long on Lifetime!

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