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Enter For a Chance to Win a Signed Rob Lowe Poster, a DVD and More!

Posted By njules 4:25pm GMT

Enter For a Chance to Win a Signed Rob Lowe Poster, a DVD and More! ”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lifetime/HarperCollins

We’re kicking off the countdown to the world premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie “Prosecuting Casey Anthony” this Saturday (Jan. 19) at 8/7c with an opportunity for you to win the ultimate movie night prize pack!

10 lucky winners will receive a movie poster signed by Rob Lowe along with a copy of the New York Times bestseller “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony”, signed by author Jeff Ashton. We’re also giving 5 fans a chance to win a Rob Lowe DVD!

To enter, all you have to do is follow @lifetimetv on premiere night (Jan. 19) between 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and 7:59 p.m. ET and post a tweet including the hash tag #CaseyAnthony.

Read the official Sweepstakes Rules, and visit the “Prosecuting Casey Anthony” movie site for exclusive photos, a book excerpt and more!

* Actual poster may differ from one shown.

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"Sworn to Silence" Book Giveaway!

Posted By njules 10:34am GMT

Sworn to Silence Book Giveaway Why not kick off the countdown to the premiere of “An Amish Murder” on Sunday, 1/6 at 9/8c with a book giveaway?! Starting NOW through 9:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on January 6, 2013, write a comment below for a chance to win one of 25 copies of "Sworn to Silence" signed by Linda Castillo!

Read the official “Sworn to Silence Book Giveaway Rules”, and learn more about what inspired Linda to write the book before commenting for a chance to win!


IN HER OWN WORDS:

I grew up in Ohio’s farm country and went to school with several Amish children. At the time, I didn’t realize how fascinating and rich in history the culture was. A visit to Amish country in 2004 prompted the core idea and setting for SWORN TO SILENCE. But that was only the beginning.

I was working on SWORN TO SILENCE when the horrific Amish school shootings occurred in Pennsylvania. The event hit me particularly hard because I had done a tremendous amount of research on the Amish. In the aftermath of the shootings, like many Americans, I was angry and wanted answers. In stark contrast to my own reaction, the Amish mindset was one of forgiveness. That tragedy illuminated some very fundamental differences between the Amish and mainstream society. It was an enlightening moment for me as a writer.

For two centuries, the Amish culture has changed little. They are not touched by outside influences. Most Americans couldn’t imagine living without their cell phones and cars and all of the conveniences modern life offers. Yet the Amish continue to flourish without any of those things. No electricity. No telephones. No gasoline powered vehicles. We complain about the price of gasoline, yet the Amish have little use for it. The contrast of old versus new is profound.

Amish church districts are a tightly-knit society. Neighbors truly know their neighbors. They’re connected in ways that mainstream American society is not. When someone needs help, the community is there to do whatever needs to be done. Barn raisings are not an invention of Hollywood; they are part of Amish life. I have a friend in Ohio whose house burned down a couple of years ago. She is not Amish, yet her Amish neighbors came to her aid and built a new house for her.

I couldn’t think of a more interesting setting for my book. As a writer, I wanted to explore this fascinating culture. I wanted to write a protagonist that could immerse us in that world. A character torn between two cultures—cultures that many times clash. I wanted to inject something terrible into this wholesome small town to see how this diverse character handled that kind of stress. I love the juxtaposition of wholesome versus evil.

Don't forget to comment below for a chance to win and tune in to the world premiere of "An Amish Murder" starring Neve Campbell on Sunday, January 6 at 9/8c!
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Listen to Music From "All About Christmas Eve"

Posted By njules 1:06pm GMT

Music from All About Christmas Eve It’s a Wonderful Lifetime continues this weekend with the world premiere of “All About Christmas Eve” and we’ve got a sneak peek of the music you’ll hear during the movie! Stream a snippet of Diana DeGarmo's "O Holy Night" and “Silent Night” featuring Ace Young before downloading both songs and don’t forget to tune in to “All About Christmas Eve” starring Haylie Duff THIS Sunday at 9/8c to hear more holiday tunes!

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First Look: Neve Campbell in "An Amish Murder"

Posted By njules 5:46pm GMT

An Amish Murder

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It’s official: “An Amish Murder” starring Neve Campbell premieres Sunday, January 6 at 9/8c! The Lifetime Original Movie is based on the novel Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo and is directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. Neve stars alongside her brother, Christian Campbell ("Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical", "Trick"), Noam Jenkins ("Rookie Blue", "Saw II") and C. Thomas Howell ("E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", "The Outsiders").

In the movie, Neve plays “Kate Burkholder”, a woman whose traumatic childhood experience in her Amish farming community causes her to flee. But after 15 years away from her hometown, she returns as its Chief of Police to help solve the mysterious murders she witnessed as a child. Certain she has come to terms with her past, Kate’s renewed life in her hometown is shattered when a murder investigation exposes a dark secret that could destroy her. Watch it all unfold Sunday, January 6 at 9/8c and check back for more exclusive photos!

Will you be tuning in?
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First Look: Jenna Dewan-Tatum in “She Made Them Do It”

Posted By njules 5:27pm GMT

She Made Them Do It

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera

Get ready for another, “I can’t believe this is based on a true story” moment! The riveting Lifetime Original Movie “She Made Them Do It” starring Jenna Dewan-Tatum premieres Saturday, December 29 at 8/7c! Jenna takes on Sarah Pender, a convicted felon who after being found guilty of masterminding a double murder, escapes from maximum security prison.

Will a national [wo]manhunt lead to the capture of the most wanted woman in America? Tune in to “She Made Them Do It” on Saturday, December 29 at 8/7c to find out and share what you know about Sarah Pender's story below!

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"Liz & Dick" Poster Sweepstakes!

Posted By njules 1:23pm GMT

Liz & Dick Poster Sweepstakes Are you ready for the television event of the year? Taking on her first starring role in 5 years, Lindsay Lohan is Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime Original Movie “Liz & Dick” premiering this Sunday (Nov. 25) at 9/8c! And to kick things off, we're hosting a “Liz & Dick” Poster Sweepstakes!

Follow @lifetimetv on premiere night (Nov. 25) between 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and 8:59 p.m. ET and post a tweet including the hash tag #LizAndDick for a chance to win one of SIX “Liz & Dick” posters signed by Lindsay Lohan!

Read the official “Liz & Dick” Poster Sweepstakes Rules, and visit the “Liz & Dick” movie site for sneak peek photos, exclusive videos and more!

* Actual poster may differ from one shown.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

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Exclusive Q&A - “Liz & Dick” Costumer, Salvador Perez

Posted By njules 3:23pm GMT

Q&A with Salvador Perez Meet the mastermind behind Lindsay Lohan’s Liz-inspired looks and find out how many costume changes she has throughout the film by reading “Liz & Dick” costumer Salvador Perez’s exclusive Q&A.

What was your approach to transforming Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler into Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton?

I started with research, and as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were so often photographed, there were tons of images. And then it became a balancing act of honoring Liz and Dick, but flattering our actors. This is a love story, not a documentary, so I wanted to do more of an homage to their life.

Were the costumes custom-made or did you source items from vintage stores?

To add authenticity, and because we had limited time to prep this movie, I wanted to use as many vintage outfits as possible. I scoured the vintage shops throughout Los Angeles, and also hit Costume Rentals Corporation where I found some fabulous pieces. I even flew to Portland, Oregon to a fabulous vintage shop I know called Ray’s Ragtime. The collection at Ray’s was amazing; I bought vintage Dior, and Lilli Ann suits, and several of Elizabeth’s party dresses and hats. Men’s suiting fabrics have changed so much, and both Lindsay and Grant wore the vintage costumes so well – it was a costume designer’s dream! I hand-made Elizabeth’s second wedding dress and her 40th birthday party dress, but most of her costumes were vintage, or vintage dresses that I had to recut and redesign. We borrowed furs from the Edwards-Lowel archives in Beverly Hills.

And the jewelry was like a third character in the movie. I had the Taylor-Burton Diamond, the Krupp Ring and the La Peregrina Pearls made at Skinny Dog Designs in Long Beach, California. They had diamond cutters match the cuts of the stones, and then made the settings. 14 Karats in Beverly Hills provided the Bulgari Emeralds and other assorted diamonds.

The most fun I had was shopping for vintage jewelry for the movie. I hit every vintage shop in Los Angeles and every vintage clothing show to acquire the amount of jewels we needed to use in the film.

Q&A with Salvador Perez How much research did you have to do to make sure you were accurately presenting Liz and Dick over four decades?

I had four weeks to prep, design and find Elizabeth’s 66 clothing changes for the film, in addition to the entire cast’s costumes and about 1,500 extras’ costumes!

What’s your favorite costume moment in the film?

I think my favorite costume moment was the first wedding scene, with Elizabeth in the yellow minidress and flowers in her hair. I found the dress at a costume house, and I had pulled it to see how she wore yellow. The dress looked like it was made for Lindsay. Then I found a lot of vintage silk flowers, and our hair stylist, the amazing Beatrice DeAlba, re-created her head piece. When Lindsay walked onto set, it was breathtaking…it was one of our last scenes on the last day of shooting, and it really brought the film into reality, as the images we shot so clearly matched the original pictures we had found.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

Tune in to the world premiere of “Liz & Dick” on Sunday, November 25 at 9/8c!

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Exclusive Q&A - “Liz & Dick” Executive Producer, Larry Thompson

Posted By njules 12:36pm GMT

Q&A with Larry Thompson Larry Thompson, the executive producer of “Liz & Dick”, shares his favorite scene, inspiration for the film and snippets of his one-on-one convo with Lindsay in this exclusive Q&A.

What inspired you to do a movie about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton?

Well, I think my mother inspired me to do this movie from an early age. When I was young, my mother would always say to me every year, ‘You know Larry, my birthday is February 27, the same day as Elizabeth Taylor!’ So, all my life, I would hear about Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday.

Secondly, I also have a lot of experience doing iconic bios. I’ve done movies on Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Sonny and Cher, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, so I understand films about iconic personalities.

What is the script based on?

This movie is based on the relationship of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It’s about their scandalous love affair from the time they met on the set of Cleopatra and follows how they lived a life of excess – whether it was drinking, eating or making love too much. They took everything to a level that no one had ever done before. I always say that he picked her up and flew her so close to the sun that they exploded into light that still lights up Hollywood today.

How do you think the paparazzi shaped Elizabeth Taylor’s career?

Well, in addition to telling us about Elizabeth and Richard’s love story, our movie also explains how the term ‘paparazzi’ and the celebrity world we live in came to be. When Liz and Dick were in Rome shooting Cleopatra, they would go out in the evening and be followed and photographed everywhere they went. The iconic director Federico Fellini noticed all these Italian photographers taking pictures of them and called them ‘paparazzi’ after the photographer Paparazzo in his film La Dolce Vita. They were the first royal Hollywood couple to be photographed all over the world; they were even bigger than Brangelina.

How did Christopher Monger become involved with the project?

I was looking for a writer for Liz & Dick, and I was at an award ceremony for another Lifetime project that had been nominated for a few awards. As luck would have it, I happened to be sitting next to Christopher Monger, who had just done Temple Grandin and who I knew was Welsh. Over the course of the evening, I told him I was doing a movie on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and asked him if he’d be interested in doing the project with me. Of course, keep in mind, at this time everybody in the world wanted Christopher because he had just won so many awards for Temple Grandin, so he could pick any project he wanted to write.

He said, ‘Are you teasing me? Did somebody put you up to this?’

I replied, ‘No.’

He said, ‘Oh, well I guess you don’t know then. My father gave Richard Burton his first acting job in a play in my little town in Wales. My father hung the playbill up in our hallway when I was growing up. I can tell you this…of everything being offered to me to right now, I have to write this because this is the first thing that scares me. If I don’t write this right, I can’t go home again.’

What kind of research did you and Christopher do for the movie?

We found every book ever written, every interview ever done, reviewed every piece of video we could find, and talked to as many people as we could. Then we devoured all the material and constructed a story that we could hang all our facts on.

How will this film pay homage to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton?

There is a whole generation out there who know nothing about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. And for those that do know, they will see Elizabeth and Richard’s story come to life in a way that will shock them. I always tell people, ‘You think Lindsay Lohan is scandalous? Well, Elizabeth and Richard were denounced in public by the Pope, who called them ‘erotic vagrants’!’

What was your approach to casting?

Lifetime felt there was a built-in audience for this kind of movie already. We started looking for high-profile actresses. It turned out that Lindsay wanted it the most. She really felt this was her part and really lobbied for it. Lindsay said to me ‘Larry, this is me. This isn’t Elizabeth Taylor. The lifestyle…my life is so much like hers. Nobody can play this but me.’

Once we had Lindsay, we needed a Richard Burton of course who could bring a level of gravitas to the part. We found Grant Bowler out of New Zealand, whom we began talking to on Skype, and brought him in to do a scene with Lindsay. The chemistry between them was like an explosion of energy, and we knew when we saw them together that Liz and Dick would live again.

What do you want audiences to take away from this movie?

I think everybody will be able to relate to this movie because everyone at one time or another has been in a situation where either they’ve loved too much or loved too little. These are two people who had an addiction for one another, and their love wasn’t necessarily good for either of them. Audiences will learn that loving someone alone isn’t necessarily enough; you have to love someone right. It’s an understanding of the good and bad of love.

How will this movie appeal to international audiences?

This story has international and evergreen appeal because Liz and Dick were the first internationally recognized couple. Our movie is filmed on more international locations than James Bond! It’s about two people that have been known all over the world on every continent. Then, with the added flavor of Lindsay Lohan, who is also known around the world, we have a movie that hits multiple generations – and I think it’s going to last forever.

What’s your favorite scene?

There is a beautiful, romantic montage where Liz and Dick spend the weekend in an Italian villa and fall in love. It reveals the rose portion of their relationship over the thorns.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

Tune in to the world premiere of “Liz & Dick” on Sunday, November 25 at 9/8c!

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It’s a Wonderful Lifetime!

Posted By njules 3:44pm GMT

What's your favorite holiday movie?

Photo Credit: Bob Akester

We’ve got everything you want for the holidays all season long! Now through December, tune in to Lifetime for 50+ holiday flicks including ten original premieres starting with “The Christmas Consultant” starring David Hasselhoff airing tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 8.7c. Learn more about the other holiday premieres and spread some cheer by voting for your favorite holiday movie below!

What's your favorite Lifetime holiday movie?




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“Steel Magnolias” Poster Sweepstakes!

Posted By njules 11:03am GMT

Steel Magnolias Poster Sweepstakes

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We’re celebrating the much-anticipated premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie “Steel Magnolias” on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9/8c by hosting Twitter prep sessions with character info, trivia and more starting TODAY at NOON (ET), and a “Steel Magnolias” Poster Sweepstakes for those who get in on the fun!

For a chance to win one of TWO posters TODAY, Thursday and Friday, follow @lifetimetv and participate in our daily discussions between 12pm ET and 2:59:59pm using #SteelMagnolias.

THEN, join us for another discussion (and chance to win one of SIX more posters!) between 8pm ET and 10:59:59pm ET on PREMIERE NIGHT (Oct. 7).

Read the official Steel Magnolias Poster Sweepstakes Rules, and visit the official “Steel Magnolias” site for more movie info!
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