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The Kennedys -- After Camelot: Matthew Perry Stars as Ted

Friends' Matthew Perry will play the late Senator Edward Kennedy in Reelz Channel's sequel to The Kennedys TV mini-series. The Kennedys -- After Camelot is an adaptation of J. Randy Taraborrelli's book, After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present. Perry currently stars in The Odd Couple TV series on CBS.

Katie Holmes is set to return as Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Intuition Productions' Keri Selig is an executive producer on the series. Jon Cassar (The Kennedys) and Katie Holmes will direct from scripts by Stephen Kronish and Sandra Chwialkowska. Holmes and Perry also executive produce.

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Matthew Perry to Play Ted Kennedy in ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’

Matthew Perry to Play Ted Kennedy in ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’
Matthew Perry has been cast as Ted Kennedy in ReelzChannel’s “The Kennedys” sequel series “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” the network announced Tuesday. Katie Holmes is reprising her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, which she originated on the channel’s original miniseries “The Kennedys.” The four-part “The Kennedys: After Camelot” will follow the story of Jackie and the family after the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy. Also Read: Katie Holmes Back as Jackie Kennedy in Reelz Sequel Miniseries 'The Kennedys: After Camelot' Also coming back are the production team of Muse Entertainment, director Jon Cassar and writer Stephen Kronish.
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Televisa USA Sets 1950s Cuba-Set Series Adaptation Of Spanish Drama ‘Gran Hotel’

Televisa USA has put together Gran Hotel, an English-language adaptation of the popular Spanish series. 24 and The Kennedys executive producer Stephen Kronish will write the project, which will move the setting for the mystery drama from 1905 Spain to pre-Castro Havana. In the new version, following his sister's disappearance, Julio is led on a dangerous journey that takes him to the opulent Gran Hotel, a frequent getaway for the rich, powerful, famous and infamous and…
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Lifetime Plans Manson's Women Telemovie

Lifetime has given the green light for "Manson's Lost Girls," an original telemovie about the teenage girls who fell for Charles Manson and helped him carry out his brutal murders in the late 1960s.

The film will star MacKenzie Mauzy ("Into the Woods") as Linda Kasabian, Eden Brolin ("I Dream Too Much") as Susan Atkins, Greer Grammar ("Awkward") as Leslie Van Houten, Christian Madsen ("Divergent") as Tex Watson, and Jeff Ward ("The Mentalist") as Manson.

The story will primarily follows Kasabian when she first meets "the family" at the Spahn Ranch commune. She leaves them after the 'Helter Skelter' drug-fueled murder spree in August 1969. Kasabian turned herself in as a witness for the prosecution.

Leslie Libman ("NCIS") directs a script written by Matthew Tabak and Stephen Kronish.

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The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe Review

Marilyn Monroe was a study in contradictions. She was the giddy, cooing blonde who became one of America’s haughtiest sex symbols, as well as a woman haunted by a thorny relationship with her mentally ill mom and the pressures of fame. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a two-night mini-series on Lifetime, tries to peer into the woman behind the legend, opening up the scars that most viewers couldn’t see under the flash and sizzle of the big screen. However, the mini-series is too disjointed and melodramatic to completely work as a biopic. Nevertheless, Kelli Garner is masterful as Monroe, digging into the pain and vulnerability of a cultural icon without ever succumbing to mere impersonation. It’s a terrific performance, the magnetic core of an otherwise muddled misfire.

Based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s biography, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe aims to be an all-encompassing retelling
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Casting: Spacey, Watts, Fugit, Driver, Watson

Elvis & Nixon

Michael Shannon will star as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey will star as Richard Nixon in Liza Johnson's extraordinary true story feature "Elvis & Nixon". Kevin Connolly and Luke Wilson also star.

Cary Elwes along with Hanala and Joey Sagal penned the script about the morning of December 21st 1970 when Presley requested a meeting with Nixon for a very urgent reason - he wanted to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. [Source: Screen]

Shut In

Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Farren Blackburn's drama "Shut In" for Lava Bear Films and EuropaCorp. Christina Hodson penned the 2012 Blacklist screenplay and filming begins in Europe next year.

Watts plays a woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own and suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him. [Source: THR]

Outcast

Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous," "Gone Girl") has scored the lead role in Cinemax’s new
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Lifetime finds its Marilyn Monroe

Lifetime finds its Marilyn Monroe
Lifetime has found its Marilyn in Pan Am and The Aviator actress Kelli Garner. EW has confirmed that Garner will star as Marilyn Monroe in the network's upcoming four-hour miniseries about the Hollywood icon. Based on The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, Marilyn also stars Susan Sarandon as Monroe's mentally ill mother with whom she has a rather complicated relationship. According to Lifetime, the miniseries will reveal "what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world." Here's the official synopsis from the network: "Marilyn is both the personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity,
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Scoop: Pan Am's Kelli Garner Cast as Marilyn Monroe in Lifetime Miniseries

Scoop: Pan Am's Kelli Garner Cast as Marilyn Monroe in Lifetime Miniseries
Hello, Norma Jean.

Kelli Garner (Pan Am, My Generation) has scored the title role in Marilyn, Lifetime’s upcoming miniseries about Marilyn Monroe, TVLine has learned.

As previously reported, Oscar winner Susan Sarandon is set to play the bombshell’s mentally ill mom, whose struggle with her own demons had a profound affect on her famous daughter’s life.

Marilyn, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, promises to reveal “for the first time what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world.”

Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) penned the script and Laurie Collyer (Sunlight Jr.) will direct.
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Susan Sarandon To Play Marilyn Monroe’s Mother in Lifetime Miniseries

Asylum Entertainment, who previously delivered June Carter’s Cash’s biography to Lifetime, are teaming up with the network for another starry biopic; Marilyn. The show will take inspiration from the life of one of cinema’s greatest pin-ups, Marilyn Monroe, and has now landed its first cast member in Susan Sarandon.

Set to be a four-hour miniseries, the show will be based on Randy Taraborrelli’s book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe and written by 24‘s Stephen Kronish. Since its publication in 2010, Taraborrelli’s tome has been considered the definitive work on Monroe’s private life for its particular exploration of her drug issues and tumultuous relationship with her mother. While we’ve no word as yet on who the network have eyed for the titular role, Sarandon has signed on to play the actress’s notorious parent, Gladys Mortenson.

According to THR, Mortensen is described as “a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic,
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Susan Sarandon to play Marilyn Monroe's mother in Lifetime miniseries

Susan Sarandon to play Marilyn Monroe's mother in Lifetime miniseries
Susan Sarandon is coming to a small screen near you. EW has confirmed that Sarandon has joined Marilyn, Lifetime's upcoming four-hour miniseries. Based J. Randy Taraborrelli's New York Times bestseller, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, the miniseries promises to reveal "what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world." Sarandon will play Monroe's mentally ill mother. The official description adds, "Marilyn is both the personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity, and a fragile artist who seeks the approval and protection of men. But after tumultuous marriages with Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller,
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Scoop: Susan Sarandon to Play Marilyn Monroe's Mom in Lifetime Miniseries

Scoop: Susan Sarandon to Play Marilyn Monroe's Mom in Lifetime Miniseries
Susan Sarandon has signed on to play the mother of all bombshells in Lifetime’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe miniseries, TVLine has learned.

The Academy Award winner will portray Monroe’s mentally ill mom, whose struggle with her own demons had a profound affect on her famous daughter’s life.

Marilyn is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) will pen the script and Laurie Collyer (Sunlight Jr.) will direct.

The four-hour miniseries, which has not yet cast its title role, is slated to air in 2015.

Sarandon is best known for
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Katie Holmes Back as Jackie Kennedy in Reelz Sequel Miniseries ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’

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Katie Holmes Back as Jackie Kennedy in Reelz Sequel Miniseries ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’
The Kennedys” lives on as ReelzChannel has picked up a sequel miniseries with Katie Holmes attached to reprise her role as the former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The four-part “The Kennedys: After Camelot” will follow the story of Jackie and the family after the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy. Also coming back are the production team of Muse Entertainment, director Jon Cassar and writer Stephen Kronish. Holmes will also direct an episode of the follow-up miniseries, and serve as an executive producer alongside Intuition Productions owner Keri Selig. Cassar will direct the other three installments. The first miniseries ended.
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Lifetime Takes on Marilyn Monroe: Upon Which Actress Do You Wish This No-Win Scenario?

Lifetime Takes on Marilyn Monroe: Upon Which Actress Do You Wish This No-Win Scenario?
When it comes to its 2015 development slate, Lifetime prefers blondes.

The female-skewing cabler has given the green light to a miniseries about iconic Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe, TVLine has confirmed.

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The project, titled Marilyn, is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) will pen the script and Laurie Collyer (Sunlight Jr.) will direct.

So, getting back to the question posed in the headline: Who’s on your short list to play the (thankless) title role?

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Producers Guild Honors ‘The Artist’ As Best Film of 2011; Best Picture Oscar to Follow?

Last night the Producers Guild of America (PGA) gave out awards for achievement in films and television released in 2011. The big winner was The Artist, which took home the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. As the winner of this award takes the Best Picture Oscar three times out of four, any betting on the top Oscar honor is pretty much over at this point. Read on for the full list of winners. The PGA website provides the list. In each case I've left the full slate of nominees, and winners are bolded. I'm happy to see the excellent A Tribe Calle Quest doc, Beats, Rhymes and Life, picking up the award for best documentary. The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: The Artist Producer: Thomas Langmann Bridesmaids Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend The Descendants Producers: Jim Burke,
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Oscars: “The Artist” takes top Producers Guild prize – Analysis – Awards Alley

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hollywoodnews.com: It’s beginning to look a bit like a landslide. The Producers Guild of America is the latest group to reward Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” with its year-end Best Picture honors, paving the way for what could be Oscar domination next month.

The black-and-white and predominantly silent film has been picking up top prizes throughout the season, winning Best Picture awards at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globes. On accepting the PGA distinction, producer Thomas Langmann said that when they “dreamed of making ‘The Artist,’ we knew we were dreaming of writing a love letter to American cinema.”

Oscar nominations arrive on Tuesday morning, and “The Artist” is expected to lead all films with the most nominations. It’s best to caution against landslide victories in what amounts to “the primaries.” Last year, David Fincher’s “The Social Network” did very
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The Artist, The Adventures Of Tintin, Downton Abbey: Producers Guild Winners

John Goodman, The Artist Motion Pictures Darryl F. Zanuck Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures * The Artist Producer: Thomas Langmann Bridesmaids Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend The Descendants Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin The Help Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green Hugo Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese The Ides Of March Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver Midnight In Paris Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum Moneyball Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt War Horse Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures * The Adventures Of Tintin Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg Cars 2 Producer: Denise Ream Kung Fu Panda 2 Producer: Melissa Cobb Puss In Boots Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou Rango Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures * Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels
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The PGA Awards Nominations Are Here

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The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominees for their 2012 film and TV awards.

The Producers Guild Awards (PGA) nominees include the obvious choices such as The Artist, The Descendants, and Hugo, but also some films that have not often been mentioned in the build-up to the Oscars, including Moneyball, The Help, The Ides of March. Among the TV nominees, as well, are 30 Rock, Modern Family, Game of Thrones, and Mad Men.

The PGA has also chosen ten nominees this year for Best picture, but the Oscars will choose between five and ten. Here are the nominees:

The theatrical motion picture nominees are:

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Artist

Producer: Thomas Langmann

Bridesmaids

Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend

The Descendants

Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin

The Help

Producers: Michael Barnathan,
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2012 Producers Guild Of America Awards Nominations Announced

The 2012 Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards have been announced. We’ve got some really good nods in there with The Artist, The Help, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Descendants, The Ides Of March, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball, War Horse and even Bridesmaids picking up nods in the live action motion picture category.

The Adventures Of Tintn, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss In Boots and the excellent Rango were shortlisted in the animated category.

These awards are a very good indication as to what will make up the nominations for the coveted Academy Awards nominations, which are announced next month.

The PGA awards are dished out on the 21st of January.

Here are the nominations, along with the TV nominations, in full.

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Artist

Producer: Thomas Langmann

Bridesmaids

Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel,
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Producers Guild Award Film Nominations Announced

The Producers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the PGA Awards and it's hard not to agree with every movie on the list. All of the ones I've seen are great films, and the ones I haven't seen I've heard are amazing. The only two on the list I haven't watched are The Artist and The Descendants, both of which I'm looking forward to seeing. I'd love Hugo or War Horse to take home the top prize though. Those were my two favorite movies of 2011. The winners will be announced on January 21st, 2012; check out the full press released with the list of nominations below and tell us what you think! What would you like to see win?

Here's the Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA (January 3, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards.
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Producers Guild of America Picks 2012 Nominees

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The movies “Bridesmaids,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Midnight in Paris” were among the nominees announced today for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

The awards, which go to TV and film producers, often help forecast the Oscar nominees and winners.

The fact that “Bridesmaids” made the list is an indication that the light comedy may be in the running for some major nominations when the Oscars roll around. A number of expected movies,
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