Michael Jackson Lifetime Biopic ‘Searching For Neverland’ Gets First Trailer — Watch

Michael Jackson Lifetime Biopic ‘Searching For Neverland’ Gets First Trailer — Watch
Lifetime’s new Michael Jackson biopic, “Searching for Neverland” has released its first trailer, and it’s everything you might expect from a Lifetime Original movie about Michael Jackson.

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The source material for the project is a book by Motown Records titan Berry Gordy, called “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days.” The script is by “Beauty Shop” writer Elizabeth Hunter, and Dianne Houston (“Runaway Island”) is directing. Lifetime announced the project had been given the green light during a TCA presentation in January, Shadow and Act reports. The story will be told from the perspective of Jackson’s bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, and will also explore his relationship with his children, Prince, Blanket, and Paris.

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Michael Jackson Is Getting the Lifetime Movie Treatment

Michael Jackson Is Getting the Lifetime Movie Treatment
Hours after Sky Arts announced it would not air the controversial Michael Jackson episode of the British series Urban Myths, Lifetime has announced Jackson-related project of its own.

The network announced via press release on Friday that a Michael Jackson TV movie is currently in pre-production. The movie, working title Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, is based on the best-selling book, Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, and will begin filming in Los Angeles in February.

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Searching for Neverland will tell the story of Jackson's final days through the eyes of his trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. The Walking Dead's Chad L. Coleman has been cast as Whitfield, while Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi will play the King of Pop, in his acting debut.

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Lifetime’s New Original Movies Include Viola Davis, James Franco, Michael Jackson

Lifetime’s New Original Movies Include Viola Davis, James Franco, Michael Jackson
Lifetime has unveiled its latest slate of original movies, and they include not only the return of James Franco but the debut of Viola Davis.

“High School lover,” executive produced by James Franco, stars Franco as the father of a high school student (Paulina Singer) who falls in love with a much older man (François Arnaud). Papa Franco must intervene before the crush turns into a dangerous obsession. Jerell Rosales directs from a script written by Amber Coney (“Mother May I Sleep With Danger?”) and Jessica Dube. “High School Lover” will premiere Feb. 4.

Britney Ever After,” starring Natasha Bassett as Britney Spears, will cover the pop star’s rise and fall and rise again. It is produced by Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime. Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Joan Harrison are executive producers. Leslie Libman (“Manson’s Lost Girls”) directs from a script from Anne-Marie Hess. “Britney Ever After” will debut Feb. 18.

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Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Carlton Jordan, Karenna Gore Set for Film Adaptation of ‘Ghetto Plainsman’

A film based on writer, activist, longtime vegan athlete, and youth worker Jarid Manos’ memoir “Ghetto Plainsman,” is in the works, with Jordan Walker-Pearlman (“The Visit”) directing from a script he co-wrote with Carlton Jordan, Manos, and Elizabeth Hunter. Walker-Pearlman is also producing… Continue Reading →
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Karenna Gore Exec Producing Movie Based on Ecological Activism Book ‘Ghetto Plainsman’

Karenna Gore Exec Producing Movie Based on Ecological Activism Book ‘Ghetto Plainsman’
Karenna Gore and former Obama Administration advisor Barry Johnson are executive producing a movie based on Jarid Manos’ memoir “Ghetto Plainsman,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Jordan Walker-Pearlman (“The Visit”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Carlton Jordan and Manos, along with Elizabeth Hunter. Walker-Pearlman and Jordan (“Love Handles”) are also producing.

Johnson arranged the film’s financing. He’s a business executive who has worked for the Obama Administration, Sony Music, Disney, the Staubach Company, and the joint venture of Microsoft and Bet.

“Ghetto Plainsman,” published in 2007, covers a man’s journey to find himself from his abusive rural Ohio childhood to the violent streets of 1990s New York, where he’s a drug dealer and self-loathing hustler, to America’s Great Plains — where he comes face to face with similar violence caused by man’s inhumanity towards nature. He sees his connection to all forms of
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 11; What Will You See?

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 11; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 11. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide 90 Minutes in Heaven Director: Michael Polish Cast: Kate Bosworth, Hayden Christensen, Jason Kennedy, Fred Dalton Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, Michael W. Smith, Elizabeth Hunter, Bobby Batson, Hudson Meek Synopsis: "Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before. Don was in Heaven. When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle! Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids,
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'Jumping The Broom' Sequel Moving Forward?

News surfaced last year that a sequel to the 2011 romantic comedy was in the works, and now it looks like it's finally happening. We've learned that Jumping The Broom 2 is moving forward from Our Stories Films and Td Jakes Productions.  Recall that the original pic starred Paula Patton and Laz Alonso as a couple looking to unite their very different families over a wedding weekend on Martha's Vineyard. This time around, the story is set in New York City, also with "two very different families" who come together for a wedding weekend. Elizabeth Hunter, who penned the original movie, is attached as writer and producer, with Tracey Edmonds and Td Jakes producing and DeVon Franklin...
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Circle Of Confusion Adds Two Managers

The company recently has added Elana Barry and Julian Rosenberg to its manager ranks. Barry joins Circle of Confusion from Anonymous Content, bringing clients including producer Dana Baratta, and writers Elizabeth Hunter and Micah Schraft. She also worked at Wma and UTA. Rosenberg had been a literary manager at Caliber Media, following a stint in the UTA agent trainee program. Clients include filmmakers Jonah Tulis & Blake Harris, screenwriters Michael Starrbury and Matthew Bass and TV writer Keith Foglesong.
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DVD Review: 'The Eye of the Storm'

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★★☆☆☆ Poorly timed and fatally flawed, Fred Schepisi's familial Aussie bitchfest The Eye of the Storm (2011) (adapted from the Patrick White novel of the same name) somehow found its way into UK cinemas earlier this year with almost no fanfare. It's hardly surprising when you consider that this is one of the strangest, most mind-boggling dramas outside of Shane Carruth's Upstream Color, seemingly designed as a thespian three-way between Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis. Davis is perhaps the only one of this triumvirate to come away with any kudos, such is the flaccid nature of this botched melodrama.

Rampling, last seen in son Barnaby Southcombe's neo-noir I, Anna, hams it up as dying wealthy matriarch Elizabeth Hunter, who watches on with veiled glee as her actor son Basil (Academy Award winner Rush) and aloof, high-society daughter Dorothy (Golden Globe winner Davis) rush to her side in
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2013 Humanitas Prize Finalists Announced

Twenty-seven writers including John Gatins, Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell were named finalists in nine categories for the 39th annual Humanitas Prize. The writers will compete for $95,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon September 20 at the Montage Beverly Hills. The Humanitas Prize was created to honor TV and film writers for telling stories, which “truly and deeply explore the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens,” the org says. Of the finalists, executive director Cathleen Young said, “These gifted storytellers made us laugh and cry and ultimately, brought us closer together as a family by deeply exploring what it means to be human!” Click over for the full list of nominees: Feature Film Category Flight Written by: John Gatins Django Unchained Written by: Quentin Tarantino Silver Linings Playbook Written by: David O. Russell Sundance Feature Film Category Fruitvale Station Written by:
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Fred Schepisi talks The Eye of the Storm

While The Eye of the Storm is currently playing in cinemas across Britain, we were fortunate enough to speak to the renowned Australian filmmaker behind the adaptation of Frank White’s eponymous Nobel prize winning novel – catching up with Fred Schepisi, to discuss the pressure of taking on such a project, working with Geoffrey Rush, and what it was like directing his very own daughter…

Your previous feature was 8 years ago – was the lengthy break out of choice, or were there just not many intriguing projects coming your way?

I had a number of projects that we raised the money for, only to have it disappear as we were about to go into production. Of course this project was done in 2011. It took a while longer to get going than we all thought it would.

Had you read The Eye of the Storm before getting involved in the film?

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The Eye of the Storm – review

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The cantankerous, complex, gay Patrick White published his lengthy The Eye of the Storm in 1973, the year he became the first (and still the only) Australian to win the Nobel prize for literature. Adapted by Judy Morris, it's the first major film based on a White novel, and clearly a labour of love for Fred Schepisi, whose first Australian movie this is since A Cry in the Dark, his underrated movie about the Lindy Chamberlain case, an event that touched on various themes of place and national identity that are to be found in White.

It's the story of a rich, egocentric old matriarch, Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) and her two expatriate children, Sir Basil (Geoffrey Rush), an actor living in London, and daughter Dorothy (Judy Davis), a divorced French princess living in Paris, who returns to inherit her wealth. Both are in
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The Eye of the Storm – review

The acting's great - but there's a smaller, fiercer movie trying to burst out of this drama about a tyrannical woman on her deathbed

Somewhere inside this baggy, stately, beautifully acted movie there's something smaller and fiercer busting to get out.

Veteran film-maker Fred Schepisi has directed an adaptation of the 1973 novel by Australian Nobel laureate Patrick White. Charlotte Rampling cuts a Miss Havisham-type figure as Elizabeth Hunter, a brilliant and demanding woman slowly dying – and succumbing to morphine-fuelled flashbacks – as she summons her grownup children to her elaborately furnished Sydney home to impose her caprices on them one final time, torturing them with suspicions about what they can expect in her will.

Her putative heirs – to her neurotic personality, if not necessarily her cash – are the successful and conceited stage actor Basil, played by Geoffrey Rush, and the unhappy Dorothy (Judy Davis), still addressed as "Princesse" after a failed marriage to some European aristocrat.
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The Eye of the Storm Review

The eponymous Patrick White novel of which The Eye of the Storm is based upon, won the Nobel Prize in 1973, and has since been considered ‘unfilmable’. However such a myth has been dispelled somewhat, as Fred Schepisi’s first feature for close to a decade makes for a delectable visual experience, enhanced by a provocative score and a trio of immense lead performances. Though with the actors on board and director at the helm, you can’t help but feel that this remains slightly unsatisfying.

We enter in to the final weeks of the life of wealthy Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling), as the influential and affluent mother of two is on her death bed, waiting impatiently for her children Basil (Geoffrey Rush) and Dorothy (Judy Davis) to arrive. Having dictated much of her offspring’s lives, this ageing socialite is now dictating her very own death, alienating her children one final time before passing.
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The Eye of the Storm Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

Ageing Australian socialite Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) lies dying in her stately Sydney mansion while her over-indulged children - Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush's fey luvvie and respected Oz thesp Judy Davis's divorced aristo - bicker over her inheritance. Based on Patrick White's waspish novel, this is the first Australian film by director Fred Schepisi since 1988's Evil Angels.
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Nominees of the 44th NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image Awards have announced the nominees for their 44th annual awards show during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Niecy Nash (The Soul Man), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Garcelle Beauvais (Flight), Tyler James Williams (Go On), and Zendaya (Shake It Up!) announced the categories and nominees.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will air live on Friday, February 1 (8 Et live/Pt tape-delayed) on NBC.

Following is the list of categories and nominees for the 44Th NAACP Image Awards:


Outstanding Comedy Series

"Glee" (Fox)

"Modern Family" (ABC)

"The Game" (Bet)

"The Mindy Project" (Fox)

"The Soul Man" (TV
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Geoffrey Rush Talks The Eye Of The Storm, The Best Offer, and the Development of Pirates 5

The Australian drama The Eye of the Storm, directed by Fred Schepisi and adapted from the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, tells the story of Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling), as her son and daughter return home to convene at her deathbed. As Sir Basil (Geoffrey Rush), a famous but struggling actor in London, and Dorothy (Judy Davis), a broke French princess, attempt to reconcile with their formidable and tempestuous mother to ensure their inheritance, all Mrs. Hunter wants to do is choose when and how she will die. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush talked about how he came to be a part of The Eye of the Storm, why he wanted to work with director Fred Schepisi, how gratifying it is to get such great feedback from American audiences about the film, how he went about understanding this character, and
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The Eye of the Storm | Review

Tempest Trap: Schepisi’s Latest Feature Never Quite Elevates Beyond Mild Blip on the Radar With his first film project since 2005 (and first theatrical release since 2003), Australian auteur Fred Schepisi has returned with an oddly unassured but worthwhile vehicle, The Eye of the Storm, featuring some top notch thespians, including the iconic Charlotte Rampling (her headlining presence more than reason enough to seek it out). But whereas there’s a bizarre heterogeneous triptych going on between its three main characters that never quite manages to congeal itself comfortably in the proposed narrative, the end result somehow manages to be a fascinating creature, one that perhaps will be remembered lovingly as an under seen title from Schepisi’s later filmography.

Based on a 1973 novel lauded as a literary classic by Patrick White, it’s 1972 in Australia and Charlotte Rampling stars as Elizabeth Hunter, an aged socialite on her death bed. Once
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Lifetime Greenlights ‘Abducted: The Carlina White Story’ To Air This Year

The network’s original movie will star Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd in the real-life story Abducted: The Carlina White Story. It centers on a girl (Palmer) who after being abducted as an infant from a New York hospital, solved her own kidnapping and reunites with her biological parents 23 years later. It was the first know infant abduction from a NY hospital; White was taken by a desperate wannabe mother (Ellis) who raised her as her own child in Bridgeport, Conn, until White began to suspect something wasn’t right. Lifetime said today that shooting is set for next week in Vancouver for a premiere later this year. Pilgrim Studios (Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy) is producing, with Craig Piligian an executive producer alongside Mary Martin and Alan Gasmer. Actor Vondie Curtis Hall is directing a script by Elizabeth Hunter (Jumping The Broom).
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Fox Searchlight Acquires untitled pitch from Tracey Edmonds and Shaunie O'Neal

Jumping the Broom writer Tracey Edmonds and Basketball Wives star Shaunie O'Neal untitled pitch tells of young woman who follows her husband to Miami after he's drafted into the NBA. Hurled into the world of professional sports, she meets and learns from other players' wives, learning from their trials and tribulations, reports Variety. Jumping Broom co-scribe Elizabeth Hunter is set to write the screenplay, while O'Neal and Edmonds are producing via Our Stories Films. O'Neal is the ex-wife of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal who stars in "Basketball Wives," as well as executive-producing, so I would say it's really not that much of a surprising and refreshing story, considering...
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