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preview: Fall movies on Lifetime

Set your DVR! Some interesting movies are airing on Lifetime this fall.

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The Wateher in the Woods

Starring Anjelica Huston, Tallulah Evans
Directed by Melissa Joan Hart
Written by Scott Abbott

Premieres October 21 at 8pm ET/PT

In this reimagining of the ‘80s cult classic, Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into idyllic Aylwood manor for the summer, Mrs. Aylwood  [Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston] thinks she looks a lot like her daughter who vanished 20 years before. The family is warned against entering the woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest. Jan starts to investigate the weird things which start happening.

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FLINT

Starring Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott and Marin Ireland
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Written by Barbara Stepansky

Premieres October 28 at 8pm ET/PT

Inspired by the Time Magazine story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn, Flint focuses on whistleblowers who exposed the environmental scandal. After discovering that Flint, Michigan water is contaminated and has been causing major illnesses to themselves and  their families, LeeAnne Walters (Betsy Brandt), Melissa Mays (Marin Ireland) and Nayyirah Shariff (Jill Scott) join forces to expose the wrongdoings committed by their government officials.

Lifetime has partnered with the United Way of Genesee County on a PSA, featuring the cast of Flint, to encourage viewers to donate to help the people of Flint. Funds raised will go to much needed short-term, immediate relief, including purchasing filters and bottled water, and long-term health and development needs for the children of Flint and their families. More information HERE.
The Lost Wife of Robert Durst

The Lost Wife of Robert Durst

Starring Katharine McPhee and Daniel Gillies
Directed by Yves Simoneau
Written by Bettina Gilois

Premieres November 4 at 8pm ET/PT

Based on the book A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst by investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst tells the story of Robert Durst’s first marriage. Kathie (Katharine McPhee) falls in love with real estate scion Robert Durst (Daniel Gillies). When Kathie disappears in 1982, her family and friends become concerned and disturbed that the police aren’t taking the case seriously. While Durst is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of his close friend, questions remain and The Lost Wife of Robert Durst explores what may have happened between Durst and Kathie.

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Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer

Starring Andreas Damm and Toni Garrn
Directed by Norman Stone
Written by Amber Benson

Premieres November 11 at 8pm ET/PT

Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer tells the story of the sprint runner dubbed the “Blade Runner” who rose to fame after winning a gold medal in Paralympics and being the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. Oscar (Andreas Damm,)  had a fairy tale  romance with model Reeva Steenkap (Toni Garrn)  until he shot and killed her one morning. Told from the perspective of Reeva and her mother gives viewers a glimpse into what happened that night.

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I Am Elizabeth Smart

Starring Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy and Alana Boden
Directed by Sarah Walker
Written by Tory Walker
Narrated and Produced by Elizabeth Smart

Premieres November 18 at 8pm ET/PT

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of Elizabeth Smart’s abduction. Part of a cross-network event with A&E, Lifetime’s I Am Elizabeth Smart is an authorized movie about the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, told from her perspective and with her full participation. In June 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Ann Smart (Alana Boden) was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell (Skeet Ulrich). He brought her to an encampment where he and his accomplice Wanda Barzee (Deirdre Lovejoy) held Elizabeth captive. Elizabeth Smart narrates the movie and is also a producer

The two-part documentary special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography debuts on A&E on November 12 and 13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lifetime’s Holiday Movie Line-Up

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An En Vogue Christmas
Saturday, November 22 at 8pm ET/PT

Description: Over the years, the funky divas of En Vogue have gone their separate ways, until they are asked to perform a benefit concert to save the club that made them stars. They put aside their hesitations to reunite for the special night, but first must overcome their challenging history with their former manager Marty (David Alan Grier) the man responsible for breaking them up. In the spirit of the holidays, the ladies find forgiveness and come together for an epic En Vogue Christmas concert to keep the club from closing its doors forever. Stars Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Rhona Bennett as themselves and features some of En Vogue’s biggest hits and two new original songs. Genelle Williams also stars.

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Seasons of Love
Sunday, November 23 at 9pm ET/PT

Description: Kyla (LeToya Luckett) and Amir’s (Cleo Anthony) new romance is thrown for a loop when Amir’s father (Richard Portnow) suddenly passes away and Kyla’s ex Miles (Rob Riley) comes back into the picture. The two struggle to determine what truly matters to. Starring and executive-produced by Taraji P. Henson and also starring Gladys Knight and Cliff “Method Man” Smith.

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
Saturday, November 29 at 9pm ET/PT

Description: Grumpy Cat (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) is a lonely cat living in a mall pet store. She never gets chosen by customers and has a dour outlook. One day during the holidays 12-year-old Chrystal enters the pet store and falls in love with her after realizing she is the only person who can hear this unique cat talk. As the two develop a close friendship during the holiday rush, Grumpy reluctantly thwarts the kidnapping of an exotic dog she dislikes, and on Christmas Eve rescues Chrystal after the mall closes.

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Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’
Saturday, December 6 at 8pm ET/PT

Description: Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello (Wyatt Ralff), who is doing his best to navigate fifth grade at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School during the 1960s. His father (Danny Nucci, The Fosters) runs the local diner, and their family’s claim to fame is their cousin, Annette Funicello (Krysta Rodriguez, Smash), the famous teen star and Mouseketeer. With the Christmas pageant on the horizon, the holiday season gets exciting with the sudden arrivals of a substitute teacher (Molly Ringwald) and a feisty Russian student. Also stars Meat Loaf, Annabella Sciorra (CSI), Cheri Oteri, Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men) and Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives).

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The Santa Con
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm ET/PT

Description: Small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson, Hart of Dixie) is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy (Tucker Meeks) that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary (Melissa Joan Hart) hears this, she is livid and can’t believe he would break a little boy’s heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching – and with the help of an insightful female pastor (Wendy Williams) – Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy’s mother Carol (Melissa Sagemiller, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own? Jaleel White, Scott Grimes (Party of Five) and John Ratzenberger (Cheers) also star. Hart also directs this film.

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