Lifetime Original Movie

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Everyone has an image in their head of what a Lifetime Original Movie is. We think of them as starring washed up television actors who are giving terrible performances in overly schmaltzy stories centered on serious topics like domestic abuse and human trafficking. I mean, don’t we? Well, it looks like that standard operating procedure is changing over at the Lifetime Network, because THR has just released casting info for their upcoming biopic of fashion mogul Donatella Versace, and it’s actually loaded with great people. The movie is going to be called House of Versace, and it’s set to star Gina Gershon as the blonde-haired, tan-skinned head of the Versace Group, which she took over after her icon of a brother, Gianni Versace, was murdered in 1997. Gershon, in addition to being a lady who will likely look appropriately ridiculous in a bleach blonde wig, is still a damn strong actress who has given a great performance just as recently as last year’s Killer Joe, so this has to be seen as a real coup for the Lifetime Network—and she’s not even where the talent in this cast ends.

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If you logged on to Twitter at all yesterday evening, you were likely bombarded with tweets about Liz & Dick, a Lifetime Original movie that sucked, not to be confused with Lez & Dick, a Showtime Late Night Skinflick. That totally doesn’t exist. As of now. But I’m writing it. Hell, Lifetime was trending, as was the hashtag #lizanddick. What is less than surprising is how badly the film was received, but what has rustled my jimmies is the breadth of the coverage being devoted to it. Is anyone surprised? Does anyone care? Or is this just another chance to ride the easy train?

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