Elizabeth Smart
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‘I Am Elizabeth Smart’: America’s Most Famous Kidnap Victim Reclaims Her Truth in Lifetime Biopic

  Why didn’t she run? Why didn’t she scream? Why didn’t she tell puzzled bystanders or suspicious cops that she was, indeed, Elizabeth Smart? That Elizabeth Smart, the lovely, fairy-tale-obsessed 14-year-old who, in 2002, was snatched from her Utah home by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee and subjected to nine months of physical and psychological abuse fueled by Mitchell’s twisted God complex and sexual appetites. For 15 years, Smart has heard it all. From TV and radio talking heads. From lawyers and reporters and people on the street. From other kidnapping victims who reach out to her online and […]

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Lifetime’s ‘Flint’: Famous Faces Tackle the Michigan City’s Ongoing Water Woes

How often do you think about your tap water? As you hold a glass, a kettle, an apple under the faucet, is your mind on the menu, the bills … or maybe nothing at all? For some residents of Flint, Mich. — a downtrodden city an hour north of Detroit that once boasted General Motors’ largest plant — what filled their tubs and tumblers became a matter of economics. And then life and death. In 2014, state officials gave the go-ahead to use the notoriously polluted Flint River as a temporary water source, a cost-saving measure intended as a two-year […]

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Kyra Sedgwick, Ryann Shane Talk Lifetime’s Moving ‘Story of A Girl’

Lifetime’s Story of a Girl begins like many a modern parent-teen nightmare. Middle-schooler Deanna Lambert (Ryann Shane) is wooed by her big brother’s handsome flatterer of a best friend, takes a giant step toward adulthood and, in no time, learns a video of her “first time” has gone public — branding her a pariah at school and turning her home into a silently simmering war zone. But before you roll your eyes at the prospect of yet another “don’t post your naughty bits” cautionary tale, know this. Based on Sara Zarr’s young-adult novel and helmed by actress and first-time director […]

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Beaches: Idina Menzel Headlines Lifetime Remake of the Ultimate Chick Flick

Call them the wind beneath the wings of a new generation. This month, Idina Menzel of Glee and Frozen fame and House of Lies’ Nia Long step into the roles Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey made iconic in Beaches, 1988’s Oscar-nominated ode to female friendship, which gets a modern reboot on Lifetime. “I am a believer that what’s not broken doesn’t need to be fixed, but I have learned that there is a whole, young generation that has never seen Beaches,” Menzel says. “What a great opportunity to put a contemporary, multicultural spin on a classic theme about friendship. It’s […]

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Vivica A. Fox Talks Vivica’s Black Magic and Her Favorite Part of the Male Body

The weather may be chilly, but Vivica A. Fox and Lifetime are heating up Wednesday nights with their new reality series, Vivica’s Black Magic, premiering Jan. 4. Fox is on the prowl for charismatic and steamy exotic dancers for an all-male revue. The actress reveals, “The goal of Vivica’s Black Magic is to create the ultimate girls’ night out that’s going to be full of fantasy [and] excellent dancing while watching Vivica be the head chick in charge.” After seeing another all-male dance show, and noting the lack of diversity among the dancers, Fox set out to create a troupe […]

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5 Questions With Jacki Weaver of “Sister Cities” On Lifetime

Death is the launching point of the heartfelt, star-packed film Sister Cities which premieres Saturday on Lifetime, but its story is very much about how we choose to live our lives — and who we choose to let in or keep out. Originating as a critically acclaimed stage production penned by Colette Freedman (who adapted her own work for the film’s screenplay and spent time on set with the actors), Sister Cities follows four wildly disparate adult sisters, each with a different dad and named for a locale. There’s aspiring judge Carolina (Castle’s Stana Katic), sensitive author Austin (The Good Wife’s […]

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When Does Dance Moms Return? And What’s With the Cats?

Neither fraud conviction nor Ziegler defection nor — well, we guess, much of anything — can keep Abby Lee Miller and her reality show off of Lifetime. Yes, people, Dance Moms will return for the second half of its sixth season on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 9/8CT. Though Miller could be sentenced to up to 30 months in jail after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud (she learns her fate on Oct. 11), the show must apparently go on. No. Matter. What. And with star sisters Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler and their Abby-acolyte mom Melissa off to greener pastures, and hair-bow-loving spitfire — and frequent Miller target — […]

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Devious Maids Season 4 Finale recap: Daddy’s Girl

I cannot believe that we’re already at the end of season 4 of Devious Maids! So much has happened this season, it’s hard to keep up! Now that Adrian knows Evelyn is jealous about him possibly being with her former friend, Gayle, he’s being oh-so-generous by agreeing to every one of Evelyn’s divorce demands — even when it comes to money. Evelyn isn’t dumb and knows something is up. She quickly finds out that Adrian is in a chipper mood because he’s engaged to Gayle. Yep. Adrian has Evelyn right where he wants her. After she confided in Marisol, Genevieve’s secret about […]