Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic Is the Laughingstock of the Internet

Rich Juzwiak · 11/16/14 12:40PM

Lifetime's stiff treatment of the life of Aaliyah Haughton, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, was not exactly so bad it was good, but it was fun to mock. Basically, you had to put in work to find good in the boring, terribly cast, musically inept slog. Aaliyah died in a plane crash at age 22 in 2001; Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B felt longer than her actual, brief life.

This Is Not Whitney Houston

Rich Juzwiak · 07/10/14 12:13PM

Via Entertainment Weekly, it is America's Next Top Model Cycle 3 first-runner-up-turned-actress Yaya DCcosta as Whitney Houston in Angela Bassett's upcoming biopic for Lifetime (set to air in early 2015). The cover of Houston's 1987 sophomore album, Whitney, is the reference point:

Helena Bonham Carter's Liz Taylor Is Infinitely Better Than Lohan's

Rich Juzwiak · 07/23/13 01:06PM

The other 2013 Elizabeth Taylor biopic aired on British TV last night. Burton & Taylor featured Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter in the title roles, focused on the twice-divorced couple's reunion on Broadway in 1983's revival of Private Lives, and received generally positive, if unenthusiastic, reviews. That's way more than the widely mocked Lindsay Lohan vehicle, Liz & Dick, which aired earlier this year on Lifetime, could claim.

Do We Really Need Two Linda Lovelace Biopics?

Maureen O'Connor · 12/20/11 03:05PM

Why does Hollywood do everything in duplicate? After Lindsay Lohan dropped out of Linda Lovelace biopic Inferno, Amanda Seyfried announced she would be playing Lovelace. Shortly thereafter, Malin Akerman announced she would replace LiLo as Lovelace. Why are there so many mixed signals in the casting of this role, I wondered.

Tuskegee Airmen Have Yet To Publicly Voice Concerns That George Lucas Will 'Jar Jar Up' Their Story

Seth Abramovitch · 06/17/08 04:15PM

For his next trick, franchise-despoiling superproducer George Lucas has opted to abandon his long-delayed follow-up to Howard the Duck—having deemed the character not "sacred enough to really warrant a full-on sequel violation"—and instead has turned to the inspirational true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American combat squadron to fight in World War II:

Mike Tyson To Siphon Off Of Jamie Foxx's Gravitas

Rebecca · 02/24/08 01:34PM

Jamie Foxx is the poor man's Denzel Washington, so it makes sense that he's set to play Mike Tyson in the boxer's upcoming biopic. Washington's boxer, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter embodied many of the racial tensions of the 1960s. Mike Tyson is just a crazy dude with a thing for pigeons. Good thing Foxx knows how to play crazy. [ShowBiz Spy]