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EXCLUSIVE: See Aaliyah in the Studio with R. Kelly in Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

So much of Aaliyah‘s story is connected to R. Kelly. Whatever the extent of their romantic relationship, Kelly helped push the young star to the top of the R&B charts, producing her 1994 breakthrough album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. Lifetime’s upcoming biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (Nov. 15) explores the pair’s history, including the much rumored wedding when Aaliyah was only 15 years old. But before we get into that, let’s hit the booth. Read more…

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Why Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy Movie Is a Disgrace To Her Legacy

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

 By Christopher Rosa

Lifetime aired its buzzed-about biopic on the late Brittany Murphy — aptly titled The Brittany Murphy Story — Saturday night. Controversy reached a fever pitch last week when Murphy’s father Angelo Bertolotti told Examiner he is “outraged” by the “hideous, unauthorized, and completely untrue” film. However, after watching the movie, he isn’t too far off-base. 

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8 Reasons Why Dustin Diamond Was Pissed Off During the Saved by the Bell Years

[Photo Credit: NBC Productions]

[Photo Credit: NBC Productions]

By Christopher Rosa 

Lifetime aired its highly-anticipated movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story last night, and one thing is pretty clear by the credits: It was a hard knock four years for Screech (Dustin Diamond). Narrated by Bayside High School’s resident geek — and loosely based off Diamond’s 2009 tell-all Behind the Bell Unauthorized  puts Screech in one corner and his pretty-preppy co-stars (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley and Tiffani Thiessen) in the other. For two hours, we watch Diamond yearning to be hotter, edgier, drunker (yup) and the whole thing is really, really depressing. 

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Hayden Panettiere Defends Convicted Murderer Amanda Knox

In the wisest of wise career movies, Hayden Panettiere defended convicted killer Amanda Knox, whom Hayden is portraying in Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, premiering Feb. 21 on Lifetime. And we thought Hayden was committing career suicide by appearing in Scream 4!  “I believe in the person that she deep down was. And I think that no matter, regardless of innocent or guilty, I believe she was a… she has a spirit,” Pannettiere says of Knox, who was convicted of murdering Meredith Kurcher, alongside her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. “She was a young girl who had dreams and aspirations and was going to Italy to go to school and to broaden her horizons and have experiences and meet new people. And I don’t think that guilty or innocent takes away from that.” Well, it takes away some of it. Like, the ability to leave a prison cell for the next 26 years.

Despite Hayden’s kind words, Knox’s lawyers are threatening Lifetime with legal action if the movie isn’t pulled by Feb. 10. “My job was to play a girl who, regardless of what happened, was innocent in who she was. She’s not a malicious girl. She didn’t have any intention to do this. This wasn’t an angry or dark girl,” Panettiere claims. You know, just because an actor portrays a convicted murderer in a movie, that doesn’t mean he or she has to actually like that convicted murderer. Charlize Theron managed able to star in Monster without gushing about how innocent and spirited Aileen Wuornos was, and guess what? That’s right: Theron got an Oscar. Oh, also, no one thought she was a moron.