Long before Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, there was another young American woman on a trial for murder that became a media spectacle. I’ve learned exclusively that Christina Ricci has been tapped to play Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime original movie about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother. Directed by Nick Gomez and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the movie tells the story of Fall River, Mass., resident Borden, who finds herself on trial for the brutal murder with a hatchet-type weapon of her father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and his second wife, Abby Durfee Gray Borden, at their family home. She was acquitted at a trial, which drew national attention, though no one else was ever charged with the crime, which has remained unsolved. Despite being found guilty in the court of public opinion in her native town, at least in some circles, Borden lived in Fall River for the rest of her life. Judith Verno (Lifetime’s Drew Peterson: Untouchable) executive produces the movie, which joins such recent entries at the network as Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, Prosecuting Casey Anthony and the upcoming Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, which also is exec produced by Verno. Elizabeth Montgomery played Borden in the 1975 ABC movie The Legend Of Lizzie Borden. Additionally, Chloe Sevigny was attached to play the role in a miniseries for HBO two years ago.
Last night, Christina Ricci attended the 2013 Fresh Air Fund “Salute To American Heroes” in New York City. I have just added 99 HQ and MQ images from the event into our photo gallery!
Yesterday, Christina Ricci was in Boston to celebrate at the Rooftop @ Revere Launch Party. I have just added 9 HQ images from the event into our photo gallery!
U.K. based sales banner Moviehouse Entertainment is looking to draw up deal memos with foreign buyers for former studio animation division high flier Frank Gladstone’s The Hero of Color City.
Featuring the voices of Christina Ricci (Mermaids), Rosie Perez (Do The Right Thing) and Craig Ferguson (How To Train Your Dragon), the project is now in final animation production.
Toonz Entertainment and Exodus Film Group brought in Moviehouse Entertainment to handle International sales for the movie which details the story of the adventures of a diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect, not only their magical multi hued homeland, but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster.
It is aimed at three to six year olds.
Moviehouse has a one minute teaser it is screening at the Cannes Market.
Gladstone (The Road to El Dorado) has worked within the animation divisions of Disney, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks.
The Hero of Color City is produced by Max Howard, former president of Warner Bros Feature Animation who collaborated on movies such as Space Jam, The Iron Giant, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and John D. Eraklis (Igor), the founder/CEO of VFX and production services banner Exodus Film Group.
The deal was negotiated by financiers Toonz Entertainment’s COO, P. Jayakumar and Mark Vennis, co-managing director of Moviehouse Entertainment.
The film is being co-financed by Toonz Entertainment with delivery set for summer 2014.
Magnolia Pictures will release the film theatrically in North America.
Happy wedding planning, Christina Ricci! Since exclusively confirming to Us Weekly in February that she’s engaged to James Heerdegen, the 33-year-old actress has been busy planning their upcoming ceremony — and it’s harder than she thought.
Us caught up with the bride-to-be at the Night at the Pier Event in NYC on Monday, Apr. 29, and got an update on how the plans are coming along.
“I have a designer who is a friend of mine who is designing a dress for me,” Ricci shared. “I have a venue picked out and a caterer. It’s slow going . . .”
The Bel Ami actress told Us she’ll be having a “moderately sized” wedding, but did not specify a date. “I’m excited to be with all my friends and family,” she explained, “and just have a lovely night.”
Still on her to-do list? Booking the honeymoon!
“We’re figuring it out. It’s more overwhelming than I thought it would be, but the rumors are true. Wedding planning is overwhelming,” she said with a laugh.
Ricci and Heerdegen, a dolly grip, met on the set of her canceled ABC series Pan Am in 2011. “I love so many things about him,” she gushed to Us. “He’s my favorite person on Earth.”
And she “absolutely” hopes to have children some day with her future husband. “I can’t wait to have our own little world replete with small beings!” she said.
I have updated our photo gallery with an additional 85 HQ and MQ images of Christina Ricci attending the Costume Institute Gala on May 6th!
I have updated our photo gallery with the first photos of Christina Ricci attending the 2013 Costume Institute Gala in New York City on May 6th. There is a total of 19 HQ images and more will be added as they are released!