Lizzie Borden takes another whack… Lifetime has ordered the limited series Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, in which Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Christina Ricci (Monster) will reprise her haunting role as the notorious murder suspect she portrayed in the network’s hit original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (#LizzieBorden). Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Clea DuVall (Argo) will also reprise her role in the series as Lizzie Borden’s sister, Emma. The announcement was made today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, Good Will Hunting) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise. Emmy nominee John Heard (The Sopranos) will portray William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew, while Lizzie’s half-brother William will be played by Andrew Howard (Hatfields & McCoys). Six-one hour installments of Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will air on Lifetime in 2015.
“For more than a century, the world has been captivated by the legend of Lizzie Borden. But no one has captured her enigmatic menace as well as Christina Ricci,” said Sharenow. “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (Lizzie Borden Took An Ax) and Ricci. The limited series will be written by Greg Small & Rich Blaney (Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret), Barbara Nance (House of Lies), Jason Grote (Mad Men) and David Simkins (Grimm). Stephen Kay (Sons Of Anarchy) will direct episodes one and two.
A huge congratulations to Christina and her husband!
It’s a boy! Christina Ricci recently welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband James Heerdegen, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.
The former child actress, now 34, first sparked pregnancy speculation in late May when she stepped out at LAX airport in Los Angeles with a tell-tale baby bump, confirming the news via publicist shortly thereafter.
The new parents couldn’t be more excited about welcoming their little bundle of joy. “They are thrilled and ready for a change of pace,” a pal told Us at the time.
The couple, who first met on the ABC series Pan Am in 2011, tied the knot on the Upper East Side in New York City in October 2013. Us exclusively broke the news of the intimate nuptials, where the duo were feted by close family and friends at the Harold Pratt House and Peterson Hall.
“I love so many things about him,” the Addams Family and Mermaids actress gushed to Us of Heerdegen back in May 2013. “He’s my favorite person on Earth,” she said, adding at the time that she “absolutely” wanted kids. “I can’t wait to have our own little world replete with small beings!”
Ricci’s rep did not respond to requests for comment.
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News broke today that Christina is in fact pregnant with her first child. Congratulations to both Christina and her lovely husband!
First came love, then marriage and now Christina Ricci is ready for a baby carriage!
The actress, 34, is expecting her first child with husband James Heerdegen, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The mom-to-be’s pregnancy was revealed as she made her way through Los Angeles International Airport in a belted black dress with Heerdegen on Saturday.
After meeting on the set of her former show Pan Am, Ricci and Heerdegen, a camera technician, went public with their relationship in February 2012, and announced their engagement one year later.
In October, the couple wed in an intimate ceremony at Manhattan’s Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall.
“I can’t wait [to call him], ‘Husband,’ because then I can really throw my weight around,” Ricci joked to PEOPLE before the nuptials.
And soon it will be, ‘Dad!’
Convinced the traditional method of releasing most Australian films in cinemas is failing, producer Brian Rosen is rolling the dice with an adventurous plan to launch the Christina Ricci-Jack Thompson drama Around The Block.
The former chief executive of the Film Finance Corporation, forerunner to Screen Australia, has abandoned a conventional cinema season to self-fund a round of ”special event” screenings in June followed by a fast release on video-on-demand (VOD) and DVD just a month later.
Rather than a traditional cinema season of up to 20 cinemas, Rosen is staking $200,000 in advertising to tap the potential of iTunes, Foxtel, BigPond, Apple TV and other similar services.
Director Sarah Spillane’s gritty debut film, which has Ricci as an American teacher who introduces Shakespeare to the Aboriginal students at Redfern High School, had an encouraging reception at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.
Shot in Sydney on a $2 million budget, it also stars Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires) as a student from a troubled family who wants to be an actor and Thompson as the school’s headmaster.
Rosen says the market has ”dramatically changed” since another film dealing with contemporary indigenous life, Samson & Delilah, took $3.2 million in cinemas five years ago.
In specialty cinemas, such as the Palace and Dendy chains and independents, Australian films have to compete with an increasing number of mainstream movies, festivals and screenings of theatre, opera and ballet productions.
”It’s always been tough for Australian films but now it’s really, really, really tough,” Rosen says.
”The traditional [model] of theatrical [release] then DVD, then pay television is broken. It doesn’t work for us.
”Anybody who invests in Australian film is losing money on that model, unless it does major sales overseas.”
While The Railway Man and Wolf Creek 2 have had strong results opening in more than 200 of the country’s 2000-odd cinemas in recent months, other Australian films have struggled to get a decent release.
Rosen backed away from a conventional release for Around The Block when cinema operators baulked at a faster-than-normal release on VOD and DVD.
”We said we’ll lose money if we do it in a traditional way and only go out in 10 or 20 screens.
”We have to try this other model. If we ever want to see any real money back from this film, we need to make it available to people whichever way they want to get it.”
Around The Block will follow The Turning in having special event screenings that include Q&A sessions with the director and cast – minus Ricci – at half a dozen cinemas around the country.
”We’re having to four-wall the movie ourselves,” Rosen says. ”So we’re paying to put it into cinemas, have an audience come to it and build up the word-of-mouth.”
The film reaches cinemas on June 16 and, after an advertising campaign, it will go out to the home entertainment audience on July 16.
”We’ve decided that instead of spending to promote the theatrical release, we’re going to spend to promote the VOD and DVD release.”
Rosen says research and the reception at festivals suggests the film has an audience, especially among women aged 35-plus and young people who are more likely to download than go to cinemas.
”We’re saying let’s see if we advertise in that VOD space, can we get 100,000 or 200,000 people to download it? If they do that and a download on iTunes is $7.99, suddenly you’ve got $1.5 million, which is a good result.”
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