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'Amanda Knox' Lifetime Movie Will Get Update, But No Sequel ... Yet

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 10:30AM
Lifetime Amanda KnoxAs the news broke that an Italian court had freed Amanda Knox, we couldn't help but hope for a Hayden Panettiere-fronted sequel to the Lifetime movie 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.'

Well, it looks like our dreams will have to stay just that.

According to Deadline, Lifetime has no plans for a sequel to the 2011 movie. You know what that means? Start your campaigns for an episode of 'The Good Wife' or 'Law & Order: SVU'!

The Los Angeles Times reports Lifetime has altered the TV movie to include several sentences explaining the latest changes to the case. They will appear before and after the film.

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Amanda Knox is Free! Bring on the Lifetime Sequel

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 4:43PM
Amanda Knox Lifetime SequelAmanda Knox is a free woman. Yep, she's been acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student she met while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, and is heading home.

What's next? We hope another Lifetime movie.

In February 2011, 'Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial in Italy' aired on Lifetime. Starring Hayden Panettiere and Marcia Gay Harden, the movie was typical Lifetime fare. There was drama, romance and violence and the Knox family wasn't too keen on it. In fact, they tried to have the movie blocked from air. But their efforts were unsuccessful, and the film was watched by 2.8 million viewers.

When the movie aired on Lifetime, the 'Heroes' star told AOL TV she did a copious amount of research, but didn't form an opinion on her guilt or innocence.

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Hayden Panettiere's 'Free Diving' Talk on 'Chelsea Lately' Sounds Dirty (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 15th 2011 6:10AM
Hayden Panettiere on 'Chelsea Lately'When Hayden Panettiere visited 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), the host wanted to know all about the actress' penchant for "free diving."

As she explained, it differs from scuba diving because you turn off the scuba tank, hold your breath, wear a weight belt and dive below water to swim with dolphins, whales and the like.

Otherwise, "when you're wearing a scuba tank, the sound of it [on] will scare them away," she said. "People do it as a sport -- they go really far down."

"How far down can you go?" asked Handler. The actress was unable to answer the question due to cackles from the studio audience. Panettiere chuckled. Handler said, "Why's everyone so dirty? I've trained my audience so well."

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Hayden Panettiere Talks Meeting Her Huge Boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 21st 2011 12:50PM
Hayden Panettiere on 'Regis and Kelly'When Hayden Panettiere sat down to chat with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, the hosts just had to ask the petite actress about her towering boyfriend, heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko. (He is 6-foot-6, more than a foot taller.) The couple met at the launch party of a coffee-table book. "I said, 'You're huge!' and he said, 'You're tiny!'" recalled Panettiere on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

Panettiere then bragged that he got down on his knees at their first introduction: Klitschko wanted to see if they'd be the same height. And they were.

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Hayden Panettiere on Playing Amanda Knox in Controversial Lifetime Movie

by Pat Gallagher, posted Feb 21st 2011 9:00AM
Hayden Panettiere stars in 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy' on Lifetime
Lifetime Television is taking a bold step by airing their made-for-TV movie 'Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial in Italy' tonight at 9PM ET, given the ongoing controversy over the case.

Most of the country is aware of Knox, due to the almost-constant news reports covering this international headline-grabbing story: Knox, an American exchange student, was accused by Italian authorities of brutally stabbing and killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher on November 2, 2007 in their flat in Perugia, Italy. After a well-publicized and controversial trial, Knox was convicted of murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison; her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. An acquaintance, Rudy Guede, was sentenced to 30 years, which was reduced to 16 in 2009.

Knox's family has apparently made an effort to block the film, saying it creates an "evil opinion" of their daughter while lawyers appeal her conviction.

Hayden Panettiere, best known for her role as cheerleader Claire Bennet on 'Heroes,' plays Knox in the movie. There's a lot riding on her shoulders playing a living person who is currently spending her days and nights in a small jail cell awaiting word on her appeal. We spoke to Panettiere to find out if she had reservations about making this movie, if she had an opinion of Knox's guilt or innocence and if she made an attempt to meet Knox in person.

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Amanda Knox's Lawyers Want Hayden Panettiere Lifetime Movie Pulled

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 7th 2011 11:40AM
Hayden Panettiere'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere's new Lifetime movie, 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy,' is scheduled to premiere Feb. 21. But if Knox's lawyers have anything to say about it, the movie won't air at all.

According to Deadline, Knox's legal team has formally petitioned Lifetime to pull the movie from its schedule and remove a trailer on its website while Knox's case is still under appeal. Knox's lawyers say that if Lifetime doesn't comply by Feb. 10, they will persue legal action against the network.

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Casting Roundup: Hayden Panettiere to Play Amanda Knox, Joe Jonas Guests on '90210' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2010 6:00PM
Hayden PanaettiereHayden Panettiere has signed on to play Amanda Knox in Lifetime's TV movie based on the real-life story of Knox, an American exchange student who was convicted in Italy for murdering her roommate.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie tentatively titled 'The Amanda Knox Story' will air in 2011. Robert Dornhelm will direct with a script from Wendy Battles of 'CSI: NY' and 'Law & Order.'

Knox and her boyfriend were arrested in 2007 and accused of killing Meredith Kercher. Knox's trial lasted for nearly a year and ended with a 26 year prison conviction. She has maintained her innocence and appealed.

In other TV news ...

Joe Jonas will guest star on The CW's '90210.' The singer who has also appeared on 'Hot in Cleveland' and multiple Disney shows and movies will play himself and escort Adrianna to a magazine cover party. [Ausiello Files]

Peter Coyote has joined the ever-expanding cast of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Coyote will play the district attorney, boss to the characters played by Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard. [Deadline Hollywood]

Jim Gaffigan will guest star on 'Royal Pains.' The comedian and former star of 'My Boys' will play Pete Stambleck, a park ranger who turns up with a personality change. Look for Gaffigan in the season 2 finale. [TV Guide]

Callie Thorne has been cast in USA Network's 'Necessary Roughness.' Thorne will play a psychiatrist who takes a gig as a consultant to a professional football team and quickly becomes sought after by other celebrities. The project is based on a true story. [Deadline Hollywood]

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CW Pilots: Tracy Anderson Reality Show, 'Nomads,' 'Hellcats' & More

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 18th 2010 11:30AM
The scrappy CW network has long been seen as the underdog when it comes to primetime competition; could this year's pilot season finally prove that it's still a contender?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has been busily ordering pilots and presentations, all boasting a lot of star power behind the scenes.

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Claire Leaps Off a Ferris Wheel on 'Heroes' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 5:45AM
Heroes, Claire BennetCats out of the bag now! The heroes have kind of been in their own little world up til now, but that all changed when Claire leaped off a ferris wheel in front of mere mortals.

All we needed was creepy-nice Sylar saying, "It's a brave new world." It's a great set-up for a 'Heroes' (Mon., 9PM on NBC) reboot, if the show indeed comes back for another season.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: 'Heroes' - 'Brave New World' (season finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 9th 2010 2:08AM
'Heroes': 'Brave New World'
(S04E19)
Volume Five came to a climactic end, and as with past volumes, it was both exciting and a little bit of a letdown. But also in keeping with tradition, it left the door open for exciting possibilities in Volume Six, teased at the end of the episode, despite a fifth season not being a certainty at this point.

I suspect, though, that NBC will in fact bring the show back, despite it's lackluster ratings performance. A reboot, of sorts, to the franchise could revitalize it in the same way 'Chuck' has seen ratings improve this season. Properly handled, 'Heroes' is a show that could go several seasons. "Properly handled" is the key to that phrase, and it has been mismanaged for too long.

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The CW Greenlights Dramas From Hayden Panettiere, Tom Welling

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 3rd 2010 11:45AM
For the last half decade, 'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere and 'Smallville' lead Tom Welling have been performing superheroic acts in front of the camera. But do their powers extend behind the camera as well?

That's the question the CW is looking to answer: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the youthful network has given the greenlight to three new pilots, including shows from both Panettiere and Welling, who will be trading in their tights for the mantles of executive producer.

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Review: 'Heroes' - 'The Wall'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:30AM
Heroes: The Wall
(S04E17)
While not quite as surreal as Pink Floyd's version, 'The Wall' still offered a pretty trippy experience for Sylar and Peter. Several years and a few hours later, it didn't seem like they were going to make any progress on Peter's hare-brained scheme to bust Sylar out of his mental prison.

The rest of the episode showed us Samuel's attempts to create a permanent rift between Claire and Noah by revealing to Claire, and us, the "Secret Origin" of H.R.G. By that I don't mean the origins of the odd fashion choice Mr. Bennett has made in eyewear, but the secret past he hasn't shared with Claire, Sandra or anyone in his life.

Why do this? Because apparently, and I still don't know why, Claire is important to Samuel's plans. In that she is a "special," I agree. In any other regard, she's not that remarkable. And where he left things, it seems he just might have figured that out.

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Review: Heroes - The Art of Deception

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 26th 2010 3:35AM
Heroes: The Art of Deception(S04E17) Forces are starting to converge at the Sullivan Bros. Carnival as we get closer and closer to the finale -- two weeks away now! After last week's stunt where he wiped out an entire town, the "family" at the carnival is understandably a little wary of Samuel. He did, after all, erase a small town killing hundreds of people. I'd give him a wide berth.

Maybe if I was invulnerable, I'd be more willing to get closer to him. Claire certainly has no reason to be afraid, right? She stumbled upon her father's plans regarding taking down Samuel and shutting down the carnival for good. Like Edgar, she is concerned about Noah's plans to break apart the family. Noah, as usual, is bull-headed and stubborn. I'm just not sure under what authority he was acting throughout this episode.

As for Sylar, we saw him at the Parkman house. And we know how powerful Matt is. Maybe, just maybe, this psychopath can be taken care of for good. Not hardly.

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Review: Heroes - Pass/Fail

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 19th 2010 4:15AM
Heroes: Pass/Fail(S04E16) "Objection, your honor. He's reciting the opening to Quantum Leap." -- Adam Monro, prosecuting attorney in Hiro's mind-trial

This week, it was time to deal once and for all with that pesky tumor in Hiro's brain. This isn't Eli Stone, after all. Not to mention how downright loopy he's been lately. So apparently the resolution is for his body to collapse while he faces a strange trial in the diner where he met, failed-to-save, and then did save Charlie. David Anders reprised his role as Adam Monroe to prosecute our time traveling hero, while George Takei presided over the thing as his father and the judge.

The rest of the episode was split between Sylar's quest to figure out why Lydia's ability was directing him to Claire, and Samuel's attempts to woo Vanessa after he'd kidnapped her. I can say, that I thought he was off to a rough start on that one.

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Review: Heroes - Upon This Rock

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 5th 2010 1:25AM
David H. Lawrence XVII(S04E13) Samuel's plans are coming together as he finally tracks down one of the last pieces he knows to make his utopian dream of a home for people with special abilities a reality. At least that's the snowjob he spends most of the episode feeding Claire. And in typical Claire fashion, she remains just as conflicted and confused as she always is.

Speaking of confused, remember when Hiro spouted off some nonsense and then disappeared last time we saw him? I thought maybe it was a reference to something I'd forgotten -- it happens -- but instead it was just the first sampling of whatever that dude did to his brain. It takes Sam's "swiss cheese memory" from Quantum Leap to a whole new level.

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