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BBC Three Orders Amanda Knox Docu From NBC News’ Peacock Productions

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 6:59am PST

BBC Three has ordered a docu onamandaKnox4-300x194 the Amanda Knox case update from NBC News’ Peacock Productions — Peacock Prods’ first UK commission out of its new London office. bbcthreePeacock predicts its one-hour special, Is Amanda Knox Guilty? will be the first TV docu on the case since an Italian judge announced the second guilty verdict on January 30 — it’s scheduled to air on BBC Three on Monday, February 17. Read More »

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Kate Beckinsale Joins Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Face Of An Angel’

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 5:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Kate Beckinsale is set to join Daniel Bruhl and Cara Delevingne in The Face Of An Angel, a drama that Michael Winterbottom will direct from a script by Paul Viragh. The film is based on the book Angel Face by Barbie Latza Nadeau, and the plot bears some resemblance to the travails of Amanda Knox. Knox is the American woman who, with a boyfriend, was convicted of killing her housemate in Italy, serving four years before her conviction was overturned. Here, Delevingne will play the suspect in a murder, and Beckinsale plays a journalist pursuing the case. Bruhl plays a documentary filmmaker who’s also trying to get to the bottom of things. The film begins production in Tuscany, Italy. BBC Films is backing the production and Melissa Parmenter is producing. Beckinsale, who’s repped by UTA and Media Talent Group’s Geyer Kosinski, most recently completed the Brad Anderson-directed Eliza Graves with Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess.

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Fox Drama Project Produced By Steve McPherson Echoes Amanda Knox Story

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 6:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In their second sale this season, Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price (The Game Plan) have set up drama Guilt at Fox with Stephen McPherson executive producing alongside them. The fictional project draws parallels to the story of Amanda Knox. Guilt, from Lionsgate TV and McPherson’s Wonder Monkey which has first-look deals at Fox and Lionsgate, is described as a sexy, soapy, twisted thriller about an American girl who is studying abroad in London. When her Irish roommate is brutally murdered, she finds herself the prime suspect and focus of an international media frenzy. The series will explore the different levels of guilt of everyone in this mystery – from the suspect, to the police, to the prosecution, to the defense team, to the tabloids, to the victim’s family. American Knox was studying in Italy when she was arrested and then tried for the gruesome murder of her English roommate. Earlier this month Millard and Price, repped by Paradigm, Kaplan/Perrone and Karl Austen, sold a drama to ABC with Mark Gordon producing for ABC Studios. Their feature Fallen, directed by Scott Hicks, is going into production later this year. This is the latest sale for McPherson who has been very prolific in his first season as a producer. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’, ‘DWTS’ & ‘NCIS: LA’ Hit Lows, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Up

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

You know we’re in the May sweep now as the wildcard element came into play Tuesday. Going to two hours last night for the first of two Tuesdays in a row, The Voice (3.7/11) was  again in Knockout Round mode with Team Blake and Team Usher cutting to a final four like fellow judges Adam Levine and Shakira did the night before. While easily the highest-rated show on TV last night, Voice tumbled 10% from its 8-9 PM airing April 23 to hit a season low. That’s the second Tuesday in a row the NBC series has been up against a new NCIS (3.0/10) on CBS, and the second Tuesday in a row it was down double digits. Things are about to get a lot more interesting too: Tonight will see a network reality trifecta as The Voice, American Idol and Survivor go head-to-head-to-head for the first time this season.

Following The Voice last night was Grimm (2.0/5) in its new Tuesday slot, replacing the now-cut Ready For Love. Not only did Grimm deliver far better that its slot predecessor (up from Ready For Love’s 1.0/3 on April 23), but as expected the Voice lead-in proved a healthy jolt for the police procedural. It was up 54% from its last Friday broadcast April 26, marking the series’ highest-rated episode since October.

Related: TV Weekly Warfare: ‘The Voice’ Dethroned, Fox & CBS Hold Demo & Viewer Leads

The most-watched show of the night with 17.68 million viewers, NCIS bopped up 7% from its April 22 episode. The same could not be said of NCIS: LA (2.2/6), which fell 19% to a series low as it faced the extended hour of The Voice. Its lead-out, freshman Golden Boy (1.3/4), also suffered. Down 7%, the new show tied its lowest-rated Tuesday broadcast. With 12.79 million watching, CBS was No. 1 in viewers Tuesday while NBC took the top spot in the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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Lifetime To Update ‘Amanda Knox’ Movie, No Sequel Plans For Now

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 3:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lifetime’s controversial movie about the murder trial and conviction of American exchange student Amanda Knox in Italy will get an update in light of today’s court verdict that acquitted Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of the 2007 murder of Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher. From now on, rebroadcasts of  Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy will include a new opening and closing card that includes updated information on Knox’s successful appeal and acquittal. Viewers will see the difference tomorrow night as the movie is scheduled to air at 9 PM, followed by a 1 AM broadcast on Wednesday and another primetime showing, at 10 PM on Thursday. According to a Lifetime rep, the airings had been scheduled weeks in advance and their timing in respect to Knox’s verdict was completely coincidental (but certainly fortuitous as it will likely bring extra eyeballs to the movie in light of all the publicity surrounding the overturned conviction). As of now, there are no plans to do a sequel to the movie, which starred Heroes alumna Hayden Panettiere as Knox. Read More »

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CABLE RATINGS: Amanda Knox Does OK But No Match For Craigslist Killer

Nellie Andreeva

Amidst controversy, Lifetime’s original movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy debuted last night with solid though unspectacular 2.8 million viewers. That was up 5% over the 2010-11 Lifetime original movie average but down from Lifetime’s first original movie of the year, The Craigslist Killer, which drew 5.4 million viewers last month, 2.7 million of them in the 25-54 demographic. (Amanda Knox‘s 25-54 tally was 1.4 million. The hour-long documentary, Beyond the Headlines: The Amanda Knox Story, which immediately followed the movie, drew 1.9 million viewers vs. 3.7 million for docu Beyond the Headlines: Catching the Craigslist Killer, which followed the Craigslist Killer movie. The Amanda Knox movie, which chronicles the trial against U.S. student Amanda Knox (Hayden Panettiere) who, along with her boyfriend, was found guilty in the murder of her roommate in the Italian town of Perugia, was a hit online, driving the most Web traffic ever for a Lifetime movie.

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Amanda Knox’s Lawyers Move To Stop Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of the family of convicted killer Amanda Knox objecting to Lifetime’s upcoming telefilm about her controversial trial, lawyers for the infamous U.S. student and her ex-boyfriend who were found guilty of killing Knox’s roommate in Italy, have asked the cable channel to pull the movie. According to news reports, attorneys Carlo Dalla Vedova and Luca Maori have sent a formal letter to Lifetime demanding that the movie is quashed and its trailer removed from the network’s website as the case is going through an appeal. They are threatening legal action if the network doesn’t do so by Feb. 10.

Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, which stars Heroes alumna Hayden Panettiere as Knox, is scheduled to premiere on Feb. 21. Knox became an instant international celebrity (nicknamed Foxy Knoxy) when she was arrested in 2007 for the gruesome murder of her British roommate inside the duo’s cottage in the medieval Italian town of Perugia after what prosecutors said was a violent night fueled by sex and drugs. After an 11-month … Read More »

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Amanda Knox Story To Become Lifetime Original Movie Starring Hayden Panettiere

Nellie Andreeva

The story of Amanda Knox, the U.S. exchange student convicted by an Italian trial jury of brutally murdering her roommate, is getting the Hollywood treatment as a TV movie with Heroes star Hayden Panettiere as Knox. Lifetime has greenlighted the project, tentatively titled The Amanda Knox Story, from reality producer Craig Piligian (Ghost Hunters). It will air in 2011.

Knox became an international object of fascination not just because of her wholesome good looks but also because of the unbelievably gruesome facts of the crime. The media also unleashed revelations about her sex life (her nickname became Foxy Knoxy) after the then 20-year-old and her Italian boyfriend were arrested in November 2007. They were accused of killing Knox’s roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher who was found slain inside the duo’s cottage in the medieval Italian town of Perugia after what prosecutors said was a violent night fueled by sex and drugs. The charges were that Knox, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede, sexually assaulted Kercher and Knox slashed the roommate’s throat with a knife. Prosecutors described Knox as a “coiled spring” filled with vengeance because her “prissy roommate” had criticized her grooming and sexual habits.

After an 11-month trial, Knox last December was sentenced to 26 years in prison. Sollecito received 25 years and, in a separate trial, Guede received 30 years. Knox maintains her innocence and has appealed. The case also drew political attention when U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell from Knox’s home state … Read More »

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