TCA: Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Debuts Oct. 6

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 5:02pm PDT

Lifetime’s newest drama Witches Of East End will debut October 6, the network’s EVP Programming Rob Sharenow announced at the start of that show’s Q&A session at TCA this afternoon. TV critics with suspicious minds wanted to discuss the fact that the name of Lifetime’s witch show sounds suspiciously like that of the John Updike novel made into a hit flick made into an ABC drama series that came and went in the blink of an eye. Witches Of East End exec producer Maggie Freidman, whose patience we hope we inherit in our next life, explained sweetly that her show is based on Melissa de la Cruz’s very popular novel of same name, and the idea is to attract the many fans of the book to the TV series, making all suggestions of a name change, however well-intended, pure horseradish. Besides, Friedman noted, the tone of her show is very different from that of the Updike-inspired ABC one. This one’s about Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond), whose particular curse is that she keeps giving birth to the same two daughters, over and over again — a sort of OBGYN Groundhog Day. The daughters keep dying, which causes her to get preggers again, and so on. Friedman says it’s a metaphor for motherhood, making motherhood sound like a perfect hell. Read More »

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Julia Ormond To Star In Lifetime Pilot ‘Witches Of East End’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In her first series regular role, Emmy winner Julia Ormond is set to star in the hourlong Lifetime pilot Witches Of East End. Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches Of East End centers … Read More »

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Ayelet Zurer Replacing Julia Ormond As Superman’s Krypton Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Superman is getting a new mom. Ayelet Zurer, the Israeli actress who starred in Angels & Demons and who played the wife of Avner (Eric Bana) in Munich, has been set to play the role of Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s … Read More »

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Myriad Pictures Handling Int’l Sales For Jennifer Lynch Thriller ‘Chained’

By | Friday September 2, 2011 @ 9:54am PDT

Myriad Pictures has picked up international sales rights for Jennifer Lynch’s psychological thriller Chained. Myriad will show buyers the first footage of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival next week. Chained, starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Julia Ormond and Eamon … Read More »

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First Look At Henry Cavill As ‘Man Of Steel’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros today released a first photo of British actor Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel, the franchise reboot that’s being directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. Cavill stars with Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Julia Ormond, Russell Crowe, Chris Meloni, … Read More »

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Julia Ormond In Talks To Play Superman’s Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Zack Snyder are in talks with Julia Ormond to play Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Man of Steel. I expect the deal to make shortly. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of  Jor-El, the … Read More »

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Julia Ormond To Co-Star On Final Season Of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’

Nellie Andreeva

Julia Ormond has been tapped for a season-long arc on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She will play the only major new character that will be introduced in the crime drama’s 10th and final season on USA Network. Appearing in all eight episodes of the season as a guest star, Ormond will play Dr. Paula Severin, a brilliant police psychologist who will be conducting mandatory sessions with Detective Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio), helping him unravel his tortured past.

Ormond’s casting comes just two weeks before the Season 10 premiere May 1, with production well under way. How will she appear in all episodes? She will start right away and, because her scenes are contained mainly within her office, the producers had planned to film them together, apart from the rest of the action. Shooting those scenes is expected to take a few days. Read More »

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