In case you hadn’t heard, Lindsay Lohan is getting all serious on us and is starring in a super distinguished biopic of Elizabeth Taylor called Liz & Dick…..for Lifetime. Yes, the life story of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor will be immortalized as a Lifetime Movie starring Lindsay Lohan. The first images of Lohan as Taylor and Grant Bowler as Taylor’s lover/husband Richard Burton. Lohan really doesn’t look anything like Taylor, but I guess we should all just be happy that she actually showed up on set like a professional.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Liz & Dick is currently in production.
Turner Classic Movies is not only a great TV station, but is also serves as an archivist. Their moving year-end “Remembers” montages highlight not just the famous faces we lost, but the character actors, cinematographers, writers, and other cinematic artists who didn’t get publication-spanning obituaries at the time of their passing. TCM has footage of all of almost all of the artists we lost in 2011 and they’ve once again woven a touching tribute.
In 2011, we lost some good ones including Pete Postlethwaite, Peter Falk, Cliff Robertson, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Laura Ziskin, and Sidney Lumet. As far as editing goes, I think the “TCM Remembers 2010″ video is better, but they’re both worth your time so I’ve included both after the jump.
Paramount is finalizing an option deal to develop a feature based on Furious Love, an account of the public love affair of Hollywood royalty Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. According to Deadline, the studio is pursuing the project as a possible directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese. Paramount reportedly beat out several other suitors, including Natalie Portman and The King’s Speech writer David Seidler, to secure the rights to the book by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger.
Scorsese is in post-production on Hugo Cabret for the November 23 release. The director has collected a number of potential follow-ups: including the hitman drama The Irishman, a Frank Sinatra biopic, and the period adaptation Silence. The story of Taylor and Burton certainly has plenty to offer a man who loves Old Hollywood. Both were married when they met on the set of Cleopatra in 1960 and began the romance. The affair incited endless public scrutiny and swarms of paparazzi for the next decade and a half. Burton and Taylor eventually married in 1964, divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975, and separated for good in 1976. Read the official synopsis for Furious Love after the jump.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at the age of 79. ABC News has confirmed that Taylor died of congestive heart failure this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Taylor’s career in Hollywood spanned five decades. She was nominated for five Oscars and she took home the award for Best Actress for her riveting performances in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and BUtterfield 8. While she retired from acting in 2001, she was one of Hollywood’s greatest legends and one of the most in-demand stars of the 1950s and 60s. In 1985, she devoted herself to fund-raising and activism against AIDS and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Our deepest condolences go out to Ms. Taylor’s friends and family. Hit the jump for a statement from her son Michael Wilding.