Singer Jewel is nearly unrecognizable with long brown hair, straight teeth (!) and blue eyes in her role as June Carter Cash in an upcoming Lifetime movie. The film, The June Carter Cash Story, was announced in May and started filming in Atlanta shortly afterwards. It’s based on the book Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash, which John Carter Cash wrote about his mother. The last person to portray June was of course Reese Witherspoon, who won an Oscar for it in 2005′s Walk the Line. But critics love a physical transformation, and Jewel getting veneers (temporary or permanent, we do not yet know) goes a long way into creating June’s signature look. For more on the project and some pictures of Jewel in costume from the set, hit the jump.
Yet another TV show has found itself saved from cancellation thanks to DirecTV. After facing the executioner, EW reports the FX legal drama Damages has been picked up by the same satellite provider that so graciously saved Friday Night Lights after NBC canceled it awhile back. However, unlike the deal with NBC which allowed new episodes of Friday Night Lights to be aired on NBC after their premiere on DirectTV, this deal for Damages will have the episodes air exclusively on DirectTV. The satellite provider has picked up two more seasons of the series consisting of 10 episodes each which will start airing in 2011. I haven’t watched Damages yet but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the series and performances from Glenn Close, Ted Danson and Timothy Olyphant.
Hit the jump for a new SyFy TV movie based on the Red Faction video game series and a brand new reality show inspired by a Funny or Die video.
As they suggest on the commentary, Ride with the Devil was a film without a home. When Oscar season came it was ignored, and for a film like this to get any traction it would need boosters. The studio had also gone through some changes, so it was someone else’s film, and it doing well could make the new management look bad. So the tale of Jack Bull Chiles (Skeet Ulrich) and Jake Roedell (Tobey Maguire), two Missourian bushwhackers fighting in the civil war, was dumped and got lost in a great year of cinema. Through the Criterion Collection, it threatens and deserves to be reincarnated. My review of Criterion’s Blu-ray of Ride with the Devil follows after the jump.