5 Lifetime original movies that caused a stir

Cape Town – Everyone is talking about the upcoming Lifetime original movie about Oscar Pistorius. (Read more here)

But this is not the first time the network has made headlines with their television films. 

Here are 5 other films that caused a stir:

1. Britney Ever After (2017)

This is one of the most recent biopics to be screened on the network. The two hour film detailed her career and troubled personal life. The pop star however slammed the film and came out to say that she did not approve it. (Read more here)

Criticism surrounding the movie included the casting, the inaccuracies of key events in her life, the singing and even the fashion. Social media reactions from fans and celebrities were harsh. 

Watch the trailer here:

2. Whitney (2015)

The Whitney Houston biopic received a lot of backlash from Houston's family. Before it aired her sister Pat posted a statement on her official website telling fans to brace themselves for the worst and that her mother had asked the network to not do the story. 

The film starred Yaya DaCosta as Houston and Canadian singer Deborah Cox on vocals.

Watch the trailer here:

3. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014)

Another biopic about a singer that was surrounded with drama. Right off the bat the family did not approve of the film. 

Music producer Timbaland and rapper/singer Missy Elliot who were close friends and worked with Aaliyah were very vocal about the film. 

In an Instagram rant he had choice words about the casting, and called the film a bullshit movie. (Read more here)

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Despite all the negativity surrounding the film it was the second most watched TV movie in 2014. 

Watch the trailer here:

4. The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)

According to Rolling Stone the film was shot in just 16 days. 

The film stars Amanda Fuller who looks nothing like Murphy at all. The actress told TV Page that she had two days to prepare for the role. 

Time reported that the network pegged the biopic as a murder mystery. But that it did not explore the darker speculations surrounding her life and death. 

Watch the trailer here:

5. William & Kate: The Movie (2011)

This biopic aired 11 days before the royal couple tied the knot.

It stars Camilla Luddington as Kate Middleton and Nico Evers-Swindell as William and was directed by Mark Rosman and written by Nancey Silvers.

Some of the main criticisms surrounding the film was that it was shot in the US and that the actors didn't resemble the real-life couple at all. 

The Guardian called it "awful, toe-curlingly, teeth-furringly, pillow-bitingly ghastly" while The Daily Mirror said the movie "takes the romance of the century and turns it into a cheap, shonky and unintentionally hilarious filmus horribilus."

Watch the trailer here:

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