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Lifetime Biopic Actors vs. the Real Life Stars They’ve Portrayed on TV


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With Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B making its debut this Saturday, we’re most struck by the resemblance between the film’s star Alexandra Shipp and the late R&B singer. The young actress has Aaliyah‘s style down, especially when she serves the singer’s tomboy-ish, hip-hop swagger. And then at other times, we’re reminded that this is a Lifetime film and there’s really no replicating Aaliyah. Overall Shipp does a better job of bringing the singer’s story to life on the small screen than other performers who came before her. Amanda Fuller was too distracted by a poor choice of wigs in The Brittany Murphy Story to accurately portray the troubled actress. When it came to Liz & Dick, there was no getting past that Lindsay Lohan was somehow just playing an older version of herself. And then there was Jewel as June Cash Carter in Ring of Fire. An inspired choice until you remember that Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for portraying the same person on the big screen eight years earlier. Check out the gallery above to see how Lifetime’s actors compare to the real life subjects they portray on the small screen.

See Shipp in action as Aaliyah in a clip from the upcoming film.

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Matt Damon Is Casual About Seeing Ben Affleck’s Penis, Joseph-Gordon Levitt Is Confirmed for New…

Matt Damon Is Casual About Seeing Ben Affleck’s Penis, Joseph Gordon Levitt Is Confirmed for New...

Matt Damon finally hops on the Ben Affleck penis bandwagon, Joseph-Gordon Levitt signs on to play a former NSA contractor, Simpsons co-creator and terminally ill Sam Simon passes on his fortune to help others and more First Dibs.

  • Matt Damon finally speaks to seeing Ben Affleck’s penis: “I’ve seen it many times before [Gone Girl].” [Vulture]

  • Joseph-Gordon Levitt will play former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in a film directed by Oliver Stone. [Ace Showbiz]
  • The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon passes on his fortune after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012. [NBC]
  • A dad makes a mini Iron Man costume for his sick, infant son to help him “feel brave.” [Today]
  • Fox News host Megyn Kelly accidentally introduced former governor Mike Huckabee as Mike “F—abee.” Woops. [Daily Mail]
  • Tom Hanks adds author to his never-ending resumé, with his first published piece in The New Yorker. [Young Hollywood]
  • Mark Zuckerberg answers the question we all want to know: what the hell is with those grey t-shirts? [NY Mag]
  • Ben Feldman explains why A to Z may be cancelled. [Vulture]

  • Elle Fanning undergoes a complete transformation while shooting Three Generations. [Celebuzz]
  • Lorde and Jennifer Lawrence meeting was just one of the magical moments from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 premiere. [MTV]
  • Keke Palmer visits Big Morning Buzz Live and tells us about the funniest moment she had with an audience member during Cinderella.

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It’s a Boy for Leelee Sobieski

11/10/2014 at 11:00 PM ET

Its a Boy for Leelee SobieskiCharles Sykes/Invision/AP

It’s a boy!

Leelee Sobieski welcomed her second child with her husband, fashion designer Adam Kimmel, back in July, her rep tells PEOPLE.

Son Martin joins the couple’s 4½-year-old daughter, Louisanna Ray. (The baby was not born in August, as other outlets have reported.)

The actress’s rep confirmed Sobieski, 31, was expecting another baby after she stepped out for an event in May, where she showed off her belly in a cobalt gown.

Shortly after welcoming her first child, Sobieski admitted she was completely captivated by motherhood.

“I just can’t believe I’m a mom. It’s weird!” she told PEOPLE in 2010. “You look at your own mom differently. I realized, ‘You changed all my diapers? You did that?’ You really appreciate your mom.”

– Anya Leon with reporting by Julie Jordan

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DWTS: Who Got the Boot Before Tommy Chong?

DWTS: Who Got the Boot Before Tommy Chong?

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews

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11/10/2014 AT 10:30 PM EST

Going with great news – rather than just a great performance – is the best way to start off Dancing with the Stars. To that end, Monday’s installment killed it with the bulletin that oldie but goodie Tommy Chong made it for another week!

But Chong getting to stay meant that a (high-scoring) celebrity had to go. So it was a surprise when Lea Thompson – who looked stunning while performing some of her best dances – was named as the next hoofer to leave the ballroom.

“I just feel really great. I feel strong and I’m anxious to get back to my day job on Switched at Birth,” Thompson said. “I love this man [Artem Chigvintsev] and he’s a new pro and I think he did a great job with me.”

Here’s how the rest of the night played out:

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. The duo was smooth as silk in a cucumber cool foxtrot. “That’s the way to kick off the quarter finals!” said judge Len Goodman. “You really channeled the sophistication of a bygone era,” added judge Bruno Tonioli. Score: 37 out of 40

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. The original stoner tripped during this otherwise charming and simple Viennese waltz. “From old geezer to another old geezer, you are my hero,” chirped Goodman. Score: 29

Thompson and Chigvintsev. The actress looked as hot as one of the female pros in a sexy, showstopping samba. (And, as she reminded everyone, she is 53!) “You put the sin in syncopation,” said Goodman. Score: 34

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. Hough did what he did best – choreograph another gorgeous Viennese waltz for his very talented partner. “You threw yourself completely into the dance,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Score: 36

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. The Duck Dynasty star remained a constant beat behind during their jumpin’ jive that showcased Ballas’s always mad skills. “For tall girls the jive is a really difficult dance, but I thought it was terrific,” said Goodman. “You just lacked a bit of strength in your torso to keep it together,” added Inaba. Score: 33

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy. Despite a little slip-up with the pro’s patent leather shows, he and the Pretty Little Liars actress pulled off a judge-loving quickstep. “To me that was the best dance of the night so far,” said judge Julianne Hough. “It was a dance of such high quality,” added Tonioli. Score: 38


Ribeiro and Carson. The actor picked up another young and gorgeous blonde and danced a perfect paso doble to uber-hit “Turn Down for What.” “I can’t say I was a fan of the song but I was real fan of that,” said Goodman. Score: 40

Chong and Murgatroyd. Their silly samba featured the old comedian sandwiched between two “stewardesses” on Chong Air. Brilliant? “You have the look of a man who created the mile-high club!” said Tonioli. “I fly back to London tonight and I’m booking a ticket on Chong Air,” added Goodman. Score: 28

Thompson and Chigvintsev. The actress was lodged between two gorgeous, bare-chested men in a perfectly angry paso doble. “You killed it!” said Inaba. Score: 36

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. The YouTube star lucked out by getting pro Tony Dovolani in what was a terrific Argentine tango. “That was so dynamic and so powerful,” said Inaba. “I thought the changes from Tony to Derek and back were seamless,” added Goodman. Score: 38

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. The reality star managed to shine with her glamorous foxtrot, despite having to mirror female pro Emma Slater. “That is the best trio of the night!” said Goodman. “Do you not feel like a million bucks because you did everything prefect,” added Hough. Score: 40

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy. The actress performed the upside-down splits in a tribal salsa. “That was so fun to watch,” said Hough. “Janel, season 19, jungle queen!” added Tonioli. Score: 39

DWTS: Who Got the Boot Before Tommy Chong?
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