Wednesday, February 16, 2011

“Amanda Knox Felt Ill When She Saw Herself Portrayed in New Movie - ABC News” plus 1 more

“Amanda Knox Felt Ill When She Saw Herself Portrayed in New Movie - ABC News” plus 1 more


Amanda Knox Felt Ill When She Saw Herself Portrayed in New Movie - ABC News

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PERUGIA, Italy Feb. 7, 2011

Amanda Knox was shocked and hyperventilating when she saw a TV newscast in her Italian prison cell this weekend about Hayden Panetierre playing her in the Lifetime TV movie "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy."

The news report included disturbing clips from a movie trailer for the film, which includes a gritty portrayal of the murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher as well as sex scenes.

Knox's stepfather Chris Mellas told ABC News that in her weekly phone call home, Knox was emotional and said, "I was physically ill when I saw the images. I thought I was going to throw up."

Knox, who was 20 at the time of the murder, explained how strange it was to see a "girl who looked like her, dressed like her, playing her life," the stepfather said. Knox, who is now 23, fought back tears during the phone call, explaining her frustration with having no control over her life and how her life is being portrayed. Her family said she is not aware of the magnitude of the press surrounding her life, and that she avoids watching television and readings newspapers.

Knox's lawyers faxed, emailed and couriered Lifetime TV a formal complaint on Feb. 3. If Lifetime doesn't respond by Feb. 10, Knox's lawyers will take legal action, the complaint states.

The family of Amanda Knox tried to get Panettiere to meet with the imprisoned American before starring in the new Lifetime movie.

A trailer and images from a press screener for the Lifetime channel movie, which airs Feb. 21, debuted on the Internet this week and has upset both Knox's family as well as the family of Meredith Kercher, who Knox was convicted of killing on Nov. 1, 2007.

Video from the movie trailer indicates there are graphic scenes in the movie. One quick segment shows Kercher stripped down to her bra, pinned to the floor and screaming as she is groped by the men playing Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, two men convicted along with Knox in the killing.

The trailer shows Knox, portrayed by Panettiere, in a steamy bed scene with Sollecito. At one point the Italian prosecutor states ominously, "Under the angel face, she is capable of anything."

Amanda Knox's stepfather, who visited with her in her Italian prison last week, said the family objects to the portrayal of Amanda in the movie.

"We, quite some time back, asked Hayden to visit Amanda, but they never got back to us after several conversations," Mellas said.

Mellas told "Good Morning America" today, "This thing with Lifetime, I think, is them doing nothing more than trying to make a buck. And it's disgusting. It's not appropriate to profit off other people's pain."

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'Burn Notice' Sam Axe Prequel Movie Begins Production in Bogota, Colombia - Associated Content

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TV Line is reporting that the "Burn Notice" Sam Axe prequel movie, starring Bruce Campbell in his role as the future side kick of burned super spy Michael Weston, is starting up in Bogota, Colombia. The film will air sometime this spring.

The movie, set in 2005, has Sam Axe in his last mission as a Navy SEAL in South America, dealing with a faction of Colombian rebels. Along the way he will uncover "--some dark secrets of the area and, in turn, learns hard lessons about deception and sacrifice."

The rest of the cast has been rounded out, giving hints as to what the story is all about. Chandra West will play Donna, a woman Sam has been seeing. RonReaco Lee, who recently played on the now canceled series "The Good Guys," will be Dr. Ben Delany, who runs a charity clinic and is beset by terrorists. Kiele Sanchez, who played Nikki Fernandez on "Lost," will play a humanitarian food relief worker who has some trouble with men in uniform, especially Sam. Rounding out the cast will be John Diehl, who played Kawalsky on the big screen version of "Stargate," who will be Sam's boss, Rear Admiral Lawrence.

The script was written by "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix and the film will be directed by Jeffrey Donovan, who plays Michael Weston on the show.

Campbell plays Sam as a slightly seedy, paunchy former Navy SEAL whose skills and experience compensate for his aging physique. In order to play Sam in his earlier days, Bruce Campbell will almost certainly have to undergo a course of physical conditioning. SEALs, being the best of the best of special operators, exercise for strength and endurance.

The hints offered in the TV Line article give further insight into what created the Sam Axe we know and love, knocking back mojitos, chasing women, and lending Michael Weston a hand out of friendship and for extra beer money. Clearly something unpleasant happened to Sam, though in any case he would have been at about the age that it would be time to retire from the Teams in any case.

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