Oscar winners Cher and Anjelica Huston star in TV movies for Lifetime

Lifetime is one of the few outlets still making TV movies, a one-time programming staple of the Big 3 networks (ABC, CBS, NBC). The basic cable channel has enjoyed both critical and commercial success with such telefilms as “The Trip to Bountiful” and “Georgia O’Keefe.” Coming up, it has a pair of high-profile projects that showcase two Oscar winners – Cher (“Moonstruck,” 1987) and Anjelica Huston (“Prizzi’s Honor,” 1985).

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Cher is going to executive produce and star in “Flint.” Inspired by Josh Sanburn‘s Time magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” the film follows the story of three women from Flint who fought to expose the wrongdoing committed against the residents of the city who were unknowingly drinking and using lead-laden water. Bruce Beresford, who helmed the 1989 Best Picture champ “Driving Miss Daisy” is directing from a script by Barbara Stepansky. Also on board as executive producers are Oscar winners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Chicago”) and Emmy-winning journalist Katie Couric.

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Huston headlines a remake of the 1980 cult classic “Watcher in the Woods,” in which she steps into the shoes of two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis who created the role of Mrs. Alywood, a distraught mother whose daughter vanished in the English countryside over 20 years ago. When Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into Alywood manor for the summer, Mrs. Alywood is taken aback by Jan’s striking resemblance to Karen. As Jan unravels the dark past hidden by the townspeople, she delves further into the mystery. Melissa Joan Hart is helming and executive producing this reimagining.

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