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New “Lizzie” Movie – Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart


The Reviews are now out on this long anticipated indie film showing at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival..  I labeled it soft porn (not that there’s anything wrong with that) long ago and, thus, the hook.  Sounds like slop pails will be needed for Borden case enthusiasts viewing both the new and regurgitated misinformation.  Salacious and simply wrong on almost all counts as I can conclude according to the reviews.

The REAL story, the TRUE story has enough emotional tension, suspense, mystery, historical significance, and much more that it seems to me Lizzie Borden’s story still screams out to be made.

Meanwhile, check out this new chat board to voice your opinion and read the reviews below of the latest rendition.  Poor Lizzie.










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Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny in Talks for Lizzie Borden Feature Film


It’s been 40 years since those of us old enough to remember the first broadcast of Paramount’s Made-for- TV movie, The Legend of Lizzie Borden starring Elizabeth Montgomery.  Ever since, we’ve been waiting for another feature length, theatrical release.   Recently, there was a fluttering of hopeful excitement concerning the prospect of an Indie film, Defending Lizzie, based on Karen Poulsen’s play – but that project is now on hold pending funding.

As of yesterday we have learned that there are “talks” and “negotiations” of a possible feature length film.  Let the speculative salivating begin.   You can read about it  HERE.   

But you can track the rapid fire news releases HERE, being sure to click “News” on the menu bar for all the latest reportings.

It is already getting funny. The script hasn’t even been written but the speculations are running amuck. This bit has Lizzie and Bridget being lovers- a plot line surely to draw the male audience demographic of 13 to 90. (snort, chuckle, snort).  I can see the promos now.



Like amoeba, the trending multiples begin and, like the whisper game, each reporting has a new smattering of embellishments, twists, misinformation and well….it’s a phriggin’ circus is what it is.

I say it’s best to keep your drool inside your mouth until the project has at least been green-lighted or contracts written.  It is one thing to be in negotiations or talks about a project and quite another for that project to be in pre-production.  I’ll keep a dry mouth until the latter commences.

Meanwhile, let’s ponder Chloe playing a modern day Lizzie…...


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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in TV


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Two Lizzie Borden Biopics

Sarah Bunting does a pretty fair job in comparing what a Lifetime Movie Channel vs. HBO rendition of the Lizzie Borden story would look like.  At least she is acknowledging the Sevigny project is not moving.  Here’s what she wrote on one of her blogs:

“Two Lizzie Borden Biopics Enter; One Leaves


According to the nursery rhyme, Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks — and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. But the nursery rhyme doesn’t know the half of it: it was her stepmother; she didn’t hit either of them that many times; she may not have hit anyone at all (she was acquitted of the murders); she had a shoplifting problem that could have derived from her father touching her inappropriately…it’s one of the great American crime stories, not least because it technically remains unsolved.

Lizzie is getting the biopic treatment in an upcoming Lifetime movie, with Christina Ricci in the Lizzie role; the production just added Clea Duvall (as Lizzie’s sister, Emma) and Billy Campbell (as Lizzie’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings). Not only that, but TV Line seems to think the HBO version of the story is still in play; Chloe Sevigny made a few headlines in March of 2011 when HBO announced the development of the two-part miniseries, but it’s gone quiet since then.

Let’s just assume that it’s still a going concern, because a Sevigny/Tom-Hanks-produced iteration of the case would kick ass — especially if it comes out at the same time as the Ricci version. An embarrassment of gory riches! But who would do it better?


Sevigny makes a more believable Lizzie. It’s close, and Ricci is a solid actress, but she’s a bit too dark and petite to match Lizzie physically, and Sevigny’s work on American Horror Story is great practice for the psychological demands of the Lizzie role.

Winner: HBO.

Other Casting

It’s probably unfair to compare them without intel on who else might have joined the HBO project’s cast. As impressive as Duvall and Campbell can be, you’d have to think the Hanks imprimatur on Hollywoodized history would attract even bigger names. And it’s just my opinion, but Duvall would work better as the maid, Bridget (and I’m dying to know who’s cast in that role).

Working with what we do know, though…

Winner: Lifetime.

The Crime Itself

The nursery rhyme is right about one thing: Lizzie did use a hatchet. Crime-scene photos of her father do exist and are as hideous as you would expect. HBO is demonstrably not afraid to go there, whereas you’d expect Lifetime to soft-pedal the gore.

Who you rank higher here depends on your stomach for monster make-up. I’m a fan of grisly realism.

Winner: HBO.

The Trial

Might depend on their respective takes on Lizzie’s innocence. Occam’s razor dictates that she’s guilty, but the physical evidence is ambiguous. Either way, Lifetime is expert at both lady-psycho stories (see also: their upcoming Jodi Arias flick) and woman-in-peril stories.

Winner: Lifetime.

The Aftermath

After her parents’ deaths, Lizzie bought the house she always wanted in the fashionable part of town, and began spending a lot of time with an actress and her company. Many accounts stop juuuuuust short of saying that Lizzie and Nance O’Neil were…you know…Lebanese, while implying that their relationship, whatever its nature, estranged Lizzie from her sister. If that part of Lizzie’s bio merits exploration, HBO will do a better job; Lifetime seems likely to skip from the acquittal to the maid’s rumored deathbed confession to the credits.

Winner: HBO.

So…Who Will Do It Better?

Like the murders themselves, there’s just a lot we don’t know: who’s playing what, whether HBO is even going to film their Lizzie Borden movie, who’s writing the Lifetime version. In a perfect world, HBO sees an opportunity to be the Lizzie 30 Rock to Lifetime’s Studio 60 and gets things rolling with Sevigny’s team. In this world, we have to dance with the Lizzie what brung us, and since Lifetime’s Lizzie is actually happening?”

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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in TV, Theatre & Film


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More on Chloe Sevigny’s Lizzie Borden Project


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Cut & paste this link in your browser to see Lizzie Borden B&B manager Lee-ann Wilber interviewed on the HBO mini-series project.

According to the internet, there’s a big buzz around Hollywood on Chloe Sevigny’s project to do a 2-part, 4 hour, mini-series on HBO about our beloved and inscrutable Lizzie Borden.  The project has been approved “for development” and Miss Sevigny is garnering lots of ink lately.  Below are some recent sample articles:

Tom Hank’s production company is involved.

“Which version of Lizzie will we see?”

She will also co-produce.

I posted about this before HERE.

Although it’s still “in development” rather than “pre-production” the fact that Tom Hanks is involved has me greatly encouraged this project will go thru all phases and become a reality.   Imagine:  4 hours of professional film making of Lizzie Borden on HBO.  Not since Paramount Pictures did their made-for-tv 1975 “The Legend of Lizzie Borden” starring Elizabeth Montgomery have we been treated to such a production.  And that film was less than 2 hours.

Now, here’s the thing for consideration:  In the next few months we will see the long awaited birth of the Fall River Historical Society’s much anticipated mega-work – “Parallel Lives – A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden and Her Fall River”. This monumental work – over 1,000 pages and over 500 photographs (many of Lizzie hereself never published anywhere before) – is destined to become the “go to” book for Lizzie and her times.  More importantly, it promises to give new insight into just who Lizzie was and how she was perceived by those contemporaries who knew her best.  It promises to show us a side of Lizzie seldom addressed nor revealed. This book will most likely shatter all pre-conceived notions about Lizzie and certainly make us view her far differently than we ever have.

HBO’s production, if it comes to fruition, will most likely be aired the end of this year or early 2012.  The fact that it is in development now – with the script being written  – it can not possibly incorporate or take into consideration the new information contained in Parallel Lives. So I have to ask:  Would this mean that HBO’s production would be lacking important facts and, thus wrongly influence Chloe’s portrayal of her?  Will the new information revealed in Parallel Lives regarding Lizzie’s character be important for any future portrayals of her?

When it does air on television, all the book reviews and online articles about Parallel Lives will have already been “out there” influencing the public’s view of Lizzie.  That influence may not be compatible let alone accepted by the way she may be presented in the HBO production. Although the script will most certainly deal with the crime itself, Parallel Lives does not.  Will the new information about Lizzie revealed in the book cause such a significant shift of perception that any future portrayals must take that shift into account?

Hopefully, Ms. Sevigny will visit the FRHS where Curator Michael Martins and Assistant Curator Dennis Binette, authors of Parallel Lives, would graciously expose her to pertinent content and photos not yet published but that will be prior to any HBO release of Chloe’s project.  It would be wonderful if this HBO project would incorporate some of that new information, ensuring us that we will be viewing a 4 hour production based on that “other side” of Lizzie Borden.  It would be wonderful to know that the talented Chloe Sevigny researched the new information and subsequently let it influence the “choices” she took in her portrayal of Lizzie Borden.  Good acting is about good choices when the camera is rolling.  Actors know that.  I’m hoping Chloe Sevigny will go to Fall River soon, talk to Michael and Dennis, and learn about that other side of Lizzie Borden.  It’s her choice.  And it would be a very good one.  :)


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Chloe Sevigny to play Lizzie Borden in TV mini-series26

UPDATE: From the Fall River Herald News  <—Click

So a friend of mine in NYC called me the other day.  He has a friend who is a close friend of actress Chloe Sevigny (“Big Love”).   He said  his friend told him Chloe had just told her that she would be playing Lizzie Borden in a two-part mini-series to finish filming the end of this year.

Anyway, this is the first I’ve heard of any such mini-series.  And there’s nothing that turns up any information by Googling.   So maybe this is Chloe’s next project when Big Love wraps this month.  Maybe contracts have been signed but the project is still in pre-production.

Well,  I always pictured Chloe as the perfect Bridget Sullivan:

Chloe Sevigny, (whom I think bears a striking resemblance to Lee-ann Wilber, General Manager of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum -and I’ve told Lee-ann that many times) has actually stayed

as an overnight guest at the B&B on at least two separate occasions.  Apparently, she loves the place and has so commented.

(Click on images for better view).

I’m hopeful there WILL be such a production.  It’s something to monitor anyway.  🙂

ADDED:  Found THIS on Warps & Wefts blog.


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