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Queen Latifah & Lifetime's Steel Magnolias Legal Drama!

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Oh dear!

It seems that Lifetime's re-imagining of Herbert Ross' 1989 emotional classic Steel Magnolias is getting some legal backlash from the original's executive producer, Victoria White!

White is claiming that Sony Pictures, Lifetime Entertainment and A&E Television Networks did NOT contact her about her rights to the property, and is suing over breach of contract, good faith and fair dealing.

White wants injunctive relief before the October 7th premiere of the made-for-tv version, which stars the venerated Queen Latifah as M'Lynn.

We hope this nasty legal mess doesn't postpone Steel Magnolias' Lifetime debut! While we adore the original, we can't wait to see this whole new take on a beloved classic!

And obviously, anything starring The Queen is an instant delight!

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13 comments to “Queen Latifah & Lifetime's Steel Magnolias Legal Drama!”



  1. 1

    I can't think of a bigger waste of money then re-making a movie that EVERYONE has seen with an-all star cast like Dolly, Olympia, Shirley, Sally, Daryl hanna and julia roberts.

    its the freaking same movie with a black cast, get real, get original. simply not going to be able to beat the original why bother trying. dumb imho

  2. Boston61 says – reply to this


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    So racist. If a movie was ever advertised as having an "all white cast" there would be hell to pay.

  3. Mr Pete says – reply to this


    3

    Hey guys it's on Lifetime, would you expect anything less ???
    Next up will be Rosie playing the role of Jackie Robinson,



  4. 4

    Also sue for making a suck - ass rip - off film.

  5. teeter totter says – reply to this


    5

    Glad I do not get Lifetime.

    Loved the original, hate remakes.



  6. 6

    I've seen a preview for this and it looks quite good. They could have totally gotten away with it if they didn't go with the name "Steel Magnolias" because the characters are different and all. But yeah I can see where there would be issues.

  7. yolanda says – reply to this


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    Re: Boston61 – they are not advertising "this an all black cast" its just that fact that everyone is making notice that it is an all black cast. big difference. stupid though. im black and it doesnt want make me watch over the original, nor does it make more personal. stupid



  8. 8

    They're not going to let Ms. White have any credit because she's white. It's that simple. When black people take stuff like this, copy it and make it their own, they take all the credit. It happens in music, TV and film. That's the brutal truth. I hope they end up having to pay up big.

  9. ash says – reply to this


    9

    THE NEW MOVIE IS GOING TO SUCK SO MUCH, ITS A ALL BLACK CAST WHICH I LIKE THE CAST BUT THEY RECITE EVERYTHING TO A T THAT WAS IN THE ORIGINAL MOVIE, EVERY SCENE IS THE SAME. WHY NOT MAKE A ORIGINAL ITS CRAP PURE CRAP THE ORIGINAL IS THE BEST YOU CAN'T COMPETE WITH IT DON'T TRY.

  10. delilah89 says – reply to this


    10

    Honestly if your going to have an issue with a remake dont cite the fact that its an all black, you sound racist.



  11. 11

    Why are they trying to remake this at all? I loved the original, don't think I'll even give this one a shot. Can we please be original for once?

  12. KC says – reply to this


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    Re: shaygirl1309
    Well, the "original" movie was based on the original Broadway play.

  13. MElissa says – reply to this


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    I very much enjoyed seeing this collection of powerful actresses in the television adaptation of Steel Magnolias. I thought that the show was a good vehicle for Condola to get her name out there and was a good first big project for her. Honestly, I’m a bit partial to the movie because Queen Latifah wore one of my company's products (the Cheetah cape) in the salon scene where the lights go out. Razor Sharp Salon Wear is so proud and excited to be a part of this empowering story of female friendship.