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"Justice for Natalee Holloway" review by Suzanne
Premieres Monday, May 9, at 8 pm ET/PT on Lifetime

Although this movie has many recognizable faces, the two main characters of the show are Beth Holloway (Natalee's mom, played by Tracy Pollan) and Joran van der Sloot (played by Stephen Amell).  Both do an EXCELLENT job. I knew that Pollan was talented, but I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for Amell to see what he does in the future. Not only is he really good, but he's gorgeous to boot. He almost makes you feel sympathy for the creepy, murderous van der Sloot!

This is a sequel to the movie "Natalee Holloway", which I didn't see. It really doesn't matter because we all know the basic story. I was living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Natalee would have started in college that fall, so we hard more about her disappearance in Arruba than anyone would ever want to know. This movie is about her mom trying to find out what happened to her, and trying to move on with her life, as well as the subsequent trouble that Joran gets into with his family, and crime, and the law, and how he keeps lying to everyone.

At first it seemed a little disjointed, since it moved from year to year, but once it settled down, it was very engrossing. It really drew me in to the story, as gruesome as it is. It was very moving and even somewhat haunting. One particular scene, where Joran has breakfast over the body of the girl he just murdered, is particularly chilling.

You should definitely watch it, whether you followed the real-life case or not. You will enjoy it, especially if you like shows like "Criminal Minds".

Many great photos!

Full Press Release


LOS ANGELES (April 11, 2011) – Lifetime Television’s Original Movie, Justice for Natalee Holloway, a follow-up to the Lifetime Movie Network original Natalee Holloway, will premiere on Monday, May 9, at 8 pm ET/PT.

Immediately following Justice for Natalee Holloway at 10 pm ET/PT, Lifetime will premiere the true-life series, Vanished with Beth Holloway. The one-hour docu-reality program explores first-hand real-life mysteries of families who have been victimized by unsolved abductions, disappearances and unspeakable crimes, with Holloway offering a uniquely empathetic point of view to the loved ones that have been left behind. Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of Vanished with Beth Holloway.


As a follow up to the original movie Natalee Holloway, the Lifetime Original Movie Justice for Natalee Holloway closes in on the ongoing mystery of what exactly happened to the Alabama teenager who in 2005 mysteriously disappeared during her senior class trip to Aruba. Four years after Natalee went missing, Joran van der Sloot (Stephen Amell, The Vampire Diaries), one of the last persons to see her alive, continues to torment her grieving mother Beth by providing false information about Natalee’s fate, yet denying any responsibility for what happened to her. Tracy Pollan (Natalee Holloway, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) reprises her role as Beth Holloway.

Growing more arrogant about his professed innocence and finding himself increasingly in debt as his life and gambling habits spiral out of control, van der Sloot does the unthinkable by demanding $250,000 from Beth to reveal the exact location of Natalee's remains. Intent on bringing her daughter’s alleged murderer to justice, Beth once again partners with the FBI and other authorities to find and arrest him. But before they can, the saga takes another twisted turn when van der Sloot allegedly murders a young Peruvian woman on the 5th anniversary of Natalee's tragic disappearance.

Justice for Natalee Holloway also stars Scott Cohen (Love and Other Drugs, The Other Woman) as John Kelly, with a special appearance by Grant Show (Natalee Holloway, Melrose Place) as Jug Twitty. Justice for Natalee Holloway is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Judith Verno (Natalee Holloway, The Craigslist Killer) and Frank von Zerneck (Natalee Holloway, We Were the Mulvaneys) are executive producers. Stephen T. Kay (The Craigslist Killer, Friday Night Lights) directed the teleplay written by Teena Booth (Natalee Holloway and Amish Grace).


Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms.
Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 132 channel feeds, which are available in more than 142 countries reaching more than 500 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, new 3D channel 3net, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT ( is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.


Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ (which includes,, Lifetime Games,,, and are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

Tracy Pollan
“Beth Holloway”

Tracy Pollan is best known for her recurring role as the love interest of now real-life husband Michael J. Fox’s character, “Alex P. Keaton,” on NBC’s long-running comedy series Family Ties. She began her career on stage in the early 1980s with television and film roles soon to follow.

Pollan starred in 2009’s Natalee Holloway on Lifetime Movie Network. Her additional television credits include recurring guest roles on Spin City and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, for which she received an Emmy® Award nomination. She had starring roles in the made-for-television movies The Abduction of Kari Swenson, Dying to Love You, 1st to Die and the ABC miniseries, The Kennedys of Massachusetts.

Pollan’s feature film credits include Bright Lights, Big City, Baby It’s You, A Stranger Among Us, The Little Sister and Promised Land.

She currently resides in New York with her husband and four children.

Stephen Amell
“Joran van der Sloot”

Stephen Amell was born and raised in Toronto. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Amell has been a guest-starred on CSI: Miami, NCIS: Los Angeles and has a recurring role on The Vampire Diaries. He is currently a series regular on the HBO series, HUNG.

Grant Show
“Jug Twitty”

Perhaps best known for his role as "Jake Hanson" on the Fox series Melrose Place, Grant Show also starred in the first season of the CBS comedy, Accidentally on Purpose, and in the critically-acclaimed CBS drama Swingtown. Show also had regular roles in Point Pleasant and the daytime drama Ryan’s Hope, as well as recurring roles on Private Practice, Six Feet Under, Dirt, Strong Medicine and Beautiful People. He has also starred in numerous TV movies, including 2009’s Natalee Holloway on Lifetime Movie Network and the highly rated Sex and the Single Mom. Most recently on television, Show had a recurring role on the final season of the acclaimed HBO series, Big Love and is currently filming a three episode arc on the hit USA series, Burn Notice Show can also be seen in feature films The Girl Next Door, All Ages Night and the just completed Born to Race. He also recently completed work on the Lionsgate/ Ghost House Pictures production of The Dibbuk Box, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick.

Among Show’s theater credits are productions of On the Waterfront, The Glass Menagerie and the Off-Broadway hit Wit, alongside Judith Light. Show began acting in high school and was a Theater Arts major at UCLA. He went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Show currently lives in Los Angeles

Scott Cohen
“John Kelly”

Scott Cohen has become increasingly recognizable from his many character portrayals in television, theatre and film. A very versatile actor, Cohen has garnered rave reviews for his wide range of performances.

On television, Cohen stars in the upcoming USA series, Necessary Roughness, scheduled to premiere later this year. He is best recognized for his work on Gilmore Girls starring as “Max Medina,” love interest to Lauren Graham’s Lorelai. Cohen also starred in the Showtime hit series, StreetTime. His additional credits include Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Castle, Law and Order: Trial By Jury, The Practice, Without a Trace and NYPD Blue, to name a few.

On the big screen Cohen was most recently seen in Ed Zwick’s film, Love and Other Drugs. He also recently starred opposite Natalie Portman in Don Roos' film adaptation of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. His additional film credits include Everybody’s Fine, Please Give, Iron Cross, Winter of Frozen Dream, Kissing Jessica Stein, Jacob’s Ladder, A Brother’s Kiss, The Mambo Kings, Private Parts, Knots and Brother’s Shadow.

On stage, Cohen starred in the Broadway comedy Losing Louie for the Manhattan Theatre Club, David Ives’ The Other Woman and A Nervous Smile. Recently, Cohen was seen at Voice and Visons in the play In Audela, written by his wife, Anastasia Traina. Along with his acting projects, Scott also serves on the Columbia County Film Festival Advisory Board, now in its tenth year.

Cohen resides in New York City with his wife and son.

Amy Gumenick
“Natalee Holloway”

Amy Gumenick received her BFA in acting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there, she performed in more than 15 productions.

Soon after graduating from UCSB, Gumenick landed guest-starring roles on How I Met Your Mother, Supernatural and Lifetime’s Army Wives. She had a recurring role on ABC Family's Greek and also appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, No Ordinary Family, Castle, Bones and

Gumenick is a co-founder and director of various theater companies in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. In addition to acting, she is trained in dance and voice.

Gumenick currently resides in Los Angeles.

Judith Verno
Executive Producer

Judith Verno has developed television movies and miniseries for Sony Pictures Television for more than 10 years. Verno executive produced 2009’s Natalee Holloway, featuring Tracy Pollan, for Lifetime Movie Network, which became the highest rated movie in Lifetime Movie Network history. Her additional producing credits include the Lifetime Original Movie Flirting with Forty, Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America, The Hunt for the BTK Killer, A Perfect Husband, Murder in Greenwich, Into Thin Air, The Long Island Incident, Casualties of Love and Crowned and Dangerous.

Prior to Sony Pictures Television, Verno worked at New Line Cinema as the manager of international licensing and at Miramax Films on the marketing campaigns for Sex, Lies, and Videotape, My Left Foot, Cinema Paradiso and Truth or Dare.

Frank von Zerneck
Executive Producer

Frank von Zerneck is co-founder with Robert M. Sertner of von Zerneck/Sertner Films, a company that has emerged as a leading independent producer of television movies. Von Zerneck has been responsible for numerous theatrical motion pictures, several Broadway productions and a wide range of highly rated television movies in a distinguished entertainment career that spans more than 25 years. Among his many credits as a producer are the three-time Emmy® Award-nominated Lifetime Original Movie We Were the Mulvaneys; Lifetime’s Within These Walls, starring Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn and Laura Dern, which was nominated for a Humanitas Prize and won the 2001 Genesis Award for Outstanding Television Movie; and Lifetime’s No Ordinary Baby, which earned actress Bridget Fonda a Golden Globe® nomination. Von Zerneck also executive produced the following Lifetime Original Movies: Acceptance, starring Joan Cusack; Flirting with Forty, with Heather Locklear; Girl Positive, featuring Jennie Garth and Andrea Bowen; For One Night, starring Raven-Symone; Ambulance Girl, with Kathy Bates; Tempted, featuring Virginia Madsen and Lainie Kazan; Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story, starring Annie Potts; and Gracie’s Choice, with Emmy Award-nominated Anne Heche, Diane Ladd and Kristen Bell. He also executive produced Natalee Holloway, featuring Tracy Pollan, for Lifetime Movie Network. It became the highest rated movie in Lifetime Movie Network history.

In addition, von Zerneck produced the Emmy nominated miniseries Dress Gray, written by Gore Vidal and starring Alec Baldwin, and the miniseries Queenie, with Kirk Douglas and Mia Sara. He has produced two notable docudramas centered around events at the Olympic Games: 21 Hours at Munich, about the 1972 Olympics, and Miracle on Ice, dramatizing the triumphant victory of the U.S. Olympic hockey team at the 1980 winter games in Lake Placid, New York.

Also produced under his company’s banner are The Mystery of Natalie Wood for ABC; Three Days for ABC Family; the miniseries Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke for CBS; the critically acclaimed Murder Live! for NBC; Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story; Reversible Errors, starring William H. Macy and Tom Selleck; ABC’s Holiday in Your Heart, starring Grammy® Award winner LeAnn Rimes and Bernadette Peters; and Fatal Error for TBS.

The company’s television credits also include the four-hour miniseries Invasion, No One Would Tell, Terror in the Family, The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson, Take Me Home Again, The West Side Waltz, The Other Woman, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Menu for Murder, Seduced and Betrayed, Too Young to Die?, Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid and To Heal a Nation, among others.

Along with his multiple award nominations, von Zerneck has received several prestigious Christopher Awards, as well as Certificates of Excellence from the National Film Board of Review. He has been inducted into the International Television Movie Award Hall of Fame and was named the American Film Institute Producer of the Year in 1995.


Produced by
Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television


Produced by
Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television


Beth Holloway TRACY POLLAN
Joran van der Sloot STEPHEN AMELL
Detective Martinez JULIO OSCAR MECHOSO
Directed by STEPHEN KAY
Written by TEENA BOOTH
Executive Producer JUDITH VERNO
Executive Producer FRANK VON ZERNECK
Co-Executive Producer STEPHEN KAY
Director of Photography JAMIE BARBER
Production Designer s ANTHONY MEDINA
Music by TREE ADAMS.

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