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Alyssa Milano

"Sundays at Tiffany's" review by Suzanne
Airs Monday, December 6 at 9pm on Lifetime.

This is a fun movie and not too sappy or chick-flick-like.  It has some fantasy elements that fans of "Charmed" might enjoy. The movie stars Alyssa Milano, who plays Jane, a young single woman who is engaged to be married around Christmas time. When she is a little girl, her mother takes her to Tiffany's every Sunday. Her mother, an actress, tries to teach her to be self-sufficient because she's had so many sad relationships with men.  Jane has an imaginary friend, a young boy named Michael. Michael leaves when Jane is ten, and she grows up.  In the present, Jane is married to a conceited actor named Hugh. Michael appears again, this time as an adult. That is where the fantasy part comes in.

Michael is played very winningly by Eric Winter. It is a great role and he clearly has fun with it. Michael is a bit like Peter Pan and tries to get Jane to remember him and how she used to have all these dreams when she was little. Michael falls for Jane and wants to stay on Earth instead of being an imaginary friend. It is a cute story and very enjoyable.

I think anyone will enjoy this, including children. It is a great movie for the holiday season, or any time. It's interesting to note that the movie is based on a James Patterson book. I love his writing. I am going to have to read this one.

Alyssa Milano (Charmed), Eric Winter (The Ugly Truth), Stockard Channing (The West Wing) and Ivan Sergei (Jack & Jill) star in the new Lifetime Original Movie Sundays at Tiffany's, premiering Monday, December 6, at 9 pm (ET/PT).

The film, based on celebrated author James Patterson's number one New York Times best-selling novel, follows Jane Claremont (Milano), who, as a young girl, would accompany her mother Vivian (Channing) to Tiffany's every Sunday and bring along her imaginary friend, "Michael." Now, 23 years later, Jane is a successful businesswoman, set to marry Hugh (Sergei) a handsome New York actor until Michael (Winter) suddenly reappears all grown-up to warn Jane about the path her life is on.

LIFETIME TELEVISION TO PREMIERE SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S, STARRING ALYSSA MILANO, ON DECEMBER 6

Original Movie Based on James Patterson’s Number One Best-Selling Novel Also Stars Stockard Channing, Eric Winter and Ivan Sergei LOS ANGELES, CA (November 11, 2010) – Alyssa Milano (Charmed), Stockard Channing (The West Wing), Eric Winter (The Ugly Truth) and Ivan Sergei (Jack & Jill) star in the Lifetime Original Movie Sundays at Tiffany’s. The film, from Sony Pictures Television, is based on celebrated author James Patterson’s number one New York Times best-selling novel and will premiere Monday, December 6, at 9 PM ET/PT on Lifetime Television.

ABOUT SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S

Milano, who also serves as producer, stars as “Jane Claremont,” who, as a young girl, would accompany her mother Vivian (Channing) to Tiffany’s in New York every Sunday and bring along her imaginary friend, “Michael.” Now, 20 years later, Jane is a successful businesswoman, set to marry Hugh (Sergei) her handsome fiancé until Michael (Winter) suddenly reappears all grown-up to warn Jane about the path her life is on. Initially shocked and in disbelief, Jane slowly realizes that not only has Michael returned to her when she needs him most, he may also be her one true love.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Sundays at Tiffany’s is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. Judith Verno (Natalee Holloway), Dan Wigutow (The Two Mr. Kissels) and James Patterson serve as executive producers, with Milano producing. Mark Piznarski (Gossip Girl) directed a script from screenwriters Jennifer Heath (Ella Enchanted), Heather Maidat (The Conversation) and Nancey Silvers (Lifetime’s Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy), based on the novel by The New York Times best-selling author James Patterson.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

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 122 channel feeds, which are available in more than 140 countries reaching almost 438 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT is a part owner of cable channel GSN, 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, for Sony Music Entertainment and for the Tennis Channel. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

ABOUT LIFETIME TELEVISION

Lifetime Television, the number one rated women’s network, 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 myLifetime.com, LMN.tv, Lifetime Games, Roiworld.com, DressUpChallenge.com, MothersClick.com and LifetimeMoms.com) 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.

Alyssa Milano as “Jane”

Actress Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, Milano has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film.

Milano has a history of starring in long running successful television series. She starred on the hit WB series Charmed for nine years. The series’ debut was the highest-rated premiere in the network’s history. She also starred on the Fox series Melrose Place. She began her career on ABC’s Who’s the Boss, which aired for eight years. Milano was seen in a recurring role on the NBC comedy, My Name is Earl, and in the ABC comedy, Romantically Challenged. She also starred in and produced the 2008 Lifetime Original Movie Wisegal.

Milano’s film credits include Hugo Pool, co-starring Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr., Fear and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. She also provided a lead voice for the Disney sequel to the animated favorite Lady and the Tramp and will soon be seen in the film My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, which she both stars in and produced. Her latest role, however, is outside the world of Hollywood, as a philanthropist. Because of all her charitable work on behalf of children, Milano was invited by UNICEF in 2003 to become a National Ambassador. She is currently working with UNICEF to educate American youth to the issues crucial to that country’s evolution. Milano was recently named founding ambassador for The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control (GNNTDC), an alliance of international partnerships based at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington D.C. and formalized by the Clinton Global Initiative to lead the global effort to treat, control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world’s poorest countries.

Milano also has her own clothing and jewelry line, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano, which she launched in the Spring of 2007. An avid baseball fan, Milano partnered with G-III Apparel Group and Major League Baseball to design and distribute a line of ladies MLB apparel.

In her recently released book SAFE AT HOME: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic (William Morrow), Milano writes about her passion for baseball and how her love for the game has helped shape who she is. Milano resides in Los Angeles.

Eric Winter as “Michael”

Consistently delivering memorable performances, Eric Winter is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.

A charming and versatile actor, Winter can currently be seen recurring opposite Simon Baker on the hit CBS series The Mentalist. Winter previously recurred on the critically acclaimed Brothers & Sisters as well as the cult vampire drama Moonlight. Early on he became a fan favorite in his television debut role on the popular daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.

His additional television credits include Viva Laughlin, Just Legal, CSI, Pepper Dennis and Love, Inc.

Winter’s big-screen debut was in the 2008 comic caper Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and he was most recently seen in the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth, opposite Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. Winter is a graduate of UCLA and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Rosalyn Sanchez.

Ivan Sergei as “Hugh”

Ivan Sergei first made a name for himself in the indie gem The Opposite of Sex, with Christina Ricci. Additional movie credits include The Big Day, Scorched, Dangerous Minds, We Met On the Vineyard, Playing Mona Lisa and Gunfighter’s Moon and The Break Up, with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.

Most recently, Sergei guest-starred on Lifetime’s hit television series, Army Wives. He also starred in the Lifetime Original Movie Nora Roberts’ High Noon and additional telefilms, including Santa Baby, 10.5, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, If Someone Had Known and Jack Hunter and the Treasure of Ugarit. Sergei is known also for his leading roles in series such as Jack & Jill, opposite Amanda Peet, NBC’s Hawaii, ABC’s Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) and John Woo’s Once A Thief. Additional television credits include appearances on Crossing Jordan, Charmed, Touched by an Angel, Cybill, Party of Five and Kindred: the Embraced. Sergei currently resides in Los Angeles.

Stockard Channing as “Vivian”

Forever known for her role as “Rizzo” in the film Grease, Channing was born in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Channing’s extensive theatre credits include Pal Joey (Tony® Award nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Joe Egg (Tony Award, Drama Desk nomination), Hapgood (Drama Desk nomination), Love Letters (original cast), Woman in Mind (Drama Desk Award), The Breath of Life, The Rink, The Golden Age, They're Playing Our Song, and Little Foxes. Her work in The Lion in Winter, House of Blue Leaves (Drama Desk nomination), Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and Six Degrees of Separation (Drama Desk nomination) earned her four Tony nominations. For Six Degrees of Separation, she received an Obie Award and Drama League Award for Performance of the Year, as well as an Olivier Award nomination when she performed the play in London. When she recreated her role for the film adaptation of Six Degrees of Separation, she was nominated for an Oscar® and a Golden Globe®.

Channing’s additional film credits include Bright Young Things, Must Love Dogs, The Business of Strangers, Where the Heart Is, Practical Magic, Twilight, The First Wives' Club, Smoke, Moll Flanders, Heartburn, Grease, Isn't She Great?, Sparkle, and Multiple Sarcasms. In 2002, Channing won two Emmy® Awards for her roles as First Lady Abby Bartlet on NBC’s The West Wing, and for the role of Judy Shepard in The Matthew Shepard Story, for which she also received a Screen Actors Guild Award. She received a 2005 Daytime Emmy Award for her role in Jack.

Judith Verno Executive Producer

Judith Verno has developed television movies and miniseries for Sony Pictures Television for more than 11 years. Her producing credits include Natalee Holloway, which became the Lifetime Movie Network's highest rated movie to date, the Lifetime Original Movies Who is Clark Rockefeller? and 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.

Dan Wigutow Executive Producer

Dan Wigutow is probably best known for his precedent-setting true crime mini-series, which include the Emmy® award-winning Fatal Vision, with Karl Malden and Eva Marie Saint, the Emmy nominated Blind Faith, the Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated In a Child's Name, and The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, with Naomi Watts. His most recent television credits include Mrs. Miracle starring Doris Roberts and James Van Der Beek; The Two Mr. Kissels starring John Stamos; The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Henry Winkler and Brooke Burns; the CBS romantic comedy Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, starring Christine Lahti; Raising Waylon, with Poppy Montgomery and Thomas Gibson; the mini-series Guilty Hearts with Olympia Dukakis, Treat Williams and Marcia Gay Harden; The Color of Love: Jacey’s Story featuring Lou Gossett Jr. and Gena Rowlands, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World with Leonard Nimoy and Peter Gallagher.

Additional television credits include Lifetime Television’s highly rated, Murder on Pleasant Drive, featuring Kelli Williams and Adam Arkin, Peter Benchley’s The Beast, starring William Petersen, and Judgment, a highly controversial story about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church starring Keith Carradine and Blythe Danner for HBO. Wigutow’s first feature film was the critically acclaimed suspense thriller, Last Embrace, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Roy Scheider. He also produced Heaven Help Us, with Andrew McCarthy, Mary Stuart Masterson and Donald Sutherland; and The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper starring Robert Duvall and Treat Williams. He traveled to China with opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti to produce the singer’s visit for the feature documentary, Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China.

Wigutow lives on an island off the coast of Maine with his wife Sally.

CREDITS

Produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television

THE CAST

Jane ALYSSA MILANO
Michael ERIC WINTER
Hugh IVAN SERGEI
Vivian STOCKARD CHANNING

PRODUCTION

Directed by MARK PIZNARSKI
Teleplay by JENNIFER HEATH & HEATHER MAIDAT and NANCEY SILVERS
Executive Producer JAMES PATTERSON
Executive Producer DAN WIGUTOW
Executive Producer JUDITH VERNO
Producer ALYSSA MILANO
Produced by ANDREW GOLOV
Co-Producer STEVE BOWEN
Co-Producer LEOPOLD GOUT
Director of Photography ADAM SWICA, C.S.C.
Production Designer ALICIA KEYWAN
Edited by HENK VAN EEGHEN
Music by MATEO MESSINA
Casting TAMMARA BILLIK, C.S.A. and JASON WOOD, C.S.A.
Based on the Book by JAMES PATTERSON and GABRIELLE CHARBONNET

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