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Billy Miller in "Fatal Honeymoon"

"Fatal Honeymoon" review by Suzanne
Saturday, August 25 on Lifetime

This is the type of movie that Lifetime is very good at, and they have made MANY of them. Some psycho guy convinces some poor woman to fall in love with him, and one of them ends up dead (usually her). I guess as long as there are real-life situations like this, they will keep making the movies. It's very sad, especially in a case like this where the murderer goes free.

Billy Miller, who is a fantastic actor, best known for his part on "The Young and The Restless", plays handsome Gabe, who dates Tina. Tiny seems very insecure and falls for him, even though she seems way more into him than he is to her. They move in together, but he won't marry her for a long time. Her family doesn't like him, either, because he's kind of rude and moody. He finally does marry her and takes her on a honeymoon to Australia. Besides Y&R, Miller has shown on a number of occasions in "Justified" and "Ringer" that he can play an evil guy as well as a charming one, and he shows both here (although, most of the evil is hinted at).

Even though Tina is not a big fan of the ocean, Gabe insists they go scuba diving. She drowns, and he claims that he couldn't bring her back up in time. Of course, the whole thing is very suspicious from beginning to end, and her father doesn't like him at all.  Even though there isn't a lot of evidence, Gabe agrees to a year of jail time so that he won't get a murder rap. When he returns home, Tina's dad has him arrested again. They go to trial, but there is not enough evidence to convict him.

It's clear that, down in the murky depths of the ocean, it's hard to prove what really happened, even if everything seems to point toward this guy murdering his wife. The only motive seems to be that he asked her to sign over her insurance so that he would be the beneficiary, but she never did, so he didn't get anything. At least he didn't profit from her death.

Harvey Keitel plays Tina's father, and of course he is awesome, so he does a fabulous job.  Both Miller and Keitel are wasted in this standard drama, but I guess they must have figured that it was a good real-life story, and it was good to shed light on the story, since the alleged murderer mostly got away with his crime.

It's an enjoyable movie, with not only good acting, but a pretty good script. It has some really nice photography of Australia and the ocean. It's well worth checking out.

MORE INFORMATION:

LIFETIME PREMIERES FATAL HONEYMOON STARRING HARVEY KEITEL, BILLY MILLER AND AMBER CLAYTON

Film Based on True Story of Newlywed Who Died on Australian Honeymoon with Husband to Premiere August 25

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 25, 2012) – Based on a true story, the Lifetime Original Movie Fatal Honeymoon tells the shocking story and controversy surrounding a newlywed who tragically dies on her dream honeymoon and the subsequent investigation as to whether or not her husband was guilty of killing her. Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-nominated actor Harvey Keitel (The Piano, Reservoir Dogs), Billy Miller (The Young and the Restless, Ringer) and Amber Clayton (Three Rivers, CSI: Miami) star in the film, which premieres on Saturday, August 25, at 8:00PM ET/PT.

In the film, Alabama couple Gabe Watson (Miller) and his new bride, 26 year-old Tina Watson (Clayton), married just 11 days, go on their dream honeymoon to scuba dive near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where Tina drowns in what appears to be a freak accident. With authorities puzzled over Gabe’s inconsistent statements about Tina’s death, her father Tommy Thomas (Keitel) begins to suspect Gabe may have murdered his daughter. When an underwater photo of Tina lying motionless on the ocean floor emerges, Australian authorities begin to suspect foul play, charge Gabe with his wife’s death and extradite him to their country, where he eventually pleads guilty to manslaughter and serves 18 months in prison. Alabama prosecutors, agreeing with Tommy’s suspicion Tina was murdered and Gabe had possibly planned it before they left the state, decide to pursue murder charges in the United States. But, due to lack of evidence, the judge dismisses the case – causing many to wonder what a jury would’ve made of the evidence and leaving Tommy with more unanswered questions about what actually happened to his daughter on her honeymoon.

Fatal Honeymoon is executive produced by David Parker (The Miracle Worker, Kath and Kimderella, The Big Steal) and Michael Collier (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory). Nadia Tass (Malcolm, Matching Jack, The Miracle Worker) directed the screenplay by Mac Gudgeon (Ground Zero, Killing Time, Last Ride) and Teena Booth (Lifetime’s The Pregnancy Project and Drew Peterson: Untouchable). Fatal Honeymoon is also a theatrical release in Australia through Pinnacle Films. 

ABOUT LIFETIME

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. The network posted major growth in viewership among the key demographics in Second Quarter 2012 versus Second Quarter 2011, posting a 13% jump among Women 18-49, +5% among Adults 18-49 and +1% in Women 25-54. Additionally, among Women 18-49, Lifetime marked the network’s strongest 2Q growth in 10 years. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

CAST BIOS

Harvey Keitel - To pigeonhole Harvey Keitel as a master of edgy degenerates and killers would have dismissed the actor’s many successes with surly husbands, benign cops and intrepid detectives. His prolific but slow-to-ignite career began with memorably unlikable supporting roles in Martin Scorsese character studies Taxi Driver and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. An Academy Awardnominated supporting role in Bugsy heralded a new beginning for Keitel, and he became a favorite on the indie film scene of the 1990s through his association with Quentin Tarantino cult classics Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He also had several successes when he chose to tap his inner soft side in Jane Campion’s The Piano, but by far, he was the go-to guy for potentially explosive everymen, grizzled police force veterans and G-men in both subtle indies and gunblazing big budget adventures alike.

Keitel was raised in Brooklyn, NY where he joined the Marines at age 16 and served overseas in the Middle East. When he returned home, he began to pursue an interest in acting, training at the famed Actors Studio before eventually landing stage roles in summer stock, repertory, and the fringes of off-off Broadway and Community Theater. He made his off Broadway debut in Sam Shepard’s Up to Thursday in 1965 and two years later began his association with Scorsese when he answered a newspaper ad placed by the then-NYU student director. Scorsese cast him in Who’s That Knocking at My Door?, which evolved from a student short to Scorsese’s wellreceived feature debut. Keitel went on to make a strong impression with a breakout role as the director’s alter ego in Mean Streets.

Keitel’s long list of additional films include Apocalypse Now, The Duellists, Fingers, Blue Collar, Eagle's Wing, Deathwatch, The Border, Wise Guys, The Pick-Up Artist, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Two Jakes, Thelma & Louise, Bugsy, Bad Lieutenant, Smoke, Clockers, From Dusk Till Dawn, Cop Land, Three Seasons, Holy Smoke, U-571, Little Nicky, The Grey Zone, Red Dragon, National Treasure, Be Cool, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Inglourious Basterds, Little Fockers, and most recently, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which opened the 65th Cannes Film Festival this year. In 2006, Keitel starred in the highly controversial docudrama miniseries The Path to 9/11 and in 2008, he starred in the ABC police drama Life on Mars.

Keitel resides in New York, NY.

Billy Miller

Daytime Emmy® winner Billy Miller has been a consistent presence on screen since he began his acting career following a dare from friends.

Miller was raised in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas and subsequently attended the University of Texas, Austin, where he received a degree from the school’s prestigious film department. Shortly after graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career behind the scenes and landed a job in the mailroom of a prolific production/management company. While Miller enjoyed his time there learning about the business, friends encouraged him to pursue a career as an actor. Always up for a challenge and having a bit of the bug already from experience in classes at UT and Austin’s State Theater, he enrolled in some more intense acting classes and began to alter his path.

Shortly after, Miller landed representation and his first primetime job in an episode of the hit CBS drama CSI: NY. His career began to flourish in September 2007 when he landed the role of “Richie Novak” on ABC’s long running daytime drama All My Children. Three weeks after completing his run on All My Children, Miller nabbed his second daytime contract as The Young and the Restless’ “Billy Abbott” and quickly became a fan favorite as the show’s charming playboy-turned romantic leading man. His peers also recognized his talents when he won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2010, followed up by an additional nomination in 2011.

As Miller continues his run on CBS’ top-rated daytime drama, he has simultaneously appeared in some memorable guest roles including the creepy “Jimmy Earl Dean” on FX’s Justified and a significant arc as a duplicitous “Charlie” in the CW’s Ringer.

Miller resides in Los Angeles, CA with his dog, Jones. He is an investor/partner in several restaurants in the area. Miller supports Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, where he was once a patient.

Amber Clayton

After undertaking studies in Psychology, Amber Clayton realized her true passion was acting. In 2005, she relocated from Melbourne, Australia to New York City to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute where her credits included “Jean” in Skirmishes, “Viola” in Twelfth Night and “Jessica” in This is Our Youth. Clayton also trained under Aleksi Vellis at The Film Space in Melbourne. In 2009, she was cast as “Dr. Lisa Reed,” her first lead role in the CBS medical drama Three Rivers, opposite Alex O'Loughlin. Clayton received industry attention for the series, both locally and abroad. She also appeared in CSI: Miami in the lead guest role of “Kate Pender.” Clayton’s additional credits include Rush, Race Relations and the shorts Max: A Cautionary Tale, Ed Woods and Blackwood, which won the Alumni Award at the Columbia University Film Festival. Clayton has two films due for release this year, the Australian thriller Crawlspace, in which she plays the lead, under the direction of Justin Dix, and the ensemble comedy Border Protection Squad, opposite Peter Hellier and Ed Kavalee. Clayton resides in Melbourne, Australia.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Michael Collier (Executive Producer)

Michael Collier is the executive producer of the critically acclaimed CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men starring Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer and created by TV Hall of Famer Chuck Lorre. His other producing credits include Lorre’s pilot episodes of CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly. Collier started his career in post production and rose to coproducer while working with Lorre on Dharma & Greg starring Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson. He has also sold many ideas in the television movie area and has been nominated for both Emmy® and Producers Guild Awards.

David Parker (Executive Producer)

After a ten year career as a stills photographer, David Parker produced, wrote and photographed the Australian classic movie Malcolm. With director Nadia Tass, they won eight Australian Academy Awards for it. Parker was immediately snapped up by Francis Ford Coppola to shoot the pilot for his Fox TV series The Outsiders. He continued in his various roles with films like The Big Steal; Pure Luck, with Danny Glover and Martin Short; broadening out into television commercials, most famously for the Michael Richards Vodaphone campaigns and the Australian Football League’s “I’d Like to See That” with Ray Charles and Elton John. Parker alternates working between Australia and the United States. The Miracle Worker, filmed by Parker for ABC/DISNEY in 2001 was the highest rating film of the season. Recently, he won Best Picture and Best Script at Milan International Film Festival for Matching Jack, which also won the 2010 Cannes Cinephile Best Film. In 2011, Parker co-produced and photographed Kath and Kimderella, the feature film based on the highly successful TV series. He was a commissioner of the Australian Film Commission in the mid-nineties and is at present a board member of Film Victoria.

CREDITS

THE CAST
Gabe Watson BILLY MILLER
Tina Watson AMBER CLAYTON
Detective Gary Campbell GARY SWEET
And
Tommy Thomas HARVEY KEITEL

PRODUCTION
Directed by NADIA TASS
Written by MAC GUDGEON & TEENA BOOTH
Executive Producer DAVID PARKER
Executive Producer MICHAEL COLLIER
Producer DAVID PARKER
Editor GARY WOODYARD
Production Designer JON DOWDING
Director of Photography DAVID PARKER, ACS
Composer ROBERT KRAL
Line Producer RICHARD CLENDINNEN
Production Manager NICKI ELLIS
Casting Director CHRISTINE KING
Costume Designer MONICA O’BRIEN

Based on a True Story


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