House of Versace – An Unauthorized Bioepic

One couldn’t agree more that Donatella Versace’s fascinating life as one of world’s most renowned designer is also one of the more dramatic ones…. so dramatic that it can be made into a movie.  Lifetime had the same thoughts as tonight, the network will be featuring an unauthorized biography film, House of Versace, starring Gina Gershon as Donatella.

Photo Credit Jan Thjis / Lifetime
Photo Credit Jan Thjis / Lifetime

The film, directed by Sara Sugarman, is based off of Deborah Ball’s book of the same title, covering Gianni Versace’s glamorous empire – it’s fall, and rise after his death.  Ball conducted more than 220 interviews, which included Donatella and her brother Santo.

There has been a lot of buzz about how this bioepic might just be the greatest Lifetime movie ever made.  Following Donatella’s drug addiction and rehab stints, the film will also show how she fought her demons to return and  rekindle the Versace brand stronger than before.

Unfortunately, the real House of Versace is distancing itself from from the movie.  A statement made to Women’s Wear Daily:

Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace… Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.

Oh no, makes you want to watch it more, doesn’t it?  I can’t say anything, as I have yet to watch it, although from seeing promotional photos, on a physical level Gina Gershon has Donatella  spot-on!

Photo Credit Jan Thjis

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gina Gershon reveals how she transformed into Donatella.  From the makeup, the shoes, to her voice and mannerisms.  I found it very interesting that they actually have never met, and that Gershon preferred it that way.

At a certain point, I didn’t want to [meet her]. If I had met her before I probably wouldn’t have done it because you feel very protective over people. Although I feel like it’s ultimately a very flattering portrayal of her. I only have super respect for her.


“House of Versace” premieres tonight, Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

Will you be tuning in?


The Cute Overload vs. Anti-Cupcake Person

Three boys and a girl. A fashionably quirky one at that… sums up Fox’s “New Girl” starring Zoee Deschanel as the eccentric Jess, who, after a bad breakup, moves to a new apartment with three bachelors each with clashing personalities- Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and Winston (Lamorne Morris).

Watched last Wednesday’s episode on DVR and I could NOT stop laughing. Liz Caplan plays Julia, Nick’s girlnospacefriend, a snappy, anti-cupcake lawyer lacking emotion who confronts Jess about her optimistic fairy tale outlook on life.

The hilarious conversation went on like this….

Julia: You never know, a judge might buy into this whole thing, so..
Jess: What whole thing?
Julia: Your whole thing. With the cupcakes and the breaking for birds, and the bluebirds come and help me dress in the morning!
Jess: Oh wow, I didn’t know I was doing a thing.
Julia: It’s a great thing. The big beautiful blue eyes. I bet that gets you out of a lot of things.
Jess: Yeah, except my peripheral vision is almost too good

HAHAHA! Jess meets her nemesis who was obviously against her cute overload factor or “thing” as Julia likes to call it.  The two go back and forth throughout the episode with snarkable (snarky + adorable) remarks with Julia giving in and ultimately spending a night crocheting with Jess.  Can you say New BFF?!!!

Other quotes from this episode:

Julia: I see what you’re doing. I know that I’m the mean lawyer-girl who wears suits and works too much. And you, you’re the really fun teacher girl with all the colorful skirts and you bake things. And eventually Nick is gonna come running to you and you’ll tuck him in under his blankie.
Jess: What is it with you and the blankie thing?! I never said the word ‘blankie’! I don’t talk like Teddy Ruxpin.
Julia: If I acted the way that you act when I was at work, nobody would listen to me.
Jess: Well if I acted like you at work, my students would turn in really weird, dark dioramas!

Jess: I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person! That’s just weird and it freaks me out! And I’m sorry I don’t talk like Murphy Brown and I hate your pantsuit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something to make it just slightly cuter. And that doesn’t mean I’m not smart and tough and strong!

I thought it was too funny! Who in the world hates cupcakes? And regardless of all the evil, good always wins, right? Same with cuteness.  It can kick cynicism’s butt any day.

Hey, Jess.  YOU GO GIRL.