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Blonde Ambition: Charlotte Sullivan courts controversy as Marilyn Monroe in The Kennedys

Almost 50 years after JFK’s assassination, scandal still dogs the Kennedys. A new eight-hour miniseries about the family, starring Greg Kinnear as John, Katie Holmes as Jackie and the 27-year-old Torontonian Charlotte Sullivan as Marilyn Monroe, was rattling cages even before it began filming here last June. The producer of The Kennedys is Joel Surnow—an outspoken Republican, friend to Rush Limbaugh and creator of 24—so supporters of America’s royal family have been anticipating a vindictive interpretation. After viewing the final cut in January, the History Channel in the States pulled the plug—reportedly due to historical inaccuracies, but rumour has it that Caroline Kennedy, who allegedly balked at the racy depiction of the carryings-on in Camelot, applied pressure. A key player in those dramas, of course, was the archetypal tragic starlet, Monroe. At first glance, Sulli­van is a natural choice for the role. Since landing the part of mean girl Marion Hawthorne in Harriet the Spy at age 11, she’s played her share of libidinous Marilyn-esque characters—from the puck bunny Mandy on MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives to the bondage-chic superhero Maxima on Smallville. And she’s been rocking the platinum coif and blood-red pout for years. But Sullivan also has the trace of steel—evident in her portrayal of reluctant police officer Gail Peck on the hit drama Rookie Blue—required to nail Monroe’s hidden dark side. And like Monroe, Sullivan has spent a good part of her career angling for the chance to prove she’s more than just a bombshell. It’s fitting that her most challenging and high-profile role is Hollywood’s ultimate sex symbol. Monroe lived and died by the double-edged truism: a little controversy never hurts.

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Kennedys mini-series finds a home on ReelzChannel

The saga of The Kennedys is starting to feel like history repeating itself. Just as the 2003 series The Reagans was dropped from CBS only to move to Showtime, so too has the controversial made-in-Toronto series found a new home on ReelzChannel, a cable channel based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. While this marks a definite step down from the History Channel’s prime time audience, it’s a win for Camelot addicts. Reelz will air the world premiere of the series on April 3.

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Scandal alert: Katie Holmes’ Kennedy movie canned

Seeing the words “Kennedy” and “scandal” in the same sentence is old pillbox hat, if you will. “Scandal” and “Cobourg, Ontario,” not so much. But how else to describe the somewhat shocking cancellation of the highly anticipated and already completed Kennedy miniseries that was shot in Ontario’s feel-good town last year? The Kennedys, starring Greg Kinnear as JFK and Katie Holmes as Jackie, was originally set to air on the History Channel next spring. So why did the multimillion-dollar project (and guaranteed ratings juggernaut) end up on the cutting room floor?

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