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Final Numbers: Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic Pulls In Over 3 Million Viewers / Becomes 2nd Most Watched TV Movie of the Year

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As if the Lifetime-lent Aaliyah biopic that aired Saturday night didn’t ruffle enough feathers by itself, producer Wendy Williams’ response to the backlash didn’t exactly help.

Taking to her top-rated talk show this morning to scoff at naysayers who slammed the film’s casting and overall production, Williams was quoted saying:

“Everybody’s got an opinion.  Whether you loved or hated it, you watched [because] it was the second highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far.”

At the time Wendy made the statements, no receipts had surfaced to substantiate her claim.  This has since changed.  Tuck in below to see how the movie not only a win for Wendy, but for Lifetime as well as it dominated television, but Nielsen Twitter ratings as well:

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Wendy Williams Defends Aaliyah Biopic / Blasts Backlash

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The net was set ablaze over the weekend following the airing of Lifetime‘s critically panned Aaliyah biopic.

A volcano of opinions populated social media after the airing of ‘Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B’, with the lava of anger still spilling over today.

Notable in her silence, though, was the project’s executive producer Wendy Williams.

The talk show maven turned media mogul had been promoting the movie in earnest and guaranteed that her enlisting (which took place in the advanced stage of the production process) would ensure that the story would be told “right”.

Needless to say, the masses have made clear that they disapprove.

Wisely choosing to address the matter on her show today (see: ratings), Williams defended the flick and cited its major ratings as the true indicator of its success.

See what she had to say below…

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Timbaland Continues To Trash & Lash Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic On Hot 97

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Like many on the internet, Lifetime‘s biopic on the late, great Aaliyah angered the singer’s longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland.

As reported, the hitmaker took to Instagram following the movie’s airing on Saturday to air his dismay at the critically-panned film.

With his temperament somewhat calmed, Timbo called into Ebro In The Morning on Hot 97 today to elaborate on what he brands a “mockery” by all involved with the production.

His words below…

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TGJ Replay: Aaliyah – ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’

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Welcome back to TGJ Replay!

Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest retrospective segment – a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.

With Lifetime Network gaining a bevy of bad reviews for its controversial, unauthorized biography of one of R&B’s most beloved characters, Aaliyah, we thought it a perfect time to shine some light and ode her debut album ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.’ As the album celebrated its 20th birthday this summer, let’s go back back to the ‘Back & Forth’ singer’s humble beginnings…

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Weigh In: Timbaland Slams #AaliyahMovie, Producers Weigh In On Twitter Backlash

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Twitter was almost too hot to touch last night as the highly anticipated Lifetime original film ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ made its premiere – much to the chagrin of fans.

Setting the net ablaze, detractors lent many-a-meme ridiculing the film for its casting, acting, and even musical performances.  The ‘Rock the Boat’ beauty’s fans took special notice to the criticism of her longtime collaborator/friend Timbaland.

Known for being behind the wheel of some of the singer’s most memorable hits, last night saw him behind the wheel of consistent slamming of the network for bringing to light a film many say “should never have been made.”

Did you watch it?  Do you agree?  See it all and weigh in below:

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Exclusive: That Grape Juice Interviews Lifetime’s ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ Star Alexandra Shipp

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The Wizard of Oz couldn’t deliver the amount of courage needed to be Alexandra Shipp at this very moment.

Aboard the highly anticipated Lifetime biopic ‘Aaliyah:  Princess of R&B,’ the Phoenix-bred beauty takes on the role of one of the genre’s most beloved entities while combatting an army of naysayers – including the ‘One In a Million’ singer’s own family.  Chronicling her rise to fame and the controversies that clouded some of it, the movie, helmed by ‘Queen of All Media’ Wendy Williams, is set to explore (like never before) the life of R&B’s fallen angel.

As the film is being greeted with mix reviews from fans and critics alike before its official arrival tonight at 8/7c, Shipp tells That Grape Juice how she’s handling the skeptics, the challenges that came with singing Aaliyah’s music, and so much more.

Sail on down below the jump to see more from our exclusive chat with Miss Shipp.  As ever, it’s a must read:

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Exclusive Clip: “Aaliyah’s Family Learns Of Her Secret Marriage” in Lifetime’s ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’

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We are just days away from Lifetime’s highly anticipated  ‘Aaliyah:  Princess of R&B.’  The Wendy Williams-produced movie, based on Christopher John Farley’s bestselling biographical book ‘Aaliyah: More Than a Woman,’ will give a never before seen glimpse into the life of the late R&B star.

Exploring her meteoric rise to fame, controversial relationship with R&B legend R. Kelly and more, excitement for the Alexandra Shipp-led film is reaching a feverish pitch.

Before fans can glue themselves to their TVs on the night of the movie’s November 15th premiere, we have for you an exclusive clip!  If it’s anything to judge by, Saturday needs to hurry and get here!

Check out the Super Trailer after the jump…
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