April 21, 2009



Lifetime Movie Network’s new film “Natalee Holloway” takes viewers back to Natalee’s final days in Mountain Brook leading up to her senior trip to Aruba - then into what are now believed to be her final hours. 

The movie stars Michael J. Fox’s real life wife Tracy Pollan as Beth Holloway Twitty…a mother desperately searching for her daughter, a process that is still ongoing.  The movie, which originally aired Sunday night, is based on Beth Holloway Twitty’s book, Loving Natalee: A Mother’s Testament of Hope and Faith.

Hundreds of viewers have now posted comments on the Lifetime chat boards, sounding off about the movie…everything from support for Natalee’s family and frustration at how the Aruban government handled the case - to anger about the way the Aruban people and the island have been portrayed.

Birmingham attorney Charlie Ratcliff was born in Aruba but now lives here. He says Natalee’s disappearance is still a difficult topic for folks in Aruba.

“To say it’s been devastating to the island is an understatement. Devastating emotionally. A lot of people are heart broken and horrified one of our guests was missing,“ says Ratcliff.

At the end of the movie, the real Beth Holloway Twitty warns parents about how to prepare a safety plan for a child’s trip abroad - lessons she learned fast the hard way.

Lifetime does plan to post the movie, so folks who missed it can watch it online.


Lifetime Movie Network’s premiere of “Natalee Holloway” Sunday night ranks as the highest rated and most viewed movie in the network’s history.

“Holloway,” based on the novel “Loving Natalee: A Mother’s Testament of Hope and Faith,” scored a 1.8 rating and 3.2 million total viewers among viewers P+2. That bested the second part of “Capture of the Green River Killer,” which scored a 1.5 rating and 2.4 million viewers P+2 in March 2008.

Sunday night’s premiere also was the highest rated telecast among women 18-49 in all of basic cable over the last 12 months, scoring a 2.5 rating and 1 million viewers in the demographic.

In addition to total viewers and women 18-49, the film also set network records among households (3.4 rating, 2.4 million households) and women 25-54 (2.7 rating, 1.1 million viewers).


Anonymous said...

Dutch news

Rules governing mortgages to be tightened
Published: Tuesday 21 April 2009 18:32 UTC
Last updated: Tuesday 21 April 2009 18:32 UTC
The rules governing the granting of mortgages are to be strengthened. The Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) has announced a package of stricter measures because increasing numbers of homeowners are unable to meet their living expenses.

At present, buyers can borrow up to 4.5 times their annual income. That amount is to be decreased. There will also be an end to second mortgages, which enable homeowners to borrow more than their house is worth. The AFM wants to establish a maximum loan of 100 percent of the value of a home for loans. This means that house buyers will no longer be able to include the conveyancing fees and notary costs in their mortgages.

Hans Hoogervorst, the chair of the AFM, said companies granting mortgages will be able to depart from the new rules only in exceptional cases.

The above is part of the boycott measures executed by the Dutch government. Aruba will face steep challenges to sell its government built timeshares to the American tourists.

Anonymous said...

Good to see those numbers. Hopefully it will attract more viewers when it goes on regular Lifetime TV