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‘Unbelievable’: Kaitlyn Dever Delivers A Stunning Performance In New Netflix Sexual Assault Drama [Review]

Since its earliest venture into true crime, Netflix has hooked viewers on the world’s most perplexing cases. The details of these—from the mysterious fire poker of “The Staircase” fame to the shocking abuse of police power in “Making a Murderer” —have made amateur sleuths of us all. The streaming platform hasn’t quite spanned the entire gamut of crimes as yet, but the latest addition to its whodunit shelf is a step in the right direction.

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Mindhunter Season 2 Interrogates True Crime Obsession

Alec Bojalad Aug 19, 2019

Netflix's Mindhunter season 2 examines the costs of trying to understand humanity's heart of darkness.

The following contains spoilers for Mindhunter season 2.

There are a handful of moments scattered throughout Netflix’s excellent Mindhunter season 2, in which lead characters Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and Dr. Wendy Carr are asked the most common question in the American lexicon: what do you do for a living?

The question comes at a cookout, in a bar, and in a social worker’s office. Each time the question is asked, Holden, Bill, or Wendy begin with the technical jargon. They work for at the Bureau, in the psychology department, working on “special projects.” The questioner always invariably takes in the word salad, sifts through it to find the relevant bit of salacious information they’re looking for, and presses on.

“What kind of criminals?” Bill and Nancy
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‘Cold Case Hammarskjöld’ Exclusive Clip: Mads Brügger’s Sundance Award Winner Is A True Crime Doc Unlike Any Other

True crime docs are all the rage nowadays. Thanks to streaming services, documentaries, in general, have seen their profile greatly increase, but the subgenre of true crime has blown up thanks to projects like “Making a Murderer.” But I can promise you one thing, you’ve never seen a true crime doc, or any doc really, quite like “Cold Case Hammarskjöld.”

And with the theatrical release of “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” right around the corner, we are thrilled to give you an exclusive look at a clip from the film, which gives a pretty great overview of what Mads Brügger’s film is all about.

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D.A. Pennebaker, Who Redefined Film Documentaries, Dies at 94

Tony Sokol Aug 3, 2019

D.A. Pennebaker made truth musical and brought reality to music.

Legendary documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker died of natural causes at his home at Sag Harbor, Long Island, on August 1, according to Variety. The director and cinematographer of the 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, as well as the films Monterey Pop (1968) and The War Room (1993) was 94. He is survived by his wife, filmmaker Chris Hegedus, who was his most consistent artistic collaborator. He was working on his memoir.

Pennebaker's influence on the art of the documentary is immeasurable, but evidentiary. Paradise Lost, Making a Murderer, Fahrenheit 911 and Madonna's concert film Truth or Dare all share the D.A. DNA.

Donn Alan Pennebaker was born in Evanston, Illinois, on July 15, 1925. He was an engineer in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. Before he turned his attention to the camera, Pennebaker attended MIT and
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‘On My Block’ Season 3 Starts Production As Cast Completes Contract Renegotiation

  • Deadline
Netflix this morning posted a video with the cast of On My Block marking the start of production on Season 3 of the coming-of-age comedy. The video (you can watch it below) featured the series’ lead quartet Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray and Diego Tinoco, who had been embroiled in salary renegotiation talks with Netflix. The negotiations had stretched well into July, with the impasse threatening to impact start of production.

Like the case of 13 Reasons Why last summer, it got down to the wire, but I can report that the core cast has successfully completed salary renegotiations, scoring significant salary increases.

As I had reported, reps for the four, who each made $20,000 an episode in the first two seasons, went into the negotiations with an opening salvo of $250,000 an episode. Netflix countered with an offer for $40,000 an episode, leading to a $225,000 an episode response from the actors’ camp.

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‘On My Block’ Season 3 In Limbo Over Cast Contract Renegotiation Impasse

  • Deadline
Just like the case of 13 Reasons Why last summer, it is getting down to the wire for the core cast of a popular Netflix teen series to complete salary renegotiations going into Season 3.

About two weeks before the cast of coming-of-age comedy On My Block is scheduled to convene for the first Season 3 table read, the series’ lead quartet Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray and Diego Tinoco are still at a standstill with Netflix in their salary renegotiation talks, with the two sides very far apart.

I hear reps for the four, who each made $20,000 an episode in the first two seasons, went into the negotiations with an opening salvo of $250,000 an episode. I hear Netflix countered with an offer for $40,000 an episode, leading to a $225,000 an episode response from the actors’ camp.

Since then, there has been no communication, with reps waiting for a response or counter from Netflix.
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‘The Office’ to Leave Netflix After 2020, as NBCUniversal Announces Exclusive Streaming Rights

‘The Office’ to Leave Netflix After 2020, as NBCUniversal Announces Exclusive Streaming Rights
The Office” is leaving Netflix, officially, after 2020. Starting in 2021, the only destination to watch online will be via NBCUniversal’s yet unnamed streaming platform.

NBCUniversal made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, confirming the long-feared yet largely inevitable result. As more and more streaming services are announced, and more and more profits stem from demand for popular, pre-existing properties, it was only a matter of time before “The Office” moved to its producers’ streaming home.

“‘The Office’ has become a staple of pop-culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before,” Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, said in statement to Variety. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.”

Netflix has been preparing for this eventuality. The streaming giant with more than 148 million worldwide subscribers
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The First Time: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of ‘My Favorite Murder’

Since 2016, podcast hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark have been recounting gruesome crimes to each other weekly on My Favorite Murder. Their unabashed appreciation for the gorier things in life — plus quippy advice like “fuck politeness,” and frank talk about anxiety and mental health — draws thousands of fans, known as murderinos, to their sold-out live shows all over the world. Kilgariff, a comedian, and Hardstark, a former Cooking Channel TV personality, released a joint memoir in May called Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, borrowing its title from the duo
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‘The Case of Martha Moxley’ Reexamines Heinous Murder 44 Years Later

  • The Wrap
Oxygen’s “Murder and Justice: The Cast of Martha Moxley” reexamines a case that went unsolved for 44 years. A case that was strangely linked to the Kennedy family.

Martha Moxley was murdered on Oct. 30, 1975, just one year after her family had moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. She was 15 years old and was found beneath a tree on her own lawn after someone had bludgeoned her with a golf club and then stabbed her in the neck with the handle. For 23 years, the case stalled, until her former neighbor, Michael Skakel, who was also 15 at the time of the murder, was arrested. Host Laura Coates opens up the case in the special, and describes the case as “a remarkably striking and terrifying experience.”

“As a mom, I cannot imagine what it has been like for the family,” Coates, a former prosecutor specializing in sex, drugs and elderly crimes, told TheWrap. “Will there ever be justice for Martha?
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'Making a Murderer' Brings Call to Abolish Actual Malice in Libel Suits

The lawsuit brought by retired Wisconsin police sergeant Andrew Colborn against Netflix over Making a Murderer is not yet six months old, yet Colborn has designs to get the case to the Supreme Court to make it easier for public figures to sue for defamation.

Colborn alleges in his complaint that the award-winning series about Steven Avery, exonerated for one murder only to later be charged with another, libeled him by insinuating he planted evidence in an effort to frame Avery for that second murder. Netflix has motioned for dismissal on the basis that Colborn hasn't sufficiently pled Netflix's culpability ...
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True Crime Fans Descend on New Orleans for 2019 CrimeCon

True Crime Fans Descend on New Orleans for 2019 CrimeCon
True crime media is shifting toward advocacy. The hosts of My Favorite Murder urge listeners to donate to End the Backlog, a nonprofit demanding the timely testing of rape kits by law enforcement, and Ashley Flowers from Crime Junkie is on the board of directors for Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. The Murder Squad was designed specifically to put fans to work solving cold cases. Likewise, CrimeCon, happening June 7th through 9th in New Orleans, isn’t some macabre horrorfest where people dress up like Pogo the clown — in fact,
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‘Atlanta Monster’ Producer Tenderfoot TV Plots Music & Sport True Crime Hybrids & Small-Screen Adaptations To Take Advantage Of Podcast Boom

Tenderfoot TV, the company behind the hit Atlanta Monster and Up and Vanished podcasts, is looking to take advantage of the boom in the audio genre and is plotting a slew of music and sports-set true crime podcasts as well as IP that can be translated for television.

The company, which is run by Donald Albright and Payne Lindsey, has had more than 380M downloads for its podcasts and co-produced a TV adaptation of Up and Vanished for Oxygen with Ben Silverman’s Propagate Content. Its latest podcast, To Live and Die in La with The Dirt author and Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss, is set to conclude May 16.

Albright told Deadline how the company started and outlined the pair’s plans to scale up their nascent media business.

Tenderfoot TV started with Up and Vanished, a podcast that followed the case of the mysterious disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a
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Movie Review – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, 2019.

Directed by Joe Berlinger.

Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, John Malkovich and Haley Joel Osment.

Synopsis:

Through the eyes of his long-term girlfriend, we see the net close in on serial killer Ted Bundy, after years of getting away with his violent murders.

In the midst of the current wave of fascination with true crime stories, from Serial in podcast form to the two seasons of Making a Murderer on Netflix, the tale of Ted Bundy is a no-brainer to bring to the screen. Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers in American history and, even on this side of the pond, his name is recognisable, even if the details of his crimes aren’t as widely understood. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger has in fact dedicated his career to Bundy in the last few years with multiple projects. In
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Inside the True Crime Boom Taking Over Prestige TV

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Inside the True Crime Boom Taking Over Prestige TV
In 2016, the first season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story,” about the arrest and trial of O.J. Simpson, swept the Emmys’ limited-series categories, sparking a revival in mainstream interest in both the Simpson case and the true-crime genre. Ever since then, crime stories — American and otherwise — have been multiplying. It’s a boom that’s turning this year’s Emmy race into a digest of recent history.

Connie Britton was a Golden Globe nominee for Bravo’s “Dirty John,” adapted from a Los Angeles Times story and podcast about one woman’s encounter with a devious criminal. Patricia Arquette earned Globe and SAG honors for her role as a real-life prison employee who assisted in a breakout in Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.” Making her a possible double Emmy nominee for roles taken luridly from life, Arquette currently plays a mother eventually killed by the daughter she torments in Hulu’s “The Act.
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Wild Wild Country

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Since Netflix earned its first nomination (and win) in the category, only Netflix original series — or series that have benefitted from streaming on its platform — have won the category. “Making a Murderer” broke through for the digital giant in 2016, earning the initial nod and win, while “Wild Wild Country” took home the title again in 2018. In between, “Planet Earth II” won for BBC America (while “Chef’s Table” and “The Keepers” were nominated as Netflix originals). The initial “Planet Earth” and its sequel both stream on Netflix (and have for some time).

Fun Fact: In the 21 years this category has been active (it was called Outstanding Nonfiction Series before this and Outstanding Informational Series before that), PBS has won in 14 of those years and has 15 trophies, thanks to two of its programs tying in 1999. There has never been
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‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile’ Trailer: Netflix Is Set To Release The Ted Bundy Biopic Starring Zac Efron In May

Netflix has made a name for itself as the go-to spot for anything true crime. Whether you want to watch a docu-series about a man (maybe) wrongfully accused in “Making a Murderer” or the true story of one serial killer’s heinous acts with “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” the streaming service has you covered. And to capitalize on its subscribers’ desire for all things true crime, Netflix is set to release the upcoming Zac Efron-starring Ted Bundy biopic, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile” this May.

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The Yorkshire Ripper Files: can true crime TV really be ethical?

It may be strangely seductive, but who says our true crime viewing has to be an amoral gorefest? A gripping new series shows a genre on a mission

True crime TV finds itself on a sterling run of form at the moment. Shows such as The Jinx, Making A Murderer and The Keepers introduced a generation of TV audiences to a life of crime and the attendant vicarious thrills. Tonight, BBC Four makes its contribution with The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story, its three-part exploration of Peter Sutcliffe’s murders of women and girls between 1975 and 1980. The Ripper was the most memorable of a string of garishly named bogeymen that haunted the landscape of the 1970s. The Devil’s Disciple, Black Panther and the Beast of Manchester all had their moments in the limelight, but it was the Ripper who truly captured the public imagination. A faceless
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MGM Names Netflix’s Stephen Bruno To Chief Marketing Officer Post

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MGM has hired veteran entertainment marketing exec Stephen Bruno to be its chief marketing officer. He will leave Netflix to take the post and he starts at the studio in April.

Bruno has solid experience both in theatrical film and television series launches. He spent the past four years as VP Creative Marketing at Netflix, which hired him away from The Weinstein Company. He cut his teeth in features at TWC, where he spearheaded the marketing campaigns behind films that included Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, The Artist and Fruitvale Station.

At Netflix, Bruno was involved in the launch of scripted and unscripted series and movies and documentaries that included Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black, The Crown, Narcos, Bird Box, Mudbound, Wild Wild Country, Making a Murderer, Queer Eye and Nailed It. Before all that, Bruno was a Director of Consumer
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Netflix executive Stephen Bruno joins MGM as chief marketing officer

Netflix executive Stephen Bruno joins MGM as chief marketing officer
Executive has worked on The Crown, Narcos, Stranger Things.

MGM on Thursday (21) announced that it has hired Stephen Bruno from Netflix to serve as chief marketing officer.

Bruno will start at the studio in April, overseeing global marketing and brand strategy and the film and television properties. He will work closely with COO Christopher Brearton, worldwide television group chairman Mark Burnett, executive director Nancy Tellem, and president of the motion picture group Jonathan Glickman. Bruno will also focus on promoting MGM’s storied library.

The new arrival spent more than four years as vice-president of creative marketing at Netflix, where
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Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura Moves To Film Group; Brandon Riegg Gets Comedy Oversight In Restructuring

  • Deadline
After recently consolidating its original series/specials operation into English-language originals under VP Cindy Holland and non-English-language ones under Bela Bajaria, Netflix continues to streamline its executive ranks with new responsibilities for Lisa Nishimura, VP Original Documentary and Comedy Programming, and Brandon Riegg, VP Unscripted Originals & Acquisitions.

Nishimura, one of Netflix’s best known executives, who is credited with acclaimed documentaries including Icarus, The 13th and The White Helmets as well as hugely popular docuseries Making A Murderer and Wild Wild Country, will become VP Independent Film & Documentary Features. She will oversee independent films, English & non-English documentary features, documentary shorts and limited documentary series (such as Wild Wild Country and Our Planet).

Nishimura, who in her dual previous role also oversaw comedy specials, reported to VP of Original Series Holland. With a focus on film, she will now report to VP of Original Film Scott Stuber, who runs Netflix’s film group.
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