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Spellbinding Tale of Murder, Love, Deceit, and Redemption

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo, who has taken on Finkel’s identity, his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

In February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.

The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon’s Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship, ending up as a reporting job that eventually morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.

True Story was made into a movie starring Jonah Hill & James Franco.

 

Half Price Books: Where Rare Is Well Done

There’s a beautiful pearl, you might say, in one of the tastiest oysters in town.

You might say that if you were a writer, especially, as writers tend to work in metaphors. Writers often write books, too, and books (along with vinyl records, magazines, and more) are what’s sold at Half Price Books, the Dallas-based chain of stores that’s been expanding across the nation and has several locations here in Austin.

It’s the company’s 45th anniversary this year, and for a bookstore of any kind, much less a print-centered secondhand shop, to thrive in these digital times … well, that’s no small achievement. But we’re talking about Austin’s own Half Price Books at 5555 N. Lamar, specifically, the enormous emporium of used print-and-other-recording-format media that’s bordered the North Loop neighborhood since moving from smaller digs on Guadalupe, and we’re talking about it because it’s the metaphoric oyster here – and the unique

Read more at: https://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2017-10-20/half-price-books-where-rare-is-well-done/

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ and ‘The Eleven’

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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

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Watch Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in their first movie together. And a true-crime documentary comes to AE.

What’s on TV

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (2011) 8 p.m. on VH1. There are lots of reasons

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/arts/television/whats-on-tv-thursday-crazy-stupid-love-and-the-eleven.html

SHS grad has featured role in new indie horror flick

Actress Tiffany Browne-Tavarez, a 2000 graduate of Salem High School, has a role in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Messenger of Wrath,” a horror/thriller about a neglected 12-year-old girl, Charlotte, who faces masked invaders breaking into her home late one night. While trying to escape, she learns of a far more dangerous threat lurking outside.

The independent film will be released Friday, Oct. 27, on Amazon Prime. It premiered Sept. 7 at Bow Tie Cinemas in Red Bank, N.J. Browne-Tavarez, 35, plays Det. Kana Miyoshi, a tough, wise, diligent law enforcement agent who has had her share of heartache.

“The character works extremely hard, and perhaps still cares for people more than she would like,” Browne-Tavarez said. “She was fun for me to play because her demeanor is so different from roles I normally play. Normally I’m cast as characters who show more warmth, but Kana is more sarcastic and less animated.”

Ryan Callaway,

Read more at: http://www.roanoke.com/community/sosalem/shs-grad-has-featured-role-in-new-indie-horror-flick/article_254e0e9b-546a-59b9-89b2-3724f888b7f8.html

These Shocking New True Crime Docs Will Make You Never Sleep Again

Big blockbusters have nothing on the season’s upcoming documentaries, especially those focusing on the darker aspects of humanity.  “True crime” has captured the imagination of the nation — when a genre gets its own series spoof, you know it’s hit the big time. The old adage “truth is stranger than fiction” clearly resonates deeply with all of us, and each new true crime documentary on the list below follows an absolutely horrifying, completely engrossing real story.

We usually think “murder” when it comes to true crime, but this batch of films shows there’s a lot more to the genre than just that. These movies cover a wide range of crimes you wouldn’t normally think of as immediately compelling, such as the moral struggle and legal balance between poaching exotic animals and big-game farming, athletic doping, and government cover-ups. These subjects are just as fascinating (and in

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/these-shocking-new-true-crime-docs-will-make-you-never-sleep-again-2913503

Penelope Cruz Is a Mourning Donatella Versace in New …

After a few teases, we’re finally getting a peak of a character in action on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

In the new teaser trailer for the Ryan Murphy anthology series, audience get their first real look at Penelope Cruz’s portrayal of the fashion house’s fabulous matriarch, Donatella Versace. In the trailer, a platinum-haired Cruz is dressed to the nines as she kneels in front of the Versace family’s infamous Miami mansion, now known asCasa Casuarina, and kisses its steps before making her way into the home. With an abundance of floral arrangements surrounding her, it’s obvious she’s mourning her brother Gianni following his assassination, but exactly how long after his death is up to the viewer.

Penelope Cruz Is a Mourning Donatella Versace in New Assassination of Gianni Versace Trailer

After a few teases, we’re finally getting a peak of a character in action on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

In the new teaser trailer for the Ryan Murphy anthology series, audience get their first real look at Penelope Cruz’s portrayal of the fashion house’s fabulous matriarch, Donatella Versace. In the trailer, a platinum-haired Cruz is dressed to the nines as she kneels in front of the Versace family’s infamous Miami mansion, now known asCasa Casuarina, and kisses its steps before making her way into the home. With an abundance of floral arrangements surrounding her, it’s obvious she’s mourning her brother Gianni following his assassination, but exactly how long after his death is up to the viewer.

9 True Crime Books Out This Year That Are Just As Addictive As ‘Law & Order’

October is officially the season of scary stories. Since there is nothing more terrifying that real life, these new true crime books should be at the top of your Halloween reading list.

It’s no secret Americans are fascinated with true crime. Between 95 and 105 million people stopped what they were doing to watch the O.J. Simpson verdict unfold on live TV. Sarah Koenig’s popular true crime podcast “Serial” reached over 39 million American listeners during its first season. In the television world, entertainment providers like Netflix are finding both commercial success and critical acclaim with documentary series like Making a Murderer and The Keepers. Even the long-running fictional procedural Law Order, which has been known to dabble in “ripped from the headlines” plots, is jumping head-first into true crime with

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/9-true-crime-books-out-this-year-that-are-just-as-addictive-as-law-order-2932533

7 Questions With … David Dominé, who will lead Victorian Ghost Walks this weekend through Old Louisville


David Dominé hosts the ghosts. | Courtesy of David Dominé

Local author David Dominé has a muse that is quite old and haunted. It just so happens to be historic neighborhood Old Louisville, where he resides and hangs out with its residents — both alive and dead — who populate the area.

Dominé has written several books on the notable ghosts many of the Victorian houses host, and he also leads ghost tours throughout the year in Old Louisville.

This weekend, his Halloween-themed Victorian Ghost Walk will take place and include more than a dozen characters he writes about.

Every half hour from 6-8 p.m., from Oct. 19-22, a lantern-wielding guide will lead tours throughout the neighborhood as costumed interpreters tell their sad tales of why they’re still around bothering humans. You’ll also see the interiors of several residences that are supposedly haunted.

The

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True-crime parody ‘American Vandal’ provides powerful correlations …

Dylan Maxwell

“American Vandal” suspect Dylan Maxwell. Netflix.

I had my reservations about Netflix’s original true-crime-documentary parody series American Vandal from the beginning. Did I laugh out loud the first time I watched the promo? Sure. But I thought it had to be nothing more than a one-off skit for some internet comedy provider such as Funny or Die and the like.

However, some of my colleagues brought it up around the water cooler; they were pretty insistent that I watch. One lazy weekend, my wife and I

Read more at: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/true_crime_parody_american_vandal_provides_powerful_correlations_to_actual

True-crime parody ‘American Vandal’ provides powerful correlations to actual criminal cases

Dylan Maxwell

“American Vandal” suspect Dylan Maxwell. Netflix.

I had my reservations about Netflix’s original true-crime-documentary parody series American Vandal from the beginning. Did I laugh out loud the first time I watched the promo? Sure. But I thought it had to be nothing more than a one-off skit for some internet comedy provider such as Funny or Die and the like.

However, some of my colleagues brought it up around the water cooler; they were pretty insistent that I watch. One lazy weekend, my wife and I

Read more at: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/true_crime_parody_american_vandal_provides_powerful_correlations_to_actual