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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.


Weymouth Public Libraries announce programs

167 Years of Annual Reports Digitized

Mayor Robert Hedlund announced that town of Weymouth annual reports dating back to 1850 have been digitized and are now accessible online for use by local historians, genealogists and residents. As a member of the Digital Commonwealth, the Weymouth Public Libraries had its collection of 167 years of annual reports from 1850 to 2017 as well as 25 town meeting warrants digitized for free by the Boston Public Library. “As we prepare for our 400th anniversary in 2022, initiatives and projects like this will help us tell Weymouth’s story and celebrate its role in our nation’s history,” said Mayor Robert Hedlund. “Now, with a few clicks, local historians and genealogists have easy and free access to 167 years of Weymouth’s history as found in its annual reports.” The collection can be found on the Internet Archive at http://bit.ly/2D1FaLp or via a link

Read more at: http://weymouth.wickedlocal.com/news/20190115/strongweymouth-public-libraries-announce-programsstrong

True Detective season 3 premiere review: ‘Back on track with a riveting return’


In retrospect, it was courageous of creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto to try to take it in a different direction, even if that direction sometimes led to frustrating dead ends.

I haven’t changed my opinion that season two had some good things going for it, including strong performances by Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams, or that some of the most hostile reviews (which put the future of the series in genuine doubt) went way over the top.

Mahershala Ali in the first trailer for HBO's third season of True DetectiveMahershala Ali in the first trailer for HBO's third season of True Detective

Mahershala Ali in the first trailer for HBO’s

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Footage of Fresno jail lobby shooting will be featured on Investigation Discovery

It’s been just over two years since Thong Vang opened fire inside the lobby of the Fresno County Jail, nearly killing correctional officers Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan.

Vang was high on meth and paranoid, and later claimed the shootings were in self-defense, though one of the officers was unarmed and the other only had a stun gun.

The shooting — the first of its kind in the 160-year history of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office — will be featured in an upcoming episode of the true-crime show “Body Cam.” The episode, which features security footage from the lobby that played during Vang’s trail, will air at 10 p.m. Tuesday on Investigation Discovery.

It tells the story from the perspective of the officers, even as they recover from the trauma.

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A clip from an upcoming episode of the show

Read more at: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article224537545.html

Hulu Surprise-Drops ‘Fyre Fraud’ Doc Days Before Netflix

Four days before Netflix‘s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened documentary premieres, Hulu has dropped a film on the festival of its own, and it’s available to stream now.

Titled Fyre Fraud, the documentary explores Fyre Festival — Ja Rule and partner Billy McFarland’s veritable shit-show of an event, one that promised glitz and glam in 2017 but instead delivered an over-priced, over-hyped, fraudulent experience.

Fyre Fraud was created by Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby and features an exclusive interview with the convicted McFarland.

When you’ve checked out Fyre Fraud above, peep Netflix’s documentary below.

In other news, this new Ted Bundy true crime doc might be Netflix’s most harrowing yet. 

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Read more at: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/fyre-fraud-documentary-hulu/

John Krasinski makes us cry with sweet message to Emily Blunt at Critics’ Choice

Best Picture


Best Actor

Christian Bale – Vice

Best Actress

Glenn Close – The Wife – JOINT WINNER

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born – JOINT WINNER

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Supporting Actress

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Young Actor/Actress

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Best Acting Ensemble

The Favourite

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón, ROMA

Best Original Screenplay

Paul Schrader – First Reformed

Best Adapted Screenplay

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Cinematography

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Best Production Design

Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart – Black Panther

Best Editing

Tom Cross – First Man

Best Costume Design

Ruth Carter – Black Panther

Best Hair and Makeup


Best Visual Effects

Black Panther

Best Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Action Movie

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Best Comedy

Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actor in a Comedy

Christian Bale – Vice

Best Actress in a Comedy

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

A Quiet Place

Best Foreign-Language Film


Best Song

“Shallow” – A Star Is Born

Best Score

Justin Hurwitz – First Man

Best Drama Series

The Americans


Read more at: https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/15/john-krasinski-makes-us-cry-sweet-message-emily-blunt-critics-choice-awards-speech-8345241/

Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone starring in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ prequel coming to Netflix

The late Oregon author Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is getting a prequel. “Ratched,” which begins production in a few weeks, will star Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched, and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will begin in 1947 and follow “Ratched’s journey and evolution from nurse to monster.”

If that sounds too gloomy, consider this project is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, whose resume includes such series as “Glee,” “Pose,” “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story.” The busy Murphy recently made the jump from FX, where his shows had found a home, to Netflix. “Ratched” will be Murphy’s first series for Netflix.

In a post on his Instagram account, Murphy wrote that in addition to starring, Paulson will also be a producer on “Ratched.” He went on to list other actors joining the cast.

Calling them “a true murderers’ row

Read more at: https://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/2019/01/sarah-paulson-sharon-stone-starring-in-one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-prequel-coming-to-netflix.html

8 new shows we’re anticipating the most this winter

Winter is a-comin’ in, to paraphrase a 13th-century pop hit, and television can make you cuckoo. So much! So much TV! What is a person who only lives 168 hours a week to do?

Still, you say you want some television, to paraphrase a 20th-century pop hit — and well you know, we’re doing what we can. To help guide you, Times critics Robert Lloyd and Lorraine Ali — which is to say, the two of us — have looked into the future and come back with some suggestions to help you wade through the ever-replenishing thicket that is modern TV. They are not the shows that will most interest everyone, of course, but these are the ones that make our TV antennae quiver.

Black Monday” (Showtime, Sunday): A volatile stock market in uncertain times. No, this isn’t any given hour on CNN, it’s a comedy series

Read more at: https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/entertainment/2019/01/14/new-shows-anticipating-winter/38898161/

When is Black Mirror season 5 released on Netflix? Who is in the cast? What is going to happen?

Charlie Brooker and longtime collaborator Annabel Jones created something never seen before on Netflix with interactive Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch.

But they’re not stopping there.

2019 will see a whole new season of Black Mirror, with all-new episodes debuting slightly later than usual due to the work required on Bandersnatch.

“Doing Bandersnatch was like doing several episodes at once,” Brooker told RadioTimes.com, “so in one respect the other season five episodes are more straightforward, though they all come with their own challenges.”

Find out more about Black Mirror season five below.

When is Black Mirror season five released on Netflix?

Charlie Brooker told RadioTimes.com that season five episodes are “imminent-ish” following the release of Bandersnatch, although an official release date has not yet been confirmed by Netflix.

However, expect the new episodes to air at some point in 2019,

Read more at: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/on-demand/2019-01-14/black-mirror-season-5-release-date-netflix-cast-plot-spoilers-details/

Internal Review of ‘Horrendous Facts’ in Comatose Woman’s Pregnancy at Ariz. Facility

A former Arizona county attorney will lead an internal investigation into Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, which operates a nursing facility where a female patient in a long-term vegetative state gave birth to a child last month.

At a press conference Monday, former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said he was hired by the company to do an independent review of the “facts and circumstances” surrounding the birth of the baby as the result of a sexual assault.

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See the cover for author Elaine Shannon’s true-crime book Hunting LeRoux

The capturing of a monster is usually cause for celebration, but when the DEA arrested the murderous transnational arms and drugs dealer Paul LeRoux in 2012, it was done in total secrecy.

LeRoux, a former encryption programmer who help make organized crime harder to track and prosecute by decentralizing its business of narcotics, murder-for-hire, and high-tech blackmarket arms deals, became the key to crashing his whole blood-soaked network.

The story of his secret capture and the way he was flipped to become a weapon against his own fellow killers and outlaws is told in journalist Elaine Shannon’s new book Hunting LeRoux, which hits stores Feb. 19.

EW has the exclusive cover reveal, above, showing the hulking, dour LeRoux as he appeared in video recorded by a trusted associate who was also a DEA informant.

“He spent seven months dealing face-to-face with LeRoux, recording their phone and personal conversations and exchanging emails with him,” Shannon says. “The video was made in Monrovia on the morning of Sept 26, 2012, by a device hidden in his clothing. It became the ultimate evidence that captured LeRoux’s criminal intent to traffic in drugs and arms.”

“His eyes are alight with anticipation as he looks forward to the next meeting, in which he plans to make a lucrative deal to trade North Korean meth for Colombian cocaine offered by ‘Diego,’  who he thinks is a Colombian cartel operative in Africa,” Shannon adds. “Actually, Diego is an informant too. I love this image because I can see LeRoux for what he really is: a powerful, determined master criminal, stripped of the civility he displays in court.”

The harrowing cascade of subsequent takedowns by the DEA’s special ops 960 Group is chronicled in the book, which will also be the first title in a new publishing imprint from The Insider and Heat filmmaker Michael Mann.

“It’s one of the best detective stories and crime stories I’ve ever encountered,” Mann tells EW. “I have never read an account that places you so in the moment and in such close proximity beat by beat with a high order law enforcement operation that’s very complex and spans the world.”

One of his favorite aspects of the story is how LeRoux’s clandestine nature was used to “roll up his criminal empire.” When LeRoux was first seized by the DEA, that was just the midpoint, not the end of the operation. And it only worked because the criminal had insulated himself from his associates. They didn’t know to miss him.

“Nobody knew where LeRoux was at any one moment in time, ever,” Mann says.

The Miami Vice producer and Shannon previously collaborated in 1990 on the Emmy-winning NBC miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story, about DEA agent Enrique Camarena, who was assassinated by Mexican cartels after disrupting their trafficking operations. Mann developed the show from Shannon’s 1988 book about the killing.

She began talking with him about Hunting LeRoux in 2012, when it was still an unfolding operation, and Mann served as a reader, editor, and sounding board in addition to becoming her publisher.

“He had great advice, which I always took, about how to make the narrative sharper, clearer, and more accessible. It’s a complicated story, spanning every continent but Antarctica, and many personalities,” she says. “I wrote. He read takes, with endless patience, and advised me to move this, get more of that or cut that. Sometimes writing is like painting but sometimes it’s like sculpting. You have to carve away extra stuff you don’t need so you can see the form you envision take shape. He helped me carve.”

Mann had other books he planned as his imprint’s first project but credited Shannon for her speed in finishing the story while also crafting one he couldn’t put down. That vaulted it to becoming the first title from Michael Mann Books.

Even after reading and advising for so many years, he said he’s still transfixed by the figure at the center of the story. “He did everything from designing guidance systems for the Iranians to moving North Korean meth to making undetectable explosives to contract murder to smuggling cocaine and killing people himself,” Mann says. “The reason why he was a ghost on the radar and undiscoverable is because there was no physical organization. He’s not like a Cartel based in Guadalajara or the Juarez Cartel.”

Mann’s films have always focused on the gray area between those who are driven to do wrong and those who push back to do right. This story also presented a number of heroes, particularly 960 Group point men Eric Stouch and Tom Cindric.

“Stouch and Cindric started out as street cops and then street agents, in the roughest part of Baltimore and Washington,” Shannon says. “They got to know each other on a Mid-Atlantic task force. They wound up in the 960 Group, which is like Yale’s Skull and Bones, for their investigative skills, their enterprise, their creativity, and that intangible, undefinable cop gut that great investigators have — a combination of keen instincts, obsession, crazy work ethic, and a world-class bullsh— detector. They are never off the job.”

“Stouch and Cindric don’t seem to fear the violent people whom they chase down…or much of anything,” she adds. “Instead, they’re focused and motivated by the psychological parrying of their job. Call it playing chess with the Devil.”

Mann says the interesting thing about LeRoux is, he was motivated more by the thrill than the spoils of his crimes. “What’s unusual is the ego-drive he had towards audacious criminality,” he says. “The sheer audacity of it is what appealed to him. The money he made was just points on a scoreboard.”

The book imprint started, Mann said, as a way to tell the stories he wasn’t necessarily able to put on the big screen. One of the upcoming projects, for instance, is a prequel to Heat, co-written with Reed Farrel Coleman.

Nonetheless, he has hopes for taking Hunting LeRoux from the page to the screen. “I want to do a motion picture on this guy and what he means as a completely new kind of antagonist,” Mann says.

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