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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.


‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Ricky Martin (‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’)

“This is only the beginning,” says Ricky Martin, one of the most acclaimed and admired creative artists ever to emerge from Puerto Rico, as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter and reflect on how his career has evolved. The 46-year-old, who looks much younger, is a two-time Grammy-winning singer and an incredible dancer, best known for the mega-hit song “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” which will turn 20 on March 23 (“It’s one of those songs that I need to perform still,” he says); and he is now also an Emmy-nominated actor, having garnered his first-ever nom, in the category of best supporting actor in a limited series or movie, for his portrayal of Antonio D’Amico, the longtime lover of fashion designer Gianni Versace, on Ryan Murphy’s FX limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. “Music will always be there,” he says.

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Regina King on the challenges of moving behind the camera

Actor-director Regina King is no stranger to the Academy Awards. And she’s up for best lead actress in a limited series at the Emmys on Sept. 17, her fourth consecutive Emmy nomination (she’s won two). Known for her roles in “Southland” and the FX anthology “American Crime Story,” King’s most recent nomination comes not from network television, but from Netflix, where she stars in Veena Sud’s drama “Seven Seconds” as Latrice Butler, a woman whose son is struck by a white police officer in a hit-and-run.

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke to King about her role and about her work behind the camera. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Kai Ryssdal: I want to start, obviously, with the Emmy nomination you got for “Seven Seconds,” and the role, and our times, I guess. What did it mean to you to play this woman?

Regina King: Oh, well, first of all,

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Expectant Mom Missed Doctor’s Appointment to Hear Baby’s Heartbeat — as Husband Fell Under Suspicion

Shanann Watts‘ friend Nickole Atkinson was the first to realize something was wrong.

Atkinson had dropped Watts off at her home in Frederick, Colorado, early on Aug. 13 around 2 o’clock but didn’t hear from her again, Atkinson said on Monday’s Good Morning America.

“She went inside, turned around and waved at me and shut the door,” she said of Watts, describing perhaps the last time anyone outside of Watts’ family saw her alive.

At some point after that, likely in her own home, Watts was allegedly murdered along with her two young daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

The suspect? Watts’ husband of nearly six years, Chris Watts, 34, who was arrested on Wednesday night.

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Read more at: https://people.com/crime/shanann-watts-murdered-missed-doctor-appointment/

Edgar Ramirez on Finding Gianni Versace Through the Eyes of …

“I want to be the joy to people through my work,” Gianni Versace was once famously quoted. It’s a sentiment profoundly shared by Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez, who brilliantly transformed himself into the famous Italian fashion designer on Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The FX series, which explores the murder of Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss) in 1997, received 18 Emmy nominations, the most of any limited series this year. Ramirez, along with Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz, are all nominated in the best supporting acting categories for a limited series or movie. This is Ramirez’s second Emmy nomination.

The 41-year-old actor, who once played the Greek god of war Ares in Wrath of the Titans, gained 20 pounds for the role, but explains that after reading the script he knew he was in “for a very transformative

Read more at: https://www.etonline.com/edgar-ramirez-on-finding-gianni-versace-through-the-eyes-of-ricky-martin-and-penelope-cruz

‘AHS: Apocalypse’ Set Photo Reveals the Reunited Cast of ‘Coven’


Production is well underway on American Horror Story Season 8, which is officially titled Apocalypse, and creator Ryan Murphy has revealed the first image from the new season. Unlike previous seasons where we’re trying to unpack each new image for clues as to what to expect, Apocalypse is a reprisal of sorts as it unites the casts of Murder House and Coven for a new story. This image in particular is Coven-centric, as we see the principal cast of the show’s third season all back together again: Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Gabourey Sidibe, and the one and only Stevie Nicks.

This is mighty exciting for Coven fans, and everyone looks exactly how we left them. If you’ll recall, the end of that season found Paulson’s Cordelia Foxx assuming the

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Ricky Martin on His ‘American Crime Story’ Emmy Nomination and Never Looking Back (Exclusive)

Ricky Martin is one of ET’s featured first-time Emmy nominees.


At 46 years old, Ricky Martin is a first-time Emmy nominee for his stirring performance as Antonio D’Amico in Ryan Murphy’s anthology series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The longtime singer has been acting on and off since his mid-‘80s Menudo days, including two notable stints on Broadway. On TV, however, he’s come a long way from his beefcake role on General Hospital in 1994 and shaking his bon-bon on Murphy’s FOX series Glee 18 years later.

“When they told me I was nominated and the list of incredible actors that are in the same category, what can I say, man?” Martin asks ET, referring to his fellow nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, including his ACS co-stars Edgar Ramirez, who plays Gianni Versace, and Finn Wittrock. “I feel like

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After His Pregnant Wife Vanishes, Husband Said Their Marriage Was Having Problems: Report

It had only been a few hours since she last saw Shanann Watts alive when friend Nickole Atkinson called Watts’ husband early last week, wondering where she was.

As Atkinson recalled to ABC News, in an interview published Monday, she last saw Watts after dropping her off in Frederick, Colorado, about 2 a.m. on Aug. 13 when the two returned from a work trip.

She watched Watts, 34, go into her house but did not hear from her again.

Later that day, she called Watts’ husband of about six years, 33-year-old Chris Watts, to ask if he knew what was going on.

That’s when, Atkinson said, Chris allegedly made a surprising disclosure.

“I didn’t find out that they were going to separate or anything like that until I called Chris that morning,” she told ABC. “When I called him and asked him where she was, that’s

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/chris-watts-planning-separate-wife-shanann-colorado-murders/

Scoop: Investigation Discovery’s Fall Season Highlights

Scoop: Investigation Discovery's Fall Season Highlights

Investigation Discovery announces its primetime highlights for Fall 2018 including new series’ and specials.

LOVE HATE CRIME // A Murder in Mississippi

One-Hour Special Premieres Sunday, October 13 at 10/9c

In June 2011, a group of young white teens drinking and partying in Rankin County, Mississippi, decided to “mess with” African Americans in nearby Jackson. James Craig Anderson became the group’s target, as the teens ran down Anderson with their car – killing him in the process. Condemned as a modern-day lynching, the act was a sign that hatred based on race is alive and well in the United States. With racial tensions dominating political debate, monopolizing newspaper headlines and dividing communities, this timely documentary series investigates one of the first crimes to be prosecuted under federal Hate Crime laws.


New Series Premieres Thursday, October 25 at 10/9c

The loss of a

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‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role

Don’t expect to see Ross Geller on “Will Grace.”

Debra Messing assures us that David Schwimmer’s character on the upcoming 10th season of “Will Grace” is nothing like his iconic “Friends” persona.

“He’s as far away from Ross as he can possibly get because he’s already mastered Ross,” Messing told Variety on Saturday night in Los Angeles at Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards, where she was honored with this year’s Founder’s Award. “I think people will be excited to see him in our world playing a different part.”

NBC announced earlier this month that Schwimmer signed on for five episodes as a love interest for Grace. The gig marks Schwimmer’s return to comedy television since starring on “Friends” and a 3-episode stint on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He co-starred in Ryan Murphy’s 2016 FX drama “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” as defense attorney

Read more at: https://variety.com/2018/scene/events/will-and-grace-debra-messing-david-scwhimmer-1202909634/

Chris Anderson of ‘First 48,’ Investigation Discovery: My police officer mom set me on my path

By Chris Anderson

My life could have easily taken a different turn.

Growing up in the 1980’s and 90’s in Ensley, violence claimed the lives of so many of my friends. During that time, violence and destructive behavior was almost the norm for kids my age. My brothers and I made up our minds not to become the statistics that claimed so many of our friends.

I credit most of my success and achievements to my mother. My mother is a retired Birmingham Police Sergeant and was the bread winner. She was loving but extremely tough on us as kids. My father, a victim of an assault that should have taken his life, was left disabled when I was very young.

He was one of the few fathers in my neighborhood that stayed with his wife and children. He and I had an amazing father son connection, but the connection I had with my

Read more at: https://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/08/chris_anderson.html