Monthly Archives: September 2018

Hollywood wants to turn your favorite podcast into your favorite TV show

When Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz first got wind of rumors that Hollywood executives wanted to turn their podcast into a television show, they were skeptical.

“I think you take that stuff with a grain of salt when you hear about it,” said Bloomberg, the co-creator of “Homecoming,” a 12-part fictional narrative about a therapist at a mysterious government facility.

“There’s people saying, ‘Oh, by the way, Julia Roberts wants to be in it.’ And we’re like, ‘OK, sure, we’ll just see about that,’” Horowitz said with a laugh.

But the rumors, Bloomberg said, were “coincidentally true,” including the one about Roberts. Amazon’s Hitchcock-flavored adaptation of “Homecoming,” helmed by “Mr. Robot” mastermind Sam Esmail, is set to premiere on Nov. 2, almost exactly a year after the podcast started streaming into earbuds.

The show’s speedy ascent — cult podcast to prestige TV in the span of a couple years — has become increasingly common

Read more at: https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/tv/hollywood-wants-turn-your-favorite-podcast-your-favorite-tv-show-n914781

5 True Crime Podcasts You Need to Listen to Right Now

Ever since Serial premiered in 2014, the popularity of true crime podcasts has skyrocketed. The first season, which focused on the murder of Hae Minn Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, sparked countless knock-offs, has been parodied on SNL and Portlandia, and has even led to major developments in the real-life murder case.

While the show has veered away from the format that originally made it popular—season 3 focuses on multiple stories within the Cleveland criminal justice system rather than one mystery—there are a variety of available podcasts in the same vein as the first season.

With the endless amount of true crime podcasts to choose from, it can be hard to decide which compelling mystery to dedicate your time to. In honor of International Podcast Day on September 30th, Dread Central is breaking down some of the best serialized podcasts you need

Read more at: https://www.dreadcentral.com/editorials/283000/5-true-crime-podcasts-you-need-to-listen-to-right-now/

Everything You Need To Know Before Watching Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer Part 2’

Steven Avery (Photo by David Trotman-Wilkins)

Nearly three years ago, Netflix took the binge-watching public by storm with its 10-part true crime documentary, “Making a Murderer,” which raised doubts about the convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in Manitowac County, Wisconsin.

This past week, Netflix announced that the show will return October 19 with 10 new episodes focusing on the post-conviction process. Once again, these installments were written, produced and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who spent 10 years pulling together footage for the first part.

The original series took a closer look at the investigative and judicial processes in this case and many viewers came away believing that Avery and Dassey had been wrongfully convicted. A Change.org petition requesting President Barack Obama pardon both men was signed by more

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellefabio/2018/09/29/everything-you-need-to-know-before-watching-netflixs-making-a-murderer-part-2/

Capone, Ness true crime book reads like novel

If you’re looking for a lot of bang for your bucks – here’s a thick, entrancing book that will likely keep you enthralled, reading for hours.

“Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle for Chicago” by Max Allan Collins and former East Lansing resident A. Brad Schwartz (William Morrow, $29.99) is a 699-page true-crime book that reads like a novel.

It focuses on the lives of Capone, one of America’s top gangsters and Ness, a young Prohibition agent who headed a legendary law enforcement team known as “the Untouchables.”

It opens with a long introduction by Collins, who discusses the almost Herculean effort that went into creating this monumental volume, including the discovery of considerable previously unknown information.

Podcasts: respectful but compelling series about a half-billion art haul

Crime podcasts, as I have written about in this column many times before, are generally my least favourite genre within the form. In the wake of Serial’s phenomenal reception, seemingly endless “whodunnit” style true-crime excavations continue to populate the charts. So many shows of this nature feel cynical, and exploitative of both listener and subject. However, Last Seen is exactly the antithesis of the by-now stereotypical journalist-interviews-the-mourning-family-of-a-missing-or-murdered-person format. Thirteen paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, on St Patrick’s Day night in 1990, and this podcast is about that heist.

 As a show, it manages to be respectful, but still emotional and compelling: perhaps because it does not deal with irrevocable violence or murder. Instead, the high stakes are provided by the reality that unique pieces of history have utterly disappeared. The interviewees stress the importance of the loss: describing them as works of civilisation,

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/podcasts-respectful-but-compelling-series-about-a-half-billion-art-haul-1.3642159

LSU Basketball Player Wayde Sims Gunned Down Hours Before First Practice of the Season

A Louisiana State University basketball player was fatally gunned down after being involved in a fight early Friday morning.

Wayde Sims, 20, a junior playing forward position on the team, was shot around 12:25 a.m. and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Baton Rouge Police Department said according to The Advocate.

An autopsy later determined Sims’ cause of death as a gunshot to the head that traveled to his neck, East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. Beau Clark told Fox 8.

Sims was reportedly involved in a heated altercation outside a fraternity party near the campus of Southern University that turned physical.

In videos released by the Baton Rouge Police Department, Sims along with several unidentified men can be seen fist fighting. At the end of the clip, a shot is fired causing the men to scatter.

At this time no arrests have been

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/lsu-basketball-player-wayde-sims-shot-killed-fight/

William Hoehn Acquitted in Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s Murder …

A North Dakota man who admitted helping cover up the killing of a pregnant neighbor has been acquitted of conspiring with his former girlfriend to murder the younger woman last year and then kidnap her unborn baby — who was cut out of the victim’s womb — according to multiple news reports.

The jury in the eight-day trial of 33-year-old William Hoehn, of Fargo, handed down its not-guilty verdict on Friday in Cass County Court after deliberating for about a day, local TV station KVLY reports.

Hoehn would have faced life in prison if convicted of the charge, according to station KSTP.

On Sept. 4, he pleaded guilty to two lesser charges in the case: kidnapping and providing false information to authorities in their investigation court records show.

He will be sentenced for those charges at a later date and faces up to 20 years in prison, station WDAY reports.

Prosecutor Leah Jo Viste did not immediately return calls for comment on the acquittal.

Speaking to local station WDAY after the verdict was announced, Viste said that while they did everything they could to provide jurors with enough evidence to begin deliberations, ultimately it was not their decision.

“When you choose a career in the law, you recognize that the whole ball doesn’t reside with you and that part of the process of the jury procedure in the United States is that peers get to make that determination,” she said.

“I think that you can feel disappointed, but at the same time accept the process if you feel that you’ve gotten everything in [to the jurors] in the case. And in this particular instance everything was available for the jury to review,” said Viste, an assistant state’s attorney.

According to the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Viste noted that conspiracy can be a legally tricky concept to explain and that Hoehn’s former girlfriend could have seemed unbelievable.

Hoehn’s attorney, who has not returned previous requests for comment, could not immediately be reached by PEOPLE.

RELATED: Pregnant Woman’s Killer Cut Out Her Baby with Small Blade Then Smuggled Body Out in Dresser

Hoehn was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the Aug. 19, 2017, slaying of the 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind, an expectant mother who lived with her family in his apartment building.

LaFontaine-Greywind was eight months pregnant when she was killed in the upstairs apartment that Hoehn shared with Brooke Crews, 39, according to previous prosecutor statements and Crews’ plea.

Crews admitted to luring the young woman to the third floor and cutting her unborn baby from her body last year. Crews is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in December to conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping in LaFontaine-Greywind’s death.

As Crews has described it, the younger woman was the victim of a desperate plan to obtain a child at any cost, after Crews had maintained to others that she was pregnant when she was not.

On Thursday, Hoehn took the stand saying that while he helped cover up the killing after he came home and found Crews on the bathroom floor with LaFontaine-Greywind by her side — cut open and bleeding — he did not conspire with his then-girlfriend in the murder, WDAY reports.

When Hoehn’s attorney, Daniel Borgen, asked him if he and Crews had an agreement to kill LaFontaine-Greywind and take her baby, Hoehn replied from on the stand, “Absolutely not. No, no, no,” according to WDAY.

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From left: William Hoehn and Brooke Crews

Crews testified that she didn’t “explicitly” tell Hoehn that she planned to take LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby from her, the Associated Press reports. But when Hoehn asked if LaFontaine-Greywind was dead, Crews testified that she told him, “I don’t know. Please help me,” according to WDAY.

Crews said on the stand that Hoehn proceeded to put a rope around LaFontaine-Greywind’s neck to ensure she was dead, according to the AP.

RELATED: Baby Who Survived Being Taken Out of Slain Mom’s Womb Says ‘Mama’ When Shown Photo of Her

Hoehn denied this in his own testimony and Borgen told the jury that she was lying.

Hoehn’s defense has argued instead that LaFontaine-Greywind was probably already dead when he got back to his apartment, the Forum reports.

A doctor in the case has previously described the “remarkable” survival of LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby girl, who endured her mother’s agonizing amateur cesarean section in fairly good health.

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind

Haisley Jo Matheny

Now 1 year old, Haisley Jo Matheny lives with her father, Ashton Matheny, LaFontaine-Greywind’s longtime boyfriend, who took the stand earlier this week.

Before her death, LaFontaine-Greywind had dreams of being a registered nurse and was soon going to move into her own apartment with Matheny near her family.

“We miss Savanna very, very much,” her mom, Norberta, told PEOPLE last year. “We show Haisley Jo pictures of her and tell her how much she wanted her and loved her.”

Said Ashton earlier this month: “I think about Savanna every day. I hope justice is served.”

GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with child-raising expenses.

Man Found Not Guilty After Girlfriend Lured Pregnant Neighbor to Their Apartment and Cut Out Her Baby

A North Dakota man who admitted helping cover up the killing of a pregnant neighbor has been acquitted of conspiring with his former girlfriend to murder the younger woman last year and then kidnap her unborn baby — who was cut out of the victim’s womb — according to multiple news reports.

The jury in the eight-day trial of 33-year-old William Hoehn, of Fargo, handed down its not-guilty verdict on Friday in Cass County Court after deliberating for about a day, local TV station KVLY reports.

Hoehn would have faced life in prison if convicted of the charge, according to station KSTP.

On Sept. 4, he pleaded guilty to two lesser charges in the case: kidnapping and providing false information to authorities in their investigation court records show.

He will be sentenced for those charges at a later date and faces up to 20 years in prison,

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/william-hoehn-not-guilty-savanna-greywind-murder-baby/

Who Is Brad Falchuk? Get to Know Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Husband

After Gwyneth Paltrow married Brad Falchuk in the Hamptons on Saturday following four years of dating, many are curious to know more about the 47-year-old writer-producer.

The couple went public with their romance in April 2015 at Robert Downey Jr.’s 50th birthday bash, after a year of flying under the radar with their relationship.

RELATED: Brad Falchuk Pens Sweet Birthday Note to Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘You Keep Getting Better Every Year’

A source close to the actress previously told PEOPLE, “She’s crazy about Brad.” Though the source said that she’s “cautious about marriage” and “very happy with how things are,” it wasn’t “out of the question” for the couple to walk down the aisle in the future.

Following their weekend nuptials, get to know Paltrow’s new husband.

He’s worked with Ryan Murphy for years 

Read more at: https://people.com/movies/who-is-brad-falchuk-gwyneth-paltrow-husband/