Monthly Archives: March 2019

Four essential documentaries from HBO in the last month

Three Essential Documentaries from the Month Of March (The Docs of March)

In a recent interview with NPR, Thom Powers, programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, said we are living through an “undeniable golden age for documentary filmmaking.” In January, “Knock Down the House” broke the Sundance Film Festival documentary sales record when it was sold to Netflix for $10 million. In the same month, Lifetime’s highly successful “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed the litany of horrifying allegations that dogged the singer for the past 25 years, prompting Kelly’s February indictment on 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse.

Both films demonstrate the newfound capacity of documentaries to not only succeed commercially, but also drive the national conversation and incite necessary and long overdue change. For decades, HBO has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking, churning out several Oscar nominees and winners.

March was no different for the company. Here are

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New to Lightbox in April: True crime, many spidermen and Jenny from The Block

All the superheroes are coming to Lightbox this month – Spider-Man, Aquaman, Jennifer Lopez, Spongebob Squarepants – but there’s a few villains in the bunch too. It’s your round-up of what is coming to Lightbox in April.

The Act (Four episodes dropping April 4, then weekly)

From Jean Sergent’s review of The Act, coming later this week: “As a connoisseur of true crime, there is no telly event I’ve been more excited for this year quite like The Act. Chronicling the horrific crimes of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose, this is a powerhouse drama that takes us through a story of lies, fraud, illness, and murder. I’m gleeful about it! There are so many moments in The Act that are designed to give viewers chills and elicit gasps. The story of Dee Dee Blanchard’s mistreatment of her daughter Gypsy Rose isn’t the banality of evil – it’s the garishness

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/tv/01-04-2019/new-to-lightbox-in-april-true-crime-many-spidermen-and-jenny-from-the-block/

News Daily: More Brexit votes and Javid asks teachers for knife crime help

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Brexit: Chief whip attacks cabinet’s post-election strategy

MPs will today hold another series of “indicative votes” on ideas aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock. None of the proposals put forward last time won a majority, but those with the most support were a customs union with the EU and a referendum on any deal. So what is the Commons voting on this time?

Ahead of the debate, Conservative Chief Whip Julian Smith has told the BBC that the government should have made clear

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News Daily: More Brexit votes and Javid asks teachers for knife crime help

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Brexit: Chief whip attacks cabinet’s post-election strategy

MPs will today hold another series of “indicative votes” on ideas aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock. None of the proposals put forward last time won a majority, but those with the most support were a customs union with the EU and a referendum on any deal. So what is the Commons voting on this time?

Ahead of the debate, Conservative Chief Whip Julian Smith has told the BBC that the government should have made clear after the 2017 election that it would “inevitably” have to accept a softer Brexit. In a documentary made by political editor Laura Kuenssberg, he also accuses some cabinet ministers of seeking to “destabilise” Theresa May.

Our experts look at what could happen next. And, as always, there’s our very simple guide to Brexit.

Knife crime: Javid urges teachers and health workers to help

A summit on preventing violent crime among young people is taking place in Downing Street this week. Meanwhile, Home Secretary Sajid Javid is saying health workers, police and teachers could be held legally accountable for failing to spot signs of trouble.

There were 285 deaths from stabbings in the UK in 2017-18 – the highest level on record. Mr Javid has called such violence “a disease rotting our society”. Here are the full figures.

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Minimum wage rates up – but what about living costs?

Mixed news for the UK’s lower-paid workers. The National Living Wage is rising to £8.21 an hour from today, up from £7.83 – a 4.9% rise. There are smaller rises in minimum pay for younger workers. But household bills are becoming more expensive at the moment, including those for council tax.

Is our love of true crime problematic?

By Kelly-Leigh Cooper

I put my hands up and admit it – I’m an addict. For reasons even I don’t understand, crime documentaries have become my default way to unwind. If I have friends over, I might make an embarrassed joke about my streaming suggestions – but the evidence suggests I’m not alone.

The genre’s growth is inescapable. Almost every week there seems to be a new documentary released and not without controversy. Some warn we risk glamorising notorious killers and erasing their victims with the coverage. Others have accused programme makers of being selective with evidence. So is our fascination with true crime problematic?

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What the papers say

The Guardian says Theresa May’s government is in danger of “meltdown” ahead of the second round of indicative votes on Brexit. The Daily Telegraph reports on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling saying a Eurosceptic must be the next leader of the Conservatives, while the Financial Times says Mrs May is “struggling to hold the party together”. Elsewhere, the Daily Mail leads on the PM ordering a “radical rethink” on knife crime. And the Daily Star warns that a “700-mile-wide polar plume” will bring freezing temperatures this week.

Daily digest

‘She swallowed a toothbrush’ Government efforts to move people with learning difficulties from secure units have failed, campaigners say

Ukraine election Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads presidential contest

Nipsey Hussle Rapper shot dead outside Los Angeles clothing shop

Get ready Four things to expect this week

If you see one thing today

Which countries will hold the power in 20 years’ time?

If you listen to one thing today

Finding food to treat depression

If you read one thing today

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The spirit of Somerset

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Lookahead

13:30 Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the world’s media ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers in Washington.

20:00 Arsenal host Newcastle United in the Premier League.

On this day

1999 A legally binding minimum rate of pay – £3.60 for per hour for people over the age of 22 – is introduced in the UK for the first time.

From elsewhere

‘I didn’t know I was having a baby until I saw its head’ (Guardian)

Slaughterhouse-Five at 50 (Independent)

To seize power in Spain, Queen Isabella had to play it smart (National Geographic)

Cash-obsessed Japan slowly buying into digital payment systems (Japan Times)

‘The Act’ misses the mark of true-crime drama

Streaming services seem to have a thing lately for airing the stories of disturbed individuals masquerading in normal society. TV audiences like the macabre ability of truly messed up people to get away with unspeakable horrors because they seem normal — or even charming. Netflix released a documentary series on Ted Bundy shortly after its September 2018 premiere of “You,” a fictionalized account of a bookstore owner turned stalker turned murderer. Both were critically acclaimed, and part of a long line-up of television productions — fact and fiction alike — catering to this particular brand of true crime. 

Perhaps it’s simply the fact that it’s late to the game, but “The Act” — the new Hulu series which premiered March 20 — comes up short of expectations. The hasty writing and editing are at least partly to blame as well. 

“The Act” dramatizes the true story and events leading up

Read more at: http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2019/04/the-act-misses-the-mark-of-true-crime-drama

Ten Of The Best True Crime Podcasts

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Ever since Serial came along in 2014 and awakened the world to the wonders of podcasting, true crime fans have been looking for a way to recreate that high. The story of high school senior Hae Min Lee’s murder and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Sayed has since received a TON of press and has been turned into both a book and an HBO documentary.

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Harambe Is Trending Because Of Elan Musk. Are We Sure We Want To Put Him In Charge Of Space Stuff?

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Elon Musk, aged 47, “dropped” (kill me now) a rap (please, please kill me) about Harambe (please, for the love of god, put me out of my misery). (Soundcloud)

On one hand, it’s depressing that this post from 2014 is so relevant to something happening today, on the other hand, it’s the absolute perfect response to that Catholic Notre Dame mother’s freak out over leggings. (Salt Collective)

You cannot tell me that these aren’t the actual lyrics to Footloose. (BuzzFeed)

Salma Hayek is not into Boomerangs and neither am I so basically we’re best friends now, right? (Celebitchy)

This is for all you true crime aficionados. (Refinery29)

Did you listen to the Howard Stern interview with Alec Baldwin? The Other Lainey said it was really interesting

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Retired detective featured on national TV show

BUCKHANNON – Upshur County native, and retired Marion County, Florida, Homicide Detective David D. Taylor will be featured on a new HLN Network series titled Very Scary People on April 7 at 9 p.m. regarding his experience in helping apprehend one of this country’s most prolific female predatory serial killers.

Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990 by shooting them at point-blank range and two of her victims were former law enforcement officers.

For his part, Taylor, a French Creek resident, is humble about the path his career took starting out as a deputy with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department in 1981.

“As a youngster growing up in rural Upshur County, I was riveted by such police shows as Hawaii Five-O, Dragnet and others.  These shows sparked my desire to seek a law enforcement career just like the Emergency! show did for those

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