Monthly Archives: May 2019

Who Was Rebecca Zahau? Details About Her Suspicious Death

Are you ready for Oxygen’s latest true crime special, Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau? Premiering on Saturday, June 1, at 6 p.m., the documentary takes a look at the more-than-creepy crime. But who was involved in the death? And why is this particular story so complicated? Let us break down the basics of this maybe-murder first.

Who was Rebecca Zahau?

Born in present-day Myanmar, Zahau was a Burmese immigrant who had lived in Germany and Nepal before moving to the United States in her 20s. At the time of her death in July 2011, she was 32 and dating Jonah Shacknai, an Arizonan millionaire who worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

What happened to her?

Though the circumstances surrounding Zahau’s death are more than a little suspicious, it was originally concluded that the Burmese beauty had killed herself. Found naked and bound with her hands tied behind her back, she was hanging from a

Read more at: https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/who-was-rebecca-zahau-details-about-her-suspicious-death/

What Happened to Rebecca Zahau? Her Suspicious Death Was Ruled a Suicide — But Sounds Like Murder

Are you ready for Oxygen’s latest true crime special, Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau? Premiering on Saturday, June 1, at 6 p.m., the documentary takes a look at the more-than-creepy crime. But who was involved in the death? And why is this particular story so complicated? Let us break down the basics of this maybe-murder first.

Who was Rebecca Zahau?

Born in present-day Myanmar, Zahau was a Burmese immigrant who had lived in Germany and Nepal before moving to the United States in her 20s. At the time of her death in July 2011, she was 32 and dating Jonah Shacknai, an Arizonan millionaire who worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

What happened to her?

Though the circumstances surrounding Zahau’s death are more than a little suspicious, it was originally concluded that the Burmese beauty had killed herself. Found naked and bound with her hands tied behind her back, she was hanging from a

Read more at: https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/who-was-rebecca-zahau-details-about-her-suspicious-death/

For FX’s 25th Anniversary, We Ranked the Network’s 25 Greatest Shows Ever

FX is celebrating a big birthday… so we’re celebrating all the great TV it’s given us.

25 years ago this week, FX began broadcasting as Fox’s cable sister station, and the early years were, frankly, not very promising: an awkward mix of live programming and Batman reruns. But with the 2002 debut of The Shield, FX reinvented itself as a home for daring original series, and has since blossomed into a prestige TV powerhouse rivaled only by the likes of HBO and Netflix. (At this rate, they’re going to need to build a separate room to hold all their Emmys.)

So to honor FX’s first quarter-century, we’re ranking the very best TV shows the channel has had to offer — which are some

Read more at: https://tvline.com/2019/05/31/best-fx-shows-list-ranked-american-horror-story-sons-of-anarchy/

Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us is a rich, enraging retelling of the Central Park Five case

Every week, new original films debut on Netflix and other streaming services, often to much less fanfare than their big-screen counterparts. Cinemastream is Vox’s series highlighting the most notable of these premieres, in an ongoing effort to keep interesting and easily accessible new films on your radar.

When They See Us

The premise: Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) co-wrote and directed all four episodes of this limited series about the infamous Central Park Five, in which five boys ages 14 to 16 — none of whom were white — were coerced into confessing to raping a jogger in 1989, then convicted of the crime in 1990. Niecy Nash, Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Vera Farmiga, Felicity Huffman, and many others round out the extensive cast.

What it’s about: The case of Raymond

Read more at: https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/5/31/18646522/when-they-see-us-netflix-review-central-park-five

The True Story Behind ‘Killer Ratings’ on Netflix

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This weekend Netflix is your guide to one of the craziest true crime stories of all time. The seven-part documentary series Killer Ratings tells the story of one Brazilian TV personality who was caught using real murder to boost his ratings. And if you think that’s insane, it only gets crazier from there.

Executive produced by Dinah Lord and Eamonn Matthews, Killer Ratings tells the true story of another non-English language Netflix original, Blood Pact. By using exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, Killer Ratings explores how the once beloved Wallace Souza grew into becoming an accused murderer and exactly how he got away with his crimes for so long.

But who exactly was Wallace Souza? And why was his show Canal Livre allowed to get so close to so many gruesome real life

Read more at: https://decider.com/2019/05/31/killer-ratings-on-netflix-guide/

FX Exec Restructuring: Eric Schrier Upped To Entertainment President, Gina Balian Named Original Programming President Alongside Nick Grad

FX Networks has restructured its top original programming ranks. The core team of executives — Eric Schrier, Nick Grad and Gina Balian — remains the same, with new titles for two of them.

Eighteen-year FX veteran Schrier, most recently President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Prods., has been elevated to the newly created position of President, FX Entertainment.

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photo: Michael Becker/FX

Fellow President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Prods, 17-year FX veteran Nick

Read more at: https://deadline.com/2019/05/fx-exec-restructuring-eric-schrier-upped-entertainment-president-gina-balian-named-original-programming-president-alongside-nick-grad-1202624796/

Everything to Know About the Central Park 5 Case Featured in Netflix Miniseries

On the night of April 19, 1989, a 28-year-old banker named Trisha Meili was jogging in New York City’s Central Park — something she often did after work to help her unwind. But shortly before midnight that night, two joggers discovered Meili unconscious in a wooded ravine.

She’d been brutally raped and had a fractured skull. Meili went into a 12-day coma and had no memory of the attack, and the horrific attack became front page news during a time in New York City marked by high crime and tense race relations. 

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Inside the Controversy About Linda Fairstein, Central Park 5 Prosecutor Played by Felicity Huffman

Linda Fairstein parlayed her many years as head of the Manhattan District Attorney’s sex crime unit into a highly-successful literary career: She is the author of the bestselling Alexandra Cooper series of mystery novels, which follow a heroine New York prosecutor and are based on Fairstein’s real-life experiences.

But to many, her legacy is irredeemably tarnished by one case: Fairstein oversaw the interrogation of the so-called Central Park Five, the teens who were wrongfully imprisoned for years following the high-profile 1989 rape of a female jogger before their convictions were overturned.

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Reporters Committee Protests Ban on Media Interviews With Reality Winner | Daily Report

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is protesting a decision by a Texas federal prison warden to bar journalists from interviewing incarcerated U.S. Air Force veteran Reality Winner.

In a May 29 letter to Warden Jody Upton at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press legal director Katie Townsend asked Upton to reconsider his decision to bar CNN and a documentary filmmaker from interviewing Winner. The committee is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that offers legal support to the news media.

Upton forbade interviews with Winner despite what Townsend said were “efforts to accommodate any concerns” involving either equipment or the number of people who would be present to film the interviews, Townsend

Read more at: https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/2019/05/31/reporters-committee-protests-ban-on-media-interviews-with-reality-winner/

Killer Ratings: did a Brazilian TV host arrange murders to boost his show?

Suppose that, in a future season of Line of Duty, the reveal turned out to be that the organised crime syndicate had been using hitmen to kill drug dealers in a conspiracy with a Crimewatch presenter to raise ratings for the show. Social media would surely be filled with shark-jumping memes. Yet it is possible that such an absurd sequence of events happened for real in Brazil. This strange tale is the subject of Killer Ratings, an astonishing documentary series that has just dropped on Netflix.

At a time of moral panic over television ethics in Britain, an even more extreme example can be found in the story of Wallace Souza, host of Canal Livre (English translation “Free Channel”) , which became the most-watched news show ever in Amazonas, a state in north-west Brazil.

Souza’s shtick as a TV presenter was “defender of the

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/31/killer-tv-brazilian-presenter-arranged-murders-show