This week I was one of the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) around the world who binge-watched the new Netflix documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Ever since Making A Murderer, I’ll confess that I’ve become addicted to Netflix’s true-crime offerings. I imagine that I’m not alone in that sense.
Netflix of course aren’t the inventors of the true-crime documentary, but much like McDonald’s and the Big Mac, they may not have invented it, but they may have just perfected it.
Sending out documentaries like Making A Murderer, The Staircase and The Keepers out to TV screens around the world in an instant means that in the age of social media, we suddenly have millions of fellow audience members to instantly ‘react’ with.
Gone are the days when we had to wait until we were in work the next day to discuss the latest telly offerings. That
From co-creators Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca (Channel Zero), the first season of the true-crime anthology series The Act (available to stream on Hulu) tells the shocking story of Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), a girl who’s desperate to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective and overbearing mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). As the sweet, naive and lonely Gypsy becomes more and more aware of the outside world, her quest for independence turns dangerous, threatening to reveal a never-ending list of secrets that ultimately lead to the drastic act of murder.
During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, actress Chloë Sevigny (who plays the Blanchard’s neighbor Mel, a single mother who’s suspicious of what’s going on across the street) talked about her interest in this story, why she wanted to work with writer/executive producer Michelle
Yeardley Smith is an actress and voice artist best known for being the voice of Lisa Simpson on the long-running animated series “The Simpsons.” She is also a podcaster whose true-crime podcast “Small Town Dicks” with co-host and fellow producer Zibby Allen just premiered its fourth season of episodes on March 15, 2019. On March 30, 2019, Yeardley will receive the National Leadership Award from the Human Rights Campaign.
During this podcast, Yeardley discusses her life and career and explains how she developed the voice of Lisa Simpson. She also reveals how “Small Town Dicks” came to be and how the series is produced, and Yeardley tells us what she’s working on with her production company Paperclip Limited with business partner Ben Cornwell.
You know that scene in Toy Story where Andy replaces all of his Sheriff Woody merch with Buzz Lightyear stuff? Well, I’m here to report that you’re about to do kind of the same thing, except you’ll be clearing out your Ted Bundy queue and filling it up with Charles Manson content.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca killings that were orchestrated by Charles Manson and carried out by his cult, the Manson Family. So heads up, you’re going to start hearing about this case a lot. Here is your complete Manson binge guide, complete with upcoming projects to prepare yourself for and things you can stream right now.
Movies to Get Excited For
If you’re into ghosty things: The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Lizzie McGuire Hilary Duff plays Sharon Tate in the days leading up to her tragic
The Tank will present the World Premiere of I thought I would die but I didn’t by Bailey Williams (Buffalo Bailey’s Ranch for Gay Horses, Troubled Teen Girls and Other: a 90 Minute Timeshare Presentation at the 2018 Exponential Festival), directed by Sarah Blush (Sehnsucht at JACK), at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), May 9-23. Performances will be on Thursday, May 9 at 7pm, Friday, May 10 at 2pm 7pm, Saturday, May 11 at 7pm, Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm, Thursday, May 16 at 7pm, Friday, May 17 at 7pm, Saturday, May 18 at 7pm, Sunday, May 19 at 7pm, Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm, Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm, and Thursday, May 23 at 7pm. Tickets ($20) are available for advance purchase
There are so many different genres
on Netflix is can be difficult to sort through them all. But one thing Netflix does
better than just about anyone else? True
People are obsessed with seeing true crime stories on television.
Maybe it’s because the
stories are real. Maybe it’s our morbid fascination with violent crimes. No
matter the reason, true crime has been popular long before Netflix was even
invented. But now they’ve proven how expert they are at taking those stories
and bringing them to life.
With so many true crime documentary options on Netflix, it’s hard to sift through and figure out what’s worth watching. Here are the top ten options available on Netflix in 2019.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Just because you’ve heard of Ted Bundy it doesn’t mean you know
One of the weirder true-crime stories to touch Wisconsin — although the crime didn’t take place here — is the subject of the first season of a new anthology series launching Wednesday on Hulu.
The streaming service’s show “The Act” debuts with the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a young woman who, according to her mother, suffers from a string of debilitating ailments, including cancer. When Gypsy discovers the truth, she seeks an escape from her mother and the prison she’s built around her in Missouri — with help from a guy she meets online.
Joey King plays Gypsy, Patricia Arquette is her mother, Dee Dee, and Calum Worthy plays Gypsy’s beau, Nick Godejohn.
The eight-episode series is based on a true story, the ending of which played out in the summer of 2015 in Waukesha County.
In the film, you spend a lot of time immersed in two specialist psychiatric units that support mothers with mental illness. What was that like?
I always feel a bit embarrassed about putting it this way, but I enjoy my work, so I actually enjoyed being on the units. I found them to be very human, warm places, although I also recognised that the people there are going through sometimes horrendous episodes of mental illness.
There have been cuts in funding across the board in the NHS, but these units are one area where authorities have maybe had a sense that they need funding. This means you’re in a place where vulnerable people are being well taken care of and they’re exactly where they should be to get professional help, and they’re being supported to the point where they can go back in the world more equipped and in a better frame
At the conclusion of the first episode of The Act, Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King) sits up in bed next to her mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). She slides her feet out from under the covers and skims the floor with her toes, which crack under her weight. Then she stands up and, without waking her mother, walks to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
Gypsy’s furtive steps are revelatory, to a point – Gypsy has spent the prior 50 or so minutes of screen time in a wheelchair, seemingly beset by illnesses that keep her head bald and her frame frail. But given that the show’s ominous score hints at creepiness from the first scene, that a hard-knocks neighbor (Chloe Sevigny) has already expressed skepticism about Gypsy’s charity case, and that Dee Dee’s murder was all over both the news in 2015 and the