‘Everything Is Alive’: Improv Comedy Meets Podcasting

In Everything is Alive, a new podcast, inanimate objects (like a bar of soap) are the interviewees (Getty Royalty Free).

We hear a truism, one that could be printed and sold to college students to hang in their dorm rooms.

But it’s slightly off. Because the subject of the interview isn’t a person. It’s a thing: A pillow. And the pillow is talking intimately about life and humanity, sharing, “You don’t have to be foam to have memories.” Cue the dramatic music.

The conceit of Everything is Alive, a new podcast from Radiotopia, is that objects are interviewed with the gravitas of a Fresh Air guest. Episodes include a can of cola, a lamppost and an elevator who has hoped one of her entrants would never “leave” her. Episodes are released every other Tuesday, with a total of ten in the first season.

When creator Ian Chillag

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Man Sentenced to Life For the Murder of UCLA Student on the Anniversary of Her Stabbing Death

The man responsible for killing of 21-year-old UCLA student Andrea DelVesco has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The sentencing comes exactly 3 years after Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 25, stabbed DelVesco and set her apartment on fire before fleeing after burglarizing a different apartment moments before.

Firefights discovered the charred remains of DelVesco, a Phi Beta Phi sorority sister and Austin, Texas native, inside her burning apartment.

It took 32 firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze. DelVesco was pronounced dead at the scene.

Medina and his accomplice Eric Marquez, 25, were arrested and charged with DelVesco’s murder on Sept 28, 2015.

Medina, a former Fresno State University student, was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of murder during a burglary.

Medina also was convicted of one count of arson of an inhabited structure,

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/man-sentenced-to-life-for-the-murder-of-ucla-student-on-the-anniversary-of-her-stabbing-death/

Halloween Heritage Trailer Puts a True Crime Spin on Michael Myers Legacy

David Gordon Green’s Halloween is now less than a month away from hitting theaters and Blumhouse has released a clever new teaser that treats the events of the first film as true crime. The movie is attempting to take the franchise back to its roots, forgetting about any of the other installments except for the 1978 original, which was considered to be wise by some hardcore horror fans. With that being said, there’s still a lot of fans who are very skeptical about accepting the new take on the franchise.

Taking the true crime approach with the first Halloween film is a really cool idea and probably should have been utilized in the promotional material since the start. However, as the movie’s release date nears, a new twist on the traditional teaser is welcome. There’s only so much of the film that can be shown off in trailers and TV spots

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Calif. Woman Falsely Accused of Faking Her Abduction Could Be Cross-Examined by Kidnapper: ‘Amazingly …

The lawyer for Denise Huskins, the California woman whose 2015 kidnapping and sexual assault were originally dismissed as a hoax by investigators, tells PEOPLE his client has been subpoenaed by prosecutors to testify next week at the preliminary hearing for her abductor.

“It’s horrible,” Doug Rappaport says about the possibility that Huskins may be cross-examined by Matthew Muller at the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday.

Muller, who could not be reached for comment, is representing himself.

“So, consequently, he can confront and cross-examine his accusers; he’s exercising his constitutional rights,” Rappaport tells PEOPLE two days after his client and her fiancé, Aaron Quinn, were issued subpoenas to appear in a Solano County court.

Rappaport says it is “not just a possibility” that Huskins will be cross-examined by Muller but “highly probable.”

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment, but prosecutor

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‘Halloween’ Trailer Takes a True Crime Documentary Approach

Halloween Trailer New

A cool new Halloween trailer repurposes John Carpenter‘s classic and David Gordon Green‘s sequel/reboot as a true crime documentary. This looks like the type of thing you fall asleep watching on the Investigation Discovery channel, and I’m here for it. It also serves as a nice refresher on the story that started the franchise. Watch the Halloween trailer below.

Halloween Trailer 

The Halloween hype is already through the roof. The film debuted this month at TIFF, and just played Fantastic Fest as well, and the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. In my

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Women dominate the true-crime podcast genre as producers and listeners – San Antonio Express

Lanie Hobbs says her road to becoming a true-crime podcaster began when she was 7 or 8 years old. That’s when the car she, her mother and her two older brothers were driving in broke down one night in Irving, and they were robbed at gunpoint by two men.

She didn’t fully realize the danger at the time, but she now knows that she and her family could all have been killed.

“Being able to relate to the fear later gave me the idea of formulating stories that look at crime from the victim’s perspective,” she said. Her Dallas-based True Crime Fan Club podcast will celebrate its second anniversary in October.

That Hobbs hosts a podcast with such grim episode titles as “The Cadet Murders,” “The Roadside Strangler” and “Munchausen Mommies” illustrates how women have taken control of true-crime podcasts, both as producers and listeners. More than 60 percent of hosts

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Now Casting: Lena Waithe Indie Film ‘Queen & Slim’ Seeks Submissions for Lead Role + 3 More Gigs

Wrap up your week with one of the excellent gigs in today’s roundup! Lena Waithe’s upcoming indie film “Queen Slim,” starring Daniel Kaluuya, is now seeking nationwide submissions for the role of Queen. Plus, an Investigation Discovery true-crime series is casting an upcoming episode, a new Netflix series needs background actors, and a female athlete is wanted for a reel about athletes’ financial hurdles. 

“QUEEN SLIM”
Carmen Cuba Casting is now seeking submissions for the role of Queen in Lena Waithe’s upcoming indie film “Queen Slim,” starring Daniel Kaluuya in the role of Slim. A union female actor, aged 20–35, is wanted to play the role, a fiercely intelligent defense attorney who reaches out to Slim on Tinder after the State decides to execute one of her clients. Nudity is required for this role. “Queen Slim” will shoot from late January through mid-April 2019 in Louisiana. Compensation will be provided

Read more at: https://www.backstage.com/news/casting/casting-lena-waithe-indie-film-queen-slim-lead-role/

INTERVIEW | Water District Has It Going On

Some assert they’re the best band in Los Angeles.

L.A.’s Water District plays cool indie-pop with contemporary emo flavors. Made up of Tice Griffin (guitar, vocals), Erik Williams (drums), and Ryan Scottie (bass), Water District’s sound exudes shimmering colors, silky textures, and buff energy. If The Cure fused with Blink 182, the end product would be Water District.

Their latest music video, “Dream With Your Eyes Open,” is superbly infectious. Popdust spoke with front man Tice Griffin to find out more about the band’s impressive music.

How would you describe yourself?

We’re three dudes who really enjoy making music. We don’t want to make it more complicated than that. If we had to choose a genre, we’d describe ourselves as rock.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Ryan got kicked out of Canada for smoking pot in Wisconsin; border control escorted him out. When I was younger,

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