In an exclusive deal with Netflix, Michael B. Jordan will soon reunite with Black Panther’s screenwriter for Failsafe, an adaptation of the Vault Comics series. If everything goes as planned, Jordan will not only produce the potential blockbuster, but also land the lead role as an insurgent hunter out for vengeance.
In contrast to popular franchises like Marvel Comics and DC Comics, Vault Comics is relatively new. Founded in 2016, the privately owned company released Failsafe’s first issue on April 19, 2017, in which protagonist John Ravane comes to the realization that he didn’t actually eliminate the world’s last nanotech-enhanced super soldier. After his daughter’s kidnapping, Ravane navigates New York to battle sleeper agents, corruption and the inevitable surprises that emerge along the way. The six-episode series was written F.J. DeSanto and Todd Farmer with art by Federico Dallocchio.
“He’s so pared down and focused on one thing and I’m so used to elaborating on characters,” reveals actor Jimmi Simpson about his destructively obsessive character Russell Poole in the new USA limited series “Unsolved.” In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), he adds that Poole is “trying to show how everyone has a sense of humor and everybody cares and there was no sense of humor in Russell Poole.”
The in-progress first season of the true crime anthology series, subtitled “The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.,” primarily splits its time between two story lines. One concerns the initial investigation into the murders led by Poole around two decades ago; the other concerns the reopening of the case about a decade ago by another detective played by Josh Duhamel.
Poole’s career was cut short over his relentless assertion that police covered up their alleged involvement
Jack Black is perfect in Richard Linklater’s small-town, gothic vision of Texas.
In 1996 in the small town of Carthage, Texas, a local mortician murdered the town’s wealthiest heiress, stuffed her corpse in a freezer, and spent her money. And everyone in town just shrugged. Bernie Tiede was such a popular fixture of the community, and heiress Marjorie Nugent apparently was so disliked, that much of the town thought the killing was much ado about nothing. This strange true crime story—chronicled expertly in Texas Monthly by Skip Hollandsworth—is the basis for Richard Linklater’s smart dark comedy, Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey.
Linklater grew up in Texas and many of his films are set in the state, including his Oscar-nominated Boyhood. It’s an area he knows well, and Linklater makes the wise decision to focus less on the murder and more
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That allure has spawned several theories of who might have tortured and murdered “the Black Dahlia.” But, as Gilmore’s book notes, “Crime hides.” The case is still officially unsolved. No one was ever charged for it. Some writers have spent years, even decades, trying to solve this seemingly unsolvable case.
Why the continuing fascination?
You can see it in her photos: Bette Short was knockout-gorgeous. Of her inner life we know little, except that she harbored dreams of Hollywood stardom from her early days growing up in Medford, Massachusetts, until the very end. Short’s childhood friend, artist Mary Pacios, still remembers her male relatives going nuts whenever Bette happened to walk past their house in Medford: “My father ran [out] from the kitchen, almost tripping over a chair. … My Aunt Dot thought it was a wonder we didn’t have more car accidents when Bette walked down the street….”
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TV: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Cable’s premier true-crime series returns for a long-awaited second season.
More than a year after FX and Ryan Murphy scored a smash hit with 2016’s The People vs. OJ Simpson (and after some behind-the-scenes readjustments), American Crime Story is back for a second season. Staying true to its roots of sensational real-life crime sagas that happened in the ’90s, the show is now focused on, as the subtitle states, the assassination of Gianni Versace.
Based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, tells the story of Versace’s 1997 murder and the investigation into Andrew