Monthly Archives: November 2017

In Cold Blood Family Breaks Their Silence: Why They’re Speaking Out Now About Infamous Slayings

Long before Making a Murderer or Serial captivated audiences, there was In Cold Blood — Truman Capote’s non-fiction account of a Kansas family’s brutal farmhouse slaying in 1959, which gripped the nation and shattered its sense of security.

Capote’s 1966 book was a bestseller, garnering acclaim for its author and shining a spotlight on killers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who bound and shot four members of the Clutter family at their Holcomb, Kansas, home in November 1959.

Only the Clutters’ eldest daughters, Beverly and Eveanna, survived as they were staying elsewhere at the time.

Smith and Hickock were later convicted and put to death for the slayings, which they committed in the mistaken belief the family had thousands of dollars stashed in a safe. In reality, they left the house after the murders with binoculars, a radio and just $50 — and the bodies of their victims still inside.

Amid the fanfare and dizzying success

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/in-cold-blood-clutter-family-speaks-out-documentary/

‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Takes Viewers Back To Where The True Crime Genre Began

One of the most puzzling true crime stories has to be the horrifying tale of the Clutter family murders in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. On Nov. 18 and 19 at 9 p.m. ET, SundanceTV will premiere a two-night, four-hour limited series based on the famous case called, Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders. This particular case, along with Truman Capote’s controversial account of it for his book In Cold Blood, has been credited (like in this Newsweek article) with starting the true crime genre and fascination. So, viewers will want to tune in for SundanceTV’s take on the events.

True crime has certainly had somewhat of a resurgence recently, with docuseries’ popping up everywhere you turn about every infamous case you could imagine. But, initially, the true crime medium of choice wasn’t documentaries and television series and podcasts, it was in

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/cold-blooded-the-clutter-family-murders-takes-viewers-back-to-where-the-true-crime-genre-began-5496838

For Consideration: This Year’s Two Award-Worthy Tributes to Potty Humor

Why aren’t these smart celebrations of infantile comedy on more award contention lists?

Two pieces of entertainment caught me by surprise this year. One is the animated feature Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, the other the Netflix true-crime series spoof American Vandal. What they have in common, besides me initially dreading yet ultimately enjoying them, is their dealing with infantile sense of humor.

Comedy is a subjective matter, as we’re seeing with the Golden Globes consideration of Get Out for their comedy awards categories. It’s also something that’s not often appreciated when dissected. When you break down the elements of a joke or gag, the humor is easily lost. That’s not the case for either Captain Underpants or American Vandal because they’re not genre deconstructions.

Instead, each focuses on characters who think literal potty humor and dick jokes are the funniest thing ever. Rather than attempting to align our senses of humor with theirs, the movie and the series

Read more at: https://filmschoolrejects.com/this-years-two-award-worthy-tributes-to-potty-humor/

Mahershala Ali To Star In Anonymous Content Crime Tale ‘Burn …

EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content has acquired Burn, the upcoming true-crime thriller by A.J. Wolfe. The producer is teamed on the feature film adaptation with Oscar winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali. He will star in the film and be executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter will produce it. The book will be adapted by Fredrick Kotto, the former detective-turned-screenwriter. Kotto and Artillery Creative’s Tom Carter will also be executive producers.

The book, whose publishing rights are about to be shopped by Paradigm’s Alyssa Rueben, is a contemporary crime thriller and love story set in the ultra-violent world of organized crime. It follows the incredible true story of a Northern California detective who destroyed a cartel while keeping his undercover life secret from his family.

Ali is set to star in the Participant Films drama Green Book and is the lead

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/11/mahershala-ali-burn-aj-wolfe-book-anonymous-content-moonlight-true-detective-1202210975/

Mahershala Ali To Star In Anonymous Content’s AJ Wolfe Crime Tale ‘Burn’

EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content has acquired Burn, the upcoming true-crime thriller by A.J. Wolfe. The producer is teamed on the feature film adaptation with Oscar winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali. He will star in the film and be executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter will produce it. The book will be adapted by Fredrick Kotto, the former detective-turned-screenwriter. Kotto and Artillery Creative’s Tom Carter will also be executive producers.

The book, whose publishing rights are about to be shopped by Paradigm’s Alyssa Rueben, is a contemporary crime thriller and love story set in the ultra-violent world of organized crime. It follows the incredible true story of a Northern California detective who destroyed a cartel while keeping his undercover life secret from his family.

Ali is set to star in the Participant Films drama Green Book and is the lead

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/11/mahershala-ali-burn-aj-wolfe-book-anonymous-content-moonlight-true-detective-1202210975/

TV This Week, Nov. 19-25: ‘The Mistletoe Inn,’ Thanksgiving specials and more

SUNDAY

She’s coming out: Motown legend Diana Ross will collect career kudos at the “2017 American Music Awards.” Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato are among the slated performers. 8 p.m. ABC

A woman falls for a fellow with amnesia in the new holiday romance “A Gift to Remember.” With Peter Porte and Ali Liebert. 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

Matt Damon helps defend “The Great Wall” of China in this 2016 fantasy-action tale directed by “Hero’s” Zhang Yimou. 8:10 p.m. HBO

Dermot Mulroney and Kimberly Williams-Paisley get on board “The Christmas Train” in this new holiday romance. 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-st-1119-tvhighlights-20171119-story.html

TV on a true-crime spree – Lansing State Journal

Joe Berlinger has spent decades in a distant corner of the TV landscape.

He makes documentaries, in a world that prefers adventure and comedy. He’s drawn praise, prizes (two Emmys, an Oscar nomination) and little attention … until recently.

“I’ve never been busier,” he said.

That’s because of the surge in true-crime stories. It peaks this weekend with:

“Cold Blooded,” his two-part documentary on Sundance; the first half is 9-11 p.m. Saturday, both halves are 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday. This is based on the case

Read more at: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/entertainment/television/2017/11/17/tv-true-crime-spree/107773192/

TV on a true-crime spree

Joe Berlinger has spent decades in a distant corner of the TV landscape.

He makes documentaries, in a world that prefers adventure and comedy. He’s drawn praise, prizes (two Emmys, an Oscar nomination) and little attention … until recently.

“I’ve never been busier,” he said.

That’s because of the surge in true-crime stories. It peaks this weekend with:

“Cold Blooded,” his two-part documentary on Sundance; the first half is 9-11 p.m. Saturday, both halves are 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday. This is based on the case

Read more at: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/entertainment/television/2017/11/17/tv-true-crime-spree/107773192/

‘Extremely Dangerous’ Patient Says Escape From Hawaii Mental Hospital Was an ‘Act of Desperation’

The 59-year-old patient who allegedly escaped a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and was captured in California after being missing for four days says he fled in “an act of desperation” because of the conditions in the hospital, according to a jailhouse interview with ABC.

Randall Saito – who was once described as fitting “all the criteria of a classic serial killer” — said in the interview that “patients’ rights were being denied” at the Hawaii State Hospital and that it had deteriorated into a “hell in a handbasket.”

“I don’t want to be in the state hospital, I’m not safe there,” Saito said Thursday from behind bars at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp, California.

Randall Saito

A day earlier, Saito was taken into

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/hawaii-psychiatric-patient-escape-act-of-desperation/

Suspect Convictions Episode 4: True-Crime Experts Give Case Fresh Look

GLT is partnering with the true crime podcast Suspect Convictions to explore the 1998 murder of 3-year-old Bloomington girl Christina McNeil.

Her father was convicted of the crime but has long maintained his innocence, claiming an ex-girlfriend was the real killer—the same woman later convicted in a separate murder. New episodes air Fridays on GLT’s Sound Ideas. You can also subscribe to the podcast.

On this week’s episode of Suspect Convictions, our reporters expand their storytelling to include new perspective from two expert true-crime investigators who have their own questions about the case.

Suspect Convictions reporters Scott Reeder and Willis Kern pause their own reporting to discuss the first three episodes with Aphrodite Jones and Bob Ruff. Those first three episodes covered the discovery of Christina McNeil’s body in 1998, the prosecution’s case against her father Barton and an explanation from Barton’s attorneys at the Illinois Innocence Project about why they

Read more at: http://wglt.org/post/suspect-convictions-episode-4-true-crime-experts-give-case-fresh-look