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20 Fascinating Facts About Investigation Discovery

Pop quiz: In which Colorado city did Joe Kenda spend more than 20 years as a homicide detective? If you knew the answer was Colorado Springs, you must be an ID Addict. In 2008, Discovery Communications launched Investigation Discovery, the 24/7 true crime network that has had fans (Lady Gaga among them) glued to their television sets ever since.

In honor of the channel’s 10th anniversary, we did a little investigating of our own and uncovered 20 things you might not have known about Investigation Discovery.

1. IT BEGAN AS AN ANCIENT HISTORY NETWORK.

Investigation Discovery began its life in 1996 as Discovery Civilization, a network dedicated to showcasing content related to ancient history. In 2002, The New York Times purchased a 50 percent stake in the network with an eye toward shifting its focus to current events; in 2003, it relaunched as Times Discovery. But that

Read more at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/524498/20-fascinating-facts-about-investigation-discovery

The Versace Family Is Pretty Mad About FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

In true Versace fashion, the Italian brand is delivering some drama, just in time for the release of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The FX show details the designer’s murder, with Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace and Darren Criss as serial killer Andrew Cunanan. But according to the Versace family, this version of the story, based on a book by Maureen Orth and directed by Ryan Murphy, isn’t an accurate depiction of what actually happened.

On January 8, the fashion house released the following statement, just hours before the red carpet premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace in Los Angeles. “The Versace family has neither authorized nor

Read more at: http://observer.com/2018/01/versace-family-slams-the-fx-show-assassination-of-gianni-versace/

John Paul Getty III’s Kidnapping: Learn About the Case Before FX’s …

The true crime TV series just keep coming, and we are sooo here for it! While American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the top FX series everyone is talking about in the new year, they also have another iconic crime show on the way: Trust. The show is Danny Boyle’s take on the showing 1973 kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III. The story is practically made for the screen: the intricate plan, the family drama, the life-or-death stakes… it’s going to be amazing! The story will also be portrayed in Ridley Scott’s Oscar contender All The Money In The World. If you’re not familiar with one of the most intense true crime cases of all time, we have everything you need to know!

John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping

The shocking drama started in 1973 when John was just 16.

Read more at: http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/john-paul-getty-iii-kidnapping-150973

Who Is Brad Falchuk? 5 Things to Know About Gwyneth Paltrow’s Fiancé

With Gwyneth Paltrow confirming that she’s engaged to Brad Falchuk after three years of dating, many are curious to know more about the 46-year-old writer-producer.

The couple went public with their romance in April 2015 at Robert Downey Jr.’s 50th birthday bash, after a year of flying under the radar with their relationship. And they’ve been equally shy about their engagement: ET reported that Falchuk popped the question a year ago.

A rep for Paltrow has not commented yet, but a source close to the actress previously told PEOPLE, “She’s crazy about Brad.” Though the source said that she’s “cautious about marriage” and “very happy with how things are,” it wasn’t “out of the question” for the couple to walk down the aisle in the future.

Here are 5 things to know about Falchuk.

1. He’s worked with Ryan Murphy for years 

Read more at: http://people.com/movies/who-is-brad-falchuk-5-things-to-know-about-gwyneth-paltrows-fiance/

Some New Jersey Prisons Have Banned a Seminal Book About the Mass Incarceration of Black Men

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Read more at: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/new-jim-crow-banned-new-jersey-prisons.html

Apple adds a documentary series about extraordinary homes to its streaming lineup


Apple has greenlit a new documentary series called “Home,” according to a new report from Variety out today. The series will give viewers an “inside look” at extraordinary homes from around the world — and those who built them — over the course of 10 one-hour episodes.

The show is the latest addition to Apple’s growing lineup of original shows, which are increasingly more competitive to those you’d find on other streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

Yesterday, for example, word came out about Apple’s upcoming Reese Witherspoon thriller starring Octavia Spencer, called “Are You Sleeping.” The show also includes notable behind-the-scenes talent with Nichelle Tramble Spellman, a writer and producer for “The Good Wife” and “Serial” producer Sarah Koenig.

Koenig will be consulting on the show, which focuses on true crime podcasts’ growing popularity.

Apple also has aRead more at: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/05/apple-adds-a-documentary-series-about-extraordinary-homes-to-its-streaming-lineup/

10 Shows We’ll be Talking About in January

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For many of us, it’s bitterly cold outside, and we all just made it through another year of yelling at one another about popular culture and politics. Doesn’t it seem as if the world were conspiring to push us all into our living rooms to watch more TV? Luckily, January has arguably become a more important month in the TV calendar than September, with some of the most popular and ambitious shows now arriving in what used to be called midseason.

This January has TV adaptations of best-selling crime novels, cult comic books and the short stories of Philip K. Dick. We’ll also see the return of one of the most beloved shows of the ’90s, and one of the most acclaimed of 2017 — and the

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/watching/tv-what-to-watch-january.html

Slenderman Attacker’s Dad Isn’t Happy About the New Film

Bill Weier, the father of one of the two girls charged in the 2014 Slenderman stabbing, has spoken out against Sony Pictures’s new Slenderman-inspired horror film, calling the movie “extremely distasteful,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this,” Weier told the Associated Press Wednesday. “It’s popularizing a tragedy is what it’s doing.”

Weier’s daughter Anissa recently pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide after she and a friend, Morgan Geyser, stabbed Payton Leutner 19 times in May 2014. When police arrested the girls, both 12 at the time, they explained that they attempted the murder to appease Slenderman—a fictional horror character that first appeared on the Something Awful forum.

Anissa Weier has since been sentenced to 25 years in a mental institution for the attempted Slenderman murder. Geyser, whose sentencing is scheduled for February, Read more at: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kzn3xx/slenderman-attackers-dad-isnt-happy-about-the-new-film-vgtrn