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‘Killing for Love’ Review | Hollywood Reporter

Karin Steinberger and Marcus Vetter’s documentary focuses on a 1985 Virginia double murder that became a media sensation.

As long as there are crimes, there will be true-crime documentaries. The glut that permeates cable television has lately spread to cinemas, with the latest addition being Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger’s examination of a 1985 double murder in Virginia. Featuring compelling real-life figures who practically invite casting guesses for the inevitable Hollywood dramatization, Killing for Love should easily satisfy viewers who can’t get enough of this stuff.

The lurid killings of Derek and Nancy Haysom were tailor-made for tabloid consumption and, much to this documentary’s benefit, led to a nationally televised trial. The prosperous couple lived in a well-appointed home where they were stabbed to death, so savagely that one detective on the scene commented, “It was like stepping inside a slaughterhouse.” The film doesn’t shy away from including gruesome crime-scene

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How do we reconcile Charles Manson’s influence on Hollywood?

Like most hypocritical people, I have an intermittent fascination with the sensationalistic true crime-y network shows that evaporate after a brief epiphany of how wrong it is to be watching said shows. Personally, I love works that explore the darkness and depths of a warped psyche. Where would art be if it didn’t take its inspiration from the admirable and the despicable?

During one of many squirm-inducing scenes in Rob Zombie’s second film, The Devil’s Rejects, one of the psychotic protagonists, Otis Diftwood, has bested a pair of men trying to escape his clutches. With his makeshift weapon — a bulky tree branch — in hand, he stands over one of his victims, chiding the man’s religious beliefs. With his long gray hair whipping against his blood-drenched face, Diftwood slowly pulls his hair back and matter-of-factly states, “I am the devil and I am here to do the devil’s work,” before

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‘Mindhunter’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix | Hollywood Reporter

Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) will continue their investigations into the minds of serial killers for a second season of Mindhunter.

Netflix accompanied Thursday’s renewal news with a social media teaser with the tagline: “We need to talk to more subjects.” The series’ Instagram account also announced the news with some photographs by filmmaker and executive producer David Fincher.

The critically acclaimed 1977-set drama follows Ford and Tench, agents in the FBI serial crime unit, along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), as they interview and study a string of well-known violent offenders in an attempt to find answers, ultimately classifying the “serial killer” term. Real-life murderers portrayed on the first season included the BTK Killer, Richard Speck, Jerry Brudos and Edmund Kemper (aka the Co-Ed Killer), who is played by standout Cameron Britton.

Is Sarah Paulson Hollywood’s Busiest Actress?

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Sarah Paulson is in everything these days. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Sarah Paulson is a national treasure which is why we’re in full support of casting her in everything. As it stands now, Paulson is anchoring FX’s American Horror Story and American Crime Story. She’ll lead Netflix’s One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest prequel as a young Nurse Ratched and co-star in the upcoming all female Oceans Eight movie. She also has a role in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar buzzy Pentagon Papers drama The Post and M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and Split sequel Glass. That’s a lot to juggle for one actress, but it’s not slowing Paulson down at all.

Variety reports that she is in negotiations to join Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of The Goldfinch. Is there nothing this woman can’t do?

The Goldfinch is a

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‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 2 Case? | Hollywood Reporter

Law Order True Crime wraps its first season Tuesday, but what will the future hold for Dick Wolf’s anthology drama?

Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders has been a stable performer on Tuesdays. With the help of lead-in This Is Us, recent episodes of the drama has pulled in a 1.6 rating in the adults ages 18-49 demo and 6.6 million viewers with seven days of delayed viewing factored in.

The show has not yet been renewed. If it were to get picked up, it would join Wolf’s large stable of returning dramas Law Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. (A fourth Chicago series, the courtroom-centered Chicago Justice, was canceled in May after just one season.)

True Crime showrunner Rene Balcer, also the longtime showrunner on Wolf’s flagship Law Order as well as spinoff Criminal Intent, already has a case in mind for season

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Did an Accused Pimp With Hollywood Connections Kill ‘The Black Dahlia?’

In a new book, British author Piu Eatwell reveals unpublicized details about the notorious 1940’s murder mystery of the “Black Dahlia,” presenting a case that the starlet’s killer was an accused pimp who had Hollywood connections.

On the morning of January, 15, 1947, the mutilated body of aspiring Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short was discovered on the sidewalk of a Los Angeles parking lot. The 22-year-old’s body was found cut in half. She had been bathed and drained of blood.

As details of her gruesome murder began to emerge, the press dubbed her the Black Dahlia after the exotic but intoxicating flower.

Eatwell’s book, Black Dahlia, Red Rose, paints a picture of Leslie Dillon, an accused pimp with purported associates in both Hollywood and the Los Angeles Police Department, as the prime suspect. At the time, an LAPD psychiatrist told the local press that Dillon knew “more about the Dahlia murder than the police

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What happens when Hollywood gets ‘true crime’ wrong?

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How true is “true crime”?

Crime sells. It’s a fair argument that people love crime … so long as they aren’t the victim or the defendant. Take the “true crime” trend, for example.

We’ve seen popular, award-winning motion pictures like Goodfellas, American Gangster, Monster, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street–but we’ve also seen this phenomenon on the small screen, where series such as American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson have garnered wide acclaim and excellent ratings. True crime has even made its

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What happens when Hollywood gets ‘true crime’ wrong? – ABA Journal

bannosuke/Shutterstock.com.

How true is “true crime”?

Crime sells. It’s a fair argument that people love crime … so long as they aren’t the victim or the defendant. Take the “true crime” trend, for example.

We’ve seen popular, award-winning motion pictures like Goodfellas, American Gangster, Monster, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street–but we’ve also seen this phenomenon on the small screen, where series such as American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson have garnered wide acclaim and excellent ratings. True crime has

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Law & Order True Crime Takes On The Chilling Menendez Murders — But They’re Only One Of Hollywood’s Darkest …

Hollywood has a dark past!

The Menendez brothers are coming to TV, just not in the way you think!

Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders airs on NBC tonight (September 26), based on Erik and Lyle Menendez‘s highly-publicized murder trial.

The brothers were accused of murdering their parents, José and Kitty Menendez, at their Beverly Hills home in 1989. They weren’t suspects initially, but tipped off investigators with their unusual behavior in the days after the slayings.

We may already know the outcome of the trial, but the success of the true crime show based around O.J. Simpson, FX‘s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, just shows much people love to see the dark side of Hollywood…

Maybe these stories will be next (below)!

CLICK HERE to view “From Drugs To Murder: Hollywood’s Darkest Celebrity Moments”

CLICK HERE to view “From Drugs To

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Hollywood Executive’s Wife and Investigators Break Their Silence on His Disappearance and Brutal Death

On May 1, 2012, Hollywood executive Gavin Smith disappeared, and for more than two years his family as left with the mystery of his going missing — until his remains were found by hikers in a shallow grave in the desert on Oct. 26, 2014.

In July, Smith’s killer was confirmed when convicted drug dealer John Creech was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in Smith’s death. Prosecutors said then that “Creech brutally beat Smith, a former UCLA basketball player, while the defendant’s wife pleaded for him to stop.”

According to authorities, Creech had discovered Smith with his estranged wife late the night of May 1 or early on May 2, around midnight, and then killed him with his bare hands, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Now, in an exclusive interview, Smith’s wife as well as Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are speaking out to Dateline about the case, two months after the

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