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‘American Vandal’ Creators Tease Season 2 Details and Share Their Favorite Fan Theories

‘American Vandal’ Creators Tease Season 2 Details and Share Their Favorite Fan Theories
After “Who drew the dicks?” became one of the most intriguing TV mysteries of the fall, “American Vandal” is ready to ask a totally different question in Season 2.

Speaking at the Vulture Festival in Hollywood on Sunday night, series co-creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault and showrunner Dan Lagana reflected on the success of the show’s first season and dropped some hints about Season 2.

Read More:‘American Vandal’ Review: This Pitch-Perfect True Crime Satire is One of the Best Things Netflix Has Ever Done

In true mystery series fashion, they didn’t reveal too much of what’s to come in the show’s second season, but they did confirm some extra details related to the most recent teaser.

Yacenda, Perrault, and Lagana explained that the second season of the show would still involve high-school documentarians Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck), but that the rest
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In Cold Blood Family Breaks Their Silence: Why They're Speaking Out Now About Infamous Slayings

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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 BloodTruman 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
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Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

Errol Morris has been ahead of the curve ever since he broke out with pet cemetery documentary “Gates of Heaven” in 1978. A decade later, “The Thin Blue Line” wowed critics but alienated the hidebound documentary community with its use of “reenactments” and a rousing Philip Glass score. Decades before Netflix created “Making a Murderer,” “The Keepers,” and “Witness,” Morris’ film actually solved a murder mystery and freed an innocent Death Row convict in a Texas prison.

Since then, Glass became a go-to movie composer, earning three Oscar nominations — and could score a fourth for this year’s Oscar documentary frontrunner “Jane.” Reenactments have become standard issue for nonfiction films, filling the void between talking heads, archival footage, cinéma vérité observation, and what isn’t visually available. And Morris isn’t the only filmmaker who is a presence in his films, yelling at his subjects from behind his invention, the Interrotron.
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Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

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Errol Morris has been ahead of the curve ever since he broke out with pet cemetery documentary “Gates of Heaven” in 1978. A decade later, “The Thin Blue Line” wowed critics but alienated the hidebound documentary community with its use of “reenactments” and a rousing Philip Glass score. Decades before Netflix created “Making a Murderer,” “The Keepers,” and “Witness,” Morris’ film actually solved a murder mystery and freed an innocent Death Row convict in a Texas prison.

Since then, Glass became a go-to movie composer, earning three Oscar nominations — and could score a fourth for this year’s Oscar documentary frontrunner “Jane.” Reenactments have become standard issue for nonfiction films, filling the void between talking heads, archival footage, cinéma vérité observation, and what isn’t visually available. And Morris isn’t the only filmmaker who is a presence in his films, yelling at his subjects from behind his invention, the Interrotron.
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A+E Networks Partners With Dan Abrams to Rebrand LawNewz as Law&Crime Network

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A+E Networks Partners With Dan Abrams to Rebrand LawNewz as Law&Crime Network
A+E networks has made a minority investment and launched a new programming partnership with Dan Abrams’ LawNewz, the company announced on Monday. As part of the deal, LawNewz has been rebranded as Law&Crime Network, which plans to produce additional live coverage of trials around the country, as well as original documentary programming in the vein of true crime hits “Serial” and “Making a Murderer.” Law&Crime will continue to be led day-to-day by editor-in-chief Rachel Stockman, a veteran reporter and Yale Law graduate. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal valued the company at $15 million. Also Read:
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Dianna Agron in First Trailer for Mystery Thriller 'Hollow in the Land'

"Do you think he could've done it?" Vertical Entertainment has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie mystery thriller titled Hollow in the Land, the feature directorial debut of Canadian filmmaker Scooter Corkle. Hollow in the Land is a small-town murder mystery thriller starring Dianna Agron as a woman who decides track down her brother to clear his name after being blamed for a crime he didn't commit. There seems to be a few other twists and turns, as expect, in this film described as "Winter's Bone-meets-'Making a Murderer'". The full cast includes Jared Abrahamson, Shawn Ashmore, Rachelle Lefevre, Sarah Dugdale, Jessica McLeod and Michael Rogers. This looks quite solid, perhaps a strong debut for Corkle. It also seems like another chance for Agron to show how talented she is, leading the entire film. Here's the first official trailer for Scooter Corkle's Hollow in the Land,
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'Alias Grace': How a True-Crime Drama Became the Most Relevant Show on TV

'Alias Grace': How a True-Crime Drama Became the Most Relevant Show on TV
For two decades, Sarah Polley has been desperately trying to adapt Margaret Atwood's book about a young woman who was abused, mistreated and silenced in the mid-1800s. By the time the 38-year-old actor-turned-writer/director brought the author's 1996 historical novel Alias Grace to the small screen – the six-hour miniseries began streaming on Netflix in early November – she had no idea she'd end up discussing the very same issues taking place in the 21st century. "I was imagining when I did press for [this], I would be introducing this as a conversation,
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‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Faces Places’ Among IDA Documentary Awards Nominees

‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Faces Places’ Among IDA Documentary Awards Nominees
The International Documentary Assn. announced feature and short film nominees Wednesday. Individual creative recognition award winners were also revealed.

Feature nominees were Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts,” about anonymous activists on the ground in Isis-controlled Raqqua, Syria; Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ “Dina,” an unconventional love story between an eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter; “Faces Places,” documenting Honorary Oscar recipient Agnes Varda and muralist Jr’s journey of portraiture across rural France; Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin’s “LA 92,” a meticulously assembled first-hand account of the 1992 Los Angeles riots; and Yance Ford’s “Strong Island,” a deeply personal examination of miscarried justice.

Previously announced were the IDA’s nominees in television series categories.
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‘House of Cards’: There Should Be No Spinoffs — Let It Fold

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‘House of Cards’: There Should Be No Spinoffs — Let It Fold
House of Cards” was built on the backs of three men and carried — beyond its original designs — by one woman. What began as a collaboration between David Fincher and Beau Willimon, starring Kevin Spacey as the power-hungry politico Frank Underwood, soon became “The Robin Wright Show,” as the actress made the most of a character who had more qualms, better plans, and a stronger arc than her husband’s.

But even Claire can’t hold “House of Cards” together anymore. Though fans needn’t look beyond a disappointing and dull fifth season for reason to celebrate a fixed ending — Season 6 will be the last — there are reasons beyond a dip in quality to let this story die, and they begin with an actor on the outs, Kevin Spacey.

Read More:Kevin Spacey: You Cannot Hide Your Shame Behind Our Pride — Analysis

Netflix claims the recent allegations made against Spacey
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‘House of Cards’: There Should Be No Spinoffs — Let It Fold

‘House of Cards’: There Should Be No Spinoffs — Let It Fold
House of Cards” was built on the backs of three men and carried — beyond its original designs — by one woman. What began as a collaboration between David Fincher and Beau Willimon, starring Kevin Spacey as the power-hungry politico Frank Underwood, soon became “The Robin Wright Show,” as the actress made the most of a character who had more qualms, better plans, and a stronger arc than her husband’s.

But even Claire can’t hold “House of Cards” together anymore. Though fans needn’t look beyond a disappointing and dull fifth season for reason to celebrate a fixed ending — Season 6 will be the last — there are reasons beyond a dip in quality to let this story die, and they begin with an actor on the outs, Kevin Spacey.

Read More:Kevin Spacey: You Cannot Hide Your Shame Behind Our Pride — Analysis

Netflix claims the recent allegations made against Spacey
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American Vandal season 2 confirmed by Netflix

Chris Longo Oct 27, 2017

Vandalism is in high demand over at Netflix. American Vandal will return for season two...

A new vandal is coming to Netflix, as American Vandal season 2 has been confirmed for 2018. Netflix made the announcement for its documentary parody series via a video that asks: “Can you be above the law?”

Season one followed high schooler Peter Maldonado (played by Tyler Alvarez), a documentarian who chronicles the mystery of whether senior Dylan Maxwell (played by Jimmy Tatro) pulled off a prank in which he vandalized 27 faculty cars with spray-painted penises.

American Vandal will follow an anthology format. The second season will focus on a new group of students at a different school, but Peter will be at the helm of the doc. The series is a play on shows like Netflix's Making A Murderer and the popular podcast Serial.

You can watch the renewal announcement and teaser here:
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‘American Vandal’ Season 2: Netflix’s Satirical Series Returns in 2018

  • Slash Film
‘American Vandal’ Season 2: Netflix’s Satirical Series Returns in 2018
Who did the dicks? It’s a question that’s been burning its way across the internet ever since last month’s release of the first season of American Vandal, Netflix’s satirical mockumentary series that pokes fun at true crime properties like Serial, Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and The Jinx. And now there’s good news for those who are looking […]

The post ‘American Vandal’ Season 2: Netflix’s Satirical Series Returns in 2018 appeared first on /Film.
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Caught the ‘Mindhunter’ Bug? Here Are 11 Shows You Should Stream Next (Photos)

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Caught the ‘Mindhunter’ Bug? Here Are 11 Shows You Should Stream Next (Photos)
Netflix’s latest crime thriller “Mindhunter” is gaining steam–even Stephen King is a fan. If the deep dive into serial killers’ psyche has you hooked, here are some more crime shows you’ll probably love. “Confession Tapes” This series of documentaries takes a fascinating look at those who claim their confessions to murder were coerced, involuntary or false. “Making A Murderer” If you missed the “Making a Murderer” bandwagon, it’s not too late to hop on. This documentary was filmed over a decade about a man exonerated for one crime and then the prime suspect of another. “The Keepers
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American Vandal: profound, moving & highly recommended

Gabriel Bergmoser Oct 16, 2017

American Vandal, out now on Netflix, is much more than just a true crime TV spoof. Here's why it deserves a place on your to-watch list...

True crime documentaries, for all their popularity, come with controversies. Questions about the bias and ethics of the journalism that underpinned series like Making A Murderer or Serial raged around their releases, the internet swiftly becoming permeated with think pieces arguing for or against the moral merits of the show in question. Earlier this year S-Town, not strictly a true crime series despite taking its cues from the storytelling style of one, starkly divided people about the ethics of how it represented its fascinating central character, John B.Macklemore, whether series host Brian Reed had any right to make public the revelations he unearthed. A couple of years ago, Jay Wilds, the star witness in the case against Serial subject Adnan Syed,
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‘Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial

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‘Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial
Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery has been denied a new trial by a Wisconsin judge. The BBC reported that Judge Angela Sutkiewicz ruled that Avery had failed “to establish any grounds that would trigger the right to a new trial in the interests of justice.” “As such, no further consideration will be given to this issue,” she said, adding that there was no “reasonable probability that a different result would be reached at a new trial.” Also Read: 'Making a Murderer': Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ruling That Dassey's Confession Was Coerced Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, said
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‘Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial

  • The Wrap
‘Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial
Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery has been denied a new trial by a Wisconsin judge. The BBC reported that Judge Angela Sutkiewicz ruled that Avery had failed “to establish any grounds that would trigger the right to a new trial in the interests of justice.” “As such, no further consideration will be given to this issue,” she said, adding that there was no “reasonable probability that a different result would be reached at a new trial.” Also Read: 'Making a Murderer': Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ruling That Dassey's Confession Was Coerced Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, said
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Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject Steven Avery Has Been Denied a New Trial

Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject Steven Avery Has Been Denied a New Trial
The long, highly-unusual legal saga of Steven Avery continues to evolve nearly two years after audiences were captivated by his story in Netflix’s 10-part docuseries “Making a Murderer.” On Tuesday, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Judge Angela Sutkiewicz issued a ruling that denied Avery a new trial for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

The Netflix series’ investigation of the case presented the possibility that Avery and his then-16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey were railroaded by local officials in their convictions, which Avery has argued was the product of planted evidence and false testimony.

The false testimony aspect of the case has already proved to hold some merit in the courts, as a judge overturned Dassey’s conviction earlier this year. Dassey confessed to police that he and his uncle raped and murdered Halbach, but as the Netflix series appeared to show — using video of Dassey’s confession — the cognitively disabled 16-year-old
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