Netflix recently debuted Joe Berlinger‘s documentary series Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, and they plan on staying in both the Berlinger and the Bundy business. The streaming service has scooped up the rights to Berlinger’s Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron as the notorious serial killer. The movie received mixed reactions when it debuted at Sundance last month, but Netflix is hoping for an awards season theatrical run nonetheless. More on the Extremely Wicked Netflix release below.
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What if someone you loved, someone you thought you knew, someone who seemed so charming and caring, turned out to be an absolute monster? Would you immediately believe it – or would you deny the horrible truth with every fiber of your being? It’s hard to know the answer to that question if it’s never happened to you. An outsider might assume that accepting the truth would be cut and dry. But life doesn’t work that way. And the truth can be a slippery thing.
For four years, Ted Bundy cut a bloody path across America, brutally murdering young women in unspeakable ways. He did it brazenly, not even bothering to use a pseudonym when approaching potential victims in public. He was so entirely sure of his own charm that even when he was captured, and the evidence was stacked against him, he seemed absolutely certain he’d be set free. After all, who could believe a man like Ted Bundy could be a serial killer? That’s the question at the heart of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a portrait not just of Bundy, but of the people around him – the people who failed to recognize his true, terrible nature.
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Serial killer Ted Bundy is the focus of the latest Netflix original, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The streaming service has had great success with true crime documentaries, but this looks different. For one thing, there’s no mystery to solve here. Instead, the docuseries features never-before-heard interviews with Bundy himself. Watch the Conversations with a Killer trailer below.
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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, the Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron, has just added an unexpected cast member: Metallica frontman James Hetfield. Hetfiled will make his live-action acting debut playing the first cop to arrest serial killer Ted Bundy. Hetfield is the latest addition to the Ted Bundy movie cast, which includes Lily Collins and Kaya Scodelario.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we destroy Turkey and America’s right to a safe space for their denial of the Armenian Genocide, go high concept by killing goats and people, mix fiction and reality inside a cinematic blender, turn 13 and turn to a life of crime, and get the theme song to Bill Nye: The Science Guy stuck in our heads. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits centers mostly around renewals, pickups, and projects in development, though there’s an interesting holiday-appropriate video in here for you as well. After the jump:
- Showtime renews Homeland for a third season
- CBS’ Elementary and Vegas get full-season orders
- CW wants more Arrow, Beauty & the Beast, and Emily Owens
- Jimmy Fallon’s Guys With Kids gets five more scripts
- Big Bang Theory writer is developing Smells Like Teen Spirit
- Fox’s New Girl and Raising Hope get two more episodes
- ABC commits to bar-set Mixology, from Hangover scribes
- Jane Fonda books a starring sitcom gig on ABC’s Now What?
- Boardwalk Empire writer sells Jane Austen and West Memphis Three dramas
- Fox is working on non-superpowered superhero comedy The B Team
- Jennifer Garner returns to TV as an executive producer
- Watch a new clip from NBC’s Mockingbird Lane
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The West Memphis Three — Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols — may be free, but their story isn’t over. Driven to enter guilty pleas and accept ‘time served’ sentences in order to return to the free world, the men are saddled with felony records for crimes that very few believe were ever proved to be their responsibility. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who brought the Three to global attention with the documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, are prepping their third movie about the WM3, which will premiere soon at TIFF before hitting the New York Film Festival and finally playing on HBO.
HBO now thinks there could be a fourth film to be made about the case, based on the manner in which the WM3 had to plead guilty in order to become free. And, in a related note, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh continue to support the WM3 by further bankrolling an investigation into the people truly responsible for the murders of three 8-year old boys in 1993. Read More »
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Last week saw the dramatic end to the story of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., aka the West Memphis Three. The trio were the subject of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky‘s documentary Paradise Lost in 1996. That film told of how the three young men had been tried and convicted for the murders of three 8-year old boys in 1993, despite a lack of any physical evidence. (The three were convicted in part because of supposed Satanist leanings and interests in metal and the occult.) The fact that the three are free is wonderful, but that freedom was obtained not through exoneration, but by pleading guilty to the murders and being released with time served for the 18 years each has spent in prison. It’s hardly justice.
Berlinger and Sinofsky were almost finished with their third documentary about the case, and are talking about how the end of the case will be reflected in their film. And Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has announced his plan to make a dramatic feature based on the case. Finally, Peter Jackson, who along with Fran Walsh, Eddie Vedder, Johhny Depp and others contributed to the WM3’s defense fund, has responded to the end of the case. Read More »