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You already know about me and the real criminal content.
I stuff myself, I support him and I want more.
But what about dramas based on true crime cases?
Let’s talk about it.
When Kathleen Peterson was found dead at the bottom of the stairs of the North Carolina home she shared with her husband, Michael Peterson, in 2001, it sparked a mystery that’s still being talked about two decades later.
HBO Max is now entering the conversation with an eight-episode drama. “The Staircase” shares the same title as the 2004 documentary that followed both the case and the trial of Michael Peterson, who became the prime suspect in his wife’s death.
Colin Firth and Toni Collette star as the couple. Worth it just to see if they cover the owl theory.
The first three episodes are now streaming on HBO Max (which is owned by CNN’s parent company).
“The Great Conn”
True to theme, “The Big Conn” tells the true story of attorney Eric C. Conn and one of the biggest Social Security fraud cases in history – over half a billion dollars.
The series caused a stir when it premiered in March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. As a bonus, there’s a companion podcast with more interviews and behind-the-scenes info.
The show began streaming Friday on Apple TV+.
“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”
The Star Trek franchise loves a good prequel, and now there’s a new one.
“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” gives us more Captain Christopher Pike, Number One and Spock, played by Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck respectively.
The “Star Trek: Discovery” spinoff already has a built-in fan base, but that hasn’t dampened its enthusiasm.
The new show airs on Paramount+.
Jack Harlow brings some friends for his second album.
Drake, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Lil Wayne all appear on tracks for “Come Home the Kids Miss You.”
Not too bad.
But then again, Harlow has made it clear that he wants to work with the best and be the best.
“We need more people in my generation who are trying to be the best, and you can’t do that with just ear candy, ambient records,” he told Rolling Stone. . “You have to go out swinging sometimes.”
The new album was released on Friday.
“We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong”, Sharon Van Etten’s latest album, is probably the album we need right now.
“I wanted to approach this release differently, to engage my fans intentionally, with the goal of presenting the album as a body of work,” Van Etten said. “These ten songs are designed to be listened to in order, at a time, so that a much larger story of hope, loss, longing and resilience can be told.”
This is the singer-songwriter’s sixth album, and it’s out now.
Hello, Norma Jeane.
Marilyn Monroe, aka Norma Jeane Mortenson, is back in our consciousness for two reasons.
One is the fact that Kim Kardashian attended the Met Gala wearing the dress Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
The other is the documentary “The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unreleased Tapes,” which examines the icon’s mysterious death. It streams on Netflix and taps into the enduring fascination with Monroe and her sudden disappearance in 1962 following a reported drug overdose.
Investigative journalist Anthony Summers has shared his collection of 650 audio tapes of interviews with 1,000 people about Monroe.
The story itself is interesting, but the Hollywood story is even more fascinating, especially when it comes to Monroe.
Speaking of the Met Gala and history, remember that Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Pete Davidson first met at the Met Gala last year.
During an appearance on the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast, Kardashian explained that Davidson first approached her at the 2021 fashion event.
She was estranged from husband Kanye West and Davidson was single at the time.
“He knew I was hosting ‘SNL’ but it hadn’t been announced yet,” Kardashian recalled. “So he came up to me and we were talking about ‘SNL’.”
She said Davidson asked for her number, but being cluttered with gloves, she couldn’t get into her phone. When she told the “SNL” cast member that, he said “Cool” and left.
That wasn’t the end of their story, of course. They reconnected when she appeared on his show, kissed during a skit, and what’s next is as they say… see above.