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Director Joe Berlinger On His Ted Bundy Docuseries ‘Conversations With A Killer,’ And Why “True Crime” Label Makes Him “Wince”

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Director Joe Berlinger On His Ted Bundy Docuseries ‘Conversations With A Killer,’ And Why “True Crime” Label Makes Him “Wince”
Serial killer Ted Bundy continues to fascinate the American public even decades after his execution. The latest demonstration of that comes with the popular success of the Netflix docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger. The four-part series is now contending for Emmy nominations.

It’s by no means the first documentary examination of Bundy’s string of brutal sex crimes in the 1970s, a fact not lost on Berlinger.

“The bar is awfully high to do something on Bundy, because it’s a well-worn tire,” the director recalls thinking when he was first approached with the documentary idea. The pitch came from Stephen Michaud, co-author of the book Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer, who had recorded hours of interviews with Bundy in the 1980s while the convicted murderer sat on Florida’s death row. Hearing the audio convinced Berlinger to move forward.
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Sundance 2019: Zac Efron, Ted Bundy and a Portrait of a Serial Killer

Sundance 2019: Zac Efron, Ted Bundy and a Portrait of a Serial Killer
A man walks into a bar. He’s handsome enough to attract the attention of the ladies in this tavern, including Liz Kloepfer, a single mother who’s been dragged to the tavern by her best friend for a night out. He notices her, too. They meet-cute at the jukebox, talk, flirt. He takes her home. She invites him in. They spend a chaste night together. When she wakes up, Liz finds him in the kitchen, fixing breakfast for her toddler. You can see her thinking: Who is this guy?
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‘Conversations with a Killer’ Trailer: Ted Bundy Doc Features Unseen Archival Tapes

Netflix has become one of the internet’s biggest hubs for true crime documentaries. Later this month, the streaming service will debut a project on perhaps its most high-profile criminal figure yet.

Joe Berlinger’s “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” is a look into the acts and prosecution of the infamous serial killer, responsible for the deaths of over 30 women before being sentenced to death in 1979. As the series’ trailer shows, “Conversations with a Killer” features previously unheard audio interviews with Bundy during the time he was awaiting his execution.

As an overview of how Bundy got to that place in 1980, the series also looks to examine the way that his public trial turned the serial killer into an unexpected heartthrob of sorts among observers in person and in news reports. (The brutal evidence of photos of partially destroyed skulls serve as a jarring counterpoint to the
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‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ Trailer: ‘Paradise Lost’ Director Returns With New True Crime Series

Way before the modern craze of the true crime documentary, filmmaker Joe Berlinger had already released three of the best entries in the genre with his “Paradise Lost” trilogy of HBO films. Back when Steven Avery wasn’t on anyone’s radar, Berlinger and his filmmaking partner Bruce Sinofsky brought true crime to the mainstream with the docs about the West Memphis 3. And now, Berlinger is hoping to do the same again with a new docu-series about the notorious killer Ted Bundy.

Continue reading ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ Trailer: ‘Paradise Lost’ Director Returns With New True Crime Series at The Playlist.
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True Detective Season 3 and the West Memphis Three

Tony Sokol Jan 14, 2019

While nothing has been established, bike stealing teens on True Detective season 3 might be a nod to the West Memphis Three.

True Detective Season 3 has only just begun and the suspects in the Purcell missing children case are piling up. Series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto has been known to dig deep into the criminal underground for inspiration, and the state of Arkansas has more than a few skeletons buried in its mountainous woods. The kids who disappeared at the beginning of True Detective were spotted by quite a few of their neighbors on the afternoon they were last seen and we don't know who are witnesses and who might be the abductor. We see a scrapper, several people on the block and a gang of teenagers in a purple Volkswagen Beetle. If the kids look guilty perhaps it’s because they might be a nod to the West Memphis Three.
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Film News Roundup: Billie Lourd Joins Olivia Wilde’s High School Drama ‘Booksmart’

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Film News Roundup: Billie Lourd Joins Olivia Wilde’s High School Drama ‘Booksmart’
In today’s film news roundup, Billie Lourd joins high school drama “Booksmart,” Steve James gets an AFI honor, and the Yosemite climbing documentary “The Dawn Wall” gets distribution.

Casting

Billie Lourd has been cast opposite Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in the high school drama “Booksmart,” directed by Olivia Wilde in her feature directorial debut.

The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, who are academic superstars and best friends. The duo realizes that they should have worked less and played more and set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Producers are Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, and Megan Ellison for Annapurna and Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay for Gloria Sanchez. Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles.

Lourd is also returning for the eighth season of “American Horror Story” along with cast members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Kathy Bates.
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New Jersey Governor Vows to Restore Garden State’s Production Tax Credit

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Watch out New York. According to New Jersey’s newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy, the Garden State’s film and television production tax credit will be returning soon.

The Governor made a surprise appearance Saturday night at the seventh annual Montclair Film Festival’s closing night festivities and announced that he will re-establish the state’s long defunct film production incentive.

“This is a great state not just to watch films,” Murphy said. “We have got to get back to doing what we used to do really well and make them in New Jersey. We have the artists. And by the way – I’m going to sign a law in the next few weeks that will give the financial incentives back.”

It’s been more than eight years since former Gov. Chris Christie suspended the state’s film tax program.

In 2005 a New Jersey production incentive was created to boost
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Metallica's James Hetfield Joins Zac Efron's Ted Bundy Biopic

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is bringing in a legend. For the first time ever, Metallica frontman James Hetfield is going to act in a live-action movie. He is playing a cop in old friend Joe Berlinger's Ted Bundy biopic, which is headlined by Zac Efron in the lead role. The official Metallica Instagram page announced the news. They offered this about James' role in the movie.

"No rest for the wicked here as James spent a few of his days between tour dates in front of the camera once again for Academy-award nominated director @joeberlingerfilms as he filmed scenes for Joe's upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. The movie follows the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time, had no knowledge of the crimes."

The post went onto reveal
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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Crown ‘Jane’ As Winner, While Filmmakers Grapple With ‘Fucked-Up Times’

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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Crown ‘Jane’ As Winner, While Filmmakers Grapple With ‘Fucked-Up Times’
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards returned to Brooklyn’s Bric on Nov. 2 and anointed Brett Morgen’s “Jane” the Oscar frontrunner for Best Documentary Feature. That bodes well for the Jane Goodall profile as it continues its awards season run. Presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the inaugural ceremony last year correctly augured that “O.J.: Made in America” and “13th” would win that season’s top documentary film and television prizes.

When the 2017 nominees were unveiled this October, so was a rule change that merged the Best Documentary categories for films released in theaters versus via television or a streaming platform. This meant that the latest field was extremely stacked — 16 titles — making the win for a feature on the Tanzania expeditions of beloved, now-octogenarian primatologist Dame Jane Goodall extra fortuitous. “Jane” premiered this fall at the Toronto Film Festival, earning an A- from IndieWire.
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Zac Efron to play serial killer Ted Bundy in new film

Tony Sokol May 16, 2017

Zac Efron signs up for the film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, playing Ted Bundy...

Zac Efron will throw off any preconceived notions of what roles he’ll attack in the upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile. In the film, he's going to play serial killer Ted Bundy, working off a script by Michael Werwie.

Directed by Joe Berlinger, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile will tell the story of Bundy, who killed more than 30 people in the 1970s, through the eyes of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. She defended Bundy for a long time, until she turned him in.

The film will be produced by Nicolas Chartier and Ara Keshishian. Efron’s Ninjas Runnin’ Wild banner will produce alongside Michael Simkin and Jason Barrett. Werwie and Jonathan Deckter will be executive producing.

“I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time,
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Ted Bundy Netflix Movie Starring Zac Efron: Release Date and Trailer

Tony Sokol Apr 2, 2019

Zac Efron takes a turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

It's Ted Bundy's turn in the pop culture true crime spotlight.

Bundy, the unusually charismatic serial killer who terrorized the Pacific Northwest for years, is the subject of the upcoming biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Zac Efron is set to star as the monster, himself.

The film is directed by Joe Berlinger, who co-directed the Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills documentaries with the late Bruce Sinofsky, and Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, Brother's Keeper and Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger. He recently directed the recent documentary Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.

Berlinger also had a hand in the recent Ted Bundy documentary for Netflix, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. Here is everything we
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Newswire: Zac Efron to play Ted Bundy in psychological thriller

Zac Efron’s long since graduated from High School Musicals; lately, he’s been seen leading off-campus ragers in the two Neighbors movies, and landing a role in the upcoming The Greatest Showman On Earth. But his latest project will see him venture into psychological thriller territory with one of the Paradise Lost documentary makers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Efron has nabbed the lead role in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile. Joe Berlinger, who’s co-helmed the Paradise Lost movies about the West Memphis Three with Bruce Sinofsky, is directing the film, which has a Black List-approved script from Michael Werwie.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile will see Efron embodying the qualities in its Oxford comma-free title as real-life serial killer Ted Bundy. The story will be told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who only faced the truth about her murderous boyfriend
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11 great documentaries on Netflix

Catherine Pearson Feb 22, 2017

Documentary fans are well served by these 11 great documentary series and features, currently available on Netflix UK...

In recent years, even months, Netflix has upped its game. No longer just a site to instantly stream an old title you might have once picked up in Blockbuster, it's become a hub of quality new and original film and television and this is by no means limited to its vast selection of fiction.

See related The world of the Peaky Blinders

With the scope of possibility in visual effects and the boundlessness of imagination there are very few places we cannot explore in fiction nowadays… that is unless we explore stories that are stranger than fiction. There is a tangible thirst for the real; the overwhelming response to recent Netflix documentary Making A Murderer in the news and social media, as just one example, exposes the desire for and
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'Paradise Lost' at 20: How West Memphis Three Doc Influenced the True-Crime Boom

'Paradise Lost' at 20: How West Memphis Three Doc Influenced the True-Crime Boom
When filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky arrived in West Memphis, Arkansas in June 1993, they came with an agenda: to document what looked like a new wave of alienated youth-turned-murderers. A few months earlier, two 10-year-olds in the U.K. had made headlines when they abducted, tortured and murdered a two-year-old, and now the filmmakers had read about the brutal murders of three eight-year-old boys ostensibly committed by teenage Satanists. It seemed like a trend. "We went down to make a film about guilty teenagers, like a real Rivers Edge,
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They're Both Right: Oasis Doc Director Talks Liam and Noel

They're Both Right: Oasis Doc Director Talks Liam and Noel
Even in the aftermath of an acrimonious breakup, the biggest British rock band since the Beatles check yet another box off in the legendary band to-do list with Oasis: Supersonic. The new documentary, now playing in a limited run in U.S. theaters, is every bit as worthy as some of the greatest rock docs of all time, from Julien Temple's Sex Pistols chronicle The Filth and the Fury to Joe Berlinger and the late Bruce Sinofsky's epic Metallica examination, Some Kind of Monster.

Focused solely on the meteoric rise that saw the scrappy Manchester disciples of Lennon-McCartney, Stone Roses, and the Smiths go from pubs to a pair of historic concerts at Knebworth that saw one in twenty (!) British citizens apply for tickets, Supersonic is as kinetic, transcendental and combustive as the two brothers at the band's center.

The charm and bravado of impossibly charismatic frontman Liam
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10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more

10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more
Asif Kapadia's breathtaking documentary Amy is already wowing critics and fans, so its official release this week makes it a good a time to be reminded of some other great music documentaries.

There's David Byrne's giant suit and Bob Dylan's oversize shades. Two films from Martin Scorsese but just one from Julien Temple. Punk rockers and pop superstars. We count through ten leading music documentaries below.

10. The Filth and The Fury (2000)

Julien Temple's first Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's make-it-up-as-you-go-along take on things. Twenty years on the same director gave the group the right to reply, including Sid Vicious with some beyond-the-grave archive footage.

9. In Bed with Madonna (1991)

Known as Madonna: Truth or Dare in the Us, this absurdly naughty chronicle of the Queen of Pop's infamous 'Blond Ambition' tour is arguably her greatest on-screen moment. Bitchiness, bottle-fellating
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Brett Morgen: The Making of 'Montage of Heck's Mad Scientist

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Brett Morgen: The Making of 'Montage of Heck's Mad Scientist
Brett Morgen has been called the Mad Scientist of the documentary world with his latest film, the long-awaited Kurt Cobain biography “Montage of Heck.” Morgen certainly lives up to that billing, creating an explosive and totally unique visual and cinematic experiences out of the fallen rock god’s various creations. I have known Brett since we were both 14 years old, having gone to high school and then college together, where we were in roommates. Since the first days of our acquaintance, I have never known anyone with such a firm sense of who he was and what he wanted to do, and that has only strengthened over the years. However, what astonished me seeing “Montage” for the first time was how much his creative skills have grown as a director, so that wild, unstoppable sense of Brettism is now married to awe-inspiring technical superpowers, that have enabled him to produce what in my very-biased mind,
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'The Tribe,' 'Christmas Again' and More Announced for Montclair Film Festival Main Slate and Inaugural Competitions

'The Tribe,' 'Christmas Again' and More Announced for Montclair Film Festival Main Slate and Inaugural Competitions
Read More: Stephen Colbert, Richard Gere and More Announced for Montclair Film Festival Conversation Series This year's Montclair Film Festival (Mff) has announced its full lineup, and it features a slew of acclaimed titles currently making the festival circuit. Mff, which features Stephen Colbert on its advisory board and takes place in Montclair, New Jersey, is headed into its fourth year, and will be handing out jury prizes in major categories for the first time.  In addition, two special awards will be presented. The David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking will honor a filmmaker, selected by the festival, who utilizes journalistic techniques to explore important contemporary subjects. Established by the festival in memory of late New York Times journalist David Carr, this award will be presented by his friend and colleague Brian Stelter ("Reliable Sources").  The Bruce Sinofsky Prize, in honor of the eponymous documentarian, will...
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‘Paradise Lost’ Co-Director Bruce Sinofsky to Be Honored at New York Memorial Service

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‘Paradise Lost’ Co-Director Bruce Sinofsky to Be Honored at New York Memorial Service
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor the memory of Oscar-nominee and Emmy-award winning director Bruce Sinofsky with a memorial service, his longtime filming partner Joe Berlinger announced on Friday. Sinofsky, a celebrated documentarian and director, passed away in February from complications brought on by diabetes. He first came to prominence in 1996 when he co-directed “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills” with Berlinger. The film told the story of the West Memphis Three, teenage boys who were convicted in the brutal murders of three younger boys. See Photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 The film was followed by two.
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Oscars 2015: Birdman wins best film, director

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Oscars 2015: Birdman wins best film, director
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.Oscars 2015Full list of winnersREACTION: What the winners saidCOMMENT: Birdman claws victory from BoyhoodBLOG: As it happened

Boyhood, which entered the evening on six nominations and had been expected to push Birdman in several of the senior categories on Sunday night, won a sole best supporting actress award for Patricia Arquette.

The film’s time in the Oscar ceremony spotlight will not be forgotten, however, as Arquette paid tribute to her “Boyhood family” and made an impassioned plea for wage equality that spread like wildfire across social media.

Eddie Redmayne from The Theory Of Everything prevailed in a tight best actor contest to deny Michael Keaton another success for Birdman. The popular victory had the British actor jumping with excitement on stage at the Dolby Theatre.

Julianne Moore finally
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