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‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Is the Situation With Bill Tench’s Son Based on a True Story?

‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Is the Situation With Bill Tench’s Son Based on a True Story?
(Some major spoilers ahead for season 2 of “Mindhunter” on Netflix)

After the first season spent almost all of its extraneous moments — I’m referring to the scenes that aren’t about serial killers — with Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), the second season took the focus off Holden. Instead, it gave those more personal scenes to his FBI teammates at the Behavioral Science Unit, Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany).

For Bill, his personal story revolves around an incident with his son, Brian (Zachary Scott Ross), which threatens to tear the Tench family to pieces. Early in the season, the corpse of a toddler is found in a house that is being sold by Bill’s wife Nancy (Stacey Roca), who has started working as a realtor. After a fairly short investigation, the local police discover that the toddler was accidentally killed by some local boys — and Brian was present when it happened.
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News & Documentary Emmy Awards: Complete Winners List

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In a ceremony Tuesday night, the Television Academy announced the winners of the 2019 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

HBO took home ten statues, the most of any single winner. Six of those wins were the result of HBO’s now defunct relationship with Vice: “Vice News Tonight,” which ended its run this month after being canceled by HBO in June. (It will return on Viceland.) It took home five, while Vice Special Report took home one. The rest went to HBO Documentary Films.

PBS came in a close second with nine Emmys. Four went to “Independent Lens,” two to “Frontline,” two to “PBS News Hour” and one to “God Knows Where I Am.” And in third place was CBS with six Emmys: Five to “60 Minutes” and one won jointly by “48 Hours” and “CBS This Morning.”

Andrea Mitchell also received the lifetime achievement award.

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Tips for young actors from Alison Whyte

Alison Whyte in ‘The Kettering Incident’ (Photo: Ben King).

Celebrating 30 years in the acting profession, Alison Whyte is happy to offer advice to young or other aspiring actors.

Perhaps best known for her roles in Network 10’s Playing for Keeps, Foxtel’s The Kettering Incident and Satisfaction and Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker, the Vca graduate proffers these tips:

– Learn to live with rejection and remain optimistic: “It’s easy to get pessimistic if you are unemployed. Isolate one problem and know that it won’t affect the rest of your life.”

– Look after yourself mentally when you are playing roles that require grieving or other deep emotions.

– Don’t think about working overseas until you have a solid list of credits under your belt.

On the subject of mental health, in June Whyte finished performing in the Malthouse Theatre production of Nick Enright and Justin Monjo’s five-hour adaptation of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet.
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Will El Paso and Dayton Become More Mass Shootings We Forget?

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This story was first published after the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in our history. We will republish it every time America suffers another mass shooting.

A.J. Schnack remembers the calm in every town. No matter how hellish the shooting, or how many news crews came, things always went back to normal. So Schnack made a film.

“Every time, there’s people who think we need to do something about this violence, then the other side says, ‘Now is not the time,’ and then a few days go by and there’s just… nothing,” he said. “I wanted to make something that shows these events happening again and again and how they echo one another.”

Also Read: Mass Shooting at Texas Church Sparks Mourning, Outcry: 'We Can Do Better Than This'

Schnack’s film, “Speaking Is Difficult,” travels to Colorado Springs, Colorado; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Hood,
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PBS Fall Slate: Dates For Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’, New Contemporary History Series, ‘Poldark’ Finale & More

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PBS has unveiled its fall programming slate, which includes premiere dates for Ken Burns’ 16-hour Country Music along with several other docunmentaries and the new contemporary-history series Retro Report on PBS.

Also on tap are new editions of Frontline, Pov, Great Performances, American Masters and Independent Lens; four-part documentary series College Behind Bars; and the fifth and final season of British drama Poldark. Check out the full slate below.

“PBS is the most prolific platform for documentaries, with more than 200 hours per year,” said Perry Simon, the pubcaster’s Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming. “This fall, we are showcasing first-rate programs featuring award-winning directors, diverse storytellers, hard-hitting investigations and untold stories, solidifying our status as America’s premier destination for documentary film. We are also excited about our programs representing the best in news, arts, drama, history and science.”

The new four-part docuseries College Behind Bars runs Monday-Tuesday,
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YouTube, Facebook Purges Are More Extensive Than You Think

If you turned on cable news this week, or read our own coverage in Rolling Stone, you might have heard about YouTube’s decision to demonetize well-known conservative commentator Steven Crowder.

Crowder’s offense involved calling Vox journalist Carlos Maza a “lispy queer” and a “gay Vox sprite,” leading, says Maza, to further harassment. Much press commentary either cheered YouTube’s move or called it belated.

Simultaneously, YouTube announced it would ban whole genres of videos that fell under a hate/conspiracy label. From a Yahoo news summary:

“YouTube announced
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Peabody Awards: Rita Moreno, Hasan Minhaj, Dolores Huerta, Janet Mock Deliver Emotional Calls to Action

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Peabody Awards: Rita Moreno, Hasan Minhaj, Dolores Huerta, Janet Mock Deliver Emotional Calls to Action
Rita Moreno, Hasan Minhaj, Michael Schur, Janet Mock and Dolores Huerta were among the honorees at the 78th annual Peabody Awards who spoke movingly about the power of the medium to change lives and drive social change.

The list of 30-plus Peabody winners ranged from entertainment series such as FX’s “Pose,” NBC’s “The Good Place” and HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness” to documentaries, podcasts and local investigative reports. Hosted by investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, the ceremony held Saturday night at Cipriani Wall Street featured calls to action and words of praise for mentors and supporters.

Mock, executive producer of the FX drama “Pose,” spoke of the importance of television in shining a light on the humanity and dignity of marginalized communities.

Pose” has been groundbreaking in its portrayal of transgender characters and struggles in the series from exec producer Ryan Murphy and creator Steven Canals. She said
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Cannes: Hit Docs Fuel Competitive Market

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Cannes: Hit Docs Fuel Competitive Market
If the Cannes Market’s Doc Corner, a hub for feature documentary filmmakers and executives, feels more crowded this year, it may have to do with the strong theatrical performance of features docs such as “Free Solo” and “Amazing Grace,” and the slew of U.S. and international titles acquired or admired at Sundance, SXSW (“For Sama”) and Tribeca (“The Apollo”). The combination of the box office and quality product is stoking a competitive marketplace not just in acquisitions but, increasingly, in pre-production involvement.

“With a clear acceleration this decade, feature docs have imposed themselves as a major, indispensable part of the film industry, generating business and revenues, and enabling a strong ecosystem to structure itself, with specialized festivals playing a major role,” says Pierre-Alexis Chevit, project manager of Doc Corner and its conference-style Doc Day on May 21.

Chevit says one of the major talking points in the sector is “inclusion and diversity,
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‘We Will Stand Up,’ ‘Hope Frozen’ Take Top Prizes at Hot Docs

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Toronto–Hot Docs opening film “Nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up,” directed by Tasha Hubbard, won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at the annual festival’s awards ceremony May 13, where 14 awards and Can$75,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to Canadian and international films and filmmakers at the Isabel Bader Theater.

Hubbard was on hand to accept the award, which comes with a Can$10,000 cash prize, for her film about a family’s pursuit of justice from Saskatchewan to the U.N. after the killer of their son Colten Boushie is acquitted of murder. “I’d like to thank this courageous family who trusted me, and who never gave up,” Hubbard said upon accepting it.

“Hope Frozen,” about a grief-stricken Bangkok family and their decision to cryopreserve their deceased daughter, won the Best International Feature Documentary Award. Director and producer Pailin Wedel was on hand to accept the award,
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Hot Docs Film Review: ‘On the President’s Orders’

Hot Docs Film Review: ‘On the President’s Orders’
The war on drugs has never taken more literal form than under the command of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, who rose to power on a pledge to rid the country of dealers and addicts alike — and delivered on his promise in the bloodiest fashion possible, with police summarily executing thousands of people over an 18-month period. A real-life atrocity ordered by a cartoon dictator, it would, if not grimly factual, feel like the stuff of grotesque dystopian fiction. In their kinetic, pavement-pounding doc “On the President’s Orders,” filmmakers James Jones and Olivier Sarbil play up to that sense of deranged reality as they hit the streets to observe Duterte’s murderous campaign in action: The result, shot and cut with buzzing urgency, plays as a propulsive dirty-cop thriller minus any genre safety nets.

Set for a summer theatrical release through PBS Distribution, “On the President’s Orders” will probably
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ESPN, PBS, and BBC Among Final Batch of 78th Peabody Winners

ESPN, PBS, and BBC Among Final Batch of 78th Peabody Winners
The 78th Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced its final batch of winners on April 23, revealing the winners of the News and Radio/Podcast categories and completing its list of Peabody 30 for programs released in 2018.

The stories told by the News and Radio/Podcast honorees run the gamut from local, to national, to global, all serving as a valuable antidote to cultural conversations awash in fake news. Among them, the tale of convicted serial child molester and former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar spurred coverage awarded in both news and podcast form, including ESPN’s “Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State” and the Michigan Radio/NPR podcast “Believed.”

Two entrants from PBS are celebrated in the news category: a “Frontline” episode focused on the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and a “PBS NewsHour” series looking at the country’s dependence on
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The Major Record Companies Have a Big Gender Problem – But There are Positive Signs for the Future

There are 13 frontline major record label groups operating in the United States, including Nashville outposts. One of those labels, Sony’s Epic Records, is run by a woman – Sylvia Rhone. One of them, Warner’s Atlantic Records, is co-run by a woman – Julie Greenwald. All of the rest, literally all of the rest, are run by men. (“Frontline” in this respect refers to the core brand of any corporate major label group, rather than imprints or sub-labels.)

The biggest record company on the planet, Universal Music Group, currently has no
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Peabody Awards Tap Ronan Farrow to Host, Announce 2019 Nominees

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Peabody Awards Tap Ronan Farrow to Host, Announce 2019 Nominees
Ronan Farrow is set to host the 78th Annual Peabody Awards, Variety has learned. Additionally, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have announced this year’s 60 nominees across entertainment, news, podcasts, web and documentary categories.

“It is our great honor to recognize the most powerful and compelling, but also most brilliant and creative programming of 2018,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody, in a statement. “Across genres and platforms, these are stories that help us make sense of our world, and locate our humanity in the joys and tragedies and struggles of people worldwide.”

Farrow is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and an investigative reporter and producer based at HBO. Most recently and notably, his reporting in The New Yorker exposed the first sexual-assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and garnered him a Pulitzer Prize for public service, a National Magazine Award, and a George Polk Award,
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Cph:dox unveils 2019 competition line-ups including new Ai Weiwei refugee doc 'The Rest'

Cph:dox unveils 2019 competition line-ups including new Ai Weiwei refugee doc 'The Rest'
Ai Weiwei film is a companion piece to Human Flow.

Copenhagen-based documentary festival Cph:dox (March 20-31) has revealed its line-up of competition titles for 2019.

Notable world premieres include The Rest, the latest feature from Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. His previous feature, refugee crisis doc Human Flow, premiered at Venice in 2017 and won multiple awards.

The Rest is a parallel work to Human Flow, again focusing on the refugee crisis, but this time in line with the voice and experience of an individual refugee. Edited down from 900 hours of footage, the film depicts those living in political limbo in Europe,
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Writers Guild Awards for Film

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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Writers Guild Awards for Film
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has been named the best adapted screenplay of 2018 by the Writers Guild of America, while Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” was named the year’s best original screenplay in a surprising upset over Oscar Best Picture and screenplay nominees “Green Book,” “Roma” and “Vice.”

Eighth Grade” is not even nominated for the original-screenplay Oscar, making it the first WGA screenplay winner not to be nominated for the Oscar since Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” in 2003.

While “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is an Oscar screenplay nominee, it was not nominated for Best Picture and was competing against three films that had been nominated in that category — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “A Star Is Born” — plus “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Also Read: 11 Best Movies of 2018, From 'Paddington 2' to 'Eighth Grade' (Photos)

The results
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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in January

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With 2019 right around the corner, that means a slew of new shows and movies to streaming on Amazon Prime.

New titles available to stream with your Amazon Prime membership next month include the debut of Amazon original series “Four More Shots Please!” and new seasons of fellow Amazon originals “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Informer” and “The Grand Tour.” The first season of AMC’s critically acclaimed hit “Breaking Bad” will also become available as a New Year’s Day treat for subscribers.

Movies available include the Steve Carell-Timothée Chalamet drama “Beautiful Boy” and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” follow up, “Fahrenheit 11/9.” The original “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” and Oscar winning “A Beautiful Mind” will also be available to subscribers next month.

See the full list below.

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Available Jan. 1

Breaking Big, Season 1

First Civilizations,
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TV Roundup: Netflix Orders Ted Bundy Docu-Series

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In today’s TV roundup, Netflix has ordered a docu-series on serial killer Ted Bundy and “Love, Gilda” sets a premiere date on CNN

First Looks

Variety has obtained an exclusive clip of “Into the Okavango,” the upcoming National Geographic film. Premiering Dec. 14 on Nat Geo, the film, six years in the making, follows a group of explorers who encounter the adventure of a lifetime while trying to save the Okavango delta in Botswana.


Netflix has ordered a docu-series on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” will provide exclusive, never-before-heard interviews from the “Jack the Ripper of the United States,” himself. True crime director and producer Joe Berlinger will direct and executive produce. Justin Wilkes, Jon Doran and Jon Kamen will also executive produce, with Sara Enright producing. RadicalMedia will produce in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company. The series will launch Jan.
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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” which captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s hair-raising ascent of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation, led the nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, it was revealed Monday. The film netted six nominations including best documentary and best director.

Close behind with five mentions each were “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country,” from Hulu and Netflix respectively.

Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics and Television Journalists Assns., the awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The nominees are:

Best Documentary

“Crime + Punishment” – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)

Dark Money” – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

“Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)

“Hal” – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope)

“Hitler’s Hollywood” – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominees Announced: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Minding the Gap,’ and ‘Wild Wild Country’ Lead Nods

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced the nominees for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event, hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye, on Saturday, November 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo” leads this year with six nominations and one honor, including Best Documentary, Best Directors, Best Sports Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and a Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for Alex Honnold. “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country” follow with five nominations each, with “Dark Money,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” each earning four nods.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this year’s outstanding documentary work at the upcoming event,” said Broadcast Film Critics Association President
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2018 News & Documentary Emmys: PBS, CBS and HBO win most again

PBS won a leading seven races while CBS and HBO each prevailed in six categories at the 39th annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmys on Oct. 1. (See the full list of winners.) The pubcaster had led with 45 nominations while the Tiffany net was second with 31 bids and the paycaster had 22.

This year, 12 PBS programs had been singled out for nominations and five won Emmys. Two series earned bragging rights with multiple awards: “Frontline” (2) and “Independent Lens” (2). Winning one apiece were: “The Farthest: Voyager in Space,” “Pov” and “The Vietnam War.”

CBS’s Sunday night staple “60 Minutes” had reaped a staggering 22 nominations and won three Emmys plus another for a partnership with the Washington Post.

HBO won six Emmys, including four for “Vice News Tonight.”

A&E, CNN, CNN International and Univision took three each and NBC, Netflix and the New York Times claimed a pair apiece.

By comparison,
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