Dirty John is a project and podcast from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery that follows one woman's uncovering of the startling lengths her husband went to cover up his past and true self.
Amidst the onslaught of chilling true-crime podcasts popping up every month, occasionally there's one so startling that it draws you away from the rest of the mayhem and murder.
Dirty John from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery will make you think twice about ignoring someone's red flags.
Reporter Christopher Goffard delves into the extensive deceit brought about by John Meehan (spoiler: he's Dirty John) after he married interior designer Deborah Newell. Newell thought she met the man of her dreams with John, but her fairy tale quickly unraveled into chaos and danger for her and her family.
Through six episodes and accompanying stories published online, Goffard, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter, pieces together interviews with Newell and her family and even some of Meehan's family to explore the extensive lies and deplorable history of a man who claimed to be a "freelance anaesthesiologist." …
PBS series "Doc Martin" is among the programming being added by WEDU.
WUSF TV went off the air Sunday after more than 50 years, a victim of the University of South Florida selling off its broadcast license to the Federal Communications Commission so they could auction off those valuable airwaves to commercial wireless service providers.
While content that was produced by USF's WUSF stations is gone, many of the PBS shows that appeared on WUSF are moving over to Tampa Bay's other PBS member station, WEDU.
If you're looking for Doc Martin, Father Brown, Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, Midsomer Murders, The Coroner, A Place to Call Home and some others, they can be be found on WEDU's channels starting today.
WEDU also begins broadcasting on two new channels in the Tampa Bay area today: PBS Kids, which features 24-hours-a-day educational programming such as Sesame Street and Arthur, and Create TV, which airs do-it-yourself shows like This Old House and Cook's Country. WEDU says it's also working to add more programs lost in the WUSF closing. …
You can now own an original work by Jeremy Trevino, whose comical pen and ink drawings often feature feet being used as hands, which means that butts often end up being heads. Hard to picture? You'll just have to see it.
St. Petersburg bar the Bends has been hosting an exhibition of Trevino's work since last weekend. The original drawings are for sale, and Trevino is also selling a limited number of prints of each one for $40 each.
Here's how the event listing described it: "Both the drawings and the bar are 21+. You might accidentally relate to 1 or more of these new pictures. The brightest dim wit on paper, these scenes of feet, dogs and asses will find a way to stimulate your brain's reward system. Sorry & see you here."
This new Amazon series couldn't have a better release date: Friday the 13th. Lore brings to life Aaron Mahnke's smash-hit podcast of the same name in a six-episode anthology series. For the uninitiated, Lore the podcast chronicles strange phenomena, folklore and urban legends through Mahnke's painstaking research of the darker sides of history. The series aims to bring these same stories to life on the small screen. The episodes combine documentary elements with a bit of dramatization with actors like Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore and Campbell Scott. Viewers are in for a dose of macabre history when Lore delves into the origins behind monsters like vampires and werewolves and myths like the belief in changelings. The new series also boasts executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Now available on Amazon Prime.
But a cheaper alternative is a good old fashioned horror movie marathon. And luckily for us modern humans, there's a plethora of spooky flicks available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO. These are just some of my favorites.
Trick or treat, monster mashers.
Cult of Chucky: The seventh movie in this demented, killer doll franchise sees Chucky return to torment his human victim Nica, who's now locked in an asylum for the criminally insane. Chucky also has a few scores to settle with old enemies and enlists the help of his former wife.
The Craft: This 1996 teen drama is scary in the way that thinking about enduring high school again is scary. New girl Sarah (Robin Tunney) finds that her telekinetic abilities make her popular with a group of wannabe witches. But with great witchy power comes great responsibility to use it wisely. …
Wonder Woman is the top-searched costume this year.
If you're putting any real effort into your Halloween costume, you've probably already started working on it. Google has the proof: enough people have searched costumes this year, that Google Trends can say these are the top Halloween costumes of 2017 — and strong women are in style.
This year's top 5 most-Googled costumes are:
1. WONDER WOMAN
2. HARLEY QUINN
You can check out the other Google Trends for Halloween 2017, including the top couple's costumes (Forrest Gump and Jenny and Tarzan and Jane are big this year, for some reason), here.
The Vitale Bros. painted this Mini Lights mural in Roser Park.
As we've reported before, local artists the Vitale Brothers are working on a Mini Lights "skater horror film" based on the urban legend involving St. Petersburg's Booker Creek, a witch and little green creatures that come out after dark.
They've been raising funds for that movie through a Seed&Spark campaign, and this week they're making a final push in the crowdfunding site's Hometown Heroes Rally contest aimed at helping developing filmmakers make a movie rooted in their local community.
Dozens of filmmakers are competing, and the ten projects that reached their funding goals and have the most followers at the end of the day today will get a chance to pitch their movie to the Duplass Brothers, the indie-darling production team of Mark and Jay Duplass, aka the guys behind the films Puffy Chair, Jeff Who Livesat Home and The Skeleton Twins as well as the HBO series Togetherness and Animals.
The Duplass Brothers will executive produce their favorite project that is pitched to them, and the filmmakers will get $25,000 in funding. …
The Friends actor donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross and another $500,000 to the Ricky Martin Foundation to aid victims of Hurricane Maria. "Jennifer Aniston U R amazing Thanx 4 donating $500k for our #PuertoRico relief fund We will never forget. U R saving lives Jenn #Allin4PR," tweeted Martin.
The pop star helped two fans get engaged on stage during her Witness tour. A woman named Katie proposed to her girlfriend Becky on stage Wednesday, which also happened to be National Coming Out Day. "You said you had a wish. Well, this is a shooting star," the singer told the couple, asking them what they wished for. "Well, I don't know if all of y'all have seen Becky, but she's pretty even without any makeup on. And she's perfect every time I look at her," Katie told the crowd before popping the question.
Spears returned to the stage for the first time since the recent shooting in Las Vegas."What's up, Vegas?" the singer said while wearing a #VegasStrong hat. "Before I start the show, I just want to say we're here for you, you're here for us and we're going to get through this together."
Campbell Scott in an episode of Lore, which chronicles the Great New England Vampire Panic in the 19th century.
Some of the most popular and terrifying legends have their gnarled roots in history. Amazon's Lore brings those tales to life.
The six-episode series is inspired by the wildly popular podcast of the same name, which boasts about 6 million listeners every month. Now up to 70 episodes, host Aaron Mahnke weaves tales of terror and urban legends with the true history that inspired them.
Ever wondered about the origins of werewolves, vampires, changelings, elves, demonic dolls, hauntings and the like? Mahnke's series delves into it all.
Podcasts moving to the small screen isn't a new phenomenon (WTF with Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick's Nerdist, Comedy Bang! Bang!, to name a few) but it can be a risky venture.
By nature, podcasts thrive on quality audio storytelling. Hosts and voice actors must have strong, emotional range in order to deliver solid impact. A television show adds visual and more character elements that can either distract or enhance the story being told.
Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, KJ Appa and Camila Mendes in Riverdale.
'Tis the season for superhero fans and Riverdale alums - CW premieres new seasons of all its hit shows this week. DC comic book fans get to see what Kara Danvers, Barry Allen, Oliver Queen and the Legends have been up to when their respective series return this week. The network also drops new dramas Dynasty and Valor. The former is a reboot of the scandalous '80s soap about an uber-rich family. The latter centers on a group of elite U.S. Army helicopter pilots after a return from a dangerous mission. But perhaps the most anticipated return is the second season of Riverdale, the pulpy, critical darling that stole hearts last fall with juicy teen drama and small town scandal.
SEASON PREMIERE: Supergirl, 8 p.m., CW: Kara grapples with the loss of Mon-El by throwing all her energy into being Supergirl and battling a mysterious new threat against National City.
SERIES PREMIERE: Valor, 9 p.m., CW: An elite group of Army helicopter pilots deal with the aftermath of a top-secret mission in Somalia that went terribly awry.
Halloween Wars, 10 p.m., Food Network: Two teams compete in "Hayride of Horror" where they'll see what happens when the pumpkins they're carving come to life. …
James and Oliver Phelps, and Stanislav Yanevski are heading to A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in January.
Witches and wizards will get to meet the famous Weasley twins and the Bulgarian quidditch team's seeker this year at A Celebration of Harry Potter.
The annual Harry Potter fest -- now in its fifth year at Universal Orlando -- announced James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) as part of the first round of celebrity guests.
The Phelps twins were fan-favorites at previous Celebrations, but this year is Yanevski's first event at the Orlando theme park.
James and Oliver Phelps played the two mischievous twins in the large Weasley family. They were both brilliant pranksters and went on to co-found Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop. Yanevski played the gruff Bulgarian seeker who first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire during the Triwizard Tournament. He was the Durmstrang Institute's champion. …
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