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Downtown Publishing Acquires Film/TV Catalogs for ‘Kardashians,’ ‘Project Runway,’ More (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Downtown Publishing Acquires Film/TV Catalogs for ‘Kardashians,’ ‘Project Runway,’ More (Exclusive)
Downtown Music Publishing has added three catalogs to its substantial roster of film music, which includes such composers as Hans Zimmer, Atticus Ross, Marco Beltrami, Trevor Rabin, Heitor Pereira and the late Sir George Martin: Note Republic, Court TV, and Indian Paintbrush .

Through its acquisition of Note Republic, Downtown has acquired over 2,900 songs and music cues from reality television pioneer Bunim/Murray Productions, which includes the shows “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” “Project Runway,” “The Real World,” and others.

The company has also purchased the music rights to “Forensic Files” from Court TV, covering music cues from the crime series’ 406 episodes and iconic theme song composed by Alan Palanker and Robert Kahn. It also will be administering the music catalogs from film production house Indian Paintbrush, home to Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Isle of the Dogs,” among others.

“Preserving and promoting culture is a key component of our mission at Downtown,
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​The Staircase: The Details Around Kathleen Peterson's Death Are Chilling

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Recently revisited by Netflix, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's harrowing legal saga, The Staircase, reopens one of the most infamous cases in true crime: the tragic death of Kathleen Peterson, who was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home. There are many theories about her death, from murder by her novelist husband, Michael Peterson, to an owl attack. The details of her case have been debated and considered over countless sources throughout the years, from series like Forensic Files to podcasts like Criminal. The evidence is upsetting but provides no definitive answer. Keep reading as we dissect the details surrounding Kathleen's death for a closer look.

Who Was Kathleen Peterson?

Kathleen worked as a successful executive at Nortel Networks. Prior to her marriage to Michael, she had one daughter, Caitlin Atwater, from a previous relationship. Michael, who had four children of his own, moved in with Kathleen,
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​The Staircase: The Details Around Kathleen Peterson's Death Are Chilling

Recently revisited by Netflix, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's harrowing legal saga, The Staircase, reopens one of the most infamous cases in true crime: the tragic death of Kathleen Peterson, who was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home. There are many theories about her death, from murder by her novelist husband, Michael Peterson, to an owl attack. The details of her case have been debated and considered over countless sources throughout the years, from series like Forensic Files to podcasts like Criminal. The evidence is upsetting but provides no definitive answer. Keep reading as we dissect the details surrounding Kathleen's death for a closer look.

Who Was Kathleen Peterson?

Kathleen worked as a successful executive at Nortel Networks. Prior to her marriage to Michael, she had one daughter, Caitlin Atwater, from a previous relationship. Michael, who had four children of his own, moved in with Kathleen,
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9 of the Best 'Forensic Files' Episodes, Featuring Crime Tales That Can't Be Unseen

Over the course of 14 seasons, Forensic Files haunted viewers with hundreds of true crime and murder cases — all of which were narrated by Peter Thomas — but some were more memorable than others. From the killer who ripped out eyeballs to the rapist who implanted himself with another man's blood, here are nine of the best Forensic Files episodes… some of which you can find on Netflix! Forensic Files "See No Evil" In 1991, police investigated a series of grisly murders of Dallas-area sex workers. In each case, the victim had her eyes carved out. The media rabidly reported the crimes until the man known as the "Eyeball Killer" was finally apprehended. Forensic Files "Invisible Intruder" This case, soon to be revisited by the ABC docu-series The Last Defense, focused on Darlie Routier, a woman from Rowlett, TX, whose two young sons were stabbed to death in 1996. Even on death row, however,
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How Bill Hader Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Show Business

How Bill Hader Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Show Business
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Inside Farmshop, an overcrowded, overloud Santa Monica, California, artisanal-type-food joint, the 20-year-old Bill Hader is giving the 39-year-old Bill Hader a pretty good goddamn dressing down. "Fucking loser," the younger spits at one point. But does grown-up Bill take umbrage? Does he rail at his interior monologue, trying to scare it back into the depths of his psyche? He does not. Sitting there – regular jeans, dark blue sweater, very California casual, fork in hand, knife bearing down on steak – he just laughs, shakes his head, arches his grand Hader eyebrows,
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You Can Now Binge 20 of Your Favorite Reality Shows on Amazon Prime, From ‘What Not to Wear’ to ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’

  • The Wrap
Reality TV fans, you’re in luck. Starting Friday, March 2, 20 reality shows are available to stream with an Amazon Prime account, including seasons 1-8 of TLC’s “Toddlers in Tiaras” and the final season of “What Not to Wear.” If you love food-related content, stream “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares.” Or if animals are more your bag, check out “River Monsters” or “Whale Wars.” There are plenty of titles for you mystery-solvers, too, with Seasons 1-4 of “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction,” 12 seasons of “Unsolved Mysteries” and 20 seasons of “Forensic Files.” Also Read: Here's Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix...
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21 Shows to Watch Before Catching Some Zzz's

Many of us are always ending our days with a television show, and while there are some you definitely know you should watch before sleeping, sometimes there are some you wouldn't think to watch.

Below, we've compiled a list of our favorite shows to watch before falling asleep (comedies, dramedies, dramas, procedurals, And documentaries) that you should be watching.

Whether for the first time or to take a stroll down memory lane without eating up time from your regularly scheduled binge-watching sessions of that awesome new show you're going to talk with us about, these shows will end your day the right way.

Without further adieu, check out these 21 shows you should be watching before you catch some zzz's.

1. Grace and Frankie Grace and Frankie is (in my opinion) one of Netflix's strongest series due to the collective talents of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The story of two
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Your True Crime Obsession May Be Affecting Your Brain More Than You Realize

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Ed Kemper got to me. Well, technically, Cameron Britton's creepy portrayal of Ed Kemper in Mindhunter got to me, but when I fell into my go-to true crime rabbit hole and looked up the real-life serial killer featured in the Netflix series, it might as well have been the same guy. After bingeing Mindhunter over two days, I couldn't stop thinking about the man who viciously murdered and mutilated 10 people, including his own mother, in the 1960s and '70s. I had trouble sleeping. Of course, when I step back and think about it, I wonder how any of us are sleeping soundly considering the treasure trove of true crime entertainment we all seem to be devouring. There's Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, My Friend Dahmer, American Crime Story, and the upcoming The Devil in the White City adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio as infamous Chicago killer H.
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Preview: Celebs Reveal Their Sexy, Silly & Superhero-Themed Guilty Pleasures!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Preview: Celebs Reveal Their Sexy, Silly & Superhero-Themed Guilty Pleasures!
The competition on Dancing With Stars is heating up!

The 11 remaining contestants will take the floor once again on Monday night, performing dances inspired by their ultimate guilty pleasures, a brand new theme for the dance competition show.

But before the stars and their pro partners show off their skills, Et's breaking down everything you need to know about what to expect in the ballroom!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson: 25/30

2. Tie! Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold, Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 24/30

3. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23/30

Watch: Nikki Bella Dishes On Her & John Cena's Real-Life 'Red Room' Ahead of 'DWTS' Guilty Pleasures Night

Who's in danger of elimination?

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev received the lowest score from the judges last Tuesday, 18/30. They were followed closely behind with a three-way tie between Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess, Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke and Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd, who all received
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Woman Accused of Killing Son After Watching Manchester by the Sea Gives Birth to a Boy While Out on Bail

Woman Accused of Killing Son After Watching Manchester by the Sea Gives Birth to a Boy While Out on Bail
The upstate New York woman accused of murdering her adopted son after watching the Oscar-winning film Manchester by the Sea has given birth while out on bail, People confirms.

Heather Franklin, 33, of Guilford, New York, gave birth last week to a boy, her first child with her husband Ernest Franklin, 35, his lawyer, First Assistant Public Defender Zachary T. Wentworth, confirms to People.

The birth “is bittersweet,” says a friend of the Franklins who asked to remain anonymous.

The Franklins were arrested on March 22 after autopsy results revealed their adopted special needs son, Jeffrey R. Franklin, had died before a fire
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Friends Weigh in After Couple Was Allegedly Inspired to Murder Son by Manchester by the Sea: ‘It’s Surreal’

Friends Weigh in After Couple Was Allegedly Inspired to Murder Son by Manchester by the Sea: ‘It’s Surreal’
When Ernest and Heather Franklin’s home burned down on in March and the body of their developmentally disabled son was found in the charred rubble, their neighbor came to their aid.

“Being a good neighbor, I started a GoFundMe account for them and we raised just under $12,000,” Dominick Gildersleeve tells People.

He also took care of the goats, chickens and other animals the couple housed on their property.

“They couldn’t handle being there,” he says.

But while the community rallied around Ernest, 35, and Heather, 33, who was about 23 weeks pregnant with their first biological child, Chenango County Sheriff’s
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This True Crime Wine Club Is Bloody Genius

Attention all Forensic Files binge watchers (yes, you - don't try to hide it!): a true crime wine club now exists. Murder and wine? Now that's a killer pairing. Investigation Discovery - the go-to channel for any murderino worth her salt - has launched the ID Wine Club. For $50 a month, you'll receive six bottles of wine, some of which are an ode to the channel's mystery shows. There's a red blend called "A Wine to Remember" based on A Crime to Remember, a Sauvignon Blanc based on The Perfect Accomplice, and "My, My, My Merlot" inspired by retired detective Joe Kenda, host of Homicide Hunter. According to the press release, "The first of the ID-themed wines will include a Monterey County Merlot, Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc, and a Paso Robles Red Blend. They all come with tasting notes that reveal the real facts and true stories behind each wine." Brb . . . planning my true crime wine-night party. Fingers crossed there's a nice Chianti in a future shipment. Related10 Books to Read If You Love True Crime8 Upcoming Films Based on Shocking True Crimes
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11 Reasons If You're Not Listening to My Favorite Murder, You're Doing Life Wrong

A photo posted by Final Girls (@wearefinalgirls) on Feb 2, 2017 at 1:36pm Pst Were you hooked on Serial? Do you fall asleep to Forensic Files every night? Have you spent hours upon hours with your friends discussing Making a Murderer, The Jinx, and American Crime Story? Well, fellow murderinos, you've come to a safe space. I have a not-so-secret obsession with all things murder - which, I'll admit, sounds a little weird when you say it out loud - and discovering the My Favorite Murder podcast was like coming home . . . if your home is a really creepy cabin in the woods with bloodstains on the floorboards and strange noises coming from the basement. If you can relate, here's why you need to listen Mfm, like, yesterday. Cohosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are f*cking hilarious. There are so many laugh-out-loud taglines and quotes that there are even drinking games
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FilmRise Acquires Distribution Rights to Dead Awake and 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters

  • DailyDead
FilmRise is shining a spotlight on sleep paralysis and movie posters, as they have announced that they have acquired North American distribution rights to Dead Awake, as well as worldwide distribution rights to the documentary 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters.

Starring Lori Petty and Jocelin Donahue, Dead Awake is slated for an early 2017 theatrical release from FilmRise, who are also scheduling a Blu-ray, DVD, and digital release for Kevin Burke’s documentary 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters. For full details on both deals, we have the official press releases below.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – FilmRise is proud to announce it has acquired the North American rights to Dead Awake, the next film from the creator of the Final Destination franchise.

FilmRise acquired the film in a deal with Archstone Distribution during this month’s American Film Market. The distributor plans a theatrical release in the U.
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The Night Of Season 1 Episode 6 Review: Samson and Delilah

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It's really surprising how much more evidence there is to be uncovered while Nazir's trial is already underway.

That's the main point I took away from The Night Of Season 1 Episode 6, and I'd like to think that I watch enough Forensic Files to know if I were ever in the same position as Naz, my attorneys would be armed with enough information to stop an invading army.

Another surprise? The District Attorney has a name. Mrs. Weiss. Apparently, she likes to be called "Missus." All this time, and I was still just calling her the Da because nobody seemed to refer to her by name. When you like to be referred to thusly, I can see why.

Does the presentation by the opposing counsel make a difference during a murder case? If so, Mrs. Weiss won't stand a chance against Chandra. Mrs. Weiss is a dour, whining woman, even when she's addressing the jury.
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The Night Of Season 1 Episode 5 Review: The Season of the Witch

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John/Jack Stone reminds me of the kind of guy you'd read about in series of mystery novels.

His quirks alone would make for entertaining reading, but he's also always gathering new clientele (even if they may not yet realize it). On The Night Of Season 1 Episode 5, Stone was beating the streets for the case and came into contact with all kinds of new prospects to represent. 

You might say he takes too many chances. Then again, it would have been nice if Box had done a little of this work. It really is disheartening the prosecution seems to want Any case against An accused instead arresting the person responsible for murdering Andrea.

We got to know Stone a lot better. From his penchant for dating his client, even when she's working (something he learned the hard way wasn't the best idea), to his soft heart where the cat is concerned,
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Zootopia (Bd/DVD/Digital HD) [Blu-ray]

Blu-ray Review

Zootopia

Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins

Rating: PG

Due Out: June 7, 2016

Plot (courtesy of Disney Home Entertainment): Directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”), the progressive mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every habitat live side by side and “anyone can be anything.” But when new rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives in town she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of tough, hulking animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack an unsolved, challenging case even if it means working with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. But the
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Blu-ray Review – Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia, 2016.

Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush.

Featuring the voices talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Don Lake and Tommy Chong.

Synopsis:

Disney Animation does it again with a story that treads familiar thematic ground but serves up a fresh, inventive plot that keeps viewers young and old engaged. This Blu-ray + DVD set also includes a satisfying set of bonus materials.

When Disney bought Pixar several years ago, I was among the fans who feared that the House of Mouse might squash Pixar’s innovative approach and turn the animation leader into a studio tasked with churning out endless sequels and rehashes. And then a funny thing happened: While Pixar is still capable of producing unique new stories like Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, the studio has started to rely more heavily on sequels, and Disney
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Zootopia Available on Blu-ray June 7th

“I am just a dumb bunny, but, we are good at multiplying!”

When I reviewed Zootopia here at We Are Movie Geeks, I wrote”, the beautifully designed, brightly-hued Zootopia is breezier and bouncier than most. The animation work is dazzling, lovingly detailed without being overdone. I felt like I could reach out and pet these furry critters, especially in eye-popping 3D.” (read all of my review Here)

Now you can own Zootopia on Blu-ray thanks to Walt Disney Animation Studios!

Zootopia has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of Zootopia and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years!
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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: June 6-12

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Zootopia"

Those sloths at the Dmv could learn from Disney's super-fast home release of "Zootopia." The instant classic blockbuster came out in theaters in early March, and it's already arriving on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand on June 7. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come with a magical amount of bonus features, including "Zoology: The Roundtables," with Ginnifer Goodwin (who voices rabbit officer Judy Hopps) leading an in-depth look at the movie's characters, animation, environments, and more. Other extras include "The Origin of an Animal Tale," "Research: A True-Life Adventure," "Z.P.D. Forensic Files," "Scoretopia," a look at deleted characters, a bunch of deleted and alternate scenes (including an alternate opening), and Shakira's "Try Everything" music video.
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