Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic has noticed the fame he’s gotten since the release of the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.”“You know it would be nice if I could actually see me being famous out there,” Maldonado-Passage said during an interview from prison conducted by Netflix on March 22. He’s currently serving a 22-year sentence for his role in a murder-for-fire plot against big cat animal rights activist Carole Baskin.Maldonado-Passage added that he’s done with Baskin, who was portrayed as his main rival throughout the Netflix series, which has become one of the most popular on the streaming service.Also Read: 'Tiger King': Michael Jackson Once Owned the Alligators Burned Alive in Joe Exotic's Zoo Fire“I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga. It’s now time to turn the tables and Joe get out of jail a free man and exonerated from all these charges,” he said.Joe Exotic was interviewed from prison on March 22.Here's what he told us pic.twitter.com/ueqTeWfKxh— Netflix (@netflix) April 3, 2020For her part, Baskin has ripped the series as being “salacious and sensational.” “There are no words for how disappointing it is,” Baskin, who said she was asked to be part of “the big cat version of ‘Blackfish,'” stated.Baskin runs the Big Cat Rescue and was highly critical of Maldonado-Passage’s park. Several of the other people profiled in and interviewed for “Tiger King” do not believe Baskin to be the squeaky-clean animal rights activist that she purports to be. Maldonado-Passage has outright accused Baskin of killing her former husband and either feeding his remains to the tigers or dumping the body in a septic tank on their property. Earlier this week, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office renewed its search for Jack “Don” Lewis, citing the increased interest in the case.“Tiger King” follows (and the title refers to) Joe Exotic, the owner of a big-cat zoo in Oklahoma. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was found to be guilty of hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, a rival of his in the animal world. He’s serving a multi-decade prison sentence for that and for animal rights crimes.Read original story ‘Tiger King': Joe Exotic Says He’s ‘Done’ With Carole Baskin, Wants to Be ‘Free Man’ At TheWrap
Joe Exotic has told Tiger King's directors who should play him in a movie, and one of his suggestions makes a lot of sense.
The new action film, written by Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo, is coming to the streaming service on 24 April.
Gabriel Fernandez was only 8 years old when he was brutally murdered by his mother Pearl and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre.And as detailed in Netflix’s documentary “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” he was consistently let down by the system when he most needed help.Based on in-depth reporting by L.A. Times journalist Garrett Therolf, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” chronicles how over 8 months Gabriel was subjected to horrific torture, which included regular beatings, being shot in the face with a BB gun, forced to eat cat litter, locked in a cupboard for hours, and pepper sprayed. The cruel nightmare ultimately ended when his mother and her boyfriend beat him to death.But even worse, the Department of Child and Family Services and law enforcement were called to the scene multiple times before Gabriel’s death — and no action was taken. At one point social workers even ordered Gabriel to stop lying, allowing his abusers to continue the torture until the horrific end.Also Read: Finished 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez'? Here Are 14 Other True-Crime Docs You Should Watch (Photos)Brian Knappenberger directs the docu-series, which launched Wednesday on Netflix.See the 9 most shocking details about the case below.1\. Incompetent Law EnforcementAs depicted during the series, sheriffs were called to the house by other family members days before the murder — but took no action. In fact, law enforcement often (there were multiple house calls) took Pearl Fernandez’s word that everything was fine, and never even asked to see Gabriel. And when they did, according to family members, they threatened Gabriel, and told him that if he kept lying about his bruises, that he’d be the one to go to jail. They consistently believed the parent over the child with the burn marks and black eye.2\. The Abusers’ Homophobic MotivesAccording to family members, Pearl and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, would call Gabriel “gay.” In fact, the first thing he told law enforcement when they responded to the 911 call was that Gabriel Fernandez was gay, which confused officers.Investigators found all of Gabriel’s clothing disposed of, except for two dresses that he was made to wear.Because of this, there were talks about charging the couple with a hate crime. However, prosecutors decided that it was more of a motive, and could get a bigger sentence charging the couple with child abuse.Also Read: Journalist Behind Netflix's 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' on 'Trauma' of Reporting on Child's Murder3\. The Horrifying EvidenceAt the crime scene, the investigator came in with red stickers to mark blood spatter around the apartment. However, there was so much blood, that she soon ran out of the color and had to switch to yellow stickers. Inexplicably, there was blood in the sink.The abuse was substantial — they fed him cat litter, put a bandanna and sock in his mouth, knocked out his teeth with a bat, shot him in the face with a BB gun, and pepper sprayed him for fun while he laid in the bath tub. He would show up to school with bruises all over his face, as well as fresh cigarette burns and shaved hair. Gabriel’s brother testified that Aguirre would hold him up by the neck, while his sister said Aguirre knocked the air out of Fernandez on several occasions.During the trial, jurors were told the autopsy took an unusual two days because the injuries were so substantive. The thymus gland was barely there — a normal boy’s gland weighs about 100 grams, while Fernandez’s was about 10 grams. The coroner said this was due to stress atrophy, due to all the abuse inflicted on the boy.4\. Gabriel’s Suicide Note and Pleas for Mother’s LoveGabriel Fernandez often wrote notes to his mother, saying he would kill himself and that he just wants to be a good boy. Days before he was murdered, he wrote a card to his mom telling her all the things he loved about her.Also Read: 'Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' Director Says Production Had Therapist on Call5\. Gabriel’s Murderers Punished, but Social Workers Let OffUnsurprisingly, prosecutors sought the death penalty for Gabriel’s mother and her boyfriend. But they also brought charges against four social workers, something that had never happened before. Accused of minimizing “the significance of the physical, mental and emotional injuries that Gabriel suffered,” and of allowing “a vulnerable boy to remain at home and continue to be abused,” they were each charged with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of falsifying public records.But in the end, while Aguirre was sentenced to death, and Fernandez received life in prison without the possibility of parole, the social workers escaped punishment. Just last month, by a 2-1 decision California’s second appeals court threw out the case on the grounds that prosecutors did not prove the social workers “had the requisite duty to control the abusers,” and further concluded they “did not have care or custody of Gabriel.”Prosecutors have asked the court for a re-hearing of the case against the social workers,6\. Gabriel’s Mother Likely Instigated the AbuseAguirre delivered the physical blows, but prosecutors believe it was under the instruction of Pearl Fernandez. The documentary explained that she never wanted Gabriel, and actually left the child at the hospital, when family members took him in.Family members were privy to the abuse — Pearl Fernandez’s sister often slept over to shield Gabriel and the two other kids from the abuse.According to family members, she was uneducated, started using drugs at an early age which stopped brain development, was diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, suffered from eating disorders, and had abnormalities on her scans. She was also a victim of gang rape and rape by an uncle at an early age.7\. The Jury Wasn’t UnanimousDuring Aguirre’s trial, the jury wasn’t unanimous. 11 found him guilty, while one man didn’t believe he should be convicted of first-degree murder. His reasoning? If he had wanted to kill Gabriel, he would’ve done it a long time ago.When the jury was seeking the death penalty for Aguirre, it was the same juror who voted against it, because he felt they needed to “hear Aguirre out.”8\. Judge Angrily Denounces Gabriel’s Mother During SentencingAt the sentencing hearing, Pearl Fernandez apologized, saying she wishes Gabriel was still alive and that she hopes her kids can forgive her one day.The judge, who had been on the bench for 20 years, said he never personally commented on a case he presided over, but had to for this one. He said that the pain Gabriel Fernandez suffered was unimaginable to the point where he would call it animalistic, but even “animals know how to take care of their young.” He wished that both perpetrators would suffer mental torture in prison about what they had done.9\. DCFS Also Failed in Other Similar CasesUnfortunately, five years later, another boy died under the same circumstances. 10-year-old Anthony Avalos was denied access to food and a bathroom, and was abused in the same way as Gabriel was. Calls were made by teachers and relatives, but DCFS never helped the boy who had come out as gay just weeks prior to his death. A spokesperson for DCFS said that they did indeed provide services to the family from May 2014 to December 2014 and their last referral was in 2016. However, they did not receive enough information but provided the family with further resources. And, this all happened in Antelope Valley — where Gabriel Fernandez had died as well.When prosecutors went to medical hub in Lancaster, Calif. (part of the Antelope Valley), they found it had been closed due to insufficient funding, the docu-series says. Investigators believe that there have been more than 150 cases where children have been abused even after it was brought to DCFS attention.Most recently, a four year old boy was being abused. A court order was placed to have him removed from his home. DCFS never followed through, and the boy died under “suspicious circumstances.”DCFS declined to take part in the series in its entirety.Read original story ‘Trials of Gabriel Fernandez': 9 Most Shocking Details About the Murder at Heart of Netflix Documentary At TheWrap
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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos says that all of the streaming service’s “productions around the world are shut down” because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he calls “a massive disruption.”“It’s unprecedented in history,” Sarandos told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday.Even as usage of their service has increased from millions of people worldwide staying home on lockdown, Netflix is still navigating the coronavirus crisis.He noted that because Netflix plans “pretty far ahead” on developing new shows, the service’s release schedule is set for the next several months. He said that the challenge will come later in the year, as shows and films that were in production for release in late 2020 have been put on pause due to the ongoing pandemic.Also Read: Netflix Creates $100 Million Fund to Help Creative Community Affected by CoronavirusIn the meantime, Netflix is trying to continue any development that can still be done remotely, while supporting production workers who now find themselves in financial uncertainty. Sarandos said, for example, that writers for the adult animated show “Big Mouth” are holding remote table reads and “getting geared up for a time they can get back to work.” Netflix will pay two weeks’ wages to their production workers and also established a $100 million fund to support those in the entertainment industry hardest hit by the shutdown.According to Wired, usage of Netflix has increased by as much as 75% in some areas of the U.S. since last month, as over 75 million Americans have received orders from state officials to stay in their homes to prevent spread of the disease. In Europe, streaming has increased so much that the European Union has requested that media companies lower their bandwidth, something that Netflix has agreed to do by lowering bandwidth by 25%.“You can imagine, all viewing is up. It’s up on Netflix, on CNN on television in general,” Sarandos said. “The system has been very robust and can help out a lot of people. People certainly are watching a lot more Netflix. As Governor (Andrew) Cuomo said so beautifully, the best thing you can do is stay at home — we are trying hard to help.”Read original story Ted Sarandos: Coronavirus Has Been ‘Massive Disruption’ for Netflix At TheWrap
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Netflix has pulled out of South by Southwest 2020, an individual with knowledge of the matter tells TheWrap, joining the growing number of companies bolting the festival due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.The streamer had planned to screen five films — the romantic comedy “Uncorked,” and the documentaries “A Secret Love,” “L.A. Originals,” “Mucho Mucho Amor” and “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” — and hold a panel for the upcoming series “Blackexcellence” featuring creators Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones. All events have been canceled.Representatives for the South by Southwest festival did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. But so far organizers have maintained that the event will happen as scheduled March 13-22, despite calls to cancel it, including a Change.org petition that has more than 46,000 signatures.Also Read: Major Hollywood, Sports and Tech Events Canceled in Response to Coronavirus - So FarNetflix was the second company to pull out of SXSW on Wednesday alone, following Apple. But the two companies are far from the only participants to quit the festival. Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Intel, China Gathering, Mashable, TikTok, SAP and The Latinx House have also all dropped out in recent days.Netflix and Apple also join a wave of entertainment companies enacting strict measures in response to coronavirus on Wednesday that included: Sony’s decision to close three of its European offices for the rest of the week; MGM delaying the release of the new James Bond film “No Time to Die”; and the cancellations of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and the MipTV conference in Cannes.Variety first reported the news.Read original story Netflix Joins Growing SXSW 2020 Exodus Over Coronavirus Worries At TheWrap
Finn Wolfhard, who shot to fame playing Mike Wheeler in the hit Netflix sci-fi horror Stranger Things, says he felt threatened by adult fans approaching him.
The British actor is set to play a "charming fellow" named Peter in the eagerly anticipated follow-up.
Jennifer Lawrence has set up a number of new projects in recent months, including a collaboration with the filmmaker behind 'The Big Short'.
Netflix has set the premiere date for Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood,” the first series the streaming service ordered from the prolific producer after signing him to a mega overall deal in February 2018.The seven-episode limited series starring Darren Criss, “Politician” breakout David Corenswet and Jeremy Pope will debut on May 1, Netflix revealed Wednesday.The streaming service also unveiled the key art for the show — which you can view below — and provided us with the official synopsis for “Hollywood,” a project with a plot that has very much been kept under wraps until now.Also Read: 'Halston': See Ewan McGregor Transform Into a Fashion Legend in First Look at Ryan Murphy Netflix Series (Video)Here’s the logline, courtesy of Netflix:A new limited series from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, “Hollywood” follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day. Provocative and incisive, “Hollywood” exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if they had been dismantled.“Hollywood” stars Corenswet as Jack, Criss as Raymond, Pope as Archie, Laura Harrier as Camille, Samara Weaving as Claire, Dylan McDermott as Ernie, Holland Taylor as Ellen Kincaid, Patti LuPone as Avis, Jim Parsons as Henry Willson, Jake Picking as Rock Hudson, Joe Mantello as Dick, and Maude Apatow as Henrietta.Also Read: 'The Politician's' David Corenswet Loves Ben Platt's Rendition of 'River' Just as Much as You DoThe series is executive produced by Murphy and Brennan, along with Criss, Alexis Martin Woodall and Janet Mock, who also serves as a writer and a director.“Hollywood” may have been the first project Netflix ordered from Murphy after he closed his mega deal — the 20th Century Fox-produced series “The Politcian” and “Ratched” were picked up by the streaming service beforehand — it’s far from the only one on his slate.On the TV side, Murphy is giving Netflix the Ewan McGregor-led limited series “Halston,” a series adaptation of the musical “A Chorus Line,” the second season of “The Politician,” the “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” prequel “Ratched” starring Sarah Paulson, and a docuseries about Andy Warhol.Also Read: Betty Gilpin to Play Ann Coulter on 'Impeachment: American Crime Story'As for his Netflix film projects, Murphy will direct an adaptation of the play “The Boys in the Band” with its starry 2018 Broadway revival cast and produce an adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Prom” starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells.See the key art for “Hollywood” below.Read original story Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ Gets Premiere Date From Netflix – Read First Plot Details Here At TheWrap
Jennifer Lawrence will star in Adam McKay’s comedy “Don’t Look up,” which Netflix finalized a deal for on Monday after it was shopped around, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.McKay will write and direct the film that has a budget of $75 million. The story follows two scientists who discover that a meteor will strike our planet in six months, and they must warn a population that is unreceptive.McKay will also produce via his label, Hyperobject, alongside partner Kevin Messick. He plans to begin principal photography in April, with hopes to release the film later this year.Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Mafia Story 'Mob Girl' From Director Paolo Sorrentino“I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence,” McKay said in a statement. “She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite act.’ And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”Scott Stuber, head of Netflix Films, added: “Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture. Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earth’s imminent demise, we’re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end.”Also Read: 14 Actresses Absurdly Accused of Being Too Old or Too Fat, From Chloe Grace Moretz to Jennifer Lawrence (Photos)McKay’s most recent feature, “Vice,” earned eight Academy Award nominations. In 2016, he won the Academy Award, BAFTA and WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Big Short.” He also wrote the screenplay for “Ant-Man” and “Get Hard,” and directed films like “Step Brothers,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “The Other Guys.”Lawrence most recently starred in “Red Sparrow” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.” She will next star in the Untitled Lila Neugebauer Project. Her other credits include “Passengers,” “Joy,” “The Hunger Games” films and “American Hustle.”McKay is represented by Paula Woods. Lawrence is represented by Narrative and LB Entertainment.Read original story Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Adam McKay’s Comedy ‘Don’t Look Up’ for Netflix At TheWrap
“Insatiable” has been canceled.The Netflix series comes to an end after two seasons“We will not be coming back, sadly,” one of the series’ stars Alyssa Milano replied to a fan’s question about a possible Season 3 on Twitter.Also Read: 'Insatiable' Creator on Patty and Bob's Killer Season 2 Finale Revelations, Plans for Season 3Netflix confirmed the cancellation Friday.Here is the official description of the series, which you can still binge on the streaming service:“Insatiable is a dark, twisted revenge comedy starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, and Alyssa Milano. For years, Patty (Debby Ryan) has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing — first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano) have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback’s a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat.”Read original story ‘Insatiable’ Canceled by Netflix After 2 Seasons At TheWrap
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