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Trump Campaign Asks That Thursday's Debate Focus On Foreign Policy

19 October, 2020

On Monday, the Trump/Pence Campaign Committee sent a letter to the Commission On Presidential Debates requesting that foreign policy be the focus of the third and final presidential debate of 2020, which is scheduled to take place this Thursday.

Movies And Specials: 'The Wrong Cheerleader Coach'

17 October, 2020

Synopsis: Produced by and featuring Vivica A. Fox, The Wrong Cheerleader Coach co-stars Tara Reid in this thriller about a cheerleading coach who becomes dangerously obsessed with her student’s father.

It premiered Saturday, October 17th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Animated Filmmaker Jorge Gutiérrez Signs Deal With Netflix

16 October, 2020

Netflix continues its expanded push into original animation with a new overall deal with animated writer and filmmaker Jorge Gutiérrez. Under the terms of the deal, he will write, direct, and produce new animated movies and TV shows for Netflix, which will also include interactive projects for both kids and adults.

In a statement released by Netflix, Gutiérrez expressed his happiness with the deal:

Dang! I could not be more thankful to extend my creative love affair with my beloved Netflix! Melissa Cobb and the entire Netflix Animation team match my endless passion for diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera. After all the kindness that has been shown to me, I look forward to mentoring and empowering diverse storytellers from not only North America, but also Central and South America. My mustached heart has a six pack and I can’t wait to create new stories and bold new worlds. What a time to be alive!

Gutiérrez is best known for the Fox animated film Book Of Life, which he directed and wrote.  He also co-created the Nickelodeon series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera with his wife Sandra Equihua.

Currently, Gutiérrez is working on the series Maya And The Three, which premieres on Netflix in 2021.

Review: 'La Révolution'

16 October, 2020

At its best, television is a reflection of the culture that created it. It's not always an accurate representation, but it's a window into the mythology and stories that culture thinks are important. It's why I love watching television made outside of the United States. It's not just the enjoyment I get from seeing the work of people unfamiliar to me. It's the joy of seeing a familiar story through the lens of a different culture. 

That unfamiliar approach to storytelling is just one of the reasons to recommend La Révolution, a new original series from creator Aurélien Molas and Netflix France. 

The series is set in 1787 France, in a town about 60 miles from Paris. Two years before the start of the French Revolution, local doctor Joseph Guillotin uncovers a series of mysterious murders. Young peasant women are disappearing and it appears that there may be some serial killer at work. It's not clear why the murders are taking place, but as Guillotin continues to dig, he discovers an unknown virus which turns the victim's blood blue. It also gives them extraordinary strength along with some unsettling urges.

Joseph Guillotin was a real person. In fact, he is best known for his work to convince the French government to execute criminals by guillotine - a method he argued was more humane than the traditional axe or "breaking wheel." He didn't actually invent the guillotine, but it was named after him because of his work. 

But while the Joseph Guillotin in La Révolution bears the same name as France's leading proponent of the guillotine, their stories have very little in common. And that is the case with much of the storyline in La Révolution. It's very loosely based on the real events that led to the French Revolution, but I don't think there is any historical evidence that France blueblood aristocracy literally had blue blood. Instead the story is a "reimagining" of history, drawing on the inequities of French society to frame more traditional tale of monsters - both human and not-so-human.

There are a number of strong performances in La Révolution, including Marilou Aussilloux, who takes an impressive turn as the haunted Elise de Montargis. Elise is the daughter of the local nobility and argues that the population is overtaxed and abused. But she has little sway in a society where women are seen primarily as vessels for giving birth to the next generation of nobility. Her story is one of the over-arching arcs of the season as viewers learn more about how she has been treated and all of the things that have been taken away from her in the past. Amir El Kacem is also extremely effective as Joseph Guillotin, a man who desperately wants to overthrow the current political system. But also somehow believes that change can happen without violence and death. 

It's difficult to say too much about the main storylines of La Révolution without spoiling things. But Molas and the cast do a spectacular job at framing an unlikely premise in a way that seems as if it's the way the French Revolution *could* have happened. And the story also feels contemporary in some very unsettling ways.

I don't know enough about the current political and cultural climate in France to hazard a guess about how La Révolution will feel to French viewers. But as an American, the show's themes of a dismissive and corrupt upper class, a lack of upward mobility and a deck stacked against the working class seems painfully contemporary. While there aren't a lot of factual similarities between pre-Revolution France and the United States in 2020, the feel and emotional weariness of fighting what seems to be a hopeless battle against the powerful resonates deep into me.

La Révolution  was a treat to watch and it's perfect suggestion for viewers wanting something that is entertaining, unexpected and often thought-provoking.

La Révolution premieres globally Friday, October 16th, 2020 on Netflix.

'La Révolution' (Photo Gallery)

07 October, 2020

1787, France. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin - the future inventor of the world famous ‘Guillotine’ - uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease, quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion… What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?
(All photos courtesy Netflix/Emmanuel Guimier, 2020)

'La Révolution' - Behind The Scenes (Photo Gallery)

13 October, 2020

1787, France. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin - the future inventor of the world famous ‘Guillotine’ - uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease, quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion… What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?
(All photos courtesy Netflix/Emmanuel Guimier, 2020)

This Week In True Crime TV: 10/18/2020-10/24/2020

09 October, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "My Son Broke My Heart," Vickie Webb's son is accused of absolute evil and she isn't surprised.

Seduced-Inside The Nxivm Cult (Starz)
This documentary chronicles the extraordinary and harrowing journey of India Oxenberg — the daughter of Hollywood actress Catherine Oxenberg and a descendant of European royalty — who was seduced into the modern-day sex-slave cult NXIVM. More than 17,000 people, including India, enrolled in NXIVM’s “Executive Success Programs,” a front for the cult and a hunting ground for its leader, master predator Keith Raniere. Women in DOS, a secret master-slave society within NXIVM, were sex-trafficked and branded with a cauterizing iron. Both about a mother trying to save her daughter and recovery from trauma, the series follows India’s seduction, indoctrination, enslavement, escape — and her role as “co-conspirator” in assisting the U.S. government with bringing down Raniere and his criminal enterprise. In addition to being a rigorous and unsparing examination of India’s abuse and her own culpability, it explores how India and a chorus of other women are still grappling to make sense of their experience. The series also showcases extensive insider footage and exposes the inner circle of enablers around Keith Raniere.

Signs Of A Psychopath (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Now They Lay me Down To Sleep," a death row inmate grants an interview just weeks prior to his execution. Bodies of a man's family are discovered in the ashes of a house fire, and he is the main suspect in the murders.

The Vow Part One Finale (HBO)
With remarkable access to insiders and former members, The Vow follows a range of people who joined NXIVM, a self-improvement group that disintegrated with criminal charges brought against its highest members. The show takes a deep, nuanced look at the experiences of many of the group’s participants, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth and their internal conflicts over events as they unfold.

Unsolved Mysteries: Chapter Two (Netflix)

Killing Carnies Series Premiere (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Sideshow Murders," the brutal murder of Lobster Boy rocks a carnival community, and every performer is a suspect. Truths will be revealed and a reign of terror will finally end.

The Missing (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Missing Mothers," Prisma Reyes vanishes from a parking garage after footage shows her getting on an elevator but is never seen again. Andrea Knabel disappears during the middle of the night. And in the episode entitled "Missing Teens," teenagers Tara Calico and Desirea Ferris go out but never come back.

Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode "Deadly Circle Of Friends," the murder of a family provides detectives with a chilling link to another case. They must work quickly to make an arrest before the killer strikes again.

Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Quiet The Dogs," Connie and George Hilton move to rural east Texas, but early one morning, their peaceful country life is abruptly and brutally shattered.

Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Enough Is Enough," it's clips of dramatic, unexpected and cathartic courtroom moments.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "No, You Don't," in Florida, a woman shopping for bathing suits bravely chases after a man who harasses her and learns that he is a predator who has been preying on women for years. And then, two good samaritans intervene when an elderly couple is robbed. Then in the episode "Out Of Control," a drunk passenger grabs the wheel from an Uber driver's hands, creating a potentially deadly scene on a highway. And then, a group of friends find themselves in terrifying peril when a speeding boat plows right into them.

Suspicious Minds (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Who Killed The Councilman?," Mark Garcia, a city councilman in California, is shot dead. Drug dealers, political rivals and even Matt's own father are suspects.

The Killer Beside Me (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Schooled In Murder," two school secretaries who are on lunch break disappear in broad daylight. One of the school secretaries is found dead and the other is still missing. Police suspect that the perpetrator of the crime has ties to the school.

48 Hours On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Bruce Beresford-Redman: The Verdict," former reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is charged with murdering his wife while on a family vacation in Cancun, Mexico. While awaiting trial, he keeps a riveting video diary of life inside the Mexican prison. Troy Robert reports.


LORTV LIVE Broadcast Schedule: October 2020

02 October, 2020

With the fall season starting up, many of the world’s premier automotive and off-road racing series are entering the home stretch of their seasons; Lucas Oil Racing Television (LORTV) is here to provide race fans with exclusive coverage of the best off-road, late-model and sprint car drivers around the world battling for the chance at becoming the series champion.  

The month’s first LIVE broadcast airs Saturday, October 3, for the Lucas Late Model Dirt Series (LMDS) 32nd Annual Pittsburgher 100. Race coverage from Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is available exclusively for yearly LORTV subscribers. In addition to the October 3 race, annual subscribers will have exclusive access to telecasts on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, for the 40th Dirt Track World Championship. Coverage for the Late Model races on Friday and Saturday comes directly from Portsmouth Raceway Park, a three-eighths dirt mile track that sits just one mile west of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Round nine of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) broadcasts Friday, October 16, with round 10 airing the next day, Saturday, October 17. Both races will be streamed live for monthly and yearly subscribers on the LORTV channel from the famous Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. 

Finally, to close out the October broadcast schedule, LORTV features back-to-back telecasts of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Dirt Series (ASCS) on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. Coverage of the ASCS 47th Annual Winter Nationals Lanny Edwards Memorial comes from Devil Bowl’s Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Saturday’s broadcast is available for yearly subscribers only.

In addition to this LIVE broadcasts, motorsport fans can choose from more than 5,400 shows across 90 different categories, all available 24/7 on-demand on the Lucas Oil Racing TV platform. 

Both returning and new subscribers can log directly onto LucasOilRacing.TV and watch the action from the convenience of their browser. Additionally, Lucas Oil Racing TV is available on all the most popular streaming devices like ROKU, Apple iOS, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Google Play, Xbox One, and more. A full list of supported devices can found HERE. 

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