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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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Trey Borzillieri -- one of the directors of Netflix's hit documentary 'Evil Genius' -- believes investigators need to take another look at the notorious case ... because the show exposed some major lies. If you aren't familiar ... 'Evil Genius' is about a diabolical bank heist in 2003 that goes awry and leads to the murder of Brian Wells. Despite convictions of a few criminals related to the crime, Trey thinks total justice has still not been served ... specifically to Floyd Stockton. Trey tells us Stockton's immunity in the case was based on him telling the truth, but the director believes that's not the case ... so his immunity should be void and he shouldn't get a pass for his involvement. Borzillieri also believes the shocking twist at the end of the doc -- a confession from former prostitute Jessica Hoopsick -- is totally legit ... and answers one of the main mysteries of 'Evil Genius.' (TMZ)

Goodbye Hannah Baker? No 13 Reasons Why Season 3 For Katherine Langford. 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford is done telling Hannah Baker's story. Should the Netflix drama return for a third season, which seems likely, Langford won't return as Hannah Baker, the girl whose suicide sparked the events of the first and second seasons. Langford, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in season one, appeared in the second season as Hannah in flashbacks in other character's stories and as a ghost-like presence with Clay (Dylan Minnette). The Hannah of season one, the Hannah as Hannah saw herself, said goodbye in the first season. "For me, we told Hannah's story so fully in season one. And in a way, doing that scene in episode 13, I've so often referred to it as it was the hardest scene because it's the scene where I had to let her go. I think coming back this season was challenging because it was playing her but not really her. The challenge was when you tell a character's story so fully, and then you have to come back as a version of her that's filtered through other people's eyes; that required a lot of trust," Langford told EW. "I guess if I could put Hannah's life into season one and then say it was kind of like being in purgatory for season two, and then being able to officially say goodbye to her. It definitely felt like time. For me, letting Hannah go was in season one; season two was for Clay to let her go. It was being able to assist Clay on that journey as Hannah and let Clay have his moment to let Hannah go," she continued. If the show returns for a third season, Langford said the character's impact would still be felt. "Even though she may not be part of another season, I think that her presence and the importance of her and her story will always matter and will always be there. To be specific in this season, the big thing to take away is in regards to the trial where her image is distorted and defiled," she said. "At the end of the day one of the really important things to take from this season in regards to Hannah is that it doesn't matter who she was or what she did, she didn't deserve any of what happened to her." Season one ended where the book of the same name ended. For season two, the writers crafted an entirely original story that featured Hannah's parents suing the school district over her suicide. Hannah's classmates were put on the stand and told their versions of the events depicted in season one as well as previously untold stories. "I felt like there were so many questions left unanswered at the end of season [one,]" Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica on the series, told E! News about returning for a second season. "A lot of people asked that Hannah's tapes are done, but I really wanted to see -- well, I'm biased, but I really wanted to see everyone else's story and really explore Jessica's storyline more." 13 Reasons Why season two is now streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

The Good Fight Season 2 Finale Is Here and It's Time You Paid Attention to This Drama. The Good Fight is one of the best shows on TV right now. There. It's been said. Where else are you going to find Christine Baranski kicking off her shoes and sauntering around an office, happily popping into an office and saying, "Hey. F -- k you," to Audra McDonald? Nowhere. You will only find that on The Good Fight, a show with some of the finest acting and whip-smart writing out there. However, as fun as it is seeing Baranski's Diane Lockhart flip the middle finger at Alan Alda (did you ever think that'd be a sentence you'd read?), the cable TV elements of the series are just a tiny part of what makes The Good Fight so f -- king enjoyable. The CBS All Access series, a spinoff of the Emmy-winning legal drama The Good Wife, made a splashy debut in 2017. There were timely stories and established stars, it was fine. Not the best, but better than The Good Wife's last chapters. Yep, going there. Deal with it. Then, in season two, something happened. Everything just clicked. In season two, creators and showrunners Robert and Michelle King closed the Ponzi scheme storyline that was the backbone of the first season and serves as the introduction to Rose Leslie's Maia Rindell. Focus was placed back on Baranski's Diane Lockhart and her marvelous brooches. Diane, like many out there, started having a hard time just, well, living in the current world. Nothing made sense to her. The political headlines came fast and furious. The world she thought she knew was in upheaval. It also didn't help that angry clients were killing lawyers. Diane was lost. So lost, she started microdosing with hallucinogens (seriously!) in an effort to just find some peace. Diane's struggle (probably aside from the hallucinogens) mirrored many whom have/had problems dealing with the endless news cycle. A shooting snapped her out of her Trump-induced funk and suddenly Diane was elegant leader once again. It was a season-long journey that should be celebrated. Baranski deserves an Emmy nomination (and if we're being honest, the win) for her work this year. The Good Fight balanced Diane's breakdown and phoenix-like return by smartly pairing up Sarah Steele's Marissa Gold and Maia (Leslie) for lighter, more comedic stories. Their adventures, coupled with Cush Jumbo's Lucca Quinn navigating the waters of a surprise pregnancy, plus the intriguing dynamic between Delroy Lindo's Adrian Boseman and his ex-wife Liz Reddick-Lawrence (McDonald), balanced The Good Fight in ways other TV shows dream of. With a mix of real-world politics, social commentary (they did an episode based on the Bachelor in Paradise scandal), and just plain old good legal drama tropes, The Good Fight crafted a near-perfect season of TV that is just begging to be binged. Come for Baranski dropping f-bombs, stay for the wildly insightful (and at times wickedly funny) stories you won't find anywhere else on TV. The Good Fight season finale dropped Sunday, May 27 on CBS All Access. The Good Fight will return for a third season... so what are you waiting for? (Eonline)

NCIS: New Orleans showrunner exits in wake of misconduct investigation. NCIS: New Orleans exec producer/showrunner Brad Kern -- who had been accused of creating a hostile work environment on the CBS procedural -- is stepping away from the show, Deadline reports. He will be succeeded by EP Chris Silber. The news comes in the wake of a December report that CBS Studios had conducted a pair of internal investigations after several of his NCIS: New Orleans colleagues complained about his behavior. Per Deadline, Kern subsequently completed six months of sensitivity training/counseling and there had been no new further complaints filed against him since. "We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously," CBS TV Studios said in a statement at the time. "Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style and have received no further complaints since this was implemented." Kern, who also served as an EP/showrunner on the original Charmed, is expected to remain on the NCIS: New Orleans payroll as a consultant. (TVLine via AOL)

Fans of "Double Dare" have TV shows like "Roseanne" and "Will & Grace" to thank for its comeback ... according to former host Marc Summers. The "Double Dare" reboot returns this June with Marc as an executive producer. When we got him at LAX Wednesday he told us he'd been hounding Nickelodeon to bring back the game show for years, but they finally moved forward when they saw how other reboots were successful. As for not hosting -- the new host is Liza Koshy -- Marc says it's got nothing to do with his OCD since getting down and dirty in the slime was never an issue for him ... which is kinda insane once you hear what they put in the stuff. (TMZ)

Priyanka Chopra Visits Rohingya Children in Bangladesh. The 'Quantico' star is a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations' children's agency. Priyanka Chopra, actress and a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations' children's agency, said Thursday the world should be more compassionate to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children who desperately need help in Bangladeshi camps where they've been sheltered. Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August to escape military-led violence and are now seeking U.N. protection to return home. Almost 60 percent of the total refugees are children, and 60 babies are being born every day in camps in Bangladesh. Many children crossed the border into Bangladesh without a parent, according to UNICEF. They saw violence, dead bodies, burned homes while many saw their parents and family members killed in front of their eyes and their mothers and sisters raped. Children were also shot in their hands and legs. Many are recovering from psychological trauma. Chopra, who came to Bangladesh directly from London after attending the royal wedding of her American friend Meghan Markle on a four-day visit, visited camps in Cox's Bazar bordering Myanmar and passed time with the desperate children at safe homes, makeshift schools and helped them draw pictures of sunshine and hope. On Thursday, during a press conference and a subsequent interview with The Associated Press, she refused to answer any questions beyond children's welfare in the camps and beyond. She recognized the Rohingya refugee crisis is a "political crisis" but would not talk beyond her mandate as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF. "I'm here on behalf of children. I'm too small, I feel, to speak about political situation like this. I'm not someone who believes in a blame game. I think that creates more hatreds and animosities," the former Miss World said. Chopra, whose third Hollywood film is expected to be released on the Valentine's Day in next February, said she was overwhelmed to see the condition of the children in the camps she visited. "Open your heart to the children," Chopra, a star in India's Hindi films, urged the world community in the interview with the AP. "Be compassionate for the sake of the humanity," she said. During her visit to the camps Chopra saw children being screened for malnutrition, a statement by UNICEF said. With 163,295 children less than 5 years old living in the camps, UNICEF's nutrition centers offer a vital lifeline by screening and treating children for malnourishment and teaching new mothers breastfeeding practices to help make sure their babies have the best possible start in life during the critical first 1,000-day period, it said. She said the international community was working to support the children, but that is not enough. "Please don't divide children, they are future citizens of the world we live in," she said. "No matter where a child is from or what his or her circumstances are, every child is the future of this world," she said. The actress, who made debut in Hollywood by acting in Baywatch in 2017, said the sufferings of the children shook her because of the violence "these children were exposed to." "The kids I met were smiling but I could still see sadness in their eyes that reflected the carnage and horror they witnessed," she said. She said the children need more support and urged the international community to come forward. "There is still so much more support needed," she said, also a star in the American TV thriller series Quantico, said. "It is up to us, as global citizens, to make sure they have a future." Earlier Thursday, the actress also met Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "It was wonderful to meet her. She has done a commendable job," Hasina said. The recent violence in Myanmar began when Rohingya insurgents staged a series of attacks on Aug. 25 on about 30 security outposts and other targets. In a subsequent crackdown described by U.N. and U.S. officials as "ethnic cleansing," Myanmar security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes. Thousands are believed to have been killed. Myanmar authorities consider Rohingya to be Bengali immigrants from Bangladesh and are even refraining from using the word "Rohingya," even though the refugees in Bangladeshi camps say they belong to Myanmar where they have been living for centuries. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement in November to start repatriating the Rohingya from January, but it is being delayed for lack of safety inside Myanmar and a complicated verification process. Global human rights groups and the U.N. said the condition in Myanmar was not safe for their return. This year the U.N. refugee agency and Bangladesh finalized a memorandum of understanding that said the repatriation process must be "safe, voluntary and dignified. in line with international standards." (Hollywood Reporter)

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