March 23, 2015 |
The Jinx , Andrew Jarecki's six-part HBO series about perennial murder suspect Robert Durst, is not the first time the filmmaker has told this tale. Subtitled The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , Jarecki's TV documentary ended last Sunday with Durst's Whoa Nelly bathroom soliloquy: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course. " In the preceding episodes, Jarecki, like a good prosecutor, laid out the evidence linking the peripatetic millionaire, now 71, to the 2000 slaying of Susan Berman, a friend believed to have information about the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathie.
March 19, 2015 |
TV's latest comic book crime fighter, iZombie heroine Liv Moore (Rose McIver) can't fly. She can't run faster than a speeding train and she most certainly can't stop a bullet. The latest hot young monster to join CW's growing cadre of sexy vampires, ghouls and ghosts, Liv solves the most puzzling, twisted, heinous murders entirely by her wits. And if her smarts can't quite get her there, all she has to do is eat some more brains. Attractive, clever, sarcastic Liv also happens to be a zombie.
March 18, 2015 |
Education is the most important issue to Philadelphians - more important than crime, jobs, and the economy, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. City residents favor eliminating the School Reform Commission, want an elected school board, and "have an extremely low opinion of the performance of the public school system," according to a research study released Monday. Philadelphians were mixed on charter schools in the poll - they view them generally positively, but most back the idea of spending more money on traditional public schools rather than creating new charter schools.
March 6, 2015 |
Critics pricked up their ears two years ago when screenwriter John Ridley, riding high on the critical acclaim of 12 Years a Slave , announced he was developing a TV drama. It would be a different kind of crime drama, he said. Ridley, who won an Oscar the following year, stayed true to his promise: American Crime , which premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday on ABC, is one of the most powerful and original dramas to grace the broadcast networks in years. If the first three episodes are any indication, it will rank with HBO's True Detective as the best TV series about crime in America.
March 6, 2015
I FOUND OUT that my brother had committed suicide from my mother. It was hard, particularly when I saw how devastated and small she looked sitting on the living room couch, as if the life had been siphoned from her in one inhuman pull. But the way that I found out was nothing compared to the way she'd learned of his death about an hour before: a telephone call from a kind, but anonymous police officer who'd investigated the death. There was no gentle preparation from a family member, no call from a priest or nun, nothing but the cold news that her middle child had died by his own hand in his adopted hometown in Massachusetts.
March 5, 2015 |
* AMERICAN CRIME. 10 p.m. Thursday, 6ABC. TOMORROW night, ABC will try to get away with much more than murder. Moving into the time slot where Viola Davis ruled in a deliriously over-the-top, hashtag-friendly mystery that wrapped up its first season last week, is "American Crime," an 11-episode limited series that is, apparently quite deliberately, neither of those things. Created at ABC's behest by John Ridley, whose commission came before his Oscar for writing "12 Years a Slave," "American Crime" starts, as so many TV dramas do, with the discovery of a body.
March 4, 2015 |
In a remarkable career spanning three decades, Richard Price has found renown in separate if inextricably linked genres. He is known for crafting some of the most compelling crime stories on the contemporary scene, both as a novelist ( Clockers , Lush Life ) and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter ( The Color of Money , Night and the City , HBO's The Wire ). His eighth book, The Whites , follows the travails of a New York City detective who becomes obsessed with a decades-old unsolved murder.
February 20, 2015 |
WHEN LEE Daniels took over a room, there could be no other center of attention. "In any crowded room, you could immediately locate Lee Daniels," said longtime friend Jim Nicholson, retired Daily News writer. "Look for that dense-packed knot of people and you could be sure Lee was in the middle, holding forth. " Lee C. Daniels, award-winning sports and crime writer for the Inquirer, Daily News and Courier Post, who became a political activist in Philadelphia and South Jersey in his later career, died Monday of complications of dementia.
February 4, 2015 |
RANDOLPH SANDERS attended Kim Jones' birthday party over the summer and her funeral last month. He shook hands with her friends and family, wearing a smile or a furrowed brow, depending on the occasion. He might as well have been wearing a mask. On the morning of Jan. 13, Sanders, 36, allegedly put a bullet in Jones' head and calmly walked away - then dialed her phone number minutes later to check on her well-being. Sanders hadn't yet seen her that morning, he said on her voice mail.
January 9, 2015 |
JAMES WALSH, one of the most notorious of the "goons" in the local Ironworkers union who committed acts of violence and sabotage at nonunion-contractor sites, told a federal jury yesterday that his actions had the approval of the union's leadership. They were "endorsed, and they were appreciated by the administration of the local," Walsh, 50, testified. That administration included Joseph Dougherty, 73, the former longtime head of Ironworkers Local 401, who is on trial on racketeering conspiracy, arson and extortion charges.