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Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
How Netflix created its golden age of true-crime documentary series
Docuseries from Making a Murderer to Evil Genius to Wild Wild Country owe a debt to The Staircase, which aired on Sundance Channel in 2005. Jean Xavier de Lestrade's docuseries on Michael Peterson was the "the Rosetta stone of modern multi-part crime explorations." ALSO: Nxivm and Wild Wild Country have boosted interested in cult programming.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Wild Wild Country is coming out with a soundtrack: Meet the music supervisor
Chris Swanson landed the music supervisor gig after sending the Way brothers a fan note, but he only had $100,000 to work with. "They told me they wanted an 'American West' kind of 'Cowboy Narrator' vibe for the music since the series was named after a Bill Callahan song, and Bill kind of embodied that," he says.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Wild Wild Country's Ma Anand Sheela has evolved from cult leader to criminal to meme
Why can’t we look away from Sheela? Perhaps it's because of her Trump-esque style, says Inkoo Kang, who adds: "It’s more than likely that Sheela has become a social media star among 'leftists' not just because she speaks with the pithy, unswerving certainty of a meme, but because she represents the change that was happening to America, and is happening still." ALSO: Mandy Moore threw a Wild Wild Country-themed party.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Wild Wild Country left out a gruesome 1990 murder committed by a former follower
The Way brothers say a grisly 1990 murder committed by a former Rajneesh follower never came up in their research. "Even if it did, we would have not included it in Wild Wild Country," Maclain and Chapman Way said in a joint statement. "Our series primarily focuses on the events in Eastern Oregon from 1981-1985, and this horrific murder occurred five years after the collapse of the commune in Northern California."
Posted Sunday 4/15/18 at 3:10AM EDT
SNL gets Robert De Niro to interrogate Ben Stiller as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen
Saturday Night Live reunited the Meet the Parents co-stars in this week's cold open to recreate the classic lie detector scene from their 2000 hit movie. "You broke the law. And now we’re going to catch all of you little fockers, you got that?” De Niro’s special prosecutor Mueller told Stiller, playing Trump attorney Cohen. Stiller, who was briefly an SNL cast member in 1989, said as Cohen: "You know how much evidence I have in my office? I’m Donald Trump’s lawyer! I’ve got a whole hard drive that’s just labeled ‘yikes.’”
- Donald Glover to pull double duty on May 5, hosting SNL and performing as Childish Gambino
- SNL spoofs Netflix's Wild Wild Country with the help of alum Nasim Pedrad
- SNL parodies Les Miserables with an insane lobster dinner sketch
- Why did announcer Darrell Hammond mispronounce John Mulaney's name as "John Mulvaney" not once but twice in the intro?
- SNL mocks "Hollywood's reboot fever"
- Mulaney tweets a 2008 pic of the SNL cast and writers dressed as Mad Men for then-host Jon Hamm
- SNL tweets video of Mulaney's closing remarks that NBC cut off
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Before Wild Wild Country, two documentaries gave the Rajneesh cult sympathetic treatment
"The first attempt, thankfully lost in the mists of history, played like outright pro-Rajneesh propaganda," says Win McCormack. "The second, underwritten by the Oregon Public Broadcasting system several years back, all but exonerated the cult of its multitudinous wrongdoings." McCormack adds: "The Duplass brothers’ new series represents a huge advance over those previous, thoroughly tendentious treatments, in two major ways. First, the filmmakers have done yeoman’s work in researching, finding, selecting, and editing into a coherent framework a vast amount of archival news footage, an accomplishment that makes the production a pleasure to watch. Second, through in-depth interviews with former and still-current adherents of the cult, and residents of the area still around to tell the tale, they have succeeded—insofar as it could ever be possible—in allowing representatives on both sides to have their say." ALSO: The Rajneeshpuram Commune is now a Young Life Christian youth camp.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Wild Wild Country directors still can't decide which side is right and wrong
Chapman Way, who co-directed the Netflix cult docuseries with his brother Maclain, says: "I’ve said this before but, we’ve been working on it for four years and it’s completely locked and edited, and I still wake up in the middle of the night going, 'Yeah, but this group did this,' and then, 'Wait, but then they did this,' And I teeter back and forth from thinking one group’s right, one group’s wrong, to both groups are wrong, maybe both groups are right. It almost changes on a daily basis still, even working on this four years later."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Netflix's Wild Wild Country is a fascinating exploration of a cult you've probably never heard of
The six-part docuseries, out today, explores how the Rajneesshee cult started building a utopian city in rural Oregon that went from peace and love to attempted murder.