Author Archives: Sabienna Bowman

Craving More of The Kissing Booth? Watch These 25 Shows Instead

By | July 6, 2018

The Kissing Booth landed on Netflix in May, and it immediately became a cult hit. Elle’s sweet friendship with Lee, and her smoldering romance with his older brother Noah, singlehandedly made teen romantic comedies a thing again.

While the genre has been languishing at the box office since its last revival in the early ’00s, it’s been thriving on the small screen. If you’re looking for shows that will make your heart skip a beat the way it did when Noah’s lips met Elle’s at the school carnival, showcase life-long friendships as beautifully as the movie’s opening montage of sweetness did, and add in a dash (or a cup) of high school drama, then you’ve come to the right place. These 25 shows feel like they were made for fans of The Kissing Booth.

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35 TV Shows That Capture the Insanity of Being in Your 30s

By | July 5, 2018

Here’s a secret that the world appears to be trying to keep quiet: being in your 30s can be just as confusing as being in your 20s. Despite what the movies tell you, there’s an excellent chance you won’t have it all together by the stroke of midnight on your 30th birthday. Or your 35th. Or even your 39th. You may still be searching for career fulfillment, your love life might still be a hot mess, and you will definitely hear your favorite song from your teen years on the golden oldies station. It’s a weird time, and thankfully, it’s one that TV has chronicled in beautiful, excruciating detail.

From shows about parenting woes to series that prove there’s no expiration date on fresh starts, these shows are for anyone staring down the big 3-0 and beyond.

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25 Teen Movies That Will Give You High School Flashbacks – All on Netflix

By | July 5, 2018

Netflix has made a major push into the teen-movie game in recent months, and the results have been delightful so far – come on, you know you’ve watched The Kissing Booth at least a dozen times by now, too. There’s no doubt that the streaming service is reawakening our love for teen movies, and, thankfully, Netflix has its share of unforgettable titles about high school, friendships, and first love tucked away in the service’s vast streaming library. In fact, there are so many funny, heartbreaking, and downright classic movies about teens available to stream, you could spend the next few months channeling your 16-year-old self and swooning over Chad Michael Murray all over again.

From new favorites to ’80s classics, these are the 25 best teen movies streaming on Netflix right now.

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Anne With an E Is Filmed in the Most Unexpected Location

By | July 5, 2018

Anne Shirley and her beloved Green Gables are being introduced to a new generation thanks to Netflix’s period drama Anne With an E. As any fan of the book series knows, Prince Edward Island is the home of Green Gables and Anne’s many childhood adventures. The stunning island was also where author Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the novels, which were first published in 1908. Gorgeous though it may be, Canada’s Prince Edward Island is relatively small, and, according to thelocationguide.com, it doesn’t offer a great deal of tax incentives for filmmakers. As a result, filming there full-time would be pricey for an ongoing series – and that’s exactly why the series is primarily shot in a different, and much more affordable, Canadian city.

In an interview with the CBC, executive producer Miranda de Pencier confirmed that Anne With an E is filmed almost entirely in Ontario, Canada. De Pencier cites the cost of relocating the crew and cast to Prince Edward Island for the entire filming period of a season as the primary reason that Ontario is being used as a stand-in for the island. While she noted that the series does have a larger budget than your typical Canadian program, it’s still not enough to move 200 cast and crew members to the island for filming. Instead, the show has found ways to bring a little bit of Prince Edward Island to Ontario.

One way that the series captures the island’s special look is by recreating its red roads (which aren’t found in Ontario). De Pencier explained to the CBC that the production team hauled crushed up red bricks around with them in order to turn any street into one of Anne’s famous red lanes. Additionally, the show shot some scenes for both season one and two in Prince Edward Island. In the interview, de Pencier said, “We banked a lot of material that we’ll be using throughout the season. It was important so we could go back to Ontario and make sure we were getting P.E.I. right. It was really wonderful to be able to feed the Island into the souls of our actors and our key crew so that we could bring that knowledge to the production every day here in Ontario.”

Anne With an E isn’t the first version of Anne of Green Gables to utilize Ontario as a Prince Edward Island alternative. As reported by Mental Floss, the 1985 miniseries starring Megan Follows was largely shot in Ontario, as well. The beauty of Prince Edward Island is undisputed, but it seems that Ontario makes far more sense as a shooting location in order to bring Anne’s story to life on the small screen.

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The True Story Behind This New Documentary Is Mind-Boggling

By | July 5, 2018

The new documentary Three Identical Strangers tells the story of triplets separated at birth. A reunion of three identical brothers who had no idea the others existed would be powerful stuff all on its own, but there’s way more to the story. According to USA Today, director Tim Wardle wants audiences to watch his documentary with as little knowledge about the Stranger Things-esque circumstances surrounding the triplets’ separation as possible, but some parts of this story are just too fascinating not to share.

According to Wardle’s interview with USA Today, the story began when Robert Shafran attended his first day of community college in 1980. Shafran couldn’t go anywhere on campus without someone calling him Eddy. Ultimately, Shafran contacted Eddy Galland, and together the brothers realized they were both adopted and shared the same birthday. Neither set of their adoptive parents had any idea that the baby they had adopted also had a twin. They definitely didn’t know that their children were actually triplets. After Shafran and Galland’s incredible story made it into the papers, the adoptive mother of a third man, David Kellman, realized her son was identical to the other two boys. As reported by The Guardian, it was soon discovered that all three of the boys were adopted from New York’s Louise Wise Adoption Agency. None of the parents who adopted the boys had ever been told about the other babies.

The triplets later found out that in 1961, Manhattan’s Child Development Center began an experiment based around separating twins and triplets and placing them in homes of varying incomes. These children were then visited yearly in order for their development to be examined, with an ultimate goal of seeing what was more important in terms of raising a child: nurture or nature. Wardle told USA Today, “They made it a condition of the adoption, like, ‘This boy is already signed up to be a part of this normal childhood development study. We would really like it to continue.’ They didn’t say you have to do it, but it was implied that if you don’t, you won’t get the kid.”

Due to the controversial nature of the study, many details surrounding it are unknown, including the exact number of children who were separated. Peter Neubauer, the study’s lead psychiatrist, died in 2008. Before his death, he had the documents relating to the study sealed at Yale University under the condition that they cannot be made public until 2065. Neubauer’s research assistant, Natasha Josefowitz, is still alive and agreed to be interviewed for the documentary. Wardle describes talking to her as “chilling,” according to The Guardian. Wardle told the outlet, “She would talk to me about how much of what I’ve done in my life was a function of biology and genes, how little agency I had, which was kind of mind-blowing.”

As for the triplets, in the immediate aftermath of discovering each other, they became famous. They appeared on talk shows together, and the country was enamored with the story. However, the reality of their relationship wasn’t as picture perfect as it seemed. Three Identical Strangers delves into the idea of nature vs. nurture and how Neubauer’s study ultimately shaped the course of these three men’s lives.

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23 Books That Need to be Adapted Into TV Series ASAP

By | June 28, 2018

In the past decade, book-to-TV adaptations have expanded beyond PBS Masterpiece fare (although those are still great, too) to full-on must-see TV. Hits like Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, and 13 Reasons Why were all books first. Frankly, this is a trend we want to see continue, because our bookshelves are overflowing with stories that would be perfect for the small screen.

In fact, some of the books on this list have already been adapted into films, so clearly Hollywood is on the same page. However, this disparate group of novels all have one thing in common: they deserve way more than two hours to unfold. The characters in these books deserve to come to life over the course of multiple seasons, and maybe even become monster hits à la Game of Thrones.

From YA favorites to sprawling sci-fi series, the books on this list are all perfect for TV.

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8 Netflix Original Movies That You Need to Watch This July

By | June 23, 2018

Netflix has been seriously stepping up its original movie game lately. June set the bar especially high thanks to instant classics The Kissing Booth and Set It Up. Can July reach the same dizzying heights? Only time will tell, but the streaming service has eight new original movies that are just waiting to dazzle you. Sadly, July’s lineup is light on romantic comedies. However, if you love scares or family bonding, prepare to stay in and pop some popcorn, because Netflix’s newest original movies could be perfect for you.

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All Your Nightmares Will Go Away When You See the Actor Who Plays The Nun IRL

By | June 21, 2018

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First, she petrified you in The Conjuring 2, and now the demon nun is back for another round of terror – and this time she’s getting her own backstory. Who is playing the titular nun in the upcoming horror film The Nun, you ask? Well, for starters, the actor is the same one who originated the role in The Conjuring 2, but that’s definitely not the only place you’ve seen character actor Bonnie Aarons before.

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Long before she brought the demon nun to life to terrify Vera Farmiga’s Lorraine Warren during a crucial moment in The Conjuring 2, she memorably frightened moviegoers in Mulholland Drive. Aarons played “The Bum,” a character who put the jump into jump scare, for David Lynch’s twisty film. From there, she landed more roles in horror films like Hell Ride, Drag Me to Hell, and Dahmer vs. Gacy. She also appears to have a great appreciation for the genre in her personal life if her Instagram and Twitter accounts are any indication. (She even appears to identify as a Slytherin.)

Aarons isn’t just Hollywood’s go-to character actor for horror films, though. The star also had a memorable role as Baroness Joy von Troken in The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. That’s right, the woman who was rooting for Mia Thermopolis to not accept her status as a princess is the same woman who made you scream in The Conjuring 2. Despite not being a household name, Aarons is a total scene-stealer and enough of a chameleon that viewers have a hard time connecting the dots between her iconic roles.

However, this is one actor whose name you should definitely know, because she’s about to scare you all over again in The Nun on Sept. 7.

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30 New and Returning Original Shows Coming to Netflix in July

By | June 20, 2018

Netflix has released its latest batch of new original show titles, and let’s just say you’re going to have plenty of reasons to stay indoors this July. Just crank up your air conditioner and settle in, because your favorite streaming site is serving up new seasons of Orange Is the New Black, Anne With an E season two, and a brand-new baking show that’s destined to woo you. There’s plenty for the kids too, including the second season of the tween-friendly drama Free Rein and a beloved children’s book series coming to life in The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.

Check out all of the new and returning Netflix original series premiering in July ahead!

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Lee From The Kissing Booth Was a Child Star Thanks to This J.J. Abrams Movie

By | June 18, 2018

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No one’s going to deny that bad boy Noah has his charms, but if you are one of the many who preferred The Kissing Booth‘s Lee to his weirdly angsty older brother, then it’s time to get to know Joel Courtney. There’s actually an excellent chance that you’re already familiar with the adorable 22-year-old who played Elle’s lifelong BFF, though, even if you don’t realize it. His big break came in the form of a Summer blockbuster called Super 8 way back in 2011 – you may have heard of it, since it was pretty big deal at the time.

Before everyone was raving about the cast of Stranger Things and the It kids, Hollywood was all about the young cast of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. The ’70s-set movie about a group of sci-fi-loving kids who stumble across an alien mystery in their hometown put Courtney on the map, and for good reason.

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In his first film role, he was tasked with heading up an ensemble while also conveying the deep sense of loss his character felt in the wake of his mother’s death. The actor absolutely nailed it, and his time spent as a child star has paved the way for him to take on a number of roles in projects ranging from the teen movie F*&% the Prom to dramas like The River Thief. And, of course, that all led to The Kissing Booth‘s Lee, your new fictional Summer crush.

Courtney isn’t just an excellent actor, though – he appears to be a well-rounded and sweet guy in real life. Basically, he’s the kind of actor you can feel good about crushing on. His Twitter feed is full of supportive messages for his castmates from a variety projects, as well as photos of him hanging with his family. As the youngest of four children, he also seems to relish his role as an uncle – just look at this photo on his Instagram if you need further proof. An actor who’s grateful for his work and loves his family? Yes, thank you, more please.

Even though Lee and Elle didn’t become more than friends in The Kissing Booth, you can thank the sweet Netflix movie for putting Courtney back on your radar.

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That Jerk From The Kissing Booth May Be Your Next Actor Crush

By | June 14, 2018

If you haven’t watched The Kissing Booth on Netflix yet, then run, don’t walk to your nearest streaming device and queue up this modern masterpiece of teen melodrama immediately.

OK, now that you’ve seen it, you probably have a lot of questions, like is the actor who plays Noah the tallest man on the planet? Why am I obsessed with this weird movie? And who is that random bad guy who appears only to make trouble before slinking back into the shadows of the world’s largest high school beach party? If that last question is your most pressing one, then you’re in luck, because the actor who plays Warren in The Kissing Booth is Byron Langley.

Langley is a 24-year-old actor, model, and YouTuber. He even has his own channel, where he filmed a vlog of himself reacting to his role in The Kissing Booth, so that’s definitely something you need to check out:

The first thing you may notice is that while his character is less than charming, the actor not at all Warren-like. At the moment, he’s not even rocking the shaggy hair of his bro character. In addition to vlogging, Langley also shares videos of original songs, and he’s active on Twitter and Instagram.

The Kissing Booth aside, Langley’s list of credits is fairly short, but if you loved the private school setting of the Netflix film, then the actor is in a trilogy of movies you need to see. From 2010-2014, the actor starred in a series of films called Spud.

The movies follow the adventures of a group of boys at an elite boarding school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, during the early ’90s. Langley, second from bottom left on the poster above, stars as Simon Brown, a sporty kid with a love for cricket. (This is a love that Langley shares with his character, according to his 2013 interview with News24.) Recently, he also had a small role in The Dating Game Killer, a fact-based, made-for-TV movie about a serial killer who appeared on The Dating Game.

Despite his role in The Kissing Booth being a small one, Langley is no doubt officially on your radar now. Here’s hoping his next role is as the romantic lead, rather than the bad guy who gets pummeled.

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10 Illuminating (and Disturbing) Documentaries About Sex on Netflix

By | June 12, 2018

Netflix may not be best known for its documentaries, but the streaming site is full of illuminating docs on a wide variety of subjects, including sex. If you’ve ever wondered what life is truly like for porn stars or how the sex trade affects women across the world, Netflix has a number of documentaries that address these subjects. These docs aren’t designed to be titillating. They’re an honest look at the culture of sex and the business surrounding it. Some of these films aren’t easy to watch, but the stories they tell are fascinating, raw, and, above all, honest.

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The Tale Is a Searing Depiction of Real-Life Sexual Abuse – and a Must Watch

By | June 7, 2018

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Long before the #MeToo movement had a name, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox was working on The Tale. The film, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before making its way to HBO on May 26, is the devastating true story of the sexual abuse she experienced as a 13-year-old girl. Starring Laura Dern as adult Fox, Isabelle Nélisse as the director at 13 years old, and Jason Ritter as her abuser, The Tale is a searing depiction of rape and the ways in which abuse can impact someone’s life without them even realizing it.

The Tale is Fox’s first narrative film, and it serves as a memoir of sorts, as well as a graphic depiction of what sex abuse can look like from a child’s perspective. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a few difficult scenes in the film showing acts of abuse led some audience members to walk out of a few of the movie’s screenings, but those who stayed often gave the film a standing ovation.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Fox revealed that much of her adult life, she viewed the relationship she had with a 40-year-old man at the age of 13 as a consensual one. When she would recount the story of “Bill” and “Mrs. G” – the names she gives her running coach and her horseback riding instructor for the film – she would tell people that Bill was her first boyfriend. While she remembered the details of what happened to her, she saw it as she did when she was a child, not as an adult.

It wasn’t until her mother found a story she wrote for her seventh grade English class and called her daughter concerned that Fox began reexamining the encounters she had with Bill. The director was 45 when she realized that she had been sexually abused, and using unique editing techniques, The Tale graphically reconstructs the abuse Fox suffered, as well as her adult awakening to the truth about her first sexual encounters.

As one of five children, Fox came from a loving home, but due to the busy nature of her family, she explained to the LA Times, she sometimes felt as if she didn’t get enough attention. During the Summer she was 13, Fox attended a horseback riding program. She immediately became enamored with Mrs. G, a British woman and athlete, who gave Fox the attention that she craved.

The director told the newspaper that there was nothing she wouldn’t do for the older woman. It wasn’t long before Mrs. G began arranging time for Fox to spend private moments with Bill alone at his home. Later, Fox would realize that the couple was grooming her by showering her with love and attention, so that Bill could then take advantage of her sexually. As a child, she believed that kissing Bill and later having intercourse with him was an exchange for the “love” that the couple showed her.

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Fox explained to the LA Times that the sexual and physical encounters were “hell,” but she believed what she was receiving in return was worth it. She said:

It was a kind of moment-to-moment torture. But I felt so strongly that what I was gaining on the other side was worth the price. And that’s the problem with child sexual abuse – a kid can’t make those choices, but as an adolescent, those are the boundaries you’re pushing. You’re trying to have agency. I was thinking: Whatever the price is, I don’t know, but I’m willing to pay it because I am my own person.

When Fox turned the story her mom later found in to her English teacher, she says the teacher wrote on the paper, “If this is true, it’s a travesty. But since you’re so well-adjusted, it can’t be true.” It wasn’t until her mother found it that the director confronted her past. She revisited the real Mrs. G, Bill, and talked to several of the other students from the Summer camp. Ultimately, she realized that what she had thought of as her first relationship had been abuse, and she became interested in capturing the complexity of her journey in the hopes that she might help others.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: “My goal was to understand the context of what happened and to help others. I’m a little bit resistant to the idea that ‘Oh, you’re doing film therapy. It’s always a tough process working with any material and finding the depth of the story. So all film is therapeutic. I don’t want to say it’s special because its memoir.”

According to THR, it took Fox 10 years to write the film and a decade and a half to produce it. In fact, The Tale was filmed two years ago, and the only reason it wasn’t submitted for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is because the director decided it needed to undergo more editing.

Fox has stated that she’s not interested in exposing the identity of the real Bill and Mrs. G, but she does want her powerful film to become a talking point that can be used to educate people, as well as to prevent other young people from falling prey to such predators in the future.

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33 Hot Country Songs All About Stone-Cold Revenge

By | May 18, 2018

If you think country music is all about love and pickup trucks, then it’s time to take a walk on the dark side of a genre where houses with abusive husbands are routinely blown up and you don’t want to imagine what’s lurking at the bottom of the river. From women who have had more than enough from their lying, cheating spouses to a boy named Sue hellbent on finding his scoundrel of a father, these are some of the best country songs about revenge. Some of these anthems are funny – like Travis Tritt offering his ex a quarter when she comes crawling back to him – but many of them will send a chill down your spine.

Just remember: dusty country roads hold plenty of secrets, and before you go seeking revenge, you might want to channel Tritt instead of Carrie Underwood, no matter how jaw-dropping her anthems about making men pay are. Revenge often comes with consequences, but it also produces unforgettable songs.

  1. “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra
  2. “Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood
  3. “Goodbye Earl,” Dixie Chicks
  4. “Cowgirl’s Revenge,” Megan Hilty
  5. “Tornado,” Little Big Town
  6. “Oh Henry,” The Civil Wars
  7. “The Thunder Rolls,” Brooks Jefferson
  8. “Independence Day,” Martina McBride
  9. “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood
  10. “Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry
  11. “Old Time Angels,” Jim Lauderdale
  12. “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” Jeannie C. Riley
  13. “Pray For You,” Jaron and the Long Road to Love
  14. “Trailer For Rent,” Pistol Annies
  15. “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” Travis Tritt
  16. “Decoration Day,” Drive-By-Truckers
  17. “Gunpowder and Lead,” Liz Davis
  18. “Looking Back Now,” Maggie Rose
  19. “Someone Will Pay,” Justin Townes Earl
  20. “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
  21. “My Big Iron Skillet,” Wanda Jackson
  22. “A Boy Named Sue,” Johnny Cash
  23. “Kerosene,” Miranda Lambert
  24. “Picture to Burn,” Taylor Swift
  25. “Sweet Revenge,” Nashville Cast
  26. “Yvette,” Jason Isbell
  27. “Marie Laveau,” The Delta Bombers
  28. “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
  29. “Fire,” Delta Rae
  30. “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” Reba McEntire
  31. “In State,” Kathleen Edwards
  32. “Fist City,” Loretta Lynn
  33. “Carolina Drama,” The Raconteurs

Just remember: if you want to listen to the playlist, you’ll need to download the free Spotify software or app!

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Sorry, Haters – These Are the Best Dramas on Netflix Right Now

By | May 16, 2018

If comedies are TV’s comfort food, then great dramas are the televisual equivalent of a fine dining experience. There’s nothing quite like getting invested in a show that serves up depth, twists, and all of the emotions a person can possibly handle experiencing in a single hour. Thankfully, Netflix has some of the greatest dramatic TV shows of all time available on the streaming site.

From modern classics to original series and must-see throwbacks, Netflix’s drama category is stacked. Of course, this also means choosing a show to become way too emotionally invested in isn’t easy. Don’t let the sheer number of choices available keep you from diving into a new-to-you hour-long show that will feed your mind while also keeping you up late into the night watching episodes.

Read on to discover the 22 dramatic TV shows on Netflix that you need in your life.

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34 2010s Movies on Netflix That You Need to Watch (or Rewatch)

By | May 9, 2018

Netflix is a virtual treasure trove of movies from every decade, but by far, the streaming site seems to host more 2010s movies than films from any other decade. That makes sense, because Netflix has changed the way people watch movies and TV in a major way over the course of these past eight years. The upside to this is that there are a ton of new-release options, but the downside is . . . well, the same thing. There are so many movies from the 2010s on the site that it can be super overwhelming if all you really want to do is find that one football movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams.

This list is designed to cut through the clutter and reveal the 2010s films on Netflix that you actually want to watch. (And yes, that includes the elusive Timberlake movie you haven’t thought about in at least three years.)

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Why the Girl Sitting With Bryce in the 13 Reasons Why Trailer Is So Important

By | May 3, 2018

The 13 Reasons Why season two trailer has arrived, and the Polaroid-filled teaser is full of clues about what’s ahead for the returning characters. However, there’s one new character included in the trailer as well, and she could play a major role in the drama at Liberty High.

Bryce is shown sitting by a young woman during his portion of the trailer. She appears to be happy – she looks relaxed, and he’s pouring a drink – but then a Polaroid picture passes over her image and we see her slumped over asleep while Bryce grins. It’s an eerie shot and a powerful way to introduce the character of Chloe to the world of 13 Reasons Why.

Chloe is one of several new characters being added to the main cast in season two, and she’s played by Anne Winters. The trailer certainly makes it seem like she’s going to play a major role in the story moving forward. The image of her either asleep or possibly drugged beside Bryce recalls the horrors that Hannah and Jessica go through in season one. While it’s currently unclear if she’s going to be Bryce’s next victim, series creator Brian Yorkey told The Hollywood Reporter that the new season will focus on sexual assault – both the scary reality of repeat offenders and the process of recovery as Jessica begins to move forward with the knowledge that Bryce raped her.

It seems Chloe will bring a new dimension to the series. Right now, not much is known about her, but she is confirmed to be the head cheerleader. She’s also described as both the “It girl” and the “mean girl,” but there’s way more to her than first meets the eye, according to her portrayer.

In an interview with POPSUGAR, Winters explained, “I definitely bring something new to this season. I think I represent the blurred lines – in season one it’s very black-and-white of what’s right and wrong – and I think my character explores a very medium line. I’m really happy that I got to portray this character. I think a lot of girls will relate to it. I definitely did.”

Winters also confirmed that Chloe will be in every episode of season two and that her interactions with Bryce, Monty, Zach, and Jessica will be particularly important. That definitely makes it sound like she’s firmly entrenched in the popular crowd, and even though she didn’t play a role in Hannah’s story last season, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s new to this group. Given that season two will also feature the Bakers taking their case against the school board to trial, it’s entirely possible that Chloe is connected to Hannah in some way – even if it’s tangential.

Right now, the only thing that is certain about Chloe is that her role is going to be a major one. Not only is she the only new character in the trailer, but she’s also seen with Bryce, a person whose horrifying actions seem destined to finally catch up with him. Given that Winters says her character is a person who defies easy labels, could she be the one behind the Polaroids? Only time will tell, but when the new season lands on Netflix on May 18, it might be a good idea to keep your eyes on Chloe.

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Of All the Tragedies That Befell the Kennedys, Chappaquiddick Still Remains a Mystery

By | April 6, 2018

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Beyond the realm of political circles, Mary Jo Kopechne’s name is largely unknown. In fact, when the world was told about the 28-year-old’s death on July 18, 1969, one wire service simply referred to her as the “Blonde,” according to The Washington Post.

Thanks to the release of Chappaquiddick, Kopechne’s name is once again in the news. The movie is based on the true story surrounding the car accident that left her dead, and Senator Ted Kennedy still very much alive. Screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan based the film on the 1,000 page inquest that was released to the public by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1970, but due to the nature of the case, it’s impossible to know exactly how much of what makes it onscreen is the truth, and how much is Hollywood fiction. Kopechne and Kennedy are both dead, and the people closest to them haven’t offered up much in the way of new information in the decades since that fateful accident.

As a result, the details of the day and night leading up to Kopechne’s death remain scarce, but a few things are known. Most notably, the young woman had a knack for politics. She previously worked for Ted’s brother Robert’s campaign, before the presidential hopeful was assassinated in 1968. Kopechne, along with five other women, were known collectively as “the boiler room girls” because they often made phone calls and corralled delegates for Robert’s campaign. After his death, the women mostly went their separate ways, but they did come together at a party hosted by Kennedy cousin Joe Gargan in Chappaquiddick, a small island near Martha’s Vineyard. It was at this party that Kopechne and Ted met.

That fact appears to be the only thing that is certain about that July day. Kennedy was in town to participate in the Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta, and he later joined five other men, including Gargan, and the six women in Chappaquiddick. Later that night, he decided to leave the party, and for unknown reasons, Kopechne went with him. Accounts of the night are muddled, and while there was alcohol at the party, it’s unclear whether or not Kennedy was drunk when he got behind the wheel of his 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont. All that’s known for sure, is that Kennedy and Kopechne ended up driving on a dirt road on the east side of the island when the car went off the side of a bridge (aftermath pictured below). Somehow, Kennedy escaped the car, but Kopechne did not.

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Here’s where things get even more confusing. Kennedy later claimed he dived down multiple times in an attempt to save his companion. He also said that he went back to the party and then returned to the scene with Gargan and his friend, Paul Markham, both of whom also allegedly dived into the water to look for Kopechne. When they failed to find the 28-year-old, they drove Kennedy to the ferry, which was the only way off of the island. After discovering that the ferry had stopped running for the night, Kennedy swam back to the mainland, where he returned to his hotel at 2 a.m. and briefly interacted with a hotel employee. At no point during this time did Kennedy, Gargan, or Markham alert the authorities about the accident, and their failure to do so may have cost Kopechne her life. When she was discovered the next morning, examiners said that the position of her body suggested she may have been alive for some time after the crash, and had been attempting to keep her head above the water inside the car.

After returning to his hotel room, Kennedy went to sleep. He was next seen fully dressed and seemingly feeling fine around 7 a.m. the next morning. Meanwhile, back on the island, two fisherman spotted the car and knocked on someone’s door in order to call the authorities around 8:30 a.m. Ultimately, that left Kopechne in the water for a full nine hours. Around 9:30 a.m., Kennedy was told that a body had been found in his car, and shortly afterwards he told the police that he had been behind the wheel when the accident occurred. E! reported that his official statement at the time read:

“On July 18, 1969, at approximately 11:15 p.m . . . I was driving my car on Main Street on my way to get the ferry back to Edgartown. I was unfamiliar with the road and turned right onto Dike Road, instead of bearing hard left on Main Street. After proceeding for approximately one-half mile on Dike Road I descended a hill and came upon a narrow bridge. The car went off the side of the bridge. There was one passenger with me, one Miss Mary – a former secretary of my brother, Sen. Robert Kennedy. The car turned over and sank into the water and landed with the roof resting on the bottom. I attempted to open the door and the window of the car but have no recollection of how I got out of the car. I came to the surface and then repeatedly dove down to the car in an attempt to see if the passenger was still in the car. I was unsuccessful in the attempt. I was exhausted and in a state of shock. I recall walking back to where my friends were eating. There was a car parked in front of the cottage and I climbed into the back seat. I then asked for someone to bring me back to Edgartown.

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The Hands-Down Sexiest Shows on TV in 2018

By | March 30, 2018

If you’re looking to lose yourself in a TV show that generates some serious heat, then you’ve come to the right place. Sexy might just be the watchword for the 2018 television season, because everyone from Netflix to PBS is serving up smoldering goodness. Whether you’re looking for some NSFW hookups set against a sci-fi backdrop or a bit of good, old-fashioned (consensual) bodice-ripping, TV has you covered this year. From swoon-worthy romantic moments to passionate sex scenes you won’t be able to believe made it to the small screen, these are the sexiest shows of 2018.

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These Are the GLOW Season 2 Details You Need to Know

By | March 30, 2018

Netflix’s ’80s-set female wrestling series GLOW was one of 2017’s sleeper hits. The show mixed comedy, drama, and nostalgia with a cast of amazing actors, including Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, and Sydelle Noel. The result was a creative ode to misfits and Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a show that was a real-life hit for a while in the ’80s.

Season one ends with a clever cliffhanger: after Brie’s Ruth and Gilpin’s Debbie put aside their differences to give the audience an epic Soviet Russia vs. the US showdown, Tammé (Kia Stevens) steals Debbie’s crown. With the stage for drama set inside the ring and out, here’s what you can expect from GLOW season two when it premieres later this year on Netflix.

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