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Given the popularity of the new Netflix Original documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, it was just going to be a matter of time before the feud between big cat owners Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic was recreated as a movie or TV series. Now, it looks like that time will come even sooner than many of us may have thought, as TVLine reports that a limited series based on the well-publicized quarrel is currently in the works. In fact, the series has already found someone to portray Baskin in the series, as Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon is set to star as the Big Cat Rescue CEO.
This untitled Carole Baskin mini-series is in development from Universal Content Productions, but the project has not yet been attached to any particular network or streaming service. As the series has been in the works for months, it's not directly adapted from the Netflix docu-series, but rather inspired by Wondery's Joe Exotic podcast Over My Dead Body. Spanning six episodes in total, the podcast can be listened to at any time in its entirety, and listening to the series would be a great way to kill some more time for those of us who've been staying at home lately with nothing to do but binge-watch the Tiger King series on Netflix.
Recenly premiering on Netflix, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is certainly among the most bizarre documentary series you'll ever see. Delving into the world of big cat sanctuaries and its dark underbelly, the show features a particular focus on the relationship between Baskin and Exotic which ends with the latter landing in federal prison. Despite the allegations against him, Exotic has become somewhat of a pop culture icon over the past several days with many on social media sharing memes and comments relating to his appearance on the docu-series.
Though Kate McKinnon has been cast as Baskin, it remains to be seen which actor will be the lucky one to play Joe Exotic. Recently, Dax Shepard volunteered to play Joe Exotic in the 'eventual biopic,' joking that Hollywood was broken otherwise. In jest, Dane Cook responded that the role had already been offered to him first. Meanwhile, Tiger King fans have been speculating different options for actors who'd be a good fit for the social media darling. Reno 911! star Thomas Lennon has been mentioned as a great possibility, though other fans have also suggested names like Matthew McConaughey, Michael Keaton, and Sam Rockwell.
In addition to starring in the series, McKinnon will also executive produce. Because the show doesn't yet have a home, it's hard to say when we can expect to see it, but there's a good chance Netflix would be interested in hosting the series as a follow-up to their Tiger King success. In any case, it sounds rather fun and interesting, so hopefully we'll be getting some updates on its progress in the near future. This news comes to us from TVLine.
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In addition to being America's most trusted source of Carnivale episodes, HBO Go/HBO Now has a lovely collection of movies available ranging from trashy action thrills to elegant period pieces to star-studded comedies. Here is a ranking of the 30 best movies on HBO Go/HBO Now that you could and should be watching right now.HBO 1. Deadwood: The Movie 2019
Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
HBO managed to pull off the seemingly impossible with this follow-up movie based on a series that left us too soon. Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, and the rest of the residents of the camp are back to celebrate the South Dakota's statehood in the only way this dusty drama knows how — with reignited rivalries, betrayals, bloodshed, and lots of swearin.' The show became a fan favorite thanks to its gritty performances and nuanced storytelling, and the movie continues the tradition, investigating the lives of these pioneers who've endured plenty of hardship for their piece of the American dream.Focus Features 2. Won't You Be My Neighbor? 2018
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 8.4/10
Everyone's favorite friendly neighbor gets the documentary treatment with this expose on the beloved TV icon. Fred Rogers left his mark on the world through his show, one that sought to bridge cultural, religious, and racial divides by teaching children the importance of kindness, acceptance, and compassion. He taught us all how to be better human beings, but the doc dives further, exploring the man behind the TV personality, a guy who fought Congress for funding for the arts and who left a legacy worth celebrating. Bring tissues for this one, folks.Universal 3. Us 2018
Run Time: 116min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Jordan Peele's nightmarish follow-up to Get Out cements the director's status as a master of horror. This twisted tale follows an African-American family on vacation who encounter evil doppelgangers of themselves that hint at an even darker conspiracy. Lupita Nyong'o, and Winston Duke play a married couple, Adelaide and Gabe Wilson, who must protect their family from beings known as the “Tethered,” clones of themselves who have been trapped underground for decades and who are ready to take over on the surface. Peele takes fans on a thrilling ride, causing us to constantly question what's real and who's who but you probably won't get a good night's sleep after watching this thing.Ariel Nava/Lionsgate 4. Blindspotting 2018
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Hamilton alum Daveed Diggs writes and stars in this crime drama that's as funny as it is critical of our current justice system. Diggs plays Collin, a man with three days left on a probation sentence who's trying to stay out of trouble on the streets of...
Most of us are entering our third week of quarantine so just a warning, these Westworld Reddit roundups are gonna get weird.
The show's third episode gave us plenty to think about, diving into the mystery beyond Tessa Thompson's character and revealing more about Dolores' master plan. We also got to know Caleb a bit better and man, does Aaron Paul like to play tortured sad bois or what? Aaron, are you okay?
Now that the dust has settled it's time to turn our thinking caps on and figure out what the hell we just watched. As always, Reddit's here to pack on the conspiracies.
1. The Mirror World
Dolores spent plenty of time recruiting Caleb this episode, revealing bits of her master plan in the process but it's her description of Rehoboam's data use that raised a red flag over on Reddit. Dolores tells Caleb this about her enemy:
“It's about Insight. Not the company, the system that it's built on, the machine they call Rehoboam. The founders of this machine fed it everyone's raw data, long before there were privacy laws. Every purchase, job search, doctors visit, romantic choice, call text. every aspect of your live recorded, logged. In order to create a mirror world of this world... To make a composite of you, of everyone.”
The idea of a mirror world pops up a couple more times this episode. First, we have the show's opening credits which always seem to hint at plot points to come. One eagle-eyed Redditor has noticed the strange interaction between two human-like figures in the show's intro.Reddit
And then there's Hale's heartbreaking goodbye video to her son Nathan when she was still human and being hunted inside the park. The first video, the one our host Hale views in her office after her meeting with Dolores, sees Hale regretting not singing a lullaby to Nathan before she left. It's devastatingly sad but also a quick, surface-level apology. The next time host Hale watches the video we see an altered version, one that shows Hale singing the song, yes, but also admitting her mistake in placing the park's importance over her own son and perhaps atoning for the sins she committed while working for Delos.
Some Redditors think we're watching the first video in a sim created by Rehoboam. It's generic, less emotional, and seems to lack humanity. The second video feels more real, which may point to the bigger problem Rehoboam is trying to solve: creating a mirror world with hosts that can actually pass as human. That's why the A.I. needs Dolores and the information from the Forge.
This might also explain Maeve's storyline and her interaction with Serac. If Maeve exists in this mirror world, one Dolores has gained access to, Rehoboam might be testing Maeve to see if she could defeat Dolores in the real world. And Dolores may have...