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The trailer for the new Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me, has been released and it's more than a little uncomfortable to watch.

Scenes of allegations of sexual abuse against children emerge, detailing interviews with two men; Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim to have been sexually assaulted by the King of Pop as kids.

Leaving Neverland will air on Channel 4 from March 6, and is an exhausting four hours long series of footage and testimony. 

In the trailer, which is 40 seconds long,  Wade says of Michael Jackson;

"He said, “Do you and the family want to come to Neverland?” ‘He was one of the kindest people I knew and he also sexually abused me. I was seven-years-old."

Wade Robson was seven-years-old at the time, and James Safechuck was 10. Both detail abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch.

“It’s undeniably a kind of true-life horror movie,” Variety’s review of the documentary read. “You walk out of it shaken, but on some level liberated by its dark exposé… Devastating.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the programme is; “Complicated and heartbreaking. It’s doubtful you’ll feel exactly the same after watching.”

“The sheer variety and volume of horrifying disclosures made here… make Leaving Neverland both riveting and grueling, impossible to turn away from and the definition of a tough sit.”The Los Angeles Times wrote.

The first trailer was released this morning ahead of its launch on HBO in the US and Channel 4 in the UK on March 6, and the documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The interviews with the now adult Robson and Safechuck and their mothers as they try to process their trauma are incredibly powerful. Robson’s mother especially struggles to deal with just how complicit she was in the alleged abuse.

“Secrets will eat you up, you feel so alone,” Safechuck says at one point.

“Jackson told me, if they ever found out what they were doing he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives,” Robson says. “I want to be able to speak the truth as loud as I had to speak the lie for so long.” 

The Dan Reed-directed two part docu-series has been plagued with controversy since January, when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Jackson estate has slammed the documentary, disavowing the claims;

 “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson,” a statement from the estate read.

“This so-called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

Jackson’s brother Jermaine added: “Just leave us alone, leave him alone, let him rest, please. He deserves to rest.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The filmmakers of Leaving Neverland have responded to the criticism of their work by stressing how vital it is to listen to survivors of abuse;

In a statement, director Dan Reed said: “If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to. It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories and I have no question about their validity."

"I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking to Variety, Dan Reed added that the documentary is not about Jackson;. “This is not a movie about Michael Jackson abusing little boys,” Reed said.

“It’s a movie about two families and how two families came to terms with what their sons revealed to them many years after Jackson died.”

Jackson had always vehemently denied any allegations of abuse. Legal proceedings were brought against him in 2005, but Jackson was acquitted on all counts of child molestation, child intoxication and conspiracy to kidnap a child.

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I think most of us agree that Joe Goldberg's character in Netflix' surprise hit stalker series You is one of the creepiest protagonists EVER.

The wildly popular psycho-thriller show follows Goldberg, a bookstore manager, as he obsesses over Guinevere Beck, a poetry major.

Things grow increasingly insane as he becomes further embroiled with his love for her, and Penn Badgley's acting skills plus the script giving us Joe's inner monologue allows some of his actions to be veiled as justified.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Viewers become so enraptured by what's going on inside Joe's stalker-brain that it's too easy to forget his actions, and get wrapped up in his thoughts instead.

Penn Badgley even had to tweet to the show's fans about the dangers of falling for a man like Joe, who is inherently psychopathic and abusive, yet women are sucked into his mind.

Netflix uploaded a two-minute clip to their official YouTube channel on Tuesday to highlight just how creepy he is without his internal monologue narration and the result is CHILLING AF.

The clips shows an awkward scene between Beck and Joe in bed together, as well as a scene of the couple reading books, in total silence. If Joe was so consumed with his relationship, why was he so damn silent all the time?

The video also shows a minor interaction with Peach Salinger, Becks BFF and the only one who sees Joe for exactly what he is. 

You season two will see Joe find a new love interest, Love Quinn (weird name…). The next series is set to premiere on Netflix sometime this autumn, so take some time to get sufficiently repulsed by Silent Joe before then.

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A documentary focusing on sexual abuse allegations made by two men against the late King of Pop Michael Jackson will be aired this spring.

Leaving Neverland features stories told by two men who claim to have been abused by Jackson when they were kids.

Channel 4 commissioned the documentary and say it will be shown on TV in two-parts, to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A portion of the Sundance website reads;

"At the height of his stardom Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families. Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later."

Michael Jackson's estate sent a statement to Variety saying;  “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In 2005, the former child star was acquitted of child molestation charges. Close personal friend and actor Macaulay Culkin was among those who stood on the stand to defend him.

Amos Pictures are creating the film and Dan Reed is heading the production. Reed created the BAFTA award-winning documentary The Paedophile Hunter as well as From Russia with Cash.

The documentary will air on HBO in America in the same week that it airs on Channel 4 in the UK, but no date has been set as of yet.

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For those of you who still need to catch up on your Netflix shows, don't miss the chilling new stalker series YOU.

The show stars Penn Badgley as a bookstore manager named Joe Goldbery, who meets an unsuspecting aspiring poet, Guinevere Beck, and gets a LITTLE too attached. To say the least.

He stalks the hell out of her, basically. Think Gossip Girl's Dan Humphries but way more creepy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's now been announced super on the down-low on the You Instagram account that the thriller hit is getting a second series.

Since it was released, the show has been talked about non-stop online, both for the crazy plot and the chilling acting skills of Mr Badgley.

Anyone who has seen season one probably aren't surprised at the announcement, as it ends on a major cliffhanger.

YOU is based on the book of the same name by Caroline Kepnes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pretty much everyone who has watched the show are debating deleting their social media accounts, as Joe stalks Beck entirely from her Instagram and Facebook accounts. 

He finds out LITERALLY everything about her from a single click; where she lives, her place of work, aspects of her personality, her interests, her book loves, you name it.

Once he gets his hands on her phone, he can access her emails, group chats and messages. Which is basically someone's entire life, these days.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) also stars alongside Badgley and Elizabeth Lail, who plays Beck.

Listening to Joe narrate the entire show displays the weirdness and bizarre thought processes of stalkers.

Trust us, you won't be able to stop watching.

You'll also be looking over your shoulder a lot more…

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If you're anything like us, you usually prefer the book to the movie – take Harry PotterTo Kill A Mockingbird, The Shining, to name a few. 

So brace yourself for August as the box office is getting ready to welcome a whole wave of book adaptions for books becoming movies and TV shows.

And if you're a fan of darker fare like thrillers, horrors, crime and sci-fi then get excited because most of these books are along those lines however, there are a few lighter stories in the mix as well. 

So pull up a chair and get stuck into whichever book takes your fancy…

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is the first in a trilogy so if you just can't get enough of Rachel and Nick, jump into China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. It hits screen on August 15th. 

Three Seconds

Crime lovers, listen up. Scandinavian crime lovers, really listen up. This book scooped Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers in 2009. 

Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen star in the movie version so we have a feeling it's going to be a hit. 

We The Animals

The book, centred on three wild brothers who live a rough childhood in rural upstate 1980's New York. has already created quite a buzz. 

Try get it read before August 17th, when the movie will arrive in cinemas to (more than likely) blow your mind.  

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror

This science-fiction horror novel by Steve Alten was first published in July 1997.

Plot: there is a prehistoric shark that's thought to be extinct. But….it isn't. 

The Darkest Minds

Everyone loves a good dystopian novel, right?

It's the whole group-of-teens-on-the-run-from-the-government thing and the movie adaptation will star Mandy Moore, who is amazing in everything she does. 

 

Everything is about to change. #TheDarkestMinds

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The Little Stranger

If you're looking to be terrified then look no further.

The setting for this supernatural gothic drama horror ghost story (yes, it is all of that) is a dilapidated mansion in 1940's England.

It looks so, so good – you'll easily finish the book before it's August 1st release, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. 

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

This one is gaining so much attention already – and it's all down to Netflix.

Lara Jean is the teenage protagonist whose love letters to her past crushes are accidentally sent to them. 

This is the first book in the trilogy – you can get cracking on P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean once you've finish the first one. 

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Netflix has confirmed the release date for upcoming series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The Riverdale spin-off is set for release on October 26, just in time for the spookiest time of year- Halloween.

The first season of the thrilling show will feature ten episodes.

The spellbinding series will follow the life of young with Sabrina as she grapples with her newly discovered powers.

The dark coming-of-age tale will see Sabrina adapt to life as half-human and half-witch.

The new series will be a lot darker than the original show. It has taken major inspiration from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics rather than the original TV show.

Kiernan Shipka has been confirmed to play Sabrina, with Wonder Woman star Lucy Davis set to star as Aunt Hilda.

Taking on the role as Sabrina’s aunt Zelda is Homeland actress Miranda Otto.

However, the beloved aunts will be extremely different to the Helda and Zelda we know and love.
According to Variety, Zelda Spellman will be a stern and strict aunt to Sabrina. She believes that there is no greater honour than serving the Dark Lord.

Zelda is extremely protective of her young niece being described as the most disciplined member of the family.

Former Disney Channel star Ross Lynch will star as Harvey Kinkle, who has been described as, “the prince charming of this dark fairy tale.”

Netflix has ordered two seasons of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

We cannot wait to tune into the spooky series.

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Sometimes there's nothing better than a thriller.

The mysteries, the clues, the suspects… As much as we love a good TV series, reading a mystery novel can be extremely captivating.

So, if you fancy reading a few crime novels throughout the summer months, take a look at this list. There's some frighteningly good ones in there.

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night only made its debut this year, but it's being hailed a a total page-turner.

Wini Allen has just been through a series of personal tragedies, so she takes some time off with her BFFs.

The three friends head away on a hiking trip, but they end up stranded and fighting for their lives.

The women then stumble across a fire-lit camp, but they have no idea of the true intent of their new found companions.

 

The Dry by Jane Harper

You can bet this book is going to be good as Reese Witherspoon's production company has just secured the film rights to it.

During an awful drought in Australia, three members of the same family are brutally murdered.

Police suspect the father killed his wife and child, before himself, but as a new police officer arrives in town, secrets become unearthed. Who really killed the Hadler family?

 

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

This dark novel takes place in an American high school and centres around the last year of Hattie Hoffman's life.

Hattie is a senior in the school and her life comes to an end when she is brutally stabbed on the opening night of the school play.

A teacher and the local sheriff become the main suspects.

 

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

This book is based on a psychopath… or is she a psychopath?

An ex-cop is found in a pool of blood, but it turns out the blood is not his – it's another woman's. Will they find the other victim? Did she kill the cop?

As the mystery ensues, an officer becomes entangled in the web of lies the victim leaves behind.

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The Break Down by B.A. Paris

This book begins by meeting the main character Cass, who sees a women sitting in a parked car during a downpour.

That woman later turns up dead and ever since, Cass keeps forgetting things; where she parked her car, her alarm code, whether or not she has taken her pills.

But she can't forget the woman. And is somebody watching her?

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We'll be honest here – if someone decides to break out the Thriller dance, we're gonna need to see a lot of enthusiasm.

That iconic dance just doesn't cut it unless it's being performed with the same energy Jacko and the crew gave it back in the day.

So, when President Obama and the First Lady decided to give it a bash during a Halloween event in the White House over the weekend, they didn't quite blow us away.

Looking kind of reluctant to fully let their hair down, the couple gave a fairly lacklustre performance, but look, they tried all the same, right?

And while the vast majority of us see the sweetness behind the impromptu routine, not everyone is as willing to offer props.

Commenting on the footage which hit YouTube yesterday, one member of the public wrote: "That's exactly how much effort he puts into his presidency too."

"This is the lowest energy "Thriller Dance" I have ever seen. Sad!" commented one YouTube user.

"The Obama's have no passion for anything American," remarked one while another added: "They should be packing and moving out. Time to go dance your way out of office."

The video has racked up more than 55,000 hits in less than a day, but there's no denying the Obamas have divided the public on this one.
 

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The trailer is finally here for The Girl on the Train – the movie based on that book everyone has been talking about for the past year or so.

Emily Blunt plays Rachel, an alcoholic, who one day notices the disappearance of a woman.

She begins getting mixed up in the crime only to be told that she is an unreliable source before ultimately being accused of murder by the police.

It has a very Gone Girl feel to it, so judging by that alone we can't wait to see it when it hits the cinema.

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Denzel Washington’s new movie The Equalizer looks like real edge-of-your-seat stuff!

Denzel plays a former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston.

The actor comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl – played by Chloë Grace Moretz – and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.

The movie is a remake of a hit ’80s TV show, and has Training Day director Antoine Fuqua at the helm

The movie is due to hit Irish screens this September.

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A change to the end of the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl is set to divide fans.

The screenplay, rewritten by Flynn herself and directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) is due out in October.

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are set to star as the novel’s couple Amy and Nick Dunne. Nick becomes prime suspect when Amy vanishes from their rural home on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Flynn isn’t giving anything away, however she has said; “There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million Lego pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie,”.

This isn’t the only novel of Flynn’s that is set to be made into a movie this year; Dark Places is also set for release in 2014 and will star Chloë Moritz, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron.

If you haven’t yet read any of Gillian Flynn’s novels then get to it before the movies are released. Expect to be on the edge of your seat…and possibly needing to sleep with the light on!

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