‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: David Fincher Using Same Actor to Play Charles Manson as Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’

While Herriman has yet to film his scenes as Manson for Tarantino, Collider reports the actor already shot his work on “Mindhunter” Season 2 in July. Manson’s presence in “Mindhunter” Season 2 is expected to be relatively small, as the new episodes are set in the 1980s when the serial killer was in prison. Also expected to appear in Season 2 are Son of Sam and the BTK Killer, who was seen during the first season but never named.

Fincher previously revealed “Mindhunter” Season 2 will deal with the Atlanta child murders, which took place between 1979 and 1981. The murder spree resulted in the deaths of 28 children, teenagers, and adults, all of whom were African-American. The series centers on FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, who interview imprisoned serial killers to understand their psychology and hopefully prevent other murders from happening. Bringing Manson into the series suggests he will be consulted behind bars to help with the FBI’s investigation into the Atlanta killing spree. {Indiewire]

Facebook Watch video service launches worldwide

Facebook’s Watch video-streaming service is rolling out worldwide, just over a year after its US launch.

Users will be able to choose from a range of shows – from both established brands and new players – and have the ability to view clips saved from their News Feeds.

The firm plans to allow all content creators to feature advertising breaks, so long as they hit certain metrics. To begin with, only videos shown to audiences in the UK, US, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand will have this facility. [BBC]

Auditions: Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Applications are now open for the second season Zumbo’s Just Desserts, which was revealed for renewal this week in a Seven deal with Netflix.

“Are you passionate about sugar, spice and all things nice? Then this dessert competition show is for you! Apply now to share your sweet creations with the nation,” a casting notice announces. [TV Tonight]

An In-Show Promo By Any Other Name: Netflix’s $13 Billion Gamble

It’s an understandable reaction to the fact that they’ve just invested $13 billion in original content at a time when more and more people have a long lineup of binge-able TV shows they want to watch and getting them to add yet another series to that growing list gets harder and harder.

They’re doing it too because the powerful recommendation algorithm they put their faith into is no longer quite as powerful, now that people dip in and out of various platforms to watch the series that are on their burgeoning “binge lists” and, as a result, don’t have a whole lot of available bandwidth to care about what else is on.

DC Universe Streaming Video Service to Launch in September

DC Universe digital subscription service will launch on September 15th. The platform will provide a massive library of TV, film and comics exclusively to its members. The news was announced during a Kevin Smith-hosted live stream event of DC Daily, the service’s new daily news show, on Wednesday.

The streaming service will offer a slate of original live-action and animated shows as well DC Daily. Classic television shows will also be available. While the world premiere of the service’s original series, Titans, will take place at New York Comic-Con on October 3rd, the series will make its DC Universe debut on October 12th. According to the official trailer’s description, Titans “follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise.” [Rolling Stone]

Trains VR Builds Up A Head Of Steam

House of Fables describe Trains VR as ‘A Beautiful, unique, casual model railway-themed puzzle game.’ The title allows users to build complex routes for models railways without worrying about space limitations, storage or losing the various essential bits.

The developers encourage players to share the title with family and friends, perhaps to introduce the next generation to a virtual version of a favourite hobby, or just share a fascination with trains and model railways with other like-minded friends. [VR Focus]

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