The ‘Casting JonBenet’ Trailer Is As Inventive As It Is Creepy

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The upcoming Netflix doc examines the famous murder case through a unique lens

At this point, the mystery surrounding the murder of JonBenet Ramsey has been covered so many different times in so many different ways, that a straightforward documentary exploring the unsolved crime would be a snooze. So for her documentary Casting JonBenet, director Kitty Green went in a slightly different direction. As you’ll gather from the movie’s new trailer, Casting JonBenet examines the mysteries swirling around the 1996 crime through the lens of the townspeople of Boulder, Colorado, where Ramsey, then a 6-year-old beauty pageant queen, was found dead in the basement of her parents’ home.

Green and her team traveled to Boulder and began holding auditions for the town’s residents to play different characters in the Ramsey saga, including her parents, her younger brother, and even a mall Santa Claus, all of whom were at one point suspects in her murder. In the unnerving trailer, you’ll see regular people parsing through the now infamous details of the crime while also performing aspects of it. The best, and most chilling, example of this is when a woman says, “There’s no way a nine-year-old could pull off a murder like this,” as we cut to a young boy bashing in a watermelon with a blunt object. Casting JonBenet debuted to unanimous raves at the Sundance Film Festival and will premiere on April 28 where else, but on Netflix. Check out the trailer below.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.