Real Stories

Real Stories is an ongoing series about the true stories behind movies and TV shows. It’s that simple.

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The Real Stories Behind Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’


Here are the real-life writers, editors, and true stories that inspired the movie.

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The Real Story Behind ‘Dear Evan Hansen’


In anticipation of the movie version, we look at the inspiration for the Broadway musical and the real impact the show has already had.

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The Real Story Behind ‘The Monster of Florence’


Antonio Banderas will star in a new TV series about the infamous Italian serial killer. For now, here’s all you need to know.

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The Real Story Behind ‘Zola’


The latest movie from director Janicza Bravo and A24 is about the most famous Twitter thread in history. Here’s the real story behind ‘Zola.’

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The True Story That Inspired ‘Fargo’ Season 4


The characters and events in the fourth season are fictitious, but they’re informed by a fascinating period in American history.

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The Real Story Behind ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’


Let’s take a look at the true story that inspired Aaron Sorkin’s Netflix drama.

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The Real Story That Inspired ‘The Fugitive’


Unlike the movie, who the guilty party was in this scenario is still up for debate. Who really killed Marilyn Sheppard in 1954?

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The Folklore That Inspired Studio Ghibli’s ‘Spirited Away’


‘Spirited Away’ is rife with references to traditional Japanese folklore and belief systems. Let’s delve into the film’s fascinating mythology.

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The Real Story Behind ‘Da 5 Bloods’


Let’s talk about the real-life Black soldiers who inspired Spike Lee’s Netflix joint about the Vietnam War.