Real Stories

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

Browse the full Real Stories archive below

The Dropout

The Real Story Behind ‘The Dropout’


Amanda Seyfried plays Elizabeth Holmes, who defrauded investors with her now-infamous company Theranos.


The Real Story Behind David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’


Was Arthur Leigh Allen the real Zodiac Killer? What breakthrough in the case was made in 2020? We look at some of the true story you don’t see in the movie.

Baz Luhrmann Elvis Movie

The Real Story Behind Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’


The biographical musical drama tells the story of Elvis Presley’s relationship with his controlling, greedy manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Winning Time Lakers Series

The Real Story Behind HBO’s ‘Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’


The “Showtime” Lakers changed the game of basketball, won five championships, and gave us Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s iconic performance in ‘Airplane!’ It doesn’t get much better than that.

Tham Luang Cave Rescue Thirteen Lives True Story

The Real Story Behind ‘Thirteen Lives’


The upcoming Ron Howard movie dramatizes the story of a boys soccer team trapped in a Thai cave for 18 days.

The Godfather Marlon Brando

The Real Stories Behind ‘The Godfather’


A number of real gangsters inspired the characters of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece.

Inventing Anna Julia Garner

The Real Story Behind Netflix’s ‘Inventing Anna’


Shonda Rhimes’ latest series tells the story of a young woman pretending to be a German heiress.

Pam and Tommy

The Real Story Behind ‘Pam & Tommy’


The new miniseries tells the story behind the unauthorized release of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape.

Super Pumped Uber Joseph Gordon Levitt

The Real Story Behind ‘Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber’


Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the controversial ex-CEO of Uber in Showtime’s upcoming series.