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Watch a Documentary on The Day the Clown Cried

Comedian/actor Jerry Lewis is mostly known as the star of laugh-out-loud comedies like The Bellboy and The Nutty Professor. But in the early 1970s, Lewis co-wrote, directed, and starred in The Day the Clown Cried, which follows an imprisoned circus clown who is sent to a concentration camp during World War II and used to help lure Jewish children to their deaths at Auschwitz. Unsurprisingly, the film was met with much controversy, and was eventually put under lock-and-key once production wrapped, at Lewis’ request.

Though the film remains unreleased to the public, the BBC recently premiered a new documentary called The Story of the Day the Clown Cried, which chronicles the film’s rocky history. The 29-minute TV special features never-before-seen photos and other production materials, plus archived interviews that provide a clue as to why Lewis wanted to bury the film.

“I was embarrassed,” Lewis said during a 2013 Q&A at Cinefamily in Los Angeles. “I was ashamed of the work, and I was grateful that I had the power to contain it all, and never let anybody see it. It was bad, bad, bad.” 

Over the decades, The Day the Clown Cried has become a Hollywood legend, as only a handful of people have actually seen it; actor Harry Shearer is one of the chosen few, and told Spy Magazine about the experience in 1992.

Although The Day the Clown Cried is one of the most sought-after films in cinema history, audiences might finally get a chance to see it in the next decade. In 2015, Jerry Lewis donated the film to the Library of Congress for preservation, with a 10-year embargo on screening it publicly. So the earliest we’d get to see a completed version of The Day the Clown Cried would be 2025.

[h/t The Film Stage]  

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

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