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  1. backstories
    Deconstructing Station Eleven’s Lush ApocalypseThe series envisions a post-pandemic future that isn’t a total downer.
  2. backstories
    New Rugrats Is Making New ‘Traditions’A modernized revival of the animated series is determined to honor the franchise’s legacy — including its beloved holiday specials.
  3. the industry
    How to Get a Black-Led Indie Film Funded in HollywoodIt helps to have a white star. On the making of Passing and the production company known for getting “difficult” movies made.
  4. finale-like
    Blowjobs, Breakups, and Beychella: The Insecure Writers’ Room Says Good-byeIssa Rae & Co. on five years of mirror raps and #LawrenceHive vs. Team Daniel.
  5. becoming bill
    How Impeachment Transformed Clive Owen Into Bill Clinton“I have a memory of Clive in his full Clinton prosthetics chasing me down a hallway of the West Wing set because he was so excited.”
  6. book excerpt
    Mac Miller Found Freedom on FacesAn oral history of Mac Miller’s 2014 opus, now available on streaming services for the first time, excerpted from The Book of Mac.
  7. backstories
    How Billie Eilish Rethought the James Bond Theme Song for a New GenerationShe built a blockbuster in a bedroom, so it makes sense she’d record “No Time to Die” on a tour bus.
  8. backstories
    You’ve Never Heard Little Simz Like ThisThe rapper breaks down every song on her career-redefining new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
  9. backstories
    Welcome 2 Prince’s AmericaAs told by the band who helped make the late legend’s “lost” album Welcome 2 America over a decade ago — never released until now.
  10. backstories
    ‘Look at Me Like a Human Boy!’An oral history of Clifford, the 1994 cult comedy about a deranged little boy played by Martin Short.
  11. switched on pop
    Only Lil Nas X Predicted How Much ‘Montero’ Would Outrage the Machine“Nas would always be like, ‘This is going to be a moment. Like you guys literally do not understand.’ And we didn’t.”
  12. backstories
    The Hardest Day on the Set of NobodyTo make a fight scene on a city bus as realistic as possible took true strategizing. Director Ilya Naishuller tells us how he made it happen.
  13. backstories
    What Happens to New York Theater on April 2?Governor Cuomo announced that indoor performance will be allowed to return at 33 percent capacity starting today. What, exactly, will that look like?
  14. backstories
    How Allen v Farrow Obtained Never-Before-Seen Home Videotapes and Lost Documents“There was a cover-up of mass proportion.”
  15. backstories
    Tracking Nomadland’s Path Across the American WestFrom a beet harvest in Nebraska to the inside of an Amazon fulfillment center.
  16. backstories
    Before Cristin Milioti and John Magaro Were Breakout Stars, There Was This Ad …The stars of two of 2020’s best movies explain how a certain Coke commercial got us here.
  17. backstories
    Sex on Bridgerton Is All About Keeping Everyone From Rolling Off the Tiny BedsA chat with the show’s intimacy coordinator Lizzy Talbot.
  18. filmmaking
    Why The Queen’s Gambit Looks So Damn GoodThe clothes and production design, sure, but Steven Meizler’s cinematography is instrumental in pulling together the series’ singular style.
  19. backstories
    How Emma Corrin Became The Crown’s Princess DianaFidgety hands, a voluminous fringe, and other details that made the people’s princess click into place.
  20. backstories
    The Climb Guys on the Real Friendship That Inspired a Toxic OneThe Climb’s Kyle Marvin and Michael Angelo Covino made Cannes fall for a tiny American comedy. Eighteen months later, it’s finally coming out.
  21. backstories
    The Unlikely Movie Life of ‘The Outpost,’ the Pandemic’s Sleeper HitOriginally set for release in 600 theaters, the film rolled out into the homes of military families and became an on-demand winner instead.
  22. making moves
    How The Queen’s Gambit Made Its Chess Scenes Believable and ExcitingBreaking down what went into distinguishing the series’ many matches from one another and from all other onscreen portrayals of the game.
  23. backstories
    Where Do Dancing Babies Come From? The Story Behind a Classic Ally McBeal SceneThe Dancing Baby was not born on a Hollywood backlot but from the minds of Silicon Valley creatives.
  24. backstories
    Together, A.G. Cook and Jónsi Have Made Their Most Surprising Work YetThe PC Music head on his left-field project with the Sigur Rós frontman.
  25. origin stories
    How a 25-Year-Old Film School Grad’s Spec Script Became RatchedEvan Romansky explains how his nurse Ratched origin story wound up in the Ryan Murphyverse and how it changed along the way.
  26. backstories
    How Stereogum Made the Best Covers Compilation of the YearTalking the Save Stereogum compilation, 2000s nostalgia, and that “Photograph” cover with Stereogum’s Scott Lapatine.
  27. fall preview 2020
    The Hardest Elena Ferrante Lines I’ve Translated“This is the problem with translation — you think, ‘Oh, wow, I could’ve done better here.’”
  28. mutant movies
    What Happened to The New Mutants?The behind-the-scenes story of an X-Men horror movie five years in the making involves The Breakfast Club, penis graffiti, and a lot of rewrites.
  29. backstories
    How Michaela Coel Wrote I May Destroy You’s Dreamlike Ending“The more she runs from David, the nightmare, the bigger the monster becomes.”
  30. needle drops
    Michaela Coel Always Knew How She Wanted I May Destroy You to SoundA soundtrack so good, the series didn’t need a traditional score.
  31. backstories
    Hollywood’s Fame Scholar Is ReinvigoratedKarina Longworth dug deeper than ever before to make the ambitious latest season of her podcast You Must Remember This.
  32. backstories
    How to Make a Coronavirus Rom-com in IsolationLove in the Time of Corona director Joanna Johnson breaks down what went into remotely filming the miniseries’ cast in their own homes.
  33. backstories
    The Story Behind ‘WAP’s Unforgettable ‘There’s Some Whores in This House’ Sample“My daughter sent me a link. She’s so proud that her daddy has such a strong connection with the whores of the world.”
  34. as told to
    The Story Behind Every Song on Taylor Swift’s folkloreThe National’s Aaron Dessner walks us through the surprise record, how his songs compare to Jack Antonoff’s, and the mysterious William Bowery.
  35. the kids are alright
    How The Baby-Sitters Club Made Social Justice Fun for Tweens“Hello, Camp Moosehead!” is a genuinely special finale that never veers into Very Special Episode territory.
  36. backstories
    How The Eddy Turned the Dream of a Parisian Jazz Band Into a TV Drama“It basically was backwards from the normal way of developing a piece of television, because it started with the music.”
  37. backstories
    The Baby-Sitters Club Is Back in BusinessHow the Netflix show adapted a ’90s hallmark for zoomers (and their parents).
  38. a labor of lava
    Your Burning Floor Is Lava Questions, AnsweredYes, you can drink the lava, but would you want to? The Netflix game show’s producers fill us in on that and so much more.
  39. backstories
    Why The Twilight Zone Revived Its Most Famous Alien RaceThe season-two standout episode “You Might Also Like” continues the revival series’s complex relationship with the original.
  40. backstories
    The Last of Us Part II Pulled Off a Kiss Scene That Makes Players CryIt’s historically been a grail for game-makers to move people to tears. The Kiss finally did.
  41. backstories
    Love, Victor’s Long Journey to Finding ItselfWritten for Disney+ but bumped to Hulu, the Love, Simon spinoff gently challenges the Hollywood gay narrative.
  42. backstories
    The National Book Critics Circle Has ImplodedMore than half of the board has resigned in a series of events one member described as “bizarre and bloody in an end-of-a-Tarantino-movie way.”
  43. backstories
    How Mythic Quest Wrote, Filmed, and Edited Its Quarantine Episode in 3 Weeks“We didn’t want to do 30 minutes of Zoom jokes.”
  44. backstories
    Cameron Crowe Is Finally Ready to Tell Us Vanilla Sky’s SecretsThe director reflects on his famously divisive sci-fi thriller, which envisioned an empty, virtual city long before our current predicament.
  45. backstories
    How Normal People Does Sex So GoodThe making of Connell and Marianne’s genuinely hot (but never pornographic) sex scenes.
  46. backstories
    How Never Have I Ever Found Its Teen HeroineMaitreyi Ramakrishnan’s last acting gig was a high-school play. Now she’s the star of Mindy Kaling’s new rom-com.
  47. backstories
    How The Last Dance Unearthed the Holy Grail of Buried Michael Jordan FootageThey brokered unfettered access to the Bulls’ inner sanctum, shot 500 hours of 16mm footage, then waited as it sat in the archives for 20 years.
  48. as told to
    The Story Behind Every Track on Fetch the Bolt CuttersFiona Apple reached into the past to confront her rapist, middle-school bullies, and herself.
  49. backstories
    The Writer of Demolition Man on the Predictive Power of His 1993 MovieNo-contact high fives? No more toilet paper? Screenwriter Daniel Waters talks about the accidental COVID-era relevance of his action comedy.
  50. backstories
    How Little Fires’ Flashback Cast Young Reese Witherspoon and Kerry WashingtonAnnaSophia Robb and Tiffany Boone talk channeling their heroes’ distinctive performances while also making Young Elena and Young Mia their own.
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