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  1. backstories
    Quail Hunting and Rabbit Holes: How Terrence Malick Made His Nazi EpicA Hidden Life tells the story of a conscientious objector to Hitler. If we didn’t know better, we’d say it’s the director’s most political film yet.
  2. backstories
    Who Farted? An Investigation Into The Lighthouse Sound EffectsThe Foley artists behind one of 2019’s most meticulously crafted films explains how the hell they pulled off those sounds.
  3. as told to
    I Had to Do Right by Mac MillerProducer Jon Brion on the gutting task of completing the rapper’s final album after his sudden death.
  4. backstories
    The Hardest Day on the Set of 1917Making the single-take World War I thriller required an army of collaborators. Roger Deakins and other crew members share their most difficult tasks.
  5. backstories
    Love, Actually: How You Season Two Made Joe’s Perfect MatchThe showrunner of Netflix’s demented stalker romance breaks down the many secrets of Love Quinn.
  6. respect the classics
    The Story Behind the Who’s Iconic ‘A Quick One’ Performance, Now Available in HD“They were very aware,” director Michael Lindsay-Hogg told us, “of what they had just done.”
  7. backstories
    How Watchmen Brought Doctor Manhattan to LifeWith a Saigon bar, a whole lot of blue makeup, and full-frontal nudity.
  8. backstories
    Gabrielle Union Criticized the Culture at America’s Got TalentSources say she was let go after raising concerns about Simon Cowell and alleged racist incidents.
  9. spoilers
    Who Is Hooded Justice? Watchmen Has a Stunning Answer.Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson talks Hooded Justice, generational trauma, and the show’s best episode yet.
  10. the race to animate
    Courage the Cowardly Dog Is Still TerrifyingTwenty years later, the cartoon’s stew of mythology, anthropomorphism, surrealism, and vaudeville seems like a minor miracle.
  11. kellyoke
    How a ‘Kellyoke’ Cover Is Made, According to Kelly Clarkson’s Music Director“My goal is either to enhance her vocal or stay out of the way of it.”
  12. backstories
    How Mimi Leder Made The Morning Show Look Real, Onscreen and OffDefining the look of Apple’s flagship drama wasn’t easy.
  13. robert evans
    The Astoundingly True Story of The Cotton Club, a Movie That Wouldn’t DieIn honor of the life of legendary producer Robert Evans, we’re revisiting the film that almost made him lose his tan.
  14. wild nights
    The Story Behind Dickinson, a Sexy, Queer, Gothic, Millennial Apple TV+ SitcomSexy Dickinson, explained.
  15. backstories
    How Living With Yourself Pulled Off That Paul Rudd vs. Paul Rudd FightRudd and the series creators break down how the climactic brawl was influenced by Fight Club, Kenpo karate, and quarreling siblings.
  16. backstories
    How Watchmen Staged an American Massacre“I was like, My God, how did this happen?
  17. backstories
    How El Camino Pulled Off Its Surprise Walt and Jesse Reunion“Both of us had to wear these ridiculous looking cloaks, like we were part of a very, very, very demented cult.”
  18. backstories
    The Hardest, Strangest, Most Unforgettable Jobs In HollywoodTV and movie craftspeople share their stories (and a great dip recipe).
  19. backstories
    Stalking Janet Jackson, and Other Stories Behind the Hustlers SoundtrackFiona Apple had never licensed “Criminal” — until Lorene Scafaria and Jennifer Lopez came calling.
  20. backstories
    The Hardest Song I Ever ChasedHollywood’s most reliable music supervisors explain how they got that song into your favorite movie or TV show.
  21. backstories
    The Hardest Stunt I Ever Pulled OffStunt drivers and performers recall their toughest days on the job — and why they never want to waste Michael Bay’s time.
  22. backstories
    How Hustlers Pulled Off the Meta Cameo of the YearHow the film’s producers (and Jennifer Lopez) convinced a music superstar to show up in Hustlers — and 200 extras to stay quiet while it happened.
  23. backstories
    Getting to Know the Helicopter Influencer Behind the Fast & Furious Franchise“There’s only five guys in the world doing what I’m doing,” says Fred North.
  24. backstories
    The Hardest Props I Ever MadeHollywood’s veteran property masters explain 12 props that made their careers.
  25. backstories
    The Hardest Sound I Ever CreatedWhat does a murder sound like? How about Godzilla’s cry? Foley artists explain just how difficult it is to engineer the sounds of movies.
  26. backstories
    How Sharp Objects’ Makeup Team Mastered the Art of Being Poisoned to Death“Are her nails starting to turn blue or yellow? Should her feet be dirty?”
  27. backstories
    The Hardest Costume I Ever Designed11 costume designers on meeting the excruciating demands of Hollywood.
  28. backstories
    90 Branzinos Later: The Story Behind The Amazing Spider-Man’s Awkward DinnerSeven years after its debut, why does the fish loom so large in our memories? The food stylist responsible for it all explains.
  29. backstories
    The Hardest Effect I Ever Pulled Off42 filmmakers, cinematographers, and effects artists on making the impossible happen.
  30. backstories
    How a Groundbreaking Partnership Behind The Goldfinch Could Alter HollywoodWarner Bros. and Amazon Studios overcame their differences to co-finance a prestigious literary adaptation — an industry first.
  31. backstories
    How Succession Created an Even Weirder Rich Family Than the RoysBehind the Pierces and Succession’s latest shocker.
  32. emmy insider
    The Story Behind PEN15’s Emmy-Nominated Sleepover Episode“Anna Ishii-Peters” is equal parts agonizing, emotional, and hilarious. Here’s how PEN15 pulled it off.
  33. backstories
    The Owner of Taylor Swift’s ‘Cornelia Street’ Apartment Had No Idea Who She Was“She walked in and I’ll never forget this — she said, ‘Oooh, it’s so crafty.’”
  34. backstories
    The Next Harry Styles Album Is Brought to You by Edibles“This is where I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue.”
  35. backstories
    How One Actor Wound Up Playing Charles Manson in Mindhunter and Once Upon a TimeAustralian actor Damon Herriman capped off a whirlwind year of creeps by playing Charles Manson twice.
  36. backstories
    The Season SNL Embraced Its Old, Weird Self AgainThe show’s writers walk us through the highlights from a year when they dialed back the Trump.
  37. backstories
    The Unlikely Story Behind the Year’s Best Intersectional Feminist Vampire MovieQueer audiences are embracing Bit. Here’s how Brad Michael Elmore stepped out of the way to make the movie happen.
  38. backstories
    Inside Richard Linklater’s Complete Rewrite of Where’d You Go, BernadetteAfter years of adaptation issues and delays, Maria Semple’s best-selling novel looks a lot different onscreen.
  39. backstories
    Why Euphoria Feels So Real, Even When It Isn’t RealisticA conversation with creator Sam Levinson about the filmmaking, visual aesthetic, and influences behind Euphoria.
  40. backstories
    How The Terror Recreated a Japanese-American Internment CampThe show’s eerie set was built across seven acres of cleared farmland, an hour south of Vancouver.
  41. backstories
    How Nicolas Cage Wound Up Narrating the Anton Yelchin Documentary Love, AntoshaIn the new documentary, Cage is the voice of the late actor’s journal entries, letters, and emails.
  42. backstories
    Why Orange Is the New Black Brought the Immigration Crisis to Litchfield“We wanted it to feel like a member of your family was gone. We wanted viewers to feel the shock of that.”
  43. backstories
    ‘I Chased Cardi for Two Years’: How Hustlers’ Director Cast the Stripper SagaA behind-the-scenes look at the making of Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, and Cardi B.
  44. remember that time
    An Oral History of the Eyes Wide Shut OrgyStaging that scene from Stanley Kubrick’s divisive final film.
  45. backstories
    Pamela Adlon’s Filmmaking Motto: ‘The Moment Is Everything’The writer, director, and star of Better Things on influences, inspirations, and the importance of trusting your inner voice.
  46. backstories
    An Oral History of Game of Thrones, As Told By Its Bit Players“Do you know how they keep cattle? That’s sort of how they keep us.”
  47. backstories
    The Story Behind Veep’s Final Joke on SelinaHow a flash-forward sequence came to include Tom Hanks.
  48. set visits
    Veep Is Over. Is America Next?A behind-the-scenes look at the series finale.
  49. backstories
    Alien, ResurrectionA high-school drama club goes intergalactic.
  50. backstories
    How Game of Thrones Made ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ So EmotionalWriting Winterfell’s last night before battle, from Arya and Gendry’s hookup to Brienne’s knighthood.
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