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  1. backstories
    The Big Uneasy: When SNL Went to Mardi GrasIn 1977, Lorne Michaels took his show to New Orleans. Things didn’t exactly go as planned.
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    Inside the Making of Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?From the Invisalign bit to recording in bedrooms to stressing over climate change, her older brother and producer Finneas O’Connell breaks it down.
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    How Fosse/Verdon Turned Fosse and Verdon’s Most Famous Work Into a TV Show“It was never about picking a song-and-dance number. It’s instead following the emotional journey.”
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    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Takes Its Curtain CallThe creators of the CW’s beloved musical comedy say good-bye to West Covina.
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    The Ingeniously Nerdy Filmmaking Secrets of Documentary Now!The IFC show’s directors break down, in extreme detail, how they pulled off the visual parodies of season three.
  6. profile
    The Anti-Prestige ShowrunnerOn set with Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman, who makes great TV by ignoring all the trends.
  7. deep dives
    The Fascinating Story Behind Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1968 Epic War and PeaceThe shoot went on for five and a half years, with brutal winters, actors threatening to quit, and the director suffering a heart attack.
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    PEN15’s Spice Girls Episode Was ‘Traumatic’ to Film“It opened up a well of emotion I was not prepared for.”
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    How You Transformed Penn Badgley Into a Creepy DreamboatIt’s hard work to make a guy that handsome into a believable creepmobile.
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    Adam Targum Fired at NCIS: New Orleans, Where Morale Problems Still Linger“If a guy like this is put into a room with staff that’s been through a lot of trauma in the past two years, there are going to be problems.”
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    3 and Half Years Later, True Detective Is Back. Why Did It Take So Long?“[It] was no sure thing that we were going to do a third season.”
  12. set visits
    Marie Kondo Returns, Just in Time for Your New Year’s ResolutionsOn the set of her new Netflix series, Tidying Up.
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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Isn’t Just a ‘Feel-good Show’Creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino dig into the filmmaking, choreography, and themes of season two.
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    How Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners Brought the Personification of Death to LifeBack in 1996, nobody knew how to capture death visually onscreen.
  15. cg-eyes
    Alita: Battle Angel Designers Created Eyes More Vivid Than Gollum’sHow visual effects designers create eyes that avoid the uncanny valley.
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    The Hardest Effect I Ever Pulled Off36 filmmakers, cinematographers, and effects artists on making the impossible happen.
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    The Challenges of Adapting FerranteThe team behind HBO’s My Brilliant Friend on bringing the author’s Naples to life.
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    Finding the Ferrante FourHow the stars of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend were chosen from 9,000 children to portray two of the most elusive characters in modern literature.
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    The House of Cards Team Wrote Their Final Season. Then They Wrote It Again.How the writers’ room regrouped (and killed off Frank Underwood) in the wake of the Kevin Spacey allegations.
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    Bohemian Rhapsody’s Chaotic Eight-Year Odyssey to the ScreenThe Queen biopic burned through directors and jumped studios en route to the screen.
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    The Story Behind The Horror of Dolores RoachYour perfect Halloween podcast.
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    The New Michael Myers Actor Got Performance Tips From an Actual MurdererDoesn’t everyone know a contract killer they can go to for advice?
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    The Stories Behind Haruki Murakami’s Most Iconic Book CoversA sense of “inimitable, cozy alienation” hangs over each of Kidd’s book covers — a description that also applies to Murakami’s best novels.
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    In The Real Lolita, Sarah Weinman Reclaims Sally Horner’s StoryThe true-crime book details the real-life kidnapping and molestation case that partly inspired Nabokov’s best-selling novel.
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    Before You See The Nun, Let’s Recap The Conjuring UniverseWho’s worse? Annabelle or Valak?
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    How Harlots Mastered the Art of 18th-Century Sex TalkIt’s bawdy, it’s risqué, and it’s (mostly) historically accurate.
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    How Sharp Objects Made Amma’s Creepy DollhouseThe show spent “six figures” building its crucial, labor-intensive prop.
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    Crazy Rich Asians’ Proposal Scene Was Changed at the Last Minute“We need to rip it up.”
  29. set visits
    On the Set of Queen Sugar’s Rural Louisiana WeddingEnding its third season on a note of unfettered joy feels quietly radical.
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    How Crazy Rich Asians’ Costume Designer Picked 8 Key Looks, From Versace to DiorFrom Versace to Dior.
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    There’s Something About HenryHow Henry Golding, a travel host with no acting credits to his name, became the leading man in three upcoming films, starting with Crazy Rich Asians.
  32. reshoots wigs
    Can You Guess the Exorbitant Price of Tessa Thompson’s Thor: Ragnarok Wig?What a queen deserves.
  33. classic hollywood
    How the Dishy Documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Got MadeDirector Matt Tyrnauer on how he found “pimp to the stars” Scotty Bowers, and the stories that got cut.
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    How The Hate U Give Book Cover Was Altered for the Movie“Fox was like, ‘We’re going to have to lighten your illustration, we’re going to have to change the hair.’”
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    How Sharp Objects Brought Wind Gap to LifeThe Missouri town isn’t a real place. Here’s how the HBO mini-series found such a perfect stand-in.
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    What Does Nicki Minaj’s Promo Art Say About Her Upcoming Album?Kind of a lot, actually.
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    How GLOW Made Its Most Delightful Episode YetThe co-writer of “The Good Twin” breaks down GLOW’s show within a show.
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    7 Days With the Most Talented Theater Teens in the CountryInside the Jimmy Awards.
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    Prep for Sorry to Bother You by Watching Boots Riley’s Videos With the CoupBoots Riley’s videos double as something of a prehistory to his directorial debut.
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    How Game Night Broke Modern Comedy’s Rules to Win at the Box Office“What genre is it? Am I supposed to be laughing? Am I supposed to be … uneasy?”
  41. The Real-life Heist Caper Behind American AnimalsWe talk to the college kids turned criminals responsible for history’s most inept art theft.
  42. anatomy of a scene
    How That Grisly Scene on The Americans Was FilmedIt rivals the show’s famous suitcase scene.
  43. How Jane the Virgin Pulled Off Its Fantastic Surprise“I didn’t know for sure that I was going to do it until the end of season three.”
  44. The Scandal Writers Room on the Craziest Twists They Did (and Didn’t) Write“I got a phone call, and the one phone call was, ‘Can you do the entire thing, but can she not be having an affair with the president?’”
  45. backstories
    What It Was Like On Set During the Filming of Atlanta’s ‘Teddy Perkins’“There was not an inkling of Donald Glover on that set.”
  46. backstories
    How Jane the Virgin’s Cancer Story Came TogetherAnd the endgame of the show.
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    How 50 Famous Female Characters Were Described in Their ScreenplaysAll the surprising ways these well-known characters were introduced on the page.
  48. wigs
    How Atlanta Robbin’ Season Got Tracy’s Waves So Impossibly LaidSpoiler: It’s not real hair.
  49. A Real YouTube Cover Artist Did Atlanta’s Acoustic ‘Paper Boi’ CoverThe gag was inspired by socialite Niykee Heaton’s viral 2012 cover of Chief Keef.
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    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Creators Tell the Stories Behind 6 Songs From Season 3Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna break down “Very First Penis I Saw,” “Buttload of Cats,” and more CXG songs.
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