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  1. behind the scenes
    How Superstore Pulled Off a Sitcom Plot About ICE Detention CentersAfter a shocking ICE raid cliffhanger, Superstore had to answer a big question: What’s next for Mateo?
  2. behind the scenes
    How Couples Therapy Put Therapy on TV (Without Ruining the Therapy)“Every week you’d go in knowing that there’s cameras somewhere, but three minutes into the session, you forget.”
  3. behind the scenes
    These Chairs Need a TonyTom Hiddleston, Gio Ponti’s Superleggera star in Betrayal.
  4. 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.
  5. fall preview 2019
    How Roselyn Keo’s Life Inspired the Hustlers MovieFrom stripper pole to tent pole.
  6. eek! clowns!
    Bill Skarsgård’s Eyes Really Did Spook Sweet Angel Bill Hader on the Set of ItBarry thinks Derry is scary.
  7. backstories
    How Succession Created an Even Weirder Rich Family Than the RoysBehind the Pierces and Succession’s latest shocker.
  8. behind the scenes
    How Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Brought Its Puppet-Filled World to LifeThe prequel’s sprawling vision of Thra is the result of old-fashioned puppetry, modern technological modifications, and, yes, a little bit of CG.
  9. book excerpt
    A Party Room and a Prison Cell: Inside the Friends Writer’s RoomIt was like a vampire, forever hungering for fresh blood to suck.
  10. 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.
  11. behind the scenes
    There Are Actual Actors Inside Those Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark MonstersGuillermo del Toro and Andre Øvredal explain how they brought the nightmares of your childhood to life.
  12. behind the scenes
    How Orange Is the New Black Said Goodbye to the Litchfield InmatesExecutive producer Tara Hermann breaks down how the series’ writers arrived at a satisfying end point for every major character.
  13. 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.”
  14. behind the scenes
    The Handmaid’s Tale Pulls Back the Curtain on Aunt Lydia’s PastAnn Dowd and showrunner Bruce Miller unravel Aunt Lydia’s life before she was a Gilead-abiding taskmaster.
  15. behind the scenes
    The Handmaid’s Tale Transformed D.C. Into a Gilead NightmareThe Lincoln Memorial is headless. The Washington Monument is a crucifix. Here’s how the show brought Gilead’s capital to life.
  16. behind the scenes
    The True Story Behind John Early and Kate Berlant’s Freaky Short RachelThe comedians share the bizarre true story behind their new short about a mysterious woman who crashes Early’s party.
  17. tv writers
    How Grey’s Anatomy Created Its Powerful ‘Army of Awesome’ Hallway Scene“We made it possible for everyone who wanted to be in the scene to be in the scene.”
  18. behind the scenes
    How the BoJack Horseman Animation Studio Tripped up BooksmartIt took nearly five months to create the film’s drug trip scene. Unfortunately, a Roomba chase sequence landed on the cutting room floor.
  19. behind the scenes
    Inside Rocketman’s Absolutely Wild Dodger Stadium SceneRocketman is not a biopic. It’s a musical collection of memories that tries to unpack where Elton John came off the rails and why.”
  20. behind the scenes
    Whitney Biennial Artists Reveal the Creative Processes Behind Their 2019 WorkJeffrey Gibson is one of five artists sharing their stories in an upcoming video series.
  21. movies
    Director Stacy Title Is Racing Against ALS to Make Her Final MovieShe is paralyzed and cannot speak. But she is determined to make Walking Time Bomb.
  22. trailer mix
    Waterworks Are Coming in This Game of Thrones: The Last Watch Doc TrailerHBO’s behind-the-scenes documentary of the last season.
  23. veep
    How to Write a Jonah InsultWriting comedy is not a scientific or mathematical endeavor — except, perhaps, when it comes to devising ways to insult Veep’s Jonah Ryan.
  24. set visits
    Veep Is Over. Is America Next?A behind-the-scenes look at the series finale.
  25. behind the scenes
    A Movie Based on Harry Styles Fanfic Managed Not to Include Harry Styles at AllAnna Todd’s After made millions in its opening weekend. Here’s the messy story of how an X-rated teen-romance blog made it to the silver screen.
  26. remember that time
    Brad Pitt, Baby Shampoo, a Unitard: The Story Behind That Meet Joe Black SceneWe talk to the men responsible for the scene in which Brad Pitt is violently hit by two cars at once.
  27. backstories
    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.
  28. backstories
    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.”
  29. spoilers
    How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Creators Gave Rebecca Bunch Her Happy Ending“It’s not about auditioning for the missing puzzle piece. It’s about getting everyone to a place where they can healthily prioritize someone else.”
  30. vulture lists
    Game of Thrones’ Official Photographer on Her 14 Favorite ShotsHelen Sloan isn’t as famous a name as Emilia Clarke or Kit Harington, but she’s played an integral role on Game of Thrones.
  31. backstories
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Takes Its Curtain CallThe creators of the CW’s beloved musical comedy say good-bye to West Covina.
  32. behind the scenes
    How Gina Rodriguez Pulled Off Jane the Virgin’s Amazing 7-Minute Monologue“When you have an actor like that, you can write something with full confidence that she’s going to kill it.”
  33. profile
    The Anti-Prestige ShowrunnerOn set with Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman, who makes great TV by ignoring all the trends.
  34. behind the scenes
    How Shrill Made Its Dream ‘Fat Babe Pool Party’ a Reality“I almost cried because it was so beautiful. I just really wanted it to feel like a dream.”
  35. behind the scenes
    When a Theater Reviewer Becomes the One Being ReviewedI was this magazine’s theater critic. Now I’ve co-written Broadway’s Beetlejuice: The Musical. Those jobs have one big thing in common.
  36. behind the scenes
    Filming a Game of Thrones Battle Sounds Like Hell on EarthFeaturing smoke made of paraffin and fish oil.
  37. special effects
    How The Umbrella Academy’s Swole Gorilla Man Got So Absurdly Swole“I looked at the comics before I was officially cast, and I was like, Oh, my God, this guy is a human head on a gorilla body.”
  38. behind the scenes
    Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to Air a Larry Sanders–Inspired Special Next WeekFeaturing appearances by Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Ben Stiller, and more.
  39. behind the scenes
    Steven Soderbergh on the High-Speed Production of High Flying BirdIt was shot using an iPhone — just one of several affordable, fast-turnaround pieces of equipment that helped him get the film off the ground quickly.
  40. behind the scenes
    I Am the Night Made Its Own Surrealist Art for That Haunting Black Dahlia TwistSeries creator Sam Sheridan talks Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, the real-life George Hodel, and the “undercurrent of misogyny” in Surrealism.
  41. behind the scenes
    Why Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tackled #MeToo With a Puppet PenisShowrunner Robert Carlock on the Mr. Frumpus story line, including that gross scene with his “little orange tube.”
  42. behind the scenes
    On the Set of One Day at a Time, Gloria Estefan Is Everyone’s HeroWhen the pop star joined Netflix’s Cuban-American family sitcom, “we were all running around completely crazy.”
  43. the other two
    As Far As We Know, Justin Theroux Doesn’t Actually Have a Motorcycle ToiletThe Other Two creators on why they turned Justin Theroux’s apartment into a very funny, (probably) fictional joke.
  44. behind the scenes
    Why Spotify Finally Let People Mute R. KellyAfter a failed first attempt at banning Kelly, Spotify has put the onus of holding him accountable on the consumer. Here’s why.
  45. special effects
    True Detective’s Old-Man Makeup Was Inspired by The Nutty Professor and AmadeusThe makeup artist behind True Detective season three reveals the secrets of a special-effects feat.
  46. behind the scenes
    How Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Changed the Animation GameThe story behind the hit film’s unorthodox, exhilarating pop art.
  47. behind the scenes
    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Is Hard to Watch, But It Was Even Harder to Make“If we’d have known how difficult it was going to be, we might not have done it.”
  48. behind the scenes
    How You’re the Worst Pulled Off Its Flawless Ode to ’90s Rom-comsCreator Stephen Falk breaks down the nods to Clerks, Empire Records, Notting Hill, and other ‘90s classics in the season premiere.
  49. backstories
    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.
  50. behind the scenes
    The Stories Behind If Beale Street Could Talk’s Gorgeous CostumesBehind the scenes on Tish’s cream cape, Frank’s camel-toned leather jacket, Sharon’s metallic cocktail dress, and more.
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