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Oral History

  1. putting the atoms together
    ‘No Aliens, No Spaceships, No Invasion of Earth’An oral history of Contact, the sci-fi movie that defied Hollywood norms and made it big anyway.
  2. community theater
    ‘We Should Hate It, But It Works’An oral history of the inexplicably star-studded, hallucinogenic ending of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
  3. oral history
    How Blue Man Group Blew UpAn oral history of the wildly successful show, starring strange bald men painted in Yves Klein blue.
  4. backstories
    The Little Streaming Comedy Platform That Couldn’tAn oral history of Seeso, NBCUniversal’s short-lived, extremely doomed comedy experiment.
  5. the vampire chronicles
    An Oral History of Queen of the DamnedHow an Anne Rice novel became a Hollywood saga involving Aaliyah and the guy from Korn.
  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. oral history
    ‘What’s the Best and Worst Day of Your Life?’How System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” tore up the airwaves — before getting banned post–9/11.
  8. 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.
  9. oral histories
    The Oral History of Madonna’s Truth or DareMadonna’s seminal 1991 documentary had few precedents. That’s why it can’t be replicated today.
  10. let there be kronk
    ‘We’ll Never Make That Kind of Movie Again’An oral history of The Emperor’s New Groove, a raucous Disney animated film that almost never happened.
  11. oral history
    An Oral History of Election Night 2016 at MSNBCWhat it was like to cover the news on the day that gave us the past four years.
  12. lux aeterna
    An Oral History of Requiem for a DreamDarren Aronofsky’s 2000 movie is the work of artists who hadn’t yet been told what they could and couldn’t do.
  13. kristy’s great idea
    An Oral History of The Baby-Sitters Club MovieFrom first kisses to first periods to narrowly avoided perms, inside the making of a ’90s sleepover classic.
  14. dance the sh*t out of it
    An Oral History of Center StageHow 24 pairs of leather pants, a tearaway tutu, and red pointe shoes made for a generation’s greatest dance movie.
  15. oral history
    An Oral History of How BoJack Horseman Almost Killed BoJack HorsemanThe show’s creators on making a trippy, creepy, death-obsessed penultimate episode.
  16. 25 days of cats
    An Oral History of Cats, As Told by Its Original Cats“It became this joke. But it was the most spectacular thing of its time.”
  17. oral history
    I Think You Should Leave’s ‘Focus Group’ Sketch: An Oral History“They called me in and were like, ‘I think we just discovered a star.’”
  18. reality tv
    Jersey Shore: An Oral History“It was like zebras in the Serengeti. We wanted to see this in action. Where does that happen? The Jersey Shore.”
  19. fall preview 2019
    The Hustle Behind HustlersHow do you get a film about rich white men getting scammed made in an industry run by rich white men? First step: Get J.Lo to sign on.
  20. 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.
  21. remember that time
    An Oral History of the Eyes Wide Shut OrgyStaging that scene from Stanley Kubrick’s divisive final film.
  22. scene to meme
    ‘Not Great, Bob!’: The Making of Mad Men’s Greatest MemeThe writers and actors behind season six’s “In Care Of” take us behind the scenes of the elevator confrontation that will live on in pixelated infamy.
  23. 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.”
  24. 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.”
  25. book excerpt
    How BoJack Horseman Got MadeThe origins of TV’s favorite alcoholic, narcissistic, self-destructive talking horse.
  26. oral histories
    ‘The Sketch That Always Plays Hot’An oral history of Saturday Night Live’s “Black Jeopardy.”
  27. An Oral History of The Americans Series FinaleBehind “START,” one of the finest series-enders of the modern TV era.
  28. oral history
    How Get Out, the First Great Movie of the Trump Era, Got MadeIt began as a rebuke to Obama-inspired dreams of racial harmony and became a conduit for fears reignited by the rise of the new president.
  29. An Oral History of the Time Bob Costas Had Pink Eye at the Sochi Olympics“The decision to take him off air was … not difficult.”
  30. The Disaster Artist: An Oral HistoryHow James Franco and friends brought the story behind the 21st century’s biggest cult film to life.
  31. oral history
    The Oral History of Seinfeld’s ‘The Contest’Larry David & Co. remember when the sitcom mastered its domain.
  32. oral history
    An Oral History of ‘David Pumpkins’The story of Saturday Night Live’s most improbable breakout character.
  33. A Deep Dive Into BoJack Horseman’s Dementia EpisodeRaphael Bob-Waksberg, writer Kate Purdy, and animator Lisa Hanawalt explain how they made “Time’s Arrow.”
  34. The Story Behind The Simpsons’ Legendary Planet of the Apes MusicalInside the process that one writer calls “a magic visit from the joke fairy.”
  35. hirings and firings
    All the Reasons Jean-Claude Van Damme Was Allegedly Fired From PredatorHe kept passing out, or he wanted the Predator to kickbox, or he broke the head of the costume. Who knows!
  36. The Complete Oral History of “The Star Spangled Banner” (Fictionalized […] The following is the complete oral history of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.” Certain quotes and other elements have been […]
  37. oral history
    How the Strokes — and the Early-Aughts New York Rock Boom — Went BustThe inside story of the last moment of the last great rock band, told by the people who lived it.
  38. oral history
    Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher on the Making of Gorillaz’s ‘We Got the Power’“I thought it might be cute, Noel and I singing about the power to love each other. Of course, no one’s asked Liam what he thinks about the song yet.”
  39. vulture cover story
    How Crash Crashed the OscarsAn oral history of a Best Picture shocker.
  40. oral history
    An Oral History of MADtv, the Sketch Show That Never Quite Changed Comedy“When we did impressions, they were pretty mean. Britney Spears at one point saw me, and her bodyguard very not-so-subtly pushed me about seven feet away from her.”
  41. oral history
    Book Excerpt: The Union of the State “When I first met Tom Lennon, I thought he was the snootiest prick in the world.” —Joe Lo Truglio 
  42. RENT: The Oral HistoryTwenty years after Jonathan Larson’s posthumous triumph arrived on Broadway, the cast relives the rise of a musical that changed theater.
  43. oral history
    An Oral History of Patrice O’Neal’s ‘Elephant in the Room’The story behind one of Comedy Central’s most beloved specials of all time.
  44. high school tv showdown
    An Oral History of the Nerdier Half of Freaks and GeeksWhat it was really like behind the scenes for the geek squad.
  45. beefs
    Columbus Directed Home Alone Because Chevy ChaseColumbus says Chase treated him “like dirt.”
  46. swoon
    The Oral History of Clueless’s Climactic KissAn excerpt from the new As If!: The Oral History of Clueless.
  47. oral history
    The Making of T2’s Awesome Liquid-Metal EffectHow the T-1000’s coolest trick came to be. 
  48. horror week
    Freddy Lives: An Oral History of A Nightmare on Elm StreetDon’t sleep on this.
  49. Read an Oral History of the Sketch Group Murderfist“We all went to college at Florida State University together. Well, some of us went to the community college, some lied about going to school […]
  50. sequels thwarted
    A Heathers Sequel Was Originally Written to Star Meryl Streep“It’s Veronica, years later, she’s in Washington. She’s somehow erased her past. And she’s being blackmailed.”
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