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‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation

Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass… Read

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Deadline’s TV Talk Podcast #10: Too Much TV, ‘Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman & Betting On Robert De Niro

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Summer has officially begun, but there is no small-screen rest as the networks, cablers and streaming service are rolling out new and returning series. This week alone sees the rebirth of The Gong Show on ABC tonight, the launch of the great GLOW on Netflix tomorrow, and Power back Sunday for its fourth season. Still, as Emmy voting continues, we ponder on this week’s TV Talk podcast: Is there too much TV out there? As we try to be of public service despite sounding like… Read

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‘Westworld’ & ‘American Gods’ Makeup Designer On Developing Sensitivity To Grisly Research Process

Pulling triple duty recently on HBO’s Westworld, Starz’s American Gods and Netflix original series Santa Clarita Diet, makeup effects designer Christien Tinsley has become more selective of late, in the projects he takes on and the imagery he looks at in preparation. Viewing the bloody brawls of American Gods or the hacked up bodies of Santa Clarita Diet through the lens of Tinsley’s craft, one can imagine the kind of imagery he has to look at as research, and while… Read

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‘The Leftovers’ Star Scott Glenn & Director Mimi Leder On Their Exposure To “The Oldest Culture On Planet Earth”

Several weeks ago—as the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers was about to air on the East Coast—director and executive producer Mimi Leder and star Scott Glenn were feeling nostalgic. Sitting together and reflecting back on the series an hour before a series finale event presented by Deadline, neither Glenn nor Leder could stop complimenting the other. Directing the Season 3 premiere and finale, Leder also directed the third episode of the season, “Crazy Whitefella… Read

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‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker On His Affinity For “Idea-Based Dramas” And What’s To Come In Season 4

An English broadcaster and comedic personality, Charlie Brooker is best known internationally for creating Black Mirror, the BAFTA Award-winning, Netflix original anthology series that has shaken the world with its varied, ever daunting portraits of a technologically-driven near future. In the series—a wide-ranging work of speculative fiction, which has proven prescient more than once—each episode employs a different cast of actors to explore themes linked to the… Read

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‘Casual’s Tara Lynne Barr Talks Singing On Set And A Season Driven By Female Directors

Currently in its third season, Hulu’s standout original comedy series Casual is notable for its unique exploration of familial tensions, but also for its portrait of teenage life today, as seen through the lens of Laura (Tara Lynne Barr)’s experience. Season 3 follows up on previously established questions about Laura’s self-destructive patterns and shifting dynamics in her dysfunctional family, which leave her more alone and less self-assured than we’ve ever seen… Read

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Barry Levinson On ‘Wizard Of Lies’, Bernie Madoff And The Modern American Crime

"Do you think I'm a sociopath?" Bernie Madoff asks, in HBO TV movie The Wizard of Lies—a question posed to journalist Diana Henriques, but equally, to himself. Sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 at the age of 71, Bernie Madoff is one of America's most reviled and mythologized villains. As seen in Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson's film, based on the book by Henriques, Madoff is a man who lies constantly, every day, even to those he loves most. A Ponzi schemer… Read

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‘The Leftovers’ Star Justin Theroux On Playing Twin Brothers & “The Andy Griffith Version” Of Kevin In Season 3

Several weeks ago, Justin Theroux joined his castmates in celebrating the end of The Leftovers, a consistently and surprisingly ambitious series that became a staple for HBO over the course of its three seasons. Signing onto the series, Theroux had a handshake deal with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, promising that the series would only last three or four seasons. Nonetheless, when the series began winding down to its conclusion, the actor had his share of… Read

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‘Fargo’s David Thewlis On The Season Finale & Sinking His Teeth Into A Villain For All Times

Closing out its third (and possibly final) season tonight, Noah Hawley’s Fargo has always been marvelously specific with its characters, and particularly its villains. From Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton)’s bizarre bowl cut in Season 1 to V.M. Varga’s (David Thewlis) rotten teeth in Season 3, the series makes surprising visual choices that defy understanding and elicit conversation. Alongside his henchmen, portrayed by Goran Bogdan and Andy Yu, Thewlis made the most of… Read

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‘The Young Pope’ Jude Law On Paolo Sorrentino’s Process & Mystery As Commodity

Bow down and humble yourself before Jude Law. Taking on the full weight of papal regalia as Pope Pius XIII (né Lenny Berardo) in HBO’s limited series The Young Pope, the Oscar-nominated actor delivers one of the most memorable performances of his career. In the first television series from acclaimed Italian writer/director Paolo Sorrentino—a six-time Palme d’Or nominee—Law dives deep into the “deeply knotted,” contradictory Belardo, who is simultaneously one of the most… Read

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‘The Night Of’ & ‘Legion’ Composer Jeff Russo On Channeling “Chaos And Madness” And Pure American Tragedy

Between two critically lauded FX dramas—Noah Hawley’s Fargo and Legion—the network’s anticipated Snowfall and potent HBO miniseries The Night Of, two-time Emmy nominee Jeff Russo may be one of the busiest composers working in television. Like all composers at the top of their craft, Russo is a master at conjuring strong emotion; in Legion, it’s dread and manic chaos, in The Night Of, bleak tragedy, and hope for a better day to come. Speaking with Deadline, the composer… Read

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‘Fargo’s Carrie Coon On “Funereal Ritual” Of Leaving ‘The Leftovers’ Behind

After three years as Nora Cursed on HBO’s The Leftovers, Carrie Coon departed this year in powerful fashion, to start a run on Fargo. Having worked with two of the most notable showrunners in television between these two series, Coon considers herself “spoiled rotten,” finding equal excitement in the disparate processes of Lindelof and Fargo‘s Noah Hawley. Speaking with Deadline, Coon discusses how she felt shooting her final scenes with her Leftovers castmates, the… Read