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‘Family Guy’ Is Phasing Out Jokes About Gay People, Executive Producers Say

The executive producers of the animated comedy Family Guy on Fox say they are phasing out jokes about gay people. Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin told Deadline’s sister publication TV Line that the long-running show is evolving, although still decidedly politically incorrect. The Seth MacFarlane series features the adventures of the Griffin family of Quahog, R.I., “If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they're going to… Read

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How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Costume Designer Mary E. Vogt Dressed Enormous & Elegant Ensemble — Production Value Video Series

The highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade, which has taken in over $238 million worldwide, Crazy Rich Asians looks like it was made with an impossibly large budget, though this wasn't in fact the case. A star-studded studio smash set between Singapore and New York, which examines the lives of the ultra-wealthy, the Warner Bros. pic was budgeted at $30 million, meaning that each of its stunning locations and opulent costumes was a carefully considered choice. This… Read

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ DP Talks Process Of Bringing Novel To Life On Screen — Production Value Video Series

Between Barry Jenkins' two latest featuresthe Oscar-winning Moonlight, and 2019 contender If Beale Street Could Talk—cinematographer James Laxton has taken two big swings, adapting pre-existing written material for the screen. In the case of the former film, the material at hand was a play, Tarell Alvin McCraney's In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. While that story was semi-autobiographical and deeply personal to its originator, the stakes were raised even higher with Bea… Read

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‘Widows’ Editor Joe Walker Carefully Engineers Taut Heist Thriller — Production Value Video Series

“Editing is kind of a compulsion,” two-time Oscar nominee Joe Walker says. “I'm happy when I'm working.”  Certainly, looking at the work the editor has put in over the past 10 years, it’s easy to understand why that is. Of all the industry’s craftsmen and women, Walker has had one of the most admirable track records, comprised of collaborations with Michael Mann (Blackhat), Denis Villeneuve (SicarioArrivalBlade Runner 2049) and Steve McQueen. After cutting Hunger and S… Read

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‘The Old Man & The Gun’ Editor Lisa Zeno Churgin On The Career That Chose Her — Production Value Video Series

In an accomplished career, editor Lisa Zeno Churgin has cultivated a diverse filmography, putting her stamp on such enduring works as Reality Bites, Dead Man Walking, Gattaca and House of Sand and Fog. An Oscar nominee in 2000 for The Cider House Rules, Churgin has over the years forged relationships with such pedigreed directors as Lasse Hallström, Curtis Hanson and Adam Shankman, also working frequently with actor-directors, such as Tim Robbins, Diane Keaton and Ben… Read

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‘First Man’ Composer Justin Hurwitz Captures Sounds Of Achievement, Love & Loss — Production Value Video Series

After winning his first pair of Oscars for Damien Chazelle's La La Land—for Best Original Score and Best Original Song—Justin Hurwitz took a major creative leap. A close friend and the closest of the director's collaborators since their time at Harvard University, the composer had worked with Chazelle to this point on three projects set squarely within the world of music, including Whiplash and the pair's first low-budget effort, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. On stage… Read

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Nine-Time Oscar Nominee Diane Warren Pays Homage To ‘RBG’ With “I’ll Fight” — Production Value Video Series

“We’re all born to do something,” songwriter Diane Warren says. “And this is what I was born to do.” Certainly, looking at all Warren has accomplished in her career, the industry agrees. Amassing nine Oscar nominations between 1988 and 2018, along with a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, Warren is among Hollywood’s most prolific and impactful musical artists. With nine number-one songs and 32 top 10… Read

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‘A Quiet Place’ Sound Editors Discuss Their Moments Of Creative Doubt & Vindication — Production Value Video Series

On examination of those behind the filmic curtain—creating the sonic palette through which to feel a world—any number of descriptors seem to apply. Magicians, wizards and puppet masters who have trained themselves in the art of emotional manipulation, sound editors are too often among those craftsmen and women taken for granted, when the reality is that no film could function, or pull the audience in toward the screen, without their dedicated, passionate work. The… Read

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Composer Terence Blanchard Took ‘BlacKkKlansman’ To The Next Level — Production Value Video Series

A filmmaker known for forging lasting bonds with members of his team, Spike Lee always has had an eye for talent. Bringing New Orleans-based musician Terence Blanchard in to play trumpet on his early scores—and sometimes conduct—the filmmaker subsequently would find in Blanchard an invaluable key collaborator. Lee’s longtime composer—who most recently joined him on the Cannes-premiering BlacKkKlansman—Blanchard is an artist who understands his sensibility, effortlessly… Read

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Cirque du Soleil Date Halted By Oil Sprayed On Audience From Equipment

An equipment malfunction at a Cirque du Soleil performance last night in Washington state stopped the show and caused the rest of the program to be cancelled. The show in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington ended when a hydraulic system hose broke. Audience members were showered with what the company claimed was a vegetable based oil. The mishap is the second major incident for the theatrical company this year. On March 17, an aerialist died when he slipped from… Read

‘Grace And Frankie’s Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Devorah Herbert & Costume Designer Allyson B. Fanger On Season 4 Challenges & Mothers

Devorah Herbert Allyson B. Fanger Grace and Frankie

“There’s actually a story arc for the house in Season 4 and it’s the same parallel arc for the characters: Everything is falling apart,” says Grace and Frankie production designer Devorah Herbert, who this year counts her second consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination in the half-hour narrative production design category for the Netflix series. Together with costume designer Allyson B. Fanger, who counts her third nom for the series in the contemporary series costume… Read

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‘Grace And Frankie’s Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Devorah Herbert & Costume Designer Allyson B. Fanger On Season 4 Challenges & Mothers

Devorah Herbert Allyson B. Fanger Grace and Frankie

“There’s actually a story arc for the house in Season 4 and it’s the same parallel arc for the characters: Everything is falling apart,” says Grace and Frankie production designer Devorah Herbert, who this year counts her second consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination in the half-hour narrative production design category for the Netflix series. Together with costume designer Allyson B. Fanger, who counts her third nom for the series in the contemporary series costume… Read