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How ‘Game Of Thrones’ Visual Effects Artists Steve Kullback & Joe Bauer Brought Down The Wall

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Having been through seven increasingly audacious seasons of HBO flagship series Game of Thrones, visual effects producer Steve Kullback always looks at a new season from the same perspective: “Geez, how the hell am I going to do this?” Working with "no-holds-barred" creatives David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with VFX supervisor Joe Bauer, the collaborators always tend to come to the same conclusion about the road ahead: "Well, that's amazing, but obviously it's unproduc… Read

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‘Electric Dreams’ Production Designer Julie Berghoff Explains Anthology Series Challenges & Her Visions Of The Future

Coming off of the critically acclaimed first season of The Handmaid's Tale—for which she won her first Emmy—production designer Julie Berghoff challenged herself with another singular dystopian sci-fi series, in the form of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. An avid fan of the seminal sci-fi author's short stories, Berghoff appreciated Dick's ability to capture the world as it was in his time, as well as his unusual ability to forecast future societal developments with his… Read

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With ‘American Horror Story’ & ‘American Animals’, Evan Peters Unpacks The Madness Of Acting And America Today

Starring in all seven seasons of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story, and signing on recently for an eighth, Evan Peters has had the opportunity over the years to play all kinds of unsettling and utterly specific characters within the producer's twisted domain, finding his most haunting—and most timely—role to date with AHS: Cult's Kai Anderson. With his piercing gaze, his unnatural blue locks and his homicidal tendencies, cult leader Kai is the embodiment of madness, a… Read

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‘Rise’ Music Director Tom Kitt Elicits Raw Authenticity Of The High School Musical In Season 1 With ‘Spring Awakening’

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A Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway success known for musicals including High Fidelity and Next to Normal, Tom Kitt has over the past several years followed his passion for the world of film and television, making inroads on projects including Pitch Perfect and Penny Dreadful before finding a very personal role as music director of NBC’s drama Rise. Having scored Broadway musicals and performed a great deal himself—with vivid memories of his own high school… Read

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Frank Darabont Suit Over ‘Walking Dead’ Millions Sees More Verbal Fisticuffs, With No End In Sight

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The legal fight between AMC Networks and Frank Darabont over proceeds from The Walking Dead has nearly reached the five-year mark. Today’s hearing in New York Supreme Court provided another opportunity for verbal sparring, but suggested that the case could continue for some time. The parties met to debate the plaintiffs motion for a summary judgment from New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten. She ended the nearly 90-minute session by saying she would be mulling the… Read

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How ABC SVP Of Alternative Rob Mills Weathered ‘Bachelor’ Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Controversial Season

Overseeing ABC flagship series The Bachelor for 12 years, network SVP Rob Mills is well acquainted with reality TV drama, though few seasons in recent memory have proved as heated and controversial, or required as much executive dexterity as Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Season 22. As production on the latest season of the reality dating series wound down and Arie selected Becca Kufrin as his bride-to-be, all was well until the Bachelor started having second thoughts, deciding to… Read

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‘Grown-Ish’ Breakout Yara Shahidi Takes Charge Of Her Own Narrative, Bringing College-Age Zoey Into Focus

Becoming a household name as the privileged, popular and highly intelligent Zoey Johnson in ABC’s critically-acclaimed comedy Black-ish—a role she booked only a few short years ago—Yara Shahidi was challenged recently to step to center stage for Freeform spin-off Grown-ish, a series that sees the Johnson’s eldest daughter go off to college. For Shahidi, the opportunity to step up to first billing with the college-set series had an “art-imitating-life” kind of quality to… Read

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‘SMILF’ Creator Frankie Shaw Hit The Zeitgeist In “Kismet” Moment, Debuting Series As #MeToo Dawned

An actress known for roles in Mr. Robot and Good Girls Revolt, Frankie Shaw is one of the more surprising talents working in entertainment today. After all, who but Shaw could get a show called SMILF on the air? Creating her own opportunities in recent years as a writer and director, Shaw took a short of the same name to Sundance in 2015. Based on Shaw’s personal experiences, the film followed single mother Bridgette Bird (Shaw), struggling to balance her role as a mother… Read

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Production Designer Elisabeth Williams Expands Series’ World, Introducing The Colonies

Following 10 episodes of Noah Hawley's FX drama Fargo, Emmy-nominated production designer Elisabeth Williams set out to make her mark on the dark, dystopian world of The Handmaid's Tale—a transition made all the harder, given that Williams came onto the show in Season 2. Working with design templates established in Season 1 by Julie Berghoff, Williams challenged herself to remain as faithful as possible to Season 1's environments, while embracing the notion of expanding… Read

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‘GLOW’s Marc Maron On Playing Sam Sylvia in #MeToo Era, Bringing ‘WTF’ Podcast To New Garage

Returning for Season 2 of Netflix’s ’80s wrestling comedy GLOW, Marc Maron slipped back into B-movie director Sam Sylvia with a level of ease, finding the biggest challenge and the most excitement in bringing the character to new levels of emotional depth. In GLOW's second season, Sylvia's depth demonstrates itself when he is bombarded by challenges from all sides. Attempting to develop a relationship with his teenager daughter Justine (Britt Baron)—who he only meets for… Read

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Netflix-Univision Drama ‘Tijuana’ Casts Damián Alcázar Of ‘Narcos’ And Tamara Vallarta In Mexican Journalism Tale

EXCLUSIVE: Damián Alcázar (Narcos, La Delgada Línea Amarilla) and Tamara Vallarta (Paquita la del Barrio) are heading the cast of upcoming original drama Tijuana, a co-production of Netflix and Univision-owned Story House Entertainment. The show is billed as an unvarnished look at what journalists in Mexico face every day in the pursuit of the truth. As with other series in the companies’ long-term partnership, Tijuana will premiere in the U.S. on Univision later this… Read

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‘Cloak & Dagger’ Review: Subdued Marvel Series Less Concerned With Superhero Flair, More Socially Aware

SPOILER ALERT: This review includes details from the premiere episodes of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. In short, Cloak & Dagger is trippy. It’s not Legion-level trippy, but it’s perplexing astral plane time and space travel — or whatever it is that the two teenage leads do — is enough to make a worthy and woke adaptation featuring the lesser-known Marvel comic book super duo. With Marvel’s long list of TV shows, Cloak & Dagger stands out in more ways than one as a different… Read