Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora, Martin Short as Oliver, and Steve Martin as Charles in “Only Murders in the Building.” Cr: Hulu

“Only Murders in the Building:” How to Make a (Very Amusing) Modern Mystery

The new Hulu show fuses some usually contrary themes in a drama — murder, mystery, and comedy. But when you realize that the leads are Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez you begin to understand the contradiction. Find out why the series is both savvier and sadder than you might expect.

Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta.

Say It Five Times: Director Nia DaCosta Makes Her Own Mythology With “Candyman”

“In expanding the legend and creating a bigger story about racial violence as a whole, it definitely shifted us away from, you know, seeing people in the hood getting killed. Part of that was wanting to flip on its head what happened in the [1992] film,” she says. How did she do this?

Because Weird is Wonderful: Making “Annette”

“‘Annette’ is the product of a creation during which people of course made a living, but which has to do with amateurism in the original sense of the word,” explains the film’s cinematographer Caroline Champetier, AFC. Learn more about this magic.


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Ron Mael and Russel Mael in “The Sparks Brothers.” Cr: Focus Features
“The Sparks Brothers:” Assembling a Musical Odyssey Turned Pop Art Documentary
Anthony Bourdain stars in Morgan Neville’s documentary “Roadrunner.” Cr: CNN/Focus Features
Crossing the Line: How the “Roadrunner” Documentary Created an Ethics Firestorm
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Things We Said Today: Making “McCartney 3, 2, 1”
Jean Smart as Deborah Vance in “Hacks.” Cr: Warner Media
Comedic Timing: Editing “Hacks”
Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso,” now streaming on Apple TV+.
Editing “Ted Lasso:” Yes, It’s Exactly Like a Soccer Match
“The Green Knight:” Magical Storytelling from a Motel Room
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Ariana Grande’s Fortnite Concert Opens Up the Metaverse
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A Framework for the Metaverse from Hardware to Hollywood and Everything in Between

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The Metaverse: Where Did It Come From and Where Is It Going?

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Distributed Production Is the New Norm. Now About Those Lingering Questions…
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“Filmmaking 1.0 to Filmmaking 5.0” — Virtual Production Technology Is Ready.
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Idris Elba as Bloodsport and King Shark in director James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad.” Cr: Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics
“The Suicide Squad:” How James Gunn Completed His Mission
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How Cate Shortland Made the Fierce, Ultra-Feminist “Black Widow”
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Can the Creator Economy Actually Change… the Economy?
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Is the Creator Economy Really a Democratic Utopia Realized?
The Creator Economy Is in Crisis. Now Let’s Fix It.
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VR May Not Be the Future of Entertainment, But It’s the Future of Something
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Kate Winslet in “Mare of Easttown.” Cr: HBO
How Remote Editing Helped Make “Mare of Easttown”
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Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in Marvel Studios' “Black Widow,” available as a premium rental for Disney+ members, alongside its theatrical release. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.
“Black Widow” Cinematography: How to Keep the Focus on the Film’s Characters
Volumetric capture on Neill Blomkamp’s film "Demonic," courtesy of IFC Midnight. An IFC Midnight Release.
Video Game Technology’s Impact on Filmmaking Has Only Just Started
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“Blade Runner” (1982) directed by Ridley Scott. Cr: Warner Bros.
“Blade Runner” Tech Revisited: Honestly, Seems About Right
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Mamma Mia, Here I Go Again (But With Volumetric Capture)
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Better Working Through Chemistry?
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Copyright: © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Caption: (L-r) ZENDAYA as Chani and TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as Paul Atreides in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary release.
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