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Gaslit‘s Prosthetic Makeup Maestro Kazu Hiro on Transforming Sean Penn Into John Mitchell

May 25, 2022 | By
<i>Gaslit</i>‘s Prosthetic Makeup Maestro Kazu Hiro on Transforming Sean Penn Into John Mitchell

To be gaslit is to be manipulated into questioning your own sanity, and in the new Starz original miniseries Gaslit, White House counsel John Mitchell (Sean Penn) and his outspoken wife Martha (Julia Roberts) find themselves dealing with just that as the Nixon Administration seeks a scapegoat for Watergate. You might say the Mitchells... »

Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

May 24, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

An email from a pal and colleague brings us back to previous (and still unfolding) topics, including this week’s raft of primaries — especially Georgia’s. This epistolary-minded friend straddles the above-and-below lines of production and writes from the purple-trending-blue state of New Mexico, saying he’d read a recent column and “was interested, in particular, about the... »

The First Lady Production Designer Tony Fanning on Recreating the White House Across Different Eras

May 24, 2022 | By
<i>The First Lady</i> Production Designer Tony Fanning on Recreating the White House Across Different Eras

Showtime’s new tripartite series The First Lady follows the remarkable White House lives of three iconic First Ladies — Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), and explores how the responsibilities of the First Lady have both changed and stayed the same over time. Created by Aaron Crowley and directed by... »

The Great Costume Designer Sharon Long on Bringing Sexy Back to 18th Century Couture in Season 2

May 19, 2022 | By
<i>The Great</i> Costume Designer Sharon Long on Bringing Sexy Back to 18th Century Couture in Season 2

In Season 2 of Hulu’s The Great, creator Tony McNamara‘s modernistic take on the Russian monarchy circa 18th century boasts saucy language and a sexy, vibrant wardrobe. For the women of the Court, led by Empress Catherine, (Elle Fanning) think lots of heaving bosoms, colorful, wide-rimmed dresses supported by bone hoop cages, corsets to sculpt... »

Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, Dies at 79

May 19, 2022 | By
Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind <i>Chariots of Fire</i> and <i>Blade Runner</i>, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer who won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire, died on Tuesday in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19, according to Greek media reports. He was 79. Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou on March 29, 1943, Vangelis was raised in Athens,  Greece, where he taught himself piano and formed a... »

The Accidental Turitz: When It Comes to Peak TV, Too Much of a Good Thing Is Never Bad, Until It Is

May 18, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: When It Comes to Peak TV, Too Much of a Good Thing Is Never Bad, Until It Is

I spend a lot of time in front of screens these days, and not just the one on which I write this weekly column. There is the external monitor hooked to the laptop, my phone, my TV, my iPad, and the movie theaters where I catch as many flicks as possible, perhaps to make up... »

Candy Composer Ariel Marx on Creating Macabre Music for the Repressed World of Hulu’s True-Crime Series

May 17, 2022 | By
<i>Candy</i> Composer Ariel Marx on Creating Macabre Music for the Repressed World of Hulu’s True-Crime Series

It was Friday, June 13, 1980, when Candy Montgomery, a bible-belting bored housewife hacked her neighbor, Betty Gore, to death with an ax. The shocking crime shook the tight-knit community of Wylie, Texas, and led to a murder trial that saw Montgomery claim self-defense. More than 40 years later, the events that led up to that... »

Pam & Tommy‘s Makeup and Hairstyling Artists Reveal How They Recreated the Celebrity Couple for Hulu

May 13, 2022 | By
<i>Pam & Tommy</i>‘s Makeup and Hairstyling Artists Reveal How They Recreated the Celebrity Couple for Hulu

In the Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy, the makeup and hairstyling team recreated ’90s icons Pamela Anderson, a model and actress, and Tommy Lee, drummer for the Los Angeles rock band Motley Crue. During that decade, the two performers met, shacked up, got married, and created an infamous sex tape, around which the miniseries is... »

The Flight Attendant Composer Blake Neely on 20 Years With Greg Berlanti and How a College Rejection Letter Fueled His Emmy Win

May 11, 2022 | By
<i>The Flight Attendant</i> Composer Blake Neely on 20 Years With Greg Berlanti and How a College Rejection Letter Fueled His Emmy Win

If you’re a fan of the CW, you’ve probably heard the work of veteran Composer Blake Neely, whose many credits include All American, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, and Supergirl, as well as Netflix’s creepy thriller You. All of those shows hail from executive producer Greg Berlanti, who goes back 20 years with Neely, who composed the main title theme for Berlanti’s show Everwood.... »

Union Roundup: If the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, It Will Have Major Consequences for Hollywood

May 10, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: If the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, It Will Have Major Consequences for Hollywood

The Ankler, as many readers know, is one of the most recent entries into the roiling, chumming waters of “Hollywood trade publications” with a growing online presence, multiple newsletters, and most recently, a podcast. They remain gleefully puckish in their outlook (not to be confused with “optimistic”) about showbiz, along with their mission of... »