32 Behind-The-Scenes Entertainment Features From 2015 That Deserve Another Look
BuzzFeed Entertainment talked to the people behind some of the biggest projects of the year (like
Avengers: Age of Ultron, Empire, Furious 7, and Making a Murderer). Here's the best of those features, presented in the order of when it was published. Warning: SPOILERS ABOUND! by , , , , , , ,
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After a slow-burn first season, the San Francisco-set HBO comedy-drama became an even richer look at gay life. BuzzFeed News talked to the show’s actors and executive producer about the diversity issue, unlikable characters, and what to expect in Season 2.
“I feel bad for anyone that paid for the movie hoping for boobs,”
The Overnight’s writer-director Patrick Brice told BuzzFeed News at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Rick Famuyiwa, the director of
Dope, talked to BuzzFeed News about how he rediscovered his voice and created his best film yet. “When you’re making films with people of color in them … each one has to almost speak for the entire race.”
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The Wolfpack, about a family of brothers who rarely left their Manhattan apartment while growing up, was one of the biggest breakouts at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It raises as many questions as it answers, as BuzzFeed News reported.
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The dynamic between Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey Milkovich (Noel Fisher) on
Shameless remains one of the most touching, powerful, and atypical on television. The actors behind the groundbreaking characters and executive producer Etan Frankel talked to BuzzFeed News about the origins and staying power of “Gallavich.”
It Follows, the second film from writer-director David Robert Mitchell, turns the traditional slasher trope of sex amounting to death into something that will forever haunt your nightmares. Mitchell told BuzzFeed News how he did it.
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Creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and showrunner Ilene Chaiken talked to BuzzFeed News about being at the helm of network TV’s biggest success story in years, how they made it happen, and their hopes for Season 2 (Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, and Spike Lee, to name a few).
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Just before the debut of
Mad Men’s final seven episodes, stars John Slattery (Roger Sterling), Jon Hamm (Don Draper), January Jones (Betty Francis), Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway), and creator Matt Weiner gathered for a Film Society event at Lincoln Center in New York City. BuzzFeed News was there as they looked back on some of their favorite moments. (If you'd like to read more on Mad Men, here are all 90 episodes of the series, ranked by BuzzFeed News' Kate Aurthur.)
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Director James Wan faced a lot of challenges finishing
Furious 7 after Paul Walker died in an unrelated car accident, but sticking his film’s ending was, perhaps, the biggest. “We took a lot of care in crafting that last end sequence,” he told BuzzFeed News.
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The cast, creator, and a network executive talked to BuzzFeed News about their revolutionary series about a perfectly imperfect single black woman.
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Even for a beloved and widely respected director living out his ultimate dream job at the helm of
Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seems impossible to survive the Marvel Studios machine intact. Joss Whedon told BuzzFeed how he not only managed, but thrived.
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Dutch filmmaker Tom Six has returned with the third installment in his notorious
Human Centipede series, and, as he explained to BuzzFeed News, he doesn’t care if you’re ready or not.
During an exclusive visit to the set of ABC Family’s massive success story, BuzzFeed News learned everything you need to know about the last days of “A,” the show’s looming five-year time jump, and how they’re preparing for the end.
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Paul Feig talked candidly with BuzzFeed News about the many times he considered walking away from his career as an actor, writer, and director for good, and what kept bringing him back.
The brains behind
Parks and Recreation, Lost, Sex and the City, The X-Files, Empire, Pushing Daisies, and dozens of other beloved shows singled out the line, scene, twist, or episode that’s closest to their heart.
A year after an underage Hollywood sex abuse scandal dominated headlines, Amy Berg’s documentary about a pedophilia ring in the industry is finally making its way to theaters. But it was a maddeningly difficult road to get there, as BuzzFeed News reported.
“I wasn’t sure the ultimate effect it would have,”
Tangerine director Sean Baker explained to BuzzFeed News.
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Unreal’s star, Shiri Appleby, and its co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro talked to BuzzFeed News about the show’s wild first season.
BoJack Horseman's creator and production designer talked to BuzzFeed News about their series’ sensibility, their wacky mutual trust, and whether characters have to be good to be likable.
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Director David Wain told BuzzFeed News everything fans wanted to know about the long-awaited Netflix series, and why this isn’t the end.
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Director F. Gary Gray transformed a group of newbies to perfectly bring N.W.A’s story to the screen. They talked to BuzzFeed News about how it all came together.
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Women who have worked in animation for anywhere from a few years to six decades talked to BuzzFeed News about how things have gotten better — and how they haven’t.
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Co-creator Damon Lindelof and star Justin Theroux talked to BuzzFeed News about the show’s second season — its move to Texas, diversifying the cast, and why it almost didn’t return.
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It took seven years to bring
Freeheld — the true story of an embattled lesbian couple in New Jersey — to the screen. Ellen Page, Julianne Moore, director Peter Sollett, and the film’s other key players told BuzzFeed News how it finally happened.
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Screenwriter Drew Goddard explained to BuzzFeed News how he transformed Andy Weir’s beloved book into the script for one of the biggest films of the fall.
She’s produced dozens of independent films, but Brown was in uncharted waters when she took part in the fourth season of HBO’s moviemaking docuseries. After the Season 4 finale, she spoke with BuzzFeed News her relationship with Jason Mann today, and what’s next for “Effie T. Brown: Dream Killer.”
Rönkkö & Turner
Transformers star marathoned his filmography in the name of art, BuzzFeed News stopped by to take a look.
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Todd Haynes — the director of
Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara — talked to BuzzFeed News about working with the actors, love stories, and the importance of preserving queer culture. Plus, here's more on the movie's ending.
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Director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and screenwriter Peter Craig spoke with BuzzFeed News about the hard choices they had to make adapting the final book in author Suzanne Collins’s best-selling franchise.
Director Ryan Coogler first fell in love with filmmaking while watching the
Rocky franchise as a kid. Now, he's giving it new life — and a lot of feeling — with Creed. The 29-year-old tells BuzzFeed News how he channeled his family’s tragedy to make it happen…with Sylvester Stallone’s blessing.
Sanjay Patel, the director of the latest Pixar short,
Sanjay’s Super Team, talked to BuzzFeed News about bringing something new and personal to the animation giant.
Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi took BuzzFeed News inside the year’s biggest true crime obsession.
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