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How ‘Stranger Things’ Created That Awesomely Retro Title Sequence

21 June 2017 3:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For years, Michelle Dougherty had a dream. She wanted to create titles that echoed the work of Richard Greenberg, who created the opening credits for ’80s movies like “Alien,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Blow Out.”

As creative director at title-design powerhouse Imaginary Forces (“Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire”), Dougherty created many iconic title sequences of her own — but when she pitched the concept of an ’80s homage to showrunners and directors, no one was interested.

“Richard is the one who really pioneer this idea in movies that you can create mood with just typography,” said Dougherty. “It was incredibly avant-garde for the time period.”

Read More: The Best New Opening Title Sequences for 2016-2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey

And then she met the Duffer Brothers — and they were the ones who brought up Greenberg in their initial discussions of what they wanted from their Netflix show, “Stranger Things.” Not only were the Duffers familiar with his work, they considered it an iconic part of the ’80s movies their show referenced.

Dougherty was thrilled — but the Duffers rejected her first pass at creating the “Stranger Things” typography as too modern.

“They were influenced by book covers as kids,” said Dougherty. “They sent over a Stephen King book with ’80s typography, which was big, bold, chunky, almost decorative.”

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Dougherty was able to trace back the particular typeface to the famed 20th-century typographer Ed Benguit, who created over 600 typefaces, including the self named Itc Benguit that was popular on ’80s paperbacks like the one the Duffers sent her.

However, getting the right ’80s typeface was only the first step in creating the feel the Duffers wanted.

“Originally we had these kind of snappy, modern-looking moves,” said Daugherty. “The animator I was working with, Eric Demeusy, is a genius, but he’s younger. He wanted it to feel very fresh. I remember the ’80s, things didn’t move that quickly because of technology. During that time, the beginning of my career, I remember we use to film things out, which is a different process. The movement isn’t as slick as it is now.”

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As Dougherty started to think of the imperfections in ’80s titles, she also remembered that things weren’t perfectly uniform. Slightly jagged movements, flickering lights, and color inconsistency were natural products of transferring to film. However, research proved her wrong: Such imperfections were more prevalent in the ’60s and ’70s.

“I checked with Dan Perri, who did titles for “Star Wars,” and he said that by the ’80s that type of stuff meant you didn’t have the money for a good optical house,” said Dougherty.

Still, Dougherty felt there was something too clean about the otherwise beautiful work Demeusy created. She liked the idea of the tactile, almost handmade feel of those imperfections. She started studying ’60s and ’70s titles to find examples that she could share with Demeusy.

“When you look the titles for ‘Stranger Things,’ when the type fades up and down, there’s a little pink residual color that we added in there,” said Dougherty. “We added those things because we wanted to make it feel like film. We actually wanted to film something out, just to do a test, but we couldn’t find anyone in L.A. that could do it for us.”

One of the struggles title sequence designers face is they often have to work before music has been selected.However, the Duffers had already identified the synth music (by the experimental soundscape band Survive, based in Austin), and that’s one reason Dougherty thinks the “Stranger Things” title sequence works so well. Matching the tone of the distinct music greatly informed the movement, feel,  and texture of the animated typography.

In the age of binge watching, Dougherty has heard complaints that opening titles can be boring. On other shows, she’s often having to find ways to embed Easter eggs and story details to keep the titles fresh. With “Stranger Things,” that isn’t the case.

“What the Duffers did that was really brilliant was the placement of the title sequence right after a very dramatic moment,” said Dougherty. “It’s almost the palate cleanser, or moment of breath. I think part of the reason these particular titles feel fresh is because it’s become integral to the storytelling.”

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Now Casting: ‘Dirty Dancing’ Nat’l Tour + 3 More Gigs

21 June 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Looking to have the time of your life? Today’s casting roundup has several opportunities to guarantee it! Play Baby or Johnny in the national nonunion tour of “Dirty Dancing,” soar high with “Marvel Universe Live!,” or join the roster of extras for upcoming feature films in New York. “Dirty Dancing” Nat’L Nonunion TOURThe tour is looking for male and female talent aged 18–40 to fill all principal roles, including Baby, Johnny, and Penny. Actors should double as dancers with excellent technique in classical ballet or modern dance (training in Latin or Ballroom is a plus), and have partnering skills. The production also seeks male and female talent aged 18–40 as ensemble members who will double as businessmen, wives, waiters/waitresses, and more. Auditions are June 30 in North Hollywood, California. Rehearsals begin Aug. 2017 and tours through 2018. Some pay will be provided. “Marvel Universe Live!” - National & International Tour“Marvel Universe Live!” is seeking talented performers to join the national and international arena show that features Marvel superheroes and supervillains. Male and female talent aged 18–40 are sought for »

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‘Hello Again’ Trailer: Sex-Fueled Musical Puts Broadway Greats In Ten Affairs Over Ten Decades — Watch

21 June 2017 9:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There is a very niche swath of Broadway lovers and lesbians who will be over the moon to see Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton share a seductive scene in “Hello Again,” a film adaptation of Michael John Lachiusa’s 1993 musical which released its steamy new trailer today.

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Hello Again” tells ten love affairs set in each decade of the 20th century, following the sexual escapades of characters with names like The Whore, The College Boy, and The Young Thing. Lachiusa is best known for writing “The Wild Party,” which developed a cult following in the years since its Broadway debut in 1999. “Hello Again” is based on “La Ronde,” the 1897 play by Arthur Schnitzler which caused an uproar when it first played Berlin and Vienna in 1920.

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The movie stars six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, as well as similarly lauded theater actors Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Cheyenne Jackson, and Rumer Willis. “Hello Again” is directed by Tom Gustafson from a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg, the same pair behind the 2012 musical comedy “Mariachi Gringo.”

How many Broadway stars can you find?

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American Moviegoers See a Pro-Choice Bias in Hollywood (Poll)

16 June 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Is Hollywood pushing a pro-choice agenda? Americans seem to think so.

Sure, movies like The Cider House Rules, Dirty Dancing and Fast Times at Ridgemont High make a strong case for legalized abortion, but pro-life groups have praised the likes of Arrival, Juno and even the raunchy comedy Knocked Up — all movies where lead female characters choose to give birth rather than abort.

When push comes to shove, though, moviegoers see more pro-choice messages in films than they do pro-life messages, according to a poll made public for the first time Friday.

The scientific poll, conducted by Barna Group, indicates »

- Paul Bond

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10 Movie Romances That Will Make You Want a Summer Fling

14 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Summer is here, and if you're not excited about watching new movies or Summer TV, it's time to go back to some old, romantic favorites. If you're hoping to have your own Summer fling, you can first get inspired by these 10 film couples as the weather gets warmer. Each provides that giddy first-time feeling, from young puppy love (My Girl) to a more grown-up attraction (Dirty Dancing). Enjoy, and try not to get too overheated! Related20 Steamy Summer Romance Movies to Stream on Netflix Now »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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Newswire: Rick Moranis’ Spaceballs helmet is up for auction

9 June 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

We write about movie memorabilia auctions quite a bit around here, from Michael Keaton’s original Batsuit, to the jacket Patrick Swayze wore in Dirty Dancing. But few of these offerings have ever managed to fill us with the clawing, insatiable need to get in there and Buy That Thing that’s currently brewing in our hearts, courtesy of a new sale written up by The Hollywood Reporter. What’s causing our sudden case of avarice? A couple of items from Mel Brooks’ classic Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, including the Dark Helmet helmet worn by Rick Moranis in the 1987 film.

The massive plastic helmet—which, according to a 2015 interview with the ever-charming Moranis, was actually pretty light—is currently going for $12,000, with several weeks left to drive bidding up. Meanwhile, auction site Invaluable is also selling one of the miniature flying Winnebagos used in filming, complete ...


- William Hughes

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‘Downward Dog’: How Overcoming a Speech Impediment Inspired the Voice of TV’s Most Compelling Canine

6 June 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Martin, the breakout star of ABC’s comedy “Downward Dog,” is a really chatty mutt, but the man who provides the voice of Martin the has gone through a lifelong journey to find his own voice. After overcoming a severe speech impediment that started in childhood, Samm Hodges is using that same heartache and experience to shape one of the most insightful and compelling narrators on network TV.

Hodges started stuttering around age seven, about the time when his mother died. The speech disorder only worsened to the point where Hodges even considered suicide.

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“I lost my mother at a young age, and the family kind of just fell apart for a while,” Hodges said in an interview with IndieWire. “My dad moved us out to the woods, and I kind of lived in the 18th century. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Downward Dog’: How Overcoming a Speech Impediment Inspired the Voice of TV’s Most Compelling Canine

6 June 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Martin, the breakout star of ABC’s comedy “Downward Dog,” is a really chatty mutt, but the man who provides the voice of Martin the has gone through a lifelong journey to find his own voice. After overcoming a severe speech impediment that started in childhood, Samm Hodges is using that same heartache and experience to shape one of the most insightful and compelling narrators on network TV.

Hodges started stuttering around age seven, about the time when his mother died. The speech disorder only worsened to the point where Hodges even considered suicide.

Read More: ‘Downward Dog’ Creator Shares His Diary on How This Unlikely Show Every Got Made

“I lost my mother at a young age, and the family kind of just fell apart for a while,” Hodges said in an interview with IndieWire. “My dad moved us out to the woods, and I kind of lived in the 18th century. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Downward Dog’: Allison Tolman Talks About Strong Single Women, Smart Pups and Season 1 Guest Stars — Watch

5 June 2017 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Even with a star canine and the second word of its title, “Downward Dog” is one of the most human shows on TV.

Allison Tolman plays Nan, the show’s lead character, through a string of ups and downs that come when professional and romantic life have their uncertainties. Working on the marketing team for a clothing retailer while working through a breakup, Nan has a sleazy boss and an ambiguous dating situation.

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It’s a complicated life for an interesting character; one that serves as the center for half of the show. The other half is her opposite: the internal musings of her trusty dog, Martin. Tolman sat down with IndieWire for an interview (via Facebook Live), where she talked about the »

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Did stunts take toll on Patrick Swayze’s body? Star’s death examined on Autopsy: The Last Hours Of…

3 June 2017 9:06 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… on REELZChannel tonight examines Patrick’s Swayze’s death, and asks whether carrying out his own stunts took a toll on his body. The series, which recently looked at the deaths of Prince and Natalie Cole, sees forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter examine the Dirty Dancing star’s medical records. And he looks at the star’s life and whether anything could have been done to help him before he passed away  at the age of 57 in 2009 following a battle with cancer. Dr Hunter says of the medical records: “These along with first-hand testimonies allow me to...read more »

- Julian Cheatle

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Daily Show: Trump Evoked Bachelorette in 'Gangster' Climate Speech — Watch

2 June 2017 6:14 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Donald Trump might be known for The Apprentice, but it was another popular reality-tv franchise that came to mind as Trevor Noah watched the president announce his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Daily Show host was quick to react to Potus’ proclamation on Thursday, comparing the manner in which he made the announcement to an episode of The Bachelorette.

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Exclusive: Gleb Savchenko Says He'll Allow Daughter to Dance Under One Condition, Teases 'DWTS' Summer Tour

1 June 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Gleb Savchenko is known for choreographing some of the sexiest routines on Dancing With the Stars, but will he let his daughter follow in his footsteps?

The 33-year-old dancer stopped by Et's Los Angeles studio for a Facebook Live interview following the season 24 finale last week with his wife, Elena Samodanova, where he gave us the rundown on their life at home with 6-year-old daughter Olivia.

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"I don't know [if she'll dance]. Maybe. Maybe yes, maybe no," he joked. "But she watches Dancing With the Stars on the TV. I remember the other day she watched the boys' number [during the finals] and she was like, 'Daddy, I like it. I like your dancing.' And I was like, 'That wasn't me, that was Val [Chmerkovskiy]!"

"She's dancing, she's playing tennis, she's doing gymnastics, she's all over it," he continued »

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Ratings: Still Star-Crossed Bows Below Mistresses, Stanley Cup Up vs. 2016

30 May 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC’s Still Star-Crossed premiered on Monday night to 2.43 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, landing below year-ago time slot occupant Mistresses‘ final season average (2.6 mil/0.6).

Readers gave the Romeo & Juliet follow-up an average grade of “C.”

Opening ABC’s night, The Bachelorette (5.6 mil/1.5) was down just a tenth year over year, and scored Monday’s biggest audience.

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NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals drew 4.9 mil and a 1.6 per fast nationals, up 20 percent and two tenths from last year’s Game 1 and topping the night in the demo. »

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Grey's Anatomy Season 14: Megan Is Alive! — What Happens Next?

30 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

TVLine hits rewind on the TV season’s biggest “What Happens Next” finales, then invites you to predict the cliffhanger outcomes.

Grey Sloan might have been on fire for most of the Season 13 finale of Grey’s Anatomy, but it was really Meredith’s newly official relationship with Nathan that seemed to go up in flames.

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After learning that her boyfriend’s lost love Megan wasn’t, as he’d believed for years, dead, Grey gently broke the news to Riggs, and once he got over his initial shock, »

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Still Star-Crossed: Do You Bite Your Thumb at ABC's Romeo & Juliet Drama?

29 May 2017 7:58 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

More than 400 years after William Shakespeare’s death, one of the playwright’s most beloved works is at last being given the sequel treatment in the form of an ABC drama series.

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Based on Melinda Taub’s 2013 novel, ABC’s Still Star-Crossed strives to answer a whole bunch of questions no one asked about the extended Romeo and Juliet universe, including how its members fared after the titular lovers’ deaths.

Monday’s premiere spun the mostly familiar tale of forbidden lovers who defied their feuding »

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Quotes of the Week: The Bachelorette, Dirty Dancing, Arrow, Lucifer and More

28 May 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In addition to the barbecues and trips to the beach, TVLine’s Quotes of the Week are an essential part of any good Memorial Day Weekend.

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This time around, we’ve got a major makeover on Lucifer, difficult dancing lessons on 12 Monkeys, a nod to Fantasy Island on Arrow and a small (but noticeable!) tweak to the original Dirty Dancing script. 

Also featured in this week’s round-up: double doses of Great News, The Bachelorette and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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Summer Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series: 2017 Edition

26 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The 2016-17 TV season is over, so here's our annual list of summer premiere dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows. The list covers about 300 broadcast, cable and streaming programs bowing from late May through August and some high-profile one-off programs. Please send any additions or adjustments to erik@deadline.com. We’ll update the post regularly as more dates are revealed. May 24: Dirty Dancing (ABC, new telefilm) Bakers vs. Fakers (Food Network… »

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From Dirty Dancing to Grease Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations

26 May 2017 5:31 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Every time you change the channel, it seems that another primetime network has revamped another classic for the small screen — and sometimes, to viewers’ displeasure.

After this week’s Dirty Dancing remake, which, well, wasn’t a fan favorite, we’re taking a look back at what the Internet has had to say about the rest of the primetime musical adaptations, from the low to high notes.

8. Dirty Dancing

The latest addition to the primetime lineup of musical remakes was a little different. ABC’s Dirty Dancing wasn’t technically a musical, and it wasn’t live, as many of the revamps have been. »

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110 Summer TV Shows: Every New and Returning Series (Photos)

25 May 2017 6:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There’s more TV than ever, and TheWrap’s here to help you keep track of it all. “Casual” (Hulu) Tuesday, May 23 “Dirty Dancing” (ABC) Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. “Red Nose Day Special” (NBC) Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. “Love Connection” (Fox) Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. “Beat Shazam” (Fox) Thursday, May 25 at 9 p.m. “Bloodline” (Netflix) Friday, May 26 “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (The CW) Monday, May 29 at 9 p.m. “Still Star-Crossed” (ABC) Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. “F Is for Family” (Netflix) Tuesday, May 30 “House of Cards” (Netflix) Tuesday, May 30 “America’s Got Talent” (NBC) Tuesday, May 30 at 8 p. »

- Reid Nakamura

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You Can Stay at the Actual Dirty Dancing Hotel, but it’s Not in the Catskills

25 May 2017 12:13 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the controversial Dirty Dancing remake, we know just the place.

Although the Catskills served as the setting for Baby and Johnny’s memorable summer, the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia, was the actual filming location for the resort. And if you’ve been waiting to live out the vacation of your Dd dreams we’ve got good news: the hotel is still very much open for business.

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- Megan Stein

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