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Hollywood COVID Compliance Officers Say Cutting Corners Is Common

During the height of the pandemic and in the months since, Hollywood productions routinely cut corners while trying to balance tight filming schedules against strict COVID-19 safety protocols, some insiders say. In September, a former HBO health adviser, Georgia Hesse, sued the company for wrongful termination, claiming she was fired for raising a red flag […]

Jeanie Buss on WOW Relaunch, Lakers Show ‘Legacy’ and Jerry West’s “Over the Top” Portrayal in ‘Winning Time’

Jeanie Buss may be best known as controlling owner and CEO of the Los Angeles Lakers, but she is also the force behind Women Of Wrestling, the only all-female wrestling organization with a global TV footprint. Buss has been involved in the property for almost two decades, and on Sept. 17, WOW will relaunch in […]

Costume Design Hacks: Making Selena Gomez Read Taller and Alexander Skarsgard Look Smaller Onscreen

Reportedly, Sebastian Stan clocks in at 6 feet tall, comparable with 6-foot-2 Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, whom the actor plays in Pam & Tommy. Co-star Lily James hits 5-foot-7 in flats, which corresponds with Pamela Anderson. But, via extensive research, Pam & Tommy costume designer Kameron Lennox determined that Anderson’s documented height may be […]

‘Winning Time’ EP Rodney Barnes Extends HBO Overall Deal

One of the key players on HBO’s Winning Time is extending his contract. Rodney Barnes, an executive producer and writer of the series about the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers, has extended his overall deal at HBO. The new pact will keep him at the premium cabler for three more years. Under the deal, Barnes will […]

Salli Richardson-Whitfield Extends HBO Overall Deal

Salli Richardson-Whitfield is staying with HBO. The director, producer and actress has extended her overall deal, which covers both the premium cable channel and streamer HBO Max, for two more years. Richardson-Whitfield first signed a deal with HBO in September 2020. Under the extension, she’ll join HBO’s Los Angeles Lakers drama Winning Time as an […]

‘Winning Time’ Boss Extends HBO Overall Deal

Max Borenstein is extending his relationship with HBO. The Winning Time co-creator and showrunner has renewed his overall deal with the premium cable network that is home to the Lakers drama. Borenstein first signed a two-year deal with HBO in 2020. His new overall is for three years, taking him through 2025. “HBO is why […]

Behind the Glistening, Shirtless Scenes of ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Fire Island’ and More: “It Was Definitely a Lot of Oil”

Beyond scoring big at the box office, breaking streaming viewership records or enchanting critics, several of this summer’s hottest projects have one thing in common: oiled-up, skin-baring scenes. Top Gun: Maverick took its own approach to the famous beach volleyball scene of the original, staging an oil-heavy game of beach football with Tom Cruise, Miles […]

‘Winning Time’ Basketball Trainer on How the Cast Pulled Off Slam Dunk Performances

Considering it’s a show about one of the greatest basketball teams ever, it makes sense that the people operating behind the scenes of HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty had to function like a coaching staff, getting veteran actors John C. Reilly and Adrien Brody to work alongside breakouts like Quincy Isaiah […]

“You Went to Therapy for That?”: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Oscar Isaac and the THR Drama Actor Roundtable

Oscar Isaac has just flown in from New York, where the Scenes From a Marriage and Moon Knight star was enjoying some much-deserved time off, and Succession’s Brian Cox will soon head to Miami for a documentary shoot. Loki’s Tom Hiddleston is about to go back into production, and The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’s […]

HBO Fires Back After Jerry West Criticism: ‘Winning Time’ Is “Based on Extensive Factual Research” (Exclusive)

Winning Time debuted in early March with a disclaimer splashed across the screen: The HBO series is “a dramatization of certain facts and events.” It was supposed to provide a bit of cover. Seven weeks later, former Los Angeles Lakers coach and general manager Jerry West, depicted in the series by actor Jason Clarke, fired […]

If Jerry West Sued Over ‘Winning Time,’ Legal Case May Face Uphill Battle

HBO’s Winning Time starts with a warning: “This series is a dramatization of certain facts and events. Some of the names have been changed and some of the events and characters have been fictionalized, modified or composited for dramatic purposes.” A version of this disclaimer appears in other movies and shows based on real events. […]