Go behind the scenes of show business on TV

The world of showbiz has always been fascinating. However, it is not either glamour that you can believe. By only observing this world on the surface, we sometimes minimize the work and rigor we find there. Each in their own way, as the hits did 30 Rock Where Surroundingsthese series and documentaries lift the veil behind the scenes.

Irma Vep


Mira is an American star who subscribes to popular American movies. To escape the breakup of an unhealthy relationship and find meaning in her career, she agrees to play Irma Vep in a French miniseries adapted from the silent film. The vampires. The director is a temperamental and boundary-crossing being. The international cast brings together fun characters. Acclimating herself perfectly in this universe far from the big Hollywood machine, Mira finds an unsettling solace in the one she embodies, which inhabits her more and more. Without complicating things, we can say that Irma Vep is the adaptation of an adaptation. For the record, director Olivier Assayas filmed an adaptation of Louis Feuillade’s 1915 film in 1996. Here, Alicia Vilkander supports Mira/Irma in a version that seems well steeped in this first adventure. If Vilkander is magnetic, we fall for Vincent Macaigne as a passive aggressive director and Vincent Lacoste in the skin of an abused youth first. If the story of the series is so entertaining, it is because it follows the whims of a team in the middle of filming a series that is close to disaster. We feel for the assistant director trying to hold the fort. And we love backstage contests, courtship, unhealthy competition, and funding sources whose interests are not just artistic.

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Fun


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Funny is the name of the Parisian comedy club where young comedians struggling to make a living from their jokes perform. There’s Bling, whose consumer woes fueled promising success. There is Aïssatou who had left stand up to become a mother and who tries to be reborn on stage. There is Nezir, who lives in a difficult financial situation with his father. He has an innate talent for writing and an infectious optimism in addition to being endowed with unwavering solidarity. Then there is Apolline, who was not intended for humor, but who hopes to free herself from her mother to live her passion. Four characters. Four new faces that perfectly represent Parisian diversity. Four characters that illustrate the complexity of finding one’s place in the world of humor: writing in the shadows, the attraction of the viral, the balance between work and family, the pressure from the environment, the perception of humor in their culture. Humor is work, precision, and this fiction, while evoking attachment to its characters, shows the path young comedians must travel to stand out and aspire to big spaces.

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hacks


This is not the first time I have mentioned this amazing series, whose season 2 appeared a few weeks ago. We investigate how they work stand up through the toxic but highly entertaining relationship between a declining star, Deborah Vance, and a young kamikaze writer, Ava, seeking to restore a career that started on a bad joke. If they tamed each other professionally in the first season, the second will keep them on a fine line between friendship, respect and their respective needs. After rolling her jokes across the states in her luxury RV, Deborah does everything to regain the prestige of a Las Vegas venue and her face on the Strip.

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New faces


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The fashion and modeling industry has always aroused curiosity. This documentary series opens the doors to the Humankind agency, which tries to do things differently, far from the standards that have always been popular. Marikym Hervieux is a former model. Together with her former agent, Claudine De Repentigny, she founded an agency more focused on diversity. They manage talent there with a benevolence that contrasts with the twisted and destructive stories that are all too often told in the industry. We follow them as they try to conquer the American market with three of their models: Megan, Shilloh and Max. In the challenges and despite the pitfalls. Even with the small victories. A human intervention that we rarely see in an environment that sells dreams anyway.

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Half time


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Jennifer Lopez is a megastar. This documentary features her as she has just been offered the Superbowl halftime show with Shakira. We follow her in her life and in the preparation for this great event, which she sees as an opportunity for Latin American women to showcase their culture, their talent and their strength. The star suffered from a light-hearted image portrayed in the tabloids. She wants to show that she has substance. Of’empowerment. Without makeup, we follow her during a family meal or as she hugs a group of young dancers and encourages them to believe in their dream. We witness the loving mother, the uncompromising dancer—, the actress with a message that she wants to be. A fascinating entry that feels authentic.

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ten percent


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The British version of the French series Ten percent (call my agent) just landed. There are essentially the same plots: actress who is too old for a role, pay equity within a couple of actors, actor who does not come out of the skin of a character… but with English stars. Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Corrin, Phoebe Dynevor, David Harewood appear in their “own role”. It’s just as tasty. Same, but so different at the same time. We’re in London, we feel that interpersonal relationships are a little different. Some situations are approached more subtly or are less exuberant. Here, Mathias becomes Jonathan. This is the son of the founder of the artist agency. His association with the company is different. His assistant also has a crush on him. Andrea is Rebecca, less virulent. She shows more emotional vulnerability to a war journalist she falls in love with. His new assistant, Misha, is Jonathan’s illegitimate daughter. Arlette is Stella, the agency’s experience, voice of reason, wisdom and memory. The dog Marcus is there. And Gabriel is Dan, the agent who struggles to face the truth and falls for the receptionist who has become his client. The English office sees the arrival of an American team too happy and too perfect to turn the company around after the founder’s death. A big clash of cultures. They all strive to make their prestigious clients happy and stay at the agency. Everyone puts their feet in the sink.

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Charlotte Cardin: The Phoenix Experience


Authenticity is also at the heart of this documentary, which follows the singer-songwriter. Charlotte Cardin has always led her career at her own pace, in her own way. It is all his merit. This documentary retraces in personal form her journey leading her to the release of her long-awaited debut album last spring. Fifteen scenes where life and stage intersect.

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