Review: Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez strike gold in 'Only Murders in the Building'

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How Steve Martin, Selena Gomez, Martin Short Came Up with Podcast Title in Only Murders in the Building Sneak Peek

PEOPLE 30 August, 2021 - 07:00am

Ahead of the Hulu series' premiere, PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek of Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short in Only Murders in the Building as they set up their yet-to-be-named true-crime podcast.

"Here's the thing I don't get: People who worry about living in the big city because of all the crime. As any true-crime aficionado will tell you it's the boondocks you need to worry about," Martin's character, Charles Hayden-Savage, says while recording the podcast. "Nailed it."

"I don't know. It's so PBS-y," Short's character Oliver Putnam objects. "Like a Ken Burns documentary on the history of boredom. Maybe Mabel should give it a try."

But Gomez's character says, "I'd rather die."

As the team finalizes their plans for their case, including blueprints, maps and a timeline, Oliver begins to dream up a bigger project.

"No, we need to focus. Only murders in the building," Charles says.

"Only murders in the building," repeats Oliver, who has a twinkle in his eye about their new podcast title.

"Welcome to Only Murders in the Building, a true-crime podcast," Charles duplicates with an ominous yet excited tone. "I'm your host Charles Hayden-Savage."

Only Murders in the Building, created by Martin and John Hoffman and produced by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, premieres Aug. 31 on Hulu.

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Firefighters Working To Protect Structures Along Highway 50 As Unpredictable Caldor Fire Spreads Farther East

TV Insider 29 August, 2021 - 06:39pm

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) – Firefighters are continuing to protect homes along Highway 50 as the Caldor Fire intensifies and spreads farther east forcing new evacuation warnings in South Lake Tahoe.

“I haven’t been able to make it up to Sierra at Tahoe myself either,” said Cal Fire Public Information Officer Jason Hunter.

By the early evening Sunday, flames were so erratic some crews got stuck on the east side of the highway and were even forced out of Camp Sacramento where there are unconfirmed reports of destruction.

“Coming into this red flag warning — it’s definitely concerning for us we have a lot of resources in place to mitigate the problem, but we are making sure everybody is safe right now that’s our focus,” Hunter said.

It was a rough day on the front lines with crews up against the hottest and driest day of the firefight since the fire broke out.

Still, evacuees are grateful for the help they are getting.

“It’s a real strong community here,” one man said.

The highway just east of Twin Bridges was even too dangerous for journalists to enter Sunday.

'Only Murders in the Building': Where Was the Hulu Show Filmed?

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 29 August, 2021 - 02:35pm

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Only Murders in the Building follows three strangers living in the Arconia. There’s Mabel (played by Gomez), a young and fashionable woman in her twenties. Then, there’s Charles (Martin), who used to play a detective on a popular television show. Finally, there’s Oliver (Short), a former Broadway theater director whose career crashed after a failed production.

Mabel, Charles, and Oliver tend to keep to themselves at the Arconia. However, when a resident is murdered in the building, the three bond over their shared love of true crime. They work together to solve the murder and record their findings for their own true crime podcast. During the investigation, the amateur detectives discover years of Arconia secrets and become entangled in lies to each other.

Let the mystery solving begin! Check out these photos from our #OnlyMurdersonHulu screening. pic.twitter.com/aUNdHAk7bQ

Hulu filmed Only Murders in the Building in New York City in winter and spring 2021, according to On Location Vacations. The show primarily used The Belnord in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, located on 86th street.

As the publication notes, the building includes more than 200 units, a large courtyard, and a garden. The Belnord also features “a fitness center, a sports court, a club lounge with a fireplace, dining room, children’s playroom, and teen room.”

Back in May, Hulu shared on Instagram some first-look photos at the show, featuring The Belnord’s courtyard. The images showed Gomez, Short, and Martin posing on street corners and walking down long, crowded corridors.

Speaking to Architectural Digest, production designer Curt Beech said Only Murders in the Building drew inspiration from many of the larger apartment buildings in New York City.

“The setting is based on a conglomeration of buildings where the courtyards take up an entire city block. There are not many of them left in the city, and they are kind of unicorns,” he said. “We were leading into this idea of a world within a world.”

2 days… 2 days… But what could it possibly mean?! I'm sure all you wannabe detectives have already figured it out! #OnlyMurdersOnHulu premieres on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/dWI6NJ2eIg

Beech also provided some insight on the show’s interior design, revealing that each main character’s apartment reflects their personalities.

“Charles’s apartment is all about his past when he was successful. He made a lot of money back then and was smart about his investments, such as art, which he updated periodically,” he said.

On the other hand, Beech explained that Oliver “was not good with money.” Because of that, his apartment “looks a little overdone and opulent for his resources, which is what got him in trouble both professionally and personally.”

“The whole dining room became a theater where Oliver would try and sell his ideas; it was him on the stage doing his act literally. The designs were really a deep dive into his character,” Beech added.

Only Murders in the Building premieres on Hulu on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

RELATED: ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Premiere Date: Will Selena Gomez’s Series Air Weekly?

Only Murders in the Building follows three strangers living in the Arconia. There’s Mabel (played by Gomez), a young and fashionable woman in her twenties. Then, there’s Charles (Martin), who used to play a detective on a popular television show. Finally, there’s Oliver (Short), a former Broadway theater director whose career crashed after a failed production.

Mabel, Charles, and Oliver tend to keep to themselves at the Arconia. However, when a resident is murdered in the building, the three bond over their shared love of true crime. They work together to solve the murder and record their findings for their own true crime podcast. During the investigation, the amateur detectives discover years of Arconia secrets and become entangled in lies to each other.

Let the mystery solving begin! Check out these photos from our #OnlyMurdersonHulu screening. pic.twitter.com/aUNdHAk7bQ

Hulu filmed Only Murders in the Building in New York City in winter and spring 2021, according to On Location Vacations. The show primarily used The Belnord in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, located on 86th street.

As the publication notes, the building includes more than 200 units, a large courtyard, and a garden. The Belnord also features “a fitness center, a sports court, a club lounge with a fireplace, dining room, children’s playroom, and teen room.”

Back in May, Hulu shared on Instagram some first-look photos at the show, featuring The Belnord’s courtyard. The images showed Gomez, Short, and Martin posing on street corners and walking down long, crowded corridors.

Speaking to Architectural Digest, production designer Curt Beech said Only Murders in the Building drew inspiration from many of the larger apartment buildings in New York City.

“The setting is based on a conglomeration of buildings where the courtyards take up an entire city block. There are not many of them left in the city, and they are kind of unicorns,” he said. “We were leading into this idea of a world within a world.”

2 days… 2 days… But what could it possibly mean?! I'm sure all you wannabe detectives have already figured it out! #OnlyMurdersOnHulu premieres on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/dWI6NJ2eIg

Beech also provided some insight on the show’s interior design, revealing that each main character’s apartment reflects their personalities.

“Charles’s apartment is all about his past when he was successful. He made a lot of money back then and was smart about his investments, such as art, which he updated periodically,” he said.

On the other hand, Beech explained that Oliver “was not good with money.” Because of that, his apartment “looks a little overdone and opulent for his resources, which is what got him in trouble both professionally and personally.”

“The whole dining room became a theater where Oliver would try and sell his ideas; it was him on the stage doing his act literally. The designs were really a deep dive into his character,” Beech added.

Only Murders in the Building premieres on Hulu on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

RELATED: ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Premiere Date: Will Selena Gomez’s Series Air Weekly?

'Only Murders in the Building': Selena Gomez Says She's 'Very Similar' to Mabel

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 29 August, 2021 - 06:23am

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The series sees Gomez starring alongside some real comedic giants. She offers a fun and youthful balance to the mix. Recently, Gomez opened up about her work on the series and revealed that she has more in common with her character than fans might think. 

Only Murders in the Building premieres on Hulu on August 31. The show stars Selena Gomez alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short. Martin, famous for his comedic talents displayed over more than four decades, also co-created the series. 

The show starts with the three main characters as strangers. They all share one hobby many Americans share: following true-crime mysteries. As the story unfolds, the three find themselves caught up in a murder mystery of their own. The show promises to be a combination of wry dark humor, a traditional whodunit, and a bit of a parody of the obsession with true crime entertainment. 

Gomez plays Mabel. She stands out as a young, female face next to her older, male costars. In real life, Gomez is introducing Short and Martin to youthful pop culture like Cardi B’s hit “WAP.” And her character is something of a foil for the two bumbling men who seem a bit out of touch with the updated world around them. The trailer, for instance, shows Martin’s character Charles trying to surreptitiously take surveillance photos of his neighbors. He ends up with a wall full of awkward selfies. 

Speaking with ET Canada in a teaser about the show, all three co-stars plugged the upcoming series. Martin talked about how the idea came to him. He admitted that it was starting with the three actors in mind that gave him the inspiration. He also pointed to the “brilliant people” who had come on board, saying it was like a “locomotive — once you start, you can’t stop it.” 

Gomez said that she “loved” playing Mabel because she’s “very similar” to the character. She also referred to her co-stars as “crazy uncles.” Gomez pointed to Martin’s tendency to make fun of himself as one of the ways he and Short are “incredibly humble.” She enjoyed working alongside the more seasoned stars and called them true “gentlemen.” 

While Gomez didn’t go into too much detail about what makes her and the character of Mabel so similar, one clue might be in Gomez’s past attendance at a true crime conference. 

Gomez and her mother attended a conference in Chicago along with 300 other people who tried to solve an actual cold case. The event, called CrimeCon, takes place at various locales. Upcoming events will be held in both Las Vegas and London. It gives amateur sleuths around the globe the opportunity to show off their skills. 

For Gomez and her mother, the case they tried to crack involved the 1981 death of a 17-year-old boy that has continued to baffle authorities for decades. At the end of the event, participants turn over their notes and theories to investigators. This is in hopes of giving a fresh perspective that might provide a new path forward and closure for the victim’s friends and family. 

RELATED: Is Selena Gomez’s ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Coming to Disney+?

The series sees Gomez starring alongside some real comedic giants. She offers a fun and youthful balance to the mix. Recently, Gomez opened up about her work on the series and revealed that she has more in common with her character than fans might think. 

Only Murders in the Building premieres on Hulu on August 31. The show stars Selena Gomez alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short. Martin, famous for his comedic talents displayed over more than four decades, also co-created the series. 

The show starts with the three main characters as strangers. They all share one hobby many Americans share: following true-crime mysteries. As the story unfolds, the three find themselves caught up in a murder mystery of their own. The show promises to be a combination of wry dark humor, a traditional whodunit, and a bit of a parody of the obsession with true crime entertainment. 

Gomez plays Mabel. She stands out as a young, female face next to her older, male costars. In real life, Gomez is introducing Short and Martin to youthful pop culture like Cardi B’s hit “WAP.” And her character is something of a foil for the two bumbling men who seem a bit out of touch with the updated world around them. The trailer, for instance, shows Martin’s character Charles trying to surreptitiously take surveillance photos of his neighbors. He ends up with a wall full of awkward selfies. 

Speaking with ET Canada in a teaser about the show, all three co-stars plugged the upcoming series. Martin talked about how the idea came to him. He admitted that it was starting with the three actors in mind that gave him the inspiration. He also pointed to the “brilliant people” who had come on board, saying it was like a “locomotive — once you start, you can’t stop it.” 

Gomez said that she “loved” playing Mabel because she’s “very similar” to the character. She also referred to her co-stars as “crazy uncles.” Gomez pointed to Martin’s tendency to make fun of himself as one of the ways he and Short are “incredibly humble.” She enjoyed working alongside the more seasoned stars and called them true “gentlemen.” 

While Gomez didn’t go into too much detail about what makes her and the character of Mabel so similar, one clue might be in Gomez’s past attendance at a true crime conference. 

Gomez and her mother attended a conference in Chicago along with 300 other people who tried to solve an actual cold case. The event, called CrimeCon, takes place at various locales. Upcoming events will be held in both Las Vegas and London. It gives amateur sleuths around the globe the opportunity to show off their skills. 

For Gomez and her mother, the case they tried to crack involved the 1981 death of a 17-year-old boy that has continued to baffle authorities for decades. At the end of the event, participants turn over their notes and theories to investigators. This is in hopes of giving a fresh perspective that might provide a new path forward and closure for the victim’s friends and family. 

RELATED: Is Selena Gomez’s ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Coming to Disney+?

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