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'Modern Family': A behind-the-scenes tour of the Dunphys' kitchen

Flaming toasters, flying pancakes, family squabbles: the Dunphy’s kitchen has seen it all — and now the walls are talking. 

In EW’s annual Hollywood Design Report (on newsstands now) production designer Claire Bennett and set designer Brian Kasch walk us through Modern Family‘s little slice of suburbia to explain the thinking behind the bold color choices and artfully cluttered workspaces and reveal hidden gems like the family growth chart and baby photos.

Click through the gallery for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the set.

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'Law & Order: SVU': See Bensidy's new apartment -- EXCLUSIVE

Detective Olivia Benson had a rough go of it on the season 15 premiere of Law & Order: SVU, but tonight’s episode represents a new era for the detective as she moves in with longtime love Brian Cassidy.

SVU set decorator Deborah Moses gave EW a tour of Bensidy’s new love nest.

“[Olivia is] looking for a new life, a new start,” Moses said of the “clean and crisp” apartment, created by production designer Dean Taucher. “The space is new and airy with big windows, a high ceiling, and a great view.” The couple’s one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment is decorated with furniture and accessories from home brands like Restoration Hardware, West Elm, and CB2. The kitchen (pictured above) features IKEA cabinets, a Frigidaire refrigerator, a Keurig single cup coffee maker, glassware from Lenox, and plates from the Ralph Lauren Home label, which begs the question; Given detective Benson’s busy, high-stress life, can we expect to see her whipping up home cooked meals for her man? “I’m assuming it will mostly be Chinese takeout in that fridge,” said Moses. “And maybe some condiments.”

Read on to learn which character tries to incorporate a cattle skull into the décor, why the pad is bigger than the average New York City apartment, and what SVU star Mariska Hargitay thinks of Benson’s new digs.

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'Million Second Quiz': Inside the new game show's intricate hourglass set

Need a foolproof way to ensure your new game show gets noticed? Try filming it inside a three-story, 18,000-pound bent-steel structure that’s laced with multicolored lights powered by more than 1.6 million watts of electricity, adding a custom-made seat dreamed up by the guy who created The Voice‘s signature red chairs … then inserting the whole thing into New York City’s iconic skyline.

The gleaming home of NBC’s Million Second Quiz isn’t just a set: It’s a massive, eye-catching feat of engineering.
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New 'Big Brother' house: Get inside before tonight's premiere!

Promos for the new season of Big Brother are promising a twist so big they’ll “need your help to pull it off,” but that’s hardly where the surprises end.

“The fans are going to be blown away when they see the front of house,” Scott Storey, the set designer for Big Brother, told EW.com. “It’s not just a different look. We redesign it every year, but this year we took an entirely different tone and approach to the whole front of the house. I’m excited to watch the fan page Twitter feed on Wednesday night.”

Each season, 16 people move into what looks like the perfect mid-century modern party pad, but as true fans of the show know, life is hardly as sweet as it looks. Based on a soundstage on the CBS lot in Studio City, the custom-built home is rigged with cameras and microphones galore.

“It’s like they’re at the zoo,” he says, explaining that the home is surrounded by one-way glass windows. Cameras — capturing every moment of their stay — are placed behind the glass. “If you look through one of these windows, it’s a little scary or creepy.”
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Lenny Kravitz's design firm creating sets for Queen Latifah's talk show -- EXCLUSIVE

Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz — who returns to the big screen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this fall — will bring his enviable style to longtime friend Queen Latifah’s new talk show.

The singer’s design firm Kravtiz Design Inc. will create the sets for The Queen Latifah Show, which is based on the Sony Studio lot in Culver City, California.

“It’s a thrill to be designing the set for The Queen Latifah Show,” Kravitz told EW in an exclusive statement. “This is the first time Kravitz Design has created an environment for television, which makes it a very exciting project for us.”

Where will the singer turned designer pull inspiration from?  READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown scares neighborhood kids with grafitti, Rihanna's new fashion collection, and more

Chris Brown’s response to neighbors who have complained that the graffiti art outside his Hollywood Hills home scares their children? “Keep em inside then! It’s art. There are scarier creatures on Harry Potter. Get a f&*%ing life!” Brown tweeted. [Billboard]

Go behind the scenes with Rihanna for a sneak peek at her second collection for clothing label River Island. [Stylite]

Part of downtown Atlanta has been transformed into New York City circa the 1980s for the filming of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. [AP]

Justin Bieber made a cameo on The Simpsons last night, but instead of a mask or drop-crotch overalls, the cartoon Biebs wore a Versace jacket. [MTV Style]

Despite recent rumors, 7-year-old Suri Cruise is not designing her own clothing line. [Vogue]

Disneyland Paris has confirmed to build Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity, a $150 million attraction based on the 2007 animated flick Ratatouille. [Pursuitist]

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'BioShock Infinite': The steampunk style floating city, the 'virtual actress,' and more design notes

The first two installments of the BioShock video game series took place in the underwater city of Rapture, but the recently released Bioshock Infinite takes players to new heights as they assume the role of a former detective who travels to the sky city of Columbia to save an imprisoned teen. Set in 1912, the action unfolds in and around a highly stylized dystopian city that’s perhaps best described as a steampunk version of America at the turn of the last century.

EW.com caught up with Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine to learn more about designing the look of Bioshock Infinite.

Entertainment Weekly:  What is the design process for video game like BioShock Infinite? Is it at all similar to designing sets for a movie or TV show?
Ken Levine: [The process is] probably most similar to designing environments for a theme park, because you never know what your audience is going to do. What will they look at? What corners will they try to go around? With movies and TV sets, you only build out to where the camera is going to see. We can’t control that in video games.

What new design features will gamers experience?
The most important innovation is the creation of the character Elizabeth. She’s about the closest thing we have to a ‘virtual actress’ right now. Elizabeth is your constant companion throughout the game, and she behaves in primarily an unscripted manner. In order to get her [to seem] ‘natural,’ the team first spent a massive amount of time observing people and how they inhabit space, how they interact with each other, how their faces and body language reflect their internal emotional state.  READ FULL STORY

'The Mindy Project': Details on Mindy's amazing New York City apartment -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

A foyer, a spiral staircase, and a walk-in closet are just a few of the details in Dr. Mindy Lahiri’s (Mindy Kaling) apartment that inspire some serious design envy. And even though Mindy’s TV abode isn’t exactly representative of a typical real-world New York City apartment — a foyer, a spiral staircase, a walk-in closet! — production designer Michael Gallenberg says he strives to make the set look as authentic as possible.

“There are probably some apartments in New York that are the size of that empty 10 X 10 foyer… but Mindy’s apartment is intentionally over-sized so that we can get cameras in there to shoot scenes without [having to] tear the set completely apart,” explains Gallenberg. “The apartment is probably a little bit above her means, but not that much. She’s a doctor in her early 30s, so she’s got some money.”

Click through the photo gallery for a tour of the beautiful brownstone apartment and click here to shop the sets of The Mindy ProjectREAD FULL STORY

Minnie Mouse shows off her designer dress, David Beckham gets a new tattoo and more

Minnie Mouse walked the runway in her first designer gown — a  “mature” blue Lanvin frock — during a fashion show at Disneyland Paris. [Telegraph]

When in China, get a huge tattoo written in Chinese characters. “Football ambassador” David Beckham got some new ink while on tour in Asia.  [Huffington Post]

Theatrical set designer Ming Cho Lee will receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2013 Tony Awards on June 9. [New York Times]

After years of dressing stars like Jay-Z and Mariah Carey, celebrity stylist June Ambrose is launching her own shoe line on HSN. [Daily Beast]

The costume designer for The Americans reveals how she turned Russian spies into undercover Americans without making them look so totally ’80s. [Hollywood Reporter]

Congratulations are in order for designing duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka of red carpet label Badgley Mischka, who tied the knot over the weekend. [WWD]

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'NCIS: LA': An inside look at the set for the show's spin-off

Tonight on NCIS: LA, viewers will be introduced to the Red Team, a mobile team of investigators who cross paths with Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) while looking into a case.

But one of the biggest challenges going into this backdoor pilot was creating a set that could stand the test of time should the spin-off, working title NCIS: Red, get picked up to series, according to executive producer Shane Brennan. “It wasn’t a set we could build as a guest set,” he says. “It had to be totally credible and it had to sell the concept. It couldn’t be anything short of a working set.” READ FULL STORY

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