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Cherry jubilee: Talking with Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones is a two-time Tony winner (for The Heiress and Doubt ) and an Emmy winner for playing President Allison Taylor on Fox TV's 24 .

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 01, 2013
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Errol Morris: The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth

August 29, 1979. Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Army Special Forces Captain, was convicted of the savage murders of his wife and two daughters as they slept in their house within Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

By PETER KADZIS  |  November 09, 2012
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Five Courses with Alex Crabb and Shish Parsigian of Asta

Back in 2010, when chef Alex Crabb and his partner and front-of-the-house manager, Shish Parsigian, started thinking about opening a small Boston restaurant, they planned to call it "Princess Sparkle Power Pickle Bunny" — a list of their favorite words.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  November 09, 2012
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Elsa at 75: The Cambridge photographer looks back

Elsa Dorfman, now 75, is the most unassuming of Cambridge literary/art-world legends.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 19, 2012
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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012
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Interview: Gina Gershon finds her pussy

Even before her traumatically hilarious performance in the trailer-park comedy of horrors Killer Joe , Gina Gershon has been an actor who fiercely commits.

By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  October 12, 2012


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Interview: Comedian Brian Regan hears crickets

For seasoned stand-up and cult favorite comic goofball Brian Regan, life's embarrassments are inseparable from his routines.
Embarrassment of riches
By DANIEL MCCARTHY  |  September 28, 2012
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From the mind of Morrissey: on celebrity worship, his new book, and Boston

When you're a veteran music journalist, especially one as miserable and jaded as I am, it takes a lot to get you excited for an interview.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 28, 2012
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Interview: Todd Gitlin looks at Occupy

Most aficionados of progressive politics probably knew that Todd Gitlin would write a book on Occupy even before he did.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2012
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Tiffani Faison takes on Taste of Provincetown

Tiffani Faison and I both grew up in the same town in Sonoma County, California. While we just missed each other, she admits that the years of her youth were spent the same way as mine were: drinking in empty pastures and vineyards.
Sweet Eats
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  August 24, 2012
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Interview: Julie Delpy explores her neuroses in New York

Actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter Julie Delpy excels at many things, but what she really wants to do is direct.
Days and Confused
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 17, 2012


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Review: Searching for Sugar Man

An obscure, forgotten singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez was first discovered in a Detroit bar by celebrated producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore in the late '60s.
The freshman film from Malik Bendjelloul
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2012
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Interview: Zoe Kazan brings the write stuff to Ruby Sparks

Her parents are both Hollywood screenwriters, and her grandfather, Elia Kazan, was a legendary director, so it couldn't have been a surprise when Zoe Kazan chose a career in show business as opposed to, say, becoming an accountant or a park ranger.
In your dreams
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 03, 2012
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Interview: Lauren Greenfield looks at The Queen of Versailles

The Queen of Versailles ought to start with a disclaimer: "WARNING: This film may test your ability to laugh at the misfortune of assholes."
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By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 27, 2012
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Tana French’s murder scenes

Grisly-murder novelist Tana French has an infectious laugh and an easygoing cadence to her voice, something that might surprise you if you've read her novels.
Crime Waves
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  July 20, 2012
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A former porn star looks back on the life

Formerly known as Penny Flame, California native Jennie Ketcham spent her young adult years grinding as one of porn's preeminent girls next door.
Just Jennie
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 13, 2012


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El-P keeps control of his alt-rap flow

When I interviewed El-P back in 2007, we had a meaty laugh over unfortunate scribes who'd pegged his sound "post-apocalyptic."
End Game
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 06, 2012
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Interview: Sapphire speaks her mind

If there's one thing that novelist Sapphire is not, it's wishy-washy.
Still Pushing
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  June 29, 2012
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Review: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Near the end of this documentary a woman calls the pink ribbon of breast cancer-awareness a "made in China" tag.
Documenting hypocrisy in the breast-cancer awareness movement
By MILES BOWE  |  June 22, 2012
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Interview: Justin Theroux brings Rock of Ages to the screen

Long before Justin Theroux started getting attention as a movie actor — playing a filmmaker in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, playing a dueling DJ in Ben Stiller's Zoolander — he couldn't decide whether to be another pretty face or to paint them.
Heavy mettle
By ED SYMKUS  |  June 15, 2012
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Interview: Gail Collins gets inside the Lone Star State

Texas is a landfill of political insanity that's fast declining into a privatized wasteland for all but its wealthiest residents.
Talkin' Texas
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 08, 2012


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An interview with director Eric Toledano

While The Artist was busy scooping up accolades, adoration, and Oscars stateside, another film was busy winning the hearts and standing ovations of France.
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By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 01, 2012
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Interview: Richard Linklater messes with Texas in Bernie

No matter how far he strays, Richard Linklater's heart remains in Texas.
Lone Star man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012
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Josh Zisson fights for your bike rights

Bike lawyer Josh Zisson started printing up pocket-size "Bicyclist's Accident Report" cards last October in Cambridge.
Two-Wheeled Justice
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 11, 2012
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Interview: Seth Grahame-Smith emerges from the Shadows

He lingers in the shadows behind Dark Shadows, in the cobwebby abysses of AbrahamLincoln: Vampire Hunter, secretly writing the words that summon the horror — and spark the comedy.
Monster mash
By ED SYMKUS  |  May 11, 2012
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Interview: Aziz Ansari is on the fly

It's been a good few months for Aziz Ansari.
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By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 11, 2012


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Interview: Aziz Ansari is on the fly

It's been a good few months for Aziz Ansari.
Jet setter
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 11, 2012
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Interview: Simon Reynolds tries to look forward

Quick, try to think of futuristic music that has nothing to do with the music of the past. Can't do it?
Retromaniac
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 20, 2012
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The ’90s auteur is back with Damsels in Distress, and he wants you in his club

I attended a Catholic prep school in the early '90s filled with the scions of physicians and food czars.
Me and Whit Stillman down by the schoolyard
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

A rose-hued ode to fanboy-dom, Comic-Con doesn't even try to scratch the surface of the world's largest geek meet-up.
Comic Con is still geeky -- and awesome
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  April 13, 2012