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Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2010
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Puppet pageants

In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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Brown-nosing and flip-flopping

Two months ago, when Senator Scott Brown crossed party lines to help pass a jobs bill, the Phoenix noted the political convenience of that supposed show of independence — since other Republican senators were also voting with Democrats, Brown’s vote was
Scott Brown heeds his boss’s orders; Charlie Baker sides with homophobic party base
By EDITORIAL  |  April 23, 2010
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A music producer eyes a revival

It was 2006 and music producer Jo Jo Gator, a couple of decades removed from the glory days, needed to get back on the radar screen.
The Gator
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  April 16, 2010
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Ex–porn star blogs her way sober

This past week at the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS), Jennie Ketcham taught her first class about something besides, er, “dick-sucking.”
Jennie Does Harvard  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010

Workin' man blues

Election years are always times of high anxiety for politicians. That may explain why they say and do so many stupid things.
Blue-collar luxury resorts, and other GOP oxymorons
By AL DIAMON  |  March 05, 2010


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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010
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Interview: Andy Richter

We have a chub for Andy Barker, P.I. (just released out on DVD), because we have a major chub for the show’s star, Andy Richter. Richter plays an accountant who is mistaken for a detective-for-hire and decides to just roll with it. 
He's no fuddy-duddy
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 27, 2009
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Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009
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Fallon Upward

Boston is thoroughly dominating NBC's fall line-up.
Local Laughs
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 18, 2009

Review: Whitney Houston | I Look to You

It's tempting to wonder whether super-producer Clive Davis, in another of his music-biz machinations, arranged for Whitney Houston to whiff last week on Good Morning America , which is reported to have altered Houston's vocals for broadcast after she
Arista (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 11, 2009


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Female Trouble

Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 2009
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World gone Wong

"I'm an immigrant," says Joe Wong. "And I used to drive this used car with a lot of bumper stickers that are impossible to peel off. One of them said, 'If you don't speak English, go home.' And I didn't notice it for two years."
Chinese-born biochemical-engineer-turned-comic Joe Wong has conquered Letterman. You're next.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 01, 2009
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Interview: Jonathan Katz

The moment I step into the Newton home / sound studio of comedian Jonathan Katz, he warns me that he's a show-off and invites me to admire his kitchen.
Caffeinated
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 17, 2009

Greg Behrendt

We're just not that into you, either, and not just because you belittle desperate women and look like the offspring of Dane Cook and an old banana. This so-called author/comedian is one of those one-hit-wonders who can't accept his destiny, but who for s
We're just not that into you, either, and not just because you belittle desperate women and look like the offspring of Dane Cook and an old banana. This so-called author/comedian is one of those one-hit-wonders who can't accept his destiny, but who for some reason will have opportunities to produce a new failed talk show every few years.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009


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Broadcast dues

Saturday night at Good Life, veteran hip-hop scenester Ricky Powell blessed a roomful of wide-eyes with his world-famous slide show, in which he flashed and joked about his pics of celebs ranging from Jam Master Jay to John Lee Hooker.
Wally Sparks cracks local rap with Heir 2 tha $treetz
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2008

House rules have changed

President-elect Barack Obama's appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday struck a chord with me about how much more diverse — and inclusive — the upcoming administration may be.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 10, 2008
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The Fireman | Electric Arguments

This peculiar collaboration between Paul McCartney and electronic producer Youth has now lasted some five years longer than his decade each with the Beatles and Wings.
MPL/ATO (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 24, 2008
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Is he being served?

In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008
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Wacko patrol: America's 25 scariest conservatives

Imagine what will happen once the relatively sane folks now running the White House and the Republican National Committee pack up and go home?  
The Phoenix ranks the individuals who will hold the most sway over the right-wing message machine in 2009, and beyond.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008


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Interview: John Hodgman

Long before John Hodgman became universally recognized as the systems-challenged PC in Apple’s ads, he was writing fake trivia for such publications as McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine.  
One man's operating system
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 08, 2008
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Catch a rising star

Boston is lousy with talented stand-ups — the following performers just happen to be a few jokes closer than the rest to the top of Comedy Mountain.
Local standup talents to watch
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 17, 2008
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Dawg days

Despite gains by blogs, podcasts, and social-networking Web sites, television is still our dominant mass medium.
The 2008 campaign is turning out to be our first-ever American Idol election
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 03, 2008
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Pillow talk

Phillipe + Jorge were shocked  to learn via Buddy Cianci’s WPRO radio show that Valerie Forti, head of the financially troubled Education Partnership, is married to Eddie Achorn, editorial page editor of the Urinal.
Digging into the Education Partnership-Achorn connection
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 02, 2008
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Silence of the lambs

In case you are late to the game, boys and girls, five people control what goes on at the State House, although Governor Carcieri is occasionally allowed to offer his two cents.
Smith Hill takes the budget blues out on the vulnerable
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 25, 2008


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Bigmouth strikes again

The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008
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Russert explained

In terms of being an old-fashioned, old-style media icon, nobody in broadcasting today could top Tim Russert.
NBC’s top talking head had an outsized influence simply because he did his job so well
By EDITORIAL  |  June 18, 2008
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Where’s Lindsay?

Dina Lohan and her 14-year-old daughter, Ali, made the rounds on the talk-show circuit last week to promote their new reality series, Living Lohan .
Dina and Ali work the Lohan brand
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 02, 2008
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The devil and Mr. Young

Holy water, Batman!
Multi-office seeker drops the knowledge on House Judiciary
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 14, 2008