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Jason Schwartzman

Friday, June 29, 2012

Jason Schwartzman talks about his career as an actor—from his debut in Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” to his role in Anderson’s latest movie, “Moonrise Kingdom.” He also talks about his life as a musician.

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Carole Bouquet on “Unforgivable”

Friday, June 29, 2012

Carole Bouquet, one of France's most acclaimed actresses, discusses her role in the film “Unforgivable,” directed by André Téchiné. Based on Philippe Djian's best-selling novel. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Venice, it tells the story of a successful crime novelist who meets and soon marries a woman with a mysterious past. It's playing at IFC Center.

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George Stevens, Jr. on the Great Moviemakers

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Writer, director, producer, and founder of the American Film Institute George Stevens, Jr. talks about the art of making movies. Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation features interviews with movie directors, producers, writers, actors, cameramen, composers, and editors.

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Ethan Hawke on "The Woman in the Fifth"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ethan Hawke discusses his role in the movie “The Woman in the Fifth,” a thriller about an American writer who moves to Paris and begins a romance with a mysterious and elegant widow. But things take a strange turn around him. "The Woman in the Fifth" opens at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and Village East Cinema.

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” on Broadway

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nicole Ari Parker, who plays Blanche, and Daphne Rubin-Vega, who plays Stella, talk about their roles in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by Emily Mann. It’s playing at the Broadhurst Theater.

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"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present"

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Performance artists Marina Abramovic speaks about her career and the documentary “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” along with director Matthew Akers and producer/co-director Jeff Dupre. The documentary opens at Film Forum June 13, and will premiere on HBO on July 2.

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"Tribes"

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Mare Winningham and Jeff Perry talk about their roles in the 2010 Olivier Award-nominated play “Tribes,” which follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside his parents’ fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect home. Then he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, and he finally understands what it means to be understood. “Tribes” is playing at the Barrow Street Theatre through September 2.

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"The Caretaker"

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Award-winning stage and screen veteran Jonathan Pryce, talks about taking on one of theater’s most cunning tramps, Davies, in Harold Pinter’s "The Caretaker." He’s joined by Alex Hassle and Alan Cox who also star in the play, produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions/Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through June 17.

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“One Man, Two Guvnors”

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

James Corden and Jemima Rooper talk about starring in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” a comedy by Richard Bean, based on the 18th-century Italian farce by Carlo Goldoni, “The Servant of Two Masters.”

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The Gay Writers Who Changed America

Monday, May 28, 2012

Novelist Christopher Bram chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing in the years following World War II to the present day. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America begins with a first wave of major gay literary figures-Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin, pioneers who set the stage for new generations of gay writers.

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"The Columnist"

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn discusses “The Columnist,” along with its stars John Lithgow and Grace Gummer. It follows Joseph Alsop, a beloved and feared columnist who sits at the center of the Washington political world. As 1960s dawn and shake up America, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well. “The Columnist” is playing at the MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater through July 1.

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"Hemingway and Gellhorn"

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Director Philip Kaufman talks about his film “Hemingway and Gellhorn.” It recounts the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of Ernest Hemingway and the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, who were one of the first celebrity “power couples.” As witnesses to history, they covered all the great conflicts of their time, but they couldn’t survive was the war between themselves. “Hemingway and Gellhorn” airs Monday, May 28, on HBO.

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New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Francoise Mouly, New Yorker art editor, talks about how the magazine creates its signature covers commenting on the political and cultural events of the day. Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See shows the sketches that didn’t make the cut and explains the stages in the evolution of a cover that has an edge but stands the test of time.

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Bebe Neuwirth on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth discusses her roles as Hippolyta and Titania in the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She’ll also talk about her new album, “Porcelain.”

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Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez discuss their careers, relationship, family, and faith. Their dual memoir, Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son, tells stories about more than 50 years of family history and reflect on their life journeys.

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The Frieze Art Fair in New York

Friday, May 04, 2012

Matthew Slotover, co-director of the Frieze Art Fair and co-publisher of Frieze magazine, discusses the fair, which runs May 4–7 in Randall's Island Park. The Frieze Art Fair usually takes place in London, but this year is the first time it’s being held in New York. It features 180 galleries from the United States and Europe.

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The 50th Anniversary of "The Connection"

Friday, May 04, 2012

In 1962, after just two matinees of "The Connection," the screenings were stopped, the theater closed, and the projectionist arrested, because the New York State Board of Regents had declared the film, about heroin addicts waiting for their dealer, to be obscene. Wendy Clarke, daughter of Shirley Clarke, the film's director, talks about the controversial film. She’s joined by Garry Goodrow, who played Ernie in it, and by Dennis Doros of Milestone Film & Video, which restored the film, "The Connection" opens May 4 at IFC Center.

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“Wagner’s Dream”

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, and Susan Froemke, director of the documentary “Wagner’s Dream,” discuss  the making of Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle. It was filmed over five years and gives a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the complex,  16-hours opera. “Wagner’s Dream” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival April 25, opens in HD nationwide on May 7.

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Andre Gregory on “Vanya on 42nd Street”

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Theater director Andre Gregory talks about putting on a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse in the 1990s, with actors Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes. The project became the film “Vanya on 42nd Street,” directed by Louis Malle, which was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD for Criterion.

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Dancer Natalia Makarova

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Legendary ballet dancer (and Tony-winner) Natalia Makarova, considered the best ballerina of the 20th century, talks about her life and career. She defected from the Soviet Union in 1970 and was the first artistic exile to be invited back to perform in the Soviet Union. Makarova will be honored at special tribute evening on April 28 by Youth America Grand Prix, the world's larges student ballet scholarship competition.

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