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Andrew Fish
Andrew Fish is a writer and editor in Los Angeles. An archive of his Venice Magazine interviews can be found here. You can also see his work at Iconic Interview.

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Iconic Interview: Jason Schwartzman on The Overnight

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:32 PM

I remember in my early years in Los Angeles, sitting in a West-side coffee shop and watching a guy politely ask a pregnant woman he'd never met before if he could touch her belly. "Sure!" she said with a grin. I was shocked and wondered what was wrong with people...

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Iconic Interview: Kristen Stewart on Still Alice

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 4:28 PM

It's a figure of speech to talk about losing one's mind, but the idea takes on new and awful meaning when it actually happens -- when language and concepts and sense of where and who you are begin to deteriorate and you slowly lose the faculties you've always taken for...

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Iconic Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Nightcrawler'

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Every time I tune in to the local news, I end up subjected to an onslaught of personal tragedies exploited to portray a city overrun with random acts of violence -- a frightening place proven to provide the maximum audience draw in its time slot. When I watched Jake Gyllenhaal's...

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Iconic Interview: J.K. Simmons on Whiplash

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:44 PM

We're wired to feel a vicarious thrill as we watch a young protagonist become the hero he was meant to be. Whiplash hacks into this quirk of brain chemistry and gets you rooting for all the wrong things. Music student Andrew Neyman aches to earn a place in the pantheon...

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A Reflection of Modern Times: An Insider's Take on The Knick

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:40 PM

We're progressing so fast that the technology of a decade ago seems laughably quaint. We can't imagine living in the dark ages of 15 years back, and the immediate future is an expanse of exponentially unfolding possibilities so broad that it feels like anything can happen -- a great leap...

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Iconic Interview: Aubrey Plaza on the Healing Power of Zombies

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:47 PM

In addition to analyzing my every social interaction and meticulously outlining how each of my decisions will end in catastrophe, I also maintain an ongoing concern that a zombie horde will inevitably begin its slow, trudging march directly toward my apartment, their decayed psyches convinced that mine will be the...

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Iconic Interview: Adina Porter on True Blood and The Newsroom

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:55 PM

If you've watched HBO's True Blood since the early days, you know what kind of mayhem Adina Porter can whip up. With a vicious combo of spite and manipulation, her character, Lettie Mae, makes life hell for all involved. Meet Porter in real life though, and it's a different story....

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How Moby Taught Me to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:21 PM

In the midst of working on a top-secret photo album for my girlfriend's birthday, I noticed the time and sped off to a 7 p.m. screening of the new Jake Gyllenhaal art-house film, Enemy. It was a jarring transition to leave my half-built microcosm of love, memories and pink polka...

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System of a Down's Serj Tankian: Upgrading the Dynamic of Art and Audience

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 5:44 PM

I'm still running iOS 5, which means I have ad-free YouTube, native Google Maps and a smartphone experience that's more like playing with bubbles than sifting through index cards -- which would you rather do? It also means my outdated phone isn't compatible with many of the latest apps, and...

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Parks and Rec's Jim O'Heir on the Pint-Sized Football Parody Little Knockers

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 9:46 PM

The fact that Parks and Recreation's Jerry transforms from schlemiel-schlimazel office punching bag into a fun-loving, physically deft family man married to Christie Brinkley as soon as he gets home should be a strong indicator that the actor who plays him has got more range than you might expect. Jim...

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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight: Rumble in the High Court

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:42 PM

A monstrous superstar refuses to fight in a war so controversial that it brought about a social revolution, and defends his position until he's heard at the highest levels. It was world news when the U.S. Supreme Court took on the heavyweight champion's case in his bid to legally decline...

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Rockne S. O'Bannon on Defiance, Farscape, Cult, and the Coming Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 4:23 PM

I still remember watching an episode of the revamped Twilight Zone back in 1985, white-knuckled as the silhouetted killer from under the bed prepared to finish off the one kid who was supposed to be immune to the carnage of the Shadow Man. That was my first experience with Rockne...

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Serj Tankian on His Symphony, Jazz Fusion Record, and Moving Forward with System of a Down

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 1:24 PM

There's a chill I get sometimes when I know I've dug too far into someone's work or philosophy during an interview, a silent request to change the topic before things get weird. I've never felt that with Serj Tankian, no matter what I've ever asked him, which is one of...

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Adina Porter: The Newsroom, True Blood and Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Juggling career and family is a lot easier when you love what you're doing. Heading into its second season, HBO's The Newsroom has been controversial since day one, and Adina Porter has been all the more thrilled to be involved as the sparks have flown. Best known for her intense...

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Shelter in the Dark: Director Janet Tobias on No Place on Earth

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Esther Stermer knew the future was bleak for the Jews of Korolowka in western Ukraine, and entrance into the ghetto would be just a stop on the way to the Belzec concentration camp. "She read multiple newspapers in multiple languages before the war," Janet Tobias, director of No Place on...

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Cult's Robert Knepper on Method, Prison Break, and Unleashing the Dark Side

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:39 PM

Robert Knepper has a particular aptitude for making the blood boil. Able to infuse an audience with hate, fear and affection in one big jumble of conflicted emotion, the actor excelled as the infamous Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell on the Fox series Prison Break. With vicious charisma, he made people feel...

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Raising Hope's Garret Dillahunt Reflects on Deadwood, Any Day Now, and the Importance of Keeping It Different

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 3:31 PM

There's a reason Garret Dillahunt is one of Hollywood's favorite hired guns. As Jack McCall on HBO's Deadwood, he ended his arc after murdering Wild Bill Hickok, then returned to the show as an entirely different character with many viewers unaware they were watching the same actor. He played three...

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Patrick Fischler: From Mad Men to Californication, the Top-Tier Character Actor Is Just Hitting His Stride

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 12:45 PM

He pushed the elevator button in Speed and helped set the mood of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive over a decade ago, yet it's in the past few years that Patrick Fischler has truly ingrained himself in the on-screen landscape. You may know him as Jimmy Barrett, the loose-cannon insult comic...

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Serj Tankian on Harakiri Social Change, and System of a Down

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 7:09 PM

When System of a Down first hit, they fit right alongside their nu-metal contemporaries, yet their sound and sensibilities came from somewhere else. Serj Tankian's voice shattered and soared with cultural history, out to educate as well as entertain. I suspect there are many who would never have heard of...

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Looking Back at 'The Newsroom,' Pondering a Free Market

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:00 PM

I sat down to write a wrap-up of The Newsroom and now I'm staring at a screen of endless browser tabs. The Wikipedia page for Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a New York Times piece on the Koch brothers' involvement with the Wisconsin union dispute, a post...

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