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Andrew Fish
Andrew Fish enjoys in-depth discussion, analyzing complex issues, distilling information to its simplest form, and describing what makes things awesome. An archive of his Venice Magazine interviews can be found here. You can also see his work at Iconic Interview.

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Entries by Andrew Fish

How Moby Taught Me to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:21 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 | 4:44 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 It also means my outdated phone isn't compatible with many of the latest apps, and...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 | 8:46 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 | 3:42 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 | 3:23 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 | 12:24 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 | 4:42 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 | 5:51 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 | 6:39 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 | 2:31 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 | 11:45 AM

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 | 6:09 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 | 6:00 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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The Wiccan of Bon Temps: True Blood's Lauren Bowles

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:44 PM

Ever since True Blood hit the air, fans have fantasized about living in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, and once in a blue moon someone gets her wish. Lauren Bowles has gone from watching the supernatural mayhem from her living room couch to serving burgers at Merlotte's and...

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Digging Into a 20th Century Voice: The Heroine of Hemingway & Gellhorn

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 2:42 PM

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I don't remember the last time a movie left me scouring the Internet researching the main character. Since watching Hemingway & Gellhorn a few weeks back I've been spending much of...

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The Day I Finally Understood David Cronenberg

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 2:40 PM

When I read the first review of Cosmopolis after its premiere at Cannes last month, I remembered that I still had this unpublished interview with the director that really should see the light of day. I figure it's never too late for a David Cronenberg story, so here it is.

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Heading Into Season Two, 'Franklin & Bash' Consider Growing Up

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 4:24 PM

"There is this whole generation of, they're not man, they're not boy -- they're just kind of 'guy,'" says Breckin Meyer at a press event at the Beverly Hilton. He's sitting beside Mark-Paul Gosselaar, his costar on Franklin & Bash. The comedy procedural follows the antics of Jared Franklin (Meyer)...

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