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Cynthia Ellis is a New Yorker who lives in Los Angeles.

Growing up in New York City, she snuck into England's Eton School (during the summers when they let the girls in) and studied music.

After getting a double degree in English and Theatre from Barnard and Columbia University, she was chosen to study acting with Alfred Molina and Alec Baldwin.

She was a New York Stage actor, appearing at the Cherry Lane Theatre, performed in an original show with the Broadway Cast and Producers of RENT, and starred in an independent feature which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival.

She has participated in writing workshops with authors Roxana Robinson and Brad Kessler and is currently at work on her first novel.

Entries by Cynthia Ellis

Interview: Irish Comic Dylan Moran Takes America by Typhoon

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 6:30 PM

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Dylan Moran. Image courtesy of Andy Hollingworth.


Dylan Moran walks out onto the Largo stage in Los Angeles to Richter-scale applause and says, "I get so tired of that. It's just like walking into my own kitchen."

The Irish comedian, actor and writer...

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George Saunders Interview: Tenth of December

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 12:09 PM

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Author George Saunders. Portrait by Tim Knox.


"You're welcome to come in," says George Saunders, smiling slightly, "but I'd like to see your ID first." Sitting in Tavern restaurant in Los Angeles, Saunders is about to share a multi-prong idea...

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Director Leslye Headland Tells Bachelorette's Most Shocking Moment: 'I Did Not Direct That!'

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 8:56 PM

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Actor Lizzy Caplan, Writer/Director Leslye Headland, Actors Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Leslye Headland's debut film, Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan has audiences so virulently divided that it makes Moses look like he...

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Mishka Shubaly Is Not 'Bachelor Number One'

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 12:39 PM

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Author Mishka Shubaly. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Mishka Shubaly was in bed with me and my husband until two o'clock in the morning, and he utterly rocked my world. Before I face a libel suit, it should be explained that I...

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Interview: Rob Lowe Brings a Gun to a Knife Fight

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 4:14 PM

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Actor and Author Rob Lowe. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


If Mother Theresa were a secret hoarder and Gandhi sniffed glue, would it make their idealism and the transformation they brought to millions any less valuable?

This is the question that political...

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Interview: Olivia Wilde Produces Baseball in the Time of Cholera

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 10:38 AM

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Filmmakers Bryn Mooser and David Darg with Producer Olivia Wilde. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


When Olivia Wilde comes into the studio, and sits down, her light-green cat's eyes settle on you with a steady gaze and a mix of curiosity, intelligence, and...

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Interview: Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Picture Paris

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 8:15 PM

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Writer/Director Brad Hall. Actor/Producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Talking to Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus about their delightful new short film, Picture Paris, the conversation ranged from the intricacies of Parisian culture to the hilarious masturbation episode of...

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Interview: Willem Dafoe Is The Hunter

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 5:42 PM

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Actor Willem Dafoe. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


It is a fascinating experience to see such an iconic face up close. In life, huge blue eyes twinkle with kindness and curiosity, resting on top of cheekbones higher than any mathematical equation could...

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Woody Allen's Hemingway: Corey Stoll

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 10:59 AM

It has been said that Ernest Hemingway wrote the first six word novel: For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn.

Hemingway once described his writing as, "Getting the most from the least." Well, the same can certainly be said of Corey Stoll in the film Midnight in Paris. How else do...

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Christina Hendricks Discusses the Three Best Things in Life: Jon Hamm, Ryan Gosling, and Pie

(12) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 7:02 PM

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Christina Hendricks. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Often, as a journalist, you need to ask questions about projects you have not yet seen and do not initially care about, like Peruvian goats doing ballet in the Somalian desert. But it is an entirely...

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Senna: Director Asif Kapadia Explores The Man Vs. The Myth

(8) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 8:29 PM

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Director Asif Kapadia. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Documentaries are like Shakespeare and musical theater. 98% of the time they feel like an un-ending math class, but the other 2% of them change us forever.

Senna, the new import from Britain about...

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Ken Kesey Rides Again In Magic Trip

(5) Comments | Posted August 6, 2011 | 1:55 PM

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Directors Alex Gibney and Allison Ellwood. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Why won't our parents shut up already about the Sixties? Here's your chance to live it for two hours and find out. Directors Alex Gibney and Allison Ellwood have resurrected,...

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Giancarlo Esposito In Breaking Bad's Fourth Season Premiere: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

(179) Comments | Posted July 16, 2011 | 7:24 PM

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Actor Giancarlo Esposito. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Giancarlo Esposito's performance in Breaking Bad's fourth season premiere was so electrifying that, as Woody Allen once said, "All the blood went out of my face and went to my brother."

You can hold...

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Everything Beautiful Began After: An Afternoon With Simon Van Booy

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 11:04 PM

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Simon Van Booy. Photograph by Ken Browar.

The strangest thing about meeting Simon Van Booy is that it doesn't feel strange at all.

Many people might call Simon's new novel, Everything Beautiful Began After, a love triangle. But really, it's more of...

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Can We Please Get Out of Bed With Weiner?

(10) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 1:26 PM

It's beginning to seem like politicians and professional athletes should come with a tag attached, a kind of disclaimer saying, "Likely to sleep with multiple prostitutes, strippers, and secretly have off-spring with the household staff. Other risks include genital photography displayed on social networking sites and a general affinity for...

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Q&A With Jack Osbourne for God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

(4) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 10:58 PM

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Producer Jack Osbourne. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Most kids wait until their parents are long dead or hopefully living in an obscure Peruvian village before telling the truth about them publicly.

It was Jack Osbourne's idea to make a movie...

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Trifecta Interview: Michael Cuesta Directs Ron Eldard and Jill Hennessy in The Roadie: Queens, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 11:27 AM

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Actor Ron Eldard. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


The Thomas Wolfe adage, "You can't go home again," turns out not to be completely true, as Michael Cuesta's new film, The Roadie, illustrates. You can, in fact, go home again, but it is...

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Tribeca Interview: Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola in Janie Jones: Rock God Meets Rock Child

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 8:03 PM

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Abigail Breslin. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.

For those who best remember Abigail Breslin with her tear-away pants, gyrating to the Commodores' song "Brick House" while her grandfather cheers her on from the sidelines, well, a lot has happened since then.

Nine years...

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Tribeca Film Exclusive Interview: Alex Gibney's Catching Hell -- Sports: The Dark Side

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 11:36 AM

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Documentarian Alex Gibney. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.


Can catching a ball for your favorite baseball team, in front of millions of fans, literally ruin your life? An occurrence that is essentially every young boy's dream, turned into a nightmare of almost...

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Tribeca Film Festival Exclusive Interview: Thomas Dekker Rises to the Angel's Crest with Cinema Vérité

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 11:40 AM

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Thomas Dekker. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.

Thomas Dekker shows up wearing a fedora and scarf, publicist and manager in tow, instantly picks up the cat and we begin an animated discussion about Matilda, the resident feline at The Algonquin Hotel who stars...

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