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Great Conversations: Billy Bob Thornton

Alex Simon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting.

Jennifer Lopez Is Coming To A TV Screen Near You On 'Shades Of Blue'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment

Watch out Sgt. Olivia Benson, Jenny from the block is joining the police force. Jennifer Lopez revealed the promo for NBC's new cop drama, "Shades of ...

Great Conversations: Barry Levinson

Alex Simon | Posted 05.05.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

I interviewed Barry Levinson a few days before 9/11 regarding his heist comedy, "Bandits." Released a month later, the film's askew humor failed to draw big audiences from an American public largely still in mourning, in spite of strong critical response. Levinson proved a wonderful conversationalist during our time together...

Conversations with Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Big Star's Jody Stephens and Red's Michael Barnes, Plus Rachael Sage & Judy Collins and Goodnight, Texas Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Rachael Sage, "I don't do many cover songs--because I've been writing my own compositions since I was a little kid, it's just not really my thing generally, and I can count the ones I've recorded on less than one hand."

Barry Levinson Blames Hollywood's Diversity Problem On Our Education System

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices

Critics have been furious since the Academy Award nominations were released last week, rendering this year the whitest Oscars since 1998. Many blame t...

Sheryl Crow's Winding Musical Road

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 03.15.2015 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

For the first time, Sheryl Crow has scored a musical, and the result is a sold-out show for seven weeks. As I read the review, I battled conflicting emotions: happy, but disappointed that I'd miss this latest turn in Crow's refreshingly unpredictable and musically liberated career.

Al Pacino Gets His Own Washed-Up Actor Movie

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment

Al Pacino plays a washed-up, suicidal actor who falls for a young lesbian (Greta Gerwig) as she vows to give up women in "The Humbling," Barry Levinso...

The Venice Diaries: Amos Gitai, What Is a Celebrity and the (Attempted) Murder of Italian Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Perhaps if we lifted our collective eyes away from Twitter and Instagram, we would discover that great cinema celebrities are right here among us all.

The Natural -- 30th Anniversary

Brian Hamill | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Brian Hamill

In the summer of 1983 I traveled from Manhattan to Buffalo, New York to work as a photographer on a movie starring Robert Redford called The Natural. It was a baseball movie, based on a novel by Bernard Malamud who was born in Brooklyn.

Shia LaBeouf Comes Out Of 'Retirement' For Bill Murray

Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment

Did you miss Shia LaBeouf? It's been three long weeks since he announced he was "retiring from all public life," leaving a gaping hole in Hollywood. ...

Baltimore, MD: 10 Patriotic And Peculiar Places You Probably Missed On Your First Visit

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Here are 10 quirky, unsung places in Baltimore you may have missed on your first visit.

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

Andrew Fish | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

Though I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I had never heard of Clay V. United States, I suspect I'm one of the millions-strong target audience that Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is aiming to educate.

Cate Blanchett as Tragic Hero: Woody, Women, and Williams

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.22.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"Jasmine was a gift of a role," said Cate Blanchett at the New York premiere of Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's new movie.

Johnny Depp Drops Big Project

Posted 05.30.2013 | Entertainment

Joel Edgerton can't seem to catch a break. The Australian star -- who has watched as Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper have dropped out ...

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise: American Master at the 92 Street Y

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.19.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If this were Dutch Masters instead of American Masters, I'd have a box of cigars, gripes Mel Brooks about the enterprise of including a documentary ab...

Movie Review: Knife Fight

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Knife Fight is about on a level with the kind of comedy that shows up on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, with casts full of aging former TV stars. Movies like this give political satire a bad name.

Dr. Oz Prescribes Silver Linings Playbook at Le Cirque

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Standing high on a stepladder, Dr. Mehmet Oz addressed the crowd at Le Cirque, at cocktails for Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and his star Robert De Niro.

Barry Levinson on The Bay: Cinefantastique's New York Comic Con 2012

Dan Persons | Posted 01.24.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Barry Levinson managed to teach everyone how effective the found-footage technique can be when it's used as a tool and not a crutch. Somebody had to.

Barry Levinson's Favorite Horror Movies

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES -- Barry Levinson, director of such modern American classics as "Diner," "The Natural" and "Rain Man," makes a surprising venture into the...

Interview: Director Barry Levinson, The Bay and Being Independent

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It was supposed to be a documentary about the dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay. But the material he was reading about the pollution of the bay was too scary. So director Barry Levinson made a horror movie instead: The Bay.

Can 'The Bay' Save The Real Chesapeake?

Posted 10.23.2012 | Green

From TakePart's Jon Bowermaster: Born, raised, and still a proud resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (D...

Who's Unemployed?

Barry Levinson | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home
Barry Levinson

If that great comedy team were still alive, the routine on our unemployment woes might go something like this.

Movie Review: Another Happy Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Another Happy Day, opening Friday (11/18/11) in limited release, is one long wallow in the misery of Lynn, aided and abetted by her family in all its sprawling creepiness.

'Diner' On Broadway?

AP | Posted 11.20.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Barry Levinson is returning to the diner. The writer and director has revisited his 1982 movie, "Diner," and turned it into a stage ...

Dr. Fluoride

Barry Levinson | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
Barry Levinson

I am going to tell you a story. It happened two years ago, but I thought it too strange a tale to tell at the time. But now I wonder.