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Great Conversations: Gabriel Byrne

Alex Simon | Posted 07.05.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

I interviewed actor Gabriel Byrne by phone in 2009, my final interview for Venice Magazine. It was simultaneously one of the easiest and most difficult conversations I've ever had. Easy because Byrne and I had that very rare thing: an instant rapport.

Movie Review: Slow West -- Moseying to a Showdown

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Be warned. John Maclean's directorial debut, Slow West, practices truth in advertising. But "slow" seems harsh as an adjective for this compelling film. "Patient" would be a more apt description; "studied" or "measured" would be two more. 

The Last Five Years' Richard Lagravanese: How Glee Made His Film Possible

Brandon Judell | Posted 04.25.2015 | Arts
Brandon Judell

With The Last Five Years, Lagravanese was aiming small. He wasn't seeking out the mall crowds but that bijou contingent of folks who can tell the difference between Kelli O'Hara and Patti Lupone.

The Buddhist Message In 'The Big Lebowski'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion

At a party about 15 years ago, Jeff Bridges found himself seated between spiritual leaders Bernie Glassman and Ram Dass, which led to an unexpected co...

Movie Review: Unbroken barely scratches the surface

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I happened to see Angelina Jolie's Unbroken before I read the Laura Hillenbrand book about the life of the amazing Louis Zamperini. My guest for an ...

Hilary Swank in The Homesman at the Hamptons International Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Holding court after a sumptuous brunch honoring Hilary Swank for receiving Montblanc's Creative Impact in Acting award and Variety's "Class of 10 Acto...

Maureen Ryan

Big Changes Coming To 'Fargo'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment

Here are some things you will surely want to know about Season 2 of "Fargo," you betcha. All this information comes from Monday's "Fargo" panel at the...

Angelina Jolie's New Movie Looks Phenomenal

The Huffington Pose | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment

All right, everyone. Pack it up. Time to go home. The Oscar race is over. Or at least that's the way the new trailer for Angelina Jolie's second direc...

'Big Lebowski' Fans Celebrate Coen Brothers Comedy At Two-Day Festival

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself. Jeff Bridges and his band performed Friday at Leb...

Erin Whitney

Wanna Meet The New 'Fargo' Cast? You're Darned Tootin'!

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.15.2014 | TV

Remember the Coen brothers' iconic 1996 dark comedy "Fargo"? Of course you do. The film has inspired a 10-episode-long FX series of the same name, but...

The Cream Rises

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I will take a day and a stack of screeners (or links) and apply my 20-minute rule: I'll watch for 20 minutes and then decide if it's worth continuing. Many don't even take that long. Because a movie worth watching announces itself almost from its first frame.

Red Pencilling the Oscar Noms

Jon Eig | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Their picks. (My deletions.) My picks. Not all that different. Except where they are extremely different.

The Best Screenplays Of The Year Are ...

Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Ten of the best scripts of 2014 were selected Thursday (Jan. 16) for the 86th annual Academy Award nominations. The Oscars' writing awards are divided...

'The Shawati' Interviews': Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"It is easy to be pessimistic, and to feel like a victim, but we need films that inspire us to go out and change things for the better. We have plenty of tragedy in real life in this part of the world; we don't need films to reinforce an already pervasive sense of despair."

My Favorite Films of 2013

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."

Hit and Myth: Inside Llewyn Davis

Laura Shamas, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Laura Shamas, Ph.D.

What happens to a musician when desperation overshadows inspiration? The atmospheric new film Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, tracks a grieving folk singer-songwriter in search of his Muse -- or any Muse.

Frances and Llewyn Should Be Together

Jon Eig | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

When I see two kids who are as obviously meant for each other as Frances Halladay and Llewyn Davis, I just have to speak up. Sure, there are obstacles to this relationship. But if any city could make it happen, New York is the place.

Golden Globe Nominees React: 'Exceptional,' 'One-Of-A-Kind,' 'Wonderful'

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.12.2013 | Entertainment

Celebrity reactions to the 71st annual Golden Globe nominations, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. The awards will be given Jan. 12. —"I ...

Popcorn Preview: Inside Llewyn Davis

Leslie Sisman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Oscar Isaac (Drive), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Justin Timberlake (Love Actually), Ethan Phillips (The Island), Adam D...

We Are All Inside Llewyn Davis: The Brothers Coen and Me

Tom Teicholz | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Teicholz

Recently, when I sat down with the Coen Brothers in Beverly Hills to ask why they'd chosen to tell Llewyn's story rather than that of, say, a Dylan-like figure (i.e., a first-rate artist surrounded by lesser talents), both Coens seemed genuinely surprised by the question.

ReThink Review: Inside Llewyn Davis -- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Not to Like It)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After being outsiders, the Coens are in the strange position of having critics seemingly tripping over each other to lionize whatever they do -- and I feel like that's what might be happening with their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Mike Ryan

What You Didn't Know About This 'Girls' Star

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

Adam Driver used to be in the United States Marine Corps. It's a bit of personal trivia about the "Girls" star that has been brought up before, as far...

Race Matters at the Gotham Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Lee Daniels, always a provocateur, addressed the huge crowd at Cipriani Wall Street at this week's Gotham Awards with a confession: he hates white peo...

The First Word On 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment

In an alley behind a cafe in New York's Greenwich Village, an unidentified stranger knocks singer Llewyn Davis to his knees. Within the first 10 minut...

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are awash in films examining the Beats and the roots of the generation shift that occurred from the late 1950s through the 1960s - but none with a clearer eye than Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.