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Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Which is what I value most about the film festival experience in general: the chance it offers to discover a film, a filmmaker, an actor -- the operative word being discover. That's less and less of a factor at this particular festival these days. Instead, it seems stacked with pre-sold titles.

Motorcycles, Riptides & More: Chats with Loudon Wainwright, Vancy Joy, John Velghe and Rocco DeLuca

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Loudon Wainwright: "It's hard to be objective about oneself. I don't know what's different, it doesn't feel like anything has changed in the 40 years that I've been writing songs."

Greta Gerwig Really Wanted To Do 'How I Met Your Dad'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment

The death of "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff "How I Met Your Dad" was met with mixed reactions, but projected lead Greta Gerwig is definitely disappoi...

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 09.04.2014 | 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 Venice Diaries: Words With Gods (of Cinema) and the Political Outcry Behind Villa Touma

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of these troubled "my god is better than your god" times, rises an incredible film, premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, out of competition.

World Cup Over, Now What?

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports
Rutendo Nyamuda

The top player wins a Golden Ball, the top goalie gets the Golden Glove and the top commentator should get a Golden Mic because, WOW, they can talk for days. And the thing is they sound so excited.

Diane Keaton Croons in Rob Reiner's And So It Goes

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Diane Keaton's presence was felt on Long Island's east end the day before her new movie And So It Goes premiered at Guild Hall last Sunday: she had a ...

Edward Rogers: Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets in New York City

Tom Semioli | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Tom Semioli

To be a rock 'n' roll practitioner in this strange place is to be an iconoclast and a dreamer -- like Edward Rogers, and his mentor, Kevin Ayers.

My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Randee Mia Berman

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.

AMBI's Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino: Changing the World, One Film at a Time

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I'm always pleasantly surprised when I sit down to interview a powerful, beautiful, intelligent woman who is not afraid to mix her wisdom with her femininity. And even more amazed when she's accompanied by a man, a partner confident enough to be by her side.

Sam Moore's Tribute to Martin Luther King/ SeriousFun Gala Remembers Paul Newman

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

It might have been your typically rousing Sam Moore concert at City Winery this week, featuring the Soul Man's classic repertoire, starting with "Let...

Ex-Seinfeld Writer Fred Stoller Gets Serious and Returns to Stand-up Comedy

Steve Karras | Posted 06.01.2014 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Fred Stoller is one funny guy. He wrote the book on character acting (literally -- it's called Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star), and now he's returning to his roots as a stand-up comic.

The 'Scarface' Ending You DIDN'T See

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

You may have thought Tony Montana died at the end of "Scarface." If so, Conan O'Brien pointed out during his "Fan Corrections" segment that you are si...

In Praise of Evil Old Men

Jon Eig | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I kind of miss the monsters. Seeing DeNiro today make one silly comedy after another is more depressing than seeing him play a villain.

This Week, Don't Forget the Side Dishes: Giving Thanks For Actor Ed Harris

John Farr | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

This Turkey Day happens to land on a criminally and perennially underappreciated actor's birthday: Ed Harris. Main course or side dish, first billing or second fiddle, Ed Harris is a truly gifted actor deserving of more recognition. So let's give it to him.

John Goodman, Lord Ganesh, and the Hub of the Universe

Dean Sluyter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Dean Sluyter

Good news. I'm not crazy ... at least, not totally crazy. John Goodman cleared that up for me.

Interview: Bruce Dern Speaks... and Speaks

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In one sense, actor Bruce Dern is an interviewer's dream: He's pithy, quotable and voluble. In another sense, Dern is an interviewer's nightmare: You ask one question and never get the chance to ask another, because he's got so much to say.

Marilyn Monroe: The Woman Behind the Icon

Abhishek Seth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Abhishek Seth

Generations after generation have been awestruck by her, her beauty, and her immortal public persona. Behind the glitz, glamour and glimmer, there was one woman to whom Marilyn Monroe owed it all: Lois Weber Smith.

FACE IT: Let's Be Frank About Mia

Michele Willens | Posted 12.09.2013 | Celebrity
Michele Willens

Mia Farrow doesn't need our respect and FRANKly, has never seemed to ask for it. She has always done her own thing and made her own choices, even when she appeared momentarily unhinged.

The Dog to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival: True Story Behind Dog Day Afternoon

Kristin McCracken | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

On August 22, 1972, John Wojtowicz and two accomplices attempted to rob a bank in Brooklyn. Things didn't go as planned: first, one of the accomplices ran out, not able to go through with it.

Al Pacino Movie Sets Up Shot At Chicago Concert

AP | BETH HARRIS | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — An Al Pacino movie broke out in the middle of a concert by the band Chicago, with thousands of fans serving as extras. Cameras we...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Despicable Me 2

Dan Persons | Posted 09.07.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons sat through this sequel, and their discussion focuses on how a film with so many pluses -- minions galore; a talented voice cast -- could wind up so flat.

Ed Pressman and Al Pacino Set to Make Paterno Film

Rob Taub | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Rob Taub

Ed Pressman is putting together what looks to be a very interesting and controversial feature film about Joe Paterno. Brian De Palma is set to direct and Al Pacino will play the legendary yet ultimately disgraced coach.

Telling Her Horror Story: Scream Queen Katharine Isabelle Rules

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.16.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

As the title character in American Mary, Katharine Isabelle is bloody good.