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Cynthia Ellis

Interview: Olivia Wilde Produces Baseball in the Time of Cholera

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.02.2012 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Baseball in the Time of Cholera started out as a film about Haiti's first little league team but soon took on international importance as a cholera epidemic infected over 500,000 Haitian people.

Interview: Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Picture Paris

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

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 Seinfeld.

Interview: Willem Dafoe Is The Hunter

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

It was one of the most wonderful and unique starts to an interview ever: Within a minute, Willem was speaking in the incomprehensible babble of the Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil. And then in Italian. Two of the world's finest languages!

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

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 11.16.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Christina Hendricks has the old-world, but never old, sex appeal of our Marilyn, and is perhaps our first red-headed pin-up since Rita Hayworth. And she has major acting chops.

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

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

You will laugh, you will cry, it is better than CATS. But most importantly, you will be moved. Senna is one of the most successful documentaries to come out of England to the States, ever.

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

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

The adage, "You can't go home again," isn't completely true. You can go home again, but it's going to involve serious heartbreak, a coke binge, multiple altercations, confronting uncomfortable truths and your own mother slapping your just-punched face.

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

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

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

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

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Can catching a ball for your favorite baseball team, in front of millions of fans, literally ruin your life? This very scenario is the subject of Alex Gibney's brilliant new documentary, Catching Hell.

William H. Macy Goes for Broke (and Drunk) in Showtime's Shameless

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

William H. Macy has a voice that could sell needles to a porcupine. He can say the word "Golly" and have it be rife with unspoken meaning and depth.

Emmy Rossum Revels in Being Shameless

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Emmy Rossum is beautiful and sexy enough to rest on her laurels, but her talent and drive are having none of that.

Mama Gogo Goes for the Oscar

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Having lunch with director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is like sitting across the table from Steven Spielberg who has magically fused with the Dalai Lama, and then taken up residency in a tall Nordic man's body.

Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna Stage Their Own Revolución

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

To hear Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna talk about their lifelong friendship is unusual and exquisitely beautiful. They are tender and honest about their love for each other.

Penguin Re-Releases The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cynthia Ellis

Reading The Woman in White is not unlike being in a cage surrounded by sharks, if you could somehow eat crème brulee at the same time. It is exquisitely uncomfortable.

Icelandic Director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson: "Filmmaking Is the Greatest Strip-Tease of All"

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Fridriksson's new film, Mamma Gogo, is a real life tribute to his mother with Alzheimer's, but also to those of us who navigate the rocky road of the mother-child relationship.

Mamachas Del Ring: A Wrestler's Toughest Fight Doesn't Happen in the Ring

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

When director Betty M Park tells people that she has made a documentary about indigenous women wrestling in Bolivia, this is the usual response: "mud wrestling?"

Tribeca Film Festival: Juror Hope Davis' Special Relationship

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Hope Davis is instantly recognizable to New Yorkers. As soon as we are in the elevator heading downstairs to the coffee shop, we are besieged by an immaculately dressed couple.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Andy Serkis Is Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Whether doing Shakespeare, tragic monkey, or rock legend, Andy Serkis possesses that rare gift of true transformation.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: John and James Cromwell of A .45 at 50th.

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

A .45 at 50th is a short documentary about James Cromwell's involvement with the Black Panther Party in the late 1960's. The surprise of the film is that it is darkly funny.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Robert Kirbyson Writes and Directs Snowmen

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Snowmen, writer and director Robert Kirbyson's first feature film, is based on Kirbyson's actual childhood in Winnipeg, Canada.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. The Sentimental Engine Slayer

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

The Sentimental Engine Slayer director Omar Rodriegez-Lopez talks to us about creativity and how the collaborative nature of film changed him as a filmmaker and a man.

Tribeca Festival Interview: Feature Film Meskada

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Writer and Director Josh Sternfeld, along with a truly remarkable cast, returns to the Tribeca Film Festival with the premiere of his new film, Meskada.

Stern and Sundberg Show Us a Real Piece of Work: The Joan Rivers Documentary.

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

What makes the film fascinating is the way it, with almost laser precision, cuts to the core of someone who is famous for what lies on her surface.

The Carney Brothers Make Zonad After Only Living Once

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

The inspiration behind Zonad comes from the Irish tradition of great story-telling, a kind of "never let the truth get in the way of a good story" mentality.