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Michael Keaton Cultivates Quiet Desperation in Birdman

2 years ago by Stephanie Zacharek
In Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Keaton pours all of Batman's simmering disquietude into a different form: that of Riggan Thomson, a has-been actor who hopes to reclaim his reputation by staging an ambitious Broadway show, an adaptation — one he's written himself — of Raymond Carver's "What...

Hot Tin Roof Hands-On: Local Adventure Game Is the Cat's Meow

2 years ago by Chris Utterback
Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora, by Colorado-based developer Glass Bottom Games, was released for PC, Mac and Linux last Friday after a successful Kickstarter campaign kicked off more than a year and a half of development. It sounds nuts on paper — a platformer inspired by...

What We Talk About

7 years ago by Drew Bixby
In Chapter 17 of The Feast of Love, Charles Baxter’s meta-narrative about the complicated — sometimes sweet, sometimes erotic and perverse — sex and love lives of a group of severely confused characters, pierced barista Chloe is told that her attempt to make extra cash by breaking into the amateur...

Molly Ringwald on writing and advice she got from Bret Easton Ellis

4 years ago by Jon Solomon
Molly Ringwald, who comes from a family of voracious readers, started writing as a child -- before she became an '80s teen icon who starred in such John Hughes films as Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club -- but says she never really thought she'd publish anything...


9 years ago by J. Hoberman
Mystery man of the long-ago Australian new wave, Ray Lawrence has evidently grown less finicky. Lawrence, now 59, made his feature debut with the phantasmagoric Bliss, famous flop of the 1985 Cannes Film Festival; he then licked his wounds and directed TV commercials for sixteen years before reappearing with somewhat...

Starfox 3D, Michael Chabon and zombies, zombies, zombies this week, August 6, 2011

5 years ago by Thorin Klosowski
We told you last week that things were about to pick up, so hopefully you didn't blow all your hard earned cash on mimosas this weekend, because there is a ton of great content to highlight this week. We've got not one, but two different pieces of zombie media --...

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's Owen Ashworth on his background, his songs and inspiration

6 years ago by Tom Murphy
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone started out in 1997 as a solo project for songwriter Owen Ashworth. Initially using just a keyboard and a basic drum machine, Ashworth challenged himself to make the most of minimal elements. The result has been a body of work that not only speaks directly...

The Sundance Kids

10 years ago by Scott Foundas
One morning, Gary Walkow was suddenly transformed into a successful Hollywood filmmaker. Gone were the hat-in-hand searches for financing, the deferred salaries, the long shooting days with undermanned crews, and the months upon years spent touring the festival circuit while seeking a distribution deal. For a moment, he was taking...

Shriek and Spell

13 years ago by Jason Heller
When it comes to centers of power, none in history can approach the hubristic might of Washington, D.C., the seat of the American Empire. And yet, dwelling in the shadow of that city's neo-classical white-marble monuments is a thriving, outspoken punk scene, one that revolves mainly around the independent Dischord...

Have PEN, Will Travel

18 years ago by Susan Froyd
Many fiction writers don't choose their profession--it chooses them instead. And some, like jazz critic and novelist Rafi Zabor, are lifelong wanderers who suddenly find themselves traipsing down the right road. But regardless of how a writer becomes one, it must be true that it takes one to know one:...


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