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    Navid Negahban Talks Playing 'Homeland' Boogieman Abu Nazir and Moral Gray Areas

    After watching the first season of "Homeland," it can be surreal to speak to Navid Negahban over the phone. His performance as Osama Bin Ladin archetype Abu Nazir is both memorably ominous while embodying the shifting sense the Showtime drama gives viewers of complicated villains that coul...

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    'Breaking Bad' Director of Photography Michael Slovis Talks About Shaping the Look of the Most Cinematic Show on Television

    When it comes to ambitious television, we tend to talk about the showrunner as the equivalent of the auteur in a film. But the original meaning of that term was more about director imparting his or her visual imprint on a work. And on a show as visually perceptive and imaginative as "Breaking B...

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    Roger Corman on 'Attack of the 50 Ft. Cheerleader,' the Benefit of Budgetary Restraints and Why the Internet's the Next Home for Indie Film

    Roger Corman should need no introduction. Without him, independent film in the United States would be an entirely different entity, if it would even exist at all. As a director, he was responsible for a classic series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations in the early 1960s, among many, many others. As a p...

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    Speed Levitch Talks About His New Hulu Series, Richard Linklater and the Perils of Being a Documentary Subject

    Timothy "Speed" Levitch is both an unconventional tour guide and a kind of indie film muse. Working on double-decker bus hosting sightseeing tours in his native New York in the '90s, he attracted attention for his unique, philosophical take on the city and its history. He eventually be...

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    Eddie Izzard Talks Snow Globes, Sex with Trees and Finding the Truth in His Outlandish Villain in IFC's New Miniseries "Bullet in the Face"

    Known for his unique, hyper-erudite, stream-of-consciousness stand-up comedy (best showcased in the 2000 concert film "Dress to Kill"), Eddie Izzard has also spent the better part of the last two decades building a very interesting career as a character actor on both stage and screen. With...

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    Rian Johnson on 'Breaking Bad': 'Directing Walter White is Surreal on a Level That Directing a Movie Will Never Be'

    Rian Johnson, the filmmaker behind "Brick," "The Brothers Bloom" and the upcoming "Looper," is also the director of this past Sunday's terrific episode of "Breaking Bad," in which Walter White (Bryan Cranston) celebrated his 51st birthday with a brutal fig...

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    'Game of Thrones' Writer Vanessa Taylor Talks Streep Drama 'Hope Springs'

    Vanessa Taylor is enough of a TV whiz--her writing credits include "Alias," "Everwood" and "Tell Me You Love Me"--to land a co-executive producer spot on Seasons Two and Three of "Game of Thrones." But that was after she went off on her own, trying to combat writer's block, to write an original spec...

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    The Surprisingly Sympathetic Underdog of 'The Newsroom' Responds to the Show's Critics: 'We're a fantasy TV show!'

    While Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom" continues to polarize audiences and madden many critics with an attitude toward the world of journalism that might gently be described as high-handed, one character has emerged as a complex and surprisingly sympathetic counterpoint to the f...

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    Roger Avary on Working in TV and Bringing 'The Spirit of an Indie Film' to Spy Series 'XIII'

    Indiewire's own Eric Kohn caught up with Roger Avary at the Locarno Film Festival for the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director's first interview since he was jailed for eight months for vehicular manslaughter. While talking to the "Pulp Fiction" writer, Kohn asked him to sh...

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    Tom Hollander Talks Finding Normalcy (and a Sex Life) for a Vicar in 'Rev.'

    Most widely known as the treacherous trading-company head in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, Tom Hollander plays the tormentor and the put-upon with equal conviction. In the British series "Rev.," whose second season is now rolling out on Hulu and whose third season was ju...

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