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Neil Jordan Returns to Bloodsuckers With ‘Byzantium’


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It’s been nearly 20 years since “The Crying Game” auteur Neil Jordan directed Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in “Interview With the Vampire.”

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A Farmer’s Life, in Focus and on Film


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Director Ramin Bahrani’s latest film “At Any Price” tells the story of a man who runs a farming empire and sells genetically modified seeds. We talked recently with Bahrani about the pressures of farming in the current Monsanto-dominated environment and how the country has changed since Alexis de Tocqueville wrote “Democracy in America.” 

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Ripped From Tomorrow’s Headlines: Brian Wood, Comic Book Futurist


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Brian Wood is a best-selling comic book writer whose body of work expresses a political and social awareness that ranks with the best in speculative fiction.

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The Chilean Mad Men of ‘No’


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How did Gael García Bernal, an outspoken leftist who has played Che Guevara not once, but twice, end up starring in a film that would appear, on the surface at least, to be a celebration of 20th century free-market economics?

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Just Say ‘No’: Director Pablo Larraín Tells How Chile Got Rid of a Dictator


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In his latest film, Larraín continues his examination of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, this time looking at the campaign to oust him.

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Oliver Stone on Occupy Wall Street: ‘Grab the Power’


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The collaboration between director Oliver Stone and one-man political think tank Tariq Ali began not three years ago, but their mind-meld has already produced three projects spanning multiple continents and eras. Stone gave a talk in Los Angeles last weekend … (more)

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June Gloom With Lewis Lapham


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There is always smoke around Lewis Lapham, as if he’d just been conjured by some sorcerer suddenly enraged by the placation of the status quo.

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The Story Behind ‘Gun Hill Road’


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Writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green tells us about why he set his film “Gun Hill Road” in the Bronx, finding a transgender actress to play the teen, how anyone who has ever been a teenager should be able to identify with the film, and the power of art.

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Mr. Fish on Saving the World


Truthdig editors interviewed esteemed editorial cartoonist Dwayne “Mr. Fish” Booth, whose debut collection, “Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People,” is out from Akashic Books. The artist talks about his craft, his inspiration, and the man behind the brilliant, wild and provocative cartoons.

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Stephen Elliott: The Art of the Overshare


“The Adderall Diaries” author isn’t one to hold back, as readers of his memoir—not to mention his tweets, blogs, “overly personal emails,” essays and online magazine, The Rumpus—know well. Here, he opens up about his literary projects, his hyperlocal politics and the role of narcissism in his work.

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