Margo Martindale and August: Osage County

For the past twenty-five years, Margo Martindale has been an acclaimed character actress on stage and screens big and small. Highlights of her big-screen work include her work as Maggie Fitzgerald’s tactless mother Earline in the Best Picture-winner Million Dollar Baby, and her...

Steve Coogan and Philomena

Steve Coogan is a comedic megastar in the U.K., best known for his signature character Alan Partridge. The character has appeared in numerous television shows over the past twenty years, including “Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge” and “Mid Morning Matters with Alan...

John Wells and August: Osage County

John Wells is one of the towering figures in modern American television. His seemingly innumerable credits have reaped six Primetime Emmys for his work as writer and producer on “ER,” and “The West Wing.” Wells’ other series include “Third Watch,” “Shameless” and “Southland.” In...

Tracy Letts and August: Osage County

Since the premiere of his play “Killer Joe” in Chicago in 1993, actor and playwright Tracy Letts has become a major figure in American theater, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his play “August: Osage County” and this year’s Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading...

Alexandre Desplat and Philomena

Since beginning his career in France in 1985, Alexandre Desplat has scored 150 films including two Best Picture winners. His first Golden Globe nomination came in 2004 for Girl with a Pearl Earring, and he won that same accolade in 2007 for The Painted Veil. That same year,...

Chris Cooper and August: Osage County

Since his first film and television appearances in the late-eighties, actor Chris Cooper’s filmography has come to include blockbusters (The Bourne Identity, the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2), comedies (Me, Myself, and Irene, The Muppets), Best Picture nominees (Seabiscuit,...

Sarah Paulson and 12 Year a Slave

12 Years a Slave has begun awards season with a strong showing, leading the field in Independent Spirit Awards nominations among other accolades. The film is connecting with audiences as well, having already earned over $33 million in ever-widening release. One of things that...

Casey Affleck talks about Out of the Furnace

When Gus Van Sant was preparing to make 1995’s To Die For, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were both vying for the role of Russel Hines, which Van Sant gave to Affleck’s younger brother Casey, marking his feature film debut. In the almost two decades since, Casey Affleck’s varied...

Scott Cooper talks about Out of the Furnace

After spending a decade acting in film and TV projects, writer/director Scott Cooper made his feature film debut in 2009 with Crazy Heart. In addition to being a great success at the box office, the film won Oscars for Best Actor for Jeff Bridges and songwriters Ryan Bingham and...

Lenny Kravitz and Lee Daniels’ The Butler

My eleventh birthday was at the beginning of 1998. I remember a series of very formative years growing up, where Lenny Kravitz was a dominating force on what we didn’t know at the time was the dying breath of commercial radio and televised music videos, both of which still felt...