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Spike Lee Wades Back into the “Creek” (photo)

Spike Lee Wades Back into the “Creek”

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, two-time Oscar nominee Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing”) ventured down to the Gulf region to investigate the pre-storm warnings, the wrenching sights of death and ruin, and the soul-crushing aftermath that might’ve been avoided had the U.S. government responded in a smart and timely manner. Featuring affecting interviews […]

Amir Bar-Lev Tells the Two Sides of “The Tillman Story” (photo)

Amir Bar-Lev Tells the Two Sides of “The Tillman Story”

In his 2000 feature debut “Fighter,” doc filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev followed two Czech Holocaust survivors as they revisit a notorious labor camp, one of whom begins poking holes in the other man’s narrative. As the director himself explains: “It’s about the tension between two friends when one of them begins to question how much of […]

Paul Dano is Sitting Pretty (photo)

Paul Dano is Sitting Pretty

When he’s in his birthplace of New York City, actor Paul Dano says he’s most recognized for playing Daniel Day-Lewis’s evangelical nemesis, whose proverbial “milkshake” of oil gets drained in “There Will Be Blood.” Outside of major cities, the 26-year-old is more instantly familiar as the mute Nietzschean road-tripper from lighter Best Picture Oscar nominee, […]

Mark Ruffalo is Doing “All Right” (photo)

Mark Ruffalo is Doing “All Right”

During actor Mark Ruffalo’s early career struggles, the handsome and humble star of “Zodiac,” “The Brothers Bloom” and “Shutter Island” admits to having performed strange jobs for money (“things that weren’t exactly above board, but weren’t hurting anybody”), but donating sperm wasn’t one of those. However, if you’d care to imagine what Ruffalo’s good genes […]

Taylor Hackford’s Trip to the “Love Ranch” (photo)

Taylor Hackford’s Trip to the “Love Ranch”

Not since 1985’s “White Nights” has California-born director Taylor Hackford (“Ray,” “An Officer and a Gentleman”) worked with Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren. That isn’t to insinuate any animosity from that first collaboration since, well, the two eventually got married. Loosely based on the real-life story of America’s first legal brothel, Hackford’s ’70s-set drama “Love Ranch” […]

Oliver Stone Heads “South of the Border” (photo)

Oliver Stone Heads “South of the Border”

Before American audiences can get their greedy eyes on Oliver Stone’s long-anticipated sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” this fall, the three-time Oscar winner will release an even more politically minded film, if you don’t mind Hugo Chávez standing in for Shia LaBeouf. As genial as it is revealing, “South of the Border” sees Stone […]

Jonah Hill Steps Away from “Superbad” (photo)

Jonah Hill Steps Away from “Superbad”

Comedic actor and up-and-coming screenwriter Jonah Hill has brightened every feature Judd Apatow has yet directed (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People”), and would like you to stop thinking he’s the vulgar loudmouth he played in “Superbad.” If anything, he thinks his recent gig as the hapless liaison to Russell Brand’s rock star in […]

Mads Mikkelsen’s Rites of Passage (photo)

Mads Mikkelsen’s Rites of Passage

An unconventional, saturnine sex symbol in his native Denmark, actor Mads Mikkelsen has become an adored presence in international productions both indie and blockbuster-sized. He wept blood as the villainous Le Chiffre in the 007 reboot “Casino Royale,” assassinated Nazis as the latter half of the Danish Resistance duo “Flame & Citron,” managed an Indian […]

Leelee Sobieski’s Blissful Adulthood  (photo)

Leelee Sobieski’s Blissful Adulthood

It’s tempting to still think of Leelee Sobieski as that underage ingénue from “Deep Impact,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” “The Glass House” and her Emmy-nominated role in the TV miniseries “Joan of Arc,” but according to the fair-skinned beauty (who turns 27 this month and, as of December, is a new mother), the opposite is true: […]

Alexander Skarsgard Gets Animated (photo)

Alexander Skarsgard Gets Animated

“True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgård has gained American heartthrob status as the show’s thousand-year-old Viking vampire Alex, but even if the role is clearly make-believe, the Nordic charm is all his. Son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård, the Stockholm-born thespian has a long and storied career in his homeland, from becoming a child actor to […]