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Thriving Away From the Straight Line

If Scientology is all you know about Chick Corea, you are missing out on one of the best pianists in jazz history. Here he talks with PopMatters about his eclectic career, his most recent record and his passion for improvisation.

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Offending Two Camps: An Interview with Controller.Controller

The X remains a mysterious placeholder for a band that won't stay still.

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Resurrection: Common Walks

Common's returned, and he's not being backed into the Corner.

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Catch That Wave: Interview with the Click Five’s Ben Romans

PopMatters talks to the Click Five, perhaps the world's first boy band influenced by The Cars.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Castanets' songwriter gives us the current low-down.

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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Also Country

Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell let their joy bloom while talking about their new album.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

CAITLIN CARY While You Weren’t Looking(Yep Roc)US release date: 26 March 2002 Pony Girl “I’ll let you know that I may have to

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Just What You Needed: An Interview with The New Cars

The New Cars get ready to hit the road with singer Todd Rundgren.

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Vanessa Carlton grows up as an artist and a person, and she tells PopMatters all about it.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Best known for their smash hit off the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, fresh of a hiatus from American audiences, and moving in an entirely new direction, the nearly decade-old Cardigans find themselves in a curious place. Are they a one hit wonder, long time cult act, or fresh new face? PopMatters investigates.

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Not the Tremblin’ Kind

Laura Cantrell got some surprising help on the way to being one of indie's premiere country singers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Jerry Cantrell has had a rough year.

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What the Blues Can Do: An Interview with Kate Campbell

'The heart of blues music is about feeling. You're trying to get to the root of the matter. You're just laying it out.' Kate Campbell's talks about art, Elvis, Internet distribution, and the beauty of the blues.

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Ramblin’ Across the Seas: An Interview with Isobel Campbell

The Scottish singer explains how she paired up with Mark Lanegan for a new album, and why that's slightly easier than partnering with Gram Parsons.

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Staying Awake But Not Down

Calla's Aurelio Valle chases the 'real things in life' and manages to avoid becoming depressed about them.

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Where the Buffalo Roamed

With the first-ever legit reissue of the legendary Aussie hard rockers' catalog at hand, PopMatters catches up with Buffalo's original guitarist, John Baxter.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

“In my favorite book, The Alchemist”, reveals Ghanaian-born Rhian Benson, “there is a quote that basically says that the universe conspires with you when you

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Dude, What’s Happening?: An Interview with Greg Behrendt

'The one cool thing with getting older is that you can actively choose to be an eccentric. When people ask you what are you listening to you go, 'You know I'm not really listening to anything, I'm really into Japanese furniture right now.'' Greg Behrendt talks about Jerry Maguire, Sarah Silverman, his new DVD, and the importance of bringing the rock.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Salsoul Survivor

Almost 40 years ago, he was at the forefront of the Latin R&B fusion that changed the sound of soul in the 1970s. Now, after a 20-year hiatus, Joe Bataan has returned to the recording studio.

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Hampton Fancher is classically cool: relaxed, earnest, seductive. Lean and gray-haired, he wears his shoes sockless and takes his coffee decaffeinated. Fancher grew up in

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The Emotion of History: Interview with Rob Cohen, Director of Stealth

We're at a crossroads in terms of how American policy will be affected by technology in war.

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The director discusses his new film Gunner Palace, a documentary about U.S. troops in Baghdad, during two months in 2003.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Dig Your Own Hole

The DIG! director, Ondi Timoner, explains her tumultuous editing process and how the recent DVD release helped her create her award-winning documentary.

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Matthew McConaughey has been a Redskins fan since he was four years old. He thinks it started with watching late-night movies on tv, when he rooted for the 'Indians' against the cowboys.

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Many of Oshii's films have been meditations on the nature of humanity and how we relate to technology. Oshii is much more interested in exploring and surpassing the dichotomies of man/machine and reality/dreaming than he is in crafting plot and character.

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+ Waking the Dead review by P. Nelson Reinsch You can’t feel so comfy Writer-producer-director Keith Gordon looks like a stereotypical film geek. He’s

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Kimberly Peirce looks right at you when she talks. And it's hard to look away from her, with her striking eyes and cool blue streaks in her near-black hair. She likes to talk, too. Really talk. She laughs easily, thinks hard, and wants to ask questions as much as answer them. She's talking a lot these days, promoting her first feature, .

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Omar Epps has his hotel bed pillows on the sofa, so he can lean into them while he talks to you. But two minutes into the interview, he's sitting up and facing you, enthusiastically punctuating his points with his hands.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I wanted to go inside their heads At 9:17 am on a weekday, Justin Kerrigan is feeling jetlagged, jonesing for “a fag and a cup a

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: When you hear the name Jon Favreau, you'll probably remember that he's the guy who wrote and starred in 'Swingers'.

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Something Else New: Interview with John Singleton

Nobody wanted to make this movie because it was about a pimp. So I gave them the finger and said, I'm doing it anyway.

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Their goal, the filmmakers state, was to make a comedy/fantasy that would expose the absurd levels to which people will go either to mask or discover their sexual identity.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Smooth and unstoppable, he's not one to rest on his laurels, but likes to stay busy.

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Julian Schnabel is what you might call an intense personality. He talks in large hunks of prose, language that is layered roaming, attentive to the details of the surfaces around him. He has a grand sensibility, full of passion and unstoppable opinion.

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Forest Whitaker is as cool as you'd want him to be, thoughtful and wise, of course, but also attentive and gracious.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

In person, Morris Chestnut looks a lot like he does on magazine covers and on movie screens -- good-looking of course, but also self-confident and relaxed.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Sayles has been praised for his independence and his enthusiasm for his work; he is also, unusually, a white filmmaker who deals consistently and repeatedly with race, as well as class, sex, and other issues.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Looking around corners I phone Michael Almereyda at home in New York. He’s funny and also careful as he speaks, his voice quietly energetic.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

That's really the problem that people of color are up against: they're working within a system that still doesn't acknowledge them as equal.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

+ Pollock review by Todd R. Ramlow An Intuitive Journey Ed Harris wears all black—pants, t-shirt, scarf, overcoat. As we sit for almost an hour

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They're campaigning for the President, on a bus for Bush, soliciting pledges from patriots. Look out.

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John Cameron Mitchell's new film, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is his first, and he is its director, writer, and star. And yet, he hardly seems the egotistical sort who might pursue and then effectively manage such a remarkable undertaking.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

: Shawn puts it this way: ''Scary Movie' is about pop culture, 'Menace' is about urban culture, and 'I'm Gonna Get You Sucka' is about urban throwback.'

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Michael J. Nelson talks about stand-up comedy, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and his new book.

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Roman Polanski is gracious and soft-spoken on the telephone from Paris. Once notorious for his eccentricity, ego, and offscreen misfortunes, the Polish director-writer-actor now seems, at 67, almost serene, or comfortable, as if he's come to terms with his genius and his excess.

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Bring It to People: Interview with the Murderball Filmmakers

Alternately slouching, perched forward, and animated in their chairs, the filmmakers pick up on one another's points, ask each other questions. At the moment, they're talking about Murderball, their documentary about quadriplegic rugby.

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The Chameleon’s Journey: An Interview with Neil Jordan

Playwright, author and filmmaker, Neil Jordan talks cross dressing, terrorism, and the brilliance of Cillian Murphy.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Tailor-made suits are coming back into fashion It is, of course, nothing new to remark on the distinctive age bias facing women in typical Hollywood

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Catherine Hardwicke talks about her film Thirteen, which is so different from other teen movies, except that the characters are flawed (and remain so), and the adults actually care about what the kids are going through.

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'' is populated with characters who don't get much play in mainstream movies -- the homeless, a crazy man, sexualized middle-aged characters, interracial sex, a black woman with a gun, gay men, and an upscale art scene, all in a film that's considerably bigger than your first one. Was it difficult to put all these elements together.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I think it’s healthy to find it weird Jason Isaacs has a kind of energy that you don’t see every day. He’s

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Michael Clarke Duncan is happy. He's happy to be starring in with Tom Hanks, to be sitting in a nice hotel room wearing white socks and designer jeans and no shoes. He's especially happy with his role in the film...

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I like it when a character is irrational, when a character does contradictory things. I feel like it wakes you up, because you're trying to connect the dots.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Jonathan Kiefer

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Stuff has to happen Tony Goldwyn may be best known as the dastardly villain in 1990’s blockbuster weepie, Ghost, or the voice of Disney’s

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Michael Almereyda (2000)writer-director of Hamlet Alejandro Amenabar (2001)director of The Others Paul Thomas Anderson (1999)director of Magnolia Carlos Avila, Jon Seda, and Jimmy Smits (2000)director

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

'A movie is about going to other worlds. A movie creates a universe, a parallel of this world with its own laws and that you can jump into,' say the director of the Torino Film Festival.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

At first glance, Karyn Kusama's looks like a pretty regular festival 'darling' picture: it's the writer-director's debut feature, it's about a young Latina in the projects who overcomes her unhappy home situation to succeed in an unusual and topical arena (boxing), and finds true love to boot.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

“I took the training wheels off” John Singleton is eating sushi when I walk into the Sony office suite where he and his entourage are

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Politics and Porn Whether you think he has “sold out” and gone “mainstream” in the latter part of his career, or whether you think he

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Why should 'Jackass' be reviewed? I've never been that comfortable being what you'd call a film reviewer.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Ryan Phillippe has the new Wyclef CD on the coffee table in his hotel room. He likes the album, especially the Mary J. Blige track, but thinks the Kenny Rogers is a little silly.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Sean Patrick Thomas is one of the more genuinely polite people I've met. He stands up to shake my hand when I arrive and leave. He acts as if he actually wants to be here, in this hotel lobby two days after Christmas, talking about his job.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Former Chicago cop Dennis Farina still lives on the Windy City's North Side, because, he says, there's no other place like it. It's clear, though, from his relaxed posture in a sitting room at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, that he also doesn't mind traveling.

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“I’m a big fan of all those guys and I never turn down the opportunity to work with great talent.” Spike Lee is very

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Atom Egoyan speaks softly and carefully, in complex sentences. Unexpectedly, this makes our interview difficult, because we’re stuck with a phone line that cuts

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I came into films initially on this platform to challenge the representation of women and people of color in the media.

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A Garrison State: Interview with Eugene Jarecki, Why We Fight

'What kind of society are we living in when the best opportunity for a young person is to take a job that might cost the life of himself or of another?'

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Scared Straight! director insists he's not an expert in prison advocacy and reform, but his passion for the project propels and enlivens our interview.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Daniel Minahan and Brooke Smith sit across from me in one of those bizarre hotel suites that are part comfy lounge area, part board room.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

All of these stories in 'Biggie & Tupac' are about the same thing: the position of black Americans has not moved enormously from the Civil Rights days.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Westfeldt and Juergensen are very easy with each other, a result of spending lots of time together since they met at a 5-day theater lab in 1996.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Over the past few years, Kenneth Carlson has made an impression on the documentary scene, earning various nominations, awards, and accolades.

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Consistently compelling and jarring, animator Bill Plympton is most comfortable when he's destabilizing everything from the human body to the corporate machines that make the world turn.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I walk in on Ted Demme as he's wolfing down a sandwich.

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An Absence of Framework: An Interview with Michael Winterbottom

The 'war on terror' allows them to keep keeping people at Guantánamo until they decide the war on terror is over. So they've taken something that's an abstract idea that can actually go on forever, and that will, on a policy level, affect when people can be released.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

John Frankenheimer has been making movies for over thirty years, and yet he remains passionate about his work.

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If I didn't believe films had the power to promote social change, I wouldn't make them.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

That hero mentality The interviews are running behind schedule. Granted, there’s lots to keep track of, namely, a day’s worth of meetings with

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Stacy Peralta, winner of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival Director's Award, wears a sweatshirt and sneakers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Spike Lee has established a reputation as an innovative and intelligent artist and provocative cultural critic.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Eric Mendelsohn is a quiet guy, thoughtful and self-reflective. His first feature film - which won the 35-year-old Mendelsohn the Directing Award at 1999's Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection in the Cannes Festival's 1999 Un Certain Regard - is a carefully observation of suburban self-delusions and truths.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

[As a director,] you have to let spontaneity and chaos live with you, and be able to pick and choose.

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A More Athletic Approach: An Interview with Werner Herzog

The 63-year-old filmmaker doesn't count talking about his work among his favorite activities -- as he puts it, "I have a more physical approach than a cerebral approach, a more athletic approach" -- but he remains enthused about his new documentary, Grizzly Man.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Made for only $225,000 and shot in 18 days, '' tells the story of a young man, Charlie (Dan Futterman), recovering from a terrible trauma, trying to make sense of the loss of control that he's feeling, and for Shear, New York offered appropriate mystery, randomness, and danger.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Marla Sokoloff may be best known for playing the sorta punky Lucy Hatcher on David E. Kelley's popular series, 'The Practice'.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Tell people you are interviewing Christopher Guest and generally you will get a blank stare.

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No one is ever going to eat dog shit again. So if that's what you're looking for, move on!

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Heartbreak Phenomenology One of Animal Husbandry‘s preoccupying themes is the way that sadness over a breakup can leave just about everything soaked in the

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The difficult part for me was that Sheila was so isolated. She would always appear in the scene, and everything would go into an extremely slow motion.

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All this is new for the 42-year-old Atom Egoyan, whose work is characteristically deliberate, elegant, and above all, exploring relationships between art and interpretation.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I want them to forget that somebody wrote this, I want them to forget that somebody directed it and think about the characters and believe in the characters.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Refusing to embrace the unquestioning devotion and silence of religious fundamentalism, Saved! instead encourages dialogue regarding the contradictions of religious fundamentalism

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Paul Thomas Anderson describes his new film, Magnolia, in language that only seems simple. He's obviously excited about it, glad to have it released and to be talking about it, which, he observes, is part of the process.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Chris McQuarrie doesn't look like someone from Hollywood. He doesn't wear black, his face is pleasant and his voice soft and deliberate, without the speed and breathlessness that afflict folks who spend too much time inside the business.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Rob Sitch seems the type who might turn questions around on his interviewer fairly regularly.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I didn't want the characters to have to explain why they exist. I don't feel like I have to do that.

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