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Body and Soul: Pam Grier Will Still Kick Your Ass ‘Graciously’

An icon of cinema since her debut in the 1970s, actress and activist Pam Grier sheds light on her alternately charmed and troubled life, her process, her passions and her future in her engaging new memoir Foxy: My Life in Three Acts. Grier speaks to Mazur about channeling negative experiences into positives and why it is high time for a remake of The Golden Girls.

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Rebel ‘With’ a Cause: Catching Up with Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho opens up about closeted celebrities and politicians, the lack of Asian American presences in film and television, what it means for her to be a feminist and why President Barack Obama was recently winking at her during a speech at the White House.

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition Part One

PopMatters follows up last year's hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. We'll unveil a batch each day this week alongside an exclusive interview with one of the actresses on that day's list.

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The Lady in Blue: Patricia Clarkson Romances Cairo

Moving stealthily between gigs in indies and studio films for more than a decade now, Clarkson talks to PopMatters about her newest challenge: top-lining her first-ever romantic lead in IFC's Cairo Time.

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4 Aug 2010 // 9:00 PM

Pride and Prejudice

Clinging to the dictum “The personal is political”, and shunning such pesky realities as promiscuity, illness and civil rights, the progenitors of this Cinema Pride DVD have opted to focus simply on storytelling and character development.

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Barbequing with Legends: Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek on Cinema, Cinephilia and Good-Looking Shoes

On the eve of the release of Get Low, PopMatters talks with film legends Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall about food criticism (sort of), film critics (without mentioning any, ahem, names), and of course, cute shoes (and a few other things).

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‘In the Bedroom’ Highlights a Career of Risk-Taking

Mazur heads for coastal Maine, where the film was shot, for an in-depth look at the crown jewel in a career of amazing performances by Spacek. He also eats a lot of seafood, takes a hard look at ageism and discovers how location can inform an actor's work just as much as it can a writer's.

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“Good Country People”: Mid-Period Sissy Spacek and Middle America

In her second decade in the film business, Sissy Spacek could be found in mile-high brunette wigs singing at the Grand Ole Opry, working opposite some of the most celebrated men and women in film history, and of course, front and center at the Academy Awards.

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Sissy Spacek in the ‘70s: The Brilliant Light at the End of the Time Tunnel

No actress better epitomized the '70s than Sissy Spacek. She stands as the Me Decade personified, a beautiful if brutal, fragile yet ferocious combination of survivor, savant, and starlight.

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Giving Up the Ghost: Sissy Spacek’s Texas Legend

There’s something to being Texan that Sissy understands -- something about its vastness, how it’s part of both the South and the West, how it gives us that rapid speech with drawling vowels.

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The Archaeology of Comedy: Ancient Funnybones Found Intact

More valuable fossils have been unearthed from the strata of film history thanks to these Kino and Flicker Alley DVDs: a bunch of lost Keatons and one lost Roxie.

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It’s All Painting, in a Way: Interview with Filmmaker Patricia Rozema

What if I make the work that really, really touches people? And they feel, “Hey, my God, that’s genuine human emotion put out there for all the right reasons." I guess I am entirely an idealist. I believe that authentic communication can cut through.

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We Built Our Own World: Hans Zimmer and the Music of ‘Inception’

Zimmer reveals why he brought along Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr for the Inception soundtrack, how his relationship with Nolan works, and why the music was inspired by both David Bowie and mathematician Roger Penrose.

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Sequels We Were Unfairly Denied

While most moviegoers bemoan the glut of Hollywood sequels and remakes, City Slickers II: Coffee and Cake is just one of many unproduced sequels I wish we had the chance to see.

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Plan 9 for Ironic Appreciation: On B-movies, Riffing and Value-Added Irony

The RiffTrax line of DVDs reignites the enduring debate: Can something really be so bad that it's good?

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A Is for Actor, B Is for Band: Breaking the Stigma of the “Actor’s Band”

The public has long had an affinity for the strange and less than wonderful, and the concept of an actor recording a CD invariably brings up the ghosts of dead music careers past. So, bands that happen to include an actor/musician need to follow Beecake’s and Blue Gillespie’s example.

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24 Jun 2010 // 9:00 PM

Love, Tilda Style

Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton talks to PopMatters about a quiet, sophisticated melodrama set in a golden cage, Carlo Cracco-inspired gastro-porn, and the glint of cinematic gold captured in a still moment.

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Hitchcock’s Final Steps on the Path to Destruction

The path through destruction that they have walked, guided along by Hitchcock much like Virgil guided Dante in the circles of Hell, is what people remember most after watching Rear Window, Psycho, and Vertigo.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Eleven, 1969 - 1976

In his final three films, Hitchcock may have showed his age, but there are undeniable treasures to be found even in these lesser works.

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Sinister Footfalls on a Darkened Stair: Hitchcock and His Continuing Sphere of Influence

More than any other studio system director, Alfred Hitchcock has influenced an amazing international collection of postmodern movie makers.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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