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William Friedkin Paid Off MTA to Make 'The French...09/29/15
William Friedkin is the director of more than twentyfilms, among them "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection."For the latter, Friedkin won the 1971 Academy Award for Best Director, based on the film's stunning action sequences and incandescent...
Andy Warhol Really Did Like Campbell's Soup
Andy Warhol gained fame and notorietyas the godfather of Pop Art. His electric-coloredscreen prints ofCoca Colas, Marilyn Monroes, and electric chairsareiconic pieces, despite their iconoclastic origins. But there'smore to Warhol than Day-Glo...
Julie Taymor, Before and After 'Lion King'
"The Lion King" is now the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time. JulieTaymorhadn't seen the Disney film when she was approached to directthe project, but she had spent years studying the masks, mythology, and ancient ritual drama of...
Penn Jillette's Marathon Life in Magic
At 6'6" tall, Penn Jillette is a huge character. He's got ahuge frame, a huge personality, and huge appetites.It's a trait that has occasionally gotten him into trouble; he weighed, until a recent diet change,more than 350pounds. But his gregarious...
Paul Simon is one of the great American entertainers—a mantle he's worn since he started singing harmony with grade-school friend Art Garfunkel in a duo called Tom Jerry. In the following six decades, Simon has written dozens of classic songs. His...
David Remnick on Liebling, Dylan, and Glasnost
David Remnick isthe editor of The New Yorker magazine. It's a title he's held since 1998, and one thatrequires a tireless attention to detail, and an endless awarenessof current news, trends, and ideas. In short, he keeps himself busy. Under...
Alec Baldwin Dives to the Gulf Floor with Antonia Juhasz
BP recently settled civil lawsuits over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the tune of more than 18 billion dollars. But it's not the end of the story for the worst marine spill in U.S. history. Journalist and authorAntonia Juhasz recently took a...
John Guare and Lisa Dwan Talk Theater with Alec Baldwin
A prestigious agent signed playwright John Guare before he had even graduated from Yale School of Drama, saying he showed promise. In thefivedecades since, Guare has been one of the most humane—and absurd—voices of American theater. He says "there's...
What Dustin Hoffman Learned from Bob Fosse, Gene Hackman,...
The Graduate. Midnight Cowboy. Lenny.That's just the beginning ofDustin Hoffman's legendary Hollywood career.Over the last four decades, he's stretched and contorted himself into dozens of defining roles, earning recognition as one of the most...
Gay Talese Tells Alec Baldwin About Sinatra's Cold
When Gay Talese couldn't land aninterview with Frank Sinatra, hewrote theprofile insteadby talking toSinatra's tailor, stylist, valet, and other secondary characters in the pop star's world.The resulting piece for Esquire magazine, "Frank Sinatra Has...
For Ian Schrager, Studio 54 Was Just the Start
Ian Schrager is in the hospitality business. Hotels or nightclubs, uptown or downtown, Miamior Manhattan, Schrager defines luxury and leisure. When he and his late business partner Steve Rubell opened Studio 54 in 1977, the club quickly became the...
Edie Falco: Don't Hold the Door for Me
Edie Falco says she is nothing like Carmela Soprano. Nor does she have much in common with Nurse Jackie. But Falco made these characterstwo of the most identifiable and humanwomenin television history. She hasan armfulof Emmys, Golden Globes, and...
Lawrence Wright on Religion, ISIS, and Scientology
Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2006 book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Most recently, filmmaker Alex Gibney directed an HBO...
Alec Baldwin and David Blaine Do Magic
The magician, illusionist, and stunt promoter talks to Here's The Thing about Houdini, his favorite NYC deli, and his new show.
Roz Chast Draws—and Talks to—Alec Baldwin
The New Yorker cartoonist and author talks to Here's The Thing aboutmothers, man-pants,and birds.
The former Clinton advisor and current ABC News personality talks to Alec Baldwin about making the jump from the White House to the anchor's chair.
Bryan Stevenson Wants 'Equal Justice'
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative talks aboutconfronting the bleak prospects for America's racial future, by addressing the mistakes of the past.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker talks to Alec Baldwin aboutbeingCarrie Bradshaw, and explains why acting is a group effort.
John Eterno and David Kennedy on Nuanced Policing
Alec Baldwin talks to two people who have spent their entire careers trying to understand what makes good policing, and good neighborhoods.
We often think of Julie Andrews as the prim nannyfrom Mary PoppinsandThe Sound of Music, but her personal path may have the greatest resemblance to one of her Broadway roles: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Andrews says she grew up “on the wrong side...
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