Paul Dano and the Importance of Being Earnest

Our FLOOD 9 cover story on the offbeat (and oft-beat) actor and first-time director.

Colluding with Rob Rogers and Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass

Our FLOOD 9 cover conversation between ex–Pittsburgh Post-Gazette political cartoonist and an irreverent rock duo.

Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez Is a Very Easy Scare

The experimental rock vets put their spin on two creepy classics from “The Shining”’s soundtrack—and Rodriguez, who took the helm on the project, might have been the most spooked out of everyone involved.  

Soul Skaters: The Young Stars of “mid90s”

The five leads of Jonah Hill’s new film are, for the most part, skateboarders first and actors second. But being a skater doesn’t mean just one thing anymore.

Haddonfield, Revisited: John Carpenter’s Walk Back to “Halloween,” Forty Years Later

What many consider the scariest movie ever made started as a casual idea tossed out to a young filmmaker who understood the terror inherent within our own homes. That filmmaker also knew how to play the synthesizer. 

In Conversation: Bing Liu’s Skate Doc “Minding the Gap” Is About a Lot More Than Skating

The first-time filmmaker on becoming a documentarian-of-all-trades—and trying not to miss anything.

365 Crazy Nights: Wrapping Up #YearOfSandler with Eloy Lugo

Talking Sand™ with the comedian’s most devoted fan, who most recently pledged his allegiance by watching a Sandler movie every day for a year.

The New Breed of Collaborative Filmmaking in “Madeline’s Madeline”

Filmmaker Josephine Decker and breakout star Helena Howard discuss instinct, improv, and the power dynamics of a director-actor bond. 

Please Consider Megan Amram (For Something)

The Twitter maven, comedian, and writer for “The Good Place” has been awards-scheming with her webseries “An Emmy for Megan.”

Will the Real Gus Van Sant Please Stand Up

On the inscrutable filmmaker’s career, his penchant for troubled, self-medicating men, and his biopic on cartoonist John Callahan.

Soundtracking the Domestic Horror of “Hereditary” with Colin Stetson

With A24’s latest triumph now in theaters, Stetson walks us through his collaboration with director Ari Aster and the film scores that have shaped his work.

In Conversation: Joe Pera Just Wants to Watch the Trains Go By

Set and filmed in the cozy Midwest, “Joe Pera Talks with You” isn’t your typical Adult Swim fare—though it is still on really late (and Joe will understand if you tape it for later). 

The Dueling Talents of Lola Kirke

Now splitting her time between acting and music, the “Gemini” star is conducting to her own tune.

In Conversation: Wyatt Cenac Has Some Problems to Discuss

The “Problem Areas” creator navigates diversity in the writers’ room, gentrification, and the surreality of modern America.

“On Chesil Beach” and What Is Expected of Women

How the viral story “Cat Person,” incels, and Ian McEwan’s book—plus its adaptation starring Saoirse Ronan, now in theaters—all connect, with insight from the film’s director Dominic Cooke.

Crossing Through the Fire with Sean Penn

The two-time Oscar-winner chats about leaving Hollywood, entering the writing industry, and his debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”

Parents, Assimilation, and BET: Jimmy O. Yang Wrote the Book on It

The stand-up comedian and “Silicon Valley” actor discusses his new memoir “How to American” and the life lessons and empathetic tone behind it.

Inside the Hodgepodge Creations of Everything Is Terrible!

Joining the cult of the video collective, which mines thrift stores, swap meets, and other troves of obsolete media in search of the rare, obscure, and weird.

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