The day I met Luke Skywalker (a.k.a. Mark Hamill)

Mark Hamill, otherwise known as Luke Skywalker, at Comic Con in NYC
Mark Hamill, otherwise known as Luke Skywalker, at Comic Con in NYC

It’s not every day you come face-to-face with a pop culture icon.

My encounter with one came on a Saturday afternoon on the west side of Manhattan, in a large room hidden away in the bowels of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

It was the New York Comic Con, the unappreciated stepchild of the more publicized San Diego Comic Con. The Con has grown over the years, and if this day was any indication, the attendance was through the roof. By 2 p.m. the joint was hopping. There were hundreds of people both inside and out.

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Mena Suvari chats about ‘Hemingway’s Garden of Eden’ and NBC’s ‘The Cape’

Mena Suvari in 'Hemingway's Garden of Eden'
Mena Suvari in ‘Hemingway’s Garden of Eden’

The 1920s was a time of change for women, who struggled to break away from centuries of repression that kept them in the home and playing housewife.

Women to this day struggle to find their own identity. It’s something that Mena Suvari said drew her to Hemingway’s Garden of Eden.

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Caterina Murino talks sex, love and ‘Hemingway’s Garden of Eden’

Caterina Murino in 'Hemingway's Garden of Eden'
Caterina Murino in ‘Hemingway’s Garden of Eden’

Looking at Caterina Murino, it’s hard to believe she wanted to be anything other than a model and an actress.

But according to the Italian beauty, she never saw herself heating up the big screen. All she really wanted was to be a children’s doctor.

“My family all comes from universities, I never sought this kind of work,” she recently told Tail Slate. But why did she not pursue her goals of being a pediatrician?

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Q&A with Kal Penn

Penn talks about his latest film National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj as well as his past work and how he became an actor.

Q&A with Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox in 'We Are Marshall'
Matthew Fox in ‘We Are Marshall’

I was recently given the opportunity to participate in a conference call interview with one of the main stars of the ABC series, Lost, Matthew Fox. He is co-starring in the upcoming true-life drama, We Are Marshall, from Warner Bros. And I’ll be honest, something came up and I wasn’t able to ask any questions.

Yeah, it sucks. And to make matters worse, my wife was pretty disappointed. She’s got a long-time crush on Fox, and wanted me to pass that along to him. Oh well.

But our friends over at Warner Bros. were kind enough to provide us with the interview and we’re happy to share it with all of you. Fox discusses his work on We Are Marshall, as well as Lost (sorry, no secrets here) and another film he will be co-starring in, Vantage Point.

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Q&A with Frank Spotnitz

Frank Spotnitz
Frank Spotnitz

Although the concept is really old hat now on television, an elaborate mythology for a series was new back in the early days of The X-Files. Frank Spotnitz, long-time writer and producer of that series, helped develop much of what became a complex storyline of aliens, monsters and religion. He later went on to executive produce its short-lived spin-off, The Long Gunman, as well as Millennium and Harsh Realm, and recently worked on Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide Division. This past season he helmed his own series, Night Stalker, starring Stuart Townsend.

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The Ghosts of Emmett Louis Till

There are millions who have probably never heard the name Emmett Till. For Keith Beauchamp, that name has become nearly has familiar as his own. For a decade he has been working diligently to tell the story of the young black boy who in August of 1955 was brutally murdered in Mississippi for innocently whistling at a white woman. This Tuesday, the DVD of The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till gets released (read our review here), and Beauchamp took time to talk with us about the journey he embarked upon to learn more about the case. That life-altering experience has lead to a new chapter in the Till case, which was reopened in 2004 thanks to Beauchamp’s efforts.

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‘Pretty Persuasion”s Director Marcos Siega is a Hot Commodity

Marcos Siega with the cast of 'Pretty Persuasion'
Marcos Siega with the cast of ‘Pretty Persuasion’

You can tell right away whether or not someone is a “people person” and Marcos Siega, director of Pretty Persuasion is definitely one of those. It was obvious from the moment he walked into the room and asked the nine or ten journalists/critics present to introduce themselves, “so I’ll know who I’m talking with.”

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