Carl Swanson checks in on Antony Hegarty, who’s presumably not rooting for Milk in this year’s Oscar race (“It’s like blackface to me … it’s a continuing Hollywood minstrel show, co-opting queer stories and perversely building up the careers of these heterosexual bastards with the plumage of effeminacies, that they can wear this plumage of effeminacies without having to really be accountable”). Carl Rosen talks to pulp-fiction king Charles Ardai. Justin Davidson knows how to fix City Opera. Emily Nussbaum reviews TV’s Trust Me and Lie to Me, along with new seasons of Damages, Lie to Me, and Big Love. Michael Alan Connelly interviews Lost’s Michael Emerson. Kera Bolonik explores the curious case of The L Word’s Jenny Schecter. Emma Pearse raps with The United States of Tara’s Toni Collette. And David Edelstein reviews Silent Light, Notorious, and Good. Stephanie Zacharek reviews The Cripple of Inishmaan. And Jerry Saltz examines the upside of gross art with artist Nathalie Djurberg.