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    Alex Trebek on Retirement, His Legacy, and Why Knowledge Matters“It’s a good show,” says the Jeopardy host. “It should, and will, go on after I’m done.”
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    Adam Driver on His Most Important Work and Why He’s Not Actually ‘Intense’“I don’t take doing a play or making a movie for granted: We’re here, right now, and we’re never going to get a chance to do this again.”
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    Peter Dinklage on the Weirdness of Fame and the Fate of Tyrion Lannister“As an actor, the best you can do is try to bring some honesty into your parts and hope people will follow,” says the star of My Dinner With Hervé.
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal on The Kindergarten Teacher and Storytelling Through Sex“I’m not interested in showing the wish of what it looks like to be human. I’m interested in showing what it actually looks like.”
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    Norm Macdonald, In ConversationAt the end of a controversial week, the comedian gives what he’s said may be his last-ever print interview.
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    Emma Thompson on Her New Films and the Lies Women Are Told“I don’t think,” says the star of the upcoming The Children Act and King Lear, “that I have ever enjoyed being alive as much as I do now.”
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    Penn Jillette on Magic and the Alleged Trump Celebrity Apprentice Tapes“I want those tapes to be used against him [Trump], but it might be unfair.”
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    Kathleen Turner on Trump’s “Gross” Handshake and the Co-Star She SlappedIf a man comes on set and says, “Here’s how I see this being done,” people go, “He’s decisive.” If a woman does it, they say, “There she goes.”
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    Billy Joel on His Songwriting Silence, the Country Today, and His Ideal Farewell“I never felt like I was as good as I wanted to be. My bar was Beethoven.”
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    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on What It Means to Be a ‘Feminist Icon’“I want to tell the truth. That’s where my storytelling comes from. My feminism comes from somewhere else: acute dissatisfaction.”
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    David Lynch on His Memoir Room to Dream and Clues to His Films“People are detectives and we have life to find clues about in the same way we would with a piece of cinema.”
  12. Jeff Goldblum on Becoming a Sex Symbol and Learning to Play Himself“People write Jeff Goldblum-y parts and they want me to do them and that’s fine. I think I can even do a better version of it.”
  13. Conan O’Brien on the Future of Conan, the Tonight Show Mess, and Boring Guests“I’m the last man with a pompadour. Don’t I get comedy points for that?”
  14. Johnny Knoxville on His New Movie and Whether He’s Done His Last Stunt“I love what I do, but at some point I’m not gonna be able to do it anymore,” he says. “When that time comes I want it to be my choice.”
  15. Bill Burr on the Value of Humiliation and Not Being Taken Too Seriously“I’m literally doing a job that is the silliest job other than dressing up like a clown. Why would you put any weight to anything I’m saying?”
  16. Dave Matthews on His New Album, His Fans’ Desires, and His Own Self-doubt“I do still think I’m going to wake up one morning,” he says. “And everyone is going to be like, ‘We were wrong about you.’”
  17. Seth Rogen on His Netflix Special, the Sony Hack, and Working While Stoned“I’ve started reading more about drugs,” he says. “It has made me think, Man, I did a lot of shrooms when I was 13 years old.”
  18. Isabella Rossellini on Evolution, #MeToo, and the Good Parts of Aging“I knew I was not an ideal woman,” she says. “But I suggested something that allowed people to complete their fantasies.”
  19. Mike D on His New Life, NYC Versus L.A., and How Rap Has ChangedThirty-seven years later, he can say, with a smile, “I learned a lot of things in the Beastie Boys — including how to appreciate a good time.”
  20. Julian Casablancas on His Album, the Strokes, and How Money Ruined Modern PopHe became famous for embodying classic rock-and-roll nonchalance. These days he’s more interested in showing how deeply he’s engaged.
  21. Martin Short on the Secret to Talk Shows and What SNL Can’t Do AnymoreShort talks about his life and career less as a series of wins and losses and more as simply a (very funny) flow of experiences.
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    Quincy Jones on the Secret Michael Jackson and the Problem With Modern PopCurrently in the midst of an extended victory lap ahead of his turning 85 in March, the music legend talks like he has nothing to lose.
  23. Bernadette Peters on Hollywood, Theater As Therapy, and Replacing Bette Midler“I never think about things like legacy,” says the Broadway legend. “I don’t think that’s how you should think about what you do.”
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    Erykah Badu on Jedi Mind Tricks and How Millennials Hear Music“You can’t roll a joint on the cover of a digital download.”
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    Terry Gross on the Art of the Q&A and the Guest That Most Surprised Her“If you’re willing,” says the Fresh Air host, “you can get an interview to a pretty real emotional place.”
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    Eminem on His New Album, His Critics, and Hating Donald Trump“I’m not worried about whether people like what I say politically,” he says. “I just want to know they’re listening.”
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    Tori Amos Is Still HereThe singer-songwriter on how the music industry silences women, what men need to learn about harassment, and a career spent fighting.
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    Suddenly, Jimmy Kimmel Is Our Cronkite“I go to bed worried, and I wake up worried, and I honestly don’t know if things are going to be okay.”
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    Miles Teller on His New Movie, Superhero Franchises, and Being Likable (or Not)The actor on Thank You For Your Service, superhero franchises, and being likable (or not).
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    Sarah Silverman on Her New Show, Taboos, and the Problem With Being DirtyThe comedian on her new show, breaking taboos, and the problem with being dirty.
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    John Cleese on Political Correctness and the Funniest Joke He Ever Told“Why should we sacrifice laughter to the cause of politically correctness if that laughter isn’t rooted in nastiness?”
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    James Murphy on LCD Soundsystem’s Return – and Why They’ll Never Break Up AgainThe LCD Soundsystem front man on music’s progress, his band’s return, and the moment of spite behind its famous farewell concert.
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    Judd Apatow on His Legacy, Feminism, and Why Republicans Make for Bad TVIn conversation with the man who changed Hollywood comedy.
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    Trent Reznor Talks His New Music, the Future of Streaming, and His Tortured PastIn conversation with the Nine Inch Nails icon.
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    David Letterman on Life After TV, Late Night Today, and the Man He Calls Trumpy“How’s this interview going? Do you think you’re talking to a normal person here?”
  36. Charlie Brooker on Trump and and the Internet“We’re all helplessly spiraling into corners and bellowing at each other. I miss everything being boring.”
  37. In Conversation With Colson WhiteheadThe author of The Underground Railroad on Oprah’s endorsement and avoiding clichés of the “Southern Novel of Black Misery.”
  38. In Conversation: Cuba Gooding Jr.“I just got out of actor jail of doing ten years of direct-to-video movies … I’m starving. I’m hungry again.”
  39. In Conversation: Cuba Gooding Jr.“I just got out of actor jail of doing ten years of direct-to-video movies … I’m starving. I’m hungry again.”
  40. In Conversation: Charlie KaufmanThe writer behind Being John Malkovich discusses where his ideas come from, the TV shows he can’t get made, and the finer points of puppet sex.
  41. John Mulaney Opens Up About Show’s Cancellation“I don’t know if it would have been so good, for me as a human being on Earth, to think that way.”
  42. In Conversation With Nancy MeyersWe sat down with Meyers for a conversation about what it’s like, and what it means, to occupy such a singular position in the movie industry.
  43. In Conversation With Quentin TarantinoMidway through his eighth movie, the director discusses writing scripts by hand, ‘90s nostalgia, and becoming — relatively — mellow with time.
  44. Chris Rock on Ferguson, Cosby, and ObamaAs Rock prepares for the release of Top Five, a bittersweet film comedy in which he does triple duty as director, screenwriter, and star.