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  1. Liz Phair, 25 Years Out of ExileA quarter century after her career-making album, she’s still writing songs first and foremost for herself.
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    J. Cole Just Wants to Be HimselfThe 33-year-old rapper on his new album, SoundCloud disses, and how he stopped caring what other people think.
  3. Meet Justina Ireland, YA Twitter’s Leading WarriorHow the activist and author became the most controversial figure in young-adult literature, one tweet at a time.
  4. John Krasinski Wants You to Be Afraid of HimJim Halpert tries his hand at horror – as co-writer, director, and star of A Quiet Place.
  5. Can Leslie Jamison Top The Empathy Exams With Her Mega-Memoir of Addiction?The Recovering is a 534-page palimpsest of Jamison’s battle with alcoholism that doesn’t adhere to the typical recovery narrative structure.
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    David Oyelowo Is Taking a Bigger Piece of the PieHe’s tackled roles from MLK to Othello. But with Gringo, he’s ready to make you laugh.
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    After a Very Big Year, Mary J. Blige Is Seeing Herself Anew“I learned that I’m a powerful woman because I don’t have to say much to be heard,” says the R&B star and double Oscar nominee.
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    Zach Galifianakis Is Happy to Play the Sad ClownAfter a sudden and not entirely welcome rise to fame, the comedian has found his place with the deliciously absurd quasi-sitcom Baskets.
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    Lena Waithe Is Creating the CultureThe Emmy winner simply tells the stories that she knows best. The difference is that, suddenly, everyone wants to listen.
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    In 2017, the World Was Finally Ready for Laura Dern’s Furious WomenThis year, Dern’s career finally came to a full boil, with roles in Twin Peaks, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Downsizing, and, of course, Big Little Lies.
  11. John Early Is Laugh-Out-Loud FunnyThe Search Party actor and comedian holds court onscreen, and during a dinner party. Tonight, it’s his homemade cacio e pepe. (Recipe included.)
  12. Love, Death, and Control: Paul Thomas Anderson on Making Phantom ThreadWhy did the 47-year-old filmmaker head across the pond to direct his new drama with Daniel Day-Lewis? Because he hears a ticking clock.
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    Alexander Payne Is Supersizing His Artistic Ambitions With a Very Tiny ComedyWith Downsizing, the director mines the comedy in the microscopic.
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    Amy Sherman-Palladino Is About to Debut Her Most Ambitious Show YetThe Gilmore Girls creator tackles the life of a female stand-up comic — in 1950s New York — in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
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    Cardi B Was Made to Be This FamousOnly in 2017 could this particular strip-club, reality-television, rap-fame fairy tale have come true. And maybe only for Cardi B.
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    Armie Hammer’s Complicated Affair With Call Me by Your NameThe actor was poised to be a major matinee idol. But he wasn’t prepared for what happened to him on the set of director Luca Guadagnino’s film.
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    Caleb Landry Jones Is Becoming Hollywood’s Go-To OddballHe’s just as adept at playing unhinged bullies as he is at playing their victims.
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    Greta Gerwig Is a Director, Not a Muse“A lot of people think I am from New York. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
  19. We Can Now Divide Art History Into Before Linda Nochlin and AfterThe late critic’s 1971 essay blew through the gates of art-world patriarchy.
  20. The Hilariously Bleak Janicza Bravo Is the New Voice of ComedyMeet the idiosyncratic director Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Donald Glover, and Sarah Jessica Parker all want to work with.
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    The Thankless Task of Being Michael MooreHe’s been right about everything before, and he really thinks you are living in a bubble.
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    How Kevin Smith Makes Big Business Out of Niche AudiencesAfter years in critical exile, the onetime poster boy for slacker filmmaking reinvents himself for an era of narrowcast fame.
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    Romeo Santos Is Feeling the LoveHe’s selling out Yankee Stadium and revolutionizing a genre of Latin music. But don’t let that stop you from telling him all about your heartbreak.
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    T.J. Miller Knows You Think He’s Crazy for Leaving Silicon ValleyA candid conversation with the actor and former HBO star.
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    Jason Bateman Is Ready for a Dramatic TransformationAfter working successfully in comedy for a very long time, he’s making a radical career change. And he’s making a big bet that you’re ready, too.
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    Marti Noxon Isn’t Afraid of the ‘Ugly Stuff’Having honed her black humor on Buffy and Mad Men, she’s ready for her newfound role — as Hollywood’s go-to bard of “dark-hearted bitches.”
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    Aziz Ansari Wanted to Be the Great Uniter and Ended Up an ActivistThe latest comic ambassador for New York neuroses is from a red state, too.
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    How Sterling K. Brown Became a Name to RememberIn less than a year’s time, the This Is Us and People v. O.J. star has solidified himself as one of the most subtle actors on TV.
  29. Natalie Portman Is Jackie KennedyIn the midst of newfound political turmoil, the actress revives the First Lady, whose private resolve and public grace held the nation together.
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    Nico Tortorella Wants to Be ‘The Future Man’An energy-crystal healing session with the bisexual, “emotionally fluid,” totally sober star of TV’s Younger.
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    Spending Time With Noname, Chicago Rap’s Next Big Thing“I know everyone thinks it’s, like, poetry. But I thought I was rapping my ass off.”
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    How Edward Albee Was Still Redefining HimselfThe playwright used to get compared to his own merciless, apocalyptically bickering characters. Now 84, with a new production of Woolf set to open next week, he’s thawing — a little.
  33. Shiri Appleby: The Comeback KidFor the first time in years, Shiri Appleby is the star of her own show. But she’s working harder than ever to be behind the camera.
  34. Talking to Regina King, Hollywood Scene-Stealer“[I’m] an actor, not a celebrity.”
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    Anthony Daniels on 4 Decades of Life As C-3PO“People say, ‘What’s it like to go back to C-3PO?’ Well, I never left him.”
  36. Anthony Daniels on 4 Decades of Life As C-3POAfter four decades in the C-3PO suit, Anthony Daniels is Star Wars’ most special effect of all.
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    Meet Sanaa Hamri, the Woman Behind Empire’s Musical ProductionsIn essence, she’s the show’s conductor.
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    Life After Nickelodeon: Jennette McCurdy Grows UpBehind the behind-the-scenes drama.
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    The Unprecedented Garth Risk HallbergCity on Fire, a debut novel, generated a headline-making $2 million bidding war. Which means quite a lot is riding on its 36-year-old author. Believe it or not, he’s chasing even bigger things.
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    Skyping With Tom Hardy, Who’s Finally About to Have His Breakout PerformanceDespite his best efforts to hide his leading-man abilities.
  41. Samuel L. Jackson, Tarantino’s Leading ManSix collaborations in, no one understands the director’s vision better.
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    Chvrches Is Waging War on Second-Album Nerves and Online Trolls“It’s nice to squash people’s expectations.”
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    Minimalist Composer La Monte Young on His Life and Immeasurable Influence“It’s not just a work of genius — I did things no one ever dreamed of and I set up an approach to sound that parallels universal structure.”
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    Rob Corddry Knows You Might Think He’s a JerkTalking to the comedian about playing awful guys that you don’t quite hate and writing the perfect dick joke.
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    How Inside Out Director Pete Docter Went Inside the 11-Year-Old MindHe made Pixar’s most ambitious movie ever, with a little help from his daughter.
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    The Cheerful Mind Behind Hannibal’s Deeply Disturbing, Gruesome Fantasia“I’ve never quite divorced the horror of death from the beauty of life. They go hand in glove.”
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    How Arielle Holmes Went From Addict to ActressShe’s the lead in Heaven Knows What, a movie based on her own life, and thinking maybe she’ll give this acting thing a go.
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    Meet Jessi Klein, the Other Brain Behind Inside Amy Schumer“We are kindred comedy spirits,” says Schumer.
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    Will Forte on Last Man on Earth’s Second Season“It’s always the polite ones that end up using their pool as a restroom.”
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    NGOTB Couple on Life After a Gender Transition“My husband is gone, he’s never gonna come back.”
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