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    ‘I Was Good by Myself. I’m Better With the Guys.’Raphael Saadiq wasn’t sure a Tony! Toni! Tone! reunion would ever happen. He’s thankful it finally did.
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    Conner O’Malley Opens His Digital WombThe unhinged king of super-online comedy is giving fans a new way to mainline his weird, manic creations.
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    ‘This Is Not a Blip’Dallas Goldtooth considers the post–Reservation Dogs future, for himself and for an industry that’s finally making space for Native creators.
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    ‘The Thing Is, to Me, a Movie Is Alive’Carl Franklin on how noir and the blues shaped One False Move, and the story behind that final shot.
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    Victoria Monét Was Built for ThisThe Grammy-nominated songwriter has been on the cusp of stardom for years. Jaguar II should (hopefully) change that.
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    The Same Old Rhiannon GiddensThe Pulitzer-winning folk singer’s turn toward pop isn’t a detour, it’s “part of the journey.”
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    It’s All in Franz Rogowski’s GazeThe star of the summer’s most intimate, explicit movie, Passages, reveals what’s behind his now-famous stare.
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    Paul F. Tompkins Is Getting Back Into ItThe comedian and podcast legend is still in love with stand-up — and nervous it’ll break his heart.
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    The Exorcist’s William Friedkin on the Terror of Filming an Actual ExorcismThe Devil and Father Amorth, in theaters this week, follows the titular Vatican exorcist as he performs his ninth exorcism on the same woman.
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    Bethany Cosentino’s Hard ResetThe Best Coast singer didn’t abandon the band that made her an indie “It” girl. She had a solo awakening.
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    Ira Glass Just Wants to Make a Decent ShowThe pioneering radio host reflects on the legacy — and business — of This American Life 800 episodes in.
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    From Blowing Up Toasters to a Seven-Figure A24 DealMeet Danny and Michael Philippou, a.k.a. RackaRacka, the excitable 30-year-old twin directors behind this summer’s biggest horror movie.
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    Michaela Watkins’s Unrequited-Love Year at SNL“Our careers cannot define us in terms of winner or loser. That’s all bullshit. I didn’t understand that yet. I was a late bloomer.”
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    What Jharrel Jerome Learned While Staring Down a 13-Foot Version of HimselfFacing off against a giant doll on the set of Boots Riley’s I’m a Virgo was absolutely mortifying, weird, and undeniably impressive.
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    ‘My Films Had So Much Anger’John Woo reflects on a career driven by action, ambition, and artistry.
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    The Hollywood Handbook Boys, Over 500 Episodes Deep“I still get a panic attack when somebody says, ‘What’s your show about?’”
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    The Many Chicagos of South SideThe creators of the canceled sitcom always prioritized laughs but never forgot where their show was set.
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    Killer Mike Said What He SaidIs the Southern rap legend a truth teller or a capitalist in activist’s clothes?
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    ‘Poor, Odd Nate’Nick Mohammed ends three seasons of Ted Lasso with a friendly debate about his character.
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    ‘How Far Can We Push This Character?’Sarah Goldberg bids farewell to Barry and Sally Reed after four “elastic” seasons.
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    ‘I Told My Assistant, “They’re Gonna Fire Me”’Ewan Roy’s eulogy stole the show in Succession’s penultimate episode. James Cromwell thought it would end his career.
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    ‘I Felt More Comfortable Raging in English’Mining grief, angels, and Einstein’s ghost with France’s elusive Christine and the Queens.
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    ‘I’m Managing Jeopardy! As Though It’s a Sport’The franchise’s newest executive producer relishes the “very healthy pushback” against him.
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    A Shonda StoryRhimes made Bridgerton a TV phenomenon but hadn’t written its world. Queen Charlotte is all hers.
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    Alex Borstein Became The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Very Own Godfather“I had a hard time wrapping my head around a successful Susie and what that means.”
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    ‘I Don’t Believe Cinema Needs to Tell You a Story’Peter Greenaway on his long career spent treasuring artificiality, avoiding Hollywood, and playing games.
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    Walking on the MoonSuccession’s Jeremy Strong on Kendall’s elusive moment of triumph — and what it has cost him.
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    Carol Burnett Has a Story for EverythingAs NBC celebrates her 90th with a starry variety special, the comedy legend reflects on 65-plus years in showbiz: ‘I’m the luckiest broad around.’
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    Al Jaffee Is Ready to Be Added to Mount RushmoreMAD’s longest-serving contributor on comedy, art, and the origins of the “Fold-in.”
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    Mo’Nique Says It LoudlyThe comedy veteran’s new special is a reintroduction: “It lets you understand why I fight the way that I fight.”
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    ‘We Were Obsessed’Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda didn’t plan to revisit the band’s 2003 album Meteora — until he found a lost demo.
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    Ana Gasteyer Has Waited Her Entire Career for American Auto“You weren’t going to march into a fantastic female protagonist out of SNL in 2002.”
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    Sincerely KelelaRaven is her first album since 2017. The wait was intentional.
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    The John Cale ChallengeThe prolific singer and producer could have made things easier on himself — but easy “is not very interesting.”
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    Margo Price Is on Her Own TripThe proudly stubborn singer-songwriter stopped drinking, released a memoir, then took another left turn.
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    ‘Every Movie Is a Coming-of-Age Movie’: A Conversation About My Father’s DragonThe screenwriter and director of Cartoon Saloon’s latest, My Father’s Dragon, break down three pivotal scenes.
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    ‘If You Need to Throw Anyone Under the Bus, Let It Be Me’Kelli Giddish joined SVU in 2011 as Olivia Benson’s new partner. She departs a beloved figure in her own right.
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    ‘Our Task Was to Expand the Universe of the Book’After 43 years, Octavia Butler’s Kindred hits the screen. Showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins awaits your critiques.
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    Park Chan-wook Leaves You HangingHis latest film, Decision to Leave, may be romantic, but that doesn’t mean the director is done with extreme violence.
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    That Was Ab-Soul, This Is HerbertTo make his first album in six years, he had to get back in touch with reality.
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    ’Tis the Season for SufjanThe singer-songwriter on what he’s learned about the holidays after releasing 100 Christmas songs.
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    The Lee Pace MethodWhether he’s playing a bashful pie-maker or the emperor of a galaxy, Pace says he always leaves a bit of himself onscreen.
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    House of the Dragon’s Two Queens Would Rather Co-Rule WesterosEmma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke relive Rhaenyra and Alicent’s season-one arc: “The whole series is about trying to get back to each other.”
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    Ken Jennings Ascends the PodiumThe Jeopardy! co-host (and its greatest champion) settles into his dream job, one year after the show’s legacy was almost tarnished.
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    The Jon Brion MethodThe super-producer has spent 30 years perfecting the art of collaboration with everyone from Beyoncé to Elliott Smith.
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    Danger Mouse Has the Cheat CodesExploring 20 years of hits, surprises, and DOOM stories with the elusive producer.
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    Life, Death, and Titus AndronicusFrontman Patrick Stickles used his band’s new album to process loss. Now he just needs to get their van fixed.
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    Hilary Mantel Thinks the Last Book Is Her Best“I’ve always been very ambitious. But it’s more in my own terms than in other people’s terms.”
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    Come On, Live HappyA quarter-century of feuds, regrets, and (eventual) success with Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite.
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    ‘Come Back Tomorrow Night and I’ll Tell You’George Miller on the healing and destructive powers of language and storytelling.
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