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Past articles by Michael:

Jim Gaffigan Talks Linoleum and the Sloan Science in Cinema Initiative

Jim Gaffigan's latest movie, Linoleum, just earned the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Sloan Science on Screen Award. We spoke to the actor/comedian about the role. → Read More

The Best Six Minutes of Sundance 2022: We Talk to Andre Hyland, Eric André and Kitao Sakurai about Culture Beat

Hopefully Culture Beat gets picked up somewhere. → Read More

Newport Folk Festival Is Back, and We've Got the Photos to Prove It

The Newport Folk Festival has returned with a weeklong special celebration called Folk On. → Read More

Sending Out a Hail: Star Trek Actor Anson Mount Joins the Board of METI

As Captain of the Enterprise, Anson Mount seeks strange new worlds. As a new board member of METI, he seeks to send messages to extra-terrestrial intelligent life. → Read More

The Alison and Jeff Show: Alison Brie Talks Horse Girl

Horse Girl, a collaboration between Alison Brie and Jeff Baena, premiered at Sundance, is currently playing on Netflix, and is one of the most imaginative and daring films to premiere this year. → Read More

Snow Problem: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell talk Downhill

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell sat down with us to discuss their latest movie, and other questions about life, death and relationships. → Read More

Top Ten Films of Sundance 2020

Here are our Top Ten favorites (with a bonus 11th and some honorable mentions) from the recently concluded festival, beginning with our overall choice for Best Film of Sundance 2020. → Read More

From Pinter to Skrillex: Elijah Wood and Ant Timpson Talk Come to Daddy

In Ant Timpson's new film Come to Daddy, Elijah Wood's Norval is a rather ridiculous character from the beginning. → Read More

Quite a “Scunny” Film: Aya Cash and Josh Ruben Talk Scare Me

At this year's Sundance Film Festival, Aya Cash stars with Josh Ruben in Scare Me, a film Rubin also wrote and directed. → Read More

Juliette Lewis and Ma on The Work Podcast

Juliette Lewis pays a bit of tribute to her late father and talks about her role in the new suspense film Ma opposite Octavia Spencer. About her father’s influence, she says: “Both my parents—all I want to do is honor them. They were so nurturing of my creative self, my creative fire. I’m this sort of rejection-of-authoritarian, any kind of an authority or kind of instruction. I’m the rebellion… → Read More

Richard Linklater Talks Where'd You Go, Bernadette on The Work Podcast

On the latest episode of The Work with Michael Dunaway, Richard Linklater talks about his new movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. “Just when you think you know what you’re doing something as complex as cinematic storytelling,” he says, “it’s going to throw you a curve ball. I spent more time editing this than any movie I’ve ever made. You know, finding the… → Read More

Walton Goggins, Casey Affleck & Anna Pniowsky on The Work Podcast

Hosted by Paste editor-at-large Michael Dunaway, The Work features in-depth conversations with some of the most fascinating creative minds in the industry, including Spike Lee, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Smith and Britt Marling. → Read More

X-Men: First Class review

In the latest installment of the X-Men franchise, Matthew Vaughn, of Layer Cake and Kick-Ass fame, steps to the helm to take over as director and tell the story of the origins of the group. Going back in time is a tried and true strategy in the comic book world from which X-Men: First Class springs. Not only is the audience already familiar with and at least somewhat invested in the characters,… → Read More

Catching Up With Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles of Mala Mala

One of the surprise hits of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ documentary Mala Mala, set in Puerto Rico and exploring the lives of nine transgender people (including Jason Carrion, pictured here, who competed in Ru-Paul’s Drag Race as April Carrion). The two directors sat down with us at the festival to discuss the provocative issues the film raises about… → Read More

Leonard Cohen's Songs From the Road review

Leonard Cohen’s new concert DVD Songs From the Road just shouldn’t work. Its subject is a rock star who is 75 years old who never quite fit the rock-star mold in the first place—Canadian (okay, cheap shot there), poet, introspective, reserved, a crooner with a weird voice. Onstage he just sort of—well, stands there and sings, usually with eyes closed and face half-obscured by a completely… → Read More

How to Say Goodbye: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton Farewell

Last week I indulged in an almost unthinkable, and perhaps almost unforgivable luxury—I traveled to New York to see Hamilton, the Broadway phenomenon that has swept the nation, in creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s last performance (also the last performance of three other cast members, but more on that later). → Read More

Documenting a Genius: Alex Horwitz Talks Hamilton’s America

Talk about catching lightning in a bottle. Alex Horwitz has wanted to be a director for a long time. His college buddy Lin-Manuel Miranda always wanted to write Broadway musicals. → Read More

Michelle Malone Brings It Back to Where It All Began

Michelle Malone has been rocking your face off for quite a long career now, but this spring she’s taking it back to where it all began, to quote the Allman Brothers song. She’s just released Slings and Arrowsher very best albums, and to support it she’s going on tour with her old friends the Indigo Girls. It’s a relationship that goes back to the very beginnings of the Atlanta music explosion of… → Read More

Jessica Chastain: Film Person of the Year (Narrative)

It’s been quite a while since anyone has had a coming out party like that of Paste’s 2011 Person of the Year for Narrative Film, Jessica Chastain. She had significant roles in seven feature films; played the female lead in Paste’s two favorite movies this year (The Tree of Life and Take Shelter); and seems very likely to be rewarded with an Academy Award nomination for a third (The Help). → Read More

Tree of Life: 2011 Film of the Year

Any preconceptions one might have about cigar-chomping, gold-chain-bedecked, commerce-above-art Hollywood producers go right out the window early in your first conversation with Dede Gardner. Gardner, the head of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions, and one of the producers of Paste ’s 2011 Narrative Film of the Year The Tree of Life , explodes those stereotypes. She’s warm, generous,… → Read More