Oct 17, 2014 Web Exclusive

William H. Macy is best know for his on-screen work in films such as Fargo (for which he received a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination), The Cooler, and—on the small screen—Shameless. His new film, Rudderless, opens this week, but it’s not Macy’s supporting performance that makes it noteworthy: Rudderless is the actor’s first time sitting in the director’s chair on a feature film. He also contributed to the script. More

Oct 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

"It's only been in the last few months that I've realized Spiderland is an enduring record. I kept waiting for it to be forgotten," remarks David Pajo. The Slint guitarist, who has agreed to give us his song-by-song impressions of the now-classic album, isn't speaking with false modesty; at the time of its 1991 release, Spiderland puzzled most reviewers and went largely unnoticed by the listening public. More

Oct 12, 2014 Web Exclusive

Given Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's contrarian reputation—he has boasted on numerous occasions that the intensity of Daryl Dixon fans has made him more eager to kill off the character—I half expected him to be a combative person to interview. In fact, he's exactly the opposite. Five minutes late for our conversation, he apologizes profusely, then gives me 10 more minutes of his time than he'd previously agreed to, even though he has a full day at the New York Comic-Con ahead of him. Talk to him for just a few minutes and it becomes clear that what might appear to be a desire to torture Walking Dead fans is really Kirkman's dry wit. Who would have guessed that the man who has plumbed the depths of human despair in his work would also harbor a dark sense of humor? More

Oct 11, 2014 Web Exclusive

Given the role that romance plays in nearly every massively successful television drama, it's telling that The Walking Dead has featured only one love story throughout its four seasons.  More

Oct 11, 2014 Web Exclusive

Given that the bad guys ultimately lose in every good vs. evil drama presented in television drama, part of Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's genius is in limiting the number of purely malevolent antagonists in his story.  More

Oct 10, 2014 Web Exclusive

Even though he has never spoken to me, Andrew Lincoln greets me by saying my name like I'm an old friend. Talk to him for 20 minutes, and you realize it's not an act. He listens carefully, laughs frequently, and thinks deeply about every topic thrown at him, and he seems to genuinely enjoy it all, as if you're doing him a favor by allowing him to reflect on his five years as Rick Grimes. More

Oct 09, 2014 Web Exclusive

If Gale Anne Hurd's only claim to fame was being the producer and co-writer of Terminator (1984), her place in entertainment history would be set. Only 28 at the time, she had her whole career ahead of her, and she has used her time well, adding Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and a few dozen other films to her resume.  More

Oct 09, 2014 Web Exclusive

It must be hell trying to supply memorable moments to every member of such a large cast, but the writers of The Walking Dead have the benefit of being able to capture human beings at every stage of emotion that accompanies living through a zombie apocalypse.  More

Oct 08, 2014 Web Exclusive

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of The Walking Dead's nearly unprecedented success is the fact that it is built upon so many actors that hardly anyone knew before the show became a ratings juggernaut. Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBridethese were actors who were pretty much completely unknown by American audiences when the show debuted in October of 2010. More