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Isabelle Huppert and the art of the difficult interview.

Last year I was lucky enough to see Isabelle Huppert live on stage, in Robert Wilson's take on Heiner Müller's "Quartett." The play was an uber-modernist and somewhat intolerable take on "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." But it was all worth it to see the Ice Queen in person, as intimidating and terrifying as ever. When she came out for the post-play bow and looked in my general direction, it was all I could do not to run away screaming. Many actresses can be deemed "brave"...

"Hey old man, you home tonight?": Seven cinematic atheists.

Friday sees the release of Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora" (alliteration!), which stars Rachel Weisz as a philosopher/scientist and courageous atheist suffering at the hands of rabid Christians in fifth-century Alexandria. The Catholic Church, predictably, is not pleased: "Your film is going to awaken hatred against Christians in today's society," wrote Antonio Alonso Marcos, president of the Religious Anti-Defamation Observatory. Amenabar's less than convincing response...