'Gayby' filmmaker: Not every woman has a gay best friend
June 15th, 2012
04:49 PM ET

'Gayby' filmmaker: Not every woman has a gay best friend

It was a fond memory that spurred filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki to what may become one of his most successful projects to date.

His film “Gayby” tells the tale of a woman and her gay best friend who decide to make a child, the old-fashioned way.

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Bob Marley's son: I don't shy away from his legacy
April 20th, 2012
05:35 PM ET

Bob Marley's son: I don't shy away from his legacy

When it comes to legendary singer Bob Marley, even his family learned some things thanks to a new documentary on his life.

"There was some stuff about when he was in Germany and his struggles with his illness, his process behind writing the songs, some of the issues he had with his skin color," his daughter Karen told CNN at SXSW. "It was pretty educational for me because he died when I was 8."

"Marley" was directed by Kevin Macdonald and was released in the U.S. Friday. The Jamaican singer-songwriter died in 1981 of cancer, but has an enduring legacy as a musical icon. FULL POST

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Lena Dunham: I don't look like people on TV
April 16th, 2012
06:06 PM ET

Lena Dunham: I don't look like people on TV

If the new HBO series "Girls" feels very realistic to you, that's not by accident.

The show's creator/director/star Lena Dunham didn't have to look far for material. The actress and "It" comedy girl of the moment sat down with CNN during SXSW and explained where she found the inspiration for her tales of a group of 20-somethings navigating life in the Big Apple.

"It's based on my life, it's based on the life of my friends, the life of my writing staff," she said. "It's sort of a hybrid of the experiences of many girls I know and love as they try to make their way in New York."

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'Cabin in the Woods' stars on working with Whedon
Kristen Connolly and Anna Hutchisonat the Opening of "Cabin in the Woods" at SXSW.
April 13th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

'Cabin in the Woods' stars on working with Whedon

Joss Whedon doesn't just have fans among the world of geeks.

Three of the stars of his new film, "Cabin in the Woods," also think the "Buffy" impresario is pretty awesome. Anna Hutchison, Jessie Williams and Kristen Connolly sat down with CNN last month during SXSW and shared a bit of what it was like to work with Whedon, who co-wrote the horror film.

"You learn a lot as you go," Williams said. "I learned a lot about the hype around him, and how rightfully he deserves it. He made it fun." FULL POST

Comedian Birbiglia on truth and fiction in 'Sleepwalk with Me'
March 17th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Comedian Birbiglia on truth and fiction in 'Sleepwalk with Me'

In the film "Sleepwalk with Me," Matt Pandamiglio is having a rough spell. He might want to break up with his girlfriend, and he can’t stop sleepwalking – which is more like sleep-running, sleep-kicking and sleep-jumping, really.

The good news: His comedy career is picking up. Less good: It's mostly because he started telling jokes about that girlfriend he can’t imagine marrying. Ouch.

If the story is familiar, it's because Pandamiglio’s life is a lot like comedian Mike Birbiglia’s used to be. Birbiglia built a career on stories about his failed romances and dangerous tendency to act out whatever happens in his dreams.

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Ingrid Michaelson keeps building
March 16th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Ingrid Michaelson keeps building

Fans may count five albums in singer Ingrid Michaelson's body of work, but her math is slightly different.

The “Be OK” singer explained to CNN that she doesn't think her "very first album" counts.

"I don’t consider [it] anything because I hate it,” she said. “My second album is what I consider to be my first album, 'Girls and Boys.' My third album was a glorified EP called 'Be OK,' that had some cover tracks and some live tracks, but it’s very sparse and wasn’t meant to be a full album. In my brain, the second album is 'Everybody,' and the third album is 'Human Again,' which is now.”

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