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Wallace Shawn debuts new essay collection

• Wallace Shawn is at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Square Tuesday. 7:30 p.m., FREE.

Wallace Shawn’s career has been all over the cultural map.

The 65-year-old actor is most famous for his role as the scheming villain Vizzini in “The Princess Bride” and his critically acclaimed film “My Dinner With Andre,” which he co-wrote with Andre Gregory. And the...

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'X-Men: Misfits": The mutants go manga

• Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier will be at a book launch party at Rocketship comics on Friday at 7 p.m.

The X-Men has been comic books, toy lines, movies, animated series and video games. Now the storied Marvel Comics franchise is making the jump into shôjo (girl’s) manga.

“X-Men: Misfits Volume 1” is written by husband-and-wife duo Dave Roman and Raina...

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Theater Review: 'Bacchae' in the park, 1 star

Scoring a ticket to last month’s acclaimed Shakespeare in the Park production of “Twelfth Night” with Anne Hathaway was extremely difficult. But here’s a bigger challenge: Can you sit through all 90 excruciatingly painful minutes of “The Bacchae” without walking out?

If not much else, The Public Theater deserves credit for producing Euripides’ rarely...

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Tony Hale talks 'AD' movie and current projects

Even though the show went off the air more than three years ago, reporters are contractually obliged to ask the former cast members of "Arrested Development" about the movie rumors in interviews about their current projects. And for the most part, they're happy to answer. This is a "development" that we're pretty pleased with, actually.

In a recent interview with...

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"Girl Next Door": Yo quiero Taco Bell

Nick Carpenter and Bridget Marquardt

(Credit: getty)

She may have a super-slim frame, but E!’s Bridget Marquardt has a guilty pleasure: cheap Mexican food.

While at NYLON magazine’s TV issue party at Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles, a source overheard Marquardt’s boyfriend, director Nick Carpenter, ask her, “If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?”

Her response? “Taco Bell!”...

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Video miscellany

Here's some video junk:

• Preview of Venture Bros., season 4!

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Adult Swim also has a video of the ComicCon panel with Doc Hammer, et al.

• An excerpt from Patton Oswalt's new special. Jokes.com   DVD - Exclusive Patton Oswalt - The Year 2009 comedians.comedycentral.com Joke of the Day Stand-Up Comedy Free Online Games

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One more 'Boosh' video

Boing Boing has a third and final installment of their video interview with Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. This is definitely not my final installment talking about "The Mighty Boosh."...

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Damon Weaver interviews President Obama

In case you haven't been following the career of this grade school reporter, KEC/Canal Point Elementary student Damon Weaver has been interviewing national notables about a year. You can see his past work here, and our past coverage of him here.

Now he's finally scored that interview with President Obama.

Way to go Damon!

Here he is, himself being interviewed on "The Early...

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Boosh and stuff

I have been waiting for Boing Boing to post their interview with Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt for weeks! And now here it is in two parts:

Unrelated: Beck talks to Will Ferrell, finds out he's an exclamation point fan. That makes sense.

Further unrelated: This is fascinating about the bass riff from Paul Simon's "Call Me Al." Part of it is played backward!...

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Where to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock

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