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Joe Mantegna Interview: The Evolution of "Criminal Minds"

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Joe Mantegna

Chicago native Joe Mantegna has a strong background in both theater and film. He won the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. In film, he is probably best known for his role as Joey Zasa in the Francis Ford Coppola epic The Godfather Part III (1990), in which he starred alongside Al Pacino and Andy Garcia.

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November 2022

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Rita Moreno Interview: Storied Actress Stars in Debut Christmas Movie

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Rita Moreno

Born on December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Rita Moreno has appeared in many film, television and theater projects including Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I and the 1961 and 2021 film adaptations of West Side Story. Other appearances in films are Popi, Carnal Knowledge and Slums of Beverly Hills. She is known for her work on the children’s television series The Electric Company, the HBO series OzJane the Virgin and the revival of Norman Lear’s One Day at a Time.

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October 2022

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Danny Trejo Interview: Cutting Through the Bullshit

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Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry with a hard earned and atypical road to success. From years of imprisonment to helping troubled youth battle drug addictions, from acting to producing to restaurant ventures, Trejo’s name, face and achievements are well recognized in Hollywood and beyond.

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Michael Learned Interview: "Waltons" Icon Kills It as Dahmer's Grandma

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Michael Learned

Michael Learned will always be known for her role as Olivia Walton in the iconic family drama The Waltons, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. She was nominated for six Emmy Awards as Lead Actress in a Drama, winning three times for her role as Olivia Walton. After the seventh season, she left the show. Learned also starred as Nurse Mary Benjamin in the hospital drama Nurse, and she won yet another Emmy for this role in 1982.

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