INTERVIEW: Zandy Hartig becomes YouTube sensation in ‘American Viral’

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INTERVIEW: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ leaves behind big top for arena spectacular

Fabrice Lemire, artistic director of Cirque du Soleil’s popular Varekai show, could be classified as the ultimate fan of the acrobatic spectacular. His all-encompassing job requires the former dancer to watch the show More »

‘Amityville II: The Possession’ is a weirdly satisfying horror movie

The Amityville Horror is a haunted-house tale that has been repeated several times in book form, in movies and among urban legend lovers in the stately suburbs surrounding New York City. The Lutz family More »

‘Rust and Bone’ is a brilliant modern romance with towering performances

Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone is an exceptionally well-crafted and affecting drama featuring touching performances from Marion Cotillard (Oscar winner for La Vie En Rose) and Matthias Schoenaerts. They play Stéphanie and Ali, two More »

INTERVIEW: Expert offers background on Nat Geo Wild’s ‘Kingdom of the Apes’ special

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Summer film festivals and conventions bring delight to fanatics

The coming weeks offer a variety of cinematic choices for movie fanatics. From the Hudson Horror Show, returning in August to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to the largest Star Trek convention of the year, there’s More »

SIMPLE PLEASURES: Ocracoke Coffee Co. on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

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INTERVIEW: Medium Amy Allan on newest season of ‘The Dead Files’

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INTERVIEW: Zandy Hartig becomes YouTube sensation in ‘American Viral’

The cast of 'American Viral' — Photo courtesy of artists

The cast of ‘American Viral’ — Photo courtesy of Foundry Communications

Zandy Hartig, who stars in Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital and this summer’s They Came Together, has now entered the universe of Thundershorts, an online outlet for brief episodic comedy. She paired with Michael Showalter for a series called American Viral, a show about an American family that tries to release funny YouTube videos and gather as much attention as possible.

INTERVIEW: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ leaves behind big top for arena spectacular

Photo: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca Costumes: Eiko Ishioka  © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca Costumes: Eiko Ishioka © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Fabrice Lemire, artistic director of Cirque du Soleil’s popular Varekai show, could be classified as the ultimate fan of the acrobatic spectacular. His all-encompassing job requires the former dancer to watch the show at least five times per week, and each viewing leads to more notes on how to fine-tune the artistic vision of this landmark property for the successful Montreal-based company. Many artists and staff members are relying on his support — but in the Cirque world, relying on support is, literally and figuratively, another day at the office.