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Going All the Way: Theater cast immerses completely in President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s world

In the stirring first minutes of ‘All the Way,’ at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in a sold-out run through Oct. 12, actor Bryan Cranston stands in a pool of light and becomes President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

‘Sleepy Hollow’: A new day for race on network TV?

Back in 1820, when Washington Irving penned “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” most black folks were in chains, women were little more than decorative chattel and a headless horseman turned out to be a practical joke formed out of a ...

Houston native Brandon J. Dirden tackles the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in ‘All the Way’

Houston native and actor Brandon J. Dirden returns to Boston in the much-talked about drama All the Way, from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, which chronicles President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office in 1964. The production stars ...

This Forest Whitaker is on Fire!

A versatile talent, Forest Whitaker is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished performers, receiving such prestigious honors as an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, as well as a Best Actor at the ...

In the Mix 08/29/2013

“In the MIX” looks at the recent Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert, the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the Pomodoro restaurant and several upcoming music events around Boston.

Restaurant GEM glimmers in Downtown Crossing

Big Night Entertainment Group has brought high-end venues like Shrine, Red Lantern and Empire to the city’s most high-traffic neighborhoods. One of the group’s latest projects is GEM Restaurant & Lounge, located just outside of Beacon Hill. The vamp-style supper ...

Two-time Oscar-nominee talks about his latest film Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’

Lee Daniels is best known for directing and producing the Academy Award-winning film Precious which was nominated for a half-dozen Oscars in 2010, including his two for Best Picture and Best Director. Now he talks about his latest movie Lee ...

On the Go with Ato Essandoh!

After hypnotizing audiences as D’Artagnan, the slave who was mauled to death by dogs in Django Unchained, Ato Essandoh now stars as Dr. Matthew Freeman in the second season of BBC America’s highest-rated series premiere ever, Copper. Born in Schenectady, ...

In the Mix: The Rise of Ryan Coogler

Born and raised in Oakland, Calif., Ryan Coogler has been on a whirlwind schedule since his debut film Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan, was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in 2012.

A Heart to Heart with movie star, comedian Kevin Hart

Born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1980, Kevin Hart is one of the most versatile comedic actors in both television and film. He’s recently delivered memorable performances in Think Like a Man, which grossed over $90 million in theaters, as ...

Conversation in modern art

The pleasures of art and its power to bear witness animate the exhibition of African American art on display through September 2 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Entitled "In Conversation: Modern African American Art," this vibrant sampling ...

Precision, musicianship anchor Bruno Mars show in Boston

In the minds of cynical critics, pop artists can get a bad rap as the manufactured puppets of the music business. But at the TD Banknorth Garden last month Bruno Mars showed during the third date on his Moonshine Jungle ...

In the Mix

East Meets West … with a critique of Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon restaurant in Fort Point Channel. Summertime Fun … with a movie review of The Way Way Back, written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and starring ...

Fan of Fana: Talking with South African actor Fana Mokoena

Veteran South African actor Fana Mokoena garnered worldwide acclaim for his powerful portrayal of General Augustin Bizimungu opposite Oscar-nominees Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo in Hotel Rwanda. He talks about his latest movie director Marc Forster’s World War Z opposite ...

The Roxbury International Film Festival hosts its 15th annual celebration of indie filmmakers of color

The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) celebrates its 15th anniversary over four days (beginning Thursday, June 27), with an array of features, documentaries, shorts and youth-produced works.