Some of our favorite segments from 2017: Thelma Schoonmaker, who has been Martin Scorsese’s film editor for almost four decades; Half-Hanged Mary, one of the inspirations behind “The Handmaid’s Tale”; writer Yewande Omotoso, who moved to South Africa during Apartheid; and making a case for the movie that gets no love, “The Godfather, Part III.”
Kurt Andersen talks to Alec Baldwin about playing Donald Trump, how the actor depicts villains, and his favorite depictions of villains in the movies. Plus filmmaker Taika Waititi on the jump from making low-budget comedies to making “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Newly minted MacArthur geniuses: Annie Baker tackles small talk in her plays, Jesmyn Ward depicts rural African American life in her novels, and Taylor Mac’s 24-hour review of the entire history of American pop music.
An artist searches for Hillary Clinton’s victory confetti that was never dropped on Election Night. Plus Kurt Andersen interviews the sketch comedy genius Tracey Ullman as well as novelist and YouTube star John Green.
Happy feats. Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s unapologetic love of popular music, a belly dancer inspired by Bono, what happens when your middle-aged parents suddenly become obsessed with tango dancing, applying scientific principles to ballet and how Christopher Wheeldon brought “An American in Paris” to the stage.