J. Gabriel Boylan

Ed Burns on filming New York, making Christmas movies, and the new realities of indie filmmaking:

"I kind of knew I did not want to tell the happy, cheery, romantic, Hey look at this big crazy Irish family, come have a laugh with us kind of Christmas movie," Burns said. "I wanted to go with something a little more honest, a little more grounded in the real world to reflect a little more of what most folks and families go through in the holidays."

Bio: J. Gabriel Boylan is culture editor at Capital. He was previously an assistant editor at Harper's Magazine.

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Ed Burns on filming New York, making Christmas movies, and the new realities of indie filmmaking

"I kind of knew I did not want to tell the happy, cheery, romantic, Hey look at this big crazy Irish family, come have a laugh with us kind of Christmas movie," Burns said. "I wanted to go with something a little more honest, a little more grounded in the real world to reflect a little more of what most folks and families go through in the holidays."

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Werner Herzog, art-world insult-comic

"Craft has completely shifted to the world of ideas," he said. "You take some cardboard boxes and throw them in a corner, and a rolled-up, greasy sleeping bag, and some squished beer cans… and all of a sudden you're making a commentary of homelessness." He spoke of a world of artists "trying to manufacture excitement."

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