The Dinner Party Download featuring Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig attends the New York premiere of "Arthur" at Ziegfeld Theatre on April 5, 2011 in New York City.
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Guest of Honor: Greta Gerwig
Don't take our word for it — the New York Times said 28-year-old Greta Gerwig might be the definitive actress of her generation. Closely associated with "mumblecore" — a group of micro-budget films populated by twenty-somethings who often don't speak very clearly — Gerwig crosses over into mainstream movies this weekend with her co-starring role in the remake of "Arthur." She talks to Brendan about cat puns, Joan Didion and colorblind love.

To hear more from Greta Gerwig — and to hear a clip from the buzziest R&B artist on the planet head to http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org.

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