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    His Way

    Some say fame changes a person. I hoped that was not the case with Billy Bob Thornton, with whom I first had the pleasure of speaking five years ago when Sling Blade was about to put him on the map. Back then, at the beginning of the wave of attention ...

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    Complicated Character

    "I loved playing him," said Val Kilmer of his recent character, Danny Parker, in The Salton Sea. "He's obsessed and broken, like Hamlet. He doesn't know quite what to do, although he seems to know very clearly what to do. He's a complicated character."

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    Hot Under the Collar

    Tim DeKay has played such varied roles as Bizarro Jerry on "Seinfeld" and the disabled carnival co-manager on HBO's "Carnivale." Now the veteran actor returns as FBI agent Peter Burke on USA's "White Collar."

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    A 'Championship' Broadway Debut

    Best known as a deadpan standup comic, Jim Gaffigan is floored to be making his stage debut in the Broadway revival of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season."

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    Two For One

    SAG president Melissa Gilbert and AFTRA president John Connolly make the case for consolidation.

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    Laying It Bare

    Kristin Hanggi was apparently destined for a showbiz career from the time she was a child growing up in Orange County. She says, "I used to tell my little brother to put on a costume and makeup, and then I would try to round up enough money to put on ...

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    The Business of Showcase

    Actors' showcases tend to get a bad rap in Los Angeles. Audiences have tired of seeing the same scenes played out time and time again by struggling artists. There is one shining exception: Beverly Winwood Presents the Actors Showcase has enjoyed a healthy L.A. run of packed audiences for ...

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    Close to Her Material

    Glenn Close opens the door of her hotel suite to greet me. "Hello, I'm Glenn," she says cheerfully, extending her hand to shake mine. She's understatedly dressed in jeans and a blouse. Beside the pleasant surprise of her soft, casual demeanor, I think to myself, "Glenn answers her ...

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    Reluctant Raconteur

    Deep in the View Askew Production bungalow at CBS studios in Burbank, Kevin Smith lightly tapped his cigarette lighter on his desk. Like the desks of most creative people, it overflows with papers and random objects, among them an Advil bottle placed haphazardly atop one pile and a Playboy magazine ...

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    Video: Indie Roundtable Interviews

    Actresses Catherine Keener and Melissa Leo along with visionary director Werner Herzog reveal what happens behind the scenes of their popular movies in Backstage's Indie Roundtable.