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    A Writer for Three Years

    We've heard of meticulous scriptwriting. But how about painstaking craftsmanship of a pitch letter? Filmmaker Tod Williams spent a full three weeks penning his letter to novelist John Irving, hoping to film Irving's massive A Widow for One Year. Three years in the planning and making, the film ...

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    Peaks and Valleys

    Kyle MacLachlan has the rare distinction of immortalizing two memorable TV roles—one being the donut-loving FBI agent Dale Cooper of the cult series Twin Peaks, which earned him a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy nominations, and the other as Charlotte's first husband, the picture-perfect but flaccid heart ...

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    Zoe Caldwell & Judith Ivey

    Opera and Broadway mesh this week when the Los Angeles Opera presents its first-ever summer event, A Little Night Music. It stars Zoe Caldwell as the grande dame Madame Armfeldt and Judith Ivey as her actress-daughter Desirée in one of Stephen Sondheim's best-known musicals.

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    Generation X Has Grown Up

    Watching writer/director Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed films is like overhearing great, engaging conversations that you wish you had been included in. His films—which include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, SubUrbia, Waking Life, and Tape—are usually set within a 24-hour period to maintain the feeling of ...

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    Monkee Business

    "Hiring me to appear in Aida was not simply a stunt." So asserts Micky Dolenz, former lead singer and drummer of the Monkees. "Of course the producers hoped I would bring in more audiences, but I auditioned for this role, and then I had a callback before I got it."

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    From Glam to Nam

    Perhaps Elise Elliot, the aging actress played so indelibly by Goldie Hawn in the film The First Wives Club, put it best when describing how roles had dried up over the years: "There are only three ages for women in Hollywood: babe, district attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy." Lest anyone ...

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    Retro Casting

    Wes Anderson did it with Bill Murray; Spike Jonze did it with John Malkovich; and John Waters did it with Kathleen Turner and Melanie Griffith. But the true comeback masters, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, have a knack for taking fading stars who were collecting showbiz cobwebs and paying ...

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    Career Reruns

    When televisions first appeared in living rooms around the world, there were movie stars and there were TV stars. The real Hollywood celebrities of the 1950s and '60s would never have even considered downsizing to a smaller screen. But today many actors have found a solid place on television, a ...

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    Thoroughly Modern Terpsichore

    Don't just get up and dance when auditioning for Rob Ashford, the Tony-winning choreographer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, currently delighting audiences at the Ahmanson Theatre. He'd better see some characterization, some commitment, some acting—the same effort you'd put into auditioning for a speaking role.

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    He's No Hack

    Andre Braugher cuts an intimidating figure, as anyone who has seen his work will attest to. During his six years on the NBC drama Homicide, his Detective Frank Pembleton was the most intense and powerful persona on network TV, though many people may have not been aware of it. While ...