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    Missi Pyle: On a Quest

    We dare you to find a contemporary comedic presence as fearless, distinctive, and lacking in vanity as Missi Pyle. Sure, other actors might be able to play menacing, monobrowed dodgeball champions or slightly demented rich-bitch Tae Bo addicts, but Pyle doesn't merely play these roles; she inhabits them with ...

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    Easy Does It

    According to Owen Wilson, there are two types of actors. "There are people who can just sort of act natural or find things within themselves that they can play," Wilson explains in his Texas drawl. "And then there are actors. Those are the kind that can really transform themselves, like ...

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    Well-Versed

    Joan Allen sort of snuck up on America when it wasn't looking. She may be blessed with a timeless beauty and talent to spare, but it took moviegoers awhile to catch on that she was something special. It started with poignant turns as the understanding spouse in Tucker: The ...

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    DIALOGUE It Came From Down Under

    Michael and Peter Spierig have accomplished the (seemingly) impossible. The polite Australian brothers were able to make their expansive and visually stunning zombie feast, Undead, in relative obscurity and without the help of high-end visual effects houses. Instead, using their PC laptops and off-the-shelf software, they crafted their "splattertoon" at ...

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    PROFILE A Nose for Talent

    For Nora Ephron, bringing Bewitched to the big screen all began with the nose. When the writer-director famous for her female-friendly romantic comedies (You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle) was asked in to help bring the 1960s sitcom back to life, she knew she was adapting the script as ...

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR Jefferson Mays: On His Own

    In Tootsie, Michael Roberts (Dustin Hoffman), who masquerades as a woman, says he was more of a man as a woman than he ever had been as a man. When an actor plays a man in a dress, it can bring about epiphanies. In Doug Wright's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning ...

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    Emily Blunt: Dangerous Beauty

    If you think Emily Blunt's magnetic portrayal of a privileged teenager who develops a dangerously close relationship with a working-class tomboy is reminiscent of another breakthrough role for a young English actor, you're not alone in that opinion. A little more than a decade ago, an unknown actor ...

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Working It

    Resembling a steely-eyed Larry Clark pinup, 24-year-old Joseph Gordon-Levitt prepares to mount his first New York trick in Gregg Araki's incredibly moving and daring new film Mysterious Skin, in which the actor plays a prostitute. It is this surreal, hypersexualized image that proves Gordon-Levitt, most famous for his role ...

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    From 'Sin' to 'Shark Boy'

    Director Robert Rodriguez has famously been an adherent of the do-it-yourself school of filmmaking. The story of how he made his first feature, El Mariachi, for $7,000—part of which he received for being the paid subject of drug research testing—is well-known, but people don't necessarily realize ...

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    Sam Lloyd: A Talent for Pain

    Sam Lloyd is the rare actor you can both laugh with and laugh at—and he doesn't mind. As the hapless, increasingly suicidal hospital attorney Ted Buckland on NBC's delightfully warped comedy Scrubs, Lloyd even makes depression funny. His Ted is that rare creation; a Mr. Cellophane who ...