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    Payne and Suffering

    Alexander Payne is batting a 1,000. His previous feature films—the abortion comedy Citizen Ruth, the political satire Election, and the bittersweet road trip About Schmidt—established the writer/director as a skilled storyteller who created showcase roles for actors. His simple, straightforward style celebrates the seemingly mundane, bringing ...

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    A Whole New World

    Peter Schneider is a high-achiever whose stellar showbiz credits appear to have resulted from a combination of extraordinary talent, drive, and—according to him—luck. He uses that word frequently in describing his career milestones. While good fortune possibly had a little bit to do with doors that opened for ...

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    Dominic Monaghan: Lost and Found

    Dominic Monaghan is calling from paradise. Currently residing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, The Lord of the Rings star is shopping for a birthday present for his mother. An avid surfer, he is enjoying his time on the tropical isle, but this is hardly a vacation. Instead he is ...

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    Curtain Call

    When Gordon Davidson steps down from his artistic director/producer position with the Center Theatre Group at the end of this year, it will bring an end to a chapter of what has been one of the most influential careers in American theatre history. From the time he became artistic ...

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    Lenny Wolpe: Lenny's Turn

    Veteran actor/singer Lenny Wolpe follows his passions. Wolpe is the sort of actor who slips into myriad roles so seamlessly that one can easily underestimate the consummate craft that is involved. Name a choice character role in a famous musical, and he's played it: Ne'er-do-well Cockney barfly ...

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    Wilde No More

    Stephen Fry is probably the most eminently quotable man on the planet today. His work as a performer, writer, and general intellectual-about-town has been seen in just about every forum, from the stage and screen to the pages of a book, newspaper, or computer screen. His wit, sexuality, and talent ...

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    Viola Davis: Rich Tapestry

    A perfectly shaded performance is like a fine piece of fabric; one can savor the intricate details, but the seams should never show. Perhaps that's one reason the role of a skilled seamstress is an ideal fit for the widely acclaimed Viola Davis. As she re-creates her Obie and ...

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    On the Verge

    Since her film debut in 1998 in the David Schwimmer comedy Kissing a Fool, Judy Greer has been working steadily, appearing in more than 20 movies in the past six years. Most recently she shared the screen with Jennifer Garner in the romantic fantasy 13 Going On 30, and she ...

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    Catching Up With...: Michael Mayer

    Everything's coming up frantic for self-assured director Michael Mayer these days—but frantic in a good way, if one considers a skyrocketing career and rapturous critical acclaim good things. In recent years he has helmed high-profile stage projects on Broadway and Off-Broadway, often simultaneously, while somehow finding time to ...

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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 ...