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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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    Abby Craden & Tracy Middendorf

    The ghost of Hollywood cinema's archetypal sexpot, Marilyn Monroe, haunts two local productions still running at small L.A.-area theatres.

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    The California Curse

    "It ain't what it's cracked up to be," quipped Peter Bogdanovich of success. "Come into the tent; I'll explain it."

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    Warming Up Cold Reads

    Good news for all you cold-reading-a-phobics out there: The script is once again your friend. Los Angeles audition techniques guru Margie Haber invented a way to do cold readings without pre-memorizing.

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    Rap On, Sister

    Though she admits to not being as obsessively detailed about her work as she once was, Lily Tomlin is still the consummate performer and a virtual encyclopedia of her own life and times. At a recent tribute to Tomlin at the HBO-sponsored U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen earlier ...

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    This Could Be You!!

    BackStage.com is sponsoring their second Great American Headshot/Resume Competition. If you missed it the first time, here's your shot to be featured on BackStage.com

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    Intimate Moments

    Playing off one another moment by moment is, along with strong objectives, perhaps the most important aspect of good acting.

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    Objectively Speaking

    Whenever I talk to practitioners about the craft of acting—which I do constantly for this column—there is one technique that is always mentioned, no matter what approach we're investigating, no matter what the medium (film, TV, stage), no matter whether we're discussing auditions or performances.

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    Knight Vision

    Ian McKellen has a face for the movies—one of the great faces, it now seems. This was not always self-evident: Photos of the venerated actor in early stage and screen performances—and even as recently as such films as Scandal, Cold Comfort Farm, and The Ballad of Little Jo ...

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    All of Her

    Great actors bring all of themselves to any role. In the case of Helen Mirren, that's a lot—decades of both wild living and sedate gardening, and a dizzyingly diverse career, from Shakespeare to soft porn, from itinerant avant-garde theatre to the BBC detective thriller she's still best ...