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    People Persons

    In the new movie Seeing Other People, Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson star as a happy couple, who, weeks before their wedding, decide to engage in an "experiment" in which they will sleep with other people. What might sound like the setup for a raunchy sex comedy ends up being ...

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    Double Take

    Within minutes it becomes apparent that Charlie Sheen was born to do comedy. Bring up a film he's not proud of, and he immediately says, "I'm sorry." If you specifically mention The Big Bounce—his recent caper comedy with Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman—and say you enjoyed ...

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    Family Matters

    The Royal Family is George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's 1927 sweetheart of a play about a multigenerational family of actors—ostensibly based on the Barrymores—deeply committed to their craft and ultimately devoted to one another. Among the many stellar elements of the production currently at the Ahmanson ...

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    Prince of a Guy

    There's a unique and universal reaction one encounters when mentioning Cary Elwes' name. While the actor may not boast the marquee power of a Tom Cruise or the pin-up status of a Brad Pitt, it seems everyone knows his name. People's eyes light up immediately, generally followed by ...

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    In His Head

    It would strike some as ironic that Christopher Hampton, the prolific playwright behind The Talking Cure—the story of the early development of psychoanalysis—has never spent anytime on a psychiatrist's couch. "I've never been in therapy," says the soft-spoken writer with a shrug. "I've always thought ...

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    Shirley Henderson: Scottish Siren

    Shirley Henderson is known as one of Britain's more prolific actors, appearing in films that include Trainspotting, Bridget Jones's Diary, and 24 Hour Party People. Granted her face is still hard to place, but with leading roles in independent films such as IFC Films' Intermission (opening March 19 ...

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    Dream Catcher

    In an industry where innovative ideas and originality are rare and elusive, the Versailles, France,–born Michel Gondry is considered a comet, blasting his way through music videos, commercials, and films and setting the bar higher each time for imitators. Many who have gone from directing music videos and commercials ...

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    She's No Angel

    Actresses tend to be described in physical terms: dazzling, luscious, flawless. Upon meeting Claudia Shear, currently starring as Mae West in the Pasadena Playhouse production of her play Dirty Blonde, the first adjective that might pop into one's head is "effectual." When our original meeting place, a hotel pub ...

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    Calling the Shots

    From stage to screen, writer/director David Mamet continues to surprise with his innovation and originality.

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    Outside the Box

    Before BSW spoke with Paul Bettany, the charismatic and chameleonic English actor, someone at his management company told us, "Whatever you do, don't ask him about the lesbians and the cockroaches." If ever there was a story that needed to be heard, this surely had to be it. But ...