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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 ...

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    Danielle Panabaker: The Natural

    It's become cliché to talk about how young actors seem wise beyond their years, but Danielle Panabaker is living proof that sometimes old chestnuts ring true. When viewing her performance in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls (beginning Sat., May 28), one is immediately taken by her preternatural talent as ...

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    Out of the Blue

    Terry O'Quinn seems to have been born to intimidate, and few actors do it as effectively. He has the authoritative look of someone in charge—a persona that has suited him well as a shadowy government figure in shows such as Alias, The X-Files, and Millennium. He also excels ...

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    Voice of Your Generation

    When late voice pioneer Alfred Wolfsohn was on the battlefields of World War I, he heard the multioctave death cries of a wounded soldier. This led him to think about the full-throttled squall of the newborn infant. He came to believe that, in between those two existential roars, we live ...

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    PROFILE Foote Work

    Horton Foote's rural American versions of Greek tragedy do not make an actor's job easy. But, in the hands of director Cameron Watson, veteran interpreter of Foote plays, the remarkable ensemble cast of The Habitation of Dragons at the Crossley Terrace Theatre delivers the writer's message with ...

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    Great Dames

    Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith walk into a room carrying more than 100 years of combined acting experience, yet neither has ever heard of the Meisner Technique. "What's the Meisner Technique?" Smith asks in that clipped, patrician tone that has tackled everything from Shakespeare to Harry Potter. When ...

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    Patricia Rae: Who You Know

    As Patricia Rae describes her career, her success as a working actor has been "20 years in the making." The native New Yorker lived much of her professional life on the East Coast, where she worked in theatre, sketch comedy, commercials, independent film, and TV. She also spent much of ...

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    Voicing Opinions Tips for Breaking Into Voiceover:

    As legend has it, in 1965 Hollywood an agent invited his on-camera talent to stop by and record script pages into a simple tape recorder, the sounds of traffic on Hollywood and Vine flowing through the windows of a small talent agency in the upper floors of the Taft Building ...

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    Not Just a Pretty Voice

    Everyone plays favorites. I have a friend who can give an impassioned defense of Ashton Kutcher's acting abilities with a completely straight face, using words such as "underrated" and "genius." It's not always easy to pinpoint why certain artists speak to you, why you respond to their bodies ...