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    Taking the Lead

    Christopher Walken walks by fellow guest Sam Rockwell, slumped in a couch in the rear corner of the hotel lobby at Chateau Marmont, a Hollywood haunt of the hip and famous. Walken doesn't notice Rockwell, who has long been one of the best-kept secrets in cinema.

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    John Cameron Mitchell: From Hedwig to Head

    When your first film as a director, writer, and star is the hit of Sundance and snags you countless awards and accolades, what do you do for an encore? If you're John Cameron Mitchell, you hold an open casting call for actors to participate in a workshop for a ...

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    The Hustler

    It would be easy to dismiss James Franco as lucky. After all, he was blessed with the chiseled good looks of a matinee idol and cheekbones that could cut diamonds. One could easily make the mistake of lumping him in with other young actors who seem to fall into acting ...

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    What's up with... Roger Kumble

    Why you've heard of him: Roger Kumble is a screenwriter and director of several major motion pictures. And he uses his insider view of this world to write sharp, insightful satires about the movie industry for the stage, including Pay or Play, which won an LA Weekly Award, and ...

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    Shop Clerk to Star

    Studios might experience a sudden influx of actors applying for positions at their gift stores. As the story has been told, actor Derek Luke was working at the Sony Pictures gift shop where, unbeknownst to him, he befriended Antwone Fisher, whom he would later portray in Denzel Washington's directorial ...

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    Bill Condon

    Who he is: A unique talent who is difficult to pigeonhole, Bill Condon's most notable credit at one time was for directing the horror sequel Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. That all changed in 1998, when he won raves for writing and directing Gods and Monsters, the sensitive and ...

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    Risking It All

    Noah Taylor may have landed the best, and most dangerous, role of his career—that of a young Adolf Hilter in the soon-to-be-released film Max, which mixes fact (Hitler was a downtrodden war veteran and artist before choosing the path of fascist politics) and fiction (as a struggling artist, Hitler ...

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    Quick Study

    Commercial agent Susan Nathe understands it's the look that books, but it still takes discipline and business savvy to impress her—skills she learned early on. A former teenage model who worked with the legendary agent Eileen Ford, Nathe quickly learned that being on time and having her clothing ...

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    In the Moment

    Chris Cooper has what some might consider a charmed life. On the one hand, he gets paid good money to work on-camera doing what he loves: acting. On the other hand, he has a level of anonymity that allows him to retain his privacy in a culture that feeds on ...

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    Known Quantities

    Just how important is it for actors to know and trust their directors when tackling particularly challenging roles? "Collaborating with people you've collaborated with before is where you want to be ideally. It's terribly important if you are embarking on some of the more ambitious projects," said Deborah ...