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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 ...

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    Peaks and Valleys

    Kyle MacLachlan has the rare distinction of immortalizing two memorable TV roles—one being the donut-loving FBI agent Dale Cooper of the cult series Twin Peaks, which earned him a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy nominations, and the other as Charlotte's first husband, the picture-perfect but flaccid heart ...

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    Zoe Caldwell & Judith Ivey

    Opera and Broadway mesh this week when the Los Angeles Opera presents its first-ever summer event, A Little Night Music. It stars Zoe Caldwell as the grande dame Madame Armfeldt and Judith Ivey as her actress-daughter Desirée in one of Stephen Sondheim's best-known musicals.

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    Generation X Has Grown Up

    Watching writer/director Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed films is like overhearing great, engaging conversations that you wish you had been included in. His films—which include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, SubUrbia, Waking Life, and Tape—are usually set within a 24-hour period to maintain the feeling of ...

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    Monkee Business

    "Hiring me to appear in Aida was not simply a stunt." So asserts Micky Dolenz, former lead singer and drummer of the Monkees. "Of course the producers hoped I would bring in more audiences, but I auditioned for this role, and then I had a callback before I got it."

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    From Glam to Nam

    Perhaps Elise Elliot, the aging actress played so indelibly by Goldie Hawn in the film The First Wives Club, put it best when describing how roles had dried up over the years: "There are only three ages for women in Hollywood: babe, district attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy." Lest anyone ...

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    Retro Casting

    Wes Anderson did it with Bill Murray; Spike Jonze did it with John Malkovich; and John Waters did it with Kathleen Turner and Melanie Griffith. But the true comeback masters, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, have a knack for taking fading stars who were collecting showbiz cobwebs and paying ...