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    Close to Her Material

    Glenn Close opens the door of her hotel suite to greet me. "Hello, I'm Glenn," she says cheerfully, extending her hand to shake mine. She's understatedly dressed in jeans and a blouse. Beside the pleasant surprise of her soft, casual demeanor, I think to myself, "Glenn answers her ...

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    Baadassssses

    There is much to learn from Melvin Van Peebles, writer, director, and star of the groundbreaking independent film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Lessons in conviction, fortitude, and perseverance are but a few teachings Van Peebles can tender. In 1970 the filmmaker-icon of the 1960s Black Power Movement set out ...

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    His Country's Conscience

    If ever a dramatist represented the conscience of a country, that person is Athol Fugard. During South Africa's decades of apartheid and right up to, well, today, when Exits and Entrances world-premieres at Los Angeles' Fountain Theatre, Fugard has been writing impassioned plays set in his native land. From ...

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    Relaxation Technique

    For an actor who has made a career largely out of playing uptight English gentlemen, John Cleese presents himself as surprisingly laid-back. Ensconced in a plush chair, his 6-foot-5 frame stretched onto an ottoman, Cleese is the picture of comfort. It suddenly makes sense that this is the man who ...

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    The Anti-Professional

    Famed writer/director Jim Jarmusch, to the surprise of many of his fans, prefers to call himself an amateur. "I consider myself an amateur filmmaker, not a professional one, because the root of the word 'amateur' is lover of something, of a form, and 'professional' means you do it for ...

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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 ...