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    The Fabulous Baker Boy

    Before Philip Baker Hall became one of the most sought-after and busy actors on stage and screen, he suffered a brief career as a high school teacher. Baker Hall will be the first to tell you he hated the job. "You have to be a policeman," he said. "I didn ...

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    Singing in the Brain

    Director Keith Gordon had an interesting answer when asked to identify the genre of his new Paramount Classics film, The Singing Detective. "Let's see," he said. "It's a comedy, a drama, a surrealistic lip-sync rock-and-roll musical, an exercise in expressionism, an absurdist film-noir, and a naturalistic character study ...

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    Australian for Actor

    Without question, Cate Blanchett's physical elegance permeates her roles. Like a dancer, she seems to have complete physical and emotional control over her onscreen work, lending her characters dignity—whether they are queens or housewives. But forget her gracefulness for a second, and what soon becomes clear is the ...

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    Character Driven

    "I became a writer because I love actors," explained Peter Hedges, best known for his novel and screenplay What's Eating Gilbert Grape, as well his Oscar-nominated screenplay adaptation of Nick Hornby's About a Boy. "The first thing I ever wrote was because I was on a mission to ...

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    Playing it Proud

    Olympia Dukakis has made a career out of portraying strong, independent women. From Mayor Claire Belcher inSteel Magnolias,to the feisty principal inMr. Holland's Opus,to ultra-opinionated Rita Mosley inPicture Perfect,to her Oscar winning performance as Rose Castorini inMoonstruck,Dukakis has never shied away from roles that require ...

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    Playing a Hater

    While Bobby Hosea has been working steadily in film and television for more than a decade, he never expected that his biggest breaks would come from portraying two of the most hated men in American history.

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    Ripple Effect

    When the stars align and a great movie is made, it can be a remarkable event for the audience, but what may go unnoticed is how equally rewarding such an experience can be for the actors involved. This was instantly apparent when the cast of Mystic River sat down months ...

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    Genteel Giant

    Ed Herrmann has made a career out of playing the blue-blood millionaire. Whether it's William Randolph Hearst in The Cat's Meow, good-natured patriarch Richard Gilmore, in the WB's acclaimed series Gilmore Girls, Nelson Rockefeller in Nixon, Grant Stayton III in Overboard, or even Richard Rich Sr. in ...

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    Not So Elementary, Our Dear Holmes

    After spending hours trying to come up with a worthy introduction that would encapsulate the wildly varied career and larger-than-life personality of Rupert Holmes, I have to admit defeat.

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    Coming Homebody

    "I feel a director has a responsibility to create a safe environment so that the actor feels comfortable enough to fail. I have to be there 150 percent and listen and be honest with my feedback, and not just say, 'Oh, don't do that.' To be able to have ...