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    Telling Details

    Robert Altman wants you to see his films twice. Not that he's vain, or out to top the repeat-business box office of Harry Potter. It's just that this fiercely independent auteur—who's been directing films, television, and theatre since 1951—views filmmaking as a kind of layering ...

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    Rodney Gilfry & Jason Graae

    The worlds of opera and musical theatre are generally regarded as quite separate, though the musical grew out of operetta, which grew out of opera. In an era in which such shows as Contact and The Car Man blur the line between dance theatre and traditional Broadway fare, musical productions ...

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    Anthony LaPaglia: Fortysomething

    Does an actor need a career strategy to have a career? Anthony LaPaglia is living proof that showing up and doing good, often great work in whatever medium will have him—film, television, stage—is enough to build a fine living as a working actor, and, not coincidentally, a reputation ...

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    Standout Support

    Why isn't Don Cheadle a leading man? He's got the good looks, screen presence, and talent, certainly. It may be a color thing, in part—Hollywood seems to have an unwritten quota of African-American leading actors. But it may also be that Cheadle has proven himself such a ...

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    Chemistry Crash Course

    Two and a half years ago in this column I wrote about how to create onstage and onscreen romantic chemistry. I concluded that it was not something that just mysteriously happens between some lucky actors, like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, although critics would have you believe that. I wrote ...

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    Defining Moments

    I find it difficult not to bring up the events of Sept. 11 when doing press interviews these days. That is because many of us in the industry feel a little silly talking about such relatively unimportant things as movies. Laura Dern, thankfully, reminded me that as much as our ...

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    Rosario Dawson: Kid No More

    Rosario Dawson had no acting experience prior to her breakout performance in the 1995 controversial film Kids. Director Larry Clark spotted Dawson while she was sitting on the stoop of her Manhattan home and cast her in his unrehearsed cinema verité-style film.

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    Shaw's Second Sex

    For an actress with an affinity for classics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the most pleasurable challenges, along with tackling the flawed heroines of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov, must be to play one of George Bernard Shaw's smart, loquacious, thoroughly modern Millies.

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    Local Heroes

    In the past, Theatre LA's board of governors has given out two special Ovation Awards—the James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Theatre, and the Career Achievement Award—to folks with little in common.

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    His Way

    Some say fame changes a person. I hoped that was not the case with Billy Bob Thornton, with whom I first had the pleasure of speaking five years ago when Sling Blade was about to put him on the map. Back then, at the beginning of the wave of attention ...