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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 ...

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    Shirley Henderson: Scottish Siren

    Shirley Henderson is known as one of Britain's more prolific actors, appearing in films that include Trainspotting, Bridget Jones's Diary, and 24 Hour Party People. Granted her face is still hard to place, but with leading roles in independent films such as IFC Films' Intermission (opening March 19 ...

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    Dream Catcher

    In an industry where innovative ideas and originality are rare and elusive, the Versailles, France,–born Michel Gondry is considered a comet, blasting his way through music videos, commercials, and films and setting the bar higher each time for imitators. Many who have gone from directing music videos and commercials ...

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    She's No Angel

    Actresses tend to be described in physical terms: dazzling, luscious, flawless. Upon meeting Claudia Shear, currently starring as Mae West in the Pasadena Playhouse production of her play Dirty Blonde, the first adjective that might pop into one's head is "effectual." When our original meeting place, a hotel pub ...

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    Calling the Shots

    From stage to screen, writer/director David Mamet continues to surprise with his innovation and originality.

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    Outside the Box

    Before BSW spoke with Paul Bettany, the charismatic and chameleonic English actor, someone at his management company told us, "Whatever you do, don't ask him about the lesbians and the cockroaches." If ever there was a story that needed to be heard, this surely had to be it. But ...

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    Sundance Discoveries

    The Sundance Film Festival has always been an exciting arena in which to discover new talent. This year was especially promising in terms of actors about whom filmgoers will hopefully hear more in the near future. These include Vera Farmiga, who walked away with this year's Jury Prize for ...

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    Sound Direction

    Coming from a film-industry family, Los Angeles–born actor/director Rick Sparks apparently has creativity in his blood. From a very young age, he demonstrated his abilities as an impresario, organizing sheet-in-the-barn ventures, à la Mickey and Judy. "My earliest memories," he says, "include corralling kids together to put on ...

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    Chris Noth - Tech and the City

    A great actor must remain chameleonic to assume the different roles that scripts call for. But what if a character becomes iconic, as did the Fonz, Captain Kirk, and Kramer, and audiences won't let him go? The tall, dark, and handsome Chris Noth knows something about moving on—and ...