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    Unmanning Shakespeare

    If you're a woman who has always secretly longed to play Hamlet or Othello, come on out of the closet. In a reversal that's no more than divine justice—considering that in Shakespeare's time women did not appear onstage—there are now companies on both coasts (and ...

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    The Nicholas Brothers

    For me the dancing Nicholas Brothers always seemed to be the spice in the broth of 1940s movie musicals, the cherry on Fred Astaire's smooth frosting, the piquancy in Gene Kelly's homey stews.

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    All of Her

    Great actors bring all of themselves to any role. In the case of Helen Mirren, that's a lot—decades of both wild living and sedate gardening, and a dizzyingly diverse career, from Shakespeare to soft porn, from itinerant avant-garde theatre to the BBC detective thriller she's still best ...

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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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    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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    Duplass Brothers Direct Jason Segal and Ed Helms to Hilarious Heights

    Filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass make their most commercial film yet with "Jeff, Who Lives At Home."

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    Mare Winningham & Dennis Christopher

    Sometimes hit plays start or stay in L.A., but quite often they come from elsewhere—from London or New York or Chicago, or all the above. When they do make it here, awards and acclaim in tow, it's not unheard of for original or previous producers, cast, star ...

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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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    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 ...