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    Alexander Payne on His 'Descendants' Star George Clooney

    Payne spoke with Back Stage about his leading man, who delivers one of his best performances in an already stellar career.

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    The Right Spirit

    Phylicia Rashad's appreciation for theatre started at age 11, when she was selected as the mistress of ceremonies for a musical festival for all local elementary schools in her hometown of Houston, Texas. "I stood there in the spotlight for the first time in my life and it was ...

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    Missi Pyle: On a Quest

    We dare you to find a contemporary comedic presence as fearless, distinctive, and lacking in vanity as Missi Pyle. Sure, other actors might be able to play menacing, monobrowed dodgeball champions or slightly demented rich-bitch Tae Bo addicts, but Pyle doesn't merely play these roles; she inhabits them with ...

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    Charlayne Woodard & Marc Wolf

    Charlayne Woodard and Marc Wolf are two actors who have perfected their abilities to tell stories. Their respective solo shows In Real Life and Another American: Asking and Telling (performing in repertory at the Mark Taper Forum) are clear indications of their polished skills.

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    Simple Gifts

    Before undertaking a Molière play, it's helpful to know something about the enormously popular 17th century French comic playwright. Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in Paris, son of a successful tradesman, he left his social class for the lowly life of an actor. Acting, writing, directing, and managing his own theatre ...

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    Count on Him

    This year has been very good to Mark Ruffalo. To Ruffalo's delight, he's receiving great feedback from audiences and critics—a number of whom have put him at the tops of their best actors lists for his performance opposite Laura Linney as an estranged loner who reconnects with ...

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    Three for the Road

    As Jim Halpert on the NBC comedy 'The Office', Krasinski has become synonymous with the word affable. But his charm might not seem a match for director Mendes, whose films are known for scratching at the dark underbelly of the seemingly mundane.

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    Happiness Is a Warm Gun

    Scott relished taking on the job of director. He had previously directed for the stage in New York City—an experience that kept him mindful of the need for smart casting choices.

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    Five Emmy Hopefuls Share Their Acting Insight (Video)

    Back Stage gathered actors, representing the best in drama and comedy, to discuss how they booked their roles, their most difficult moments, and what it's like to be nominated for an Emmy.

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    More Than a 'Coach'

    Craig T. Nelson, perhaps still most identified with the comically oafish and bumbling title character on "Coach" (1989–97), insists his lifelong career on television has in no way curtailed other options.