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    Well-Versed

    Joan Allen sort of snuck up on America when it wasn't looking. She may be blessed with a timeless beauty and talent to spare, but it took moviegoers awhile to catch on that she was something special. It started with poignant turns as the understanding spouse in Tucker: The ...

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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 ...

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    Complicated Character

    "I loved playing him," said Val Kilmer of his recent character, Danny Parker, in The Salton Sea. "He's obsessed and broken, like Hamlet. He doesn't know quite what to do, although he seems to know very clearly what to do. He's a complicated character."

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    Really Scared

    I recently watched a perfectly good stage actor indicate fear and horror by bugging out his eyes. I couldn't really blame him. Playing panic convincingly was always one of my Achilles' heels, too. I remember in one screwball comedy, no matter how much I tried to imagine that I ...

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    Shop Clerk to Star

    Studios might experience a sudden influx of actors applying for positions at their gift stores. As the story has been told, actor Derek Luke was working at the Sony Pictures gift shop where, unbeknownst to him, he befriended Antwone Fisher, whom he would later portray in Denzel Washington's directorial ...

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    Playing Doctor

    Liam Neeson is losing it. His voice, that is, that distinctive booming bass that can sound threatening and reassuring—often at the same time. Speaking to a packed audience following a screening of his new film Kinsey, in which the 52-year-old actor portrays sex researcher Alfred Kinsey from his late ...

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    Behavior Study

    In this final installment of our series on auditioning, the topic is general protocol—the kind of professional behavior that will show you off in the best possible light. Here's the breakdown.

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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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    Two-Part Harmony

    Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner's unique artistic collaboration is founded on never giving up the search.

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    VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with Henry Dittman

    In this week's edition of Behind the Scenes, Back Stage's film editor Jenelle Riley discusses upcoming movies with actor, host and writer Henry Dittman.