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    Suitable for Framing

    Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou have much more in common than meets the eye. Both have the kind of screen presence that is so intense they can disarm you in the smallest scene. They share the ability to play a deeply suffering character without a trace of sentimentality, with such ...

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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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    Getting Behind Blue

    How Karen Moncrieff went from soap star to indie film director.

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    Going for the Gold

    Jeremy Piven knows agents, as anyone who has seen his ferocious, take-no-prisoners, Emmy-nominated performance on HBO's Entourage can attest. Piven embodies the fast-talking, Viagra-swilling überagent Ari Gold with an accuracy that is frequently frightening and consistently entertaining. It's also a persona most actors are probably all too familiar ...

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    Tapping Into History

    hile most 11-year-olds occupy their free time riding bicycles and playing video games, Newark, New Jersey-born Savion Glover was busy working on his flourishing career as a tap dancer at that age. Glover made his Broadway stage debut starring as the title role in the Tony Award-winning musical The Tap ...

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    The Elephant in the Room

    Elephant, directed by Gus Van Sant, was inspired by the mass shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999. Using the routine of a an ordinary high school day as its backdrop, Van Sant worked with actual high school students to create a film that depicts the lives of average ...

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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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    Theatre's True Revolutionary

    Edward Albee, arguably our greatest living playwright, is sitting in his Tribeca loft home, pondering the lingering effects of his Tony Award–winning play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? recently playing at the Mark Taper Forum. Adamantly opposed to the idea of purposeful shock or controversy in playwriting, he ...

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    Nothing Doing

    Before I ever had my first formal acting class, I took improvisation classes. San Francisco old-timers may remember the Committee and its offshoot, the Wing, and the public workshops the Wing held in North Beach.

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    Good Company

    Although he has shared the screen with Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, and Colin Farrell, 32-year-old Gabriel Macht is not a household name—or at least not yet. Now that his latest film, A Love Song for Bobby Long, has hit theatres, Macht could become the latest "it" actor. Starring opposite ...