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    The Anti-Professional

    Famed writer/director Jim Jarmusch, to the surprise of many of his fans, prefers to call himself an amateur. "I consider myself an amateur filmmaker, not a professional one, because the root of the word 'amateur' is lover of something, of a form, and 'professional' means you do it for ...

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    A Writer for Three Years

    We've heard of meticulous scriptwriting. But how about painstaking craftsmanship of a pitch letter? Filmmaker Tod Williams spent a full three weeks penning his letter to novelist John Irving, hoping to film Irving's massive A Widow for One Year. Three years in the planning and making, the film ...

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    Double Take

    Within minutes it becomes apparent that Charlie Sheen was born to do comedy. Bring up a film he's not proud of, and he immediately says, "I'm sorry." If you specifically mention The Big Bounce—his recent caper comedy with Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman—and say you enjoyed ...

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    A Star is Reborn

    Growing up in the small town of Ottumwa, Iowa, Tom Arnold dreamed of becoming an actor. There was just one problem. "There was no way to get there," Arnold says simply. "No one had ever done it, and if you talked about it, people thought you were crazy." Arnold's ...

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    Keeping 'Vigil'

    While the 84-year-old Minneapolis native has never played a silent character before, her preparation for this part is basically the same as for any other.

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    The Conquerer

    Morgan Freeman was born to play Nelson Mandela. Or maybe Nelson Mandela was destined to be played by Morgan Freeman.

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    VIDEO: Ted Mann from Circle in the Square

    Recently, Back Stage sat down with Theodore Mann, Artistic Director of the Circle in the Square Theater School. 

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    Waiting to 'Inhale'

    Better known for playing charming romantic leads, Dermot Mulroney has recently turned his attention to a darker, deeper role, in the thought-provoking "Inhale."

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    'Hereafter' and Now

    Peter Morgan owes his writing career to an attack of stage fright. "I sat backstage and said, 'I never want to do this again.'"

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    'Legacy' of the Future

    Meet Joseph Kosinski, the maestro behind "TRON: Legacy," the highly anticipated sequel to 1982's "TRON."