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    Anthony Anderson and Taye Diggs have taken control of their careers, and they encourage other young actors to do the same.

    Hip-hop is riding high with the impressive debut of UPN's new drama Platinum, set against the backdrop of the glamorous hip-hop lifestyle, an Oscar nomination for one of its icons, Queen Latifah, for her supporting role in Chicago, and an Oscar win for Eminem's smash single Lose Yourself ...

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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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    Danielle Panabaker: The Natural

    It's become cliché to talk about how young actors seem wise beyond their years, but Danielle Panabaker is living proof that sometimes old chestnuts ring true. When viewing her performance in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls (beginning Sat., May 28), one is immediately taken by her preternatural talent as ...

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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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    Defining Moments

    I find it difficult not to bring up the events of Sept. 11 when doing press interviews these days. That is because many of us in the industry feel a little silly talking about such relatively unimportant things as movies. Laura Dern, thankfully, reminded me that as much as our ...

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    Toronto Film Festival: A Talk with 'The Artist' Director (Video)

    One of the biggest hits on the festival circuit is "The Artist," which earned standing ovations at Cannes, Telluride, and Toronto. It's an actual silent movie, shot in black and white.

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    Friends and Family

    When Peter Sollett and Eva Vives, two 1998 graduates of New York University's film school, set out to make a short film they co-wrote called Five Feet High and Rising, about a boy's first kiss on a summer afternoon, they were disappointed by the young performers sent to ...

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    On the Verge

    Since her film debut in 1998 in the David Schwimmer comedy Kissing a Fool, Judy Greer has been working steadily, appearing in more than 20 movies in the past six years. Most recently she shared the screen with Jennifer Garner in the romantic fantasy 13 Going On 30, and she ...