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    Dream Catcher

    In an industry where innovative ideas and originality are rare and elusive, the Versailles, France,–born Michel Gondry is considered a comet, blasting his way through music videos, commercials, and films and setting the bar higher each time for imitators. Many who have gone from directing music videos and commercials ...

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    She's No Angel

    Actresses tend to be described in physical terms: dazzling, luscious, flawless. Upon meeting Claudia Shear, currently starring as Mae West in the Pasadena Playhouse production of her play Dirty Blonde, the first adjective that might pop into one's head is "effectual." When our original meeting place, a hotel pub ...

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    The Nicholas Brothers

    For me the dancing Nicholas Brothers always seemed to be the spice in the broth of 1940s movie musicals, the cherry on Fred Astaire's smooth frosting, the piquancy in Gene Kelly's homey stews.

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    All of Her

    Great actors bring all of themselves to any role. In the case of Helen Mirren, that's a lot—decades of both wild living and sedate gardening, and a dizzyingly diverse career, from Shakespeare to soft porn, from itinerant avant-garde theatre to the BBC detective thriller she's still best ...

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    VIDEO: An Evening With... 'Me and Orson Welles'

    Back Stage recently talked to actor Christian McKay about his role in the film "Me and Orson Welles," as part of the 'Evening With...' series.

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    First Love

    Anna Chlumsky is a native Chicagoan and proud of it. But despite hailing from one of the improv comedy capitals of the world, she never formally trained in the art.

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    Hugh Laurie: 'House' Calls

    Hugh Laurie can play dumb like nobody's business. Best known for his naïve befuddlement in classic English series such as Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, the actor took stupidity to sublime new heights. So it's interesting to find Laurie so good at being smart, playing the brilliant but ...

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    'Unexpected' Stardom

    Shiri Appleby began her acting career at the tender age of 3, starring in cheery commercials for breakfast cereals and fast-food chains.

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    Prize Pupil

    Carey Mulligan honed her patience waiting for "An Education" to get green-lighted. She read for it "about three or four times," she says, one of which was opposite fellow star Peter Sarsgaard.

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    Independent Means

    A Q&A with Film Independent’s executive director, Dawn Hudson about the organization's mission to nurture and support independent filmmakers and celebrate their work.