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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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    William Sadler: Face Time

    You probably recognize William Sadler, but it may take you a few minutes to figure out where you know him from. Perhaps it's his well-nuanced supporting turn in The Shawshank Redemption. No?

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    'Flight' of Imagination (and Hard Work)

    "It was the red seats," admits Charlayne Woodard, on a break from rehearsals for the premiere of her first multicharacter play, Flight, opening this weekend at Center Theatre Group's new Kirk Douglas Theatre. This was an understandably unexpected response to a question about what made the actor try her ...

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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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    And Now for Something Completely Different

    Ansari has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years, despite being only 26. The American Indian made his mark at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and won a standup award at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006.

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    Deja View

    Playwright Brian Christopher Williams was terrified of Anita Bryant. Granted, a 69-year-old, twice-bankrupt former Miss America is the last person you'd expect would strike fear into anyone's heart.

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    Mr. Jonze's 'Wild' Ride

    Director Spike Jonze has delved into the mind of John Malkovich and captured the most realistic  portrayal of writer's block ever seen on screen. But for his third film, he wanted a challenge.

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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 ...