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    Naomie Harris Goes Back to School in 'The First Grader'

    Harris plays Jane Obinchu in the heartwarming true story of Maruge, an elderly ex-revolutionary who, in post-imperialist Kenya, seeks the basic education denied him in his youth.

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    Calling Card

    Actor Mark Setlock isn't really an employee of a high-falutin' New York City restaurant, he just plays one onstage. He plays that, plus about 30 of the most high-ego, low-I.Q. morons you'd never want to deal with, in his astoundingly successful one-man show Fully Committed.

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    Coming Homebody

    "I feel a director has a responsibility to create a safe environment so that the actor feels comfortable enough to fail. I have to be there 150 percent and listen and be honest with my feedback, and not just say, 'Oh, don't do that.' To be able to have ...

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    Almost Famous

    The first thing you should know about Billy Crudup is that he has no intentions of selling out.

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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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    From Muggle to Magician

    Second-banana roles seem the most thankless. They also don't necessarily help an actor get the girls. But 14-year-old Rupert Grint, handsome and charming in person, is for now relegated to be known the world over as the rather ungainly, rather unlucky, but heart-of-gold Ron Weasley, best friend and young ...

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    Shaw's Second Sex

    For an actress with an affinity for classics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the most pleasurable challenges, along with tackling the flawed heroines of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov, must be to play one of George Bernard Shaw's smart, loquacious, thoroughly modern Millies.

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    Play It Now, "Sam"

    Every now and then a true original comes along. This time it's in the form of Cory McAbee, whose second feature, "Stingray Sam," could be described as a musical Western set in space.

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    John Cameron Mitchell: From Hedwig to Head

    When your first film as a director, writer, and star is the hit of Sundance and snags you countless awards and accolades, what do you do for an encore? If you're John Cameron Mitchell, you hold an open casting call for actors to participate in a workshop for a ...

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    The Way We Were

    "Acting is such a test of self-confidence when there isn't such a thing as a contract," reflected studio system veteran Marsha Hunt, who acted under contract for 20 years, from 1935 through the 1950s.