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    From 'Sin' to 'Shark Boy'

    Director Robert Rodriguez has famously been an adherent of the do-it-yourself school of filmmaking. The story of how he made his first feature, El Mariachi, for $7,000—part of which he received for being the paid subject of drug research testing—is well-known, but people don't necessarily realize ...

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    Local Heroes

    In the past, Theatre LA's board of governors has given out two special Ovation Awards—the James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Theatre, and the Career Achievement Award—to folks with little in common.

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    On the Job

    Ned Beatty has about as many faces as the characters he's played—from a bumbling small-time politico in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville to the despotic head of a struggling broadcast company in Sidney Lumet's Network (earning Beatty his only Oscar nomination) to Lex Luthor's right-hand ...

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    Scary Business

    Shakespeare did it. So did Molière and Harold Pinter, David Mamet and Sam Shepard. Even Tennessee Williams took his turn on the stage, late in his career. So it shouldn't surprise knowledgeable audiences at Houston's Alley Theatre that an actor they saw twice has returned—as a playwright.

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    Never 'The Understudy'

    Justin Kirk is far more successful than Harry, the underemployed actor he plays in "The Understudy."

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    In With New

    "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil," a clever horror-comedy that had Sundance audiences in stitches, catapults both Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine to leading-man status.

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    Michael Urie: Onstage and Offscreen

    When the series finale of ABC's "Ugly Betty" airs April 14, devoted viewers of the dramedy will see Michael Urie as the flamboyant Marc St. James for the last time.

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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.