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    Page to Screen

    Back Stage caught up with journalist and author Lawrence Wright to talk about the documentary based on Wright's one-man show, "My Trip to Al-Qaeda," as well as his unexpected transformation from writer to actor. 

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    Not-So-Simple Sara

    Being an executive producer for a TV show is an exhausting undertaking. Just ask Sara Finney-Johnson, whose current UPN Monday-night hit, The Parkers, has enjoyed an impressive five-year run.

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    Blind Faith

    The blind submission of the classic headshot, résumé, and cover letter package to agents and casting directors is an act on par with buying a lottery ticket. Although you may not know anybody personally who has gotten representation or work this way, there is evidence that it works just often ...

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    'Cliff' Hanger

    Woo has the distinction of being one of the very few directors—Ang Lee being another—who has experienced substantial commercial success in Asia and America.

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    'Park' Life

    In "Parks and Recreation" Ansari regularly steals scenes as Tom Haverford, a wily, self-centered government official who wears his underachiever persona like a badge of honor.

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    Shop Clerk to Star

    Studios might experience a sudden influx of actors applying for positions at their gift stores. As the story has been told, actor Derek Luke was working at the Sony Pictures gift shop where, unbeknownst to him, he befriended Antwone Fisher, whom he would later portray in Denzel Washington's directorial ...

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    His Way

    Some say fame changes a person. I hoped that was not the case with Billy Bob Thornton, with whom I first had the pleasure of speaking five years ago when Sling Blade was about to put him on the map. Back then, at the beginning of the wave of attention ...

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    Complicated Character

    "I loved playing him," said Val Kilmer of his recent character, Danny Parker, in The Salton Sea. "He's obsessed and broken, like Hamlet. He doesn't know quite what to do, although he seems to know very clearly what to do. He's a complicated character."

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    Well-Versed

    Joan Allen sort of snuck up on America when it wasn't looking. She may be blessed with a timeless beauty and talent to spare, but it took moviegoers awhile to catch on that she was something special. It started with poignant turns as the understanding spouse in Tucker: The ...

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    Serving His Material

    Back Stage West recently caught up with the New York-based Steve Buscemi while he was visiting Los Angeles to promote his second feature directorial effort, Animal Factory, based on the novel by reformed felon and ex-convict Edward Bunker, who co-produced the film and adapted the screenplay with Buscemi. Animal Factory ...