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    Unmanning Shakespeare

    If you're a woman who has always secretly longed to play Hamlet or Othello, come on out of the closet. In a reversal that's no more than divine justice—considering that in Shakespeare's time women did not appear onstage—there are now companies on both coasts (and ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Dark Man Lightens Up

    Dark and twisted may best describe the films of Sam Raimi—in terms of settings, as well as plots. From the bizarre and bloody camp of his Evil Dead trilogy to the backwoods thrillers A Simple Plan and the soon-to-be-released The Gift, Raimi's reputation has been built in the ...

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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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    '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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    Reading Is Fundamental

    You've got the role. Rehearsals start tomorrow, or in three weeks, or next fall. You pick up the script. It's time for those first careful, solitary perusals. At this stage of the process, what should you, the actor, be looking for as you read?

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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.