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    Defining Moments

    I find it difficult not to bring up the events of Sept. 11 when doing press interviews these days. That is because many of us in the industry feel a little silly talking about such relatively unimportant things as movies. Laura Dern, thankfully, reminded me that as much as our ...

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    The Anti-Professional

    Famed writer/director Jim Jarmusch, to the surprise of many of his fans, prefers to call himself an amateur. "I consider myself an amateur filmmaker, not a professional one, because the root of the word 'amateur' is lover of something, of a form, and 'professional' means you do it for ...

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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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    Waiting to 'Inhale'

    Better known for playing charming romantic leads, Dermot Mulroney has recently turned his attention to a darker, deeper role, in the thought-provoking "Inhale."

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    'Hereafter' and Now

    Peter Morgan owes his writing career to an attack of stage fright. "I sat backstage and said, 'I never want to do this again.'"

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    What Matters

    There was a time when I thought I wanted to know how Sean Penn does what he does onscreen. I've since reconsidered. To question certain actors about their acting is to potentially spoil the magic that a master artist is able to conjure. Even if I still wished to ...

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    Keeping 'Vigil'

    While the 84-year-old Minneapolis native has never played a silent character before, her preparation for this part is basically the same as for any other.

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    Committed

    Having honed his dramatic chops on "The West Wing," Dulé Hill grounds his "Psych" performance amid off-the-wall situations that also reveal him as a gifted physical comedian.

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    It's a Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark World

    "The Girl Who Played With Fire" director Daniel Alfredson talks about taking over the series' reins and working with lead actors Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist