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    The Acting Corps, Los

    The Acting Corps, Los Angeles

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    Director Wants to Withdraw Guilty Plea

    John McTiernan, director of such hit movies as "Die Hard" and "The Thomas Crown Affair," requested a withdrawal of his guilty plea in a Hollywood wiretaps case.

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    "There are some actors that contact me on every project I begin. If I have a role for them, I will bring them in."

    hrinking violets seldom land leading roles, so perseverance is generally viewed as an admirable trait in actors—within reason. New York–based casting director Avy Kaufman, who has assisted in hiring actors for The Sixth Sense, Garden State, Brokeback Mountain, and Capote, acknowledges that some actors—but not all—worry ...

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    he 1960s rock music, clearly inspired by the

    he 1960s rock music, clearly inspired by the iconic Motown sound, is undoubtedly Dreamgirls' nostalgic centerpiece, but it is the actors—their luminous interpretations and, most central, their interactions—who evoke the music scene in a turbulent decade awash in social unrest and racial conflict. Based on the Broadway hit ...

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    Nobbs grew up in a small, "homogenous" Texas town

    Nobbs grew up in a small, "homogenous" Texas town called Kingwood, a suburb of Houston. He performed in some musicals as a young boy, but until his family relocated to Queens, N.Y., in 1994, he harbored no great desire to be an actor. He was set to enroll as ...

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    Extending Your Dance Career

    "There were many more-talented dancers than me out there, but lots of them didn't sustain careers in dance because they didn't have what was needed to live the artist's life," says Bonnie Oda Homsey, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company.

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    Casting directors Betsy Capes and Dani Super also teach and coach actors, so they can recognize talent beneath an audition façade. "We're able to identify an actor's abilities beyond the 10-minute adjustment," says Super. Adds Capes, "We intuitively know who has the chops and who doesn't."

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    Stay Ahead: Back Stage Digital Edition

    Back Stage Digital Edition is an electronic extension of both newspapers -- and it's available by subscription before the newspaper even hits the newsstands!

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    Woody Allen Cancels Movie Shoot in Paris

    France's film commission is disappointed: Woody Allen won't shoot his next movie in Paris after all.

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    Critic's Picks

    ¥ Adam and Eva Marie, presented by and at the Actors Art Theatre, 6128 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Indefinitely. (213)