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    Every actor needs top training. Back Stage has listings for great acting schools and coaches near you.

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    Michael Douglas is remarkably low-key—from

    Michael Douglas is remarkably low-key—from introducing himself to the reporter (as if she might not know who he is) to admitting that he was "never a natural actor and puked into the wastebasket before going on stage as a young man. Acting never came easy to me. I was ...

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    Cannes Abuzz over Seinfeld's 'Bee Movie'

    Forget the tuxedo. Jerry Seinfeld made his big appearance at the Cannes Film Festival wearing a fuzzy bumblebee suit and black tights, in honor of his "Bee Movie," the latest animated film to dramatize the secret life of a pesky insect.

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    Buying Used Electronics: Where's the Deal?

    Scan the pages of Craigslist (www.craigslist.org) or try the "used" option on Amazon.com and you'll find a thrilling assortment of "preowned" stuff—such as books, CDs, DVDs, even electronics—for way-below-retail prices. I regularly buy great stuff in "like new" condition without the hassle of a ...

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    illy West enjoys talking to himself. The actor

    illy West enjoys talking to himself. The actor has had that distinctive pleasure on such shows as Ren & Stimpy, on which he voiced the two title characters, and Doug, which had him playing sweet-natured Doug Funnie and rotten bully Roger Klotz.

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    Breakout talents

    The Sundance Film Festival is always fertile ground for spotting exciting new talent, and this year's fest was no exception, showcasing several breakthrough performances from up-and-coming actors. Their films are diverse, with genres ranging from gross-out horror comedy to quiet family-based drama, but these actors have at least one ...

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    Independent Film Showcase: Bangkok. Colin

    Independent Film Showcase: Bangkok. Colin Drobnis' film about an ex-soldier who embarks on a post-discharge journey to Southeast Asia, where his MIA father disappeared. A discussion with Drobnis and other cast and crew members will follow. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $10. (323) 466-3456 ...

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    Star Wars Show: From Dark Side to Funny Side

    With The Force with him, actor Charles Ross ended up performing his one-man Star Wars trilogy show to 30,000 fans at film conventions across the United States.

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    Study: Brighter Picture for Movie Industry

    After a disappointing 2005, the six major companies have received official confirmation that their all-media revenue from filmed entertainment expanded by 8% in 2006 to reach $42.6 billion.