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    What a Buzz Mill

    How does an actor with a digital camera and a dream get his or her work seen and heard over the pablum of bizarre animation, and passionate pleas to "leave Britney alone"? Back Stage got four experts' advice about making Web videos

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    "I very much wanted classical training,

    "I very much wanted classical training, particularly one which focused on Shakespeare," says Peter Francis James. "Seeing James Earl Jones' Lear gave me the idea that it was conceivable for an African-American actor to be employable doing Shakespeare in America." Since studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in ...

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    Our View

    Like most movie fans, we at Back Stage are always interested to learn how directors make the movies we love or are eager to see. Since we constantly have actors on our minds, we are particularly curious to know how and why the casting decisions were made.

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    First Time's a "Beauty" - Writer Alan Ball's experience with his first produced screenplay, American Beauty, couldn't have been better.

    Alan Ball realizes he's been extremely fortunate. After all, most writers, especially those having their first film script produced, are not able to participate in the project once their screenplay has been optioned. Ball is one of those rare exceptions. As the Oscar-nominated writer of American Beauty, he not ...

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    Long Live the Kings! and BAM Revamps: Happenings in Brooklyn

    The block of 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues is not the only place in New York City where dilapidated theatres deserve renovation--and Bruce Paul Friedman wants the public, the city, and developers everywhere to know

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    University Buys Historic Ohio Theater

    When this college town's only movie theater was poised to become a Chinese restaurant, an unexpected party stepped in to save

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    book REVIEW

    Well-organized and thorough, this book is a helpful resource for any college-bound high school student interested in a film, television, or digital media program, or anyone seeking to continue studies in a similarly focused graduate program. Before listing 556 programs at 215 colleges and universities nationwide, the book offers common-sense ...

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    NewsWire...

    Byrne Piven, a renowned actor, director, and, most importantly, teacher and lover of the theatre, died on Feb. 18, in St. Francis Hospital of Evanston. He was 72.

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    A Flea In Her Ear

    "A Flea in Her Ear," presented by Two of a Kind Productions at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. July 20-Sept. 8. $18. (818) 366-6538.

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    "BODY CHECKS" IN AUDITIONS?

    Back Stage Westis interested in speaking with actors--male and female--who have been asked in auditions to have "body checks" or "breast checks" or to disrobe in any way for producers, directors, or casters.