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    Agnes Is at It Again

    "Agnes de Mille's work represents an important period of American choreography that has been lost," says choreographer Liza Gennaro, daughter of Broadway and television choreographer Peter Gennaro. "What she did in terms of movement innovation and finding a movement language for a character is something you rarely see in ...

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    Dating Famous

    She bats her perfectly mascara'd eyelashes, as if she'd been planning this moment her whole life. She then asks my boyfriend for his autograph. Great. Models are fighting over my boyfriend. Right in between the cookbooks and self-help.

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    Instincts

    I finally drummed up the courage to ask him what I really wanted to know: Why he had cast me out of all the dozens of young women he'd seen at the casting calls. "Because you were the only one who trusted yourself in the audition," he said.

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    Intimate Acting

    Just like fashion and car design, commercial styles have changed over the decades. And since 1953, the year of the first Screen Actors Guild commercials contract, actors have been adapting.

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    Northern Exposers

    Casting directors Kathy Mooney and Janet Pound came together last May to form Michigan's Pound & Mooney Casting. Their credits include the Michigan casting for Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino and the upcoming films Whip It!, directed by Drew Barrymore; Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera; Demoted, with Sean Astin ...

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    Replacing in a Role

    Actors replace other actors in long-running shows in a variety of circumstances, most of them fraught in one way or another. Some actors follow the role's originator, others have to play iconic characters, and still others must tackle particularly difficult parts.

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    Playing Cops (and Robbers Too)

    Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I played a police officer on stage. I immediately discovered why cops walk in that funny, lumbering way: It's the holster. It gets in the way of holding your arms straight down at your sides.

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    They Don't Call It 'Show Art'

    When it comes to the age - old dilemma of art versus commerce, young actors are likely to hear advice that falls anywhere between those two extremes. No wonder they're confused.

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    Caitlin Gold

    Caitlin Gold works hard. The Toronto native checks BackStage.com for casting notices every day and submits herself for every character that even somewhat matches her description.

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    Preparing Your Own Return

    Every year, I caution people to be careful about preparing their own tax returns. Coming from a tax preparer, this advice may appear self-serving, but it isn't. Just the other day, something happened that called into question the idea, so heavily promoted in TV ads, that doing your own ...