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    Opening Pandora's Voice Box

    Dialect coach Carla Meyer's the one James Cameron hired in 2006 to fill an extremely particular assignment on what's now the biggest-grossing movie of all time, "Avatar."

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    Prefer Actors Working Inside Out Or Outside In?

    "Good work is good work, no matter how you get there. However, it's thrilling to witness character-building based on externals." -- Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney

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    Actors Phone Home

    By using a product like LogMeIn or GoToMyPC, your home computer appears virtually on the desktop of your work computer. Then you can do anything remotely that you might do if you were really there.

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    If You Hear From the IRS

    Everybody dreads getting mail from the Internal Revenue Service. If you do, never hesitate to open it. You would be surprised how many taxpayers put the envelope aside out of fear.

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    Insane Choice, Sane Output

    We can't wait for the mood to strike or inspiration to kick in, because we have deadlines and opening nights. We have to figure out how to rev up our imaginations on command.

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    It's Showtime

    I can hear the assistant director intone into the walkie-talkie: "This is now a 'closed set.'" In movies, closed sets happen when nudity is involved. In this case, mine.

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    Changing Your Look?

    "I open someone's headshot online and I see a multitude of hair colors...and I don't know which girl I'm bringing in," says longtime L.A. casting director Ava Shevitt.

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    Classes, Classes, Classes

    I've been taking this scene study class for about six months. I really like it, but lately I'm not sure if it's worth my money.

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    Talkin' Jazz With Ben Vereen

    A master interpreter of Fosse's style of Broadway jazz dance, Ben Vereen is also an accomplished singer and celebrated dramatic actor, perhaps best known for his performance as Chicken George in television's "Roots."

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    Give Me Your Height, Not Your Cooties

    I don't want anything smacking us in the face or taking away from your performance. You don't want to have something on your T-shirt while you're reading, because that's going to be distracting.