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    When Computers Crash

    All is not lost, however, even if you haven't backed up. When your computer crashes, some data, if not all, may be recoverable without going to an expensive data-recovery company.

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    The Play's the Thing...

    It's tough to write a critical review of Final Draft 8 when the screenwriting software—now with stage play and musical theater components—offers such elegant ease of use.

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    Turning on the Heat

    Secret societies and yacht clubs aside, Evan and I were both in the same city, in the same bar and—as it turned out—in the same business. "I'm a producer," he said shyly.

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    Les Mahoney... Got The Part!

    Sometimes a director finds an actor who is just right for a character. Other times the director finds an actor who is so right, the character itself has to change. The latter was the case for actor Les Mahoney.

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    Talbot Perry Simons...Got the Part

    When he saw the notice for "Thursday's Speaker," a SAG Ultra Low Budget feature, he knew he'd found something that would let him do what he loved.

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    Derek Lui

    It takes a brave person to leave his homeland, family, and successful career behind to pursue his dreams of stardom in Los Angeles. In 2007, Derek Lui was in Hong Kong, hosting lifestyle TV programs and movie premieres for such blockbusters as Transformers.

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    Widespread Deconstruction

    Script analysis is what you do before you embark upon character development. It's the process by which you discover the broader context within which to make your personal choices.

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    In Appreciation of the Actor

    "When writing a play, I find it helpful to imagine specific actors in the roles."

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    Crappy New Year

    For actors, there's something outright cruel about the timing of the holidays. To be asked to be thankful just as career opportunities are dwindling really rubs salt in the wound.

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    Permission to Laugh Again

    Ten years ago, "Saturday Night Live" gave a grieving America permission to laugh again. Certainly, no sane person could find humor in the horror that was Sept. 11, 2001.