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    How Making a Movie Is Like Making Theater

    Shira Piven discusses how directing her first feature film "Fully Loaded" is just like directing for the theater.

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    Underwear Only, Please

    I'm wearing a billowy blue mini-dress and heels, in full makeup, my hair prepped. I picked this outfit on purpose—so I can disrobe easily. Why? I have a commercial audition.

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    Putting Yourself Out There

    "Recognize the event that's taking place," he said. "You're being impertinent in the face of the opportunity of your lifetime. I'm about to make you a star."

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    Playing My Idol Buster Keaton is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done

    Actor French Stewart discusses tackling Buster Keaton in "Stoneface," which starts performances at Sacred Fools on May 25.

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    Why You Shouldn't Ask a Playwright for a Rewrite. Yet.

    Playwright Jonathan Tolins, who wrote the acclaimed "Buyer & Cellar" starring Michael Urie, shares how actors can best work with playwrights.

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    Sex, Lies and Shakespeare

    The whole concept seemed funky: An untitled, Shakespeare-themed indie film that would use a variety of characters and stories from his different plays aimed at a young-adult audience.

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    How I Wrote About Sleeping My Way To The Middle

    Comedian Kevin Pollack shares his journey of taking his book from concept to reality.

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    Trying to Quit Acting: The Movie

    The universe seems to want me to be an actress. Yet it continually puts lots of obstacles in my way, and causes me to doubt my career choice. Does the universe have a sense of humor, or malice?

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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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    Setting Me Free

    Something was really wrong. I felt disturbed and abandoned by my own body. Please make this stop. I pleaded and then cried in the hallway. Alone. Panic gripped me.