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    Payne and Suffering

    Alexander Payne is batting a 1,000. His previous feature films—the abortion comedy Citizen Ruth, the political satire Election, and the bittersweet road trip About Schmidt—established the writer/director as a skilled storyteller who created showcase roles for actors. His simple, straightforward style celebrates the seemingly mundane, bringing ...

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    Primetime King

    For Alfred Hitchcock, it was, "Good evening." For Bernie Mac, his greeting to the television audience every week on his hit TV show comes down to one word: "America."

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    Why ‘Suffragette’ Benefitted From 6 Years of Research

    Director Sarah Gavron did the heavy lifting for her cast in terms of background research—and stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep reaped the rewards.

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    The CSA Breakdown on Jason Loftus

    A CSA member since 2007, Loftus tells Backstage about his biggest audition room pet peeves, how much he’s rooting for you, and what anyone interested in casting as a career should know.

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    1 Niche Acting Market to Add to Your Résumé

    Forget trying to book “Law & Order: SVU”—check out Law Actors, a service that hires professional actors to help attorneys enact mock trials and prep real-life cases!

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    The CSA Breakdown on Diane Heery

    Diane Heery, a CSA member since 2000, is currently represented onscreen with “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. She explains to Backstage what makes for a successful audition, what actors can do to impress her, and why she wishes she’d worked on the Harry Potter series.

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    Backstage Life With Matt Ryan of ‘Thérèse Raquin’

    Welsh actor Matt Ryan may be best known as the lead character on NBC’s short-lived “Constantine”—a role he’s poised to reprise for the CW’s “Arrow”—but he’s currently starring on Broadway as the murderous Laurent opposite Keira Knightley, Gabriel Ebert, and Judith Light in Roundabout ...

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    8 Questions With...Deidre Hall

    The “Days of Our Lives” star has been gracing our television screens as Dr. Marlena Evans for over three decades. She tells us about the one piece of advice that helps her before any public performance, her acting crush, and the one moment that’s stuck with her all these ...

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    Why ‘Carol’ Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy Values Subtext Over Sexuality

    In adapting her late friend Patricia Highsmith’s acclaimed lesbian romance, “Carol,” Phyllis Nagy knows the importance of things unsaid, as well as finding the actors who can play up to the silence.

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    The CSA Breakdown on Danielle Pretsfelder

    Danielle Pretsfelder, a CSA member since 2011, is currently the manager of talent and casting at Nickelodeon, where she’s working on such projects as “Welcome to the Wayne” and the second season of “Wallykazam!” She talks about making time for others during her downtime, the importance of being prepared ...