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    Grace Zabriskie: Methodical Madness

    "I've seen people almost question if I should be walking around free," admitted the actress the first time I interviewed her, while she was working on the 1999 L.A. premiere of Woman as Battlefield, a play about the horrors of war in the Balkans. "It's very easy ...

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    Don Cheadle: Stealing the Show

    Don Cheadle isn't Easy. In 1995's Devil in a Blue Dress, Denzel Washington plays the laidback, don't-want-any-trouble, private dick Easy Rawlins with a slow swagger and a quiet dignity. But as events start to railroad poor honest Easy in a particularly messy investigation, he's forced to ...

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    Hollywood fest reels off nominees

    Hollywood Film Festival chairman Earl Lestz revealed the nominees Monday morning for Hollywood movie, actress and actor of the year for the festival's awards. Lestz, also president of Paramount Studios Group, made the announcement at the Paramount lot in Hollywood.

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    Williams Challenges Equity

    When the notorious non-union tour of "The Sound of Music" ended its run in March, most onlookers assumed it meant an end to the fractious bickering between the tour's star, Barry Williams, and Actors' Equity Association, the national union for stage performers.

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    Louise Lasser: Justice Served

    "There's a great justice in acting, in that you get what you give," Louise Lasser told me during a recent interview. In other words, no matter how few and far between opportunities may be for an actor, when you do get the chance to shine, you have to make ...

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    Christopher Walken: Super Freak

    Whether describing his father's "very black mustache" in The Comfort of Strangers, shouting, bug-eyed, at innocent grunts in Biloxi Blues, or doing a Fred Astaire glide across a pool table to the tune of "Let's Misbehave" in Pennies From Heaven, one thing is clear—Christopher Walken is bizarre ...

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    Alyson Hannigan: Discomfort Zone

    Many TV actors are justly accused of simply playing themselves (as if that's an easy assignment), and certainly the best TV writers tailor their long-running characters to their actors' strengths and weaknesses over the years. But Alyson Hannigan, who plays Willow, the lovable Wiccan sidekick to the title heroine ...

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    Leslie Jordan: Sordid Lives, Big Dreams

    In Del Shores' film adaptation of his stage hit Sordid Lives, Leslie Jordan, playing an institutionalized drag queen named Brother Boy, savors some Shores-esque moments of character revelation, as raucous belly laughs abruptly shift into pathos. With Shores' Southern-fried autobiographic works, the professional partnership between the funny/sad clown Jordan ...

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    James Spader: Way Past Cool

    For a time nobody could play the perennial evil yuppie on-screen better than James Spader. Though memorable as the dysfunctional filmmaker Graham in 1989's sex, lies, and videotape, which won him the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and as the sleazy, drifting card sharp in 1993 ...

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    'Woman' Thesp Okay After Tumble

    Many years ago, Kander and Ebb wrote a song for Chita Rivera's cabaret act called "Why Don't They Mention the Pain?" Its point was that the physical toll of a stage career may be hidden from audiences, but the performers know all too well how ruinous it can ...