Character-Building Experience: "It's a kind of alchemical process," says actor John Lithgow about the process of creating a role. "Some of it is you, and some of it is pure calculation." WVIZ/PBS ideastream hide caption

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Rodrigo Garcia is the son of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He previously directed the film Nine Lives and various episodes of HBO's In Treatment and Six Feet Under. Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena is the central figure in the Oscar-winning documentary short Music by Prudence, premiering on HBO on May 12. HBO hide caption

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Annette Bening has received three Oscar nominations for her roles in Being Julia, American Beauty and The Grifters. Ralph Nelson/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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