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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John Lithgow, Talking Shakespeare And His Father

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'Lazarus Effect' Tells Of Victory In AIDS Fight

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Common, Sanaa Hamri Get It 'Just Wright'

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Court Documentary Traces The Legacy Of 'Borking'

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'Best Worst Movie' Star Famous For Something Awful

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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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A Novelist's Son Finds His Own Voice On-Screen

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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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Prudence Mabhena: Out Of Struggle, A Soaring Voice

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Director Finds Parallels, Differences In 4 'Babies'

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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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A 'Mother' With Scars, And The Man Who Made Her

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'Friends' Fame Lets Kudrow Choose Own Projects

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The Abramoff Saga: Reads Like A Movie, And Now It Is

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Indie Favorite Catherine Keener On 'Please Give'

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Oliver Platt 'Gives' His All On Film, TV And Stage

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Better Known For 'Birds,' Tippi Hedren Prefers Cats

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'Into Eternity' Examines Nuclear Waste Dilemma

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