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Brad Bird

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Until Pixar came along, clear rules dominated the world of feature animation. "You were supposed to have five songs and a public-domain story that pretty much everyone knew," explains "Ratatouille"…

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Joe Hutshing

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Popcorn and politics needn't be mutually exclusive, at least as far as Hutshing sees it. He got his start with Oliver Stone on "Born on the Fourth of July" and "JFK."

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Saoirse Ronan

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Learn how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan's name now ("sir-sha," rhymes with "inertia"), because you'll be seeing it plenty in the coming months. Born April 12, 1994, in rural Ireland, Ronan landed the…

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Ellen Page

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Unlike many of the other young performers in this issue, Ellen Page doesn't have a No. 1 album or legions of screaming tween fans. The 20-year-old Nova Scotia native is a Serious Actor, and as such…

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Gus Van Sant

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At the Toronto Film Fest, "Paranoid Park" star Gabe Nevins stands with his hands in his pockets facing away from a one-sheet emblazoned with a giant photo of his face. "It's weird," says Nevins, not…

Michael Ouweleen

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When Michael Ouweleen joined Cartoon Network in 1996, "There was a hard and fast rule of no live-action people on the network," the senior VP recalls. "I started to fudge with that because you needed…

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Up Next: Luke Eberl

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Nineteen isn't such a young age to make your first feature -- if you're in film school. For Luke Eberl, whose "Choose Connor" debuted at CineVegas in June, "Everything I learned about directing came…

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