Emmy Awards

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Helen Mirren

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It's somehow fitting that in the past year, Helen Mirren won a slew of awards -- including an Oscar, a BAFTA, an Emmy and a pair of Golden Globes -- for playing not one but two Queen Elizabeths, I…

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Susanne Bier

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Critics have often praised the films of Susanne Bier as if their voyeur-like intimacy and organic emotions were secret pleasures. But the Danish helmer, the latest star to emerge from the Dogma…

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Marjane Satrapi

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In relating a young woman's experiences growing up in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the black-and-white animated feature "Persepolis" doesn't exactly mince words. Neither does Marjane…

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Tina Fey

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Tina Fey arrived at "Saturday Night Live" in 1997 and toiled on the NBC landmark show for nine years. That's a lot of all-nighters in Lorne Michaels' office, "Weekend Update" skits, presidential…

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Christine Ebersole

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At the Tony Awards ceremony June 10, Christine Ebersole arguably gave the evening's best performance, singing "The Revolutionary Costume for Today" from "Grey Gardens." And she arguably gave the best…

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Joan Didion

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The end of Joan Didion's happy and fruitful marital and literary collaboration with fellow writer John Gregory Dunne came swiftly. "Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant," Didion wrote…

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Donna Murphy

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In his review of "LoveMusik," Variety's David Rooney wrote that Donna Murphy as the iconic Lotte Lenya is "all cool looks, gangly limbs and swaggering vulgarity ... a brilliant caricature ennobled by…

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Naomi Kawase

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Naomi Kawase has been tagged Japan's leading woman director since her first feature, "Suzaku," won the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 1997. But that might be considered a dubious distinction, given the…

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Adrienne Shelly

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It's a bittersweet notion for all of those who worked with and knew writer-director-actress Adrienne Shelly that her final feature film, "Waitress," was also the work that finally introduced her…

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Thelma Schoonmaker

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People intuitively understand what directors, actors and cinematographers do, but not so much the job of an editor, says Thelma Schoonmaker. That's one of the reasons the three-time Oscar winner (her…

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Pilar Revuelta

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Pilar Revuelta's film roots, working on short films with friends, are more collegial than academic. "We did it on the weekends and everyone did a little bit of everything," she remembers. "It's kind…

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