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Thandie Newton

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When it comes time to pick projects, Thandie Newton needs to digest not just her character but a pic's entire plotline. "I don't go into projects led by a role or just one element," she says. "I look…

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Rachel McAdams

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Rachel McAdams has played her fair share of love interests ("The Notebook," "The Wedding Crashers") and excels at being the bad girl ("The Hot Chick," "Mean Girls"), but she favors the latter -- the…

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Michelle Yeoh

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For an actress used to exhaustive martial-arts action -- the genre in which she first came to global prominence through such films as "Supercop" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" -- succumbing to…

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Amy Adams

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There's a tradition of finely drawn, regionally specific indie films that launch major actresses -- think Renee Zellweger in the Texas-set "The Whole Wide World" or Ashley Judd in the Florida…

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Gong Li

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Poised to burst onto the landscape of Western cinema, Gong Li has tackled her second English-language endeavor, Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha," with memorable results.

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Lookback: Faye Dunaway

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Starting in the late '60s through the following decade, a period when studio polish and artistic merit weren't necessarily mutually exclusive, Faye Dunaway's star power was at its zenith. Looking…

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It 'Works for Par

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There's a little matter to settle in Paramount Pictures' surprise buyout of DreamWorks: a library sale that Par brass hopes will bring as much as $1 billion to the studio's coffers. Tom Freston and…

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Bows bank niche riches

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It was a record breaking weekend in the limited-release realm, as "Brokeback Mountain" and "Memoirs of a Geisha" both posted spectacular bows. Focus' gay cowboy drama scored the highest per-screen…

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B'cast crix back 'Brokeback'

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"Brokeback Mountain" staked an early place on year-end critics' lists, leading the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. nominations with eight nominations, including picture, director, actor, supporting…

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