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Irv Slifkin

Green light for 'Philadelphia'

After nearly four years of development and several name changes, Hollywood is turning a blistering script into its first studio movie about AIDS. Directed by Jonathan Demme, who began filming in October, and budgeted by TriStar at an estimated $30 million, Philadelphia stars Tom Hanks as a young lawyer who is diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma.

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Matt Dillon's roles

Matt Dillon has always had more than a bit of the devil in him-even when he’s playing an angel. The 27-year-old actor began his career portraying aimless punks. Then he shifted to more sympathetic roles, playing angst-ridden teens with problems. In his new movie, A Kiss Before Dying, he’s back in the bad-guy mold, as a slick psycho killer. Here’s a look at the actor’s two sides in eight of his best-known roles.

The Bad Guy

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Paul Mazursky's film cameos

Having begun his career as an actor and stand-up comedian, writer-director Paul Mazursky can’t seem to shake that performing bug: He has appeared in almost every one of the 13 films he has directed. Though his appearances are brief, some of them have stolen scenes right out from under his stars. In Scenes From a Mall, observant moviegoers can spot the director’s bearded face on a book-store video monitor lauding the work of Bette Midler’s character, Dr. Deborah Feingold-Fifer. Mazursky fans will most likely remember these notable cameos.

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Danny Glover: Action hero

Danny Glover (Flight of the Intruder) is an actor who likes to combine social consciousness and challenging dramatic roles-as he did in films like The Color Purple and the recent To Sleep With Anger. But fans, it seems, like Glover more as an action hero, especially the criminal-clobbering L.A. cop of the Lethal Weapon movies, Roger Murtaugh. ”I was on a plane once,” the 43-year-old Glover recalls, ”and this guy from Shearson Lehman tells me, totally unsolicited, that Lethal Weapon is his favorite movie.

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Great Actor-Director duos

Great Actor-Director duos

Some of Hollywood’s best movies have been turned out by great actor-director duos: John Wayne and John Ford; Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder; Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. This week, another popular team, Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack, unveil their seventh collaboration. Though it’s too early to tell whether Havana will roll a lucky seven, their past projects have been met with good reviews, healthy box-office figures, 19 Academy Award nominations, and 9 Oscars — including 7 for Out of Africa.

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Straight to tape

When Saturday Night Live alumnus Christopher Guest set out to direct his first movie, The Big Picture, he had every reason to be optimistic. His film-industry spoof — about a director trying to make his first movie — had a good cast (including Kevin Bacon and Martin Short), the backing of a major studio president (David Puttnam at Columbia), and a small but workable $5 million budget.

But once the project was cleared to start production, the problems began.

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