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Interview: Even in Smaller Roles, "Ringer"'s Ioan Gruffudd Makes a Big Impression

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How did The CW get a movie star like Ioan Gruffudd to do one of their TV shows, much less in a supporting role?

It helps when the show is as terrific as the show in question, Ringer (my pick for the single best new show of the reason, at least based on the pilot), and when it stars Sarah Michelle Gellar in her much-anticipated return to the small screen.

It probably also helps that Gruffudd made his first big splash on television, in Hornblower, a series of eight movies made for British TV between 1998 and 2003. That role helped him land what's probably his most high-profile role to date, Mister Fantastic in the two Fantastic Four movies.

And this summer, in a brief but very memorable turn as a "wet work" expert in Horrible Bosses, Gruffudd proved once and for all that he isn't above taking a smaller role when
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Sugarman eyes 'Queen's' crown for New Line pic

Sugarman eyes 'Queen's' crown for New Line pic
Indie director Sara Sugarman is in early negotiations to make her studio feature debut at the helm of New Line Cinema's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Based on the Dyan Sheldon novel, Drama Queen will star Hilary Duff as a New York teenager who reinvents herself when she is forced to move to a New Jersey suburb. The film was adapted for the big screen by Gail Parent and is being produced by Jerry Leider and Robert Shapiro. Although Drama Queen will mark Sugarman's studio feature debut, she has directed several indie features, including Very Annie Mary and Mad Cows. She also has appeared as an actress in Sid and Nancy and the British television series Grange Hill.

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