Cinema: How To Make A Score

Brando fights, De Niro stages heists and Norton does rewrites. Hey, no one said a film was easy

As a young puppeteer, Frank Oz provided the voice for Miss Piggy and Yoda. As a movie director, he built a reputation as one of the best comedy craftsmen in Hollywood, with films like In & Out, Bowfinger and the musical gem Little Shop of Horrors. But Oz, who's actually a very serious fellow, always longed to prove himself at drama, to get his hands on something "dark and gritty."

Two years ago, he found a project that promised to be just the ticket: The Score, a crime flick that opens this week. And he didn't just get a cast, he...

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