By Karen Valby and Missy Schwartz
Updated October 11, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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She may take dictation while getting spanked by James Spader in Secretary, but lately Maggie Gyllenhaal is honing more refined talents. To prep for next fall’s Mona Lisa Smile, she and costars Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst have been sent to finishing school in Manhattan for two weeks. ”It sounds like fun,” says the actress, 24, who plays a 1953 Wellesley College student studying under free-spirited prof Julia Roberts. ”You learn to fox-trot and put your napkin on your lap.” But don’t expect Smile’s Oscar-winning costar — already the picture of Hollywood grace — to sit through any etiquette lessons. ”Julia isn’t going,” says Gyllenhaal. ”She’s already finished.” — Missy Schwartz and Karen Valby

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”It was different for me to be hosting as opposed to leaving the show early to go to a bar after we lose.” — Late Night host CONAN O’BRIEN, reflecting on his well-received Emmy gig

Mona Lisa Smile

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  • PG-13
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  • 119 minutes
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  • Mike Newell

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