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Some Boston accents, like Rob Morrow's in "Quiz Show," are bad, and some, like Leonardo Di Caprio's in "The Departed," are decent. And some, like Julianne Moore's in "30 Rock," are just bewildering. Appearing on "The Daily Show" the other night to promote her new movie, "The Kids Are All Right," the actress told Jon Stewart that she based the accent of her "30 Rock" character Nancy Donovan on the dialect she heard while working at a Boston bar. "I worked in a bar called the Up and Up Lounge in Kenmore Square on top of a Howard Johnson's and that's how I learned to talk like that," said Moore, who graduated from BU's School of the Performing Arts. "Everyone was from Dorchester or Somerville." Her accent on the NBC show is funny, but it's too broad - yah cahh is ovah thayuh - to sound authentic.  

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