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    Girl Director Almost Barred from Own Film at Venice

    The 14-year-old Iranian girl, Hana Makhmalbaf, whose first feature film debuted at the 60th Venice Film Festival Thursday, was almost barred from attending her own premiere.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    Two mediators have been named in a bid to restart stalled labor talks between Canadian actors and North American producers. Stephen Waddell, national executive director and lead negotiator for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists, said Nov. 2 that the Quebec Labor Board named Richard Champagne in ...

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    ith the ever-present digital readout at the

    ith the ever-present digital readout at the bottom of the screen, Fox's 24 literally has to work like clockwork or the whole thing breaks down (cue the mountain lion!); and if the show is a precision timepiece, each cast member is a moving part that must function perfectly every ...

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    Keeping the 'Dream' Alive

    Filmmaker Bill Condon is a gentle, unassuming man. When he says, "I don't know what I'll be doing next; at the moment, nothing," he is simply being honest. It still hasn't registered that 'Dreamgirls' is one of the hottest movies of the season.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    SAG's national board met this week to vote on approving Santa Clara University law professor Steve Diamond as the union's new national executive director. Diamond would take over about seven months after the board fired Greg Hessinger in a political showdown between National President Alan Rosenberg's faction ...

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    Nijinsky From the Hamburg Ballet

    Numerous attributes are credited to the legendary Nijinsky, the most acclaimed dancer of the 20th century. In his short career, he not only achieved fame as a dancer, he created four ballets: "L'Après-midi d'un Faune," "Jeux," "Le Sacre du printemps," and "Till Eulenspiegel." With these, he established new ...

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    The Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men was named best film Dec. 5 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. Tim Burton won best director for Sweeney Todd, George Clooney was named best actor for Michael Clayton, and Julie Christie earned best actress for Away From Her ...

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    William Hurt Hurtling to 'Hulk' Cast

    William Hurt has joined the all-star cast of Marvel Studios' "The Incredible Hulk."

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    Like Sally Field when she won the Oscar in 1985,

    Like Sally Field when she won the Oscar in 1985, it may be hard for you to believe that the buttoned-up corporate managers who keep the gleaming wheels of big business turning really do like having actors—highly creative, emotional beings with one foot on the pavement and the other ...