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    NYC Fringe Fest Bounces Back

    The New York International Fringe Festival is rising, phoenixlike, out of its recent economic doldrums. Back Stage has learned not only that applications for this year's eighth annual cavalcade of the cool and curious scored new highs, but, more important, the festival has implemented fiscal and structural changes designed ...

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    Keener Charged with a 'Crime' Role

    Catherine Keener and Ellen Page will star inAn American Crime, a gritty drama about the abuse, torture, and death of a 16-year-old girl in 1965.

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    Corsets as Metaphor

    Actress Viola Davis does not feel that the issues her character, Esther, faces in "Intimate Apparel" are all that dated, despite the play's time frame of 1905. Davis is, however, perturbed by something else. "What affects me is the image of the dark-skinned African-American woman as plain. Often that ...

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    Cusack, Others to Solve 'Kit Kittredge' Mystery

    Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond and Wallace Shawn are the latest to be added to the formidable ensemble cast for the Depression-era feature "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery."

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    L.A. Film Fest Celebrates 10 Years

    The Los Angeles Film Festival will kick off its 10th year with a screening of writer/director/star Zach Braff's Garden State June 17. The 10-day festival will close June 26 with The Clearing, starring Robert Redford and Helen Mirren. The festival will screen nearly 200 narrative features, documentaries ...

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    Hollywood Unions Tell It to the FCC

    Leaders of the Hollywood unions decried media consolidation before all five FCC Commissioners at the Commission's first public hearing yesterday afternoon.

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    Clooney Scores Double Play of New Projects

    George Clooney will earn his stripes with the Warner Bros. family. The actor-director-producer has signed on to two high-profile projects with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Independent Pictures.

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    Art may be good for the soul, but it seems acting

    Art may be good for the soul, but it seems acting is also good for the brain. Helga and Tony Noice of Elmhurst College in Illinois have been testing, researching, and writing about actors' remarkable memories for most of their 36-year marriage. Tony, an actor and theatre professor, has found ...

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