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    BACKLOT BUZZ

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    NON-UNION TV/VIDEO"LA CORTE FAMILIAR"

    Marco De Luca (prod.) is accepting submissions for La Corte Familiar, a Spanish-language divorce court show. Shoot starts Mar. There is pay.

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    Dennehy, Sternhagen in Free Reading

    Actors Brian Dennehy, Frances Sternhagen, and Anne Pitoniak will read from works by their favorite authors in a free event sponsored by TIPA, the International Project to Promote Peace and Unity Through the Arts, on Fri., July 16, at 12:30 pm. The reading, which is expected to last an ...

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    Turner Theatrical Combat Center Opens In NYC

    Veteran fight director, actor, and director Jake Turner is opening the New York Center for Cinematic and Theatrical Combat. Combining stunt combat classes with martial arts and camera acting classes, the 20-year industry veteran will share the expertise he accumulated working for the networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, as well ...

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    TALENT BEAT

    Brian Dorfman has been named director of comedy casting for ABC Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter (12/30/98). Dorfman will oversee casting of comedy series and comedy pilots at ABC. Prior to joining the network, he served as casting director at Warner Bros.

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    Lipstick Hitman - Male Tomboy Eddie Izzard Dresses Up to Slay L.A. Audiences

    Eddie Izzard, the androgynous-appearing comic from Britain who refers to himself as "a male tomboy, not a drag queen," makes his highly anticipated Los Angeles debut this week with the opening of his solo show Dress To Kill at West Hollywood's Tiffany Theatre, following sellout engagements in Toronto, Colorado ...

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    TDF Executive Director Ankles

    Theatre Development Fund, one of the nation's larger theatrical organizations, is preparing to search for a new leader as Jack Goldstein exits the executive director post.

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    THE CAST

    Scenic Designers: Marjorie Bradley Kellogg has designed two dozen Broadway shows. Heidi Ettinger, who has won Tony Awards for "The Secret Garden" and "Big River," this season did "The Triumph of Love" and "The Sound of Music." Adrianne Lobel, who began her career in the late 1970s, has designed "Passion ...

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    B'way Alliance "Moribund': Reduced-Cost Straight-Play Contract May Have Whimpered Out

    The Broadway Alliance may have quietly expired, Actors' Equity executive director Alan Eisenberg told Back Stage. "It is moribund, that's for sure," he said. "And it may have gasped its last

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    TEMPORARY SOLUTIONS: Why Performers Are Tempted by Temping

    Have you ever said you were a performer, only to hear the response "Oh, really...what restaurant do you work for?"