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    Kafka Thing

    "Kafka Thing," presented by and at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. (Also Sun. 3 p.m. Feb. 27, Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 3 & 17.) Dark Feb. 16, Apr. 6 & 13.) Feb. 12-Apr. 17. $20.50-25. (310) 477-2055.

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    From a Word to Award

    There is a comforting angst to the life of a writer. Up in the morning not too early, coffee and newspaper, followed by several hours of weeping and gnashing of teeth over the laptop, a solitary lunch, another couple of hours of phone calls and emails, followed by a trip ...

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    Newsview: How 'Baby' Grew to Be a Champ

    Every cent that made up the estimated $116 million budget of "The Aviator" was evident on screen, from its soaring flying sequences to its depiction of the lavish lifestyle Howard Hughes led alongside his cohorts and conquests.

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    Size Matters

    It's more than a bit ironic that Kirstie Alley'aFat Actressshould premiere next Monday, the day after the conclusion of Eating Disorders Awareness Week in America.Fat Actresstakes the concept of food and weight issues to grotesque new depths.

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    Stuntmen Leap for Oscar

    Hollywood's stunt coordinators, the Screen Actors Guild, and a host of celebrities are voicing the need for an award for stuntmen.

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    New Film Magazine Being Tested

    Entertainment Weekly is planning to try out a new celebrity magazine called Look, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.

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    Baal

    "Baal," presented by Yale Cabaret Hollywood at MBar, 1253 N. Vine St., Hollywood. Variable schedule. Feb. 2-Mar. 6. $25 (buffet and performance). (323) 856-0036.

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    'Spotless Mind,' 'Sideways' Win Writers Guild Honors

    "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Sideways" were the big winners for screenwriting Saturday night at the 57th annual Writers Guild Awards. The WGA West fete was held at the Hollywood Palladium simultaneously with a ceremony staged by the WGA East at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

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    Pragmatism as an Aesthetic

    Despite the soaring costs of producing a Broadway musical, producer Stewart Lane asserts that within the last 10 years, it's a business that has become very "attractive financially, precisely because the corporate world has gotten involved. God bless Disney and the Disneyfication of 42nd Street. It has created a ...

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    'Flight' of Imagination (and Hard Work)

    "It was the red seats," admits Charlayne Woodard, on a break from rehearsals for the premiere of her first multicharacter play,Flight, opening this weekend at Center Theatre Group's new Kirk Douglas Theatre. This was an understandably unexpected response to a question about what made the actor try her ...