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    Topdog/Underdog

    "Topdog/Underdog," presented by the Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2:30 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-Mar. 28. $33-47. (213) 628-2772.

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    Hollywood Icons: Nostalgia with a Serious Side

    Both nostalgia and plain old fun contribute to the ubiquitous presence of biographical dramas and comedies -- with their larger-than-life personalities engaged in desperately over-the-top antics.

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    Davitian Spies Role as KAOS Baddie

    Ken Davitian, who as producer Azamat Bagatov suffered the many indignities of Borat, has joined the all-star cast of Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow's big-screen adaptation of "Get Smart."

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    Filmmaker Gordon Parks Dies at 93

    Gordon Parks left a legacy of stark and unblinking photographs, genre-forging movies, novels, poetry, music and even a ballet.

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    As a formidable matriarch in The Family Stone,

    As a formidable matriarch in The Family Stone, Diane Keaton is alternately regal and vulnerable, striking comedic and dramatic notes with ease. It's the kind of multifaceted performance that's like catnip to awards voters. Not content to rest on her laurels, Keaton also has a number of possible ...

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    COMMERCIAL BREAK

    Getting an agent should be a primary focus for any actor who wants to work in on-camera commercials. There are a number of ways an industrious actor can make his presence known to the agents who represent commercial talent. Getting an agent's attention is the first step in securing ...

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    Executive Editor Dany Margolies

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    Web, Reality TV Create New Celebrities

    The phenomenon is especially pronounced in Britain, where the fiercely competitive tabloid press requires a constant supply of celebrities — A-list, B-list, C-list and below.

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    NYC Auditions at a Glance

    Culled from the hundreds of casting notices listed daily on BackStage.com, below are this week's audition highlights, organized by East Coast and by the day the auditions are being held.

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    The New York Clown Theatre Festival. The

    The New York Clown Theatre Festival. The festival, Sept. 1–24, kicks off today from 1–5 p.m., when volunteers will be handing out free clown noses at stations along the L train route. The public is invited to get off the L train at the Brooklyn Bedford stop ...