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    Unions Blast "Racist" Ad From RSA

    The actors strike against the ad industry turned ugly Thursday as union leaders and their supporters expressed outrage and horror at a "blatantly racist and sexist" ad taken out by directors Tony and Ridley Scott's commercial production company, RSA USA. The Scott brothers issued a sincere apology last Thursday ...

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    LAUGHING MATTERS: Battling "Bringer" Burnout

    In recent months, I've received mail about Back Stage Editor In Chief Sherry Eaker's "Center Stage" column from Nov. 6, in which she gave common-sense advice about club scams and asked me to comment on "bringer" shows. I want to thank you for trying to keep me up ...

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    "AFTER THE AFFAIR"

    Shawn Magnuson (dir.) is accepting submissions for After the Affair, a film for LMU. Prod. Kristin Kelly. Shoot starts Apr. 2. There is no pay.

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    Treasure Trove and Minefield

    The weeklong IFFM is both a treasure trove and a minefield for the new filmmaker. The 400 projects this year ranged from full-length feature films and documentaries to shorts, works in progress and scripts, plus a daily screening of students' short films from various film schools around the country.

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    "Surviving HIV" Conference

    "Surviving Multiple Losses from HIV/AIDS: Sustaining Creative Energy," a day-long conference sponsored by HIV Arts Network, the Actors' Fund of America, and Dancers Responding to AIDS, will be held on Thurs., May 22, 10 am-4:30 pm, at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th St ...

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    NEW YORK NOTES: "No Bull" Market - The artificial Tonys go belly up, but the value of honest Off-Broadway family shows rises.

    Well, all I can say about the Tonys is it was probably more fun being in the pressroom listening to the reporters making caustic comments-like the robots on Mystery Science Theatre 3000-than being in the Gershwin Theatre having to keep a respectful silence. During that weird reader's theatre play-montage ...

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    WELCOME TO L.A : Actors who've made it big and actors who've just made it here describe everything you need to know about the Hollywood initiation period.

    Actors flock to Los Angeles every day for the obvious reasons. Hollywood is the mecca of film and television production. Lively small theatres dot the landscape. Successful Broadway musicals venture out West to the Music Center, the Shubert, or the Pantages. The weather is suitable for tanning and everyone knows ...

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR : Lane Smith Act Fast

    When veteran actor Lane Smith was in the Army, he was assigned to Tracking Station #8 in Santiago, Chile to help track the orbit of the first American space satellite, Explorer I. But then the U.S.S.R. beat the Americans into space by launching Sputnik I and II ...

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    "Ballyhoo" and Brotherly Love: Alfred Uhry's Olympic Premiere

    thought, there's three disparate elements: Hitler. Christmas. And Scarlett O'Hara. This is a field that I can deal with!" declares Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning writer Alfred Uhry, in a puckish humor about his latest play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo."

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    FACE TO FACE: Louis LaRusso II - Sweating for "Sweatshop"

    Writer-director Louis LaRusso II stresses that "Sweatshop" is a period piece and should be viewed in that context. Set in a Hoboken dressmaking factory circa 1958, "Sweatshop" tells the story of 10 female sewing machine operators in conflict over whether or not they should unionize. Mary, the central figure, based ...