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    SAG's Masur Urges Support For Merger

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES‹Screen Actors Guild president Richard Masur is appealing to SAG members to add their names to a list of high-profile and rank-and-file members who support the guild's merger with AFTRA.

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    THE CRAFT: Much Ado About Nothing - Is the Shakespeare schism of poetry vs. action really just a tempest in a teacup?

    "Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue," Hamlet advised the Players. Is it possible American actors have taken that advice a little too literally? Or, conversely, have they not taken it seriously

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    BARGAIN HUNTERS

    Nina D'Abbracci, an actress and Alexander teacher, has taught at the New Actors Workshop and is in private

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    1998 Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected five new writers to receive 1998 Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships. Each screenwriter receives $25,000 and will be honored at a gala on Nov. 12. The 1998 Nicholl Fellows in Screenwriting are Jacob A. Estes of Los Angeles ...

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    Face to Face:Lewis J. Stadlen Plays Schmuck in "Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'schmucks' "

    Lewis J. Stadlen notes that Sam Zilinsky is not as clearly defined as his former partner and now-nemesis, Davis Mizlansky, a manically driven producer turned con man. In Jon Robin Baitz's "Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'schmucks"' Stadlen as Zilinsky has his work cut out for him. The comedy with dark ...

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    BREAKOUT TALENT: Alessandro Nivola - "Face" Lessons

    Though he's played his share of "sullen, suffering, tortured types," as he puts it, Alessandro Nivola makes no complaints about his acting trajectory. Nivola, who currently portrays the seductive Henry Crawford in the current film adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, has been slowly gaining attention for his ...

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    "KALIFORNICATION"

    Tom Wozny (prod.) is accepting submissions for Kalifornication, a digital cult classic-like, rock-a-billy film about a turning point of life, tale of love, and the strength of friendship. Shoots Apr. 1. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    Eight Inducted Into Hall of Fame

    The Theater Hall of Fame has tapped eight inductees for 1999, including playwright Tom Stoppard, actress and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart, Los Angeles-based artistic director and producer Gordon Davidson, and five actors: Hal Holbrook, Robert Morse, Jerry Orbach, Frances Sternhagen, and Theresa

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    Laughing Matters- Toyota's Comedy Marathon

    IF YOU THOUGHT THE FILMING of the new version of Godzilla was the big invasion news in NYC, let me tell you there's another invader whose battle objective is to be a driving force in comedy, June 6 through 15. Yes, it's the fifth anniversary of the Toyota ...