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    '99 A Mega-Year for B.O., Media: But Fewer Films, Big Mergers, Runaway Production Must Worry SAG

    In the film production business, it seems, the bigger you were in 1999, the more you liked the financial bottom line. But most actors, swimming for their lives at the bottom of the food chain, must have gazed warily at the

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    OBITUARIES

    Raymond Katz, 83, TV, Film, and Theatre

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    CASTING CALLS: GENERAL

    SPECIALTY TALENT, TROUPE MONTE

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    FACE TO FACE: Paul Rudnick - Telling a Fabulous Story‹The Gay View

    Playwright Paul Rudnick proclaims religion is in the air: "It's like theatre. People are always declaring it dead. Yet, it has endured." He cites several recent plays that look at the topic‹Terrence McNally's "Corpus Christi" and, earlier, Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" and his adaptation of ...

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    BACKLOT BUZZ

    Currently

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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 ...