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    Equity, League Break Off Talks

    The national council of Actors' Equity began meeting at 1 pm Tuesday to decide what action to take following the Sunday stalemate in talks on a new Production contract.

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    Cusack Gets Restraining Order Against Woman

    Actor John Cusack obtained a restraining order on Tuesday against a woman he claims has been stalking him.

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    The Hanging Man

    "The Hanging Man," Improbable Theatre and UCLA Live's International Theatre Festival at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA, Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Oct. 15-18. $45.30. (310) 825-2101.

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    Actors Recoup Bonus

    Producers of Broadway's "Hairspray" have provided a $1,000 recoupment bonus to each of 31 cast members and stage managers of the original show produced at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

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    THE FINE PRINT

    hich clause of the Screen Actors Guild's motion picture and television contract triggers a lot of questions for SAG staff? "If I work on Monday and Thursday, do I get paid for Tuesday and Wednesday?" The answer is yes, you do get paid even if you don't work ...

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    A Short Look at Long Runs

    Long runs are one thing, physically demanding roles another. But what if the two are combined? How do you preserve your stamina and health? How do you decide when to call in sick? How do you know when it's time to quit?

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    Milestones for 'Family-friendly' TV: Primetime

    NBC dramas "Chuck" and "The Bionic Woman" and the CW drama "Life Is Wild" are the upcoming primetime series that have earned the seal of approval from the Family Friendly Programming Forum, which is marking two milestones in the fall.

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    Unions Decry Decency Bill

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is challenging the constitutionality of new legislation in Congress that would increase broadcast performers' fines for indecency from $11,000 to $500,000. The Screen Actors Guild is also pushing for amendments to protect actors.

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    The Last Five Years

    "The Last Five Years," presented by and at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Nov. 20-Jan. 2. $27-$32. (888) 776-6278.

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    w, the president's in his underwear and a

    w, the president's in his underwear and a bathrobe, and it's creepy. Martin Sheen has stepped from Oval Office to CBS's Two and a Half Men, which stars his real-life son Charlie Sheen. Sheen père soon makes us forget any other of his roles. Dignity, respectability, humanity ...