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    'Debaters' Tops Image Awards Nominations

    "The Great Debaters" moved to the top of the class for the Image Awards, nabbing eight nominations, including a pair for Denzel Washington.

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    H'wood Fest to Honor Medavoy, Roth

    Mike Medavoy will be honored as producer of the year and Eric Roth will be recognized as screenwriter of the year at the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards.

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    Ferrell Surprises N.C. High School Actors

    Actor Will Ferrell shared one regret as he surprised winners of the State High School Play Festival.

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    Google Buys YouTube

    The hotly anticipated acquisition of YouTube finally transpired Monday with Google snatching up the viral-video Web site for $1.65 billion in stock.

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    Take Five with...: Penn Jillette

    Best known as the "larger, louder half" of magic team Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette boasts an eclectic résumé that includes acting (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Toy Story), playwriting (Love Tapes, written with Steven Banks, premiered in Los Angeles earlier this year), author (the novel Sock and countless books ...

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    Seriously Seeking Laughs

    The Just for Laughs comedy festival wrapped up a month of carnival gaiety on the streets of downtown Montreal last weekend.

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    'Lost' Deal Hatched For Mobile

    The mysteries of ABC's "Lost" are about to get bigger -- and smaller.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    Contract negotiations between North American producers and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists fell apart Dec. 20 when the Canadian actors' union rejected a 4 percent wage increase over three years as inadequate. Stephen Waddell, chief negotiator for ACTRA, also criticized contract demands on new-media product that ...

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    watch. Her strong points are her comedic flair and quirky personality. Early on in the hour, she remarked that she hadn't tried to find a theme and was just singing "songs I like and identify with."

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    Method Fest Moves North

    After six years in the Los Angeles area, The Method Fest Independent Film Festival will kick off April 1 in the city of Calabasas. "It's a great move for us; I can't emphasize enough the tremendous support of the city," said the festival's executive director, Don Franken.