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    Agency Welcomes Off-Beat Types

    There are some real opportunities out there in the world of commercials, print ads, infomercials, CD-ROMs, and industrials. So asserts Sheldon Zimet, owner of the recently franchised Top Cat Talent Agency.

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    Sleep Awake

    Jesse Alick's ambitious but self-indulgent "Sleep Awake" offers up three college-age New York roommates as they deal with gnawing self-discovery, fatal illness and the war on terrorism.

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    Change Via Cyberspace

    Online video search engines allow networks and studios to make the most of their media assets, even as copyright concerns for actors and writers loom unresolved.

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    Travis, Paxton 'Party' on at Lifetime

    Nancy Travis, Sara Paxton and Chelsea Hobbs are starring in the Lifetime original movie "The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker."

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    Indoor/Outdoor

    "Indoor/Outdoor," presented by and at the Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. (Additional performances: Sat. 3 p.m. Aug. 27 & Sep. 3; Thu. 8 p.m. Sep. 8 & 15. Dark Sun. 7 p.m. Aug. 21.) Aug. 20-Sep. 18. $30-40. (818) 558-7000, ext. 15.

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    NBC Taps Arkin for 'Life'

    Adam Arkin is set to co-star opposite Damian Lewis in NBC's pilot "Life." Arkin will play a former chief financial officer who served time for insider trading.

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    Play7

    When you purchase an annual PLAY7 pass for $27, you can see as many L.A.-area plays as you want from the list of 25 member companies for only $7 per ticket. You can use the pass for any listed performance, but reservations are always recommended. This is a ...

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    Rants and Raves

    If "Assistant X to a Big Agent" wants to be recognized for who he/she is and not for where he/she works, why doesn't he/she keep a lid on what he/she does when making the rounds at parties and receptions? Or go masked?

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    The Breadwinner

    Keen Company, tracer of lost plays, brings us "The Breadwinner," a comedy-drama by W. Somerset Maugham, produced in London and New York in the early 1930s and pretty thoroughly forgotten since.

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    SKiNNY

    What could be more tempting in the dead of winter than the prospect of a week in sunny Italy? La MaMa E.T.C. is offering a retreat for playwrights in that idyllic setting. There's also a summer Shakespeare intensive at the Public Theater. But for right now, a ...