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    Patrick Quinn, a former president of Actors'

    Patrick Quinn, a former president of Actors' Equity Association who was about to assume the union's top post of executive director, died of a heart attack early in the morning of Sept. 24 at his summer house in Bushkill, Pa. He was 56 years old and lived in Manhattan.

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    ARTS & THE LAW

    Last month's column discussed the applicable legal standards when a writer charges that someone has ripped off his or her script. This time we discuss ways to avoid being ripped off in the first place.

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    Offering Kids Time to Shine

    Taro Alexander was on stage in Denver one night, about a decade ago, when his mask fell and the words began to jumble. Then 26, he had stuttered for most of his life, though few knew his secret. The actor had hidden it well, hadn't faltered once, hadn't ...

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    Killer Joe

    "Killer Joe," presented by Lost Angels Theatre Company at the Gardner Stages, 1501 Gardner St., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Mar. 18-Apr. 17. $20-25. (866) 811-4111.

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    Pardon me, anglophiles. If you fancied Helen

    Pardon me, anglophiles. If you fancied Helen Mirren's jolly good Oscar-winning performance as HRH Elizabeth II in 2006's The Queen, then get off your bums for the world theatrical premiere of director Stephen Frears' prequel The Deal. Originally aired on British telly in 2003, the pic tells the ...

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    What do voters have against sci-fi actors?

    Actors in sci-fi and fantasy television often face a unique set of challenges. In addition to fully inhabiting and illuminating their characters, they may also have to contend with green screens, special effects, and that tongue-twisting form of dialogue known as "technobabble." You'd think all this would make awards ...

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    Actor-comedian Willie Macc is letting the public

    Actor-comedian Willie Macc is letting the public decide whether or not he should cut the Afro that has been one of the most recognizable elements of his look for almost 10 years. Macc has appeared on BET's College Hill 4: Virgin Islands and 106 & Park Top 10 Live, CSI ...

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    SAG Board Acts Against CEO Hessinger

    SAG's national board fired union CEO Greg Hessinger on Sunday and three executives he recently hired as part of a sweeping overhaul of the appointed leadership, sources said.