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    Holt. Obie-winning director Les Waters is at the helm. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. Oct. 11-Nov. 6. $43-59. www.berkeleyrep.org. (510) 647-2949.

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    Queens of Mean

    For all we hear about acting as a window to the soul, and the adulation we place on Shakespeare, Shaw, and Sophocles, what actors don't have the occasional urge to let down their hair and sink their teeth into an over-the-top comic portrayal? After all, Plautus of ancient Rome ...

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    ABC, CBS Share Honors in First Week of Season

    ABC and CBS split the bragging rights for the first week of the 2005-06 television season. With big sophomore-season premiere ratings for "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" and a little help from an NFL double-header Monday, ABC cruised to victory in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic during the week ending September ...

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    ABC's Download Pay Irks Unions

    ABC's decision to use the discounted, home video rate to pay residuals for iPod digital downloads has angered some of Hollywood's unions and set the stage for a legal showdown.

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    Bias High Against Disabilities

    "Performers with disabilities are more than 50 percent more likely to experience workplace discrimination than Americans without disabilities," says a press release from the Screen Actors Guild announcing a new report by the union and a major university.

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    From Character to Creator

    Brian Robbins began his showbiz career as an actor; many may remember him as wisecracking cool kid Eric Mardian on the sitcom 'Head of the Class.'

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    SKiNNY

    Panels, we've got panels, we've got lots and lots of panels: If you want to get your indie film produced and promoted or you want to find out how to kick up your heels on Broadway, take a look.

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    Allen Hits Hollywood for 'Match Point'

    Almost as unlikely a combination as Dostoevsky at Disneyland, Woody Allen seems strikingly out of place in Hollywood.

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    Start here

    If you are just getting into the business of acting, the one thing you should do before getting headshots and beginning to promote yourself is make certain you have something to promote. Garnering the skills necessary to thrive in this business can be accomplished only through time and training. But ...

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    Singer Netrebko Not Ready for Carnegie Hall

    It is not often today that an opera singer captures pop culture's imagination. So the success of soprano Anna Netrebko is that much sweeter.