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    AFTRA to Convene

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) gathered in Minnesota's Twin Cities this week for its four-day national convention, aiming to finalize proposals for a major contract, get a report on a vanishing budget deficit, and elect a new national president.

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    CASTING PRINCIPLES: Not Just the Perfect Face - When casting pop icons, legitimate actors have it all over uncanny impersonators.

    "Has anyone ever told you that you look like [insert famous name here]?" Just because you may be a dead ringer for some famous person with a great life story doesn't mean you're ready to play that icon onscreen. You'll need a little thing called talent to ...

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    New Exhibit Celebrates Dance Photography

    In one corner, Alexandre Proia curls and tenses, a spotted faun in orange loin cloth. In another, the Ballet Boyz muscle through a duet while Karole Armitage strikes a pose in sequins and fur.

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    SPOTLIGHT ON SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS - Graceful Arrival

    Catalina Sandino Moreno's strong debut film performance in Maria Full of Grace may be the work of a relative novice, but it's deserving of consideration as one of the best performances by a lead actor this year. She's already on her way to that kind of deserved ...

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    Reardon Dons Leadership Role

    Roberta Reardon -- AFTRA's national second v.p. and new president of AFTRA/New York -- got her first taste of political compromise growing up at home.

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    Disney Concert Hall Opens in Los Angeles

    The debut of the Walt Disney Concert Hall began with a solo voice singing "The Star Spangled Banner" and ended with silver confetti, cut in the outline of the Frank Gehry landmark, falling on a cheering crowd.

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    Ballet Nacional De Cuba Celebrates Anniversary

    Ballet Nacional de Cuba is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. The company's appearance at City Center (Oct. 15-19) turned out to be, in all respects, a tribute to Alicia Alonso, founder and general director. One of the world's greatest ballerinas, we were privileged to have seen her ...

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    Nobody Cooler

    Maria Bello goes for complexity, once again, in her latest project.

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    Comedy Still Kicking as 'Chris,' 'Earl' Sizzle

    It might not quite qualify as a sign of the apocalypse, but for those in the primetime television business it came pretty close. UPN delivered a wake-up call to the industry Friday morning when the early ratings for its new 8 p.m. Thursday comedy, "Everybody Hates Chris," came in.

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    cisco announces its 25th anniversary season. Included are Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas (Nov. 25-Dec. 24), the company's annual holiday musical in a new adaptation; Ntozake Shange: Salute to the Spoken Word (Feb. 2-19, 2006), a collage featuring the pioneering works of this poet-playwright (author of For ...