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    Known Quantities

    It's a luxury working with a familiar director--but first-time collaborations can be just as edifying.

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    DGA Tells SAG, WGA 'Don't Strike'

    The DGA president has shivered at the thought of a 2003 or 2004 walkout--not by directors, but by actors or writers--in her January report posted on the DGA website.

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    The Tragedy of King Lear

    "The Tragedy of King Lear," presented by and at the MET Theatre, 1089 N, Oxford Ave., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Nov. 14-Dec. 20. $15. (323) 957-1152.

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    Book Nook

    Looking for some great gift ideas for actors? Back Stage West reviews the best new books coming out for the holidays.

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    Awards Season Companion

    Below is a compilation of this season's theatre awards and nominations announced so far. Click on a title to learn more about an award and it's picks for this year. This site wil be updated as more accolades are presented.

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    It didn't take long for the entertainment unions

    It didn't take long for the entertainment unions to bring up the issue of residuals after the Walt Disney Co. announced Oct. 12 that episodes of its most popular TV series, Desperate Housewives and Lost, would be available for download onto iPods. That day the Screen Actors Guild, the ...

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    A Rapist's Eyes

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    The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

    "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," presented by Shire Entertainment in association with Attic Theatre Ensemble at the Attic Theatre & Film Center, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Nov. 12-Dec. 18. $20. (323) 525-0600, ext. 2.

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    Opening Doors

    Jeff Bridges has starred in more than 50 movies, yet he never feels he's repeating himself. "I like to think each character is different from one I've played before," Bridges told an audience of Back Stage West readers at a Q&A session following a screening of his ...

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    Stewart Wins Thurber Prize for Humor

    For a funny guy, Jon Stewart is starting to collect some serious prizes.