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    Eye of the Storm

    Terrence Howard is in Los Angeles for only a handful of days, having come from a movie set in Canada and preparing to head to Memphis, Tenn., for an MTV promotion for his new film,Hustle & Flow. He is overbooked to the point of absurdity

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    What's in Broadway's Future?

    Since our Broadway preview (Back Stage, Sept. 12), a number of shows have moved from the maybe column to the definite with firm dates for opening on the Main Stem. The most immediate of which is Anna in the Tropics, Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a cigar factory ...

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    Powder Keg

    Our cultural fantasies today -- from news to entertainment -- are washed in blood and landscaped with severed body parts.

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    My Father's Masterpiece

    Because he had to struggle to pay for his education, my dad had a big dream for his children: Whatever college my brother and I were accepted into, he would pay for it in full, so we could graduate debt-free.

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    The Fantasticks

    "The Fantasticks," presented by the Company Rep at Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Sep. 19-Oct. 19. $20-22.50. (323) 960-4412.

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    If you have any problems with any of our casting

    If you have any problems with any of our casting listings, or if anyone has misrepresented him or herself in any of the notices, we want to know about it. Notify us in writing (c/o Back Stage Casting, 770 Broadway, 4th fl., NYC 10003, Attn: Casting Complaints) and we ...

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    Berry Can't Escape 'Catwoman' During Award

    Halle Berry had to write "I will not make 'Catwoman II'" on a chalkboard four times to earn her pudding pot as Harvard's Hasty Pudding woman of the year.

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    Sony Buys Movie Rights to Clarke's Book

    Former counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke's best-selling book may soon be a movie. Sony Pictures Entertainment has purchased the film rights to "Against All Enemies."

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    Chi Venue Closures Spur Mayoral Action

    The League of Chicago Theatres and the office of Mayor Richard M. Daley held unprecedented meetings last week with city commissioners, department heads, and the leaders of individual Off-Loop theatres, all in the wake of November theatre closings by the city Department of Revenue's enforcement of Public Place of ...

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    Back Stage will close its office on Mon. Feb. 16

    Back Stage will close its office on Mon. Feb. 16 for President's Day. The deadline for casting notices for the Feb. 20 issue will be Fri. Feb. 13 at 2PM.