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    The Dos and Don'ts of Cold Readings

    Write down all the info your agent gives you about the audition. Wear what your agent tells you to wear. Be on time, but if you're running late, call your agent and let him or her know.

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    Compagnie Marie Chouinard

    I can't even imagine how the company members of Marie Chouinard's ensemble feel the morning after a performance.

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    Watts Gains 'International' Passport

    Naomi Watts has signed on to star opposite Clive Owen in "The International," an action thriller that Tom Tykwer is directing for Columbia Pictures.

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    'Ghost' Story for Gervais, Kinnear

    Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear are teaming to star in the romantic comedy "Ghost Town," about a dentist who dies briefly during routine surgery and gains the ability to see dead people.

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    THE WORKING ACTOR

    DEAR JACKIE:

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    n my last three columns, I covered the bulk of

    n my last three columns, I covered the bulk of allowable acting-related tax deductions. Once again, I want to reiterate that there is no specific list of allowable deductions approved by the Internal Revenue Service, so just because I didn't list an item doesn't mean you can't ...

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    New Emergency Fund

    Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact on the Gulf Coast's arts community has led the nonprofit organization Americans for the Arts to establish a new emergency relief fund.

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    actor's taxes

    In my seminars, I'm inevitably inundated with questions about specific deductions. But even with all the time in the world, there's no way I could answer every question that every actor might have about a possible write-off. So, like that old adage about teaching a man how to ...

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    One West Wacker

    "One West Wacker," presented by Theatre Neo at the Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Sep. 9-Oct. 15. $20. (323) 769-5858.

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    WGA Merger Proposed During Dues Talks

    WGA West proposed a merger with its affiliated union in the East at a weekend meeting that otherwise dwelled on their $1 million dues dispute.