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    Rapper Ludacris to Make 'Simpsons' Cameo

    Ludacris will make a cartoon cameo in the 400th episode of "The Simpsons" as a tube of toothpaste that raps, of all things.

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    Mark Twain Tonight!

    Plenty of stars have signature roles. But for Hal Holbrook, the part of Mark Twain is more than a carefully crafted autograph.

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    SAG Educates Actors on Membership

    The Screen Actors Guild will host "Ready on Cue: Everything You Wanted To Know, But Didn't Know Who To Ask" July 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the James Cagney Room at SAG's Los Angeles office. The free event is open to members and nonmembers of ...

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    ACROSS 1 Acts like the bridegroom

    ACROSS 1 Acts like the bridegroom in

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    Talk Back

    Since the day I started acting in junior high, I've been waiting for my big break. After working in the industry for over 10 years, I can't complain too much. I have acted alongside some Hollywood greats—like Halle Berry, Mark Wahlberg, and Debbie Reynolds—and have racked ...

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    The next acting frontier?

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    Goodspeed Reverses Speed

    Like the heroine in a Clyde Fitch 19th-century melodrama, Goodspeed Musicals has been pulled between rival suitors. Just when it seemed a done deal that the Tony Award-winning theatre on the banks of the Connecticut River would be rescued by "heroic" Middletown from "villainous" East Haddam, the sides switched. Not ...

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    Dealing With Tension

    Below I'll summarize some exercises you can do to eliminate unwanted tension. But first, here's another viewpoint on the topic: Chicago acting teacher and writer Ed Hooks agrees with the masters that tension is the actor's greatest enemy, but he says relaxation exercises won't solve the ...

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    After picketing outside the major studios and

    After picketing outside the major studios and networks for the past three months, TV writers went back to work Feb. 13, trying to pick up where they'd left off before the strike. In balloting conducted Feb. 12 in Beverly Hills and New York, Writers Guild of America members voted ...