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    Ballots, Views Mailed

    The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) mailed out ballots this week on the proposed new three-year, $200 million feature film and TV pact, known as the Television/Theatrical contract.

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    What Do You Want From SAG in 2005?

    What issues should Screen Actors Guild focus on in 2005? We asked a diverse group of working actors to share their ideas. From health care to DVD residuals, their concerns represent a broad range of the many issues facing actors today. Here are their thoughts in their own words.

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    L.A. Production Spike Continues

    Feature film and television production in the Los Angeles region continued to rise last month amid early indications that the trend will continue through the spring, the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. said Wednesday.

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    Focus on Comedy - Seriously Funny

    David Cross may not yet be a household name, but odds are you'd place the face instantly. What you recognize him from, however, depends on your neighborhood. "If I'm in the Midwest doing standup and I go to a brew pub or TGI Fridays, it's going to ...

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    Ad Industry Talks of 'Fair' After Fueling Flames

    The advertising industry's chief negotiator has called for a new code to decide actors' pay under the commercials contract with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The unions would have to agree to the new formula, which would be discussed in negotiations ...

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    Filmmaker Ismail Merchant Dies

    Filmmaker Ismail Merchant, who with partner James Ivory became synonymous with classy costume drama in films such as "A Room With A View" and "Howard's End," died Wednesday. He was 68.

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    Directors Return to Indie Roots for IFC

    Three indie directors who went on to work for major studios will be among the advisers for the Independent Film Channel's new cinema center.

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    Linklater, Kelly, Coppola to Represent U.S. at Cannes

    The Festival de Cannes announced its official selection Thursday. Of 19 competing films, only a few are from directors who have contested the Palm d'Or previously.

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    The Cherry Orchard

    Anton Chekhov labeled his last play, "The Cherry Orchard," a comedy, but very few American productions achieve this goal.

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    'The Color Purple' Heading to Broadway

    "The Color Purple," a musical version of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is coming to Broadway.