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    ABC's Download Pay Irks Unions

    ABC's decision to use the discounted, home video rate to pay residuals for iPod digital downloads has angered some of Hollywood's unions and set the stage for a legal showdown.

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    Bias High Against Disabilities

    "Performers with disabilities are more than 50 percent more likely to experience workplace discrimination than Americans without disabilities," says a press release from the Screen Actors Guild announcing a new report by the union and a major university.

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    From Character to Creator

    Brian Robbins began his showbiz career as an actor; many may remember him as wisecracking cool kid Eric Mardian on the sitcom 'Head of the Class.'

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    SKiNNY

    Panels, we've got panels, we've got lots and lots of panels: If you want to get your indie film produced and promoted or you want to find out how to kick up your heels on Broadway, take a look.

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    Allen Hits Hollywood for 'Match Point'

    Almost as unlikely a combination as Dostoevsky at Disneyland, Woody Allen seems strikingly out of place in Hollywood.

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    Start here

    If you are just getting into the business of acting, the one thing you should do before getting headshots and beginning to promote yourself is make certain you have something to promote. Garnering the skills necessary to thrive in this business can be accomplished only through time and training. But ...

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    Singer Netrebko Not Ready for Carnegie Hall

    It is not often today that an opera singer captures pop culture's imagination. So the success of soprano Anna Netrebko is that much sweeter.

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    CD-Actor Follow-Up, Kissing Edict

    Regular readers will remember that last week I promised a follow-up about a commercial casting director who also works as a commercial actor. You were concerned that this CD's proximity to the clients and director would give him or her an unfair advantage.

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    L.A. Auditions at a Glance

    Culled from the hundreds of casting notices listed daily on BackStage.com, below are this week's audition highlights, organized by West Coast and by the day the auditions are being held.

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    Laura Allen: Down to Earth

    If this acting thing doesn't work out, Laura Allen has at least one career option to fall back on. The actor studied criminology and sociology at Wellesley College, and she worked as a domestic violence counselor with the New York Police Department shortly after graduation. "Coming out of Wellesley ...