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    ot many actors are wholeheartedly beloved.

    ot many actors are wholeheartedly beloved. There's just something so kind, formidable, and salt-of-the-earth about character actor Frances McDormand. She brings this quality to nearly all her roles, but in North Country she's in rare form.

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    Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies

    Michael Vale, the actor best known for his portrayal of a sleepy-eyed Dunkin' Donuts baker who said "Time to make the doughnuts," has died. He was 83.

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    Casting Notice Policy

    The casting deadline is Friday at 1:30 p.m. for the issue which hits newsstands on the following Thursday. Items may be mailed, faxed, or brought in person to Back Stage West, Attn: Casting, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 5th flr., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Fax number: (323) 965-1340. Website: www ...

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    BAM Next Wave: Loaded With Legit

    An unusually large number of theatrical productions—six in all—have been scheduled for the 2005 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the theatre announced last week. Running Oct. 4–Dec. 17, the festival's programming, which also includes music, dance, film, and multimedia, retains its ...

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    WIF Names Holloway as President

    Cecelia Holloway, most recently senior vp diversity at Viacom, will become president of Women In Film Los Angeles beginning this month for a three-year term.

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    Homebody Actors Good for California Business

    Hollywood stars are fighting back against runaway production, though for personal rather than patriotic reasons.

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    'Hairspray' Won't Stay in Vegas

    Producers ofHairsprayat Luxor Las Vegas told the company Monday that the musical would close prematurely this Sunday.

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    at the Belasco Theatre

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    Reno Boards 'Margaret'

    Jean Reno has joined the cast of "Margaret," a drama that Kenneth Lonergan wrote and is directing.

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    Welcome to America

    Eight weeks ago, I moved to New York from the U.K. After a long career in England, touring in classic plays for 30 years and working for the National Theatre, I was not rich. Despite appearing in a few films, I was not famous. But I thought I had ...