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    Freeman, McDormand to Star in 'Country Girl'

    Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand, and Peter Gallagher will star inThe Country Girl, in a limited engagement on Broadway.

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    Indie Pen Dance

    How do you follow in the footsteps of actors who have made careers for themselves by making their own films?

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    Jack Valenti, the high-level lobbyist who served as head of the Motion Picture Association of America for almost four decades, died April 26 at his home in Washington, D.C., from complications of a stroke. For 38 years, Valenti was the public face of the entertainment industry. He was a ...

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    Bolshoi May Miss 2008 Overhaul Deadline

    Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre may not be able to reopen in 2008 as planned because its renovation has been mired in unexpected problems and expense, the state agency paying for the works said on Tuesday.

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    Sondheim to Get Lifetime Achievement Award

    Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim will receive the Donald Seawell Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Award at the Colorado Festival of World Theatre on Sept. 22.

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    And the Winner Is...

    Last month I had the pleasure of presenting a panel of Broadway and cabaret performers for a group of out-of-town theatre critics. When the moderator asked the panel which medium they preferred, most admitted that though they love the Broadway stage, there's nothing like an intimate room with an ...

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    vocal ease

    Can a legit soprano learn to sing like Tina Turner? Can an Aretha Franklin clone sing the role of Julie Jordan in Carousel? And can they both learn to sing like Peggy Lee? Is style innate or can it be learned? In the voice business, these questions have been pondered ...

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay who achieved commercial success and critical acclaim with the gender-bending comedy Tootsie and the period drama Out of Africa, died May 26 at age 73 of cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Pollack started as an actor, studying with Sanford Meisner ...

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    Weaver Says 'Prayers' for Lifetime

    Here's big-screen and stage veteran Sigourney Weaver in a most unexpected place: A made-for-TV movie on Lifetime Television.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    According to the Stamford, Conn.–based research firm PQ Media, product placement will grow significantly over the next five years. As reported Feb. 13, the company estimates that the practice of weaving name-brand items into story lines will increase by nearly 14 percent in 2008 to $25.41 billion and ...