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    Actors: <I>Back Stage</I> Wants Your Opinion on National Tours

    For several years Actors' Equity has been plagued by a rising number of nonunion tours, while the number of workweeks in Equity tours have continued to fall. To combat this, the union has approved new contracts to cover low-budget tours. Most recently, to state its case, the union has held ...

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    WGAW to Honor Baer

    Television writer-producer Neal Baer will receive the Valentine Davies Award for public service from the WGA West at the guild's inaugural Honorary Service Awards luncheon Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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    Actors' Views

    Many actors emailed comments about the lack of roles for female and minority performers to be included in our article "UCLA Study: Minority Actors Can Sue," by Nicole Kristal (Jan. 4, 2007). Because of time constraints, we could not include their quotes. To ensure actors' voices are heard on this ...

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    book REVIEW

    The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers is extremely expensive for a paperback and weighs more than it looks like it should. Why? Because it provides a readable map through the world of legalese and contract negotiations for any filmmaker interested in doing pretty much all his or her own producing legwork ...

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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 ...