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    Comedy 'Rules' Apply to Oliver Hudson

    Oliver Hudson has been tapped to star on CBS' midseason comedy "Rules of Engagement."

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    Blockbuster Posts Loss, Drops Forecast

    Movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc. posted a quarterly loss Tuesday that was more than double Wall Street's forecast as lackluster new video releases failed to attract consumers.

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    Test Flight

    The first time I saw Margaret Easley onstage was in July 2003, when I was reviewing a show at the ACME Comedy Theatre. As female actors don't always fare so well in the sketch medium, I was impressed by the women in the ensemble ofThe Sunday Show Reloaded; they ...

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    Fed Mulls Calling Nonprofits 'Political Committees'

    A larger question under review right now by the FEC involves so-called "section 527" organizations, which are explicitly set up to "[accept] contributions or [make] expenditures for political campaigns."

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    Sextuple Indemnity

    It is so annoying when a young playwright like Dayna M. Gross, with some catchy ideas, doesn't push them far enough to create more than a potentially interesting comedy.

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    Equity, League Break Off Talks

    The national council of Actors' Equity began meeting at 1 pm Tuesday to decide what action to take following the Sunday stalemate in talks on a new Production contract.

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    Cusack Gets Restraining Order Against Woman

    Actor John Cusack obtained a restraining order on Tuesday against a woman he claims has been stalking him.

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    The Hanging Man

    "The Hanging Man," Improbable Theatre and UCLA Live's International Theatre Festival at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA, Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Oct. 15-18. $45.30. (310) 825-2101.

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    Actors Recoup Bonus

    Producers of Broadway's "Hairspray" have provided a $1,000 recoupment bonus to each of 31 cast members and stage managers of the original show produced at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

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    The Chairs

    An Old Woman sits on the floor, her feet dangling into a gaping hole, softly singing along with Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold's rendition of "I Remember it Well." Each time the song is over she moves the needle back to its starting point.