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    Screen Heavy Marc Lawrence Dies at 95

    Marc Lawrence, whose pockmarked face and brooding mannerisms made him a natural for roles as the tough guy, in dozens of movies, has died. He was 95.

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    Carlin Joins HBO Comedy Fest in Vegas

    George Carlin has been added to the lineup of HBO's inaugural Comedy Festival, which kicks off Thursday in Las Vegas.

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    Veteran Actor Woods Checking into 'ER'

    James Woods will guest star as Dr. Nate Lennox, a patient who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

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    Hessinger's Firing Reveals Continuing SAG Disunity

    During the heat of this year's campaign for the Screen Actors Guild national presidency, candidate Alan Rosenberg was quoted as saying he'd consider firing Greg Hessinger, SAG's national executive director and chief executive officer. After the quote was printed in Back Stage, Rosenberg denied having said it ...

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    Latino Film Fest To Offer Indie Info

    The ninth Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, which kicks off Oct. 21 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

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    Weiss Leads Arts & Business Council

    The nonprofit arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts has named Will Maitland Weiss the new executive director of the Arts & Business Council of New York.

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    Shrinks

    "Shrinks," presented by Kevan Jenson for Visualize This in association with Hudson Theatricals at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Oct. 15-Nov. 20. $15-20. (323) 960-1055.

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    NBC Launches Channel for Mystery Shows

    NBC Universal said Wednesday it will start a new cable channel, Sleuth, to appeal to fans of mystery and crime shows.

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    BET Celebrates 25th Birthday

    In a special that doubles as a retirement party for network founder Robert Johnson, BET celebrates its 25th anniversary with a music-studded party that debuts on the network Tuesday night.

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    Weekly Planner for Sept. 29-Oct. 6

    Back Stage lists events around New York that are of interest to the performing arts community. The following events are scheduled for the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 6.