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    Writers Come Out Against Dublin Declaration

    An ongoing turf battle over film and TV scripts flared Thursday when international screenwriter guilds meeting in Toronto came out against creative rights and control of audiovisual material residing solely with directors.

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    Playing it Proud

    Olympia Dukakis' social activism takes firm hold with her latest film, The Event.

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    Theater Renovation Benefit Draws Stars

    A theater created from a Westport barn drew Hollywood and Broadway names to a gala benefit that raised $1.5 million for a renovation project.

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    Duvall Wets Whistle for Comedy

    Robert Duvall is ready to kick around with Will Ferrell, landing a lead role in an untitled soccer comedy due to start shooting in January.

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    Local Cemetery Offers a Final Reading Place

    In an idea that may seem clever, campy, or just plain morbid, actor/producer Merrill recently began presenting a series of staged screenplay readings titled "Playing Forever"--at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Santa Monica Boulevard.

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    Equity, Western CLO Stages Reach Pact

    Actors' Equity Association and the Western Civic Light Opera Association have agreed to a new three-year contract, effective Sept. 8, 2003 through Sept. 4, 2006.

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    Godspell

    "Godspell," presented by Patrick Foley and the OLV Theatre Company at the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Aug. 22-Sept. 7. $15-21. (818) 347-9938.

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    Equity, AFTRA Begin Eyeing An Alliance

    The entertainment-union consolidation chess game has continued with the announcement that Actors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) are moving toward a cooperative alliance.

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    A Funny Thing Happened...Opening Night

    I was backstage at the premiere of my one-woman play, "Cirque Jacqueline." Five minutes before curtain, I suddenly realized I desperately needed to use the bathroom, which was down the hall. The bathroom was accessible to the audience, but I assumed since the play was to begin in five minutes ...

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    TV Networks Scout for More Viewers

    When TBS Superstation executive Steven R. Koonin received a draft news release about upcoming TBS college football broadcasts, one word stopped him.