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    Messner Signs Series Project Deal with Fox

    Johnny Messner, one of the stars of "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid," has inked a talent holding deal with Fox Broadcasting Co.

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    Tony Randall Memorial, Oct. 5

    A memorial for actor-producer Tony Randall will be held at Broadway's Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th St.) on Tues., Oct. 5, at 1 pm. The memorial will be hosted by James Naughton and feature appearances or performances by Harry Belafonte, Jacques d'Amboise, David Dinkins, Charles Durning, Julie Harris ...

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    Foundations Vet Arts for Terror

    The Ford Foundation, a major arts-supporting organization, checks its applicants and grantees daily against terrorism watch lists, Back Stage has learned.

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    Challengers Sweep SAG Hollywood Vote

    The SAG faction that has harshly criticized the union's current leadership swept the election in the Hollywood division Sept. 23, significantly expanding its clout as the union prepares for critical contract talks. The MembershipFirst slate--led by former president William Daniels, Kent McCord, and others--took all 13 of the national ...

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    New Media Role for WGAW

    The Writers Guild of America West has launched a new media writers caucus to foster job opportunities and union membership for the scribes behind video game and other interactive projects.

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    The Fourth Wall

    "The Fourth Wall," presented by Royal Theatrical Productions at Theatre/Theater, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., 4th Floor, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Sept. 17-Oct. 24. $15-20. (323) 930-1050.

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    Iraq War Film Scoops Spanish Festival Prize

    An Iranian-Iraqi film starring an amateur cast of war-scarred children won the top "Golden Shell" award at Spain's prestigious San Sebastian film festival Saturday.

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    Miramax Laying Off Another 55 Staffers

    As part of an ongoing effort to reduce staff size, Miramax Films confirmed Thursday that it has laid off 55 employees.

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    Ovation Noms Spotlight L.A. Stages

    The theatre community in Tinseltown began celebrating its own last week when the nominations were announced for the 15th annual L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards.

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    Bye Sharona: Schram Exits USA's 'Monk'

    The hit USA Network series "Monk" is losing Bitty Schram, the Golden Globe-nominated sidekick to series star Tony Shalhoub.