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    Obituaries

    Trude Rittmann, 96, Broadway Arranger

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    Birthday Girl

    "Birthday Girl," presented by and at the Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. (Also Sun. 7 p.m., Feb. 20). Feb. 17-Mar. 19. $15. (310) 656-8070, ext. 10.

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    Premieres Highlight 7th Method Fest

    "Steal Me," a family drama directed by Melissa Painter, will open the seventh annual Method Fest independent film festival April 1 at Edwards Grand Palace Stadium 6 Cinemas in Calabasas, Calif.

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    Equity President Honored with Edwin Forrest Award

    Patrick Quinn, president of Actors' Equity Association, was presented with the 2005 Edwin Forrest Award on March 12 at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

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    Video Game Pacts Eyed

    The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are in the midst of extended talks on new interactive media agreements. The unions and a group of video game publishers have prolonged the current pacts to April 15. AFTRA noted in a recent message to its ...

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    NBC Opening NYC Development Office

    Actors based in New York City will, in the not-too-distant future, have more chances to be seen for (and perhaps cast in) television series being developed for NBC.

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    Kafka Thing

    "Kafka Thing," presented by and at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. (Also Sun. 3 p.m. Feb. 27, Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 3 & 17.) Dark Feb. 16, Apr. 6 & 13.) Feb. 12-Apr. 17. $20.50-25. (310) 477-2055.

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    From a Word to Award

    There is a comforting angst to the life of a writer. Up in the morning not too early, coffee and newspaper, followed by several hours of weeping and gnashing of teeth over the laptop, a solitary lunch, another couple of hours of phone calls and emails, followed by a trip ...

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    Newsview: How 'Baby' Grew to Be a Champ

    Every cent that made up the estimated $116 million budget of "The Aviator" was evident on screen, from its soaring flying sequences to its depiction of the lavish lifestyle Howard Hughes led alongside his cohorts and conquests.

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    Size Matters

    It's more than a bit ironic that Kirstie Alley'aFat Actressshould premiere next Monday, the day after the conclusion of Eating Disorders Awareness Week in America.Fat Actresstakes the concept of food and weight issues to grotesque new depths.