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    not knowing that the two of them are not on speaking terms." How long did it take sister Roberts to learn enough to nail her career-nudging Mystic Pizza part? "About three months, coming three times a week," Chwat recalls. "She was absolutely driven by this idea that she had to ...

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    'Brokeback Mountain' Gets 8 Oscar Nods

    "Brokeback Mountain" led the Academy Awards with eight nominations, among them best picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee.

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    Keep Some Answers in Your Back Pocket

    A commercial starts as an idea about a product or service. The company selling that product or service (the client) hires an ad agency to come up with a pitch that expresses the idea by using actors, a script, sound, and visual elements. The casting director translates the needs of ...

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    Alan Rosenberg, national president of the Screen Actors Guild, last week called the fining of actors for indecency on television "incomprehensible." The SAG chief made the remark in his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which is currently considering legislation that would raise the ...

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    Tamblyn Inherits 'Grudge' in Sequel

    Amber Tamblyn will topline "The Grudge 2," the sequel to the 2004 horror hit for Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures.

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    The ensemble members of the current Broadway

    The ensemble members of the current Broadway production of Sweeney Todd discuss how they integrate their work as the show's orchestra into the creation of their characters. In a master class, Barbara Cook advises her students to "sing close to the way you speak" and to "take off your ...

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    DeGarmo to Join Broadway 'Hairspray' Cast

    Following in the footsteps of Frenchie Davis, "American Idol" runner-up Diana DeGarmo will join the cast of "Hairspray" on Feb. 7.

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    Clowns and Couture Mix in Turin Ceremonies

    Turin will open the Winter Olympics next month in a whirl of fashion and technology, and close the Games with a nostalgic carnival of harlequins.

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    Clarkson Relents, Lets 'Idol' Use Songs

    Former "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, subject to a scolding for not letting her songs be used by new contestants on the show, has agreed to do so.