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Beginning July 6, UCLA Extension will present “The Anatomy of a Hit: What Makes a Blockbuster Tick.” Students will look at current hit films for concept, story structure, character development, point of view, setting, star power, uses of myth, social context and development themes. The new course will meet in Room 5200, Math Sciences, UCLA, Tuesdays through Aug. 10, 7-10 p.m. The fee is $ 245. Information: (310) 825-9415.

Bob Bookman of Creative Artists Agency and Allan Burns of Turnaround Prods. have been elected executive VPs of the Music Center’s Fraternity of Friends, a group of 300 businessmen who support the performing arts.

The L.A. County Museum of Art will be the beneficiary of the only West Coast appearance of soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa July 17 at the Greek Theatre. The museum offers a package including tickets and a backstage reception for $ 500.

Rondor Music Intl./Almo Irving Music has signed with Capricorn Records to handle administration of the label’s two publishing companies, Allegiance Music and Inaugural Music.

Tabu Records president Clarence Avent will receive the Children’s Choice Award from the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, the West Coast division of the T.J. Martell Foundation. He will be honored Nov. 13 at a gala at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar.

USA Network has acquired the rights to all 114 episodes of the TV sitcom “The Odd Couple.” The show will debut on the cable web in September.

EastWest Records chairman/CEO Sylvia Rhone and Alan McGree, founder/president of Creation Records, will receive the New Music Seminar’s annual Joel Webber Awards for excellence in business and music. The awards will be presented during the July 21 keynote ceremony at the convention.

The UCLA Film and Television Archive will present “A Tale of Two Brothers: The Hollywood Films of Herman J. and Joseph L. Mankiewicz,” at UCLA’s Melnitz Theater from July 9 to Aug. 13. Films in the presentation will include “Manhattan Melodrama,””Dinner at Eight,””Pride of the Yankees,””Huckleberry Finn ,””Citizen Kane,””The Barefoot Contessa,””All About Eve” and “Cleopatra.” Tickets will be available one hour before show time at the Melnitz Theater box office. For information, call (310) 206-FILM.

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