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United Talent Agency has signed actor Danny Aiello for worldwide representation. Aiello will be handled by a team of UTA agents led by Peter Benedek and JJ Harris.

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Philippe Mora’s feature film “Art Deco Detective or the Politically Incorrect Acts of the Hyena” wrapped production Monday. Written and directed by Mora, the political comedy thriller stars Brion James, J.D. Johnston, Joe Santos and Brad Wilson.

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Showtime Networks is rolling out a national ad-promo campaign highlighting the original programs “Chantilly Lace,””Fallen Angels,””John Carpenter Presents Body Bags” and “Last Light.” The promotion program will include theatrical trailers and point-of-sale merchandising at Cineplex Odeon and National Amusement theaters beginning this month.

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Back issues of the Academy Players Directory are available for purchase for the reduced price of $ 5 per set through July 31 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Issues from May 1987 to January 1992 are available at the lowered price. Information: (310) 247-3058.

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Court TV is adding several new programs to its fall sked. “The System,” a weekly hour explaining aspects of the criminal justice system, will preem in October. Weekly half-hour “Court TV: Inside America’s Courts,” highlighting trials from the cable web’s coverage, preems in September. It will be syndicated by New Line TV. “Verdicts,” a weekly hour debuting in October, will look at the most dramatic court cases. “Washington Watch,” an hour weekly series premiering in October, will cover legal news and judicial policy.

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“Empress of Desire: The Films of Marlene Dietrich,” a tribute to the legendary film star, will be hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the American Cinematheque at 8 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Dietrich biographer Steven Bach hosts. Event is part of a four-day salute to Dietrich, presented in association with the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Information: (310) 278- 5673.

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Luke Perry, who portrays American bullriding champion Lane Frost in the New Line film “Eight Seconds to Glory,” is expected to attend Saturday’s dedication of a memorial to Frost in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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