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Mavens On The Move

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New Line Cinema exec veep of acquisitions RUTH VITALE will replace IRA DEUTCHMAN as prexy of Fine Line Features, their specialty division. Deutchman will move into a production/development deal with…

Sundance Sneak

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Not every worthwhile Sundance pic is in the brochure, or even skedded to be shown during the day. Sources said Miramax was hatching plans to show a work-in-progress this week of its recent…

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David Barison

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David Barison, an agent with New York-based Lionel Lamer Ltd. in New York, died Jan. 1 of complications from AIDS at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. He was 30. After graduating from Skidmore…

Nancy Kelly

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Actress Nancy Kelly, who received an Oscar nomination for her starring role in the film, “The Bad Seed,” died Jan. 2 from apparent complications from diabetes in Bel Air, Calif. She was 73. Kelly’s…

State Of The State

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New York State film commissioner Bruce Feinberg is getting a lot of grassroots support to continue in his post, even though his former employer, Democrat Mario Cuomo, has been supplanted by…

Edging Their Bets

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NAMES: Sally Lapiduss and Pamela Eells DESCRIPTION: TV comedy tune-up team. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Can they give “Ellen” more RPMs? Can a couple of thirtysomething women TV writers who watch Nick at…

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