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Webs Wheeze Over License Fees

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The major networks are seeing red – or rather, worrying about seeing it on their financial statements – over the license fees paid to renew long-running hit series, an issue that’s quietly become one…

Pullman’s ‘Wrong’ Turn

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Bill Pullman proved right for “Mr. Wrong,” the Nick Castle-directed comedy to be produced by Marty Katz and exec produced by David Hoberman, a Mandeville Films/Marty Katz production through…

Wayne And William

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Wayne Wang, who opened his new Miramax film “Smoke” at the Berlin Film Festival, used the time to land a star for his next film, “The Big Nowhere” for United Artists. Among the cast members taking…

A Novella Idea

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Composer Bob Telson hasn’t been on Broadway since “The Gospel at Colonus” in 1988, and that’s too long, but he’ll be back soon. Telson has collaborated with director/choreographer Graciela Daniele on…

Slow Starter

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The only thing missing from the money reviews was the money. “Love! Valour! Compassion!” opened on Valentine’s Day, won raves across the board – and did just modest business at the Walter Kerr…

Call Her ‘Madam’

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The sophomore season of City Center’s “Encores!” series – semi-staged concert versions of neglected musicals – kicked off Feb. 16 with a lively reading of Irving Berlin, Howard Lindsay and Russel…

Rollin’ Along

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Speaking of recoupment, Garth Drabinsky is another optimist: He remains confident that “Show Boat” will have returned its capitalization – upwards of $10 million – by early August. This despite the…

‘Nixon’s’ Cronies

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The home of Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” project might be up in the air (see story, page 14), but the director has begun putting together the supporting cast behind Anthony Hopkins, who’ll play the title…

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