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Summer bummer looming

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The summer box office is wilting in the heat, and the reason boils down to two words: Harrison Ford. One year ago to the weekend, Ford debuted in “Clear and Present Danger.” Two years ago at the same…

CALL OF THE KEIRETSU

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The media business is turning Japanese in structure at a time when the Japanese are turning their backs on Tinseltown. At least if the Disney-CapCities deal is any indication, showbiz may come to be…

REVENGE OF THE NERDS

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Be careful whom you call a computer nerd these days; he may be directing your next blockbuster. A hiring frenzy rare in the annals of the entertainment industry is about to get under way at Siggraph…

A global adventurer

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British actor Mark Rylance will become the first artistic director of the rebuilt Globe Theater come January and will launch a four-play summer season at Shakespeare’s famous “Wooden O” by the Thames…

1 + 1 = four-boding

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Is bigger better? The Walt Disney Co. obviously thinks so. Its breathtaking $19 billion purchase of Capital Cities/ABC will catapult it into the No.1 slot among worldwide entertainment companies, a…

IBSEN’S TROIKA

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Reasons-to-live-in-London department: Paul Scofield, Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave will head the cast of next summer’s Royal National Theater production of “John Gabriel Borkman” in the…

ROYAL COURTING

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Forget a planned $30 million redevelopment that would shut the Royal Court theater for 18 months at least. Or a fall lineup of Court classics on the West End at the Duke of York’s, beginning with Ron…

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