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Scripps a cable pip

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Cincinnati-based newspaper/TV group E.W. Scripps is fast emerging as a mini-cable network powerhouse, as the company’s wholly owned Home & Garden TV and Food Network helped drive network group profits up a whopping 70% for the second quarter over the same period last year.

Strike talks skedded

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Producers are hoping talks on Wednesday will avert Thursday’s national one-day actors strike.

‘T3’ terminates Asian B.O.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was the B.O. champ in most of Asia and Argentina last weekend while scorching weather in Europe took some steam out of rookie “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle” and other bowing pics, as well as holdover biz for “The Hulk.”

PBS ‘Family’ extended 13 eps

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PBS has greenlit 13 episodes of Latino drama “American Family.” Announcement, along with other slate highlights were made Saturday in Hollywood as part of the television critics press tour.

Review: ‘Warped Tour 2003’

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After nine years of practice, one might think the organizers of the Vans Warped Tour would finally come close to getting it right. But this eight-hour punk and alternative rock festival is still in many ways the least fan-friendly of all the traveling daylong summer music fests.

Sony’s spreading out

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Sony has opened its sixth local-language film production office worldwide, naming Gabriel Ripstein director of creative affairs for Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico.The Mexico City office is another sign of growing Hollywood interest in Mexican film production, which has generated such recent notable exports as “Amores perros,” “Y tu mama tambien” and Sony’s own 2002 release, the Oscar-nommed “El Crimen del padre Amaro.”

Review: ‘La Traviata’

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What has become for him an annual summer ritual, John Mauceri flexed his experienced operatic muscles and presented another opera-in-concert at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night. As always, it was something well-known — this time, Verdi’s sole work on a then-contemporary subject, “La Traviata.”