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Review: ‘Romeo & Juliet’

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Whatever square the blank oval windows of set designer John Gunter’s pale palazzo front are supposed to oversee, it isn’t quite in the Verona of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” where hot-blooded Italians, constrained by hierarchy, tradition and proximity, view each other with inflammatory suspicion.

Benson gets sr. VP stripes

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Studios USA Domestic TV exec Jim Benson has been upped to senior VP of communications for the studio. He continues to report to Susan Kantor, exec VP of marketing, in the newly created post.

Review: ‘Pantera’

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Arguably the greatest live heavy metal band currently treading the boards, Pantera rewarded its loyal local followers, who have waited since the mid-1990s for an L.A.-area headlining show, with a furious and unrelenting sonic assault at the sold-out Universal, confirming once again the Texas quartet’s supreme concert mastery.

Cinar losses at $136 mil

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Troubled Canuck TV company Cinar lost C$202.8 million ($135.6 million) over the past 18 months due largely to unauthorized offshore investments and writeoffs on high-profile acquisitions, the company reported.

Frazen, Steinkamp ACE’d

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American Cinema Editors has tapped Stanley Frazen and Fredric Steinkamp for lifetime career achievement awards.

Progress signaled in WGA talks

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The Writers Guild of America launched its third week of bargaining with studios and networks Monday and agreed to extend the talks into today.

Daniels sets DGA at ease

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Seeking to ease tensions with the Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild prexy William Daniels has blasted SAG activists for raising allegations that helmers nominated for DGA kudos may have used strikebreakers.

Review: ‘Saving Silverman’

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There’s no saving “Saving Silverman.” As if it were necessary to add to the already crowded, noisy and gross room, along comes this misbegotten, unimaginative buddy pic. Young male moviegoers may hang out with this crass counterprogrammer to the current wave of female-oriented pics, but may wonder if it was worth it the next morning.

Review: ‘Rain Dance’

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Although it is probably too retro and slight to warrant a major production, Lanford Wilson’s new play is nonetheless a thoughtful and emotionally resonant wartime character study about a collective crisis of conscience among scientists gathered in New Mexico to create the nuclear bomb.