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Review: ‘Greater Tuna’

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After 20 years as a regional favorite, “Greater Tuna” is still as timely as ever in its current Wilshire Theater production. Original New York headliners and creators Joe Sears and Jaston Williams assume 20 different parts. And their interpretations of homemakers, disc jockeys, juvenile delinquents and clergymen in this satire about bigotry in a small Texas town are so fully realized that it feels as though dozens of actors are populating the Wilshire stage.

EC probes Teuton TV subsidies

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European regulators are looking into claims that German pubcasters ARD and ZDF illegally used public funds for commercial activities.

Review: ‘Born to Diva’

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VH1 gets on the “American Idol” bandwagon to select a participant for its annual “VH1 Divas” concert in Las Vegas, and judging from the first go-round, it’s getting hit with a lot of not-ready-for-primetime talent. First segment, staged in Miami, whittles down a cattle call to 10 and then to five for a showcase and an interview with Gloria Estefan.

Review: ‘Confidence’

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Director James Foley weighs in with one of his more commercial entries with the smartly executed “Confidence,” which highlights an elaborate sting pulled by a team of slick operators, who may or may not be looking to scam each other.

SARS bucks Canadians

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The specter of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) threatened to upstage the chatter, if not the events, at many entertainment venues in Toronto over the weekend.

TV Azteca profit drops

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TV Azteca execs have blamed the weak peso for a 65% drop in net profit for the first quarter of 2003 to 75 million pesos ($7 million) compared with $20 million for the same period last year.

Cinar posts loss as entertainment revs fall

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Troubled Canadian kids-TV producer Cinar Corp. reported Friday that its net earnings dipped in the first quarter, with the Montreal-based company announcing a loss of C$3 million ($2 million) for the quarter ended Feb. 28, 2003. That’s down from a net profit of $1.3 million in the same period a year earlier.