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New Line nixes ‘Town’ meeting

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When New Line Cinema’s “Town & Country” unspools on 2,200 screens nationwide on Friday, it will do so without the usual ritual of a premiere screening and party.

Broadway B.O. unbound

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Broadway posted its best non-holiday session of the season, as receipts rose $466,337 — or 2.8% — to finish with total receipts of $16,534,864.

Peacock taking on ‘Zero’

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NBC has picked up the TV pic “Ground Zero” from “Charlie’s Angels” producer Leonard Goldberg; Katherine Heigl (“Roswell”) and Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek”) are set to star.

TV2 reups b’cast plan

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After months of uncertainty regarding its plans, TV2, Norway’s leading commercial broadcaster, has decided to renew its concession, which expires at the end of 2002.

FTC sez music biz off-key

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The Federal Trade Commission acknowledged Tuesday that showbiz has lived up to many of its promises regarding the marketing of violent and sexually explicit material to minors.

Review: ‘U2’

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When the members of U2 walked off the stage on their 1998 “Popmart” tour, the final image was a heart framed by the outsized “golden” arch — a juxtaposition that perfectly encapsulated that tour’s muddy concept, as the group had strained to find a balance between earnest emotion and smirking irony.

Review: ‘Kimberly Akimbo’

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Afflicted with the disease progeria, which causes her body to age at 4-1/2 times the normal rate, the title character in David Lindsay-Abaire’s new play “Kimberly Akimbo” is 16 years old, but went through menopause years ago.

Review: ‘Crane, Mississippi’

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The Mississippi tourist board must have fits of fury over plays like “Crane, Mississippi,” which depicts a contemporary family filled with all the attributes we Northerners have come to expect from Southerners — alcoholism, racism and, above all, incest. Such hackneyed notions have long since lost their shock value.