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Noises Off: Kings of camp

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Charles Busch and John Waters are the proverbial ships that pass in the night, even though the two East Coasters are both on the other coast at present.

Season scarred by syndie slump

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The May sweeps have — unofficially — rung down the curtain on the latest TV-syndication season, and everybody in the business is whining about another year of unimpressive firstrun shows.

Rupe’s Italian job is not over yet

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Rupert Murdoch may think his acquisition of Vivendi Universal’s cash-strapped paybox Telepiu is a fait accompli, but Italian analysts and media watchers have serious doubts that the deal will go through.

Clear sailing at lake fest

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The educational focus of the Lake Placid Film Forum — which included intimate master classes with industry pros — was a big draw for indie filmmakers and execs who flocked upstate.

Westport renovates

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Connecticut’s 707-seat Westport Country Playhouse has announced plans for much-needed renovations and expansions to its physical plant over the next three years along with the expansion of artistic and educational programs and an endowment fund to safeguard the future of the Playhouse.

Inside Move: Syncing feeling

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Now that Zomba Music chief Clive Calder has pocketed $3 billion in Bertelsmann cash for control of his teen-pop juggernaut, will the mercurial South African submit to German authority, or just take the money and run?

Winterstern springs into summer

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If ever a weekend demonstrated the promise, and possible peril, of Henry Winterstern’s $400 million network of Hollywood investments, it’s this one.