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Scribes a ‘Factor’ for Fox

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Feature scribes Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (“Not Another Teen Movie”) are shifting into television, pacting with Kelsey Grammer’s Paramount-based Grammnet Prods. to develop a half-hour laffer for Fox.

ABC, Pollack in ‘Rackets’

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ABC has snagged Oscar-winning helmer Sydney Pollack, thesp Billy Baldwin and scribe James Manos (“The Sopranos”) to create “The Rackets,” an hourlong family drama based on author Thomas Kelly’s epic novel about the inner workings of New York City’s political machine.

Review: ‘Edgardo Mine’

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Perhaps the oddest aspect of Alfred Uhry’s disappointing new play “Edgardo Mine” is that he has chosen to write about a deeply serious 19th century Vatican scandal in a comedic vein, presenting the play’s narrator and primary villain, Pope Pius IX, as a sort of standup comic.

Review: ‘Book of Days’

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Lanford Wilson paints a watercolor portrait of a small Southern town in “Book of Days,” a 1998 play making its Gotham premiere as part of the Signature Theater season dedicated to the playwright. Look closely at the pretty pastels, however, and some strange doings reveal themselves.

Cowboy Pix ropes ‘Rule’

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Cowboy Pictures has picked up North American distrib rights to “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling and David Morse. At the same time, Sundance Channel has nabbed pic’s pay TV and homevideo rights.