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Pierson busy with 'Word'

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Just for Variety: On Aug. 23, Academy prexy Frank Pierson wings from the wrap party of the Showtime seg of "The L Word" he's directing in Vancouver to the Acad's board of governors meeting, where his…

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Par picks up 'Bible' study

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Paramount has acquired film rights to A.J. Jacobs' "The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Obey the Bible As Literally As Possible" and set it up at Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment.

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UTA at play

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Actors Wilmer Valderrama and Justin Long, along with United Talent Agency's Lisa Hallerman, were on hand Tuesday for the UTA Foundation Summer Bash at Hollywood nightclub Mood.

WGA, ABC at standstill

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The Writers Guild of America has reported little progress in negotiations with ABC. Talks resumed this week in New York after a three-month recess in bargaining; no new negotiations have been…

VH1 playing a fame game

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VH1 is getting into the scripted comedy business, finalizing a deal to resurrect the Tori Spelling NBC pilot "Notorious." Cabler is in final talks to order eight episodes of the skein, which features…

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Review: 'The Great Raid'

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The daring 1944 rescue of 511 U.S. POWs from a notorious Japanese prison camp in the Philippines proved to be a golden opportunity to assuage the shame of the previous surrender. "The Great Raid," on…

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