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Lisa Arrindell Anderson (HBO’s “A Lesson Before Dying”) is set to co-star with Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan (“The Best Man”) in the HBO telepic “Disappearing Acts,” based on Terry McMillan’s novel. Anderson is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Francis Okwu at Okwu Management.

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Eugene Byrd (“Whiteboys”) has joined the cast of the Warner Bros. pilot “The Thing About Family” for NBC. Byrd, who’ll next be seen in the Showtime telefilm “Enslavement,” is repped by Gersh’s Jason Spire and Edie Robb Talent Management.

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David Denman, soon to be seen with Keanu Reeves in Warner Bros.’ “The Replacements,” has been cast as Porthos in the Fox pilot “MK-3,” an updated version of the Three Musketeers story. Denman is repped by Todd Eisner and Don Spradlin at Writers & Artists and manager Lainie Sorkin at 3 Arts Entertainment.

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Newcomer Shad Hart has been tapped for the MTV pilot “Sausage Factory” and has been signed for the lead in the indie feature “The Girl Next Door.” Hart is repped by Molly Sweet at Buchwald Talent Group and Claudine Vacca at Independent Management Group.

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Rodney Eastman (“The Opposite of Sex”) has been added to the cast of the ABC/Imagine pilot “The Beast” and has also snagged a series regular role on the untitled Ganz-Mandel pilot. Eastman, who joins Samuel L. Jackson in Jersey Films’ upcoming “Caveman’s Valentine,” is repped by Gersh and Leslie Allan-Rice Management.

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Saundra Quarterman (“Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”) has been cast in the DreamWorks/NBC series “Semper Fi.” She’s repped by Gold/Marshak/Liedtke and manager Robbie Kass.

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Thesp-producer Alex Hyde-White, prexy of Martindale Group LLC, is starting production of his indie film “Pursuit of Happiness” with Hyde-White, Darryl Taja and scripter John Zaring producing for helmer John Putch (“Valerie Flake”). The cast includes Hyde-White, “Felicity” regular Amy Jo Johnson and Jean Stapleton. Hyde-White is repped by Henderson-Hogan.

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Gary Dourdan, who portrayed Malcolm X in the ABC telefilm “Muhammad Ali: King of the World,” has joined the cast of Jerry Bruckheimer’s pilot “CSI” for CBS. Dourdan is repped by Paradigm and manager Cathy Kanner.

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