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B'way talks to resume

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November 15, 2007

With the lucrative Thanksgiving week looming, striking Broadway stagehands and theater producers say they will start talking again on Saturday. Local 1 and the League of American Theatres and Producers jointly announced yesterday that they will resume negotiations "at an undisclosed place and time." Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times for business on Broadway, with many shows selling out. It may have added to pressure for the union and producers to reignite their deadlocked negotiations, which have languished since last week. "Today's announcement . . . is a very important step forward," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The stagehands walked off the job Saturday, shutting down 27 plays and musicals. (AP)

It's an OK thing
The dispute between Martha Stewart and some of her neighbors over her bid to trademark the name of their village has been resolved with a compromise. Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., has agreed to seek a "Katonah" trademark only for furniture, mirrors, pillows, and chair cushions. She agreed to drop trademark applications for additional products, "such as hardware, paint, lighting and home textiles," according to a statement issued by her company, the Katonah Village Improvement Society, and two Katonah stores. Some residents of the tony hamlet in Westchester County, New York, where Stewart has a 153-acre estate, objected to her using the name Katonah for commercial purposes and feared the trademark would harm existing businesses. Some American Indians had also objected, because the village is named for a 17th-century chief. (AP)

Oprah's choice: Follett
Oprah Winfrey went for the big time yesterday with her latest book club pick, choosing Ken Follett's 973-page "The Pillars of the Earth," an announcement that will likely mean hundreds of thousands more sales for an author with a huge, international following. Winfrey called Follett "a best-selling author that everybody has heard of, but this novel is unlike any of his books he's known for." Follett, 58, is famous for spectacular thrillers such as "Lie Down With Lions," "Eye of the Needle," and "World Without End," published last month, and a sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth," which came out in 1989. Follett has called "The Pillars of the Earth," a love story set in England in the 12th century, his favorite novel. (AP)

Grace hospitalized
Nancy Grace, who gave birth to twins this month, has been hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs, a complication of her pregnancy. The 48-year-old Headline News talk anchor sought treatment Sunday after she experienced discomfort and had trouble breathing while on her way to church, said CNN spokeswoman Janine Iamunno. She said Grace is expected to be released by the end of the week. (AP)

Spielberg to be honored
Steven Spielberg will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" at the 2008 Golden Globe Awards. Josh Brolin made the announcement yesterday, calling Spielberg a "one-of-a-kind talent." The 60-year-old director has won six Golden Globes and three Oscars. (AP)

This town
"I don't think it was a break. I worked for five years." Celine Dion, talking about her long-running concert extravaganza on the Las Vegas strip, during which she had no new hits on the charts

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