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Academy To Limit Parties; NBC Faces Challenges

Bobgreenblatt • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences may soon be limiting the number of parties that Oscar contenders are allowed to have. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after a season of numerous and lavish parties that just skirt the already established rules, the Academy is poised to enact stronger restrictions at their next meeting.

• As a new season of television approaches, NBC faces a lot of challenges as it tries to dig itself out of the bottom. Programming chief, Bob Greenblatt, is bringing a new array of comedies and dramas this fall, including “Prime Suspect,” “The Playboy Club,” “Grimm” and “Smash.” Read the story at USA Today.

• Theater caricaturist and Drama Desk president, Sam Norkin, died on Saturday, July 30. Known for his drawing of theater, opera, ballet and film stars, he was also an art critic and a cultural reporter. Read his obituary at Playbill.

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