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WAGNER, BRESLIN HONORED

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles will honor producer Paula Wagner, actress Abigail Breslin and publicist Michael Sitrick at its Rising Stars Gala on Thursday at the Beverly Hilton. The awards recognize individuals who are positive role models for young people. Wagner will receive the Sherry Lansing Award, while Alan Arkin will present the Young Heroes Award to Breslin. Fred Willard will host.

AMPAS GRANTS

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $450,000 to 24 U.S. film festivals for 2009. The largest single grant this year, $50,000, went to the San Francisco International Film Festival as part of a multiyear grant awarded in 2007.

CHEAP SEATS

The Los Angeles Center Theatre Group's artistic director Michael Ritchie has announced a new discount program that will make 100,000 tickets available at $20 each for CTG's three theaters — the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas.

IPA FETES GOSSETT

Louis Gossett Jr. will receive the International Press Academy's Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry at the 13th annual Satellite Awards on Dec. 14 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.
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