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'Bang' cast signs on for big raises

Boone Isaacs

The studio that produces “The Big Bang Theory” said it has reached contract deals with the sitcom's cast.

With negotiations concluded, the comedy was to begin production Wednesday for the 2014-15 season, Warner Bros. Television said in a statement Tuesday.

Work on the eighth season reportedly had been delayed as the cast of TV's top-rated sitcom held out for raises. Agreements have been reached with stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting for lucrative three-year contracts that trade reports put at about $1 million per episode for each actor.

Warner Bros. declined to comment on specifics.

Deals are in place with the entire cast, which includes Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, the studio said.

The CBS series about geeky scientist pals and the women who love them returns Sept. 22.

Academy boss

Recognized as a trailblazer during her first term as film academy president, marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected for another year.

Film academy governors elected new officers late Tuesday.

Boone Isaacs is the first black female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and only the third woman to serve as president in the organization's 87-year history.

Boone Isaacs was inducted into the NAACP's Hall of Fame and received Essence magazine's Trailblazer award this year.

Voice lost

Singer Gary LeVox has lost his voice, forcing Rascal Flatts to cancel three shows in the Pacific Northwest this week.

Flatts member Jay DeMarcus, LeVox's cousin, says the singer lost his voice due to a combination of heavy touring and media appearance schedules.

Have fall listing?

We are seeking submissions for our Fall Events Guide, listing activities from Sept. 1 to May 25. The guide includes festivals in Indiana and Ohio, theater performances and art exhibits. Send listings to Terri Richardson at trich@jg.net or fax 461-8648. Include event name, date, time, location, cost and a contact number. Deadline to receive items is Aug. 15.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Writer-producer-humorist Stan Freberg is 88. Humorist Garrison Keillor is 72. Singer Rodney Crowell is 64. Actor Wayne Knight is 59. Singer Bruce Dickinson is 56. Actor David Duchov­ny is 54. Actor Harold Perrineau is 51. Singer Raul Malo is 49. Actress Charlize Theron is 39.

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