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More 'Postman' Praise: The Academy of American Poets has given Miramax Films and its Oscar-nominated movie "The Postman (Il Postino)" a Frank O'Hara Citation recognizing "the tremendous contribution the film and its distributor have made to the appreciation of poetry in America." The group said that "The Postman's" use of poetry by Pablo Neruda will "set a benchmark" for future recipients of the new honor, which is named after the late American poet Frank O'Hara, who was an ardent lover of motion pictures. Since the film's U.S. release, sales of Neruda's poetry have increased by more than 35%.

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TV Honors: "Due South," the Canadian-made CBS series about an upright Canadian Mountie who pairs up with a street-smart cop to fight crime in Chicago, this week garnered six Gemini Awards--the Canadian equivalent of the Emmys--and the special Chrysler's Canada's Choice Award, the most honors ever collected by a dramatic series in Gemini history. . . . Stefania Podgorska Burzminski, the real-life teenage heroine depicted in Lifetime's new cable movie "Hidden in Silence," which details her successful efforts to save 13 Jews from the Nazis during World War II, will be honored today as "an inspiration to the achievements of women" at the Finish Consulate's annual International Women's Day Celebration. Burzminski and her husband, Josef, who was the first of the 13 saved, now live in Brentwood. The movie's producer, Denise Alexander, will also be honored.

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