Thursday, December 31, 2009

SAG Awards Ballots in the Mail

SAG Watch was hacked overnight.

A story about the SAG Awards ballots being mailed to members on Monday does not appear in the abrieviated SAG Watch now posted. Note that SAG Watch is an industry blog and is not a journalistic publication.

That story reported that only about 100,000 of SAG's members will receive ballots due to the large number who are late on their dues (the recession taking its toll). A reminder that being late on dues can disqualify you for Guild elected service, running for offices and other privledges. That said there is a grace period. Contact Steven Clinton, Nevada Executive Director, if you have questions. I suggest SAG members check the SAG Web Site to make sure your dues are recorded properly.

If there are ways for SAG members to view nominated films or programs without paying, I have not been made aware of it. Please contact me if you know of any free tickets, admissions, video on line or other options for SAG members.


Looking back at 2009...


Looking back at 2009...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Who is nominated for what awards?

List of award winners, noms

Who's who of actors, directors and films honored thus far

Award-season wins and key nominations (through Dec. 18)PICTURE
"500 Days of Summer"
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Spirit Awards nom
  • Spirit Awards nom
  • Golden Globes nom
  • New York Film Critics Online
"The Hangover"
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Toronto Film Critics Assn. (tie)
"The Hurt Locker"
  • Austin Film Critics Assn.
  • Boston Society of Film Critics
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Gotham Independent Film Awards
  • Las Vegas Film Critics
  • Los Angeles Film Critics
  • New York Film Critics Circle
  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle
"Inglourious Basterds"
  • Golden Globes nom
  • San Diego Film Critics Assn.
  • Toronto Film Critics Assn. (tie)
"It's Complicated"
  • Golden Globes nom
"Julie and Julia"
  • Golden Globes nom
"The Last Station"
  • Spirit Awards nom
  • British Independent Film Awards
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Spirit Awards nom
"Sin nombre"
  • Spirit Awards nom
"Up in the Air"
  • D.C. Film Critics Assn.
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Indiana Film Journalists Assn.
  • National Board of Review
  • Southeastern Film Critics Assn.
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Los Angeles Film Critics
  • New York Film Critics Online
  • Screen Actors Guild nom
  • Spirit Awards nom
Nicolas Cage, "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"
  • Toronto Film Critics Assn.
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
  • D.C. Film Critics Assn.
  • Golden Globes nom
  • Indiana Film Journalists Assn.
  • National Board of Review (tie)
  • New York Film Critics Circle (also honoring him for "Fantastic Mr. Fox")
  • Screen Actors Guild nom
  • Southeastern Film Critics Assn.
Matt Damon, "The Informant"
  • Golden Globes nom
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Nine"
  • Golden Globes nom
Robert Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes"
  • Golden Globes nom
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
  • Austin Film Critics Assn.
  • Golden Globes nom
  • San Diego Film Critics Assn.
  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle
  • Screen Actors Guild nom
  • Spirit Awards nomMorgan Freeman, "Invictus"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • National Board of Review (tie)
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "500 Days of Summer"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Spirit Awards nom
    Tom Hardy, "Bronson"

    • British Independent Film Awards
    Tobey Maguire, "Brothers"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

    • Boston Society of Film Critics
    • Las Vegas Film Critics
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Souleymane Sy Savane, "Goodbye Solo"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Adam Scott, "The Vicious Kind"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Michael Stuhlbarg, "A Serious Man"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Maria Bello, "Downloading Nancy"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Marion Cotillard, "Nine"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Nisreen Faour, "Amreeka"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Melanie Laurent, "Inglourious Basterds"

    • Austin Film Critics Assn.
    Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Spirit Awards nom
    Michelle Monaghan, "Trucker"

    • San Diego Film Critics Assn.
    Yolande Moreau, "Seraphine"

    • Los Angeles Film Critics
    Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

    • British Independent Film Awards
    • D.C. Film Critics Assn.
    • Golden Globes nom
    • Indiana Film Journalists Assn.
    • National Board of Review
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Toronto Film Critics Assn.
    Gwyneth Paltrow, "Two Lovers"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Julia Roberts, "Duplicity"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Las Vegas Film Critics
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Spirit Awards nom
    Meryl Streep, "It's Complicated"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Meryl Streep, "Julie and Julia"

    • Boston Society of Film Critics
    • Golden Globes nom
    • New York Film Critics Circle
    • New York Film Critics Online
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Southeastern Film Critics Assn.
    Jemaine Clement, "Gentlemen Broncos"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Matt Damon, "Invictus"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • National Board of Review
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Spirit Awards nom
    John Henshaw, "Looking for Eric"

    • British Independent Film Awards
    Christian McKay, "Me and Orson Welles"

    • San Francisco Film Critics Circle
    • Spirit Awards nom
    Raymond McKinnon, "That Evening Sun"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Spirit Awards nom
    Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

    • Austin Film Critics Assn.
    • Boston Society of Film Critics
    • D.C. Film Critics Assn.
    • Golden Globes nom
    • Indiana Film Journalists Assn.
    • Las Vegas Film Critics
    • Los Angeles Film Critics
    • New York Film Critics Circle
    • New York Film Critics Online
    • San Diego Film Critics Assn.
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Southeastern Film Critics Assn.
    • Toronto Film Critics Assn.
    Penelope Cruz, "Nine"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Anne-Marie Duff, "Nowhere Boy"

    • British Independent Film Awards
    Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"

    • Austin Film Critics Assn.
    • Golden Globes nom
    • National Board of Review
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Toronto Film Critics Assn.
    Dina Korzun, "Cold Souls"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Diane Kruger, "Inglourious Basterds"

    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    Mo'Nique, "Precious"

    • Boston Society of Film Critics
    • D.C. Film Critics Assn.
    • Golden Globes nom
    • Indiana Film Journalists Assn.
    • Las Vegas Film Critics
    • Los Angeles Film Critics
    • New York Film Critics Circle
    • New York Film Critics Online
    • San Francisco Film Critics Circle
    • Screen Actors Guild nom
    • Southeastern Film Critics Assn.
    • Spirit Awards nom
    Julianne Moore, "A Single Man"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Samantha Morton, "The Messenger"

    • San Diego Film Critics Assn.
    • Spirit Awards nom
    Natalie Press, "Fifty Dead Men Walking"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Mia Wasikowska, "That Evening Sun"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Andrea Arnold, "Fish Tank"

    • British Independent Film Awards
    Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"

    • Austin Film Critics Assn.
    • Boston Society of Film Critics
    • D.C. Film Critics Assn.
    • Golden Globes nom
    • Las Vegas Film Critics
    • Los Angeles Film Critics
    • New York Film Critics Circle
    • New York Film Critics Online
    • San Francisco Film Critics Circle
    • Southeastern Film Critics Assn.
    • Toronto Film Critics Assn.
    James Cameron, "Avatar"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Lee Daniels, "Precious"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • National Board of Review
    Cary Joji Fukunaga, "Sin nombre"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    James Gray, "Two Lovers"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Michael Hoffman, "The Last Station"

    • Spirit Awards nom
    Spike Jonze, "Where the Wild Things Are"

    • Indiana Film Journalists Assn.
    Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"

    • Golden Globes nom
    Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

    • Golden Globes nom
    • San Diego Film Critics Assn.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Year in Hollywood

KCRW's The Buisness takes a look at the year that was, good and bad,  You will find a link to The Business to the right, along with other media links.

Hollywood is split between confidence and arrogance, and fear and panic. Digital is the unknown, with the recession hitting workers and corporations in a very real way. At the same time this was a record year for box office and for tent poll movies. Over ten billion dollars in domestic box office for 2009 sets a new high benchmark for motion picture earnings. Advertising revenue is taking a dive, broadcast networks are losing money, programming budgets cut, executives shuffled and then Comcast purchased NBC-Universal (controlling interests, as GE still owns 49%). DVD sales are way down, with CD's continuting to tumble to on-line music and file sharing.

International demand is at an all time high, but international investment has been cut suddenly short due to the world wide nature of the industry and the recession. Investors with money are handing on to their funds and weighing options.

The industry is changing, and in 2009 it excellerated.   Agencies are closing, merging, changing the way they make money, moving away from servicing talent to investing in projects and packaging. Casting Directors are working for lower dollars, sizing down their offices and diversifying their services. Distribution is moving on-line, to special discs and flash drives. Theaters are closing, consolidating by showing the same films on more screens, raising prices and decreasing staff (the pimple faced kid now has even less reason to care about customer service).

March 9 stocks plummeted. It was downhill from there.

Add KCRW's The Business and The Treatment from KCRW to your weekly listening. Use the links in this blog, listen on-air (computer outside Hollywood), or podcast.

Feel free to suggest other links, related to the business, to acting, to the industry, to Las Vegas or just what you may happen to be thinking about. Submit ideas to or hit comment below.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Box Office and Theft All Time Highs

Record Box Office, Record Online Theft

One way to look at it is that there’s good news and there’s bad news.  On the positive side, theatrical box office is up nicely, hitting record levels, though increased ticket prices are playing a big part.

Unfortunately, all the increases in ticket dollars are not making up for the theft of product online. With higher and higher broadband speeds, the theft problem is growing, and now threatens our business just as it trashed the music business.

Star Trek was said to be the most often stolen movie of 2009, illegally downloaded 11 million times.
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Below are Editors Notes- Art Lynch,

Biggest year, biggest Holiday Season and Biggest Christmas Weekend on record.

The holiday box office has continued the trend set for the year, breaking all time Thanksgiving to Christmas records. Variety reports  that boosted by "Avitar', "The Chipmonks Squakquil" and a different breed of "Shirlock Holmes", Christmas weekend also hit an all time box office dollar high, exceeding $280 million domestic (the last record weekend was led by "Batman: The Dark Knight" in July 2008). Domestic box office for the year topped ten billion dollars prior to Christmas week. Prior to Thanksgiving the trend was set and results guarenteed, despite the recession.

3D, at premium prices and advance ticket purchase, along with Omnimax and 3D Ominmax, have driven up average ticket prices. Theaters that have gone digital are having to raise all prices to recoup the investment. So box office records are really apples to oranges, or so it may seem.

This is in keeping with the pattern set in the Great Depression. A key difference is that with diversification of motions picture companies, as part of television, DVD, Internet, Cable, Theme Park and other interests, profits at the box office do not mean a healthy environment overall. Another key difference is that box office is now couted in dollars ($10 to $20 ticket prices) where in the Depression it was counted in bodies in seats (5 cents to fifty cents- some with usher exact seating). Our population has grown many times fold, as has ticket prices, even with inflation factored in. So is this really the largest box office in history? Or have things changed so much that there is no longer a common measuring tape?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

iActor becomes usable tool for producers

SAG has upgraded iActor, as reported in press releases for the Guild and in Variety. The move allows actors to have an alternative to a wide variety of on-line submission services, all offering slightly differing or regional services for a wide range of fees. Click here (not the graphic) for a link to iActor's "The Casting Revolution Has Begun."

SAG updates website

Online casting directory offers updated features

The Screen Actors Guild has upgraded its 3-year-old iActor online casting directory, touting it as the go-to source for casting agents, producers and new-media developers.

About 26,000 SAG members have created individual profiles -- which include headshots, resumes, video and audio clips -- that are searchable by casting professionals. Members must be dues-current to have their profiles listed.

The enhancements include providing PDF and HTML formats for resumes; offering additional options for actor body type, ethnicity and special skills; adding description fields for "voice quality" and "sound-alikes" to voice-over resumes; adding an integrated media slideshow feature; and updating the options for gender.

Additionally contact information provided by SAG's 120,000 members is available to casting pros and producers.

Read the full article at:

CNN: George Micheale gone at 70

 George Michael (left, interviewing Washington Capitals co-owner Ted Leonsis in 2002) retired from broadcasting in 2007.

Washington (CNN) -- Veteran sports anchor George Michael died early Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, according to his former TV station.

Michael, 70, was known nationally for "The George Michael Sports Machine," a syndicated TV show that ran nationwide for 27 years.

He was a fixture on TV for more than 25 years in Washington, where he was a sports anchor on NBC's channel 4, producer Matt Glassman said.

"George was a pioneer in sports broadcasting," Glassman said. "He was a gifted interviewer, a master storyteller, and one of the hardest working journalists out there."

Michael retired from broadcasting in March 2007.

"Our hearts go out to his wife Pat and his daughter Michelle, both of whom also worked with us for many years, as well as the rest of his family," Glassman said.

Dec. 24 Health Care Announcement

From the Desk of the President

From the Desk of  the President;

Although it's Christmas Eve, I wanted to share some exciting news: The Senate just passed a historic health reform bill.

In all the back and forth, it's easy to lose sight of what this incredible breakthrough really means. But consider this: This Christmas, there are millions of Americans without health insurance who risk losing everything if they get sick.

There are mothers and fathers who wonder how they'll provide for their children because an illness has wiped out their savings. There are small business owners who worry that they'll have to lay off a long-time employee because the cost of insurance is rapidly rising.

If we finish the job, all this can change. We will have beaten back the special interests who have for so long perpetuated the status quo. We will have enacted the most important piece of social policy since the Social Security Act in the 1930s, and the most important health reform since Medicare in the 1960s.

In Decembers to come, millions more will have access to affordable coverage. Parents will have the security and stability of knowing their insurance can't be revoked at a moment's notice. And the skyrocketing costs plaguing our small businesses will be brought under control.

When you make calls, write letters, organize, this is the change you're making -- a better life for your family and for men and women in every state.

There is still more to do before I can sign reform into law -- a last round of negotiations and final votes in the Senate and the House -- and I'm counting on your help every step of the way. But for now, I hope that as you celebrate this holiday season, you remember that the work you are doing is making our union more perfect, one step at a time. For that, I am grateful to you.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays,

President Barack Obama

Fro SAG: Health Reform with a price tag

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. answers questions outside of the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in a Wall Street Journal photograph.

For the first time in US history we may have near universal health care coverage, as the US Senate joined the House in passing health care reform legislation.  

But the coverage comes at a price, one that is being paid by taxpayers, in premiums (few controls on costs in either bill), by the very wealthy, by unions, and by those who do not face the health care issues and potential loss of coverage of their fellow Americans. It is those weaknesses, that over the next few weeks, will be heavily exploited in the media and on-line by opponents to reform.

The Screen Actors Guild has press releases and comments by officers supporting health care reform, but no official stand. One reason is that for the small minority of membership, at least in the Nevada Branch, who qualify for any SAG health care plan strongly support SAG Pension and Health (P&H), one of the best plans in the nation. Under the US Senate Health Care Plan, passed this morning, so called "Cadillac" plans such as SAG's will be taxed. President Obama told National Public Radio he supports this tax on corporate executive health care plans, and plans that can only be afforded by those making over a quarter of a million dollars. According to the US Senate the majority of such plans fall in the "Cadillac" catagory. The addition of unions was placed in the bill by Republicans, hopeing to generate a decrease of union support for reform, and union votes for Democrats come November.

SAG is studying the current form of the legislation and will monitor reconcilation. According to the Guild it's members come first, which often means those who earn or have earned at least middle class incomes under contract, are "vested" and qualify for SAG's health plans. Officially SAG has no stand on the current legislation.

Early this morning, Christmas Eve, the US Senate passed their version of health care reform. It will expand coverage to 30 million Americans, elininate companies dropping individuals insurance or denying coverage due to pre-existing coditions, allow for portability of insurance, elminate discrimination against women, make some progess in controling drug and other costs, allow individual options inpurchasing health care and increase medicare and medicade funding.

The bill makes health insurance more accessible, hold the insurance industry more accountable, and moves in a direction that may lower health care costs. The "may" comes from changes that eliminated any single payer, universal or guarenteed coverage provisions. These provisions were shot down by mostly Southern Democrats and all 40 Senate Republicans.

This will be the first major health are reform since the Great Depression, and the only real reform that impacts the entire population in history. Seven US Presidents prior to Obama have tried, but the powerful insurance, drug and special interests have shot it down. Four were Republican presidents.

The battle, heavy advertising campaign, Internet slogan and misinformation campaigns are not over. The Senate and House versions of the bill must be reconciled and voted on before a final bill goes to the President. There will be heavy insurance industry backed advertising, debate and attempts to fully sway the American people against reform between now and the final bill. The battling will come from both sides, as progressive organizations such as MoveOn are upset that single payer and any move toward universal coverage are not in the bill, that controls on costs of coverage and medication are weak and that too many "give me's" have gone to special interests and specific senator's states.

President Obama hopes to sign health care reform into law before the State of the Union address in January.

Health Reform with a price

This will be the first major health are reform since the Great Depression

The Screen Actors Guild has press releases and comments by officers supporting health care reform.

NPR takes a look at the differences between the bills and how they impact consumers.

What path lies ahead before a bill hits the president's desk?

What does this mean for the now polarized partician divide and the next two election cycles?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Arnold Stang, side kick to Banny, Allen, Sinatra, Cantor, Berl

The following is from SAG Watch (hit title to link to SAGWATCH)

Sidekick Rejoins the Stars

Arnold Stang
He was the sidekick to the stars during the golden years of television. From Jack Benny to Steve Allen to Frank Sinatra, when it was time for a nerdy straight man with immense comedic talent, Arnold Stang got the call.

Stang started in radio, did early television, commercials, film work and back to voiceover, capping a seven decade long career in which he ranged from cartoons to parts in James Bond films.
Stang’s wife says he died in Massachusetts at age 91.

LA production recovering

Los Angeles commercial production permits are up 9% over the same period a year ago, despite the recession. Source: the Los Angeles Times.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

All Time Box Office Dollar Record Shatters

In a recession year, some predited the pattern of people spending on entertainment would continue, the same pattern shown during the Great Depression. In many ways the predictions were wrong, but in terms of dollars (not warm bodies in seats), and theatrical films (not DVD or other revenue flows), skeptics have been proven wrong!  

Box Office Passes $10B for First Time Ever

From "The Wrap":

Domestic market hits the magic mark with 11 days still on the calendar, reports

It’s now official: The domestic box office has crossed the $10 billion mark for the first time in motion-picture history.

Research company called the record Tuesday, noting that year-to-date North American theatrical revenue has hit $10,008,000,000 with 11 days left on the calendar.
In fact, this year’s total is set to climb much higher. noted that last year’s Christmas weekend slate generated $370 million, driven by Fox’s “Marley and Me,” Disney’s “Bedtime Stories,” Paramount’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” MGM’s “Valkyrie” and Warner’s “Yes Man.”
Studio distribution officials say this weekend’s take should be even higher, with “Avatar,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” all competing in the marketplace.

Apple TV set to do to tv what iTunes did for music

Television on your iPod? Beamed to your TV from your computer? On your smart phone? On the dashboard of your car?

All of these and more already exists at limited levels, but what about wide spread access to the promised unlimited television universe? That’s what the Wall Street Journal reports thatApple and other companies have planned, possibly by midway in the New Year.

Apple is in talks with CBS and Disney to offer television live via iTunes, including over your phone. Comcast/CBS, Time Warner and Version already have big pay media deals in the works offering live television and going far beyond “Hulu” in produce offered. Meanwhile Comcast may turn Hulu into a pay service by year’s end.

But will you pay for what is now offered for free?

Actual spending records from 2008 and 2009 say you will and corporations are now banking on it.

Apple is building a super high speed computer farm in America, with Microsoft and Comcast building in China and elsewhere, in anticipation of the shift from over the air to over the Internet delivery of 1080p quality movies and television. DVD revenues (now major as a third leg of revenue for current and older television series) are expected to plummet as people shift to temporary or hard drive storage of their favorite product.

This is not unlike the process Apple excellerated with music by introducing and marketing iTunes.

Internet spending on movies and TV spending on movies and TV shows is expected to surpass a billion dollars next year, double 2008.

New Years "Hangover" good for Warner

What recession? Warner Brothers banks on films released in 2009, earning record profits and not relying as heavily on ticket price inflated 3D's.

"The Hangover" , "Harry Potter", "The Blind side" and others join ranks to give Warner Brothers their highest revenue year ever. The Wrap reports Warner pulled in over 3.7 billion dollars in box office this past year, surpassig it's 2008 previous record.

DVD and pay per view revenue  adds another 2.2 billion to Warner revenue figures.

A relatively inexpensive film, "The Hangover" (pictured above) hit at the right time, bringing in almost $460 million in box office alone.

Even films the industry may call "duds", such as "Where the Wild Things Are", earned what just a few years ago would have been considered huge success stories.

Meanwhile Disney revenue also hit record levels, but for that conglomerate (movies, TV, theme parks, merchandising, music, concerts and...) balooning costs and the recession did make their mark. Disney box office topped at 2.8 billion, wtih DVD on 2009 releases estimated at another 1.1 billion. In additon to costs in other areas, Disney is feeling the pinch of having drastically reduced its release schedule in a calculated move that may have led to major changes in its board and officer structure. The wild care is Disney's heavy investment in the cultural clash and imortation of its purchase of (some say merger with) Steve Job's Pixar.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Little Theater's "Don't Dress For Dinner" opens January 8

The following is a press release from the Las Vegas Little Theater, presented as a service to actors and talent who may wish to see the production.

"DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER", by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon, is the next Main Stage Production presented by Las Vegas Little Theatre. This boulevard comedy was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where critical acclaim greeted the Apollo Theatre production.

“Hurtling along at the speed of light, (this) breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention.” Guardian
“A nifty comedy about double adultery and gourmet cooking….” London Sunday Times

Jacqueline decides to visit her mother for a few days, and her husband Bernard sees an opportunity for a cozy weekend with his new mistress. His bachelor pal Robert calls to announce his return from Hong Kong, so Bernard invites him along as his alibi, also hiring a Cordon Bleu-level cook to cater a delicious dinner. What could go wrong?

What if Robert turns up without knowing why he’s been invited? And suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers? Or how about the cook being mistake for the mistress, and the mistress who can’t cook? Mix all of these ingredients, and one impossible situation leads to another in this breakneck farce.

John Ivanoff, a favorite of local theatre-goers, appears as “Bernard”, with another well-known actor, Barbara King, as “Jacqueline.” Tony Blosser plays “Robert”; Sarah Spraker is “Suzanne”; the role of “Suzette” is being portrayed by Gillen Brey; and John C. Hughes is “George”. This frenetic production is being directed by Jay Joseph.

"DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER", by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon, will be live on stage at Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive in Las Vegas, from January 8-24, 2010. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 PM, and Sunday matinees start at 2 PM. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for students and seniors.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit, or phone the theatre box office at 362-7996 during Box Office hours... Mondays 4p-8p, Wednesdays 10a-1p, and Saturdays 9a-12p.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brittany Murphy dead at 32 of a heart attack

"Actress Brittany Murphy died Sunday of a heart attack, according to reports on various websites.

The 32-year-old star of such pics as "8 Mile," "Clueless" and "Don't Say a Word" went into cardiac arrest Sunday morning." from Variety, confirmed on Hollywood Reporter and the LA

Less than two weeks ago Monjack was taken straight from LAX to the hospital upon the couple's return from a trip to Puerto Rico due to trouble breathing. At the time, Murphy said he was having an asthma attack, but the paramedics felt it could be "more serious" and insisted he be taken for medical treatment.

The LA PD is doing a "routeen" investigation into her death.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Don't be a Scrooge, Support SAG member Chris Rogers

My theatre company has 6 performances left of our rock musical adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2009. I’m appearing as Scrooge and sing several solos and a couple of duets. Our adaptation is primarily based on the Oscar-winning Albert Finney 1970 movie version and subsequent 1991 Anthony Newley stage version. The company is composed of close to 80 kids (split into 3 casts) and some adults.

Tkts are only $7 Youth (ages 12 & under) and $10 Adults. These can be reserved by phone (702.742.6109) or purchased at door.

We perform at the Family Music Center at Sahara and Buffalo. The theatre is flanked by a great sushi place and a pizza place and at the corner is a Marie Callender’s.

For me personally, playing Scrooge is like running a marathon with a 50 yard sprint at the end after his realization/wakes up alive. Please join us for this heart-warming/uplifting/life-affirming holiday classic with a modern twist. No matter your age, you can begin again.

Tiny Tim: “God Bless Us, Everyone!”

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2009 website

SAG Awards Party

SAG members will soon be receiving their SAG Award Ballots in the mail. Nominations have been narrowed down, as reported in this blog. Next up is the awards show, to be broadcast Saturday January 23rd. only one month away!

Interested in having a SAG Awards viewing party. SAG member Chris Rogers, chair of the Film Society, is interested in helping to launch the society with a branch party. Contact Chris if you have ideas or would like to help.

SAG Awards Schedule Announced

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on Turner Network Television (TNT) and the Turner Broadcast System (TBS) on Saturday, January 23, 2010. There may be a red carpet pre-awards show and possible rebroadcast added to the schedule for the broadcast.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will salute SAG’s previous SAG Life Time Achievement Award winners the day prior to the awards show, on Friday January 22nd.

8 PM/5 PM Pacific: “Tit for Tat” (1935) with Stan Laurel, honored in 1963.

8:30 / 5:30 PM Pacific: “The Out of Towners” (1969) with Jack Lemmon, who was honored in 1989.

10:15 / 7:15 PM Pacific: “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961) with Sidney Poitier who was honored in 1999.

12:30 /9:30 PM Pacific: “Last Train from Gun Hill” (1959) with Kirk Douglas, who was honored by SAG with a Life Time Achievement Award in 1998.

There should be screenings or passes available for SAG members in Nevada to view the films, or access the cable only nominees for television. Contact our Nevada Executive Director Steven Clinton for any details. If you know of local screenings, passes or discounts, please contact this blog at

Here is the list SAG members will be asked to vote on over the next few weeks. 

Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Meryl Streep, "Julie and Julia"

Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Diane Kruger, "Inglourious Basterds"
Mo'nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

"An Education"
Dominic Cooper
Alfred Molina
Carey Mulligan
Rosamund Pike
Peter Sarsgaard
Emma Thompson
Olivia Williams

"The Hurt Locker"
Christian Camargo
Brian Geraghty
Evangeline Lilly
Anthony Mackie
Jeremy Renner

"Inglourious Basterds"
Daniel Bruehl
August Diehl
Julie Dreyfus
Michael Fassbender
Sylvester Groth
Jacky Ido
Diane Kruger
Melanie Laurent
Denis Menochet
Mike Myers
Brad Pitt
Eli Roth
Til Schweiger
Rod Taylor
Christoph Waltz
Martin Wuttke

Marion Cotillard
Penelope Cruz
Daniel Day-Lewis
Judi Dench
Kate Hudson
Nicole Kidman
Sophia Loren

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Mariah Carey
Lenny Kravitz
Paula Patton
Sherri Shepherd
Gabourey Sidibe

Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance"
Cuba Gooding, Jr., "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story"
Jeremy Irons, "Georgia O'Keeffe"
Kevin Kline, "Great Performances: Cyrano De Bergerac"
Tom Wilkinson, "A Number"

Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keeffe"
Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens"
Ruby Dee, "America"
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens"
Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby"

Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"

Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"

"The Closer"
G.W. Bailey
Michael Paul Chan
Raymond Cruz
Tony Denison
Robert Gossett
Phillip P. Keene
Corey Reynolds
Kyra Sedgwick
J.K. Simmons
Jon Tenney

Preston Bailey
Julie Benz
Jennifer Carpenter
Courtney Ford
Michael C. Hall
Desmond Harrington
C.S. Lee
John Lithgow
Rick Peters
James Remar
Christina Robinson
Lauren Velez
David Zayas

"The Good Wife"
Christine Baranski
Josh Charles
Matt Czuchry
Julianna Margulies
Archie Panjabi
Graham Phillips
MacKenzie Vega

"Mad Men"
Alexa Alemanni
Bryan Batt
Jared S. Gilmore
Michael Gladis
Jon Hamm
Jared Harris
Christina Hendricks
January Jones
Vincent Kartheiser
Robert Morse
Elisabeth Moss
Kiernan Shipka
John Slattery
Rich Sommer
Christopher Stanley
Aaron Staton

"True Blood"
Chris Bauer
Mehcad Brooks
Anna Camp
Nelsan Ellis
Michelle Forbes
Mariana Klaveno
Ryan Kwanten
Todd Lowe
Michael McMillian
Stephen Moyer
Anna Paquin
Jim Parrack
Carrie Preston
William Sanderson
Alexander Skarsgard
Sam Trammell
Rutina Wesley
Deborah Ann Woll

"30 Rock"
Scott Adsit
Alec Baldwin
Katrina Bowden
Kevin Brown
Grizz Chapman
Tina Fey
Judah Friedlander
Jane Krakowski
John Lutz
Jack McBrayer
Tracy Morgan
Keith Powell

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Larry David
Susie Essman
Jeff Garlin
Cheryl Hines

Diana Agron
Chris Colfer
Patrick Gallagher
Jessalyn Gilsig
Jane Lynch
Jayma Mays
Kevin McHale
Lea Michele
Cory Monteith
Heather Morris
Matthew Morrison
Amber Riley
Naya Rivera
Mark Salling
Harry Shum Jr.
Josh Sussman
Dijon Talton
Iqbal Theba
Jenna Ushkowitz

"Modern Family"
Julie Bowen
Ty Burrell
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Nolan Gould
Sarah Hyland
Ed O'Neill
Rico Rodriguez
Eric Stonestreet
Sofia Vergara
Ariel Winter

"The Office"
Leslie David Baker
Brian Baumgartner
Creed Bratton
Steve Carell
Jenna Fischer
Kate Flannery
Ed Helms
Mindy Kaling
Ellie Kemper
Angela Kinsey
John Krasinski
Paul Lieberstein
B.J. Novak
Oscar Nunez
Craig Robinson
Phyllis Smith
Rainn Wilson

"Public Enemies"
"Star Trek"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

"The Closer"
"The Unit"

Betty White

Shadow Box Cast (Las Vegas Little Theater)

Las Vegas Little Theatre announces the cast of THE SHADOW BOX:
Joe... Alex Pink
Maggie... Kathleen Etor
Steve... Robby Wilson
Brian... Dake Clarke
Beverly... Amy Seddon
Mark... Chris Hermening
Felicity... Barbara Costa
Agnes... Daci Overby
Interviewer... Olga Rios

THE SHADOW BOX,by Michael Cristofer, plays from February 19 - March 7, 2010

Directed by Brian Scott

URL: Las Vegas Little Theatre

Ghost of Christmas Past

Chtistmas 1972, Art "fro" Lynch with life long friend and then girlfriend Wendy Mybeck (now Stickney).

Friday, December 18, 2009

Avatar takes off...


Updates on Avatar include rave review and strong opening reports from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, National Public Radio, and Variety.

 James Cameron and Avatar star, Sam Worthington

Canadian James Cameron has always been split between science, technology and film making. He has managed to do all three, in part due to his success as a film maker.  "Avatar" is his first feature film since "Titanic", which came out a dozen years ago in 1997, and went on to win 11 Oscars. "Avatar" cost over $400 million dollars, involves newly invented at the time and constantly evolving 3D and Motion Capture technology. His next step for the technology is to advance into virtual reality story telling. But for now it's "Avatar" with its 3D and computer magic.

Cameron was a hyper fan who drove a truck for a living when "Star Wars" came out. He felt he could do it better. He did not do the top college route, but he has always been a reader and a hands on mechanic. His way of thinking, doing business and living remains blue collar, which makes him a very successful outsider in Hollywood. He is creative, intelligent, demanding, tyrannical, and highly critical. At the same time he can be likable, amiable and friendly. He is a tinkerer and a dreamer, according to his biographer. He developed the effects for "The Abyss" and "Terminator II", created on camera stunts and actors for "Titanic" and is responsible for more video game imagery than anyone is allowed to know. In the original "Terminator" he found a formula that works: write romances than boys and men will want to see. Once he had money he jumped in with both feed into documentaries, including the search for and excavation of the original Titanic. He made nature documentaries that jumped out at people, and are considered some of the most dynamic on the museum circuit.

In the ten years since "Titanic" he did scrap a Mars movie and a futuristic battle movie.

"Avatar" uses 3D and other cutting edge technology in ways that tell the story, not just impress or add novelty. Cameron offered to give back points on the film to get more money for "Titanic" from FOX, but they refused saying that the film "would never make money." With "Avatar" they are counting on it making money despite the huge investment costs.

The industry is gambling on "Avatar" to get theaters and the industry to invest more in 3D projection and improved sound presentation technologies. Hollywood and its marketing wing are behind "Avatar" because it may be a way to counter the Comcast, direct to home 1080i or monitor quality rapid distribution.

Cameron can get executives to delay projects, increase money, promise promotion, and much more, despite his having trouble functioning it their Hollywood / Wall Street circles.

KCRW's the Business titled this week's episode: "The King of the World", with the following copy "James Cameron's Avatar isn't just a hugely expensive sci-fi adventure – it's a titanic bid to transform movies. We get inside the mind of one of Hollywood's biggest players with Rebecca Keegan, author of the new book The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron."

IActor Upgrades: Increase your profile today!

Screen Actors Guild Upgrades iActor® with New Features, Functionality 

Online Casting Database Now Simpler and Faster for Both Actors and Entertainment Industry

(from a Screen Actors Guild release to members and the media. Note you must be a dues current member of the Screen Actors Guild and sign on as a member to start or upgrade your membership. If you have questions contact Nevada Executive Director Steve Clinton at 702-419-9280 or

Los Angeles (December 18, 2009) — Screen Actors Guild announced today new enhancements to its iActor online casting database ( The new features enable actors to create profiles that reflect their talents more accurately than ever. The upgrades also make talent searches more focused and easier, a significant benefit for casting agents, producers, new media developers and others needing to cast their projects.

“We recognize that the modern casting process has been refined over many decades, and our goal is to extend the best features of time-tested casting methods into the online space,” said Steve Graham, national director of digital marketing for SAG. “We’re committed to refining iActor on an ongoing basis to support its functionality and position as a go-to source for the entertainment industry.”

“iActor is part of an ongoing effort to utilize technology to better serve our members and our industry partners,” said David White, national executive director of SAG. “We will continue to refine our approach and find ways to upgrade the experience, which adds value to the casting process and provides another useful tool for actors to have in their toolkit.”

The enhancements are geared toward providing actors with the ability to further personalize their online profiles to better capture their unique attributes that will influence the casting decision. They also improve the functionality of the site by reducing the number of steps needed to perform common tasks. The enhancements include:

Profile enhancements

•    Improves published resumes by providing both PDF and HTML formats for more flexibility
•    Offers additional options for actor body type, ethnicity and special skills
•    Adds description fields for “voice quality” and “sound-alikes” to voice-over resume
•    Adds a new integrated media slideshow
•    Updates options for gender
•    Adds the ability to create custom credit types for more control and flexibility

Functionality enhancements

•    Adds drag-and-drop functionality throughout the site for superior ease of use
•    Allows the ability to include a mini headshot on printed resume
•    Allows the ability to update business contact numbers within iActor
•    Combines “Actors to Locate” with iActor search to provide results for all SAG members
•    Adds the ability to publish multiple resumes to public sites
•    Changes the way languages are selected; adds options for proficiency and accents or dialects
•    Allows additional cross-platform interfaces to share data with third-party casting services

iActor is Screen Actors Guild’s proprietary online casting database, populated exclusively by SAG members. Launched in 2007, the online resource provides industry professionals with automated Station 12 clearance, detailed actor resumes and multimedia files. It is provided as a free service to all SAG members and is accessible by the industry at no charge. For more information, visit or e-mail

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About Screen Actors Guild

Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents over 120,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at