Thursday, September 30, 2010


Screen Actors Guild is proud to support the One Nation Working Together March in Washington D.C., and in cities across the country, this Saturday, October 2.

We represent the most diverse membership of any labor union on earth. We have members who are months-old, others in their nineties and every age in between. We are conservatives, moderates, progressives and liberals, non-believers and people of every faith, members of every ethnic group and national heritage, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical ability. In short, we are a microcosm of the rich diversity of the United States and the U.S. Labor Movement.

So we are uniting with our brothers and sisters on Saturday to highlight a number of urgent issues that must be achieved in order for everyone in America to have a just and fair chance to achieve the American Dream.

SAG members will march with other workers of the AFL-CIO unions to advance human rights, civil rights, equal protection, and dignity for all; to ensure every worker has a voice at work and a safe work environment, so no worker will have to choose between his livelihood and his life; to ensure women are treated fairly at work and to expand health care coverage for millions of Americans.

Our national identity is rooted in the ideal that all people — regardless of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or ability — should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and contribute to an economy that works for everyone.

Please join us in supporting One Nation Working Together. Click here for ways to get involved in your area. And on Saturday, tweet your experience as it happens on Twitter using the hash tag #onenation and #SAGmember.

Address Correction for Sound of Music

"When the dog bites, when the bee stings..."
Wed. Sept. 29, 2010
In the recent email announcing that tickets are 
now available for "THE SOUND OF MUSIC," 
we accidentally put the WRONG address* 
for the Summerlin Library / Performing Arts Center.
(Where the production is being held.)
1771 Inner Circle Dr.
Las Vegas, NV  89134 
(*The address that was accidentally indicated was the Nevada Ballet Theatre 
which is located across the street our apologies for the inconvenience.) 
We mentioned that Signature Productions were the "Reader's Choice" 
for BEST OF LAS VEGAS 2010. 
Signature Productions was the Review-Journal's Choice
 for the BEST OF LAS VEGAS 2010.
We apologize for any inconvenience that may have caused.
We hope to see you soon in the audience for "THE SOUND OF MUSIC."


September 30, 2010 — Screen Actors Guild is saddened by the loss of celebrated actor and former National Board member Tony Curtis, who died of cardiac arrest Wednesday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 85.
Audiences will remember the versatile Curtis for his prolific film career that spanned more than 100 films and included early favorites Some Like it Hot,HoudiniThe Sweet Smell of SuccessSpartacus and The Defiant Ones (for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role). In later years, he starred and guest starred on television as well and pursued a career as a painter.

Curtis served Screen Actors Guild as a National Board member for three years, starting in 1956. Additionally, he was the last surviving member of the Guild's original Awards Committee that oversaw the design of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Daughter and actress Jamie Lee Curtis had this to say in a statement to the press: “"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages. He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world.”

Blog editors note: Tony Curtis lived in Las Vegas and had donated his memorabilia and collections to the UNLV library and Fine Arts collections.

See also RIP Tony Curtis

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

By Edward Albee

Directed by Deanne Grace
Synopsis of the play: George and Martha return from a faculty party, but Martha soon informs George that she has invited over guests. These guests, Nick and his wife, Honey, are much younger than George and Martha. The "after-party" starts off fine, but soon Martha begins to taunt George. The drinking continues as deos the relentless, scathing verbal and sometimes physical abuse in front of Nick and Honey. The younger couple are simultaneously fascinated and embarrassed. They stay even though the abuse turns periodically towards them as well.

(Recommended for adult patrons only due to language and subject matter. For reservations call 558-7275) or email us at: 

Dramatis Personae

Martha: Princess Anne

George: Alex Pink

Nick: Anthony Avery

Honey: Aneia Antoniya


Henderson Convention Center:
October 1 & 22 8:00pm
October 2 & 23 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sun City MacDonald Ranch 7:30pm
October 8 7:30pm

Theatre In The Valley is in the process of finding a permanent house.
More information will be posted here as soon as it is possible.

Washington State national talent agency seeking submissions

Reply to:

Random Original Talent the newest member to the Random Original family, is a fresh new talent agency located in Everett, WA. We are currently accepting submissions for representation.

Random Original Talent is fortunate to be connected in with the larger Random Original family of creative, production, and studios; but boutique enough to represent our clients on a one-on-one basis.

What makes Random Original Talent different? It’s the service and investment we make in our clients. Random Original Talent at our own expense produces all the collateral materials our clients need to successfully promote themselves. 

Not that this post is from Craigslist and should be treated with some caution. To see more click on "read more" below.

David Brown of Remington to speak at Women in Entertainment luncheon October 9

Ann Marie Johnson's farewell as SAG 1st VP

And I bid a warm and loving farewell to the fading legacy of Screen Actors Guild.
-Ann Marie Johnson
1st VP of Screen Actors Guild
Leadership of Membership First faction
of the Hollywood Board.

Note strong Membership First / Performers Alliance political content in this letter from the Hollywood CAll-sheet newsletter of the Screen Actors Guild...
Membership first lost overwhelmingly to another Hollywood Faction Unite for Strength during this falls election for one third of the Hollywood Board seat, following last year's national election loss to Unite For Strength Ken Howard for president and Amy Aquino for Secretary Treasurer. The trend it toward merger with AFTRA and a union for the new digital age, concepts supported by the AFL-CIO and United States President Barack Obama. 


This is my last letter as SAG’s 1st vice president. For some, the end of my term as chairwoman of the largest and most prolific division of Screen Actors Guild will be a joyous day. Hopefully there will be others who won’t feel the same. Regardless, my four terms as SAG’s first vice president have been filled with some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in my professional life.

I’ve been fortunate to represent this once great union in Sacramento and in the hallowed halls of America’s House and Senate chambers. I and other SAG elected have marched, protested, sung, cried, compromised and championed worthy causes with some of the most dynamic and legendary civil servants/leaders in this country. All on behalf of unions and unionism.

The era of the union is fading. In the last 27 years, the union membership rate in this country has plummeted to less than 13 percent. There is now a generation of adults who’ve grown up in homes where neither parent was a member of a union. The anti-union movement, whether it be from our own employers or the Republican Party, has successfully weakened not only the power of unions, but the pride and determination that were once natural byproducts of calling oneself a “union member.” Am I the only one who used to tear up with pride when the old “Look for the Union Label” commercial aired on television? Those days are long gone.

I’m fortunate to have had the privilege of serving as SAG’s 1st Vice President when I did. During a time when the sovereignty of the Screen Actors Guild was intact and thriving. I remember during the 2008 negotiations, the SAG Foundation was kind enough to allow the SAG negotiating team, along with staff, to view installments of the Screen Actors Guild documentary. There we were, sitting in a dreary holding pen at the AMPTP, watching a very moving and inspiring film. While watching, I was reminded of the sacrifices made by others to allow me to safely make a decent middle-class living as an actor, with the ability to qualify for health insurance and secure a pension for my retirement. That’s why most of us were there in that room for more than 46 days. We were there working hard to try to protect and build on the legacy left by Cagney, Morgan, Robinson, Pidgeon and others.

I wish you all good health and peace. And I bid a warm and loving farewell to the fading legacy of Screen Actors Guild.
Anne-Marie Johnson
SAG 1st Vice President

For Variety coverage click here.

"There is nothing good or bad
but thinking makes it so."

-William Shakespeare

RIP Tony Curtis

Las Vegan Tony Curtis, movie star, artist, entrepreneur, lecturer passed away at the age of 85.

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We’ve been asked whatever happened to the “We remember” posts that we used to do, remembering the giants of the profession on whose shoulders we stand.  Well, the truth is it got overwhelming and at the same time it got to be too much like fan site stuff, so we quit doing the posts a few months ago.

With the passing of SAG founding member Gloria Stuart recently we thought about bringing it back. She was a remarkable, ahead of her time, brilliant performer and leader. This morning, with the news that Tony Curtis had left us, we thought again.

But then we thought about all the others. The people who made SAG, AFTRA and Equity the forces that they are (not “fading” as far as we’re concerned) did their work starting in the 1930s and 40s. One by one these heroes are leaving us — but there are so many, sung and unsung, that we can’t possibly note them all…and don’t want to insult by omission, either.

So, we’ve decided to let these notices go for now, with the thought that, like every idea we’ve put into action here, it’s always subject to change.


1% Representation Creates Extreme Lack of Employment Opportunities for Performers With Disabilities

Los Angeles (September 29, 2010) — October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and a new report released today on minority representation on broadcast television shows that scripted characters with disabilities will represent only one percent of all scripted series regular characters — six characters out of 587 — on the five broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC. Not only is this invisibility in the media misrepresentative of people with disabilities, it also means few opportunities for actors with disabilities to be cast.

Mothers-Daughters needed for new reality show (national)


AFTRA, Teamsters strike deal

AFTRA, Teamsters strike deal

Agreement means no pickets at HQ for negotiations

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With actors unions in the midst of negotiations with the congloms, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has resolved a dispute with its own business representatives.

The quelling of the dispute precludes the possibility that the business reps could picket the feature-primetime negotiations at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, which began Monday.

AFTRA announced Thursday that it had reached a three-year deal with the 11 business representatives, who are members of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 399. "The two sides reached a fair deal with gains in wages, benefits and other terms for the Teamsters-covered employees," AFTRA and the Teamsters said in a joint statement.

The statement noted that existing contract expired on Sept. 5 and negotiations for a successor agreement commenced on Sept. 9. The new contract is effective retroactively to Sept. 5, and will expire on Sept. 4, 2013.

The unit had taken the unusual step on Sept. 21 of issuing an announcement that noted the reps have been working under an expired contract and have been facing an increased workload. SAG reached a deal a month ago with its reps on a three-year pact.

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Aldridge Theatre Company

Juergen Barbusca Good news: Ira Aldridge Theatre Company is launching its 2010-2011 season with a performance of "Duke Ellington Meets Count Basie" on Nov. 28 at 2pm at the Clark County Library Theatre on Flamingo Road.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dracula at UNLV

Count Dracula
By Ted Tiller
October 29 - November 7
A witty version of the classic story of a suave vampire whose passion is sinking teeth into the throats of young women. Based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, it is a Halloween treat for young and old. Rated PG-13.

Remington Agency Moving (and non-union Yellow Rose)


We received word here that our landlord was filing bankruptcy, and the building has been turned over to a trustee. We have been unable to come to reasonable terms with the new “property managers,” so we have decided to just vacate the premises by Sunday evening. The plan, for the moment, is to move everything into storage, over the weekend, then look for a new office, which we can move into as soon as possible. Hopefully we will have a new “home” in the next month or two.

Let me reassure you that there will be a very minimal impact to our agency functions, as we all work off laptops anyway, so other than the actual “move-days,” it will be business-as-usual” for Remington and Yellow Rose. We are not going out of business, and your representation is still our top concern. Rest assured… we are going to be working even harder to get you auditions! Just bear with us during our actual move-days. J

This will impact classes (they are moving), obviously, and photography, and location work for castings. For the moment, auditions and photography, from SATURDAY on, will be suspended until further notice. The rest of this week everything will continue as planned, with classes and auditions. So if you have anything scheduled here at the studio through Saturday afternoon, it will happen AS SCHEDULED, including kids’ classes on Saturday, Oct. 2nd., except THIS WEEK the Saturday Children’s class will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children’s classes will be suspended as of 10/9, unless we find another location before then.

I REPEAT: If it is scheduled in the studio between NOW and 1 pm SATURDAY, it WILL happen, as scheduled, including classes and auditions.

CLASSES will continue next week, but in a new, temporary location on the West Side, near Valley View and Sunset. One of our actors, Frank Parrillo, has offered the office space above his print shop for classes. The new address for classes, until we get set up in the new location at: 6440 Schirlls St., Las Vegas, 89118.

WORKSHOPS: At this point it looks like the only workshop that will be affected is Tom Logan’s  Actor Intensive on Oct. 15-17. We will also hold this workshop at Frank’s Place… 6440 Schirlls St., Las Vegas, 89118.

If you are taking classes now, and do not want to go to the new location, most of our instructors will be happy to offer private lessons, so contact them directly.

And if you want to get your hands dirty, we would appreciate all the help we can get from 1:00 pm on Saturday until midnight on Sunday to load and unload the truck! But please, my phone lines are jammed… please send an email if you want to help out!

A man of theater, film, television and culture: Arthur Penn is dead

Revolutionary theater, television and film director Arthur Penn died Tuesday at his home in New York City, just one day after celebrating his 88th birthday. The The New York Times reports that the director, perhaps most well-known for 1967's "Bonnie and Clyde," passed away from congestive heart failure.

The Times calls Penn "a pioneering director of live television drama in the 1950s and a Broadway powerhouse in the 1960s," and praises his ability to develop an "intimate, spontaneous and physically oriented method of directing actors that allowed their work to register across a range of mediums."

Penn was born on September 27, 1922, in Philadelphia. He began his career in television and made a name for himself in 1957 with the production of "The Miracle Worker," adapted from the stage for television on CBS' "Playhouse 90," for which he earned an Emmy nomination.

Two years later, Penn took "The Miracle Worker" to Broadway, and he and star Anne Bancroft were awarded Tonys. In 1962, he directed the feature-film version with Bancroft, who went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress, alongside a young Patty Duke, who picked up a statue for Best Supporting Actress.

Penn also advised then-Senator John F. Kennedy during his debates with Richard Nixon in 1960 and directed the broadcast of the third debate.

All of these events led up to his most memorable work, directing Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in "Bonnie and Clyde"

Story above from MTVNews, click here for ful story.

Audio tribute on NPR's All Things Considered, click here.

His films include "Little Big Man", "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Miracle Worker" and many others, as reported on IMDB.

Arthur Penn and Melanie Griffith on the set of "Night Moves" in 1975
Photo: Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images

Mother and daughter (age 6 to 9) needed for film

Casting a Mother and daughter in short film to be shot in Las Vegas. Need a young looking mother and daughter aged 6-9. Scene will require about 1 hour of your time to film and
you will receive copy of footage. Action includes walking in park, playing in playground, happy and joyful interaction together. No dialogue. Please send photos only, no resumes required.
We are looking for a specific type and will know it when we see it. Date of shoot is tomorrow, September 30th. Can trade out photo session with professional photographer for participation in film. 

This is Criagslist, so please use with appropriate caution.

Final call for feature film (non-union) auditions

Full length feature independent film. Go to for details on date, what you need to submit, project description, and how to audition for our third and final casting call.

If you have any questions contact us at or 702-530-4384

Be aware that this project may not be union sigatory, so talent will have to audition and perform at their own risk. SAG members cannot work if the production does not sign a SAG signatory agreement, but are free to audition in Nevada.


On Saturday, October 2, thousands — including many of your fellow union members — will march in solidarity at the Nation's Capitol in order to promote jobs, justice, education and our economy. For those not able to be in Washington, D.C., rallies are also being held in Los Angeles and other cities across the country.

The AFL-CIO and members of countless affiliate unions and many more civil rights organizations will come together as part of “One Nation Working Together,” a fast-growing grassroots movement of people from all backgrounds united by the goal of reordering our nation’s priorities to invest in our most valuable resource — our people — and to bring an end to divisive tactics that are being used to polarize, not unite, America. For more on One Nation Working Together, click here.

SAG members are encouraged to join their union brothers and sisters in this historic event and to Tweet your experience as it happens, using the hash tag #onenation and #SAGmember.

Contact Nevada SAG Executive Director Steven Clinton for local information on this AFL-CIO action. Click here. 


September 29, 2010

Chairman Patrick J. Leahy
United States Senate
433 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Ranking Member Jeff Sessions
United States Senate
335 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Re: S. 3804, Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA)

Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Sessions:

We are writing this letter to you with a two-fold purpose.  First, we want to thank you for the commitment and determination you have shown in crafting and introducing S. 3804, the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act.”  Second, we want to assure you that we stand firmly with you – knowing full well the barrage of misinformation and fear tactics that will be cast against this legislation by those who seek an Internet in which everything is free to be stolen and there are no protections for consumers or creators at all.

We represent 300,000 creators, film talent and craftspeople who create a multitude of diverse films, television programs and sound recordings that are sought after by consumers around the world.  Our content is so sought after, in fact, that Internet profiteers are springing up all over the world – individuals and businesses solely dedicated to using the Internet to create money-making websites that steal from our members and put the American public at risk.   Rogue sites look legitimate, but make no mistake – these sites are illegal and they are trafficking in illegally-obtained content, with only one goal in mind – making money from films, television programs, and recordings that they had no role at all in creating or financing.

The opposition to this legislation will do all they can to confuse this reality.  They will protect illegal profiteers by cloaking them in respectability. They will call for studies and hearings, and raise specious concerns, with the hope that Congress will do nothing.   They will forgo protecting the American consumer from giving credit card and personal information to illegal entities in return for a lawless Internet.  They will turn a blind eye to the looting of one of the strongest American industries by profiteers who contribute nothing to our economy or our culture. And they – most of whom do not create jobs themselves – will be willing to sacrifice the jobs of our members and the thousands of others who depend on the entertainment industry to make a living.

We respect the rights of business and interest groups to raise thoughtful questions for open discussion and debate, but we must speak up when such groups organize campaigns dedicated to paralyzing the legislative process with half-truths and absurd misrepresentations of civic rights.  A fair and equitable balance of various interests and adequate protections against abuse is always the desired goal of public policy.  We know you and the other co-sponsors of this legislation have, in the crafting of this legislation, done just that and will continue to do so.  We look forward to working together with you toward the passage of S. 3804.

Click here to view the letter.