Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Google Halloween with Scooby Do and Company

From the London Telegraph:

When users go to the search engine's home page they are greeted to five elaborate illustrations, which have been designed in celebration for the annual day celebrated on October 31.
Clicking on the logo takes users from one illustration to another with a footprint underneath, which follow the sleuthing youths who are hunting a mysterious trick-or-treating candy ghost that has left a trail of sweets left behind.
Each picture shows the Hanna-Barbera's zany teen ghostbusters being chased by ghosts – Fred "Freddie" Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers and Scooby Doo – are shown investigating Halloween style clues in a bid to solve why the Google logo is missing.
The fourth illustration shows the hapless Shaggy and Scooby being scared by ghosts before the final colourful illustration shows the team surrounded by smiling pumpkins with the "villain" captured.
As one of the most infamous Great Danes, Scooby-Doo once said: "Rimage ris everything."
The popular Scooby Doo television adventure series has been a children's favourite since its creation in 1969. It follows the Mystery Machine-travelling gang on a series of ghostbusting adventures.

See also my Sunday Morning News and Views

SAG Florida President Destroys Southern Florida for Halloween

From: Dave Corey 
SAG Florida National Board
 War of the Worlds

  Forgive the blatant, shameless promotion, but this might just give you a
cool idea for a Halloween "listening party"!  
On Halloween night, Sunday, =
from 6pm to 3am (Eastern),
you can click on 
and stream a production of 
"The War of the Worlds".  

It runs just short of 1 1/2 hours 
and is my adaptation 
of the Orson Welles 
1938 Mercury Theater on the Air 
adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic.  

You'll basically hear the destruction 
of South Florida!  

Originally intended to be broadcast live on 101.5 LITE FM,
management has deemed it just too frightening and 
dangerous to broadcast over the airwaves.

A total of 20 months is represented in this production, 
and I am thrilled to have had my son compose 
the original theme as assist me with the sound design.
I hope you can fit it into your schedule - maybe, 
get some friends over, turn down the lights, 
open a bottle or t wo of whatever, 
and gather around the computer.  

Just remember, it won't be available after 3am 
per contractual agreement with the Howard Koch estate.
Thanks, and a happy Halloween to you all!


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first posted 10-25-2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Truth, not big bucks advertising hate rhetoric

The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks and has overseen an economy that has grown for the past four quarters.  

-Washington Post, Congressional Budget Office, Bloomberg News and other sources... 

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Carpenters needed for Elvis

Build scenery, props, and other items as directed Learn and execute show cue tracks as directed Assist with repairs and projects of scenery, props, and facility...
(after the show, or if you missed it go to
Be sure to listen to the final ten minutes of the show.

Rally to restore Sanity and/or Fear on now -Comedy Central


Friday, October 29, 2010


I have free passes to Actorfest in LA next Saturday November 6th.

Send me an e-mail with your address and I can mail up to 4 to you if you are able to attend (while they last).

Art Lynch



Reporting Structure

All National Committees serve at the pleasure of the National Board of Directors.

Purpose of Committees

—National Committees are formed for two purposes:
  1. To assist the National Board of Directors by developing policy recommendations and/or
  2. To implement a program for the benefit of performers.
—National Committee Mission Statements define scope of committee work.
—Agenda and activities are set to define future goals and recommend projects.
Over recent years the size of committees, their size and 
missions have undergone massive review.
The review is fewer voting seats and alternates on 
each committee, the sunsetting of some, 
lack of actual meetings for others and the
creation of short term "task forces".

Members wishing to do national committee service
may contact the national SAG office. They are strongly
encouraged to lend their talents and experience to
local committees in each division and each branch.

Short films being accepted for Dam Short Film Fest in BC (12/1 deadline)

2011 Call for Entries open!

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Captain Kangaroo Actor and Stage Manager RIP

Mr. Baxter, the neighbor on Kangaroo, and one of the first African Americans on "regular" television, passed away this week at the age of 92.  In his life he was a sailor, bootlegger, USO producer and performer, stage managed the US Open for over 40 years, and gave stage cues to the likes of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather as floor manager for network newscast. His deep voice has been heard in newsrooms and over the air as an announcer.

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Happy Hammergrin Halloween/ Nevada Days Open House is on this year

SAG actors who have been here for a few years remember the parties Lonnie use to throw for branch members who hit 25 years in the union (some as high as 70 years). My wife and I had the joy of handling Lonnies marketing and advertising (of course Lonnie was his own marketing) on his successful run for Lt Governor in 1994. It was a fun and wild ride! A campaign unlike any other!

As for his house: sharks, subs, Apollo text capsule, bikes, shrunken heads, musical instruments, a working planetarium, an authentic gondola, neon Las Vegas history, the desks from the old state legislature and a world of other surprises are to be had when touring this "back yard" overlooking Sandhill. The Liberace staircase, his traveling piano, the dome from the old Dunes, a roller coaster from the Stratosphere, a scale model of Leonardo daVinci's flying machine, the Nevada Brothel Bar, a plane owned by Howard Hughes and much much more...

Will there be an annual Halloween at Lt. Governor Lonnie Hammegrin's house?

The ANSWER THIS YEAR IS YES..Open House on October 30th for Nevada Day (costumes optional). More in today's Las Vegas Review Journal.

From 2008, The New York Times:

The following recaps what the Hammergrin-less holidays over the past two years have been like

Cancelled for the second year in a row for "political" and "practical" reasons, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal (click here).

Or to be more truthful: Hammergrin Nevada Day Celebration.

A vintage Nevada Day 2008 interview on KNPR with Dr. Hammergrin may be heard by clicking here.

I remember live elephants, tigers and pony rides for the children.

The RJ wrote "you are not an official Nevadan until you have taken a tour of the Hammergrin Paradise Palace."

While it is a Las Vegas tradition I have not received or seen any information for this year. For some quick looks at the three home spread that is Hammergrin's Nevada History Museum and general life long artifact collection, click here. Photo above form Eric West's collection on Facebook.

My wife and I were among the team who worked with Lonnie when his dark horse, underfunded, come from behind campaign earned him the Lt. Governor race in 1984. We won.  No one can claim the victory but Lonnie. What we did do was coordinate PR and Marketing, including advertising, and all media planning and placement. His campaign manager Bob McCaffrey (a scholar on Howard Hughes) worked closely with him, but it was Lonnie who ran and won that campaign.

The ride that year included riding in a balloon in Reno, riding a camel at the annual Virginia City Camel Races, and an historic dual steam engine ride across the state and to Southern California on the last ever such trip over the Union Pacific (pulling the luxury of the City of Los Angeles passenger cars).

I also recall SAG Council Member Karen LaVonne's "unwedding" on the outdoor stage that is part of "Lonnie World," SAG local awards honors and many other events at his "homes".

What a ride, what a trip.

Too bad there are those who do not want us to enjoy Lonnie's back yard.

Hair like Elvis?

Oscar Winning Director seeking a few good Elvi (and others)

Are you an Elvis tribute artist living and working in Las Vegas? We are making a documentary film about the history of men's grooming and will be in Las Vegas for a few days next week filming. While we're in the area we would love to hear stories about the grooming regime that you use when transforming into Elvis!

If you have an interesting grooming story please send us your information! 

From Craigslist, so us appropriate caution. Photo link click here.

Tax Incentives at work...for Hobbit and New Zealand

Many New Zealanders had campaigned hard for the movies to be made in their country. Photo from BBC news.

From SAG WATCH (click title to go to SAGWATCH blog):


They’ve already passed the law to give Warner the tax breaks. It took exactly two days.
For those who don’t subscribe to Variety, here’s the BBC version, no subscription required.


Don't miss CSN's first-ever Fall Fun Fest

There'll be rides and trick-or-treating for the kids, arts and crafts, famous local authors and bands, a beer and wine garden and much more. Check out the Fall Fun Fest website at for dates and times of specific events.
College Drive (off of Oakey or Charleston)
Entrance fee: None
Parking Fee: $5.00 
Valet Fee: $10.00

Romeo and Juliet in a contemporary light next weekend

Entertainment e-zine

This e-zine/blog provides entertainment news and updates, with a focus on alternatives. This issue has a focus on Halloween.I am not  affiliated with this e-zine but am passing it on to you as a local reference for alternative entertainment. Go to It is advertising supported.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Improv SAG Conservatory THIS SATURDAY

Nevada SAG Conservatory Presents
“Improvisation for Actors” with Michael Hartnett

The goal of this class will be to enhance the performer’s understanding of the fundamentals of improvisation while expanding their ability to convey emotion and create fully realized three-dimensional characters. Various proven exercises that allow the student to focus on relationship, emotion and ensemble will be utilized. The training will further the student’s ability to improvise characters and situations and fully explore the possibilities brought on by their own ideas.

Exercises that show the importance of adding and heightening a scene partner’s ideas and creating dramatic conflicts (not arguments) from obstacles will be used. You will also learn how to develop strong choices in initiation, the exploration of emotion and character creation.

When: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, October 30, 2010
12:30 p.m. Check-in begins

Where: Las Vegas Shakespeare Theatre Company
4675 W. Flamingo Rd., #2
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(Approximately one block East of Decatur. Look for the driveway next to the Super Pawn behind the Optometrist’s office.)

Parking: Free parking is available on-site.

RSVP: No RSVP necessary but please check the Branch Hotline at (702) 737-8818 or (800) 724-0767, option 7 for any last minute changes to the conservatory program.

Cost for Workshop: Free for Nevada Conservatory Members or $20 per workshop.

Nevada Conservatory Cost: $40 a year for union members/$80 a year for non-union members.

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Halloween Politics

Scare tactics. Fear. Anger. Myths and Monsters...

Am I noticing a difference between the political parties this election season? Empathy? Those who put themselves in other people's shoes and show concern or care for their fellow man/woman seem diametrically opposed to those who are out for themselves or number one.

Now add huge amounts of corporate special interest funds to convince people that there are things to fear, create Halloween Ghosts out of every possible issue, and you have an election based on hate, fear and lies rather than fact, faith and the public good.

"Book 'em, Danno" final fade: James McArthur RIP

Actor James McArthur, who created the character of Danno on "Hawaii 5-0" is dead at the age of 73. Star of Disney films including "Swiss Family Robinson"and "Kidnapped" and his film and television career far exceeds the iconic Danno.

IMDB reports "In a career spanning more than four decades, James MacArthur has developed a body of work which is wonderfully dynamic in both scope and range. Portraying everything from crazed killer to stalwart defender of law and order, frustrated teenager to cynical senior supervisor, he has appeared in numerous films, television programs, and stage productions since his career officially began back in 1955. Although he had been performing in parts during summer stock productions since 1949, making his stage debut in "The Corn Is Green," his real acting career did not begin until he starred as the complex and misunderstood teenager in John Frankenheimer's Deal a Blow."

Lion King to close

The Review Journal is reporting that "The Lion King" will end its Las Vegas run December 30th.

Friendship Needed

Martin Luther King, Jr.: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Bonnie Screams still seeking Halloween Paid Actors [

Seeking reliable and enthusiastic talent to join us for the final run of Bonnie Screams, the only REAL Haunted Attraction in all of Southern Nevada. 
Must have transportation and great attitude. Contact immediately, Include Head shot and resume (If you have one), as well as full contact info.

Seeking new talent for agents and managers

L.A. Management Co and Vegas Agents Are Seeking New Talent. Auditions Are Going To Be Held At Casting Call Entertainment November 4tht From 4pm to 7pm

Please Bring Two Head Shots and Two Resumes

For More Details Please Call 702.369.5646

  • Location: 2790 E. Flamingo Suite F
There is at least one talent manager (open to union talent) and one agent (possibly non-union) involved in this call.

James Bond Type for LA low budget [Errors when replying to ads?]

A feature micro-budget film being shot in Los Angeles and is replacing it's lead actor. We are seeking a very hansome male actor,Young James Bond type, dark hair, tone body, great features. You will be playing a detective.

This is a feature film, the pay is defferd, there is a contract. Great script, being shot in Los Angeles, LA production.
Please no egos!
Must be able to film in LA.
Must be able to work on green screen.
Casting ASAP, already in production.

The idea of the look we are seeking, also this actor is being considerd for the role also.
Please email links, photos, IMDB, resume if possible ASAP.

Copy, Credt, Deferred, 150.00 per day + precentage 

This is from Craigslist, use appropriate caution.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Focus on Young Performers


Screen Actor Summer CoverScreen Actor is a quarterly magazine and a benefit of SAG membership. It circulates to more than 125,000 readers throughout the United States and abroad.
About the Cover: The kids of summer, clockwise, Selena Gomez and Joey King in Ramona & Beezus (photo by Alan Markfield, 20th Century Fox); Finley Jacobson, Mandy Haines, Judy Greer, “Marmaduke” and Caroline Sunshine inMarmaduke (photo by Joe Lederer, 20th Century Fox);Despicable Me’s Miranda Cosgrove (photo by Colette de Barros, Nickelodeon); Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid(photo by Jasin Boland, Columbia Pictures); Charlie Tahan and Zac Efron in Charlie St. Cloud (photo by Diyah Pera, Universal Pictures); and Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe in Flipped (photo by Ben Glass, Warner Bros. Pictures). Cover design by Yvette Youssefia.
Excerpts from this issue are available by clicking the link below. If you are a member, please log in and click on "Magazine Archive" to see the full version of current and past issues.

Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild board member Roy Costley in attendance at the May 2010 at the 2nd Annual Howard Keel Awards, held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The award was presented to Sheldon Smith for his tireless work on behalf of the members of SAG. Named for the legendary actor-singer and former SAG president, the Howard Keel Award is annually presented to persons who make a significant contribution to the promotion of Screen Actors Guild and to the welfare and benefit of members in their Branch, or nationally, as part of the Regional Branch Division. A Vietnam veteran, Costley represents New Mexico on the Regional Branch Division of Screen Actors Guild national board. The evening marked the first time Costley had worn his medals publicly since earning them. The following day, he wore them again, this time for his first visit to the Vietnam War Memorial.


If it seems that everyone has a Web series these days, you might not be too far off the mark. The past year has seen a significant increase in the amount of professionally produced original Web series as creative professionals are turning to the freedom and accessibility of new media platforms.
In August 2010, Screen Actors Guild New Media signed 111 productions, shattering the previous record for the most productions signed in a month by a whopping 31 percent. That’s an astounding 141 percent increase of SAG New Media signatories over the same month one year ago. If overall trends continue, we can expect to see a significant increase in the volume of new media productions signed this year over last.
Along with this increase in the number of productions signed, there has also been an increase in the quality of those productions, including HBO’s newest web series The Boring Life of Jacqueline starring Michael Cera, and the highly anticipated Elf Quest, produced by Stephanie Thorpe and Paula Rhodes,with it’s new media all-star cast including, among others, Taryn O’Neil and Thorpe.
SAG is proud of the inroads it has made in growing the union density and professionalism in new media, creating work opportunities for SAG members while expanding the artistic integrity in this burgeoning industry.