Saturday, May 29, 2010

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Spirit of the 60' and friend to SAG Branches leaves us at 74

Dennis Hopper, creative director of CineVegas film festival and credited (along with film incentives) of turning New Mexico into "Hollywood East" died of prostate cancer this morning in Los Angeles. He was supportive of SAG branches and made a point of becoming a part of the local community in any town he called home, regardless of how long or how short a period of time. The spirit he will be remembered for is best embodied in his home "town" at the time of his death, "Venice Beach, CA".

"What are they going to say about me when I'm gone..." rant posted by former SAG National President Melissa Gilbert ("Little House"): Dennis Hopper's Drug Crazed Rant in Apocalypse Now : R.I.P. Dennis!

From the LA Times:
Known best for his pioneering film "Easy Rider," Dennis Hopper died Saturday of prostate cancer at the age of 74 in his home in Venice Beach.
"Easy Rider" woke Hollywood up to a new age in film making, a new sensibility, a new way of thinking, and it did it in its opening sequence (turn the volume up and click here). 

Hopper, who made his debut opposite James Dean in the classic "Rebel Without a Cause" in 1955, reached a younger generation decades later with roles in "Apocalypse Now," "Hoosiers" and "Blue Velvet."
A talented writer, director, actor, artist and producer, the edgy Hopper struggled with drugs and alcohol in the '80s to the point where he admitted to indulging in "a half a gallon of rum with a fifth of rum on the side, 28 beers and three grams of cocaine a day — and that wasn't getting high, that was just to keep going, man." Throughout his celebrated career, the versatile and influential actor appeared in more than 115 films opposite legends from James Dean, John Wayne and Jack Nicholson.
Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010
BornDennis Lee Hopper
May 17, 1936
Dodge CityKansas, U.S.
DiedMay 29, 2010 (aged 74)
VeniceCalifornia, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, artist
Years active1955–2009
Spouse(s)Brooke Hayward (1961–1969)
Michelle Phillips (1970)
Daria Halprin (1972–1976)
Katherine LaNasa (1989–1992)
Victoria Duffy (1996–2010)

Casting: 12 points of view form Joe Reich

Twelve Points of View
From Casting Director
Joe Reich

1. Casting Directors are middle management, not agents.

2. Casting Directors “audition” for jobs just like you do.

3. Casting Directors should be “actor friendly”.

5. Be an “applicant” not a “supplicant.”

6. Always do the best that you can, it’s your audition time.

7. Your Agent works for you.

8. Do not use Talent Managers.

9. Invest in your “sales tools”.

10. Invest in your “craft”.

11. Taking a Casting Director’s class is not the same as an audition. You are not being considered for work, you are working!

12. Stay on top of new technology, it is the future.


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Anne Miller says communicate

When Communication Really Works

It’s called communication because it is a two-way street – even when only one person is doing the talking, there is someone or more than one person at the other end who is receiving the message. And for communication to really work, it’s not just enough to send out a clear message, you also have to ensure that the correct meaning of the message has been understood by the recipient(s). 

Good communication skills are hard to find, and before you think that you’re a good communicator, let me remind you that it’s not enough just to be linguistically strong and/or have a good voice. 

To be an effective communicator, you must:

·      Know your subject: If you don’t know what you’re supposed to talk or write about, you’re never going to be able to convey the message clearly. It may be the simple act of giving someone instructions – if you don’t know how to do it yourself, no amount of instructing will do the trick. So before you start to communicate, ensure that you know the subject to be communicated well enough to deliver the message. The level of your knowledge depends on how thorough or deep your communication should be. 

·      Know your audience: It’s not enough to just be knowledgeable about the subject, you also need to know the level of receptiveness of your audience. Some people understand when things are put very simply while others expect you to use a certain standard of language in order to be perceived as an expert. Before you begin to communicate, you must know who you’re going to communicate with in order for the communication to be efficient.

·      Know how to tone up/down your subject according to your audience: And once you know both your subject and your audience, if you know how to tone your subject and choose your words according to your audience, you’re well on the way to being the king of communication. For example, you would explain certain things in one way to children and in a completely different way to adults. Even among adults, you would choose your words based on how well you think your audience is likely to understand them. This personalization and customization for a particular audience is what makes communication really effective.
These are the very basic skills of a good communicator – when you know what your message is supposed to be, when you know who the intended recipient is, and when you’re able to adjust the message according to the person who is supposed to receive it, you know you’ve mastered the fine art of communication.  

This guest post is contributed by Anna Miller, who writes on the topic of degrees online . She welcomes your comments at her email

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Free Sampler Saturday at Casting Call Entertainment

Rossum's Universal Robots

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is a science fiction play in the Czech language by Karel Čapek. It premiered in 1921, and is noted for introducing the term "robot." Isaac Asimov, author of the Robot Series of books and creator of the Three Laws of Robotics, stated: "Capek's play is, in my own opinion, a terribly bad one, but it is immortal for that one word. It contributed the word 'robot' not only to English but, through English, to all the languages in which science fiction is now written."[1]-Wikipedia



“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him?” – Psalms 8:3

R.U.R.—written in 1920, premiered in Prague in 1921, and first performed in New York in 1922—garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word robot. Mass-produced as efficient laborers to serve man, Capek’s Robots remember everything but think of nothing new. The Utopian life they provide ultimately lacks meaning, and the humans they serve begin to be unable to reproduce. When the Robots revolt, killing all but one of their masters, they must strain to learn the secret of creation...

Rossums Universal Robots is the Insurgo 2010 Ensemble Production, directed by Insurgo Ensemble Captain Brandon McClenahan. The cast is as follows:

HARRY DOMAIN - Michael Drake
SULLA - Sarah Spraker
MARIUS - Brandon Jones
HELENA GLORY - Amanda Kraft
DR. GALL - Gabe Gentile
DR. HALLEMEIER - Glenn Heath
FABRY - Mike Kimm
ALQUIST - Tony Foresta
BUSMAN - Joel Wayman
RADIUS - Dave Surrat
NANA - Natascha Negro
PRIMUS - Geo Nikols
ROBOTS - Rosalie Miletich, Joe Sacco, Paul Romero, Jeremy Nino, Jason Nino, Alex Williams, Stacia Larsen, Breon Jenay

Director: Brandon McClenahan
Assistant Director: Sam Craner
Sound Design: Sandy Stein
Choreography: Jenna Wurtzberger
Costumes: Natascha Negro and Brandon McClenahan
Set Design: Brandon McClenahan and Tim Burris

Performances of R.U.R. are June 18th - July 10th:

Gary Coleman is dead at 42

Gary Coleman dies at 42; child star of hit sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes


More from the LA Times: "Gary Coleman, who soared to fame in the late 1970s as the child star of the hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" and whose post-TV-series life included a stint as a shopping mall security guard and an unlikely run for California governor, died Friday. He was 42.

The diminutive Coleman, whose adult height was 4 feet 8 inches, died at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage earlier this week, according to a statement from hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank.

A resident of Santaquin, Utah, he had been hospitalized Wednesday and lost consciousness the next day. He was taken off life support Friday afternoon with his family at his side, the hospital said.

Born with failed kidneys, Coleman had undergone two transplants by age 14 and his growth was permanently stunted by the side effects of dialysis medications."

My friend and coach Vic Perrillo discovered Coleman as an elementary school student in Lisle, IL, launching him into television commercials, where a scout for Norman Lear "discovered" him (the Hollywood prism on things). Later pushed out by Coleman's uncle, his "manager", Coleman has had financial problems most of his life. 

Broadway Openings

A more formal time for the on


Yellow Rose June Acting Courses

Call Yellow Rose Academy at (702) 547-3668 or
and indicate the day and time you would like to attend!

You can audit a class for $20, and this will be deducted from your monthly fee, should you sign up for classes later.

Reserve your spot today! Class size will be limited to 15 students (8 students for Mr. Tylo’s Classes), to ensure that each student has plenty of individual instruction and camera-time.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


"A nation divided cannot stand" - Abraham Lincoln

At the Regional Branch Division meeting this past weekend in Washington DC, SAG President Ken Howard was optimistic that there will be merger, possibly faster then is anticipated, but that any movement in that direction will have to wait until after the conclusion of the Theatrical-TV contract negotiations which begin this fall. 

SAG President Ken Howard spoke of the need for SAG and AFTRA to merge when he visited the Nevada membership this spring. Strong emotions remain on both sides from the last merger attempt, which failed to gain the required 60 percent of SAG membership ratification by a few hundred votes. Strong emotions define the pride of actors, the battles ahead with management, the emergence of technologies that are already changing how projects are produced and how we ply our crafts.

SAG and AFTRA share jurisdiction over television and commercial production. AFTRA also includes recording artists, a small percentage of broadcasters, some select producers and other smaller industry groups. Equity represents stage actors. All three have differing cultures, missions, and ideas about who should be a member and how. SAG requires work in the trade under SAG contract. AFTRA allows buy-ins, but in some areas requires work in the trade under their umbrella. Equity has a points system through which actors earn membership.

The need is there, far more apparent than to those who knew what was coming the last time a merger was attempted. Management is working the two unions, at times the three unions, against each other to keep pay, benefits and their costs down. Technology is moving rapidly into the gray area where both unions can claim "clear" jurisdiction under historic patterns. Both unions have staff, P&H, members services and other expenses to maintain, with funding coming from the work done by the membership (dues) and by new members. The competition is real and may represent the survival of both unions if they remain separate. Money only goes so far.

The vast majority of television pilots, and an increasingly strong representation of all television production, are moving forward under AFTRA contracts. Digital media has made the clear delineation in the past between film and videotape as ancient as the dinosaur. We live in a new era of production, with product transported to production facilities and eventually transmitted to the consumer on iPods and digital files.

Having stage, film, television and commercial actors under one umbrella is not uncommon in entertainment unions around the world.

There remains opposition to any talk of merger or movement toward it in factions of all three unions, with the strongest percentage within SAG.

The last merger failed by a few hundred votes to reach the 60% required for passage. That was SAG's membership, AFTRA voted in large numbers for merger.

With the elected leaders at the head of both unions open to the concept, speculation in the media and among union membership is reaching a renewed fever.

I understand those who speak of "an actors union for actors" and "save SAG." They have valid points. The question is if hanging onto the past and our pride in what we do, against the reality of the industry, the business climate, eroding unionism, and the need for solidarity, is worth the loss of our work to other unions and non-union work?

The technological, financial and corporate realities of the world we live in require us to merge, or suffer sharp declines in service, benefits and eventually contracts.

It is time to merge.

Art Lynch

SAG ABC Diversity Showcase - East Coast

Disney ABC Television Group’s Casting Project
Now Accepting Applications for ABC Diversity Showcase - New York

What: As part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the Disney ABC Television Group's Casting Project will hold auditions for consideration for the ABC Talent Showcase. This opportunity also affords the majority of participants the chance to audition for a variety of ABC (and other networks') pilots and ongoing programming. ABC has a long-standing commitment to promoting diversity in the entertainment industry through a variety of projects administered by its Talent Development & Casting departments. The Casting Project offers an excellent opportunity for talent that might otherwise go unnoticed. 
Submission Period: May 24, 2010 – June 9, 2010
Auditions: June 14 – July 1
Call-Backs and Scene Selection Process: End of July–August
Rehearsal: September 7-22
ABC Talent Showcase at The Kirk Theater: Thursday, September 23
Headshots and Resumes Submissions: Hardcopies Only - No Electronic Submissions

Mailing Address: Screen Actors Guild
Diversity – ABC 2010
360 Madison Avenue, 12TH FLOOR
New York, NY  10017

Happy Birthday Vincent

Vincent Price would be 99 today.

The voice, the moves, the horror!

Next Summer at the Ranch

2011 Supper Summer Theater Schedule at the Ranch

JUNE: Stage Door Entertainment will do:

JULY: PS Productions will do:

AUGUST: Jade Productions will do:

SEPTEMBER: First Step Productions will do:

Schedule is subject to change.

This summer's 2010 slate
 at Spring Mountain Ranch is:

June - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

July - Ain't Misbehavin'
August - Damn Yankees
September - The Foreigner

For more on this summers schedule and Super Summer Theater at Spring Mountain Ranch go to:
Supper Summer Theater  at

Creating a Character Workshop $150

Actor and Director...Creating the Character
with Award Winning Film Director/Producer, Ralph E. Portillo

June 5th – Las Vegas, NV

Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin | 1901 North Rainbow Blvd

One Day Class – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Lunch Break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuition - $150
Class open to ages 12 and over


This is a rare opportunity to study with a Hollywood Film Director to learn the art of creating a character for film.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

He touched generations of children

Art Linkletter is gone at 97. I had the honor or meeting him here in Boulder City as he promoted solar energy. Linkletter joked that he was the only man to open two national landmarks. He cut the ribbon of the Golden Gate Bridge and he cut the ribbon opening the New York Worlds Fair. While not a national historic site, in 1955 he wast here at the ribbon cutting for Disneyland, and at thousands of other supermarkets, theme parks, public buildings and even movie studio lots.

He told the story of a man who came up to him at an event in a walker. The old man said "don't you remember me, when I was a kid I was on your radio show."

As for his sex life, four years ago he said it had not changed except that when his wife ask him to go up stairs to "have a little whoopie" he has to respond "make up your mind, choose one."

At 93 he kept the country club tent full of VIP's laughing for a full 40 minutes, non-stop.

A Canadian by birth, Linkletter was a major campaigner for the war effort during the Second World War, and one of America's top entrepreneurs,  earning millions upon millions on investments and projects. Of course is best remembered for "Kids Say the Darndest Things."

The New York Times offers its obituary writes "the genial host who parlayed his talent for the ad-libbed interview into two of television’s longest-running shows, “People Are Funny” and “House Party,” in the 1950s and 1960s, died on Wednesday at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles." 

The Times goes on to report on his rags to riches, see the world and be open to everyone story book life.

Radio and TV personality Art Linkletter (left), who appeared in only two movies, was positively brilliant in his only acting role, as Happy Hogan in Richard Whorf's too-seldom-seen and eerily prescient TV satire "Champagne for Caesar'' (1950). Happy is the nitwit master of ceremonies on "Masquerade for Money,'' where unemployed genius Ronald Colman hopes to clean out eccentric sponsor Vincent Price. Happy also turns out to be the love interest of Colman's sister, played by Barbara Britton, the first actress I ever remember having a crush on. Linkletter also played himself in the 1946 movie version of his radio show "People Are Funny,'' which later had a long and popular run on TV. -NY Post

“I know enough about a lot of things to be interesting, but I’m not interested enough in any one thing to be boring,” 

Mr. Linkletter told The New York Post in 1965.

 “I’m like everybody’s next-door neighbor, only a little bit smarter.”

Founding Fathers DHM and Ken Howard

SAG Third Vice President David Hartley David Hartley-Margolin of  Colorado took on the role of portly Benamin Franklin while SAG National President Ken Howard reprised his Tony Award Winning role as Thomas Jefferson, during an Regional Branch Division (RBD) tribute to 33 year Philadelphia branch president Tom McCarthy.

Mystery Theater Premier Friday Night

A Comedy,
Audience Interactive,
Murder Mystery,
Dinner Theater

Written and Directed by David Sebastian Bach

Weekly, Starting May 28th, 2010

Doors open 6:30 p.m., Curtain at 7 p.m. sharp


Tickets: $59.95 + tax
(Seniors 65+ and active Military - $49.95 + tax)

   Call for tickets and info: 702-991-8550


David S Bach
BOTA Entertainment Int'l

Angry Itch extended

Three additional performances have been announced for Insurgo Theater Movement's smash hit production of HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH, directed by David Tapper and starring Cory Benway.

The dates will be Friday and Saturday, June 4th and 5th at 10:30PM and a special Industry performance the following Tuesday, June 8th at 1030PM. TIckets are $15/$20 and can be purchased online at

900 E. Karen Ave. # D114
Las Vegas, NV

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Help a vet seeking employment until next deployment

Ask for help.

Would anyone know of a job in Greater Las Vegas (or if pays enough) for a two tour Afghanistan, one tour in Iraq, National Guard soldier. He, his wife and two kids are without income now that he is back in-country with up three years until his next full time deployment (key word is "up to"). Expertise but no formal education in all forms of fire arms and most heavy weapons (expert in most areas), field medic, logistics and reconnaissance.

Art Lynch (

Monday, May 24, 2010

Heaven is Lucky to have you

In memory of a wonderful lady, Arizona 16 year president Lucky Hayes. She will be missed. Shown with Nevada SAG National Board Member Art Lynch and Nevada SAG Branch President Steve Dressler at the Regional Branch Division dinner in Atlanta last year.

See also Anne Lucky Hayes obituary

RIP Lucky Hayes

God Rest Ye Lucky Hayes

One Performers Union

RBD Board Endorses Creation of One Union to Cover All Performers

Screen Actors Guild Regional Branch Leaders Meet in Washington, D.C. 
for Annual Board Meeting

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Welcomes SAG Leaders
Recognition Given to Sheldon Smith, Tom McCarthy

Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2010) – The Screen Actors Guild Regional Branch Division (RBD) Board of Directors voted to endorse the creation of one union to cover all performers.

Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard who, with Secretary Treasurer Amy Aquino, was in attendance at the RBD Board’s annual meeting held in Washington, DC over the weekend said, “The Regional Branch Division of Screen Actors Guild is the vital and important voice of our membership in the Branches. I’m pleased that they so strongly endorsed the idea of one union for all performers.”

In other activity, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka presented the welcome address. “SAG does such a great job of representing performing artists, and is also doing more than ever as part of our entire union movement,” Trumka told the SAG leaders. “SAG’s active support of all workers’ rights has been crucial in helping us keep labor issues in the spotlight.”

Trumka’s address touched on important issues to SAG members including digital theft, so-called “right to work” states, and the power of political and legislative activism to enact laws to protect SAG members and win tax incentives to increase production work.

“When it comes to the entertainment industry, we have no better friend in labor. President Trumka gets our issues,” said Howard. “President Trumka is a true unionist and a fierce fighter for working people. We’re honored he joined us today and honored that he is a true friend to Screen Actors Guild.”

Honors Show at Press Club
On Saturday evening, at a ceremony held at the National Press Club, SAG/AFTRA Washington-Baltimore Branch member Sheldon Smith received the 2nd Annual Howard Keel Award for his tireless contributions to SAG. The award is the highest recognition given by the Regional Branch Division.

“As someone who has received far more than my share of honor and recognition during my lifetime, I can honestly say this was perhaps the only one which came as a complete surprise. I am very gratified and truly appreciate it,” said Smith. "To me, it reflects the gratitude I have for my membership in Screen Actors Guild and in AFTRA. Being a union member has afforded me professional opportunities I would not otherwise have enjoyed and my earned union benefits have allowed me to be a full-time working actor with a long and rewarding career."

A member since 1968, Smith is an award-winning actor/narrator and perhaps the best-known voice of Republican media campaigns in America. He is a four-time winner of the Peer Award for Voiceover/Narration, the recipient of 19 Telly Awards, multiple Pollie Awards and Reed Awards, and a CINE Golden Eagle Award, among other recognitions.

For several years, Smith has presented a very popular workshop nationwide which teaches members how to convert non-union work into union jobs. Smith has also participated in every Branch Wages & Working Conditions Committee for both the Commercials and Industrial Contracts for over 20 years.

"Sheldon epitomizes service to the union. He has lent his time, energy, intellect and considerable talent to an extraordinary number of efforts that have benefited members across the country," said SAG 3rd National Vice President David Hartley-Margolin. "Sheldon's service has been tireless, staggering, and offered for years without regard for recognition, making him more than deserving of this distinguished award."

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 SAG and to the welfare and benefit of members in their Branch, or nationally, as part of the Regional Branch Division. Keel was SAG’s 10th president (1958-59) and during his term, the SAG National Board was increased from 39 to 52 seats, allowing for Branch representation — for the first time — from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Boston.

Honors for Tom McCarthy, Jim Huston, Lucky Hayes
On Sunday, a presentation was made to Philadelphia Branch President Tom McCarthy, who will retire from Guild service at the end of his term in September. McCarthy has continuously served as Branch president for more than 30 years. As part of the tribute, SAG President Ken Howard surprised McCarthy by recreating his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. In 1969, Howard played Jefferson on Broadway in 1776, reprising the role for the 1972 film adaptation.

“Tom is an actor’s actor and has served his union with pride and represented the members of the Philadelphia Branch with style and grace,” said Hartley-Margolin. “Not only is he an actor, but a teacher and a mentor. Tom has given much of himself in representing his brothers and sisters and we are eternally grateful.”

The SAG Philadelphia Branch is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, which will be marked today with a mayoral reception at Philadelphia City Hall attended by both Howard and McCarthy.

A memorial for long time Huston, Texas president Jim Huston and 17 year Arizona President Lucky Hayes on Saturday paid tribute to the strength and integrity of those who serve the Guild and the lives of two RBD performers lost within the past few months.

The RBD includes 20 Branches spanning from Boston to Hawaii. Nearly 28,000 Screen Actors Guild members who work in film and television live in the regional branches.

Paul Napier and Gloria Stuart honored by Screen Actors Guild

He has been guest instructor almost annually since. 

He is also the who chairs and Screen Actors Guild National Horors and Tributes committee and directs the National Board Choir, made up of Broadway, Motion Picture and Television alums.

Gloria Stuart fought hard for the creation of the union and was a driving force into making it the worlds premier entertainers and performers union.


Pamela Greenwalt
Communications Executive Director
(323) 549-6872


LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2010) – Screen Actors Guild today announced that Gloria Stuart and Paul Napier have been selected to receive the Hollywood Division’s prestigious Ralph Morgan Award, the highest service award given by the Hollywood Division. The honor will be bestowed Saturday, June 19 as part of the Annual Hollywood Division Membership Meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge.

Gloria Stuart was among the first members to join Screen Actors Guild in 1933, becoming member No. 843 and subsequently serving for several years on the National Board. She is the sole surviving board member from the 1930s. Paul Napier has served Screen Actors Guild through continuous service on the board of directors or one of its committees since 1979, and this past spring, chaired the Los Angeles representatives in the successful negotiation of the Commercials Contract. This represents an extraordinary 26 times that he has been a member of a negotiating committee of national contracts. Both Stuart and Napier have generously given their time and expertise in service to the Guild’s membership and all actors.

Stuart, who turns 100 on July 4, is best known for her performances in The Invisible Man, Poor Little Rich Girl, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Titanic. In 1937 she began her service as a board member. She was appointed as one of six to work out a coordinating program with the Junior Council (representing background talent) and was re-elected to a three-year term on the board. In 1976, Stuart was issued a Screen Actors Guild Life Membership. In 1998, she was awarded a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance as Rose in Titanic, for which she received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination as well.

"We are especially privileged this year to honor Gloria Stuart as a Ralph Morgan Award recipient,” said SAG President Ken Howard. “ Ms. Stuart’s early service to the Guild lay the groundwork for SAG to become one of the most powerful and respected labor unions today.”

Napier is one of the founding members and continuing producers of the annual, nationally televised Screen Actors Guild Awards show. He began his career 40 years ago as the announcer for the then-new Rochester Americans professional hockey team. After moving to Los Angeles, he originated the Mr. Goodwrench character for General Motors’ commercial campaign. Among his more than 400 commercial credits are his recent appearances for Washington Mutual.

“I am honored to join my colleagues in expressing our sincere gratitude to Paul Napier,” said SAG National Board Member Pamela Reed, co-chair of the SAG National Honors and Tributes Committee. “Hollywood members and the membership at-large have benefitted tremendously from his years of board and committee service.”

The Ralph Morgan Award is named after SAG’s first president, who led the fight to establish a union for screen actors in 1933. It is given periodically for distinguished service to the Guild’s Hollywood membership. Among the previous recipients of the Ralph Morgan Award are past SAG presidents Ed Asner, Dennis Weaver, William Schallert and Kathleen Nolan, as well as other distinguished officers and members.

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About SAG
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 more than 125,000 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

Saturday, May 22, 2010

National Labor and SAG RBD

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Addresses Screen Actors Guild Leaders

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2010) — The nation’s top union leader, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, addressed leaders from the Screen Actors Guild Regional Branch Division (RBD) at their annual board meeting Saturday in Washington, D.C. The RBD includes 20 Branches spanning from Boston to Hawaii. Nearly 28,000 Screen Actors Guild members who work in film and television live in the regional branches.

"SAG does such a great job of representing performing artists and is also doing more than ever as part of our entire union movement," Trumka told the audience. "SAG's active support of all workers' rights has been crucial in helping us keep labor issues in the spotlight."

Trumka’s address touched on important issues to SAG members including digital theft, so-called “right to work” states, and the power of political and legislative activism to enact laws to protect SAG members and win tax incentives to increase production work.

"SAG and other entertainment unions are at the forefront of protecting the rights of working performers across the digital media terrain," he said. "The online theft of copyrighted works and the sale of illegal CDs and DVDs cost actors and other entertainment industry workers millions of dollars in wages, including residuals each year. They're stealing from you, and that translates directly into fewer jobs, less compensation and reduced benefits for entertainment professionals. The people you elect to Congress at the national level have the power to crack down on piracy—and they hold your residuals in their hands. Turning a blind eye to the theft of copyrighted work is no different than permitting the theft of the wages of any worker."

“When it comes to the entertainment industry, we have no better friend in labor. President Trumka gets our issues,” said SAG President Ken Howard. “President Trumka is a true unionist and a fierce fighter for working people. We’re honored he joined us today and honored that he is a true friend to Screen Actors Guild.” Howard sits on the AFL-CIO Executive Council where he concentrates on issues that affect the Guild, the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, professional employees and the entertainment and media industries.

Trumka commended Howard: “Because of your leadership, the issues of your members, and the issues of a lot of working people have made it to the forefront. I appreciate your leadership on the executive council and we appreciate your leadership in the labor movement.”

In addition to Howard, other SAG leaders in attendance included SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, SAG 3rd National Vice President David Hartley-Margolin, SAG Washington-Baltimore Branch President Kirk Penberthy, SAG National Executive Director David White, among other elected officers from across the country.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Monthly "Wrap Party" this Thursday

If you want to come to a WRAP PARTY it's held on the last Thursday of every month.

Held at Torino's which is located at 5570 W. Flamingo (between Decatur & Jones) from 6-10pm.

No Cover & No Minimum.

Good Food & Drink Specials too.

We also show actors and directors reels, trailers an short films on a big screen tv.

There is also kareoke (sp) starting at 10pm for those inclined, or drunk;)

You will meet a variety of film, tv, stage and other entertainment industry (both cast and crew) members there too.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

MGM CD Paul Weber Conservatory Open to All Actors

Nevada SAG Conservatory does not pay guests. Fee is only $20 a session, or an annual membership.
For those who are tempted to pay big bucks through agents, "studio's", schools or so called "rehearsal spaces" here in Nevada, please read the California legally required disclaimer whenever casting directors do a seminar or appearance involving actors:

"This is not a job interview or audition. The presence of a Casting Director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of employment. The intent of the class is solely educational. Attending a workshop is not a way to obtain employment as an actor. Such contact as you may have with a Casting Director at a workshop rarely results in any further contact with that Casting Director or any company affiliated with that Casting Director."

Nevada SAG Conservatory Presents
“The Business of Auditioning” 
with Paul Weber, C.S.A.
Mr. Weber conducts cold reading workshops worldwide. His intensives are designed for actors 10 and older. He will give each actor a scene to prepare and will offer personal direction and guidance that will give the actor insight into the cold reading process, help the actor develop audition and marketing skills, and prepare the actor for a successful career in the industry. He presently teaches “The Working Actor, Get the Audition, Book the Job”, at UCLA.

When: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 12, 2010
Check-in begins at 12:45 p.m.
Where: Mirabelli Community Center
6200 Hargrove Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(95 to south Jones, right on Elton (1st turn) and right on Hargrove)

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

Nevada Conservatory Cost: $40 a year for union members and $80 a year for non-union members.
You will need your SAG ID card to join as a member and please remember to bring your headshots and resumes. Check the Nevada Branch Hotline for updates or SAG members should contact Branch Executive Director Steve Clinton by email if you have any questions.

Hotline: (702) 737-8818

No RSVP necessary but please check the Branch Hotline at (702) 737-8818 or (800) 724-0767, option 3, option 7 for any last minute changes to the Conservatory program.

 About Paul Weber:
At present, Paul Weber, C.S.A. is the in-house casting director for MGM Worldwide Television and a MGM feature casting consultant. MGM features in development or release include Fame; Hot Tub Time Machine, starring John Cusack; Zookeeper, starring Kevin James; Joss Whedon’s Cabin In The Woods-3D; and The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson.

Mr. Weber’s MGM television credits include Dead Like Me for Showtime, and the immensely popular Stargate franchise for the SyFy network. Recent MGM home entertainment movies include Picture This, starring Ashley Tisdale; Legally Blondes; War Games II; and Into The Blue 2; as well as The Initiation of Sarah and Cutting Edge for ABC Family. Lifetime Channel credits include The Haunting on Sorority Row starring Leighton Meester and Flashpoint for CBS. Mr. Weber continues active development with MGM on new series, pilots and features.

Mr. Weber also casts 3-5 independent films a year, currently casting Beulah starring Dakota Fanning. Credits include Table for Three, starring Sophia Bush and (Superman) Brandon Routh; and Lazarus Child, starring Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett. Mr. Weber’s producer credits include Hollywood North starring Sir Alan Bates, Matthew Modine, and Jennifer Tilly.

Paul Weber is a member of the Casting Society of America as well as the Writers Guild of America, and is the US casting consultant for the Canadian Broadcast Company.

Editors Note; Paul Weber is a good man, influential in the industry and is doing this conservatory to help you, as talent, not for profit. The Nevada SAG Conservatory is a non-profit service of the Screen Actors Guild.  No guest, talent or staff are paid for their time or work on the Conservatory. It is open to  union, pre-union and community members (see above). My bias is that i chaired the conservatory during a key time setting up the structure that Adrienne Mann Garcia and now Barbara Grant have since shepherded to a true ongoing service for member and the community.

Contact info for Paul Weber:

C.S.A., W.G.A.
Los Angeles, CA, 9006