Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens gets out-SMURFED, or marketing really does matter...OR a story changes rapidly as now the Cowboys are on top..

From the LA Times Company Town, click here for complete story and other news.

It seemed like an uneven matchup. In one corner was "Cowboys & Aliens," one of the most expensive films to be released this year, starring and made by a handful of Hollywood A-listers. In the other: "The Smurfs," a critically panned live-action/computer-animated movie based on a cartoon that originated over 50 years ago.
Heading into the weekend, it appeared a foregone conclusion that "Cowboys & Aliens" would take the No. 1 spot at the box office. But in a surprise, the 3-D movie "The Smurfs" -- featuring a gaggle of diminutive blue cartoon characters -- sold far more tickets than pre-release polling had indicated. As a result, on Sunday the studios behind both pictures estimated that each film would collect $36.2 million domestically by weekend's end. Meanwhile, the weekend's other new wide release, the adult romantic comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love," brought in a decent $19.3 million.
The soft opening for "Cowboys" is no doubt disappointing for the film's financial backers, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks SKG and Relativity Media, who collectively spent about $163 million to produce the movie. (Paramount Pictures is releasing the picture overseas when it begins rolling out abroad next weekend.) While the film is based on a little-read graphic novel, it also stars well-known actors Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. The movie was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by "Iron Man's" Jon Favreau, who in recent weeks has done extensive publicity to promote the film.
"Cowboys" performed about as well on its first weekend as "Super 8," one of the only other movies to be released this summer with a largely original concept. That J.J. Abrams-directed film opened to $35.5 million in June and has since grossed $181.2 million worldwide, but it only had a budget of about $50 million.
From the LA Times Company Town, click here for complete story and other news.

updated by the LA Times Company Town Blog....

'Cowboys & Aliens' narrowly beats 'Smurfs' to top the box office

It turns out that a legion of pint-sized blue cartoon characters didn't quite have enough strength to take down two big Hollywood stars at the box office this weekend after all.
On Sunday, the studios behind "The Smurfs" and "Cowboys & Aliens" estimated that the films would each collect $36.2 million by weekend's end. But when the actual numbers were reported Monday, "Cowboys," a sci-fi western starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, narrowly claimed the No. 1 spot with $36.4 million in ticket sales, according to distributor Universal Pictures.
"The Smurfs," Sony Pictures' PG-rated computer-animated/live-action hybrid, ended up with a slightly lower tally of $35.6 million.
Aside from bragging rights, winning the weekend doesn't mean much for "Cowboys." The film, which financial backers Universal, Relativity Media and Dreamworks SKG said cost about $163 million to make, still has a long way to go before it recoups its production costs as well as its advertising costs, which also run in the tens of millions.
And "Cowboys" only received an average grade of B from those who saw the picture this weekend, according to market research firm CinemaScore, indicating that its word of mouth may not be great in weeks to come.
"The Smurfs," meanwhile, went over better with audiences. The 3-D film, which had a budget of about $110 million, garnered an average grade of A-. Its only competition in the kid-friendly category is next weekend's debut of the "Glee" 3-D concert film, which means "Smurfs" could continue to play well domestically for weeks to come.
-- Amy Kaufman

Looking for Austin Powers

Looking for an Austin Powers Impersonator/Look A Like needed for Aug. 2, 3 & 4

Please submit a photo or link and contact info ASAP.

From Craigslist, so use appropriate precautions.


MAGIC is coming. It is a great place to find extra money as an actor, model, narrator or production assistant. Let local agencies and casting companies know you are interested. See links to the right to both. the below is from Craigslist, to take appropriate precautions. There are hundreds of jobs each year associated with the Mens Apparel and Garment International Convention. [

Looking for Models to add assistance at the Magic Show in Las Vegas for European Chic women's dress collection. August 21-24. 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Looking for male models as well.

Please inquire here or submit photos directly to

Thank you

Rathany Eng

Prospects for movies made in Nevada fade

Chicago based "the Good Wife" is filmed in New York City.
Las Vegas based CSI films in LA.
Boston's "Leverage" films in Portland, Oregon.
Chicago and other cities are seeing their cities represented by everywhere from Toronto to New York City, and most often the streets of LA. Cities that do not have film incentives. The Review Journal's Carol Cling writes of Nevada's prospects and our continuing efforts to attract production here.

Click here to read her column in today's Las Vegas Review Journal.

National Board Report August, 2011 (unofficial and personal)

Just some of what the SAG National Board of Directors is doing for you.

A position on the National Board is not a prize, a reward or something to inflate an ego. The Guild is not a club or a social group. It is not the conservatory or any single or group of services and events hosted by the branch. The Guild is a union.

Wages, working conditions, health, safety, the protection of talent and services to help talent in a wide range of ways. There is room for everyone on committees, local councils, national committees, work groups and task forces. There is room to participate and contribute without holding formal office or job title.

The position of National Board Director is a fiduciary position, responsible for the financial well being and protection of the union and the membership. It is a legal position in a California non-profit corporation with international reach. Oversight, direction and informed policy are developed and administered by the board.

Click on "read more" below for further comments and a report on the directions the board is moving for the membership.

Optional Paperless billing for SAG Members. Read carefully.

A Message from Secretary Treasurer Amy Aquino and Chief Financial Officer Arianna Ozzanto Regarding Paperless Dues Billing. 

SAGACTOR Editor: This appears to be a continued move to save the Guild much needed funds, but it may also lead to lower renewal rates in branches outside of LA. Any "green" movement saves a company money while increasing responsibilities and potential costs on the consumer, who will then have to print receipts, check to see payments went through and be careful key notices are not lost in junk files or the volume of e-mail most consumers face. Also note that the United States Postal Service is union and will lose from any "Green" movement be a sister union.

Search for Auditions

Scan down or use the search feature at the right to search for auditions. Suggest using name of play, theater company or organization to narrow list. Also use links to each theater company (See Nevada Legitimate Theater Directory - partial list). Image credit:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chicago to LA are played by the Big Apple, on TV at least...

New York Is Ready for Its Close-Up

Ty Cacek/The New York Times
The sign for Silvercup Studios, located in Long Island City, Queens.

New York has played many roles on television recently.


The latest on the arts, coverage of live events, critical reviews, multimedia extravaganzas and much more. Join the discussion.
John Paul Filo/CBS
Will Estes and Bridget Moynahan on the CBS television series "Blue Bloods," shot in New York City.
Ty Cacek/The New York Times
The set for the television series "White Collar," shot at Silvercup Studios in Queens.
On “Blue Bloods,” the CBS drama about several generations of a crime-fighting family, the city’s landmarks have been showcased, with the Brooklyn Bridge and Washington Square Park proving to be particularly popular repositories for killers disposing of bodies.
On “Damages,” Glenn Close’s legal thriller on DirecTV, the city has been transformed into a dusty marketplace in Kandahar, Afghanistan, helped along by the strategic placement of a handful of goats and some retro Soviet cars in a cement factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
And on the spring HBO mini-series “Mildred Pierce,”starring Kate Winslet, New York actually became 1930s Los Angeles, the unseasonably chilly spring here countered by a heated outdoor greenhouse to prevent the imported palm trees from wilting.
In the past, New York — with a few exceptions, like the omnipresent variations of “Law & Order” — was primarily a location town, where Hollywood shows like “N.Y.P.D. Blue” would come to shoot street scenes before returning out West. But now, thanks mainly to the extension of generous tax incentives, television productions abound. The city stands in for other places (like the Chicago of “The Good Wife”), and industry veterans have said that the days of shooting quintessential New York shows (like “Seinfeld” and “Friends”) in California are numbered.
In the 2011-12 television season, there are 23 prime-time series being filmed in New York, compared with only nine in 2006, according to the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. New York City also drew a record 22 cable and network pilots, compared with three the previous season. Meanwhile, new film production, including that for “Men In Black III,” is going strong.
The television series being filmed in New York and set to make their debuts in the fall are heavy on 20-something angst and police dramas. There is “Girls” on HBO, about recent college graduates struggling to make it in the city; “I Just Want My Pants Back” on MTV, a coming-of-age comedy about a boozing 22-year-old; and “Unforgettable” on CBS, about a female police detective who uses her rare, memory-enhancing condition to solve homicide cases. They will be joining shows like “White Collar,” a show on USA in which a former con man uses his criminal savvy to help the F.B.I. solve crimes, and “Gossip Girl,” the prime-time soap on CW about scheming young (and wealthy) Upper East Siders.
"There is just no better or more versatile character for television than New York City,” said Hal Rosenbluth, the president of Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. Its giant soundstages, which once hosted the Marx Brothers and Woody Allen, are squeezed to capacity, with the emergency room patients of “Nurse Jackie” on Showtime providing incongruous neighbors for the longtime residents of “Sesame Street,” including Big Bird, who resides nearby in his oversize nest.
Merrill Karpf, a co-executive producer on “Unforgettable” who has worked and lived in Los Angeles for 30 years, added: “There is just no substitute for the energy of New York, the ethnic diversity, the architectural mix, the subways, the hordes at Times Square. L.A. is boring in comparison.

Click "read more" below to click here to go to the New York Times.

To be an actor you must go digital...Its a Digital industry in a digital world.

There is a new component to becoming and staying a professional actor. Just as you attend the conservatory and continue to take acting classes, you must adapt to a changing and increasingly technological world. It is readily apparent how quickly the entertainment industry is going electronic. 

Breakdowns are online and being sent by e-mail. 

Many casting directors are requiring electronic submissions, and submitting is going nationwide with the ease of the Web to showcase an individual’s talent. Like other industries throughout history, technological change is occurring due to simplicity and cost reduction.

Most agents now keep you informed through e-mail, text messages and web sites.

Having a presence on You Tube, IMDB, Cast SAG and other services and resources is now essential for anyone who wants to earn money as an actor or any other form of talent.

This technological progress also applies to SAG communications. SAG continues to try to communicate with every member using every means available, but as costs rise to use print and ancillary postage, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain this effort, especially during these difficult economic times. It is imperative that you keep your contact data up to date with SAG, especially your e-mail address and phone numbers. If you don’t have a computer or don’t know how to use one, there are ways for SAG to help. Please contact our Nevada SAG Branch Executive Steve Clinton by clicking here ort (702) 737-8818, option 3, to learn how.

The above was excerpted from with additional information added, the current Nevada SAG newsletter. Click here for newsletter access. Any sites, suggestions, ovservations or links you may wish to share with other actors, please pass on to this blog though e-mail or by posting a message below. Click here for e-mail access to this blog.

Student Film Casting 






Note: This is from Craigslist, so please take appropriate precautions. Union talent may audition but may not work unless the project sign a SAG student or low budget contract. Contact the SAG office for details.

Insurgo Theatre to offer in residence theatre troup at hotel casino resort



Insurgo Theater Movement to open at the Plaza Hotel and Casino
Local repertory company will open in a new theater, offering entertainment in addition to Plaza’s classic showroom
LAS VEGAS (July 29, 2011) – In addition to the classic showroom just off the casino floor at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, a new 75-seat theater on the third floor is being developed for the Insurgo Theater Movement.

The award-winning Insurgo Theater Movement is a 36-member repertory company that has garnered a reputation for provocative stagings of classic plays and bold original work. The company will relocate to a newly renovated space at the Plaza Hotel and Casino as of Sept. 1, with the gala opening of “Waiting for Godot.”

The opening of the Insurgo Theater Movement at the Plaza marks the first time a local repertory theater has been offered a residency and will produce full seasons of shows at a major hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

“The all-new Plaza wants to offer a unique mix of dining and entertainment options to its customers, both tourists and locals,” said Tony Santo, president and CEO of PlayLV and Santo Gaming. “As the Plaza is a neighbor to The Smith Center, we have a great opportunity to be part of a growing downtown arts scene with the opening of the Insurgo Theater Movement.”

“The opening the Insurgo Theater Movement at the Plaza is another example of the development of downtown and the growth of the local independent theater and arts scene in Las Vegas,” said John Beane, director of the Insurgo Theater Movement.

 “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett will open for previews Sept. 1 and offer an extended run starting Sept. 8, with shows playing Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

In addition, the Insurgo Theater Movement will host Jeremy Aluma's original clown troupe “Four Clowns” on its first national tour for a special engagement on Sept. 2 and 3 at 11 p.m.

Later in the fall, “Cannibal!” by “Book of Mormon” and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will open for an open-ended run.

More information on the shows and purchasing tickets can be found at

Classical and controversial, Insurgo is a passionate collective of national and international theater artists, including members of Cirque Du Soleil, graduates of the Moscow Art Theatre and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, and others.

The show that will premier in the Plaza’s classic showroom will be announced at a future date.

About Insurgo Theater Movement
Insurgo Theater Movement is Las Vegas' leading independent theater company. It is a 36-member repertory company with a dedicated 13 member acting ensemble that trains weekly with specialists in different theatrical disciplines. It has won numerous awards, including: Best of the City 2011 (NPR/Desert Companion), Best of the City 2010 (Seven Magazine), Best of Vegas 2009 (Las Vegas Review-Journal), and Best of the Valley 2008 (CityLife). The troupe also teaches regular workshops at UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada. For more information on productions, please visit:

About the Plaza Hotel & Casino
The Plaza Hotel & Casino opened in 1971 at 1 Main Street, at the intersection of Main and Fremont Street, and was a fashionable stop on the first train service through Las Vegas. Anchoring the Fremont Street Experience, the Plaza has been an iconic hotel in the heart of downtown Las Vegas for more than 40 years. It sits on 16.5 acres of land and has 1,037 rooms and suites, making it one of the largest hotel-casinos in downtown Las Vegas. Recent renovations have updated and improved the Plaza’s ambiance throughout, creating a stylish and comfortable new experience for its guests. To learn more, visit

Nevada Franchised Talent Agencies

See also other postings concerning agents, agencies, agent relations and the business.

In Nevada please us only the five Las Vegas SAG franchised agencies:

Baskow, J & Associates
Full Service (All Ages)

2948 E. Russell Rd.
Las Vegas, NV  89120
(702) 733-7818

Lenz Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

1591 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 733-6888

Remington Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

1000 Stephanie Place, Ste 4
Henderson, NV  89014
(702) 547-3620

eNVy Model & Talent Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

101 Convention Center Dr.
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 878-7368

Best Agency
Full Service (All Ages)
5565 South Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 889-2900

Events Sunday July 31, 2011

SAG Nevada

Barbara Grant, President
Arttours Weeden, Vice President
Mary Ann Hebinck, Secretary
Kim Renee, Treasurer
Charles Di Pinto, Council Member at Large
Scott Mirne, Council Member at Large
Rick Rockne,Council Member at Large
Heart Shapré, Council Member at Large
Bobbie Wolff (1), Council Member at Large
Art Lynch, National Director

Toll-Free Phone Number to the Nevada Executive Director

You may reach your Nevada Executive Director, Steve Clinton, by calling 702-737-8818 or toll-free 800-724-0767 option #7

Teenage looking actors for indy low budget film 


We will be filming in Henderson and Las Vegas the 2nd week of August

Premise is a teen ghost show, filmed in 3D with special ghost effects.
Volunteering for cast and crew will give you IMDB Credit and additional footage for your reel.

3D is here, get this project on your acting resume!
Being able to include a 3D film on your resume and reel, THIS IS A HUGE BENEFIT!

Speaking Roles available:
MALE 17-23 (must have previous speaking role experience)
FEMALE GHOST 17-25 (must have previous speaking role experience)
FEMALE AUNT 27-33 (must have previous speaking role experience)

We also need 30 EXTRAS for the scene
Female Friends/Partygoers for pool party age 17-25

This is for IMDB Film Credit. Submission in Film Fistivals.
Please submit Resume and Photo

We will be submitting to festivals the finished 3D film
Send ATTN Tracy in Casting

One day commitment, food provided, day at the pool and IMDB credits

Note: Actors should be paid for their talents. This is from Craigslist, so take appropriate precautions. SAG talent may audition but may not accept work without a SAG Contract. It is easier than you may think to obtain a contract. Contact the SAG office by clicking here.

Tonight and Sunday: Auditions for "Sweeney Todd" from Ragtag Entertainment

Saturday, July 30 at 6:00pm - July 31 at 9:00pm

The Dance Zone
11221 S Eastern Ave # 100
Henderson, NV

Created By

ForRagTag Entertainment

More Info

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Audition Dates/ Times: Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31
6 – 9 PM

Location : The Dance Zone
11221 S Eastern Ave # 100
Henderson, NV 89052-6492
(702) 897-5690

Please Prepare: 16 Bars of music, with cuts clearly marked
A brief, character appropriate monologue

Performance Dates: October 7th and 9th
Tuesdays, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

For Questions, please contact:

Breakdown and additional information, click on "read more" below.

Children and Middle School Girls as Sex Slaves in Bosnia: "The Whistleblower", a film about the truth no one wants to think about.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Stay Informed: SAG members let the Guild know your up to date e-mail!

Stay connected with the Guild. Keep your contact information current with SAG so you can receive important career information and timely payments of residuals.
By providing your email address to SAG, you'll receive contract updates, e-newsletters, casting information, career workshop and seminar announcements and email messages from your elected leaders.

Submitting Your E-Mail for the First Time

Mail or Fax your:
  • Current Professional Name
  • SAG ID Number
  • Professional Signature
  • E-Mail Address
Screen Actors Guild
5757 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Attn: Data Processing Department
FAX: (323) 549-6792

To Update Your E-Mail Address:

If you would like to change your e-mail address, please send an e-mail to and include the following information:
  • Current Professional Name
  • SAG ID Number
  • Prior E-Mail Address listed With the Guild
  • New E-Mail Address
Remember to also keep you records current with the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans, your agents and other industry professionals.