Friday, September 30, 2011

AFTRA, SAG, Joining, Merger and Politics

How to join the Screen Actors Guild and/or AFTRA and the road to potential creation of a new entertainment-information industry union.. click on "read more" below to find out more.

Best run yet of Adventures In Mating. 2 chances left to see it. Tomorrow and Sunday at 2pm at Theatre 7 (1406 S 3rd St.). This isn't a show you should miss!
Friday, September 23 at 7:00pm

Ginger Bruner of "Killians' Angels"

Actors for Student Film

Actors Wanted.
Hey I'm a UNLV student and am shooting a short film for Production III. It takes place mostly in an interrogation room. It's a very talky film, and therefore needs great actors to keep it interesting and pull it off. I have some people in mind but I want to see if anyone here may be interested.
There are four male actors:
-2 have to be in their late 40s or at least be made to look like it. (One has a 30 year old son he had when he was 16)
-1 has to be 30 years or made to look like, this is the son.
-1 other male actor who is around the same age as son.

I can send the script if interested. Email me at
There is no pay. Shooting will take place in one weekend. Possibly the last weekend of October. Dates will be locked by end of next week.

Jeff Gatov  
Headshots, &, YouTube videos
Telephone# 702-564-2636 ...

LifeRaft Live Stream Monday Night from 7 to 9 PM

SAG Foundation LifeRAFT Live Stream and Breakdown Services-VCN
DON'T BE obSETHed!:  What NOT To Do In A Casting Office.

Monday, October 03, 2011
7:00-9:00pm PACIFIC TIME

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During the event, you can email questions to the moderator at or tweet to @SAGF_Live or #SAGF.

We all know what we're supposed to do in a Casting Office. But knowing what NOT TO DO is just as important. Seth Coltan learned this the hard way!
Now, in his new media project, obSETHed, Seth shares his painful lessons with some of the CSA's top Casting Directors and the audience at large.
Please join the SAG FOUNDATION LifeRAFT Live Stream, the VIRTUAL CHANNEL NETWORK and all of the Casting Directors from as we preview the videos and have a very fun discussion about WHAT NOT TO DO IN A CASTING OFFICE!
Topics of discussion will be:
*Showcasing and networking for Casting
*Participating in general Interviews with casting
*Lying on your resume,
*Trying too hard to impress
*Blowing the audition.....and more!

Panelists include:
Mark Teschner, CSA
Jason Wood, CSA
Geralyn Flood, CSA
Michael Donovan, CSA
Krisha Bullock, CSA
moderated by: Seth Coltan

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Melissa Moates Voice Over Classes for October

A new Voice Over class is coming up in October!!  These classes are for people with little to no voice over experience...  or if you're rusty it's a great refresher course!  This is a fun, hands on class!!  Step up to the mic and learn what's involved in this exciting business!  Learn real life application...  You will even audition for real work opportunities during this class!  We cover many areas of voice over including; mic technique, interpreting scripts, breathing, diction, different opportunities in voice over, how the business works, and much much more!  We do lots of recording in class, and you receive mp3 copies of all of your work.  This class is a great place to get your feet wet, and see if Voice Over is right for you!

This is a 4 week course.  Saturday morning class ONLY in October!  Space is limited, reserve your space soon!

Saturday Classes:  Saturday, October 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th 2011.  
When:  10am-1pm
Where:  Studio location in Green Valley-Henderson.

Only $299  for 4 weeks of Professional Voice Over Training!!! 

**Cash, Checks, Credit Cards, & PayPal accepted! 

Space is limited!  Reserve your spot now!

Contact Melissa: 702-496-7110

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Art in the Park Saturday and Sunday in Beautiful Boulder City!

Art in the Park
49th Annual Art in the Park, October 1st and 2nd, 2011

Art in the Park 2011 Official Poster

9am to 5pm (both days)
Boulder City, Nevada 
Wilbur, Bicentennial and Escalante Parks (also includes Colorado St & Arizona St) 
401 California Ave. - Boulder City, NV 89005 
Click HERE for information on Boulder City Hotels, RV Parks, Restaurants and more
300+ juried Fine Art, Fine Craft & Traditional Craft artists selling original artwork
25+ unique food, beverage and "adult" beverage offerings - beer, wine, mimosas, 
bloody marys, margaritas & more
Live demonstrations, live music, activities for children and raffle giveaways

Art in the Park is one of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest and is the largest 
fundraiser for the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. The event is held over two days in beautiful 
Boulder City, Nevada, not far from Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the bright lights of Las Vegas. 
The event is free to the public, and although Boulder City's population is just over 17,000, 
the event draws over 100,000 visitors. 

1st through 3rd place ribbons are awarded in Fine Art, Fine Craft and Traditional Craft 
categories, as well as an overall "Best in Show" winner.

Each of the 300+ artists participating in the event will graciously donate a minimum of one (1) piece of artwork to the fundraising raffle. Local Boulder City Chamber of Commerce members also donate amazing prizes. Over $25,000 in prizes will be raffled! Purchase your tickets at the Hospital Gift Shop, Foundation Office or local businesses from Thursday, September 9, 2011 through Sunday, October 3, 2011. Drawings are held all day October 1 and 2, 2011. Need not be present to win. Winners have 10 days to pick-up prizes. To donate to the 2011 fundraising raffle, please call 702.293.0214.

It takes hundreds of volunteers and civic organizations to make Art in the Park a success each year. To volunteer for Art in the Park or Boulder City Hospital, please call 702.293.0214. 
Volunteer Job Descriptions 
Volunteer Sign-Up Form

To purchase t-shirts, fleece blankets, tote bags, aprons, coffee mugs, visors or baseball hats, please call 702-293.0214

Limited free parking is available throughout Boulder City. Limited free handicapped parking is available on the side of City Hall and on the side of the Parks and Recreation Department (401 California Ave.). $8 paid parking is also available through the Foundation in the special off-site parking lot. To park in the paid parking lot, please continue on Nevada Highway into Boulder City and follow the signs. Free shuttle transportation service is available from the paid off-site parking lot. Cash only please.

Direct:     (702) 293-0214 
Main:      (702) 293-4111 
Fax:         (702) 293-0587 

Art in the Park Saturday and Sunday in Beautiful Boulder City!

There's An Ap for That

iPad apps for TV shows have become Hollywood's latest gimmick to try to engage viewers in their shows. While finding new ways to offer programming-related content to the audience shouldn't be dismissed, ultimately there is no app that makes a bad show good. More on the TV industry's iPad app obsession from the Wall Street Journal and the LA Times Company Town Blog.

Below: From Lost Remote: All about Social TV:

Fox debuts iPad app in sync with TV show ‘Bones’


A little over a week after ABC rolled out its Grey’s Anatomy sync-to-TV iPad app, Fox has launched one of its own for the TV show Bones (iTunes). While ABC’s app listens to the audio to sync with a show, Fox’s app works off the clock, recognizing the time zone of the user’s device. Or if you like, you can hit the “sync” button the moment you begin to play the show on your DVR to start the flow of content updates.
The Bones app serves up companion content to help you solve cases, “decipher forensic speak,” check out cast profiles, and listen and buy songs featured in the show. When we played with the app, it debuted six content updates several minutes apart.
You can also comment with other fans, either by plotting a comment on a Google map or by connecting via Twitter or Facebook.
These new “second screen” apps are just the tip of the iceberg. While people have envisioned “interactive TV” for a decade now, interacting with content on an iPad has distinct advantages over fumbling with your TV remote for companion content. As Fox and ABC learn how people use these apps, the experiences will improve, and we’ll start seeing a lot more sync-to-TV apps in the iTunes store.

Rag Tag's The Very Best of Cole Porter

Friday, September 30 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Ovation inside Green Valley Ranch

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Special benefit for Olive Crest!!

Come out to Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino to enjoy some of the very best songs by one of America's favorite composers, Cole Porter. A stacked cast, including Bill Fayne, and Robin Berry Vincent and Michelle Johnson of Nunsense.

Friday, September 30th at 8 PM

Tickets $10

Tickets available at the door, at any Station Casino location, or

Auditions for Las Vegas's Production of Fallen Guardian Angels

Saturday, October 15 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm

West Charleston Library
6301 W Charleston Rd (Between Jones and Torrey Pines by CSN)
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Auditions for this December's performances of Fallen Guardian Angels, live on stage at the West Charleston Library on December 1, 2 and 3rd. (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) - a fundraising effort for Golden Rainbow! (

You need not have anything prepared, but if you would like to read the script and have an idea of what will be read, you can send an email to and request a free pdf of the script. Scripts will be provided at auditions.

Rehearsals to begin one week later. (Location TBA)

Two roles are precast (Aaron and Marion) - but the following roles are open:

Stage Manager - (Male or female) - Few lines, but important as will also help in being the actual stage manager for the production.

Helen - a mature woman (with a grown son) - is the light-hearted, "fun" person in the cast.

Robert - The gay friend. His goal is to educate as well as keep everyone in harmony. Has the most to memorize.

Robin - A former religious woman who cannot understand why people say God is punishing the world with AIDS.

Jared - A man with AIDS. Despite what people may think, Jared must be butch or "straight" acting - He is a closeted gay man.

Some things to keep in mind: There is NO NUDITY in the script, but the performers will change costumes ON STAGE in front of the audience.
Rehearsals will be minimal, so your dedication to memorization and a great work ethic are strongly encouraged.

No headshots are required, but would be appreciated. Prepare to stay for a bit. There are NO microphones, so bring your best "theatre voice"

This is a benefit fundraiser. There is NO PAY.

Shakespeare in the Park FREE ADMISSION to A Midsummer Night's Dream

September 30 at 7:00pm - October 22 at 8:30pm

Sonata Park, Discovery Park, Lake Las Vegas, River Mountain Park

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-Picnics & Blankets are welcome!
-Great family entertainment
-Great date night
-Green Show one hour prior (6pm)
-Every Saturday October except the last!
-Show run less than an hour and a half!

Park Addresses and Show Dates:

Sonata Park (Oct 1): 1550 Seven Hills Dr., Henderson, NV

Discovery Park (Oct 8): 2011 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV

Lake Las Vegas (Oct 15)

Henderson Pavillion (Oct 19): 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson, NV

River Mountain (Oct 22): 1941 Appaloosa Dr., Henderson, NV

SAG Foundation Video: Thriving in Hollywood

Video: Thriving in Hollywood


Whether you are contemplating a move to Los Angeles, are a recent transplant, or needing rejuvenation from years in the business, Thriving in Hollywood will provide a nuts and bolts discussion on how to prepare, move to and get your career started from people who know exactly how the actor fits into the big picture. Don't make the same mistakes that hundreds of thousands of other actors have made. Learn how to maximize your opportunities, create reasonable goals and set a plan in motion that will keep you in the game long enough to start climbing the ladder in the industry they call show business!

Panel Includes:  Bob Stewart (CEO Now Casting / Players Directory - Moderator), Orion Barnes (Rogers Orion Talent Agency), Jami Rudofsky(JAM Casting, Gilmore Girls, The Practice, The Apostle), David H. Lawrence XVII (Actor, Chuck & Heroes)
Want to see more? Additional videos from the SAG Foundation available here!
Funded by grants and donations, the non-profit Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s free programs assist, educate and inspire actors toward their fullest potential in career, life and community. Celebrate the actor – support the SAG Foundation!

LA Times Company town for Friday September 30, 2011

Better start atoning now. Normally, Rosh Hashanah is when Hollywood takes a couple days off. Not so at CBS Films where Amy Baer is out as head of the media company's movie unit. Baer's exit comes after four years in the job that saw CBS release five films of which only one -- "The Back-Up Plan" -- grossed over $30 million at the box office. No successor was named for Baer, whose deal was up next month. Instead three executives, including influential chief operating officer Wolfgang Hammer, will assume greater responsibility. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times. The news was first broken by industry trade Deadline HollywoodNOTE: Earlier Friday morning the link to the Deadline story was not working, but the problem has been fixed. 
Poor start. Both CBS' David Letterman and NBC's Jay Leno saw their ratings tumble during the first week of the fall prime time season, while the audience for ABC's "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" went up. While NBC's prime-time lineup is not exactly providing a great lead-in for Leno, it's not as if ABC is doing blockbuster numbers in the 10 p.m. hour either. More on the low late-night numbers from the New York Times.
50/50 chance I'll see that. This weekend's box office battle is between the comedy "50/50" and horror flick "Dream House," which sounds awfully similar to the new FX drama "American Horror Story." Neither "50/50" nor "Dream House" is expected to topple incumbents "The Lion King" or "Moneyball." Box office projections from the Los Angeles TimesHollywood Reporter and Variety.
No app for that. iPad apps for TV shows have become Hollywood's latest gimmick to try to engage viewers in their shows. While finding new ways to offer programming-related content to the audience shouldn't be dismissed, ultimately there is no app that makes a bad show good. More on the TV industry's iPad app obsession from the Wall Street Journal.
Showing patience. NBC has a couple of candidates to be the first shows canceled in the new TV season including struggling drama "The Playboy Club." But according to Deadline Hollywood, new NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt is going to be patient with his new crop of shows. One potential show to come off the bench will be Brian Williams' new newsmagazine show in development. However, NBC doesn't want to rush it on the air.
New Dawn. The New York Post is reporting that former CW chief Dawn Ostroff, who left her gig and Los Angeles for New York several months ago, is in talks to join magazine publisher Conde Nast to oversee its video efforts.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at why the movie "Margaret," starring Matt Damon and Anna Paquin, has sat in limbo for the last six years. Kenneth Turan on "50/50." Mary McNamara on Showtime's "Homeland."
-- Joe Flint

Childrens Dance Theatre Presents "The Wizard of OZ"

‎"Wizard of Oz" auditions are tonight at Summerlin Dance Academy.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Next Friday Stay Away from the Barber ...but come watch the fun

Sweeney Todd opens Friday October 7

Friday, October 7 at 8:00pm - November 1 at 10:30pm


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Coming this October!!

RagTag Entertainment and Butcher Block Productions are going to rock your world and enhance your Halloween season with a fully staged, never seen before production that will surely have you on the edge of your seats, protecting your throats and begging for more.

Featuring a cast of Vegas' best and brightest talent, this is a theatrical experience not to miss!

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Anthony Hope: Nicholas King
Beggar Woman: Kara von Aschwege
Johanna: Dana Cass
Jonas Fogg: TBA
Judge Turpin: TBA
Mrs. Lovett: Ariana Miner
Pirelli: Alex Rodin Mendoza
Sweeney Todd: David Andino
The Beadle: Gabriel Gentile
Tobias Ragg: J R Thomas
Ensemble: Jackson Langford, Maureen Seymour, Isabella Ivy, Olga Rios, Mike Pemberton, Patrick Ryan Matzig

Directed By: Shawn Hackler
Assistant to Mr. Hackler: Tobie Romzek
Vocal Coach: Wendy Moss

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Musical Thriller

Music and Lyrics by Book by


From an Adaptation by


Originally Directed On Broadway by HAROLD PRINCE

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr,

Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson,
Martin Richards

in Association with Dean and Judy Manos

Sweeney Todd
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

New 'Mortal Kombat' movie coming via partnership of Warner units

From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest entertainment industry news.

"Mortal Kombat" is fighting its way back onto the big screen, marking a rare delivery of material from a studio's own video game division to its sibling film division.

Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema label is partnering with the Burbank studio’s video game unit Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to adapt for the big screen the tournament fighting series, which debuted on video game consoles in 1992. New Line is aiming to produce the new film next year and release it in 2013.

Like several other media companies, including Walt Disney Co., Warner has produced its own video games based on its film properties, such as June’s "Green Lantern."

"It's really important that we show we can bring our game properties to movies instead of just the other way around," said Warner home entertainment President Kevin Tsujihara.

In 2009, Warner Bros. acquired Mortal Kombat maker Midway Games out of bankruptcy for $49 million. In April Warner released the ninth Mortal Kombat game, which was one of the most successful in the series, selling more than 3 million copies.

Some of that success was credited by the studio to a promotional Web series it produced called "Mortal Kombat: Legacy." The nine-part series, made for about $2 million, was directed by Kevin Tancharoen. Previously known for directing Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s unsuccessful “Fame” remake, Tancharoen garnered new attention in 2010 by producing his own short film based on Mortal Kombat, which became a viral hit on YouTube and convinced Warner to let him produce the Web series.

Tancharoen has now been tapped to direct the feature film, which is being written by his partner Oren Uziel. New Line president Toby Emmerich said the idea to do the movie came entirely from the work the director did online.

"The new game and the online shorts prompted us to consider a reboot of a brand we hadn’t been actively thinking about," he said.

New Line produced two “Mortal Kombat” movies in 1995 and 1997 when it was an independent studio owned by Warner Bros. parent Time Warner and it licensed the rights from Midway. Though the first picture performed relatively well at the box office, grossing $122 million worldwide, they weren’t well received by fans and Emmerich granted that they “haven’t aged well.”

Tancharoen said his new movie, which is expected to be produced for well under $100 million, will offer a more realistic take on the Mortal Kombat characters, who are best known for over-the-top killing moves called "fatalities."

Because the Mortal Kombat games and movies are now being made under the same studio roof, the film’s release is expected to be coordinated with the next game. Emmerich and Tusjihara both said they hope the next Mortal Kombat game will come out when the movie hits theaters, or potentially in a single package along with the DVD and Blu-ray.

Development of a “Mortal Kombat” movie had been held up by litigation between Warner and producer Lawrence Kasanoff, who worked on the two 1990s movies. The studio prevailed in one lawsuit over royalties owed for the years 2000-2004, but cases are pending over royalties for 2008 and ownership of the movie rights.

While Tsujihara declined to comment on the litigation, people close to the movie but not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said they believed the two sides were close enough to a resolution to move ahead on the project. Kasanoff and his attorney did not return calls requesting comment.

-- Ben Fritz

From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest entertainment industry news.

Porcelain Bomb: The Onyx Turns 5

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