Monday, March 31, 2014

Fame and success are a conspiracy to turn you into an Asshole.... -"Divergent" producer Doug Wick

'Divergent' Producers Launch a Franchise

'Divergent' Producers Launch a Franchise

"Teach the kids how to be stars, how to survive and how to control their own lives..."
Veteran husband-wife producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher have made Oscar-winning films. But with Divergent, they've launched their first franchise based on a young adult novel, written by a Chicagoan  and Northwestern University graduate, who wrote the book while in college. "Divergent" was filmed in Chicago,
The film is really a set up for sequels, but carries its own, according to exit reviews. 
The team are key in providing a buffer and encouraging the young stars to take training to avoid the reality of how success details everyone successful in the industry into real "assholes. It Is easy to crash and burn, or to become a real star but a "prick"
in the process.
"Don't' use it just to get laid, use it for some good".
Listen to the program for more.

Banner image: Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick, producers of Divergent

Hollywood News Banter 

Kim Masters and Michael Schneider, who's sitting in for John Horn, discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.
- News out of CinemaCon, the annual trade show for theater owners, is that global box office is strong except among the youth in the US. a 21% drop in 18 to 34 years old movie theater attendance has let to 'discount movie night' and teen friendly promotions.
- More Murdoch family drama and news of a succession plan to run the various companies of NewsCorp. It is a family owned, conservative business, from the roots on up. Its a soap opera in and of itself, how the Murdoch family does things and who ends up in what position. Newscorp is publishing only (as of last year) and 21st Century FOX if entertainment (which they say includes news). 
- Disney news: Anne Sweeney has been replaced by Ben Sherwood to run ABC and the other Disney-owned TV channels. What will his news background bring to the job? Good Morning America has been beating NBC's The Today Show since Mr. Sherwood came back from academic and writing books. His background is news but now he is running the entire entertainment and news operation.

- Disney plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the online studio Maker Studios. Valuation changes quickly in the Internet world, so purchases are gambles or to cut off competition. Disney has not done well with Club Penguins and other previous purchases.
        More at the Spin-Off on ITunes and KCRW on-line.


'Divergent' Producers (2:38PM)

The producers of DivergentDoug Wick and Lucy Fisher talk with Kim Masters about launching their first franchise based on a young adult novel. They talk about making a spectacle on a tight budget, shielding young actors from the dangers of fame, and balancing their married life with work.


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Jill Martin· 5 hours ago
I am a bit disappointed that you stayed with publicist line about Theo James. He was a star of be it a failed but hour drama last year for CBS, Golden Boy. He was the star!!! But every media outlet only says Downton Abbby despite it being not being listed on "Know For" on his IMDB. Why not at least mention Underworld? That is closest credit he has to Divergent.

"Eloise"...Playhouse 90 (live TV...edited for YouTube requirements)

A live teleplay from the Playhouse 90 series, 1956. Originally, 90 minutes, I've condensed the story into 20 minutes. It involves a 6 year old who lives in the Plaza Hotel, New York. She spends her time wondering throughout the building, trying to match her next door neighbor, a movie star (Louis Jourdan, playing himself) with her chambermaid, Joanna. Eventually, she discovers the truth that everyone was trying to hide - her parents are getting divorced. Upset, she hides in the boiler room of the hotel. There is a happy ending - she's found and her parents reuinite.

See also:

Vintage Live TV of Charley's Aunt

Playhouse 90 live TV with Art Carney, Orson Bean, Jeanette MacDonald and other character players of the era. Worth checking out, despite the pre-video tape era.

Casting Call...sharing and coaching talent for the real world of acting

Sunday, March 30, 2014

On Camera and Audition Class with Art Lynch

Need training in film and television acting...Join Casting Call Entertainment and get your acting career off to the right start. Here at Casting Call, not only do our amazing instructors help you perfect your craft, they help you learn the business of show business.

Call today to receive a FREE career Consultation with talent manager Sharry Flaherty @ 702.369.0400 ...

No shortcuts to success...except for those who profit from actors...

The birth of the ‘Short Cut to Success Once a Week Class Workshops came into existence in the early 70’s. Prior to this period if a serious and dedicated person wanting to study the craft of acting he went to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Neighborhood Playhouse, The H.B Studio, The Actors Studio. They studied at legitimate theater programs at the Universities and Colleges like Yale Drama School, and Northwestern University in Chicago.

-Vic Perrillo

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Basic Audition Notes

By Art Lynch

There are many types of auditions. The following is an overview that covers most of those you may run into. If you are prepared for the auditions below then you should be ready for almost anything that comes your way.

Agency and Casting expectations are high. You must put in the time and effort needed if you wish to truly be represented and work in this business.

The Audition itself requires you be prepared in all froms of potential auditon. Most important is that you work with and really have fun with any script given to you in advance.

For a brief introduction to the skills needed, and various forms of auditions, click on "read more" below.

Faith Based Television Series

Submit your Head Shot and Resume to
for consideration.

Deadline to Submit
Sunday, March 30th by 10:00am

Subject Line should indicate "Faith Based Television Series"

Once Picked you will have instructions to self tape your audition.
Casting for 2 parts that will be part of a scene recreation that films in Las Vegas, NV. The scene will not be scripted, so improv skills are essential. It is a dramatic recreation of an arrest scene, so the mood will be serious rather than comedic. 

Day rate will be $300/day. Shoot is non-union. Our filming period is 4/26 to 5/10. Must be available during that period of time.  

Audition Date:

DISTRAUGHT WOMAN - (2 days) - 30s, Caucasian/Hispanic, exhausted/haggard, looks like she's been on COPS before.

MAN - (1 day) - 30s, Caucasian/Hispanic, grungy/unkempt, looks like he's been on COPS before.

Casting Talent 

Rochelle Perles


About Us
Casting Call Entertainment is a full service entertainment company who helps actors to gain control over their art, teaching them to rely on their own imagination, instincts and creative choices. Our classes which include scene study, cold reading, audition techniques, improvisation, and  film classes produce confident actors who bring an original voice to every production. Along with our sister production company Dark Water Productions we create short films and full-length features to showcase our talent. Our studio gives you the knowledge every aspiring artist needs to be successful in the entertainment industry. For more information or if you would like to join our studio please call us at (702)-369-0400.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SAG Auditions for Eli Roth film..must submit by 3 PM Friday.

Full Length Feature Film (SAG)
(Las Vegas)
Director: Eli Roth

Submit PROFESSIONAL Head Shots and Resume. Make sure CASTING TALENT/ROCHELLE PERLES information is on your resume when submitting.
Submit To

Please indicate in your email your contact information, if you are SAG or Non-Union and what role to submit you for. We will not submit you without the proper information.

When Selected we will update you with ALL AUDITION INFORMATION.

Character Breakdowns
KEN (50'S) - Runs a local boat rental and bait shop at Lake Mead. Ken is friendly, low key and somewhat grizzled from his years at the lake.

SHELLY (50'S) - She is Ken's wife and partner at the boat/bait shop. She is just as grizzled and low key as he.

COLLEGE GUY 1 19-21 - He is hot, drunk and ready to party

GIRL 1 19-21 She is on the party boat with the rest of the college kids. Drunk, young and ready to party

GIRL 2  9-21 Ditto the above description

DRIVER (College boat) 19-21 See the above listings, ditto for this character

FISHERMAN/FRANK - 50's-60's - He is a local fisherman on Lake Mead that is neither friendly nor helpful. He's mean, nasty and just plain trouble

WALTER (50's) Tall, thin and kind looking, Walter talks with Lily about Lake Mead/St. Thomas and its history

LITTLE GIRL (6) - She plays hide and seek with her sister near the lake

OLDER GIRL (8) - She plays hide and seek with her sister near the lake

MAN/BILL - 30's - 40's Bill is Penny's husband. He is rough, rural, something of a wolf and definitely interested in Amber.

JEFF (40's) He is tall, lean, well spoken and good looking. He lives in the middle of nowhere because he wants to.

TIM (20's) "Tim" is "Jeff's" friend. Short, sloppy, toothless and a little goofy. He lives in the middle of nowhere because he has to.

PENNY (Crazy woman)/BREAD WOMAN - She is 30's-40's and Bill's wife and mother to the two young girls playing Hide and Seek. When we first meet Penny she is a mad woman who attacks Amber in a jealous rage. We later meet her as the demure, kind and welcoming "Bread Woman".

FISHERMAN #2 - 40's - 60's - Race open - he is a weathered local fisherman

RANGER 30's - 50's - Male or female ranger who works at Lake Mead

AXEL (60'S Caucasian) - Axel organized and now runs the "Where Are They" foundation. He is an average guy who chose to handle his grief by founding a support group for those families who have lost loved ones to accidents at Lake Mead.

Casting Talent 

Rochelle Perles

About Us
Casting Call Entertainment is a full service entertainment company who helps actors to gain control over their art, teaching them to rely on their own imagination, instincts and creative choices. Our classes which include scene study, cold reading, audition techniques, improvisation, and  film classes produce confident actors who bring an original voice to every production. Along with our sister production company Dark Water Productions we create short films and full-length features to showcase our talent. Our studio gives you the knowledge every aspiring artist needs to be successful in the entertainment industry. For more information or if you would like to join our studio please call us at (702)-369-0400.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why do wanna-be actors think they can just miss class whenever they feel like it? What does their long term future hold?

Professionals keep commitments, attend class except when working on a film or play, keep instructors informed, do their homework, learn their material, continue to improve, care about the craft (as well as the art, the business and their own contributions), listen to other actors and to coaches, love what they are doing at least half the the time, are never satisfied with their own work, are willing to do what it takes, treat acting as a profession and take pride in...repeating on purpose...keeping their work, and commitment to others in class or on the set.

Why are there so few professionals who take classes? Even in LA?

They do take classes, but not with people who are not serious about the art, the craft and the industry. In fact, they worry too many of those people are getting SAG-AFTRA cards and representing union actors at auditions and even on sets.

Why do true professionals stay away from most acting classes and so called schools? Why stay away from fellow 'actors'?

Because there are so many who do not bother to think of others, to keep their words, to stay with the same instructors and network of fellow artist, and who will give up and of themselves to help others.

It's everywhere.

But boy does our lack of commitment contribute to the industry view that there is no talent in Las Vegas!

If you miss class, miss an audition, miss a rehearsal you are telling the professional world that there are no professionals in Las Vegas (also applies to most of the country, including much of LA). You reinforce the sterotype that actors are not reliable, and that union actors are not needed on productions because most union actors are not Qualified Professional talent.

Be a pro...

Join the union, and keep your commitments within the industry, including to be in class, for your instructor, for your fellow talent and for your own growth and advancement.

One day or two day workshops or seminars are not training. They are exposure to ideas and not much more. Training involves discipline, focus, a commitment to be there and you putting in your best to grow and advance with each opportunity in class and every job you do.

We have talent. We have the tools. Now do not go off and do other things, skip out without letting fellow actors and instructors know you will not be there and why...

Be professional.

It goes a long way.

Remember, despite the numbers, this is a small business. And among those who make it, it is a tiny club who can count on each other and those who support them to watch their backs and provide what is needed when it is needed the most.

If you are not there in can anyone count on you to do what it take when and if you ever luck or chance into the the rare world of full time working actors. And how long will you stay there is others, including those who support or are friends with the decision makers in the industry, know that you do flake out and miss class, or did not stay long enough to truely count yourself as trained (generally at least a year with each instructor, sometimes more, and focus on moving on to the schools and programs where you will work with those who are much better than you could ever hope or dream of becoming).

Truth hurts.

I do not expect to make friends by writing this.

But as a teacher, coach and friend. I am saying what needs to be said.

Art Lynch

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Special Post from Scott Rogers and Scott Rogers Studios: Buck and Believing

Buck and Believing...

Warning: This is a very different kind of a blog post for me. It's not my usual "Actor Tip" post.  But that's okay, it contains a profound acting truth and it's a very special post to me.  Curious what you think. Feel free to comment and, if you enjoy it, please share it

Buck's acting head shot
George "Buck" Ashford came to train with me in about 2002. My guess is that he was around 65 years old – but that’s just a guess. He had no acting experience and he never had an acting class in his life. He was a very successful attorney with his own firm, in Honolulu. I couldn't help smiling at him. Perhaps it was because he was smiling at me or perhaps it was because he looked kind of like an impish little leprechaun with a flash of mischief behind his eyes.  He said he wanted to act in a movie.
I asked him why he was starting this acting business so late in life. He said “you want the truth?” I said “always”. So he told me that he had a form of lung cancer and his doctor had given him "no more than four or five years" to live.
Wow. He looked perfectly healthy and in fact seemed to have a real joy of life. I think if my doctor had given me that kind of news I would have wasted three years feeling sorry for myself.  But that’s not Buck.
I asked how he had come to call on me. He said when his doctor gave him the news the first thing he did was to sit down and make a list of all the things he had always wanted to do, but hadn’t. Then he started doing them. One of them was to act in a film. That’s why he tracked me down. Incidentally, this was several years before the movie “The Bucket List”.
In the nearly eight years that Buck was my student I never once heard him mention his 'death sentence' to anyone. Nor did I ever hear any complaints from him. 
He’s now done two or three plays and a short film or two. 
L. to R.  Blade Rogers, Buck Ashford, Shane Thomas, Tabitha Jade in "The Lt. of Inishmore"
He argued with me in class constantly– but never about HIS work, always about others and always saying that I was being too negative and that he really liked their work. His hearing sucked and he would bleed very easily but when we did physical exercises he was often the first to volunteer and always one of the most committed and physical participants. He told long, sloooow stories that – if you’re patient enough – always payed off with a great big laugh. He threw a hell of a wrap party and although I learn from my students on a daily basis, he taught me more about life than any student I’ve ever had.
So, what’s the point? Why am I sharing all this? What does this have to do with acting? 
Admittedly, not much. 
But I honestly believe that if Buck had gone into acting instead of law he would have made it. Big. I honed his skills and taught him the craft of acting but he already possessed that rare child-like ability of being able to immerse himself in a role; To believe, to some extent, in the imaginary circumstances. Or as Sanford Meisner summed up the art of acting, "To live truthfully under the given imaginary circumstances."  He also, at let’s say 65+ years old, never gave a damn what people thought about him (a great trait for an actor) and he could learn lines better than my twenty or thirty year old students. 
It's been my experience that most actors attach less importance to using their imagination than they should and instead, pay more attention to memorizing lines (than they should).  To illustrate the value of imagination in your work, I'll share part of a critique of Buck's work in one of his early classes with me.
One word of caution. Buck sometimes used rather “colorful" language so if you are easily offended by what I have to call his 'Straight Talk', stop reading. I just wouldn’t feel right changing his words.
BUCK - Monologue

SCOTT: Good job. I only have one note but I think it will affect a number of things. First, what was your objective - and I want you to say it in 5 words or less.
BUCK: (Thinks for a minute) They’re assholes. I’m not.
SCOTT: Okaaaay…, that may be true, but that’s just 2 facts, not an objective. I want to know what you want. And preferably what you want from the person you’re talking to.
BUCK: I want to be treated with respect if our children get married. I’m not such a burn out after all.
SCOTT: OK, So three words – “I want respect”.
SCOTT: Ok, so what’s the obstacle to that? What's getting in the way?
BUCK: They’re assholes.
SCOTT: Okay, and how did it make you feel when they disrespected you?
BUCK: Like shit.
SCOTT: I’m looking for an emotion…

SCOTT: Good. Exactly right...except you didn’t actually feel mad in the scene, did you? (He thinks about it, smiles and shakes his head, sheepishly, like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.) I think that would have helped you. If you are really trying to get respect and the people disrespect you – THAT causes you to actually feel an emotion, in this case mad. You see if you can’t state your objective clearly and concisely, it's more difficult to actually go after it and that is what drives your scene. That drive was the only thing missing from your work tonight. But I’ll bet it won’t be missing next time.
(To the class) Did you notice, just past the middle of his monologue, he messed up his lines? I would almost call it severe. He kept talking so it wasn’t easy to spot. I always look at the eyes because often, when something unexpected happens- that’s where the actor comes out. But I didn’t see that in Buck's eyes. I simply saw his character deciding what to say next. Some actors have to work years to be able to do that seamlessly; Buck just does it naturally. But that’s exactly what you want to do—react as the character and stay in the scene. Good work, Buck.

[Postscript]  In 2007 Buck bought a boat in Portugal. He began to sail it home to Hawaii (another item on his 'bucket list'). He was injured in a fall in the Canary Islands (I mentioned earlier, he's a bleeder). He continued sailing to Antigua where he was airlifted to a Florida hospital. But that didn’t deter Buck. He met the boat on the Island of Hawai´i and sailed it back to Honolulu. 
Buck, as I'll always remember him
In 2010 Buck passed away. He lived almost twice as long as they had said he would. He went to work every day and took me to lunch every couple of weeks. Speaking to me from the hospital, two days before he died, he told me he was planning his next voyage—to Tahiti…
Everybody dies. But not everybody lives. 

Buck Ashford Lived.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Student testimonial

Art you are a fantastic teacher keep doing what your doing!

-Catherine Stephanie Gold

Where did Hitchcock get the idea for his most popular film of all time?

This letter above is from Otis L. Guernsey (to Alfred Hitchcock) was sent in 1957. Guernsey had been able to work the idea into a suitable treatment and gave the idea back to Hitchcock (most likely for a fee). It became the premise behind "North by Northwest".

This undated letter below is from Otis L. Guernsey (to Alfred Hitchcock) was sent to the director in the early 1950s. What this proves is that the basic premise for NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) had been in the director's mind long before Earnest Lehman even met the director. Lehman was able to turn the convoluted premise into an amazing screenplay with the director.

Casting Call Entertainment

As you know I teach at Casting Call Entertainment in Las Vegas on Friday nights. Great place. Family feel, training in acting, production and the industry in ways no other place I can find does at anywhere near as low a cost for the students. They do union ultra low and modified contracts for productions in increasing numbers, but most of what they do and what rents their facility to cast, remain non-union (pre-union is a better way to put it). Students get what they put in, and if they are serious enough, they come out with the basic skills and self confidence they need to enter this industry. The business also has many extensions or agreements stretching into production, distribution, casting, an agency (not union), a management company in Beverly Hills, events representation and talent development,

I can speak for my own class, you get far more than your money's worth if you put in the time and really want to work at preparing for the industry (or developing skills you can use elsewhere in life).

i can speak for how I have seen students grow and enjoy the process of growth, not just from my class, but from every class and experience they offer.

Gary or Sharry

RIP dear Mr. Rebhorn. James Rebhorn, famous character actor, has died.

James Rebhorn, famous character actor, has died.

Actor James Rebhorn,  famous character actor who was the headmaster in ‘Scent of a Woman’ , and the secretary of defence in ‘Independence Day’, has died aged 65.

His agent confirmed to me his passing.

”He died Friday afternoon, at home.  He was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed”. 
Rebhorn was most recently seen in ‘Homeland’ where he played Frank Mathison.
Readers would also recognise him as the prosecutor in Seinfeld’s finale.

He has a large filmography, and equally large Broadway and regional theater history.

He was a good man, a unionist, a quiet man, a versitile character actor and to many a friend.

From the LA Times:

Veteran character actor James Rebhorn, known for his roles in "Homeland," "White Collar" and dozens of TV shows and films over a five-decade career, has died of melanoma, his wife, Rebecca Linn, said Sunday. Rebhorn died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., at the age of 65.
Able to perform in comedies or dramas, as well as on stage, TV or film, the Philadelphia native racked up an impressive list of credits, including playing the father of Claire Danes' character on "Homeland."
His film roles included such titles as "Silkwood," "Shadows and Fog," "Basic Instinct," "My Cousin Vinny," "Scent of a Woman," "Carlito's Way," "Independence Day," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Game," "Far From Heaven" and "Cold Mountain." Recent film appearances included "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Sleepwalk With Me," "Real Steel" and "The Box."
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On television, Rebhorn appeared on shows including "Enlightened," "The Good Wife," "30 Rock," "Wiseguy," "The Equalizer," "Spenser: For Hire," "Kate & Allie" and "Guiding Light." He appeared in the series finale of "Seinfeld."
Rebhorn largely epitomized the "that guy" brand of character actor, the kind whom audiences recognize by face and voice, if perhaps not by name. On Twitter, actor Tom Arnold said, "you didn't know him but trust me, you knew him." Comedian Patton Oswalt posted "On behalf of all film buffs, we took for granted you'd always be there & be great, 'cause you always were."
Times staff writer Steve Chawkins contributed to this report.,0,7913410.story#ixzz2wrNlDIGP

If you are an actor....learn to study, love and do theater.

"I'm not interested in theater..I want to be in movies!"

In other words you are not interested in acting, you just want the screen time and dream of stardom without putting in the work and learning the craft.

What do you think professional actors do between films or television series, or during the off months? They do theater. They do plays. The take theater master classes. They earn college and advance degrees...often in some form of theater arts or theater and film education.

If you are an actor....learn to study, love and do theater.

Don't believe me...check out the non-fan sites and read what working actors say to their fellow actors.

Find out more about what made them who and what they are today.

And keep the dream, but know that only one percent of union actors earn more then a basic income from their craft and only three percent earn a middle class living or better.

And many of those earn their money doing commercials, working in multiple industries (film, tv, music, teaching, voice and so on().

Learn to love theater.

Learn to love acting.

-Art Lynch

Friday, March 21, 2014

"The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc"

For my daughter Ann, Sister-in-law Maggie, my wonderful "daughter" Tamara and anyone else who enjoys escaping into a Verne's like Sci-Fi fantasy with French comic twist...Laura and so far everyone I have referred this film (on Netflix) to has loved it. Need to put up with subtitles.

The trailer above does not to do the light hearted nature of the film and its fun justice.

"The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc" a French Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Adventure-Comedy with hints of "Night at the Museum" is well worth watching on Netflix, if you do not mind subtitles. Fun, unpredictable and I loved it!

Art Lynch


Review/Summary from "The Twisted Wing" (click here).
"Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon) plonks himself back in the director’s chair to tell the tale of Adele Blanc Sec, a feisty young writer with a passion for globetrotting and tomb raiding. Besson transports us back to the wild days of early Twentieth Century Paris, where Adele Blanc Sec (Louise Bourgoin) embarks on a mission to find a cure for her ailing sister. Based on the comic book series by Jacques Tardi, Besson’s exhausting return to cinematic excess finds us taking in bumbling cops, mummified corpses, 136 million-year old pterodactyl eggs and freak sporting accidents – if you’re thinking Amélie meets Indiana Jones you’re onto a winner.

Adele sails to Egypt in order to raid a tomb that may or may not hold the cure, but Mathieu Amalric - unrecognisable and underused as arch-nemesis Dieuleveult - has other plans in store. Back in Paris Adele finds the city in chaos when a pterodactyl egg hatches and wreaks havoc on the luckless inhabitants. Add to the mix an inept hunter called Justin de Saint-Hubert (Jean-Paul Rouve), the promise of romance with spellbound scientist Andrej Zborowski (Nicholas Giraud,) and a scene-stealing turn from police inspector Leonce Caponi (Gilles Lellouche), and Luc Besson’s long awaited comeback dazzles, delights and frustrates in equal measures.

The opening act suggests an Indiana Jones style adventure, but with so many offbeat characters waiting in the wings, the movie shifts its focus to Jacques-Clouseau-style farce and Amélie-light flights of fancy. Disappointing if you’re hoping for high-octane adventure, but Adele Blanc Sec compensates with its energetic lead turns and laugh-out-loud comedy interludes. Former weathergirl Louise Bourgoin makes for an adorable screen heroine, both feisty and fun, and Besson lights up the screen with his steampunk vision of Paris.

It’s an exhilarating journey from start to finish - off its rocker and on another planet entirely. The relentless absurdity does get a little tiresome come the final act, and some of the CG effects lack polish, but Adele Blanc Sec makes for an unusual and original night in all the same. Extraordinary indeed."

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