Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Universal Lot Map

If you have to go to Universal for a meeting or audition, you can find where you're going before you get there. [offline, seeking a legible alternative]

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Pasadena Playhouse Will be Redesigned by Frank Gehry

Celebrated Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry will begin a two-phase design project for the Pasadena Playhouse that will include a new 300- to 400-seat theater to expand the Playhouse campus, as well as redesigning the interior of the Playhouse's existing balcony performance space, the Carrie Hamilton Theatre.
The new theater, to be built across the street from the Playhouse on a lot that is now home to a former furniture store, will also be named in memory of Hamilton, the daughter of Carol Burnett and late producer Joe Hamilton. Carrie Hamilton, an actress, writer and musician, died of cancer in 2002 at age 38
(from The Los Angeles Times).

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Hollywood Street Closures for the Oscars

Find out what streets and sidewalks in Hollywood are closed for the Academy Awards from now through Monday.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

SAG's New Initiation Fee

Los Angeles (February 15, 2007)-In a national vote completed today, members of Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to approve a dues and initiation fee increase.
The Guild’s initiation fee will rise from $1,474 to $2,211 effective February 16, 2007 (many branch offices will continue to have lower initiation fees in place)
(from sag.org). The vote is counted yesterday, and the change is effective today.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

How to Find Extra Work

This list of extra casting directors and background casting companies is based on a list by Carol Grant Casting and posted to the Hollywood Happy Hour email list. I've tried to verify/correct the phone numbers online and add a few casting agencies myself. As always, be careful and exercise your own due diligence; caveat actor: Again, be vigilant; caveat actor.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Casting Isn't Personal

I had lunch with a family of friends a few weeks ago. Two of the kids are actors. The mom told this wonderful story about how she explained casting to her the oldest of the actor kids, when he started feeling let down about not being cast (because, of course, early in kid actors' lives, most don't even realize there's a difference between auditioning and booking, since it's all a chance to play make-believe). She said that she put a deck of cards face down on the table and asked her son to select one. He did. Why did you pick that one? she asked. I had to make a choice, and that's the one I picked. She said, Good. That's casting
(from The Actors Voice).

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