“Arrow” Star Paul Blackthorne and Composer Orpheo McCord To Swim With Sharks For “Ocean Conservancy”

Los Angeles: September 25, 2017

Paul Blackthorne, who stars as Captain Quentin Lance in the hit television series “Arrow” (CW Television Network), and Orpheo McCord, composer/musician for the Grammy award winning group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (“Home”), will take the plunge into shark infested waters for Golden Gate Sharkfest® Swim on September 30 to raise money and awareness for “Ocean Conservancy” www.oceanconservancy.org.

L-R Paul Blackthorne and Orpheo McCord

Blackthorne and McCord, along with Australian photographer Mister Basquali (co-star and co-producer of Blackthorne’s travel documentary “This American Journey”) and other brave souls, will be swimming 1.6 miles from the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge to the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, known for sharks and deep, cold waters.

A 45-year-old nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., Ocean Conservancy is one of the few organizations that helps protect wildlife in the ocean with science-based solutions.

In the last few years Blackthorne has raised money and awareness for a variety of worthy causes including “Air Shepherd” (anti-poaching drones) and “Save the Rhino International” with his “Poach eggs Not Elephants” and “Keep Rhinos Horny” T-shirt campaigns.  Last year Blackthorne travelled to Vietnam with “Save the Rhino” and made a film about the experience, raising money and awareness for the anti-poaching cause (90% of Rhino horn ends up there).

It all began with a call from Basquali who invited Blackthorne to participate in the Golden Gate Sharkfest® Swim. “I’m terrified of sharks and deep ocean waters.  Always have been, always will be, so naturally I initially refused, “Blackthorne comments.  “But after confronting with my initial fears, I agreed to participate as I felt I could be helpful in raising awareness for shark preservation and ocean wildlife protection, which is an important cause.”

The launch of Blackthorne and McCord’s #NoFinToFear T-shirt campaign is key to encouraging others to also become a voice for the ocean by buying at T-shirt in support of their friends at “Ocean Conservancy”.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of this collection go to support Ocean Conservancy.

To purchase go to: https://represent.com/paulblackthorne

About Ocean Conservancy

For 45 years Ocean Conservancy has been working to protect the oceans from some of the greatest global challenges.  They have made incredible progress to safeguard America’s fisheries, combat ocean acidification and restore the Gulf of Mexico with the best available science. The have spearheaded efforts to designate and strengthen marine sanctuaries, protected sea turtle habitats and grown the largest marine volunteer effort in the world through their International Coastal Cleanup.

Their vision for the ocean is a clean, healthy and thriving ecosystem for wildlife and communities that depend on it.

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with their partners, they create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit www.oceanconservancy.org.

photo.l.a. Celebrates 26th Season at Historic LA Mart Building Downtown

Los Angeles, CA – January 5, 2017

The international photographic art exposition, photo l.a. will take place at The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles, January 12-15, 2017. The 2017 photo l.a. exhibition will launch with the annual Opening Benefit Gala on Thursday, January 12, from 7-10 p.m., honoring the luminous and pioneering career of Weston Naef, founding curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum and author of numerous books on the history and art of photography.

Norman Seeff Photos
John Belushi, 1981, Los Angeles, 16 x 20, Vintage silver gelatin JPEG

For 26 years, photo l.a.—the longest-running art fair in Los Angeles—has engaged the global arts community, bringing together more than 10,000 attendees each year from ardent enthusiasts to serious collectors. What started in 1991 as a casual meet-up for artists, galleries and collectors organized by art dealer Stephen Cohen of Stephen Cohen Gallery, has transformed into an unparalleled global showcase of photographic art, which ranges from 19th-century masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge photography-based work.

This year’s exposition aligns with Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), which has moved from April to January to reflect the fair’s importance in making the city of Los Angeles an international photography destination. photo l.a. 2017 has teamed up with the Lucie Foundation to present 11 days of featured photographic programming, called Converge. For the first four days of this initiative, photo l.a. 2017 will offer dozens of programs, lectures and seminars including an activation with skateboarding legend Arto Sarri and panel discussions on subjects such as Snapchat as a form of photographic art and the synergies between fashion and photography.

©Grey Villet
Richard and Mildred Loving on their couch, King and Queen County, Virginia, 1965

Among the many other highlights of this year’s photo l.a. are two curated installations by Monroe Gallery of Photography. The first showcases LIFE magazine photographer Grey Villet’s intimate images of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage in segregated Virginia in the 1960s is chronicled in Jeff Nichols’ newly-released feature film, Loving. The other, Tony Vaccaro: War, Peace, Beauty, exhibits work of the Pulitzer-Prize winning war photographer, exploring combat photography and its impact on public perception of war on the home front. Vaccaro’s fascinating life story is also the subject of a recent and well-received documentary.

“Our mission is to continue engaging and supporting the international community, which shares our passion for photography, while cultivating new audiences through distinctive programming across creative disciplines,” says photo l.a. director Claudia James Bartlett. “We are proud to now have over 80 exhibitors, who foster an ongoing dialogue about the changing landscape of photography and its important role in the art world at large.”

©Tony Vaccaro
Georgia O’Keeffe, Taos Pueblo, NM, 1960

The work of award-winning Canadian-born artist Penelope Umbrico will also be featured in a contemporary installation that combines photographic prints with various elements—repurposed plexiglass sourced from recycling centers, frame shops or the streets of Los Angeles; plastic lenses from deconstructed LCD screens and televisions; house paint, cardboard boxes. By presenting these abstract by-products as formal compositions, the artist presents a new twist on technology with their own visionary aesthetic evocative of abstract Modernism.

Tickets for the Opening Gala on Thursday, January 12, from 7-10 p.m. are $80 in advance or $100 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lucie Foundation and John Wayne Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. Funding novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients’ outcomes, the cause saves lives through pioneering research, education, awareness and support.

General admission to photo l.a. is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. A three-day pass is available for $30 online or $40 at the door. Seniors and students receive a $5 discount. Programs are ticketed separately. A limited number of all-access passes, which include admission to the Opening Gala, the three-day photo l.a. exposition and all of its programs are available for advance purchase at $450. The exposition is open on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.photola.com.

The 2017 photo l.a. exposition, Gala and programs will take place on the second floor of The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building at 1933 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The Reef Mart offers affordable onsite parking and is also accessible by Metro.

For more information, visit: www.photola.com.

For the complete list of programming, visit www.photola.com/programs.php

Follow photo l.a.: #photola

All Photographs Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Cruelty Prevails In Rogue Machine’s New Production, “Bull”

Review by Peter Foldy

“How can people be so heartless, how can people be so cruel? Easy to be hard, Easy to be cold.”

Those are the lyrics to a brilliant song from the 60s rock musical, HAIR. that kept running through my brain after seeing Mike Bartlett’s disturbing play, BULL, currently making it’s West Coast Premiere at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles.

A Rogue Machine production, opening in the Hollywood Fringe Festival and running beyond, BULL is a great example of something that is becoming quite common in the new millennium, especially on the internet. Haters who skewer people for no particular reason other than the fact they exist. Or perhaps because they hold an opinion that the hater doesn’t agree with. As we’ve come to learn, there’s a lot of hate out there and it rears it’s ugly head in many shapes and forms, some subtle and others deadly, like the brutal massacre in Orlando this past weekend.

The haters in BULLLesley Fera Kevin Daniels are of the more subtle variety. Isobel (Lesley Fera) and Tony (Kevin Daniels) are a couple of ambitious corporate types who, along with co-worker Thomas, (Joshua Britton) are waiting to meet with their boss, Carter (Alex Whittington) to learn which one of them may lose their job due to corporate downsizing.

It is clear from the get go that Thomas is being set up as the fall guy here. He is an affable guy, a young man who tries hard but seems not to fit in.

It all starts out playfully.

“You have something in your hair,” Isabel tells Thomas. “Hmm. Is that the suit you’re going to wear” she asks. Little jabs and barbs to unnerve him. Thomas tries to deflect her insults but once their co-worker Tony shows up the jabs turn downright ugly and just when you think it can’t get any worse, (surely Thomas will turn the tables on these two creeps), boss man Carter arrives and he too quickly joins the wolf pack.

As the humiliation escalates we learn that Isabel has even more up her sleeve. She has dirt on Thomas. She knows of his lonely existence, about his failed relationship and she uses that informationFeraDanielsBitton BULL 1 for maximum effect. This nasty piece of work will settle for nothing short of total decimation.

As the story unfolds we keep hoping for redemption. That Thomas will walk away from the ugliness with some dignity but, as in life, bad things happen to good people.

The question is why? What do these two aggressive Alphas want from Thomas? Is this about the survival of the fittest, or is writer, Mike Bartlett questioning our complacency?  To ask how many times we’ve turned our back on bullying. Are we victims or are we perpetrators? Like Bartlett’s previous work, COCK, this play is sharp, smart, uncomfortable and thought provoking.

The material of course wouldn’t work without an exceptional cast and the actors here shine. Lesley Fera is deliciously nasty, Joshua Britton is pathetically convincing, Kevin Daniels is perfectly manipulative while Alex Whittington is without question the boss with his head up his ass. Not sure who’s a Brit and who isn’t in among the actors but there were no slip ups. The English accents elevated the material, kept it dry in that wry British way, making it even more effective.

Director, Jennifer Pollono has the play moving at a clip. It clocks in at a mere 50 minutes. But what an intense 50 minutes. BULL is a full throttle assault that made me want to see more.

Where:

The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Avenue, Los Angeles. Street parking or lot at the Medical Center about a block and a half East of the theater (past the freeway) for $6.

When:

Thursday, June 16, 8:30pm
Tuesday, June 21, 8:30pm
Thursday, June 23, 8:30pm
Saturday, June 25, 5:00pm
Sunday, June 26, 7:00pm

Tickets: $20 at http://roguemachinetheatre.com

 

(“Easy To Be Hard” Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)

Photo L.A. Celebrates 25 Years of Cutting Edge Photography

Los Angeles, CA Jan. 22, 2016

The 25th annual international photographic art exposition PHOTO LA. opened today and will run through Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at The Reef on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

The celebration kicked off Friday night with their annual Gala which was attended by a estimated 3000 people who danced to salsa, blues and EDM music as guests studied images by Harry Benson, Karchi Pearlman, film director/photographer, Larry Clark and Paul McCartney’s personal photographer, MJ Kim among hundred of others.

"Jack Black, New York, NY, 2000," by Martin Schoeller. More than 80 exhibitors have gathered at the LA Mart for Photo L.A. (Martin Schoeller)

“Jack Black, New York, NY, 2000,” by Martin Schoeller.

As the city’s longest-running art fair, (they are celebrating their silver anniversary this year), photo l.a. brings together leading galleries, museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations for an unparalleled showcase of photographic art from around the world, from 19th Century masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge photography-based work.

The honoree for this year’s photo l.a. is Los Angeles artist James Welling, and the exposition will include an installation celebrating his distinguished career and groundbreaking work.

As in previous years, photo l.a. will also include a diverse range of programming, including roundtable discussions, educational workshops, docent tours, and curated installations that foster an ongoing dialogue about the changing landscape of photography and its role in the art world at large. Programming highlights include: “The Instagram Effect: How Instagram is Changing the Way We See Photography”; “Robert Mapplethorpe: Beyond Good and Evil”; and “Artists Take Issue: Perspectives and Practices in Activist Photography.” Programs and docent tours feature many of the most respected experts and artists in the field of photography, including Weston Naef, Curator Emeritus, J. Paul Getty Museum; Ivan Shaw, executive photography director at Vogue; and photographers James Welling, Jay Mark Johnson, Jim McHugh, and Zoe Crosher.

“After 25 years, our mission remains the same, to unite and support the international community of enthusiasts, collectors, and artists who share our love of photography,” says Claudia James Bartlett, director of photo l.a. “We believe that this is what makes photo l.a. such a unique experience for our participants and guests alike.”

General admission to photo l.a. is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. A three-day pass is available for $35 online; $40 at the door. Programs are ticketed separately.

Tickets can be purchased online at: www.photola.com.

The 2016 photo l.a. exposition, and programs will take place on the second floor of The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building at 1933 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

The Reef Mart offers affordable onsite parking, and is also accessible by Metro.

2015 Screen Actor’s Guild Nominations Annouced

Hollywood, CA: December 9, 2015

“Trumbo,” a film about the Hollywood blacklist, received three SAG nominations at today’s announcement ceremony.  Bryan Cranston got a nod for best actor, Helen Mirren for supporting actress and the entire cast of “Trumbo” were rewarded with an additional best ensemble nomination. Mirren also received a best actress nom for “Woman in Gold.”

Cranston willTrumboBar640 compete with Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant,” Johnny Depp for “Black Mass,” Michael Fassbender for “Steve Jobs” and Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl.” Redmayne won the trophy this year for “The Theory of Everything.”

“Trumbo” will face the ensembles for “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton” “The Big Short” and “Spotlight.”

Two other high-profile movies opening on Christmas — Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and Will Smith’s “Concussion” — were shut out along with Fox’s box office hit “The Martian.”

Best actress nominations went to Mirren for “Trumbo,” 000b4a44-630Rooney Mara for “Carol,” Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight,” Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl” and Kate Winslet for “Steve Jobs.”

Christian Bale received a supporting actor nod for “The Big Short” and will face Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation,” Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies,” Michael Shannon for “99 Homes” and Jacob Tremblay for “Room.”

In TV voting, SAG’s nominating committee largely opted for repeat nominees. with nods for  “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family” and “Orange Is the New Black” (the 2015 victor) and HBO’s “Veep.”

“Mad Men” landed a drama ensemble nomination along with a nod for star Jon Hamm after being left out last year. eddie-redmayne-getty-mainThe rest of the nominees in the category matched last year’s with PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Showtime’s “Homeland” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

The winners of the 22nd SAG Awards will be announced Jan. 30 in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium with live broadcasts on TNT and TBS.

Here’s a full list of the nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
JOHNNY DEPP / James “Whitey” Bulger – “BLACK MASS” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Steve Jobs – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
CATE BLANCHETT / Carol Aird – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)
HELEN MIRREN / Maria Altmann – “WOMAN IN GOLD” (The Weinstein Company)
SAOIRSE RONAN / Eilis – “BROOKLYN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
SARAH SILVERMAN / Laney Brooks – “I SMILE BACK” (Broad Green Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry – “THE BIG SHORT” (Paramount Pictures)
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)
MARK RYLANCE / Abel Rudolph – “BRIDGE OF SPIES” (DreamWorks)
MICHAEL SHANNON / Rick Carver – “99 HOMES” (Broad Green Pictures)
JACOB TREMBLAY / Jack – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ROONEY MARA / Therese Belivet – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer – “SPOTLIGHT” (Open Road Films)
HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)
KATE WINSLET / Joanna Hoffman – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix)
ABRAHAM ATTAH / Agu
KURT EGYIAWAN / 2nd I-C
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant

THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)
CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry
STEVE CARELL / Mark Baum
RYAN GOSLING / Jared Vennett
MELISSA LEO / Georgia Hale
HAMISH LINKLATER / Porter Collins
JOHN MAGARO / Charlie Geller
BRAD PITT / Ben Rickert
RAFE SPALL / Danny Moses
JEREMY STRONG / Vinny Peters
MARISA TOMEI / Cynthia Baum
FINN WITTROCK / Jamie Shipley

SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures)
NEIL BROWN JR. / DJ Yella
PAUL GIAMATTI / Jerry Heller
COREY HAWKINS / Dr. Dre
ALDIS HODGE / MC Ren
O’SHEA JACKSON JR. / Ice Cube
JASON MITCHELL / Eazy-E

TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)
ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE / Virgil Brooks
LOUIS C.K. / Arlen Hird
BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo
DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT / John Wayne
ELLE FANNING / Niki Trumbo
JOHN GOODMAN / Frank King
DIANE LANE / Cleo Trumbo
HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper
MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Edward G. Robinson
ALAN TUDYK / Ian McLellan Hunter

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)
BEN KINGSLEY / Grand Vizier Ay – “TUT” (Spike)
RAY LIOTTA / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – “TEXAS RISING” (History)
BILL MURRAY / Himself – “A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS” (Netflix)
MARK RYLANCE / Thomas Cromwell – “WOLF HALL” (Masterpiece/PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
NICOLE KIDMAN / Grace – “GRACE OF MONACO” (Lifetime)
QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)
CHRISTINA RICCI / Lizzie Borden – “THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES” (Lifetime)
SUSAN SARANDON / Gladys Mortenson – “THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE” (Lifetime)
KRISTEN WIIG / Delores DeWinter – “THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING” (IFC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
RAMI MALEK / Elliot – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)
BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC)
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (Masterpiece/PBS)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX Networks)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy
IAN BEATTIE / Ser Meryn Trant
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
MICHAEL CONDRON / Bowen Marsh
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
BEN CROMPTON / Dolorous Edd
LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Ser Davos Seaworth
STEPHEN DILLANE / Stannis Baratheon
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
TARA FITZGERALD / Selyse Baratheon
JEROME FLYNN / Bronn
BRIAN FORTUNE / Othell Yarwyck
JOEL FRY / Hizdahr Zo Loraq
AIDAN GILLEN / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish
IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
MICHIEL HUISMAN / Daario Naharis
HANNAH MURRAY / Gilly
BRENOCK O’CONNOR / Olly
DANIEL PORTMAN / Podrick Payne
IWAN RHEON / Ramsay Snow
OWEN TEALE / Ser Alliser Thorne
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
CARICE VAN HOUTEN / Melisandre
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark
TOM WLASCHIHA / Jaqen H’ghar

HOMELAND (Showtime)
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Dar Adal
ATHEER ADEL / Numan
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison
ALEXANDER FEHLING / Jonas Hollander
RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn
NINA HOSS / Astrid
RENÉ DAVID IFRAH / Bibi
MARK IVANIR / Ivan Krupin
SEBASTIAN KOCH / Otto D?ring
MIRANDA OTTO / Allison Carr
MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson
SARAH SOKOLOVIC / Laura Sutton

HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Remy Danton
DEREK CECIL / Seth Grayson
NATHAN DARROW / Edward Meechum
MICHAEL KELLY / Doug Stamper
ELIZABETH MARVEL / Heather Dunbar
MOLLY PARKER / Jackie Sharp
JIMMI SIMPSON / Gavin Orsay
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood

MAD MEN (AMC)
SOLA BAMIS / Shirley
STEPHANIE DRAKE / Meredith
JAY R. FERGUSON / Stan Rizzo
BRUCE GREENWOOD / Richard Burghoff
JON HAMM / Don Draper
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Harris
JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis
VINCENT KARTHEISER / Pete Campbell
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson
KEVIN RAHM / Ted Chaough
KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove
MASON VALE COTTON / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)
KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY / Various Characters
JORDAN PEELE / Various Characters

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

TRANSPARENT (Amazon)
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS / Davina Rejennae
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN / Syd Feldman
JAY DUPLASS / Josh Pfefferman
KATHRYN HAHN / Raquel Fein
GABY HOFFMANN / Ali Pfefferman
CHERRY JONES / Leslie Mackinaw
AMY LANDECKER / Sarah Pfefferman
JUDITH LIGHT / Shelly Pfefferman
HARI NEF / Gittel/Gerson
EMILY ROBINSON / Rose Boymelgreen
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman

VEEP (HBO)
DIEDRICH BADER / Bill Ericsson
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davidson
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
HUGH LAURIE / Tom James
PHIL REEVES / Doyle
SAM RICHARDSON / Richard
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“EVEREST” (Universal Pictures)
“FURIOUS 7” (Universal Pictures)
“JURASSIC WORLD” (Universal Pictures)
“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“THE BLACKLIST” (NBC)
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
“HOMELAND” (Showtime)
“MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL” (Netflix)
“THE WALKING DEAD” (AMC)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

52nd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
CAROL BURNETT

An Evening Of Classic Broadway Returns To Rockwell Table And Stage

April 14, 2015

By popular demand, Fraser Entertainment Group’s critically-acclaimed ongoing series AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY returns to Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Wednesday, April 22 at 8pm.  It’s a great way to celebrate Broadway Your Way on Earth Day enjoying songs from classic musicals performed by a cast of singers from Broadway, television and film.

This upcoming presentation of AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY marks the seventh installment of the successful concert series, produced by Dianne Fraser. Musical Director, Brad Ellis is pleased to announce the cast featuring singers from Broadway, television

Musical Director, Brad Ellis

Musical Director, Brad Ellis

and film: Will Collyer, Louise Marie Cornillez, Savannah Leigh, Kelly Lester, Alex Newell, Joanne O’Brien and Jeffrey Polk.

Rockwell Table & Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles 90027.  Doors open at 6:30pm with the show beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $10, $15 or $20 plus a 2-item food minimum.  Valet and street parking available.  For tickets and additional information: http://rockwell-la.inticketing.com/events/496559/an-evening-of-classic-broadway/

The series Musical Director Brad Ellis is regarded as one of the most respected and sought after composers, arrangers, and musical directors in the musical theatre community.  He has enjoyed a newfound fame as the on-camera pianist on the hit television series GLEE. Lately, he has been traveling the world as Musical Director for Matthew Morrison’s solo show.

In addition to his role on Glee, Mr. Ellis can be seen coaching in the “Special Features” of the DVD Release of Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. Long before Glee, Mr. Ellis was renowned for his clever and instantly recognizable arrangements for such shows as Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood, Whoop-Dee-Doo, and the Christmas edition of Forever Plaid known as Plaid Tidings. He has arranged and orchestrated for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony and the CD “Unexpected Dreams – Songs from The Stars” featuring members of the LA Phil to benefit Music Cares which supports music programs in

Producer, Dianne Fraser

Producer, Dianne Fraser

the LA schools. In concert, and on CD, Mr. Ellis has worked with Billy Joel, Angela Lansbury, Kristin Chenoweth, Scarlett Johansson, Patti LuPone, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Ariana Grande, and Jeremy Irons to name a few.

Other shows presented by Fraser Entertainment Group include Starr Quality, Actors Fund Benefit and Tribute to Rick Starr, and Gifts of Love: the Words and Music of Stephen Schwartz, both at the Catalina Jazz Club, as well as the 4-night, 4-venue Actors Fund benefit concert event, CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES directed by David Galligan, which returns for a second engagement this fall. Learn more about Fraser Entertainment Group at www.fraserentertainmentgroup.com

What:
It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day enjoying songs from classic Broadway musicals performed by a cast of singers from Broadway, television and film.

Where:
Rockwell Table and Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles 90027.

When:
Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Doors open at 6:30pm with the show beginning at 8pm.
Valet and street parking available.

How:
Tickets are $10, $15 or $20 plus a 2-item food minimum. For tickets and additional information: http://rockwell-la.inticketing.com/events/496559/an-evening-of-classic-broadway/

The Art of Art

By Alan von Kalcreuth

The International Contemporary Art Fair wrapped on February 1 after four days of artsy madness.   Art Los Angeles Contemporary took place at the impressive Barker Hanger at Santa Monica Airport and the massive structure was crammed with exhibitors and art-minded, trendy people.

“There are aImage lot of people here,” observed , a photographer dedicated to photographing art and art-gazers.  “This is the best show on the West coast.”

But what of the art on display?  “Tedious, and not much better than the spontaneous work of kindergarteners,” was one attendee’s opinion. “Only these artist have a larger work space that they don’t have to share with five other five-year-olds, and they the opportunity to use stuff that the kids can’t always get their hands on.  I prefer the kid’s stuff, it’s not supposed to be impressive, or expensive.”  The attendees did not want to identify themselves, but revealed they were in the film industry.

One noticeable feature of the opening night, a sixty-dollar ticket event, was SO many people.  The first impression one gets is there is a load of contemporary art lovers in LA.  It soon became apparent however that the hoards were NOT gazing at the art they were gazing at themselves.  With a glass of champagne and a hanger full of trendies the Art Fair was clearly a great destination point.

One of the hanger-strollers, most probably a mid-level Image 2corporate manager by day, was dressed smartly in an off-the-rack Macy’s suit BUT was sporting what looked like his mother’s Chanel scarf around his neck, a sort of cautious Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Investing in contemporary art is big business and the escalation in “value” of a piece is a curious affair. “People look at artists like Damien Hirst and the impression is that the international contemporary art market is very wide and very deep,” explains Michael Findlay, director of Acquavella Galleries in New York and the author of The Value of Art. “I think that impression is largely created by marketing.”

“Very few artists have sell-through rates of over 80% at auction” art adviser Todd Levin points out.  There are artist like Alexander Calder, who hit an incredible 95% sell through he explains, but these are exceptions. “The meaning of art is collapsing under the brute weight of data,” reveals Levin.

Thea Westreich, an art broker and adviser, points out the value of these contemporary art fairs.  “Sit with the dealers, talk to them about their new artists. If they are there, talk to the artists. That is priceless. It’s very unusualImage 1 for us to walk away from an art fair without discovering an artist we think has great potential that we want to tell our clients about.”

The contemporary art market is volatile, the crash in 2008 saw the value of most contemporary art pieces fall by as much as 50% while the traditional art market only dropped 35%.  The experts advise for protecting your investment is to buy stuff you actually like, not what some dealer has declared as a sure and safe investment.  This means that if you are stuck with it you won’t mind because you like it!

“Birdman” Director, Alejandro Inarritu, Wins Top Prize At Directors Guild Awards

-1Century City, CA:  February 8, 2015

After taking top honors from the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the producing guilds, “Birdman,” a film about a washed-up Hollywood actor played by Michael Keaton has won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards in Century City last night.

Alejandro Inarritu, the writer-director of “Birdman,” was honored at Saturday’s ceremony with the prize for outstanding directional achievement for a feature film.  Many had expected Richard Linklater, director of the film, “Boyhood,” to win the top prize at last night’s award and this win by Inarritu just may give “Birdman” an edge at the up-coming  Academy Awards.  59 of the 66 previous DGA winners have gonebanner-birdman-film_page_np on to win the directing Oscar.

The Director’s Guild dispenses awards to directors in TV and movie categories in what’s customarily a final calling for the film that goes on to win the best director trophy and possibly best picture at the Oscars.

Other winners Saturday included Jill Soloway for the TV comedy “Transparent” and Laura Poitras for the documentary “Citizenfour.”

Hollywood Spy Masters

By Alan von Kalckreuth

Hollywood’s link with Special Forces, the CIA, and espionage was the subject of an unusual private event at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica recently.  Those in attendance could well claim responsibility for some serious high jinx in the battles -private and public- that span the last seventy-five years of US-UK special relations.  The event commemorated the founding of the OSS,CIA the Office of Strategic Services, the WWII era forerunner to today’s CIA.

Capt. Stuart Bird-Wilson one of the event organizers and a former SAS -British Special Forces- operative revealed that the bases of the US-UK special relation was that the British Government were responsible for the intelligence available to the US government up until General “Wild Bill” Donovan formed the OSS at President Roosevelt’s request in 1942.

In 1945 the OSS evolved into the CIA with the military aspects passing like a flashlight (in a darkened sack) to Special Forces.

The Special Forces aspect of Donovan’s OSS was inspired by the LA and Santa Monica Life Guards who were keen extreme water sports sort’a dudes.  Included amongst the artifacts displayed at the event was frogman diving gear used by Donovan and these California1167093 pre-RedBull enthusiasts.

Donovan was in LA in the early 40’s with his daughter Patricia who was an actress.  Patricia died mysteriously in a car accident in 1942.  No link between Patricia’s death and Donovan’s clandestine role as a spy have been drawn, but there is a story there for any Hollywood screenwriter to peel back.

Those in attendance at the Shangri-La event included British and American operative as well as the current hotel owner.  Those who were not there, but would have received an invite if they were still alive include Julia Child, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Quentin and Kermit Roosevelt, Miles Copeland, Moe Berg, Sterling Hayden and Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg.  All were  agents serving in an international spy ring managed by the OSS during WWII.

It turns out that Julia Child’s work involved helping the spy agency develop a repellent to keep sharks from detonating explosives designed Booth_L_Unit_side_view.25154031_stdto sink German U-boats.  It would appear that in this case at least too many chefs spoil the bomb.

The primary objective of the recent Shangri-La gathering was to lay the groundwork for a permanent OSS museum in Santa Monica.  Donovan certainly deserves a place in the sun here in Hollywood; after all he loved the exotic weapons, explosives and schemes hatched by Stanley Lovell, the agency’s equivalent of “Q” in the James Bond stories. Amongst Lovell’s lovable antics was a plot to make Hitler’s mustache fall off and his voice turn sopranoThe-Great-Dictator-charlie-chaplin-858131_600_480 by injecting female hormones into the vegetables der Fuehrer ate.  Had Chaplin got wind of this spy-work during the making of his film The Great Dictator the film might have had an even more tragic overtone.

General “Wild Bill” Donovan might not get a star on Hollywood Boulevard, but he’s going to get his place in the sun none the less.

2014 American Film Market Wraps in Santa Monica

Wednesday 12th November – The 2014 American Film Market (AFM®) wrapped its 35th edition today after 7,946 attendees visited the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica for the eight day market.

The AFM again was host to a truly global market, with 1,670 buyers coming from over 70 different countries.  Overall exhibitor attendance was up 1% from last year with 2,825 executives from exhibiting companies from over 40 countries, with the largest number of exhibitors coming from the IMG_4489United Kingdom, France and Japan, after the USA.

Overall industry attendees, the non-buyers and sellers that include Attorneys, Bankers, Festivals, Film Commissions, Filmmakers, Financiers, Post Production Facilities, Producers, Studio Facilities, and Writers finished at 2,624, up 1% from last year’s numbers.

The AFM also hosts a large segment of independent writers, producers, directors and wannabes of all ages.  Many of the faces haunting the lobby of the Loews Hotel have been attending the event for decades while many are just starting out.

Spotted at the AFM wasIMG_4271 this young man, Alexander Saffaie and his mother, producer, Michelle Alexandria. “With the film business being so youth oriented these days, you can’t wait to get in the game,” she explained with a smile as she and her baby, Alexander hurried to another power meeting.

This year’s AFM screened 432 films with 352 Market Premieres, 85 World Premieres and a total of 654 screenings across the AFM Campus in Santa Monica.

The popular five-day AFM Conference Series showcasing sessions on Financing, Pitching, Production, Marketing and Distribution featured global industry leaders including: Brett Ratner (producer), Cassian Elwes (Independent Producer), Tobin Ambrust (Exclusive), Mark Damon (Foresight Unlimited), Mark Gill (Millennium), Rena Ronson (UTA), Emanuel Nunez (Paradigm), Russell Schwartz (Relativity), John Sloss (Cinetic), and Nicolas Gonda (Tugg). The AFM IMG_4492Conference Series, which launched four years ago, hosted international audiences of more than 700 daily.

The 2014 Roundtables and Conversations featured notable industry elites including Wei Han (Bliss Media), filmmaker and comedian Adam Carolla, Meyer Schwarzstein (Brainstorm Media), Caroline Stern (Kaleidoscope Film Distribution), and many more.