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Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Is your Spider Sense Tingling?






Acting is a dangerous profession, or can be

"Yes, like any other job that you go to and you do, whether you're working in factory 
or on a Broadway show, there is some comfort level you achieve when you do the 
same thing day in and day out," Purvis said. "Though with performers, part of the job 
is to do something that is routine and work to keep it fresh, so we actually have an 
advantage over, say, a manufacturing job where nobody's required to keep it fresh. 
The actors actually are kind of trained in that as it."

-"Spider-Man" production stage manager Kathy Purvis

"Spider Man" has suffered a series of setbacks on Broadway, including at least four injuries. 
Both stars were hurt, but not doing stunts (Natalie Mendoza suffered a concussion after 
being hit by a piece of scenery backstage), however a professional stunt double for 
Spiderman was severely injured while flying (human error, according to Actor's Equity, 
as the performer or tech crew failed to attach the required safety wire).

The show will go on, but now legislators want to force it to be trimmed back, at the loss 
of some key stunts.  Variety's David S Cohen writes that if you shrink effects on 
Spider Man, you "might as well force "A Chorus Line" to be performed without dancing."

Acting has never been a "safe" profession. It is a gamble to begin with. 
Historically actors were treated as people would treat dogs or pests. 
Today they are mistrusted and vilified by conservatives and audiences
that mistakenly believe their beliefs and characters are the same as the 
characters they play. In the early days of movie making actors were injured 
or died doing their own stunts. Famous actors since have been killed practicing 
or just handling props. The stunt double profession added a new layer of calculated risk 
to the profession.

We have all had minor run-ins. I have been run over by by scenery being 
too zealously moved premature to cue, hit by a light weight sandbag and 
fallen off a stage set. I have friends who suffered far worse injuries from 
falls from the set and in Las Vegas the stage at UNLV has taken at lease 
one hand and hospitalized a few over the years.

But all jobs are unsafe in one way or another.

Even sitting at a computer keyboard causes job related injury, changes eyesight, 
causes headaches and can distract us from the things in life that matter.

As indicate by Kathy Puvis, there is a freshness in performing because we have 
to make it fresh for each audience, every take and as craft it in a way that our
 job does not seem scripted, planned or rehearsed. Being in the moment has its risk.

"Hi-Yo, Silver, Away!": Lone Ranger Announcer Fred Foy RIP

"Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-Yo Silver' ... The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver. The Lone Ranger rides again!"


From the Hollywood Reporter, Click here for link to this and other stories. Subscription recommended: 


Fred Foy, whose stentorian delivery announced the arrival of the Lone Ranger to millions of radio listeners and TV viewers in the 1940s and '50s, died Dec. 22 of natural causes at his home in Woburn, Mass. He was 89.

Working at WXYZ in Detroit, Foy took over the position of announcer and narrator for radio's Lone Ranger on July 2, 1948, and continued until the series ended on Sept. 3, 1954. He even voiced the Lone Ranger in one 1954 episode when Brace Beemer came down with laryngitis.

Foy then reprised his announcer role on television from 1955-57, recording his work in Detroit and shipping it to the ABC studios in California. "I never had the pleasure of meeting and working with [Lone Ranger TV stars] Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels," he noted in 2002.

Foy also was heard on radio's The Green Hornet (a spinoff of The Lone Ranger) and The Challenge of the Yukon.

Later, he served as the principal voice of ABC for almost two decades and as the announcer for ABC's Dick Cavett Show. He also narrated documentaries and did work for commercials and MGM films.
Foy was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in March 2000 and received the Golden Boot Award from the Motion Picture and Television Fund in 2004.

Foy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances B. Foy; children Nancy Foy, vp feature casting at 20th Century Fox, Wendy Foy Griffis and Fritz Foy; sons-in-law Joe d'Angerio, an actor, and Dan Griffis; daughter-in-law Laurie Hriszko Foy; and grandchildren Justin Cutietta, Hannah d'Angerio and Nathaniel Foy.

Details for a memorial service will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the USO in honor of Foy's military service in World War II. In the war, he was stationed in Cairo and worked with Jack Benny and Nelson Eddy, among others.

From the Hollywood Reporter, Click here for link to this and other stories. Subscription recommended.

CES is in 2 Weeks, SAG Members Save $$$"s

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