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Monday, April 23, 2012

FOX 25th anniversary night includes jab at FOX News from the Simpsons

After re-airing the animated comedy's first episode, the Simpsons team showed an end card congratulating the broadcast network during the credits: "Congratulations FOX on 25 years…We still love you*."

Below in smaller print, the card singled out Fox News as not being a part of the congratulatory message. Led by an asterisk, the line read: "*This doesn’t include Fox News."

Brace yourself for movie hype summer. Thinking Like a Man overcame Hunger pains. NBC makes the Stanley Cup itself a TV personality. Studio Heads roll.

Super Box office summer predicted due to large budget long ancipated films..Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Avengers, Brave, Men In Black 3, Movies, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, summer movies Dark Knight Rises, Ted

The Skinny: My dentist sent me a survey after my last visit. I don't know why, but it seems tacky. It's not a gym or a restaurant. If I have a problem with the service, you'll know it. Monday's headlines include a new box-office champ, a big shakeup at Walt Disney Co. and Peter Chernin getting some new money.

"Think Like a Man" takes No. 1 number-one at the box office
 Photo: A scene from "Think Like a Man." Credit: Alan Markfield / Associated Press

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

Thinking like a winner. After four weekends on top, "The Hunger Games" was knocked out of first place by the romantic comedy "Think Like a Man," which took in $33 million in its debut weekend. "Man's" performance was much stronger than industry analysts predicted. Coming in second was "The Lucky One," a tear-jerker staring Zac Efron, which made almost $23 million. "The Hunger Games" fell to third, with $14.5 million. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.

Stanley Cup
Established 1893
Current holder(s) Boston Bruins
Awarded to the Playoff champion of the National Hockey League    
  Image and copy from/on Wikipedia

Daily Dose: One expects morning shows to be shills for their parent companies. Seldom does a day go by when NBC's "Today" isn't promoting some NBC program or Universal movie. But aren't the Sunday news magazines supposed to be more sacred? Maybe not. On Sunday, NBC's "Meet the Press" not only had "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, but it devoted a segment aimed at hyping the network's coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The guest of honor was the Stanley Cup itself.

Photo: Peter Chernin. Credit: Scott Eells / Bloomberg

Chernin's new partner. Providence Equity Partners is investing $200 million for a large stake in the Chernin Group, the production company founded by former News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin. The cash infusion is to be used for acquisitions of media companies here and abroad. Providence Equity will also get seats on the board of the Chernin Group, while Chernin will become a senior advisor to the private equity firm. Details from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Ross out as boss. Last Friday (which is usually when companies release bad news), Walt Disney Co. said Rich Ross was out as head of its movie studio. Ross, who took the job in 2009 after a successful stint running Disney Channel, struggled with some big flops ("John Carter," "Prom") and had put executives in place who failed to win the confidence of Hollywood producers. Analysis of what went wrong for Ross from the Los Angeles TimesDeadline Hollywood and Variety. No replacement has been made, but I am available. I promise no $200 million write-downs like the one Disney said it'd take on "John Carter." Most of those who have seen the film loved it. Check this one to marketing and release date failures on the part of Disney.

The spreading scandal. British regulators are now investigating satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting, which is 39% owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. BSkyB has admitted to hacking into emails for stories but is trying to make the case that it was serving the public interest by using the hacking to expose wrongdoing. News Corp.'s British tabloids are already mired in an ethics scandal for phone hacking. More from Reuters.

Hot summer ahead. We're still a few weeks away from the official start of the summer movie season, but speculation has already started that it could be one of the biggest ever, thanks to "The Avengers" as well as new "Batman" and "Men in Black" movies. The Wrap with a summer preview.

Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and a fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker must rely on each other to survive an epic journey in the movie "Life of Pi." (Rhythm and Hues, 20th Century Fox / April 19, 2012

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A preview of CinemaCon, the conference at which theater owners and Hollywood big shots get together to break bread.

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Dont' let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do...

Should I do theater. Local filmmakers are telling me not to.

Idiots in the film community may tell you not to, but they do not work with the quality of actor I have worked with or serve with on the National Board of SAG-AFTRA.

A student wrote me and said they were advised by the "film community" not to do theater.


Why do you think almost all of the key National Board I serve on are actors who work regularly have theater experience and do theater whenever they can, including Broadway. James Cromwell of "The Artist" does far more theater than he does film or television. Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," recently completed a one man show on Broadway, just as one example. Former national SAG president Melissa Gilbert has done "Little House: The Musical" and other shows over the past few years.  Surrent National SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard is a regular on Broadway, in London and LA on the stage.

Actors are actors and should do it all.

Actors act.

We come alive when we are acting, whether on stage, on film, at auditions or in classes. Heck, we are acting in real life more often than not!

What unprofessional or amateur filmmakers are really saying is that for film you need to be "real", "fresh" and "flexible." They do not know what it is like to work with real professional talent, not "real actors" but those who love the craft and have trained and are skilled in the craft.

All actors who are pros know and can do both. Beginners and what pros call "community theater" actors have a hard time toning down the character and letting the eye and expressions do the work...yet these are skill developed with theater.

A good on-camera coach can help stage actors with film technique, although as we increasingly use microphones on stage and big screen video of the events on the boards, theater is increasingly morphing into a form of film or video, with audiences expecting an almost film like experience.

Casting directors vary...but most know that theater trained actors understand the craft, are always learning will listen to director and that theater teaches an actor the skills needed. Casting Directors may test you at the audition to see i you can tone down to what they are looking for (often not as natural as most actors think).

I do not sing my own song often.

I am Chicago trained and experienced in theater.  I studied and also have a degree in theater, with some of the best instuctors in Chicago. I went back to UNLV and almost completed an masters in theater before shifting to a PhD in education.  I have a solid stage background.

My passion and experience in the craft are why I love to teach, share and see others reach for their own potential and their dreams, even if they use it in church and community theater or film, or if they move on to study in LA, Chicago or New York and enter the industry.

Do not let anyone ever tell you not to do theater or that film actors do not do theater.

It is simply not true, except for flash in the pan one reel wonders. And they do not have real acting careers.

And do join the union when you have the chance.

Be serious about this if you seek to make it your life and career.