SAG really, really wants us to vote yes.
May 9, 2009 | Leave a Comment
If you got the SAG email, you most likely saw this picture in the post.
They are really trying hard to get us to vote ‘Yes’ for this deal. Wow, pictures that say ‘Vote Yes’ and SAG town hall meetings all over the country telling us how great a deal this is going to be for us.
That Saylor Company (the PR firm that SAG has used our dues money to pay for this ‘Vote Yes’ campaign) is really doing their job.
And, if you didn’t get in your dues by April 30th you won’t get to vote. My dues didn’t come in till the 29th. Do you think they did that on purpose?
SAG E-mail from David White
May 9, 2009 | Leave a Comment
Dear Screen Actors Guild member,
As you know, the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors voted April 19, 2009, to approve and recommend to members, new, two-year successor agreements to the 2005 Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement and 2005 Screen Actors Guild Television Agreement.
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible members on May 19, 2009. Ballots must be mailed in the return envelope provided and received at the Everett, WA, post office box no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) June 9, 2009. Ballots received after this deadline, or at a location other than the post office box, will not be counted.
We are holding member informational meetings so that you can hear about the tentative agreement and ask questions. Member informational meetings are scheduled for Hollywood and New York as follows and will be announced for Branch locations next week.
May 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment
Farah Tahir has been all over the place recently. In Iron Man, Lost, 24 and Chuck it’s a sure bet you’ve seen his face. This weekend he is appearing in the new Star Trek film and I pulled this from an interview he recently did.
Considering all the different roles in your career, is there anything in particular that stands out?
When you go into a project, you absolutely have a responsibility to yourself and the people working with you to make it the best experience you can.
When you create that environment and then you work in that environment, it pushes all of us to do better work.
I have been very fortunate. In the last two years I got to do “Iron Man,” which was a ball, and then I got to do “Star Trek” and both of those really brought out the 10-year-old kid in me because you had all these cool gadgets and this thing with superheroes and space and all that.
2 Things You Want To Know About Tilda Swinton
May 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment
The actual title of the article is 13 Things You Want To Know About Tilda Swinton but only these two were of interest for this site.
Check out the other 11 here via indiewire
8. Derek Jarman is the reason she’s working today (you probably figured that too, but it’s always worth mentioning).
“I really don’t believe I would be performing in films if I hadn’t met [Derek],” Swinton said. “When I first met him… I was a writer, who should have gone to art school, who went to university, stopped writing, wanted to find film, couldn’t find film, worked in the theater, was alienated by the theater… I was completely what they would call ‘bleeped’ [she motions to the screen behind her, which had recently played a clip of ‘Julia’ that was essentially 50% bleeped ‘fuck’s]. When I met Derek Jarman, he gave me this place to go to, because I knew I didn’t want to be a proper actor. I knew I didn’t want to work in theater or on television or industrial cinema.”
11. According to her, she doesn’t know one thing about acting.
“There’s this endless disclaimer that I always feel I honestly have to give about not being an actor,” she said in all seriousness. “Because it really does feel most honest. I always feel that real actors are going to stand up and say ‘you’re a fraud! Confess it!’ And I want to be the first to say that I never pretended to be anything else. I always pretended to be a film fan first, and an artist’s model second. I’m in front of a camera, because I’m curious, and that’s about it. I don’t know one thing about acting.”
Have you heard of "The Way"?
May 7, 2009 | 1 Comment
The Way or, “dream work”, is an acting technique using Jungian psychology in which actors study and play the characters in their dreams; they mine their unconscious for clues to understanding their character.
The technique grew out of Method acting, and it is now being taught in New York in Los Angeles.
In the past 10 years has spread into actors studios and classrooms across the country, taking its place among the ever expanding techniques of actor training and in the long-running debate over what leads to the most authentic performances.
Kate Walsh and Harvey Keitel are frequent practitioners.
Kate Walsh: “When you’re hooking into your unconscious or working on a dream, you’re connected in a real way that you are not manufacturing or trying to force.”
Harvey Keitel: “I see a place for this in all the acting schools across the country once they come to know about it. I see a place for this in all the acting schools across the country once they come to know about it. Actors are always searching for ways to get close to the psychology, the life, the experience of the characters they are creating. And we investigate all these situations, looking high and low for the experience that will bring us closer to this mysterious character we’re trying to create, we’re trying to know, to understand and to be. The dream work brought to the actor another tool — we stage our dreams, we put them on their feet.”
Acting teachers using dream work instruct their students to use dreams to help them connect their own personal struggles with the struggles of the characters they are playing. An actor preparing to play Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” might write a letter to herself asking her “inner self” to reveal in a dream how her own emotional experiences may be similar to those of the tortured Blanche.
Jung’s theories were first adapted for actor training in the early 1980s by Sandra Seacat, an actress and acting coach, who went on to work with Ms. Ryan, Mr. Keitel and many others. “They are really living the part,” said Ms. Seacat, 72, who continues to coach in New York and Los Angeles. “I believe that the artist is a wounded healer, that they are healing wounds of their own, and when they do that truthfully they heal the audience.”
Dream work has much in common with the Method, the approach to acting championed by Lee Strasberg, who taught his interpretation of Konstantin Stanislavski’s “naturalism” for the stage.
The difference is that while the Method also seeks to draw on the unconscious, it involves actors reaching back into their life experiences and real memories, both happy and traumatic, to evoke emotion in their roles, rather than taking inspiration from their dreams.
This is a great article that you really should read.
Send Your Stuff! Indie Film "Leave"
May 7, 2009 | Leave a Comment
Leave is a SAG Modified Low Budget film that stars Ron Livingston.
Synopsis: A novelist decides to rent a cabin in the woods to work on his next book. He eventually crosses paths with a drifter who confronts him with details that will turn his life and everything he knows to be true upside down.
14761 Califia Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Richard Roeper's take on Sasha Grey's "acting" debut
May 7, 2009 | 2 Comments
Richard Roeper tells it like it is in his review of Steven Soderbergh‘s, The Girlfriend Experience, and especially in his grilling of porn star Sasha Grey‘s performance.
I love it.
From Richard Roper.com
As for Ms. Grey: she is not a good actress. She photographs well. She does a decent enough job of hitting the on/off switch in her eyes when she’s feigning interest in a man—and when she’s tired of his narcissistic ramblings. (Like almost all johns in the movies, these guys have at least as much interest in talking about themselves as they have in the sexual act itself. Some don’t even consummate with Chelsea. It’s the old cliche about the man who pays a woman for her time so she can give him oral, but also because she HAS to listen to him go on and on about his problems at work, etc.
She doesn’t have the girlfriend/wife option of saying, “Will you PLEASE just shut up!”) But her line readings are flat, and a pivotal scene in which she has to display authentic emotion rings false, especially because it’s shot mostly from a distance, as if Soderbergh knew Grey couldn’t handle too many close-ups on her face. Faking an orgasm onscreen is one thing; conveying true heartbreak is something else.
Send Your Stuff! Film "Underground"
May 6, 2009 | Leave a Comment
Underground is a SAG feature that starts shooting in June.
Synopsis: When a rave party breaks up in violence, seven young people hide out in an abandoned underground military bunker but the bunker isn’t abandoned, it’s full of ravenous monsters.
JOEY PAUL JENSEN CASTING
1040 N Las Palmas
Bldg 33, 2nd Floor
Hollywood, CA 90038
Jared Harris: You know who he is… right?
May 6, 2009 | Leave a Comment
You’ve probably seen Jared Harris and not even know it. The son of Richard Harris, the character actor has appeared in over 60 TV shows and films, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
As hard as it is to believe, though, the actor still isn’t quite a household name. But this could be the year when things “finally catch up” to Harris, as he puts it: He played the seafaring Captain Mike in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, relishing his key role as the man who introduces an adolescent-convolescent to the simple pleasures of whores and whiskey. (If you missed it, Button is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today.) And in another exciting development, he’s just been announced as the newest addition to AMC’s Mad Men. Joining the cult-worshipped show in its third season, Harris will play Lane Pryce, Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency’s new financial officer.
You’ve had an incredibly prolific career. Did you set out to have a career where you appear to be in so many places at once? And I know you’re called a chameleon a lot — is that something you actively sought out?
A couple years ago I went in for an audition for a film Danny DeVito was directing. And I walked in the door, and he goes, “I couldn’t wait to meet you! I was so excited to watch you walk in that door, because I’ve seen all the stuff that you’ve done, and I had no idea what you were going to look like. So I was really fascinated to see who was going to walk through the wall. It’s amazing, all the things that you’ve done.” So I said, “Thank you very much.” And he said, “I’m not sure if that really is a compliment.” And I said, “Sorry?” And he goes, “That’s a big risk, buddy.” I said, “What do you mean?” He says, “Well, you gotta hope that it catches up to you.” I said, “I don’t know what you mean.” He said, “Let me explain to you. A successful actor is a recognizable actor. You’re different in everything you do. You start from scratch every single time. It’s damn risky, but good luck to you. It’s ballsy.”
So I hear exactly what you’re saying, and it’s been a hindrance in that sense, in that people can’t put a name to the face. But at the same time, that’s what I love about acting. I love getting into the character and being unrecognizable. I think I just thought that eventually it would catch up, but it seems like it’s taken quite a long time to do that.
When are we going to see a film revolve around you?
Yeah, I mean you know. Again, that happens. The way that films are financed nowadays is that they’re financed on the back of your two or three famous leads, so if you’re not at that level of recognition, then you’re not going to be playing those parts.
Some people might not remember that you were in Far and Away. Any memories from that shoot?
I remember standing next to Tom Cruise on a hillside on the west coast of Ireland, and we were trying to figure out how to end the scene, and we decided we’d end it by using him to plow the fields — by grabbing each of his legs and dragging him. And he goes, “That’s a great idea! We’ll end it like that.” [He laughs.] But the whole field was covered in goat shit and donkey shit. So Tom says, “So…they’re uh, going to clear out all the … goat shit, right?” And Ron goes, “Um…I think, you know, that would take a week. We don’t have the time to do that.” So Tom says, “Right. Well what if they just drag me on my back, then?” He didn’t really want to go face first, which I completely understand.
Trailer: "Julie and Julia"
May 6, 2009 | Leave a Comment
Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams is Julie Powell in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.