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    CASTING PRINCIPLES: Not Just the Perfect Face - When casting pop icons, legitimate actors have it all over uncanny impersonators.

    "Has anyone ever told you that you look like [insert famous name here]?" Just because you may be a dead ringer for some famous person with a great life story doesn't mean you're ready to play that icon onscreen. You'll need a little thing called talent to ...

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    "TRUTH'S DECEPTION"

    Eric Hensman (prod./dir.) is accepting submissions for Truth's Deception, a digital "Twilight Zone", "Sixth Sense"-style psychological thriller for Cal State Fullerton about a guy who is suddenly killed being put to the test against the Devil for his soul. Dir. Mathew Hensman. Shoots Mar. 1. Copy, credit ...

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    Ivey Shares NEA's "Exciting" Future with CTT

    "Our survival has been secured," National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman William Ivey told members of The Creative Coalition (TCC) in New York last

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    SAG Vice-chair Resigns Over Probe Close

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES‹The vice chairman of the Screen Actors Guild committee overseeing the ballot counts in next week's vote on the proposed merger of SAG and AFTRA has resigned in the wake of alleged ballot tampering in the Nov. 16 SAG

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    Papparazzi Bill Moves Ahead In California

    The California Assembly has approved a bill which, if it becomes a law, will give celebrities and crime victims the right to sue if their privacy is invaded by papparazzi.

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    NYCAH Creating Artist Housing

    The New York Coalition for Artist's Housing (NYCAH) is taking major steps toward creating affordable co-ops for artists--including performers--in New York City. In addition to launching a website to encourage membership and disseminate information on the project, NYCAH representatives recently met with the government agency that oversees a potential ...

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    "A GREAT WOMAN"

    Lily Soh Froehlich (dir.) is accepting submissions for A Great Woman. Performance Mar. 15 at the Playwright Center of San Francisco. There is no pay.

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    TOMBUDSMAN: Back to Reality

    OK, summer is practically over and the annual work drought is thankfully waning. To the calendar, it is still summer, but to us actors, it's already the fall. Your agents are finally getting their money's worth on the Breakdowns, so wake up, get back in class, print some ...

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    Old Lot Gets a New Face

    The American Academy of Dramatic Arts West finally has a place to call home. From its temporary location in the Pasadena Playhouse, the Academy recently moved into the gleaming white hallways of a renovated building on the old Charlie Chaplin lot on La Brea. Along with this new central Hollywood ...

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    Whence SAG's $6M Debt? Union Calls for Dues Hike to Cover Shortfall

    The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), in calling for its first proposed dues increase in 12 years, has projected a $6 million deficit for fiscal 1999. The guild leadership has indicated it will have to cut services if members don't approve the dues