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Branching Off to New Endeavors
Jessica Thomas has joined the Endeavor Talent Agency as its first commercial agent. Most recently Thomas worked with HIS Prods, where she repped more than 30 directors and developed strategies for the commercial division
Film Artists Management and the Film Artists Network will present Reel Network Night on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Check out screenings of reels (10 minutes or less) from talent in all aspects of the industry, above and below the line. Each artist will have the opportunity to introduce himself before his reel is screened and answer a few questions upon completion. Drinks and networking will follow the screenings. If you are interested in having your material screened at future Reel Network Nights, submit a reel (VHS or DVD) of 10 minutes or less, along with a submission/evaluation fee of $10. For more information, contact email@example.com or (310) 399-4800.
SAG Opens Doors
The Screen Actors Guild plans to revive its temporarily shelved town hall meetings—with as many as five events planned for next year. The meetings will be most likely targeted toward various special-interest groups. No dates have been set.
Sugar Plum Fairies
American Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for boys and girls for dancing and non-dancing roles on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. for its upcoming presentation of The Nutcracker. ABT expects to run 12 performances at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Dec. 6-15, and seven performances at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Dec. 18-22. Auditions will be held at the rehearsal room in the Kodak Theatre. There are a total of 30 children's parts in this production. Twenty parts are available for girls and boys who must have some dance experience, ages 8 to 12 years old, and are approximately 4'6" to 5' tall. Ten boys and girls are needed with little dance experience who are 7 to 10 years old and who are approximately 4'4" to 4'7" tall. Additionally one 10- to 12-year-old boy, from 4'6" to 4'9", who is a very strong dancer, is needed to play a young Russian. There are also three parts for young men from 16 to 22 years old and under 6' tall with minimal dance experience to play two Arabians and one cover. Rehearsals begin Dec. 2. The cast must be available for all three weeks. For additional audition information, call (323) 308-6375.
Big Fat Q&A
As part of the Writers on Writing series, Nia Vardalos will be speaking on Dec. 2 at the WGA building. Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, will discuss the movie's journey, what she's learned, and what's in the future for her. An audience Q & A will follow the discussion. Reservations are recommended. Call (323) 782-4692.
Comedy Central Takes Center Stage
The recent close of HBO's Workspace has left an opening Comedy Central intends to fill. On Dec. 1 Comedy Central will open the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson Theatre at 6537 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. The venue is expected to serve as a launching pad for comedy talent and projects. Gary Mann, the former head of the HBO Workspace, will executive produce the Comedy Central Stage. Mann plans to scour the country for new acts, with the same eye for subversive comedy that led him to Christopher Titus (Titus), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show).
Rubbing Shoulders With Fonzarelli
Women In Film will present the West Hollywood Networking Breakfast with special guest speaker Henry Winkler at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Members pay $20; non-members $25.
Boston Gets Subversive
The first Independent Film Festival of Boston is currently accepting entries for features, short films, and documentaries. Festival organizers note they are particularly interested in films by students and first-time directors who may be overlooked by the mainstream entertainment industry. The submission deadline is Mar. 1 for the festival, which runs May 1-4. Call (857) 891-8693 for more information.
Aaron Kaplan and Greg Lipstone have been promoted to the newly created positions of co-heads of network television for the William Morris Agency. In their new positions, they will oversee all network literary and casting agents, as well as all other business matters related to network TV
Hey, It's Worth a Shot
Dec. 2 is the deadline to submit feature film forms to American Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for consideration for the 75th Academy Awards. Only filmmakers who have completed the forms by the deadline will be included in the AMPAS list of films eligible for Oscar nomination. Forms and more information can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under New Management
Four talent managers—Guymon Cassady, Eric Kanzler, and David Seltzer of Industry Entertainment and Daniel Rappaport of 3 Arts Entertainment—have left their respective posts to form a new management and production company with Suzan Bymel and Evelyn O'Neill, both formerly of Talent Entertainment Group. The as-yet-unnamed venture calls for the six to all be equal partners. Among the actors expected to head to the new management team are Jason Biggs, Ron Eldard, Sara Gilbert, Barbara Hershey, Holly Hunter, Famke Jannsen, Ray Liotta, Christine Lahti, Michael Rapaport, LeAnn Rimes, Kyra Sedgwick, and Steven Weber.
Funny Boy Films has signed a deal to produce and distribute gay- and lesbian-themed films. The pact calls for 10 films over the next 4 years, to be produced by Funny Boy president Kirkland Tibbels, who also heads the Filmnext production company. The first theatrical release planned will be Latter Days, written by Sweet Home Alabama scribe C. Jay Cox. The story follows a young devout Mormon who falls for a reckless party boy. The casting directors are Michael Testa and Dan Shaner. Production is expected to begin at the end of this month in Los Angeles.
Construction of the newest luxury hotel in Vegas began last week. Le Reve is expected to be the largest financing project in the history of this country and will include 2,700 guest rooms and a 111,000-square-foot casino. At least two theatrical productions are being created for Le Reve by producer Franco Dragone. Sources have been tight-lipped though on the specifics of the productions. The mega-resort is expected to open in April 2005.