Monthly Archives: March 2013

One More Day to SAVE THE BUNNY!

Alessandra AmbrosioAlessandra Ambrosio Spotted in Mattel®’s Save the Bunny” tee in support of their campaign to help The Chocolate Bunny this Easter and sweeten kids baskets with toys.

The cute, adorable, delicious chocolate bunny that has been an Easter tradition over 200 years is unfortunately melting, and this supermodel-mom is one of many celebs on board donning shirts to encourage everyone to save the bunny and give toys instead!

Mattel® is making it easy to help Save the Bunny.

You can too!  

Save the BunnyUntil March 31st – tomorrow you can hop on over to the Save Chocolate Bunnies Website (you can also click on the images) for discount coupons, a chance to win Mattel® toy prizes until the end of March, and one lucky winner will receive a $4,000 Grand Prize.

 

JOIN STUDIO C “IN THE BEDROOM’ ON APRIL 5TH

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Studio C Artists has just announced their first One Act Festival,

IN THE BEDROOM,

which will open on April 5th (until May 11th) and run for six weeks, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm.

IN THE BEDROOM is a collaboration of 4 producers, 5 directors, 10 writers, and 24 actors and is comprised of 10 One Act plays that all take place in a bedroom setting.  Alternating ten One Act plays each weekend (five on one night, five on another), the plays cover a variety of themes including love, sex, race, infidelity, murder, extortion, abortion, discrimination, and suicide – and represent a nice balance between drama and comedy. There will be an audience award for best play.

“In The Bedroom” – One Act Festival
Studio C Artists – Hollywood Theatre Row
6448 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 988-1175
studiocartists.com

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Runs from April 5th – May 11th, 2013
Running time – 1 hour, 30 minutes

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Sinister Dark and Deadpan at the Whitney: This Is Your Last Chance!

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Don’t miss your last chance to explore the dark side of Pop art. Sinister Pop and Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies—which will “make you look anew at Pop” (The New York Times)—closes on Sunday.

sinisterpop_web_531Sinister Pop
Through March 31

Sinister Pop presents a unique take on the Museum’s rich and diverse holdings of Pop art from the movement’s inception in the early 1960s through its aftershocks a decade later. Although Pop art often evokes a celebration of postwar consumer culture, this exhibition focuses on Pop’s darker side through works by acknowledged masters such as Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, as well as by many artists not traditionally associated with Pop.

warhol_burger_800Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies
Through March 31

This exhibition brings together rarely seen films, advertisements, and political campaign messages that reflect the extravagant yet deadpan excess of Pop. Together they reveal the central role played by television and cinema in articulating the excitement, anxiety, and desire underlying both Pop art and popular culture in the 1960s.

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The Curious Savage at The Mirror Theater North Hollywood

The Curious Savage

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move~

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Hats off to actress Laura E. Rosas who stepped in on Friday, March 17th, to play, in less than 24 hours, the lead role in The Curious Savage, currently showing until March 30th at The Mirror Theater in North Hollywood.  Ms. Rosas’ effort was a valiant attempt to recover a production nearly thwarted because of an accidental injury by Lynne Delaney, that I was told, took Delaney out of the run completely.   Ms. Rosas’ grace kept the show open and the audience reasonably happy.

Alas, however, an effort does not a professional presentation make.

The Curious Savage is a bit of a “language” play.  It is fast.  It is witty.  The quips, jibes, taunts, in the overarching humor cannot be sluggish or we lose the intention and simply the “ha ha” of the broad comedy.

Where it is the actor’s job to do the best they can, it is the responsibility for a driving lead to hold an ensemble together, keeping them propped up and revolving dynamically, especially in a fast moving play.

And so, at some point it becomes a choice in a situation as this, as to where the emphasis should be placed, on heavy character work, dialect etc., or to just “say the lines”.  Had just saying the lines happened, the play would have been much more successful and so much easier for the rest of the cast who were doing their best to lite dynamite the entire evening.

And one can only hope that an award winning director such as Savages’ Julie Raelyn, who has a decent background in comedy, vaudeville style performance, and directing can be reliable enough to pull a balanced presentation together, even under duress.

If you’ve seen it done well, an actor having to understudy, or step into a role last minute, script in hand, and perform brilliantly, then you know it is totally possible.  And that is where professionalism comes in.

Ms. Rosas had the bulky task of working through material she had no time to memorize while dealing with an already mounted show.  But she was none-the-less availed of a great script that was funny and entertaining without a whole lot of work.  She also had the assistance of a well rehearsed cast who could help her along in the most difficult moments, which they did.  And she has stage experience.  In addition, she already is possessed of the stature and voice quality that endows the role with a certain believability.

Given the shared advantages of the production, that should have been enough.  And although, The Curious Savage had its tremendous, exhilarating moments, it chugged, often ungracefully; unfortunate because its has a wealth of potential.

The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick, is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, recently widowed, whose husband has left her ten million dollars.  Mrs. Savage’s intent is to set up a charity whereby people can be funded for the absurd things they have never been allowed to do.  A Happiness Fund so to speak.

Her horrible stepchildren, however, have other ideas about the money and they attempt to institutionalize Mrs. Savage in order to arrest the family fortune from her.

Primarily a comedy, the play sets up, a contrast between the kindness and loyalty of the psychiatric patients and the avarice and vanity of the “respectable” public figures i.e. Mrs. Savage’s stepchildren. By the end of the play, the viewer wonders who the crazy ones really are.  In its essence it is a lampoon about celebrity culture.

Playwright John Patrick stated in his foreword to his play (which was first produced in 1950) : “It is important in ‘The Curious Savage’ that the gentle inmates of The Cloisters be played with warmth and dignity. Their home is not an asylum nor are these good people lunatics. Any exaggeration of the roles will rob them of charm and humor. The whole point of the play is to contrast them with Mrs. Savage’s children and the insane outside world. To depart from this point of view for the sake of easy laughs will rob the play of its meaning.”

In hindsight, and given the situation, the respective players could only do what they could do.  And they did in fact, mostly accomplish this goal.  But taking into account the direction of the playwright himself, and all present elements: the cast, the director and the text, the show did a bit of a disservice to itself.  The audience was set up to rely solely on Ms. Rosas’ character ingenuity which filled a void but then created a vacuum that the rest of the players were sometimes forced to overcompensate for by heavily playing on the “theatrics” for a night of lamentable mediocrity.

Hopefully they have worked out the kinks since then and are set for grand exhibition on their final weekend.

The Curious Savage posterThe Curious Savage

NOW PLAYING until Saturday, March 30th
Fri, Sat 8pm
BUY TICKETS

$20

Special Show Info
Running time: 150 minutes.
There will be an intermission.

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Website

The Magic Mirror Theater
4934 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA  91601
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Leven Rambin: All Over Again…

Leven Rambin

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If you’re thinking that wearing your favorite bling1185s, bobbles, cut ups and other little chotchkies over and over again is a sure sign that you like them and so does everyone else, you’re probably right.

I mean, what would be the point to not loving our look or our favorite, fashion forward Liz James Design Kelsey necklace?  Right Leven?  Twice is not enough.

“C’est de la bombe.”

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Leven Rambin of The Hunger Games and Chasing Mavericks Wearing

Liz James Designs

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Perez Hilton Celebrates his 35th Birthday with CRUMBS Cupcakes!

Perez Hilton

His Royal Highness,

the Queen of all Media, Perez Hilton, celebrated his 35th birthday over the weekend with a blowout pajama extravaganza and plenty of birthday cupcakes provided by CRUMBS Bake Shop.
Perez, along with celebrities like Ciara, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Bella Thorne and more nibbled on red velvet and vanilla cupcakes stamped with Perez’s photo, custom made by CRUMBS!
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