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Marta McGonagle hosts this week’s TradeVine

Your Host Marta McGonagle
Published: Friday, August 6th, 2010

 

THE PURPOSE OF THE TRADEVINE IS TO ENCOURAGE THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO READ THEIR TRADES: VARIETY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, & BACK STAGE. EACH TRADE PROVIDES YOU FREE ONLINE INFO! OR, SUBSCRIBE LIKE WE DO. EITHER WAY, ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY.

EACH FRIDAY, THE TRADEVINE SEEKS OUT A FEW OF THE INFORMATIVE TRADE ARTICLES THAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED. GO TO THE TRADE, ITSELF, FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. FIND THE LINKS TO YOUR TRADES BELOW OR IN OUR ACTORS RESOURCE SECTION.

 

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Hello everybody, I’m Marta McGonagle of the Actors Reporter and welcome to the TradeVine. I’m going to share some interesting articles that you may have missed. Our goal here at the TradeVine is to help you stay informed and to keep up with the trades, such as The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, and Backstage.

 

Back Stage National Edition, July 29th-August 4th, 2010. “Capturing the real you. How to make sure your headshot looks like you,” by Mark Dundas Wood. It’s a variation on the classic actor’s nightmare: You step into a room for an audition. The casting director is perusing your headshot. You exchange polite hellos, and a quizzical expression passes over her face. You try to predict which line she will speak: “So, are you here to read for the niece or the aunt?” “When did you last have your headshots done?” “Excuse me, do I even have the right person here?” All because the person in the photo is younger, thinner, sexier, better looking, and/or more glamorous than you. Don’t confuse headshots with publicity shots. Casting directors are impatient with misleading photos. They’re calling you in based on what they need. Every two years has been the traditional time to get new photos. A headshot is something like a logo. Make sure that the product can live up to the brand. Look like your headshot.

 

The Hollywood Reporter, International Weekend Edition, July 30th-August 1st, 2010.
“Musical chairs: J.Lo in, Ellen out,” by James Hibberd. A major shift hit “American Idol” as Ellen DeGeneres announced that she is leaving the show after one season, becoming the second judge to part the show in the past few months, followed by the reports that actress-singer Jennifer Lopez will take her place. Picking Lopez would give the show a credible music industry figure to replace DeGeneres, who was criticized for her lack of technical music–critiquing skills. But, who is going to replace Simon Cowell? Can he be replaced? That’s the big question. Meanwhile, Allison Iraheta from “American Idol, Season 8,” is still touring the country with Adam Lambert. Go to Allison Iraheta dot com for tour details.

 

Daily Variety, Monday, August 2nd, 2010. “Trouble in the action faction,” by Peter Bart. Now that the major franchise movies of the summer have been unveiled, it’s time to ask the big question: Where’s James Bond now that we need him? The classic Bond movies had action, but they also had wit and style. By contrast, Mr. Bart believes that this summer’s movies are noisy and overwrought. While Sean Connery was the king of cool, Angelina Jolie and even Tom Cruise seem sweaty and over-caffeinated. Did you know that there have been 22 Bond movies made over the past 50 years? The James Bond character originally emerged from a series of novels, unfortunately, Hollywood by and large has, except for Harry Potter, lost its interest in the novel as a source of film material.

 

The Hollywood Reporter, Monday, August 2nd, 2010. “How much is an Emmy worth? They are rare, precious gems, but determining the value of a win is tough work,” by Randee Dawn. It can elevate an actor’s status at the network, it can secure a shows renewal, and it most certainly provides opportunities, if not more money, and the ability to catch the eyes of casting directors. And here’s a big shout out to our Actors Reporter host, Kim Estes, who is nominated for an Emmy for his guest star role on “House M.D.” Break a leg Kim Estes.

 

Well, that’s it for the TradeVine this week. I’m Marta McGonagle. You heard it through the Tradevine!

 

 

 

 

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