‘The Bureau’ Director Laila Marrakchi Unveils New Feature Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

High-profile Paris-based Moroccan filmmaker Laila Marrakchi (“Rock the Casbah,” “Marock”) is partnering up with Backup Films (“Donnybrook”) and Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”) on “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece,” her long-gestating English-language project based on Annabel Pitcher’s bestselling novel. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages and has earned many […]

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Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment Develops U.S. Remake of ‘The Bureau,’ ‘Joan of Arc’ Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Pascal Breton’s European indie studio and production company Federation Entertainment is developing a U.S. remake of Eric Rochant’s hit spy thriller “The Bureau,” and a series adaptation of iconic French heroine Joan of Arc. Federation Entertainment is teaming with Alex Berger and Eric Rochant’s banner The Oligarchs Productions, which is also the producer of the… Read more »

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

An Open Letter to the LA Parking Bureau

Dear LA Parking Violations Bureau:

Yesterday morning I was ticketed after misreading a ten foot totem pole of parking signs that Steven Hawking couldn’t decode, let alone a hungover blonde.

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That night I got another ticket because I didn’t notice they had spontaneously painted half my block red for no apparent reason apart from ruining my life. I now spend more a year on parking tickets than I do on healthcare. ObamaParkingCare, please. I would definitely start budgeting in parking tickets, if I was the sort of person who budgeted. Day and night I live in a state of constant panic that my car is about to be ticketed. Unlike some cities, you even give people trivial parking tickets on Sundays reinforcing my theory that you are satanic devil worshipers.

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All this would be manageable if I had money, which I don’t. I’m flat broke and any money I do have gets immediately stolen by the savage, circling vultures you employ. Tickets around town range from $ 64 to $ 84 which feels discriminatory against the poor considering it’s we who can afford neither garage nor valet — just the sort of robbing the poor to feed the rich situation Robin Hood fought. Can you really fine someone for being not the brightest crayon in the box? Should I be so gravely and frequently punished for having a rare mental condition that allows me to believe it’s Monday on a Friday? Sixty-Four dollars may not be a lot to you but I sometimes have to eat the free cheese at Whole Foods for dinner so each ticket is a lancing blow to the kidney.

Who strategizes your parking rules? Tywin Lannister? Whoever it is deserves some kind of genius award because they foil me every single time, not that it’s hard because I also have other brain disorders like thinking I’m only going to need 60 minutes at the hair salon and believing no one would have the heart to fine me for crossing half a fingernail into a red zone.

On another note, you should really congratulate your meter maids. They take their job EXTREMELY seriously. If all government employees took their jobs as seriously we would have world peace and the American dollar would be worth £12. What are you doing to these people? Waterboarding them if they don’t hit the daily quota?

Look. I’m an idiot. I know I’m an idiot. I take responsibility for the majority of the stupid tickets but here’s the thing: I’M DOING MY BEST. I’m honestly and truly doing my best. Can you at least make the parking signs readable? A sliding scale to ensure that I don’t pay more in parking tickets annually than my crap Pontiac is worth? Stop giving your employees free yachts for every 1000th ticket they issue?? I hear a rumor that you are considering being merciful enough to rethink your laws and make it easier. PLEASE do. If you do, it will greatly increase the quality of life of Angelenos, especially lower income drivers and especially, especially, me. If you don’t, I’m going to send a glitter gram to every single person in your office.

Sincerely,

Kelly MacLean

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Better Contractors Bureau Receive Tribute & Medicine Coupons by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Meanwhile, Back at the Missing Persons Bureau

It’s not that easy for a person to disappear. In today’s heavily connected world, it may be possible for someone to go off the grid or take an electronic sabbatical. But if an emergency arises (or someone files a missing person report), chances are pretty good he’ll be found. Unless, of course, something terrible has happened.

  • Perhaps he’s been kidnapped, murdered, or drowned.
  • Perhaps the local power utility turned off his electricity and he froze to death in the middle of winter.
  • Perhaps an old lady has died in her sleep and her pet cats have been feasting on her face.
  • Perhaps someone made a hasty exit, pursued by a bear.

Whenever someone goes missing, there’s always a backstory which can explain their disappearance. How a writer will use that event to craft a novel, a stage drama, a screenplay, or an operatic libretto remains to be seen. Of course, that’s assuming that the missing person’s remains will ever be seen!

  • If you’re a serial killer like Jack the Ripper or Jeffrey Dahmer, it may take years before you are found.
  • If you’re haunting the Paris Opera House, Andrew Lloyd Webber may be your undoing.
  • If you’re a demon barber named Sweeney Todd, chances are the remains of your victims will never be found.

Two missing person mysteries recently took center stage in San Francisco. One was a contemporary drama making its debut as part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere program (with future productions scheduled at the Cleveland Public Theatre and the Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego).

The other was a notorious musical comedy flop that was pronounced dead on arrival after its opening night on December 8, 1991. The theatre critic for The New York Times (Frank Rich) ended his review by stating that “We can look forward to hearing a lot more from Ms. Prince. In the meantime, there is no escaping the unfortunate fact that the liveliest thing in Nick and Nora is a corpse.” Potential ticket buyers quickly said “Asta la vista!”

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Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the San Francisco Playhouse presented the world premiere of In A Word (a new play by Lauren Yee) as part of its Sandbox Series. As Yee explains:

“In this play, objects have a life of their own. Objects come up again whether you want them to or not. Words also come up again, and sometimes the characters realize this or not. Time is very fluid.”

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Jessica Bates as Fiona in a scene from In A Word (Photo by: Fei Cai)

The action focuses on a couple marking the two-year anniversary of their young son’s disappearance. Nothing seems to make sense to the mother, Fiona (Jessica Bates), who is still clutching at straws. With the case about to be closed by the local police, Fiona has even thought it could be helpful to present the detective from the missing persons bureau with a cantaloupe that might have recently had the kidnapper’s fingerprints on it. Needless to say, he’s more interested in eating the cantaloupe.

Fiona’s husband, Guy (Cassidy Brown), is trying to get Fiona out the door so they can at least enjoy dinner at a fancy restaurant and start to rebuild their lives. But with his wife’s ongoing depression, distraction, and lack of logic, dinner seems a long way off.

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Jessica Bates and Cassidy Brown in a scene from In A Word
(Photo by: Fei Cai)

The third (and, by far, most interesting) actor (Greg Ayers) keeps popping up as part of a game of Whac-a-Mole that is playing out in Fiona’s mind. At any given moment he might be the photographer who snapped her son’s school portrait, the principal (who was also her boss), or the kidnapper who stole her son while her car was parked at a gas station. He could also be the detective working the case, her husband’s best friend, or her missing seven-year-old boy, Tristan (who might have Asperger syndrome).

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Jessica Bates and Greg Ayers in a scene from In A Word
(Photo by: Fei Cai)

Despite its relatively short running time (80 minutes), it takes a while for Yee’s play to gain momentum as the audience tries to follow what’s going on in Fiona’s extremely cluttered and confused mind. As a result, a great deal of attention is siphoned off to the actor inhabiting multiple roles, whose versatility at times may seem far more interesting than Yee’s script. Thankfully, Yee steers the story to a touching resolution.

Working on a unit set designed by Catalina Nino, Sardelli’s three-actor ensemble did a fine job of bringing Yee’s script to life. Unfortunately, I still can’t figure out the symbolism of the tree which haunts Fiona and Guy’s home.

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Nearly 25 years have passed since Nick & Nora (a musical written and directed by Arthur Laurents with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.) met a sudden demise on the Great White Way. Based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett for The Thin Man (and with a cast headed by Joanna Gleason, Barry Bostwick, Christine Baranski, Faith Prince, Debra Monk, Remak Ramsay, and Chris Sarandon), the show would seem to have been blessed with many tried and tested Broadway talents.

To understand what went wrong, perhaps it’s best to follow the money. Nick & Nora was apparently underfunded and, in a misguided effort to save money, the producers decided against an out-of-town tryout (opting instead to run the show through 71 preview performances). Without the perverse appeal of a vehicle like Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (which racked up 182 preview performances prior to its opening), the money needed for marketing during Christmas season ran out. Faced with fierce competition for entertainment dollars (and having exhausted advance ticket sales from theatre parties), the producers would have been hard pressed to fill the cavernous 1,611-seat Marquis Theatre during the holidays. With the traditional January box office doldrums on the horizon, a mercy killing was the obvious solution.

San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon (which specializes in re-examining “lost” musicals) recently revived Nick & Nora in a production directed by Greg MacKellan, with choreography by Staci Arriaga. While the show is nowhere as bad as some of the Broadway stinkers I’ve seen (Something More! Maggie Flynn, Georgy, Her First Roman, I Had A Ball), it’s a weak and fairly mediocre vehicle that lacks the musicality of Jennie, the sophistication of No Strings, or the sentimentality of Here’s Love! Even Bajour was more exciting.

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Nora (Brittany Danielle) and Nick (Ryan Drummond) are asked
by Tracy (Allison Rich) to investigate a murder in Nick & Nora
(Photo by: David Allen)

With Dave Dobrusky as music director (and sets and costumes by Hector Zavala), 42nd Street Moon’s cast handled the material with aplomb, enabling the crooked bookkeeper, Lorraine Bixby (Nicole Frydman), to rise from the dead (an especially nifty trick for an Easter Sunday matinee) on numerous occasions in an effort to explain why a wealthy, bitchy actress’s husband had gone missing.

As the famous Nick and Nora Charles, Ryan Drummond and Britanny Danielle were a visually appealing couple (although I doubt the audience cared very much about their relationship or Nora’s determination to prove herself as a female detective). Allison Rich scored strongly as the narcissistic Tracy Gardner whose Japanese butler, Yukido (Reuben Uy), proved to be the loyal villain. Megan Stetson drew laughs as Lorraine’s lesbian girlfriend, Maria Valdez, who was hoping to break into motion pictures.

Justin Gillman (Spider Malloy), Brian Herndon (film director Max Bernheim), William Giammona (as a social-climbing former felon), and Michael Barrett Austin (as Lieutenant Wolfe, with an “e”) provided sturdy support in smaller roles. Michael Kern Cassidy (as the missing Hollywood producer, Edward J. Connors) and Cindy Goldfield (as his overprotective wife, Lily) brought an added touch of Boston flavor to the proceedings.

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Brittany Danielle (Nora Charles), Ryan Drummond (Nick Charles),
Allison Rich (Tracy Gardner), and Nicole Frydman (Lorraine Bixby)
appear in Nick & Nora (Photo by: David Allen)

42nd Street’s production of Nick & Nora proves that the show is far from a total dud. It’s reasonably entertaining and features some pleasant songs (“Is There Anything Better Than Dancing?” “Everybody Wants To Do A Musical,” “People Get Hurt,” “Men,” and “Look Who’s Alone Now”).

One of the show’s bigger problems is that the crucial relationship between Nick and Nora doesn’t seem to generate much interest or sympathy (primarily serving as an excuse for the rest of the script’s hijinks). Thankfully, Arthur Laurents (a veteran of Hollywood and Broadway) peppered his script with some zingers.

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‘Winter, You Win’: Ithaca Tourism Bureau Urges Travelers To Visit The Florida Keys Instead

“That’s it. We surrender. Winter, you win.”

As the Northeast continues to freeze under snowy, stormy, and blustery conditions, the tourism bureau of Ithaca, New York, has conceded defeat, urging potential visitors to go to Florida instead.

VisitIthaca.com, the tourism website run by the Ithaca Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently added a pop-up window to its site, telling visitors that “due to this ridiculously stupid weather,” they should consider foregoing a trip to Ithaca, where sub-zero temperatures are expected this week. Instead, the website urges, go to the Florida Keys.

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“On behalf of 100 million Northeasterners, we’re saying that we’re done with cold and snow,” Bruce Stoff, director of the Ithaca Convention & Visitors Bureau, told the Ithaca Journal of the warm weather message. “This is a way for us to stay engaged with our customers at a time when Upstate New York isn’t exactly top of mind.”

On its part, the Florida Keys homepage told CNN that it had nothing to do with the pro-Florida message. A spokesperson for the Florida Keys Tourism Council called it “the wackiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”


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