April 19, 2014

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Ron Perlman to Host Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Golf Classic

HollywoodNews.com: The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will host its 3nd Annual Golf Classic, a charity tournament benefiting the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Assistance Programs. The Golf Classic brings together golf enthusiasts from the entertainment industry and beyond to raise funds for the foundation, which provides vital support to the acting community in times of need. The event will be hosted by actor Ron Perlman at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank on June 11, and includes a live auction and Awards gala.
Supporters of this year’s “Actors Fore Actors” tournament include Dave Annable, George Clooney, Kevin Nealon, Greg Itzin, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Romano and Tim Allen, among others.
“I am so pleased to serve as the host for this year’s Golf Classic,” said Ron Perlman. “It is very important for actors to give back when we can and help support the SAG Foundation’s mission to assist actors in need.”
The celebrity host committee includes Scott Bakula, Adam Baldwin, Tom Bower, Jim Casey, Randy Crook, Kevin Dobson, Greg Ellis, Thomas Gibson, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Dave Hutton, Greg Itzin, Britt Johnson, Joe Mategna, Joel McHale, Jeff Nordling, Paul Pape, Pamela Reed, John Rider, Bill Smitrovich, Chris Tarr and JoBeth Williams.
“Integrated Wealth Management is proud to continue our presenting sponsorship of the Golf Classic for the second year,” said Jim Casey, President & CEO of Integrated Wealth Management. “This is a very worthwhile cause and we are happy to support the SAG Foundation’s charitable initiatives.”
With the support of the entertainment community and generous sponsors during the past two Golf Classics, the SAG Foundation has been able to raise over half a million dollars to help fund its charitable initiatives. Please visit www.golf.sagfoundation.org for registration information and sponsorship packages (limited while availability remains).
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David Spade on “Rules” guest stars and Hollywood gossip

By Fred Topel
HollywoodNews.com: David Spade has been a gossip king since he started doing his Hollywood Minute on Saturday Night Live. Now he’s transformed his sarcastic humor into a career, with memorable characters in shows like Just Shoot Me and movies like Tommy Boy. Now he’s doing it on CBS’s Monday night comedy Rules of Engagement. Spade spoke with the media in a conference call to dish the dirt on upcoming guest stars and the Hollywood scene.
Q: Is this sarcastic persona timeless or will you have to retire it at some point?
DS: It’s funny because you spend your career trying to find some sort of angle or some sort of voice. I did it at Saturday Night Live. To get on the show you need something. Farley was the fat guy. Adam was singing songs. Chris Rock was angry. I couldn’t find anything so what surfaced was kind of sarcastic, this kind of whatever I do. The funny part is the rest of your career you fight that and try to do something different. At some point I realized I don’t do that much different so that was the other problem. The skirt chasing guy like I did on Just Shoot Me, now I’m trying to make it slightly different, older version, a little beat up. I think I just fall into these things. This was Adam Sandler’s idea because this show was already up and running. I had done a sitcom before obviously. I was up for doing one again. It was a little sooner than I thought but when you get handed a script that’s funny, a pilot’s already shot and a network that likes it, it turned into why don’t I do this? Not knowing I’ll do it for five years but I think the next time around I do something, I will try to change up a little bit. It’s hard to get work in this town, you know. It’s hard to have a career. I’m lucky to be here and then on the other hand, of course you want to change it up a little bit. But on the show, you can’t while you’re locked into the show so I just make it the funniest I can do it every week. I think we have some pretty good shows with it, with everyone interacting.
Q: Rules of Engagement hasn’t been critically acclaimed but people like it. [...]

‘Glory Daze’ actors experience old school frat house

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: “Aaron Stone” cutie pie Kelly Blatz is finding a welcome dividend in making TBS’s Nov. 16-debuting “Glory Daze” series about a group of fraternity pledges in the 1980s. The 23-year-old actor notes, “I backed out of college before I even went, and even though I visited friends in fraternities a few times, I kind of felt like maybe I missed out. Pledging this fraternity with these guys, I get to have all the fun and camaraderie without having to do the school work.”
Blatz is part of an ensemble including Tim Meadows and Drew Seeley (with interesting guest stars like Kevin Nealon, Teri Polo and Fred Willard). He reports that the show’s creators, Walt Becker and Michael LeSleur, informed them “They didn’t want to hit anyone over the head with the ’80s thing — this is inspired by their own college experiences — but they did give us a packet of things to work with. We do riff a lot, improvise, and we wanted to have a grasp of who the celebrities were at the time, the big athletes, the supermodels, so we’d say the right things. We wanted to use the right slang, and not talk about cell phones and things like that.”
He adds, “I’m so used to my wardrobe now, it feels like what I’d actually wear. I’m always wanting to tuck in my shirt.”
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Kelly Blatz discusses making TBS’ “Glory Daze”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: “Aaron Stone” cutie pie Kelly Blatz is finding a welcome dividend in making TBS’ Nov. 16-debuting “Glory Daze” series about a group of fraternity pledges in the 1980s. The 23-year-old actor notes, “I backed out of college before I even went, and even though I visited friends in fraternities a few times, I kind of felt like maybe I missed out. Pledging this fraternity with these guys, I get to have all the fun and camaraderie without having to do the school work.”
Blatz is part of an ensemble including Tim Meadows and Drew Seeley (with interesting guest stars like Kevin Nealon, Teri Polo and Fred Willard). He reports that the show’s creators, Walt Becker and Michael LeSleur, informed them “They didn’t want to hit anyone over the head with the 80′s thing — this is inspired by their own college experiences — but they did give us a packet of things to work with. We do riff a lot, improvise, and we wanted to have a grasp of who the celebrities were at the time, the big athletes, the supermodels, so we’d say the right things. We wanted to use the right slang, and not talk about cell phones and things like that.”
He adds, “I’m so used to my wardrobe now, it feels like what I’d actually wear. I’m always wanting to tuck in my shirt.”
Then there’s the music aspect, of vital importance to college students of any generation, of course. The producers supplied their guys with “like, 12 full CD mixes — R&B, pop, rock. I definitely have a huge catalogue of 80s music in my brain now,” Blatz says.
As it happens, he’s working on his own music while finishing up the last few episodes of the first season’s worth of “Glory Daze.” He and his band, Capra have been developing a sound of their own for the last four years, he lets us know, and are now recording an album for Hollywood Records, to debut in 2011. “When you hear it you’ll understand,” he says. “It’s a fun, funky hip hop and rock.”
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Sean Astin discusses his new indie comedy “And They’re Off”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Sean Astin is eagerly anticipating word on release of his recently-completed indie comedy, “And They’re Off” – a mockumentary in which he plays a failed horse trainer. “By traditional standards, he’s not really a trainer – he’s only had one horse — but as far as he’s concerned, he is,” reports the actor with a laugh. “He’s upbeat no matter what awful things go on. He’s got a documentary crew following him around the track at Santa Anita at dawn, teaching about horses. He’s out walking around the track saying, ‘I’m not going to ask my horse to do something I wouldn’t do myself.’”
According to Astin, the script by Alan Grossbard was “a hoot.” Veteran TV director Rob Schiller, making his feature debut, left room for the actors, including Cheri Oteri, Martin Mull, Kevin Nealon and Mo Collins to improvise as well.
Meanwhile, Astin says, “It felt like I was meeting myself” the other day when he had a face-to-face encounter with his “Special Agent Oso” yellow and green cartoon Panda counterpart. The Oso special photo op was part of his promotion for season two of the Playhouse Disney series, which launches July 10.
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