Posts Tagged ‘blogger’

How to Deal With Hollywood Jackholes What STILL Haven’t Paid “Contagion” Film Extras Since February

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now it was a little funny earlier this year when a high level person at Rich King* Casting started quoting sub-minimum wages for extras in that new Contagion movie starring, I don’t know, everybody, you know, these people right here (and let’s throw in Famous Movie Director Steven Soderbergh too – he’s a luminary as well):

But then somebody, no not somebody from the local Film Commish and not any MSM reporters (who don’t seem to be aware of what the minimum wage is in the place where they live and work), but somebody up here in the 415 got word down to Los Angeles County about The Law ‘n stuff.

So fine, the RKC people changed their minds and decided to pay extras “$80″ for up to eight hours (and then they finally did the math and decided that $79.36 would be the wage, cause, you know, después de todos, dinero es dinero.)

But now word comes that RKC thinks it’s OK to pay people up to six weeks** later?

And the extras still haven’t all been paid?

And RKC is ignoring contact attempts from said extras?

Could all this be true?

Well let’s hear from a Real Life Contagion Extra:

“I got in the film as well, but its now mid April, and I have not seen the payment in the 6 weeks that the casting company stated. Got my work receipt right here – would be nice if someone from this casting agency would follow up with my contact attempts.

“It was still a really cool day either way. I got to see an amazing set up of the set @ Candlestick and didn’t mind standing/sitting around all day. That is what background extras do. All of these girls were being very rude that day saying “when are we going to meet the stars”, and “I can’t believe they are making us stand around”, and “come on! I wan’t to be in the movie already!! Shortly after one of the assistants heard those remarks, our group was dismissed for the afternoon. It is like they never listened to what they told us at the casting meeting at Fort Mason, or the information the casting directors told us over the phone when they offered us the part. I did not get an email confirmation after that day, but a personal phone call.

Would be nice to see my check, but I will give them a bit more time to respond since I bet the other 5,000 are hounding them as well. I mean come on – I am on unemployment – it would be nice to have the $79 bucks right now, but I can wait a bit”

Now, isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think, that a company what has a cavalier attitude about at least one kind of wage and hour rule would drag its feet about making payments? (Well, maybe not, in my experience.)

Anyway, all you non-union extras ought to form a union or something so you can start playing hardball with the Hollywood vanga vanga.

So why don’t you pay all your extras ASAP, Rich King Casting? Like posthaste or something.

Thank you.

Now, speaking of Hollywood, wouldn’t you like to see a list of all the movies that Steven Soderbergh has seen the past twelve months? Sure you would. See it after the jump.

*Forget about Obama’s birth certificate – I want to see the one with “Rich King” printed on it, and oh, Sandy Beach too, I want to see one of those as well – I think Hollywood still has a few guys around with that name.

**I should make a horror film – it’ll be about the horrors of Regular People dealing with Hollywood People. It’ll be called 42 Days Later.

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Attention Pit Bull Lovers: “Super-Athletic, Well-Trained Pup Needs a Home ASAP,” Else She’ll Be “Put Down”

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

A 45-pound “pup,” huh?

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And since we’re on the subject, uh 7×7 Magazine, and this is the kind of comment that got me banned, for life, from being able to comment at SF Appeal.com, that non-blog, never call it a blog, oh no, not that I ever did, run by “nice” non-blogger Eve Batey, but, 7×7 Magazine, you are not qualified to debunk myths.* ‘Cause myth-debunkers get held to a higher standard, right?

So stuff like this:

“Are Pit Bulls more likely to bite?  No.  According to the American Temperament Test Society, the three breeds most likely to bite were Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers, while Pitts and Rottweilers finished in the bottom half of the list.”

Well, that just doesn’t fly.** I’m not doubting the “according to” part, but you’re missing the entire point, 7×7.

Anyway, leave us depart the subject of “St. Francis” Terriers before I extend my stay in the metaphorical doghouse.

Woof woof.

*Why not stick with San Francisco’s Best Burger and Top Fifty Bay Area Burritos and the like, you know, your core competency?

**They Bite Horses, Don’t They?

TruthSerumNow.Com: Here’s What the Makers of that Contagion Film Got Wrong About Bloggers and Jude Law’s Character

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

[As best I can figure, the website that Jude Law is promoting on his flyers in Contagion is TruthSerumNow.Com. Someone in LA just registered it just last month, so there you go.]

Now, of course the CDC LIES, of course. But here’s what Hollywood has gotten wrong:

1. First off,  doesn’t this fellow Jude Law appear awfully fit and thin for a blogger? That just doesn’t look right.

2. Now, I’ve notified all 14 of my readers to four or five contagion alerts over the years – thank God each alert has been a false alarm but I’ll tell you from experience that Jude’s contagion suit is ALL WRONG!! You can’t just put a belt around your tummy and then call it a day. In fact, this set up would actually increase the chances of a user contracting any possible contagion, so this is just ridiculous. And also, Hollywood, that see-through helmet rig would condense up in a New York minute when actually used in the field, particularly when you’re running from the SFPD, or more likely, the fake SFPD. (They’re really Feds! All of them! Well, most of them would be, during a real contagion.)

Presenting Ridiculous Actor Jude Law on the Streets of San Francisco. (I’m smelling Oscar!)

Oh, wait a second! Aren’t bloggers the ones who generally debunk conspiracy theories (yes, it’s the Gerald Posner, straight outta UC Hastings Law School) and isn’t Hollywood the one what promotes ridiculous conspiracy theories? OMG, YES! We’re through the looking-glass here, people!

[Man, I got this all wrong at the top. Somebody call Rewrite, I gotta go to work.]

The Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Asks Who of the Following Do You Think is a Journalist?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Get up to speed here and then see what Lois Beckett and Leanne Maxwell  have to say about last night’s event.  

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Your Choice for Wednesday: Meet Your Mar or Meet the New Face of San Francisco Media

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

What are you plans for the night of Wednesday, March 24th, 2010?

Option One is Meet Your Mar featuring District One San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar:

“The League of Young Voters presents…MEET YOUR MAR from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Park Life (220 Clement @ 3rd) on Wednesday March 24th. FREE! There will be art, snacks, drinks, tunes, a bunch of fresh kids chillin…plus Eric Mar, chattin and getting schooled about his constituents (ie, you). Come play human bingo (to win Park Life gear!), ask Mar questions, and tell him what he should really be working on in your hood. It’s his job to listen.”

A recent Critical Mar bike rally on Clement the Richmond District:

That’s Option One.

Option Two will occur at about the same time. It’s an Inforum event at the Commonwealth Club: If Not the Chronicle, Then What?” / “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?

First up at 6:30 PM is a panel called “If Not the Chronicle*, Then What?”

Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor, SFist.com
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator

Then, after that, it’s “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?”

“Sites like SFist.com and the Muni Diaries are doing more than just keeping San Franciscans in the know about the latest bar openings or bus brawls. They represent the shift to a new media model based on the interest and participation of the many; gatekeepers no longer decide what the masses want to see or hear, or who gets to give it to them. With heavy-hitting new media companies like Twitter, Yelp, Digg, Wikipedia and Flickr headquartered in the city, it’s no wonder that San Francisco is widely regarded as the home of new media. Get an insider’s perspective from the new leaders of media in SF.
 
“Where do you go for your daily local news jolt? Whose writing is so fresh, witty, hilarious or gutsy that you savor each piece like it’s the last of the cake? After the panel, we are hosting up-and-coming media personalities of San Francisco, invitation provided by you. Tell us who just HAS to be there, then vote for who should be crowned king or queen of SF new media. Come to the party to meet, mingle andgush your fandom in person!
 
What is INFORUM?
The idea of INFORUM began with the basic tenet that young people not only deserve but desire unbiased, trustworthy information from a full range of stances, and that they want their sources qualified. The Commonwealth Club has a 103 year tradition of civic debate, and INFORUM honors and continues this tradition by providing a forum for young people to access the best informed, most involved, and brightest minds – be they politicians, business gurus, policy workers, thought leaders, trendsetters or culture-jammers.

The voting’s all over on this one, but feel free to cheer loudly when they whip out a tiara for the crowning ceremony.

Deets below. See you there, who knows maybe at both places.

*I know what you’re thinking - petitio principii, right? Like, what if the San Francisco Chronicle is the new San Francisco Chronicle?  

Anyway, the royal court of San Francisco new media:

Cecilia Vega (Bio)
KGO-7

Brock Keeling
SFist

Melissa Griffin (Blog)
Blogger/SF Examiner

Jaimal Yogis (Bio)
San Francisco Magazine

Markos Moulitsas Zתniga
DailyKos

Michael Bauer
SF Chronicle

MissionMission

Mark Frauenfedler
Boing Boing

Lea Troeh (Blog)
The Week Intro

Mac McClelland (Bio)
Mother Jones

Andy Wright (Articles)
SF Weekly

Vanessa Carr
Mission Local

Tana Ganeva (Blog)
AlterNet.org

Laughing Squid

Curbed SF

Eater SF

Dyanna Pure and JT Paradox
The SF Style

Alexia Tsotsis
SF Weekly

Joe Eskenazi
SF Weekly

Lois Beckett
SF Weekly

Broke-ass Stuart
brokeassstuart.com

Jeff Hunt
munidiaries.com 

 
Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, The Blue Room
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

San Francisco Bloggers to Meetup: Canvassing Visi Valley for Prop 8 Repeal Tomorrow

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Seems that a few precincts in San Francisco supported Proposition 8, so some bloggers have been going around town with Equality California to canvass those areas in particular. Tomorrow’s focus is in Visitacion Valley. (If you’re not a blogger already, it takes like five minutes to get started.)

Deets below and right here:

SF Blogger Meetup and Canvass for Repealing Prop 8

Meet all your favorite internet friends in real life and contribute to a great cause!”

As Visi Valley looks on a clear day:

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The deets:

You’re invited to join local bloggers for a marriage equality canvass on Saturday, February 13th, from 10am-2:30pm with Equality California.

This is a great opportunity to turn just a few hours of easy work into a huge contribution to the fight for equality. Plus it’s a great excuse to meet and mingle with a crowd of awesome online writers, and learn about some of the work being done to restore marriage equality!

What’s a canvass, you ask? We pick neighborhoods that voted majority Yes on 8 to go door to door and talk to people about marriage equality. We start out with a really thorough training and chance to practice, so you’ll learn how to have non-confrontational but productive conversations that will change people’s minds about marriage equality. You’ll go out in teams of two to knock doors for a couple hours, and then we’ll meet up at the end to talk about how it went.

Please come a few minutes early so that we can start on time. After we canvass, we’ll debrief and wrap up by 2:30pm. Bloggers are invited to stick around longer for a special debrief and chance to network with other bloggers.

And of course, your readers and friends are invited to come too — please feel free to post the details on your blog beforehand. The more the merrier!

And you can follow along on Twitter with hashtag #eqwalk.

Just RSVP and let us know if you can make it. We’ll send you the details on when and where to meet. Hope to see you there!

San Francisco’s Judge Vaughn Walker Drags Our Federal Courts into the 21st Century

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Once again, our little town is getting some attention from the Roberts Court – an order just came down from the U.S. Supremes about their temporary ban on broadcasts of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, San Francisco’s Proposition 8 / gay rights case.

It’s interesting to note that vaunted Vaughn R. Walker, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, was working on this very issue of cameras in the courtroom just few months back.

San Francisco City Hall Examiner Sweet Melissa Griffin makes a point as Judge Walker looks on, as seen last year:

The Future is Coming, of course, so we’ll have federal trials on YouTube sooner or later…

Filling up the void of information comes attorney Ted Olson. Get his punta de vista from this morning below.

UPDATE: And get the text of his opening statement after the jump.

Ted Olson to Make Opening Statement in Prop. 8 Trial/Avail Info

Trial on Unconstitutionality of Prop. 8 Begins in U.S. District Court; Plaintiffs To Testify First For latest information, visit equalrightsfoundation.org

The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 will begin Monday, January 11 with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies is leading the legal team assembled by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to litigate the case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Opening statements will be followed by testimony from Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, who comprise two couples who wish to be married but who were denied marriage licenses because of Proposition 8.

 –  For courthouse access information, visit:
     https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cand/09cv2292/
 –  For information about remote viewing locations, visit:
     http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/news/watch-prop-8-trial-live/
 –  Visit http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/ for updates regarding
     potential broadcast of trial, photos, any available footage, court
     filings, live tweets from the courthouse and more.
 –  Plaintiff’s case is outlined at
     http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/legal-filings/plaintiffs-trial-brief/

 
Olson and Boies notably represented George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore respectively in the 2000 Supreme Court case that decided the presidency.

At trial, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, will weigh witness testimony, a multitude of documents and other evidence, and arguments presented by some of the nation’s most distinguished attorneys.

“This unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” the plaintiffs’ suit states.

 According to the suit, Prop. 8:
 –  Violates the Due Process Clause by impinging on fundamental liberties.
 –  Violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
 –  Singles out gays and lesbians for a disfavored legal status, thereby
     creating a category of “second-class citizens.”
 –  Discriminates on the basis of gender.
 –  Discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

 
Olson and Boies will also point out the “crazy quilt” of separate, unequal and unconstitutional classifications of people that Prop. 8 has compelled the California government to create:

 –  Opposite-sex couples who have full marriage rights
 –  Same-sex couples who have no marriage rights
 –  Same-sex couples married between May and Nov. 2008 whose current
     marriages are recognized, but who will be unable to remarry if widowed
     or divorced
 –  Same-sex couples married in other states who may petition California
     for recognition.

The defendants have the burden of demonstrating that Prop. 8 is narrowly drawn to serve a compelling government interest. Olson and Boies will demonstrate at trial, however, that the initiative fails to advance even a single legitimate interest. Tellingly, when asked by Chief Judge Walker at an Oct. 14 hearing to identify any harm to opposite-sex marriage that would result from marriage equality, the defendants’ attorney answered “I don’t know.”

The case against Prop. 8 has proceeded with uncommon speed toward trial. In an order issued after the first hearing in the case, Chief Judge Walker stated: “Given that serious questions are raised in these proceedings … the court is inclined to proceed directly and expeditiously to the merits of plaintiffs’ claims. … The just, speedy and inexpensive determination of these issues would appear to call for proceeding promptly to trial.”

“More than 30 years ago, the United States Supreme Court recognized that marriage is one of the basic rights of man,” the suit states, referring to the Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia.

Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, noted that near the time when the Supreme Court struck down interracial marriage bans with its 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, a Gallup poll found that 73 percent of Americans did not approve of interracial marriage.

While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown were named defendants in their official capacities, along with other state and county officials, Prop. 8 is being defended in court by a prominent conservative organization, the Alliance Defense Fund. Gov. Schwarzenegger earlier filed a brief that did not dispute the unconstitutionality of Prop. 8, and called for swift action by the courts. Attorney General Brown, the state’s chief law enforcement officer, filed a brief agreeing with the plaintiffs’ position that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional.

The ACLU, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) are participating in the case as amici (friends of the court) in support of the plaintiffs. The City and County of San Francisco, led by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, are supporting the plaintiffs’ team as co-counsel, with a specific focus on the negative impact Prop. 8 has on government services and budgets. Herrera and Stewart led the legal battle toward the California Supreme Court decision that struck down California’s previous same-sex marriage ban.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights Advisory Board, which was announced January 9th, includes Julian Bond, Lt. Dan Choi, Margaret Hoover, Dolores Huerta, Cleve Jones, Stuart Milk, David Mixner, Hillary Rosen and Judy Shepard. For more information, see http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/press-releases/american-foundation-for-eq ual-rights-names-advisory-board/.

Olson is a former U.S. Solicitor General and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional lawyers, and has argued 55 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies ranks as one of the leading trial lawyers of his generation, having secured landmark victories for clients in numerous areas of the law. This is the first time they have served alongside each other as co-counsel.

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier have been together for nine years and are the parents of four boys. Perry is Executive Director of First 5 California, a state agency that promotes education and health for children under five. She holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MSW from San Francisco State University. Stier is Information Technology Director for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency. She is originally from Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Perry and Stier first tried to marry in 2004, after the City of San Francisco began issuing licenses. They live in Berkeley, CA.

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo have been together for eight years. Katami is a fitness expert and business owner who graduated from Santa Clara University before receiving his graduate degree from UCLA. Zarrillo is the General Manager of a theater exhibition company. A native of New Jersey, Zarrillo graduated from Montclair State University. Having wanted to marry each other for more than two years, they considered options including traveling to other states for a “civil union,” but felt any alternative fell short of marriage. They live in Burbank, CA.

They have issued the following joint statement: “We and our relationships should be treated equally under the law. Our goal is to advance the cause of equality for all Americans, which is the promise that makes this nation so great.”

Source: American Foundation for Equal Rights

Web Site:  http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/

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Trauma Dies Today: It was Bad for NBC But Was it Good for San Francisco?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Word comes today from Anna Bloom of the NewYork TimesesesBay Area Blog about how production of NBC’s horrible Trauma TV series will shut down tonight.

Certainly, Trauma has been traumatic for NBC, but what about San Francisco? Would we have been better off without subsidizing this inchoate production? Did we really pay SFPD officers to just hang out around the set for the filming of twelve episodes instead of having the cops do their regular jobs? 

Duboce Park as seen by Troy McClure SF. Click to expand:

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How does the Scene in San Francisco scheme work? The TV people pay for the cops but then we turn around and give the TV people all the money back?

“What costs are eligible for refund?

  • Fees paid to City Departments for the use or rental of City property, equipment or employees including: Port, MUNI, SPFD [SFPD?], SFFD, DPT, DPW, Treasure Island, Recreation and Parks, and all City buildings
  • All daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission
  • All payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco.”

So after Unfortunate, Innocent-Looking Whore In Tube Top and Flip Flops #5 cashes her minimum-wage paycheck for two days of temping (no benefits obviously) and we pay the cops full salary (or full salary plus?) to not do their jobs, what are we left with?

Certainly, Trauma was good for certain people in San Francisco, but was it good for San Francisco and San Franciscans overall? Is this the kind of thing we want to do again? Are there any Lessons to be Learned here?

Mmmmm….

There are Only Eight More Episodes of NBC’s Trauma Left – Let’s Savor Each One.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Now, I’m not up to speed here – is Glenn the gay guy that just came out? Anyway, find out tonight on Channel 3.

Glenn’s attempt to follow his heart puts his career — and safety — on the line. Meanwhile, Marisa gets a surprise visit from an old friend. Elsewhere, Rabbit helps a patient deal with his devastating loss.”

And guess what? Ratings are up a bit lately. If only certain judgmental people hadn’t been so negative, and if it didn’t cost millions and millions to film old-school, episodic, Hill Street Blues-style television in pricey San Francisco, well who knows, maybe Trauma could have gone a full season.

See this “delicious young lady doctor” tonight:

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And see Aimee Garcia whenever you want, right here. (You know, some people were able to walk off the Hindenburg without a scratch - maybe A.G. will similarly escape Trauma without injury) 

Read about the five reasons Trauma got axed here before you tune in tonight.

Set your Tivo for 9:00 PM.

Sweet Melissa Griffin Stars at New Media Judicial Conference in San Francisco

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

As promised, San Francisco’s federal judges hosted a conference this afternoon at the Old Federal Building that focused on the changing nature of the news media. Check it:

How Blogs, Twitter and Social Media are Changing Legal Reporting

Today’s draw was famous legal commentator Sweet Melissa Griffin, who kicked things off by revealing  to the judges a surreptitious recording that she had just made.

Melissa holding up her small recording device. So tricksy: 

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That led into an interesting conversation covering new media and our courts. (I’ll link to the video after it gets posted – these bits from John Steele and Kimberly A. Kralowec) should hold you until then). Be sure to listen for Judge Susan  Illston talk about how she worked hard to be media friendly when preparing for the Barry Bonds trial and how she wonders just who the media is these days.

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Speaking of which, there was a ton of media there, so you’ll be sure to hear more about this conference in the coming days.

It’s nice to see all the people in the federal court system working on these issues. Hurray!