random header image

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas dies at age 75

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas died Friday at age 75, after suffering from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He began the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1978 and taught acting classes there to noted actors including George Clooney and Gene Hackman. Katselas is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Katselas directed an off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and received a Tony Award nomination for his 1969 direction of Butterflies are Free. Actress Blythe Danner won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies are Free under Katselas’ direction. He moved to California to direct the film version of that play, and went on to direct films and television movies. Actress Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her role in the film version of Butterflies are Free.

Katselas directed the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! by playwright James Kirkwood, Jr. In his author’s notes in the publication of the script, Kirkwood acknowledged Katselas, and wrote that the plays were “directed with incredible energy and enthusiasm by Milton Katselas, to whom I am extremely indebted”.

Katselas directed the television movie Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter, and actress Bette Davis received an Emmy Award for her role in the movie. Katselas taught many famous actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Swayze. Katselas was credited with being able to nurture actors with raw talent so that they could develop strong Hollywood careers. He utilized innovative techniques in his courses – one course called “Terrorist Theatre” had a simple premise: successfully get an acting role within six weeks or leave the course.

He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents who had immigrated from Greece, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York at the Actors Studio, and received advice from directors Joshua Logan and Elia Kazan.

Katselas was a prominent Scientologist, and a July 2007 profile on Katselas in The New York Times Magazine observed that some of his students stopped taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse because they felt they had been pressured to join the Church of Scientology. According to the article, Katselas credited Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “for much of his success in life”, and one of his students works at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The article commented that some in Los Angeles view the Beverly Hills Playhouse as “a recruitment center for Scientology”.

Katselas met L. Ron Hubbard after moving to California, and began studying Scientology in 1965. The New York Times Magazine reported that he had reached the level of “Operating Thetan, Level 5, or O.T. V.” in 2007. According to The New York Times Magazine when Scientologists proceed up the “The Bridge to Total Freedom” they learn the story of Xenu, and that: “75 million years ago the evil alien Xenu solved galactic overpopulation by dumping 13.5 trillion beings in volcanoes on Earth, where they were vaporized, scattering their souls.” A Church of Scientology publication, Source, lists Katselas as reaching O.T. V. in 1989.

Though some actors felt pressured to join the Church of Scientology after taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, at least one individual felt Katselas was not active enough with the organization. Actress Jenna Elfman left the Beverly Hills Playhouse because she felt Katselas was not committed enough to Scientology. Katselas had previously directed Elfman in half of Visions and Lovers: Variations on a Theme, two one-act plays about relationships that he had written himself. In 1999 Katselas had planned to adapt the script of Visions and Lovers to a film version, and Elfman was set to reprise her role from the play. In an article in Variety about the project, Elfman commented on her experience working with Katselas: “He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.”

Other prominent Scientologist actors who have studied under Katselas include Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Leah Remini. According to Rolling Stone, Katselas also recruited actress Kelly Preston to Scientology. Actress Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), told Scientology publication Celebrity that Katselas motivated her to get more active in Scientology, and she stated she took the organization’s “Purification Rundown” and her life “took off completely”.

Anne Archer was introduced to Scientology while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as was former Scientologist and now outspoken critic actor Jason Beghe. Beghe told Roger Friedman of FOX News in April 2008 that “He [Katselas] gets kickbacks”, and that he was brought to a Scientology center by fellow Beverly Hills Playhouse classmate Bodhi Elfman, Jenna Elfman’s husband. In a 1998 article for Buzz Magazine, Randye Hoder wrote “In his class, Katselas is careful not to label anything as a tenet of Scientology, but there is no question that the church’s influence seeps into the playhouse.”

Anne Archer’s husband and fellow Scientologist, producer Terry Jastrow, commented to The New York Times Magazine that Katselas changed the way he experiences life on a day-to-day basis: “I go out in the world and look at human behavior now. I see a woman or man interacting with a saleslady, and I see the artistry in it. Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.”

Actor Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoke highly of Katselas in a 2002 interview with San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s this wonderfully intuitive teacher and his premise is basically: The only real barriers are the ones we put in front of ourselves. If you say, ‘My character wouldn’t do that’ — bollocks! Ultimately it’s you who wouldn’t say that. Who knows what your character might do.” In the acknowledgements of her 2004 autobiography Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna, actress Doris Roberts wrote: “I thank my friend and acting teacher, the incredible Milton Katselas, for his insights, wisdom, and inspiration, which have helped make me the actress that I am.”

Katselas authored two books: Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want, first published in 1996 by Dove Books, and Acting Class: Take a Seat, which came out earlier this month. Dreams Into Action, a New York Times Bestseller, sought to modify motivational acting exercises to the field of business.

In an interview in the 2007 book Acting Teachers of America, Katselas commented on his experiences as an acting teacher over the years: “I have very special teachers here at the Beverly Hills Playhouse—some have been with me for over twenty-five years. I believe that to make a difference over the long haul, we need to train teachers. I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.”

Some Things To Note With Regard To Formulating Interior Design Contracts

By The Content Group

Probably the most important aspect of hiring and working with interior designers is the interior design contracts which help both parties to agree to the terms of the project and which also sets forth the scope of the project in question. Interior design contracts allow home owners to specify who is to be held responsible and also for what the responsibility is to be shouldered, and also they help in defining the duration of the project and also the budgeted limits.

Work Should Move Along Set Lines

Drawing out a well conceived and all encompassing interior design contract is to your advantage as also to the advantage of the interior designer as it allows work to progress along set lines, and the amount of money involved will have been clearly spelt out leaving no place for ambiguity or confusion. It also helps in laying down the estimated costs of the project and you need to have worked out all of the variables that will influence such costs including the size of your project, quality of products to be used as well as the timeframe in which the project need to be completed.

YouTube Preview Image

Important elements of interior design contracts include agreeing to engage the interior designer who in turn accepts to undertake the project and there must also be mention of specification and design of furnishing, wall treatment, fixtures as well as color concepts and even the equipment that will be used. Also, the interior design contracts will mention the date by which the project must have been completed and that the home owner shall from time to time review the work as it progresses in phases and give his or her opinion with regard to the quality of work performed.

Furthermore, it is quite usual for interior design contracts to require the interior designer to prepare preliminary conceptual studies which may include sketches and also materials that are proposed to be needed and may also require setting out the needs with regard to furniture, carpeting, draperies, wood finishes, paints as well as architectural drawings and more, and after the design and preliminary presentations have been approved by the home owner, the project may be given the go-ahead to progress further.

It is also a good idea to have the interior design contracts vetted by a legal eagle as this is an important agreement that involves a good amount of money and thus any loopholes and discrepancies should be ironed out at the very beginning to ensure that neither party suffers later on. In any case, the interior design contracts must at the very least spell out the scope of the project and makes sure to place responsibility on the shoulders of the interior designer to get the work performed to the satisfaction of the home owner. snslamps.com

About the Author: snslamps.com

Source: isnare.com

Permanent Link: isnare.com/?aid=190133&ca=Home+Management

Indonesian woman Noor Ellis faces 15 years jail over the death of Australian husband Robert Ellis

Template:Thursday, June 4, 2015

Noor Ellis, accused of organising the murder of her wealthy Australian husband Robert Ellis in Bali, will learn her fate next week, with judges yet to reach a verdict.

“We’re lacking a bit in giving our considerations and we will ensure that next week we will be ready,” Judge Wirakanta told Denpasar district court on Wednesday.

Ellis, known also as Julaikah Noor Aini, admits she paid a group of five hitmen a total of $14,200 to kill her husband of 25 years in the kitchen area of their Sanur villa in Bali. The Indonesian woman confesses that the five hitmen who are all on trial for premeditated murder as well, would “take care of her problems”.

On October 19, 2014, Mr Ellis’ body, was discovered wrapped in plastic and dumped in a rice paddy ditch with his throat slashed.

Ellis could be sentenced to the maximum death penalty for premeditated murder but prosecutors have recommended 15 years in prison.

Mrs Ellis has been slammed for her inconsistent defense, and say she had days to abort the plan for a group of men to murder her husband but she didn’t.

The couple’s sons Peter and John, as well as Mr Ellis’s children from his first marriage had travelled to Bali for the verdict. The family said they’ll be disappointed with the 15 year sentence because they don’t feel justice will be served for the brutal murder of their loving father. Her two sons have already publicly disowned her as their mother and have not spoken with her.

Indonesian woman Noor Ellis faces 15 years jail over the death of Australian husband Robert Ellis

Template:Thursday, June 4, 2015

Noor Ellis, accused of organising the murder of her wealthy Australian husband Robert Ellis in Bali, will learn her fate next week, with judges yet to reach a verdict.

“We’re lacking a bit in giving our considerations and we will ensure that next week we will be ready,” Judge Wirakanta told Denpasar district court on Wednesday.

Ellis, known also as Julaikah Noor Aini, admits she paid a group of five hitmen a total of $14,200 to kill her husband of 25 years in the kitchen area of their Sanur villa in Bali. The Indonesian woman confesses that the five hitmen who are all on trial for premeditated murder as well, would “take care of her problems”.

On October 19, 2014, Mr Ellis’ body, was discovered wrapped in plastic and dumped in a rice paddy ditch with his throat slashed.

Ellis could be sentenced to the maximum death penalty for premeditated murder but prosecutors have recommended 15 years in prison.

Mrs Ellis has been slammed for her inconsistent defense, and say she had days to abort the plan for a group of men to murder her husband but she didn’t.

The couple’s sons Peter and John, as well as Mr Ellis’s children from his first marriage had travelled to Bali for the verdict. The family said they’ll be disappointed with the 15 year sentence because they don’t feel justice will be served for the brutal murder of their loving father. Her two sons have already publicly disowned her as their mother and have not spoken with her.

Indonesian woman Noor Ellis faces 15 years jail over the death of Australian husband Robert Ellis

Template:Thursday, June 4, 2015

Noor Ellis, accused of organising the murder of her wealthy Australian husband Robert Ellis in Bali, will learn her fate next week, with judges yet to reach a verdict.

“We’re lacking a bit in giving our considerations and we will ensure that next week we will be ready,” Judge Wirakanta told Denpasar district court on Wednesday.

Ellis, known also as Julaikah Noor Aini, admits she paid a group of five hitmen a total of $14,200 to kill her husband of 25 years in the kitchen area of their Sanur villa in Bali. The Indonesian woman confesses that the five hitmen who are all on trial for premeditated murder as well, would “take care of her problems”.

On October 19, 2014, Mr Ellis’ body, was discovered wrapped in plastic and dumped in a rice paddy ditch with his throat slashed.

Ellis could be sentenced to the maximum death penalty for premeditated murder but prosecutors have recommended 15 years in prison.

Mrs Ellis has been slammed for her inconsistent defense, and say she had days to abort the plan for a group of men to murder her husband but she didn’t.

The couple’s sons Peter and John, as well as Mr Ellis’s children from his first marriage had travelled to Bali for the verdict. The family said they’ll be disappointed with the 15 year sentence because they don’t feel justice will be served for the brutal murder of their loving father. Her two sons have already publicly disowned her as their mother and have not spoken with her.

A Review For The Online Retailer Witbeck Vacuums

A Review for the online retailer Witbeck Vacuums

by

Alexia Morton

Witbeck Vacuums is a location on the web that many home appliance and vacuum related questions can be answered before purchase. The website is very well designed and has a coloration pattern and professional style that is both familiar and friendly as well as focused and specific.

The Miele Galaxy series of vacuums is one of their most prevalent products for sale and as with any Miele product the galaxy is a fine upstanding vacuum selection. They sell canister vacuums, upright vacuums, and all the accessories in-between that any clean house keeper would desire.

The site is easy to navigate with several readily located tabs across the tab that lead to specific destinations as well as links along the side that act as either a backup to this function or an easier way to distinguish exactly what the web surfing domestic oriented individual would be looking for.

YouTube Preview Image

They carry many Miele vacuum models. The Miele Galaxy series alone comes in a multitude of colors and designs from upright to canister. Other than the aforementioned Miele Galaxy they also carry several other Miele brands such as the Miele Swing and the Universal.

The Witbeck Vacuums site has many interesting tips and an online help desk to answer any questions a prospective customer might have about one of their Miele Galaxy vacuums or any of their other brands. Their hotline is always available to anyone with questions.

The Witbeck Vacuums people are so interested in aiding their would-be customers that they offer a purchasing guide online to help people understand exactly what kind of vacuums, the Miele Galaxy or otherwise, they would desire. Further they offer a no money down payment plan and free shipping on all vacuum cleaners.

Other than the financial help this affords individuals seeking to purchase a quality Miele Galaxy vacuum, Witbeck’s is a diamond grade Miele dealer. This means that no matter what model of cleaner you purchase it will come fully warranted and guaranteed to work. There can be no better deal than that and they stand by this policy by offering transparent deals with no gimmicks or bait and switch tactics that some online sites are famous for.

I have found that they are a site that delivers exactly what they promise with a strong focus on helping their customers to find exactly what they need. This leads to few returns and other angry consumer issues because the buyer knew exactly what they were getting and why. Overall I rate Witbeck Vacuums a four out of five. They would be five out of five in Miele Galaxy salesmanship however.

Alexia Morton is an freelance writer who writes on all diffrerent subjects. In this piece of write up the author tries to highlight some of the high-end and convenient home appliance that would make our daily household work simpler and easire to manage. You can find information on all the

Miele Galaxy

, spares parts and accessories available in the market. Witbeckvacuums is one such online store where lots of models avalible such as: Miele Vacuum Cleaner,

Miele S5

, Miele S7,Miele,Miele Galaxy at

witbeckvacuums.com

.

Article Source:

ArticleRich.com

Tamil Nadu Elections: DMK, AIADMK promise freebies

Thursday, March 24, 2011 

Both the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) parties have announce “freebies” as part of their election manifestos in the lead-up to the vote in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Freebies have been a success from the 2006 Tamil Nadu elections when DMK lured voters by announcing free colour televisions to households. That triumph led the major opposition AIADMK to announce similar freebies in their manifesto published Thursday.

DMK has announced free laptops to college students, kitchen appliances and modern networks to rural regions. The AIADMK, publishing their manifesto later, expanded on each of the promises of the DMK, plus offering 4g gold mangalsutra for the poor, monetary help for rural households and fishermen, free rice, and more.

AIADMK manifesto addresses larger issues, such as taking on the near-monopoly of the cable industry television industry, starting new Power generation plants to address power shortages in recent years.

Atlantis launched, heads for International Space Station

Saturday, June 9, 2007 

In the first space flight of 2007, Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted off on schedule yesterday, starting on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.

Atlantis and its seven astronauts lifted off at 7:38 p.m. EDT (2338 GMT) from the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The launch pad, newly refurbished by NASA, had not been used since the launch of Space Shuttle Columbia, which ended in disaster on Feb. 1, 2003. Atlantis is scheduled to dock with the space station at around 1930 GMT tomorrow.

The goal for the Atlantis crew is to carry out the two missions that were left incomplete from the previous flight due to broken and jammed equipments. During the flight, the shuttle and its seven astronauts will deliver a new segment and will install energy-producing solar panels to the International Space Station. The payload is the heaviest ever flown to the space station, and includes a 45-foot (14-meter), 35,678-pound (16,183 kilogram) aluminium segment that will become part of the station’s superstructure.

The mission, STS-117 has been dogged by trouble. It was scheduled to launch in March, but a hailstorm in February damaged the orange external fuel tank, so the shuttle had to be rolled back into the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs. After repairs, the tank had white specks visible in the orange insulation, and there was some concern over whether the insulation would hold. Falling foam insulation was blamed for the Columbia crash, in which all seven astronauts aboard were killed.

But yesterday’s launch appeared to be flawless. “Give me more speckled tanks,” the shuttle program manager, N. Wayne Hale Jr., was quoted as saying.

The delay in the launch of Atlantis also pushed back other missions.

NASA faced a scandal earlier in the year when one of its astronauts, Lisa Nowak, was fired after being charged in the attempted kidnapping of a fellow astronaut, William Oefelein, with whom she had been having an affair.

Frenchman climbs skyscraper in 20 minutes without any equipment

Tuesday, August 31, 2010  File:FrenchSpiderMan HongKong.jpg

48-year old Alain Robert, affectionately known as the ‘French Spiderman’, has climbed a 57-storey {[w|Sydney}} skyscraper without any equipment in 20 minutes. The purpose of Alain Robert’s actions was to raise awareness of global warming. Following the previous like events in other cities, he was arrested and will possibly be fined.

When Robert was 12, he climbed eight storeys to get into his flat instead of waiting for his parents to return. Since then, he has climbed over eighty buildings around the world, including the Eiffel Tower, The New York Times building, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. His hobby has, however, led to him being arrested and fined on multiple occasions—he was fined USD 750 after climbing the 41-storey Royal Bank of Scotland building in central Sydney.

His most recent climb, which he completed in twenty minutes, began at the bottom of the Lumiere building in Bathurst Street at 10:30am AEST on Monday morning. About 100 passers-by gathered to watch Robert, dressed in red trousers, a grey top, and a baseball cap, climb the building. Eleven-year-old Rachel Pepper was surprised when he saw Robert, who suffers from permanent vertigo after two accidents in 1982. “I think it’s amazing to climb that high without falling. He’s got superhuman strength.” His mother Wendy Pepper agreed, “It was a nice surprise when we turned the corner and got to see him.”

Upon reaching the top of the building, the Frenchman unfurled a banner advertising the website of The One Hundred Months campaign, which argues that 100 months after August 2008, climate change will reach an irreversible point, as onlookers applauded his feat. Robert was subsequently taken into custody at the top of the skyscraper, and charged with trespassing. Robert was granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday. Robert’s agent, Max Markson, described the climb as a “wonderful achievement. He’s the best at what he does. I’m sad he’s been arrested, but hopefully he’ll get out soon.”

Talks with TGWU and Gate Gourmet to resume later today

Saturday, August 13, 2005 

The Transport and General Worker’s Union and Gate Gourmet, the company that laid off 500 workers after workers staged unofficial strike action, will attend further talks held at a conciliation service by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) on Saturday.

The director of Gate Gourmet, Richard Wells, denied that he was being “heavy-handed” over the dismissals. He insisted that the people affected were spoken to, and given written warnings before they were sacked.

As a result of British Airways (BA) staff at Heathrow joining Gate Gourmet’s staff in the strike action, BA are running 50% of their short-haul flights, and 40% of their long haul flights today from 0600 BST/UTC+1. They are expecting to add more flights to the schedule as the day progresses, so passengers are advised to check the British Airways website.

Analysts said that the disruption may lose BA next to £40m because of the refunds that the company are paying out, loss of flight revenue, and the costs of accommodating passengers in nearby hotels.

Only passengers with confirmed reservations have been allowed to board flights at Heathrow. Barriers have been placed around Terminal 4 to stop people without reservations from joining flights. There are limited catering services on-board the flights.

British Airways advises passengers to telephone +44 (0)800 727 800 or check their website before travelling to the airport. They also said that they would refund customers that had to stay in a hotel on Friday night up to £100.

It is noted by passengers, though, that the advice line can be engaged for long periods, so users of the telephone line need to be patient.

Qantas, Finnair, GB Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, and British Mediterranean are also affected, as they were serviced by BA’s ground staff. Their telephone numbers are listed below.