Brits in LA Newsletter Feb 27th, 2012

The Con-Artist delighted by their big win at this Year's Toscars. Two years  in a row
The Toscars have predicted The Oscars. All movies will be up on the site shortly with exclusive
never before seen behind the scenes footage.

Are you having trouble buying or leasing a car due to non existent credit?  If so you need to talk to Joe Seymour at Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica. They are offering the Brits the Foreign Business Professionals Leasing Plan . All you need is a social security number and a valid visa. Contact Joe on 310 266 8825 or email him at JosephSeymour@LACarGuy.com . He is a Brits in LA member and will do his very best for you! This is also a brilliant way to build up your credit score pretty quickly too.

Hello Breeps!


So, this week it was  LIFE, CAMERA, WHACTION as our films competed in  the 5th annual Toscars at Supperclub. 
Congratulations to all nominees and film participants, the standard was raised significantly and the event was quite remarkable. Bruce Vilanch said it best... "This event is way more fun than the actual Oscars." and he was right. The Oscars this year was a snooze fest and our parodies were funnier than Billy Crystal. Huge thanks to the talented and funny Jim Tavare who MC'd the evening for us, and big hugs to your Judges, Sandro Monetti told me that the thinks the event is gonna get bigger and bigger as each year goes by, Siobhan Fahey looked stunning, as did Drew Droege as Chloe on the red carpet. Skeet Ulrich wanted to vote for Saw Horse but said the acting was a little  too wooden (See the movie below to find out what he's talking about) Bradley Walsh had some fun British banter with Jim on the stage before presenting the best whactress award to Laura Waddell for Midnight in Parody and Bruce gave the awards for best screenplay and best movie (midnight in parody and the con-artist, respectively) A huge thank you to all that attended and bid on the silent auction. We raised $2,600 for the charity The Actors Fund, who do such great work for lost souls and struggling artists throughout the US. Congrats to all the winners and participants. And big thank you's to all our volunteers and sponsors - Bernard Sidman Immigration Attorney, Geek Eyewear, Blue Ice Vodka, Supper Club and Insert Music. Thanks to James Ridley who helped us produce the event and did a smashing job, I'm sure you'll agree. And Catherine Lyn Scott from London Flair PR who ran the red carpet superbly and got us lots of good press. See all the press at www.thetoscars.com All movies should be up within the week. I am nursing a terrible hangover from Elton John's party last night, but it was well worth it. It was an incredible fun night and a real treat to see one of my fave bands 'Foster the people' up close and personal.



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Cheers Craig.



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HAVE YOU FILED YOUR TAXES YET?


So if your new to LA. You have probably heard how we all have to file our own taxes here. It's true I'm afraid, even if you are employed full time. I just wanted to share a few things with you that might help you get prepared.....

Click here to see my top tips on getting you through this year.


Also see below for some good Insurance and book keeping peeps that we are working with right now.


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Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of time preparing for this years taxes.  CONTACT LISA AT lisa@fastaacounting.net
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NEED ANY OR ALL INSURANCES, FROM CAR, TO HEALTH AND HOME - SPEAK TO BRITS IN LA MEMBER ADAM BEACH

Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and he's great at explaining all the complicated stuff. - Brits in LA
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UPCOMING EVENTS


BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB EVERY TUESDAY 
SPONSORED BY 
INDUSTRY HOLLYWOOD
Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans
 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18
SPONSORED BY
Industry Hollywood - has helped over 200 actors and other fields of industry obtain Visas and Green cards. We also help secure you the all important SPONSORSHIP (The assistance with the sponsorship  is a service  that no law firm can provide and normally you would have to find this offer of work your self) .  Offering simple and direct advice on which Visa is most suited and also the most secure route to ensure that your visa gets approved. Visit www.industryhollywood.com  (To Download the FREE Visa info pack) or email usa@industryhollywood.com
For more details please email: info@industryhollywood.com
Or call direct on: 310-954-7691 (US) or 07801-232-573 (UK) 
Or visit their website WWW.INDUSTRYHOLLYWOOD.COM

SATURDAY SOCIAL
For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.

TUESDAY'S IS QUIZ NIGHT at THE CAT & FIDDLE
WE'LL BE HOSTING OUR OWN BRITISH NIGHT THERE IN MARCH
WTS (Watch this space)


join the Cat and Fiddle's Facebook  page.

PILOT SEASON




PUBLICIST SPECIALIZING IN BRITISH ACTORS TAKING MEETINGS IN LONDON AND LA


For over 4 years we have been the go-to publicist for Brits in LA and have excellent press relationships in NY, LA, London and the rest of the UK. 

Good News - we now also have a London office, so are accepting meetings for London based Brits who are in need of a great publicist.  (And LA based Brits too).

Some of our recent press includes OK Magazine, ID Magazine, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, Empire Magazine, LA Times, Fab Magazine, BBC Entertainment, Screen Daily, OK Extra!, The London Times, Daily Mail, Asiana Magazine, The Big Issue, The Mirror Magazine, GMTV, BBC Radio, TV Guide (USA), Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Backstage West, LAX Magazine, The Huffington Post, TV Choice (UK), GMTV, Marie Claire Magazine, The Washington Post, Yahoo, The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.

For more info: Catherine Lyn Scott - cls@londonflairpr.com 323 988 5666 or 0203 371 8978
www.londonflairpr.com

We are taking meetings in London and LA.

PAUL DUDDRIDGE COACH

Paul Duddridge
Paul Duddridge has represented many of the biggest names in UK entertainment. 
Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon, Phill Jupitus, Alistair Mcgowan, Paul Mckenna.
As a producer and writer he has created and worked on shows for the BBC, ITV, NBC and FOX. As a self styled entertainment coach he has had amazing results helping actors, writers and directors. Many acting coaches have never worked in the industry on which they advise. Paul has and still does.
               First consultation is FREE. 
On top of that Paul is offering 20% discount to all Brits in LA members.


GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME

Look smart for pilot season by getting a great new style. Look no further than the British Hair style house of
GALVIN BENJAMIN
In the heart of West Hollywood, on Melrose, close to Cecconi's... James, Benjamin and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 25% off all cuts, colors and Brazilian blowouts - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that.
 The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is:- info@GalvinBenjamin.com


PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD WITH YOUR WEBSITE

Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at 

We can design you a website, sell your digital content online even design you a logo!
Up to a 15 Page site including domain name, Hosting for a year & 6 updates within the first year as well. 
All for the special price of 
$499.00

Saving $369.00!!
This is our best offer so far! Converted to £'s this deal works out to be £315.00
Offer ends March 31st
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If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:
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IMMIGRATION LAWYERS

BERNARD SIDMAN
Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or Email him at Bernard@bernardsidman.com
GIL BRITO
Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you.
 gbrito@beltranbrito.com or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.


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 THEATRE
Green Day’s American Idiot

Ahmanson Theatre, downtown at the Music Center
March 13 – April 22
For tickets call 213.972.4400
or visit http://www.centertheatregroup.org/IDIOT
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30
"A wonderfully RAUCOUS and gorgeously wrought ROCK OPERA…
--The New York Times

The music of Green Day and the lyrics of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong capture the spirit of a generation with its Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album. American Idiot puts those raw emotions front and center in a highly theatrical and thoroughly satisfying rock opera that burns up the stage.  The songs are bursting with emotion.  The story dares you to feel and celebrate and hope.

Tickets start at $20!
Text “LikeCTGLA” to 32665.


War Horse
You've seen the movie now see the play
Both single and group tickets are now on sale for War Horse.  For more information and single ticket purchases, please call the Center Theatre Group Audience Services at 213-972-4400 or visitwww.centertheatregroup.org/warhorse.

To book a group of 15 or more, please call Center Theatre Group’s Group Services Department at 213.972.7231

You will not want to miss this epic tale, coming exclusively to the Ahmanson Theatre!
War Horse

Six weeks ONLY!!  War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre June 13-July 29!

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Billy Elliot -The Musical is coming to the Pantages in June. 



Brits in LA member Chris MacDonnell is in this show and wants you all to come and support.  Use discount code 423 for a 10% reduction


LA Theatre Works has some great shows coming up over the next few months including Frost/Nixon and also The Browning Version starring the very talented Brits in LA Joanne Whalley and Martin Jarvis. Also in March one of my favourite British plays Look Back in Anger will be performed. These are all done with out costumes and props as they are being recorded for the radio. 


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Brits in LA member, Emmy and BAFTA Award Winner saxophonist John Altman guests with the Mark Stevens Trio at the Desert Rose 1700 Hillhurst Av Los Feliz on Saturday night March 3rd from 7.30. The band includes legendary John Coltrane pianist Jon Mayer, and there's great food as well as some great music. Tel 323 666 1166 for reservations.

Tickets for Elvis Costello on sale for April




BEAR GRYLLS LIVE SHOW


The Ting Tings are at the El Rey in March! 
Click here for tickets

Steve Cooke live at "On the Rox" (The Roxy)
Thursday March 1st
8pm

Garbage at the El Rey in April
Buy your tickets here
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NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE CAR 
EXPRESS RENT A CAR
Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call Zoe at Express Rent-a-Car*

They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F 
and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Contact Economy Rent-a-car
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles

LOOKING TO BUY OR RENT PROPERTY?
So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or house hunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .



Or if you would rather have someone do it all for you meet Ted! He is a friend of mine and happy to help you find the right place . He has access to listings all over town so should be able to find your dream home. He is a realtor so won't be able to help with room mates unfortunately

Contact him either by phone or email

Office: (310) 273-3113, Mobile: (310) 466-2022

tedfleming@coldwellbanker.com

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GET YOUR BODY IN SHAPE

Eileen has become a regular visitor here, thanks to meeting Erica who has owned My Pilates Body for many years. She is offering a discount for Brits in LA members. So give her a ring to set up your first class. 323 653-1981

If you are a teacher she also has space for rent too! 

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And a final tribute to 'The Artist' for winning big last night.
 I will leave you with one of Britain's beloved Oscar winners and silent screen stars of yesteryear -- Mr. Charlie Chaplin








Cheerio Breeps!

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