Brits in LA Newsletter Feb 26th 2013


Talk to Joe Seymour about  how you can get into a VW. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has  all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and  will work his very hardest to get you into the car of your choice. Contact him on 310 266 8825 or by email.  
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Hey Breeps!
Well what a week was that, firstly we bought the rain last Tuesday for The Toscars - but that didn't put a damper on the evenings event - The stars came out to support Brits in LA members on their big fun night.
Congrats to Marina Paganucci, Team leader for Miserable Lesbians which took home the big award. All movies deserve a mention too, as they were all brilliant - well done everyone.

Lots of thanks are due from our wonderful volunteers, the participants, the committee, judges, host and everyone that helped out .
Loved that "Silver Whinings Payback" Team's arrival ensemble.
"Black Plastic Trashbags"
I also went to Elton John's Oscar party last night and saw Emeli Sande perform and she was amazing. The Elton John Aids Foundation raised over 6 million dollars last night. Thanks in part to a live auction by Sotheby's including a five night stay in Steven Tyler's holiday home in Hawaii.
Me with Emeli Sande (and a great photobomber
 in the middle of us. LOL)
Hope you all had a lot of fun however you chose to watch them. Congrats to all the Brits who won last night, including Adele, Daniel Day-Lewis
Some great free screenings in the next few weeks and details coming about discounted tickets to see British actresses Tracy Bennett's portrayal of Judy Garland in End Of The Rainbow - We'll also have a competition giveaway too. So keep watching.

Cheers

Craig Young

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Free Screening of Evil Dead - Tuesday Feb 26th

We are having an early screening on Tuesday, February 26th at 2:00pm at the Sony Lot.
taking the first 25 VIPs who respond to this email to attend the screening and bring a plus one. will also need the name of your plus one so that they are able to gain lot access.


Note, you will not be able to gain access to the screening unless you receive confirmation email from Lauren RSVP LGrether@alliedim.com


 DEAD MAN DOWN is in theatres March 8. The film stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge. The film co-stars Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper.
Only 40 seats to the group. Here is the info:
Wednesday, March 6th
AMC Century City 15
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
7:30PM
RSVP to Alex
ATrotta@alliedim.com

Frightened Rabbit at The Fonda Theatre - March 13th

With the release of their new highly anticipated album 'Pedestrian Verse', Scottish indie rock band, Frightened Rabbit are embarking on a US spring tour and will be taking to the stage of the Fonda Theatre on the 13th March with support from The Twilight Sad. Get your tickets here.



Britweek is an organization dedicated to being a strong cultural and organization presence celebrating the creative fusion between California and the UK. From April 23rd to May 6th they will be hosting various music and arts events around Los Angeles, check out their website for a full calendar of events.

MIKA has just announced a date 
for his El Rey show!
March 27th, Get tickets here
Make sure to check our gigging page regularly to see who is coming in to town next!

TAX TIME
April 15th is final date
to file 2012 Tax Returns
We get emails on a daily basis asking for an accountant who can handle both UK and USA accounts. Up until now we haven't been able to recommend anyone who can do both. Finally we found Selwyn at Gerber & Co. They have offices both here an the UK so the transition is pretty close to seamless! Email him here to discuss how he can help you through tax time. (Don't forget the fees accountants charge are often deductible! However they do charge a consultation fee - so please confirm that first)

If you have a shout out for the newsletter, please drop us a line at BritsinLA@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter - @britsinla
If you want to subscribe to the newsletter and have it delivered straight to your inbox, click here 

Got Kids ?
Then you are probably spending your evenings helping them with their homework?! Our own Jeremy Koester can tutor pretty much any subject up to 12th grade. Friendly and reliable as well as very capable. He has great references and is offering Brits in LA members a special discount of $25 per hour. If your kids need a little help contact him via email to schedule a visit.


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Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa?
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.
or
BERNARD SIDMAN IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM
Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many Brits in LA members with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA members through the citizenship application too and is very experienced and thorough. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or check out his website at www.bernardsidman.com or Email him at bernard@bernardsidman.com

Or are you....

One of the most common questions we get asked is for shipping company 
recommendations. 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
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PAUL DUDDRIDGE 

 ACTING CAREER COACH

"I have used Paul many times, he has a magical way of helping me see the role clearer, 
and stops me from standing in my own way" - Craig Young, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5.0, Fringe

1st Session is Free!

Paul Duddridge
As a producer / agent in London Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment.
He is now the number one entertainment career consultant in Los Angeles, with an amazing reputation for getting real results.
He has helped numerous actors, comedians directors etc to achieve success where it had previously seemed impossible.
The first consultation is completely FREE
Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount.


NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE 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
Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
*These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
**Rates may vary depending on distance

Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
in Palm Springs
Perfect for Coachella!
Email Craig for all the details.


GET ME TO HOLLYWOOD
Get Me To Hollywood: British Edition 
is the essential guide to living the life in LA and how to make it in Hollywood, specifically tailored for our British readers. Throughout the 8 chapters, we will cover the basics: what an American headshot looks like compared with a British headshot, the established actor's resume, how to find representation, how to meet with casting directors and the audition process, and will also include a detailed list of resources and contributors.
LouisaSpring has specialized in representing English talent for the past 15 years and has successfully helped them make the trek over. With the current fascination with all things British, the timing was right to release this handbook to help those seeking help on making the big move.

You can buy the book as a direct download here: http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1871032 or on our website & social networking pages.




UPCOMING EVENTS

BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
Every Tuesday RSVP Here
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast

NextStopLAX  is the leading relocation and visa consultancy service for entertainment industry professionals transitioning to living and working in the US
Relocating Entertainment Professionals.
Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition towards working legally in the USA. We have a proven track record in obtaining visas and helping our clients meet other employment requirements. 
Disclaimer: Next Stop Media’s principal (Mr. Andrew Newton) is a bonded immigration consultant registered with the California Secretary of State, holding Bond Number 61292049. The Company is not a law firm and does not engage in the provision of legal advice. The Company does not guarantee any particular outcome for its clients, including adjudications of visa petitions or the processing time for such petitions. Further terms and conditions, including disclosures required by statute, are set forth on our website and in our client intake forms and engagement letters.

NEXT STOP LAX have a seminar coming up in London 
 with The Actors Company LA Take note of their incredible guest speakers!!
Click here for more info 

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.
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Brits in LA's favourite celebrity journalist Sandro Monetti has launched a 
brilliant Movie Locations tour which drives film fans to sites around town 
where 40 famous films were shot - everything from Argo to Pretty Woman - 
If you enjoyed Miserable Lesbians, come hear more funny stories from that film's writer-director Sandro Monetti on his Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour, departing each Saturday afternoon at 2pm from the Hollywood Roosevelt, where an air conditioned bus will take you to locations used in Argo, Die Hard and 40 other famous films while celebrity reporter Sandro tells you the inside story behind the movies and their stars. Book at www.tourificescapes.com and use the special Brits in LA code SALE50 (no space) for half-price tickets.

BRITS ON THE STAGE
MannerHouse

Mannerhouse Manor is a fully improvised and unscripted Edwardian
comedy in the style of Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs.  The
show takes place on an English country estate during the 1910s, and
every show presents the family who lives there, the servants who tend
to them, and the comedy and drama that unite their lives.  The show is
completely improvised and each episode features musical accompaniment
live on stage by The Mansfield Chamber Society, a piano and violin
duet.  Mannerhouse Manor contains love, mirth, betrayal, and tea… so
much tea.  The show is currently running Friday nights at 10:30pm at
the National Comedy Theatre in Hollywood and closes its run on March
1st.  For a special Brits In LA discount, simply call the box office
and say the word “BRIT” or purchase tickets at www.comedysportzla.com
and enter the promo code “BRIT.”

2010 Tony® Award for Best Play! Featuring Alfred Molina & Jonathan Groff CASTING UPDATE! Jonathan Groff joins the cast of RED! Alfred Molina reprises his 2010 Tony® Award-nominated role of abstract artist Mark Rothko in the Tony® Award winning play, Red. This explosive drama unleashes theatre much as Rothko's painting freed art. The turbulent life of the artist is brought into focus in a drama that the Associated Press calls "an engrossing, enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation." “A brilliant new play!” –Daily Mail (London)
at 
The James Bridges Theatre 235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095 on March 14th,15th,16th and 17th
Located in Melnitz Hall on the UCLA Campus
ENTER UCLA OFF OF SUNSET AND HILGARD; PARK IN LOT THREE - VISITOR'S SECTION. 


Productions mounts a revival of the critically acclaimed production of Trainspotting that first rocked Los Angeles in 2002. Entertaining and shocking in equal measure, Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's cult novel about Scottish heroin addicts runs March 9 through April 13 at the Elephant Theatre, with award-winning director Roger Mathey again at the helm.
For reservations and information, call 323-960-7785 or go to www.plays411.com/trainspotting

The birth of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history is told in the 
new dramatic musical Backbeat, which will have its American 
premiere and pre-Broadway presentation at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Get your SPECIAL discounted tickets here

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FITNESS AND SPORTS
Craig is working out with JC at the moment and he is fantastic - He is  learning boxing and martial arts and getting in shape at the same time. JC has also started blogging for us - Check out his fitness tips here


"I have the solution with many secrets tips and cheats to get you to your perfect body goal FAST! Be it a target body weight, specific muscle tone, or just that nice athletic perfect network body ready to rock this pilot season. 
Special discounts for all fellow Brits in LA members, 33% off all packages and for February only book your first months training (minimum of 4 sessions) and get your next session free. I come to you and bring all equipment, Body, Your Design personal training, with over 18 years experience in the fitness industry working with every type of people from celebrities to C.E.O's and housewives to old timers and being a former professional boxer and actor JC knows exactly what it takes to get you to reach your goals fast and in a friendly encouraging atmosphere. For more information please call 310 279 8117 or email and please see visit me on Facebook . No one gets a one size fits all program because we are not all one size. We are all different and everyone gets a personalized program designed specifically for your goals for maximum results FAST."

Anyone for Netball?

Such a great group of Ladies. All ages welcome as long as you can run around for an hour straight!
If you fancy joining in the fun you can either join their Facebook group 

                       FINANCE SECTION 

Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
pro do it for you.
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@fastaccounting.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 matter" - Brits in LA


BOOK KEEPING SERVICES:
Tax time is fast approaching! Many of us don’t have the time or inclination to go through the hundreds of receipts that build up over the year, and get their expenses in order. Our friend Samantha Powell will take care of that for you -  all receipts and expenses cateqorized / books prepared, for your accountant (or yourself) to file your tax return and get that tax bill down! Email Samantha at sammyjay75@yahoo.co.uk  or call her on 310-855-2750 and she’ll get it all sorted for you! $20 an hour for Brits in LA members.
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One of our favorite things to do in LA

is to visit the Magic castle
Well our friend and Magician David Minkin has a special offer for us
Thanks for being a fan of the art of magic!  Here's an
invitation to the Magic Castle for the week of February 25
through March 3.  Go here and print a copy...

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FANCY A BANKSY?
Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Anne will be at the King's Head, Santa Monica doing spiritual
readings Friday and Saturday afternoons make sure to call
the number above to book an appointment.

ARIES 
Your ruler Mars sitting in Pisces a water sign these next few weeks in may dampen your ambition to start any thing new. Although it is a good time to look at what you   can discard, that means thoughts as well as things.

TAURUS
You should feel like you need get moving and get ready for the spring season. It’s possible you are not in the mood however you will miss a lot of good stuff if you don’t. What ever is not working will soon be resolved so remain positive.

GEMINI
What can you achieve this week is up to how willing you are to make the right decisions. Your nutty ruler Mercury is going backwards this week so thoughts will turn to the past year or so Time to make amends.

CANCER
If you continue to hold on to grudges you will be on the wrong end of the stick
This week in any situation that could require keeping your temper bite the bullet
or you will wish you had as we come to the end of this month.

LEO
The powerhouse planet Mars is in a difficult position as it is in a water sign for you this will dampen progress, in that you could clash with others you would not normally clash with. So keep a low profile and remember to think before you speak.

VIRGO
Any task you take on new will be not be easy to deal with in the next month and as this will last until the end of April you will be wise to stay low key .Taking time for your self is a good start. Start by an early spring clean

LIBRA
Travel is much on your mind and this can make you a bit antsy if you cannot get away right now. The clue is to make an effort to plan ahead and you will enjoy the anticipation much more than making a quick decision never easy for you Libras.


SCORPIO
The Sun is visiting your cousin sign Pisces this month and  will be joined by Mercury who is flipping backwards this week and so your thoughts turn to financial matters. Be positive even though all may sound gloomy and know you will turn things around.

SAGITARIUS
Your boss Jupiter is sitting in Gemini until mid June so be good as he will be watching you and hoping you wont let that famous foot in your mouth get you into trouble .This can on the up side mean a lot of positive energy coming in for your  life in general.

CAPRICON
The Sun in Pisces will assist you to get the job done as this month is a great opportunity to complete an overdue project that has been hanging around unfinished since last month
Also some overdue cash is about to come in to your coffers.

AQUARIUS
You are probably feeling like a break away so even if you can get out of town take time out. If you can swing a weekend away this is the time this month as next month will be busier. You will be ready to take the world on.
  
PISCES
Jupiter is assisting you all the way through mid year in order to get your life in order and to experience happier days .The family is much on your mind and you should learn to live in the moment things will work out somehow .Happy Birthday.


We were very honored to have Eric Roberts as one of our Judges at the Toscars

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