Brits in LA Newsletter Toscar Eve Edition!

Thank You to Jesse Vital for designing
another Toscar winning poster!

Thank You to our sponsors
Volkswagen Santa Monica
Beltran Brito
Gerber & Co
Geek Eyewear

A very special Thank You to Platinum One Web Design for both our and Britsin.LA websites
If you are looking for a web site 
designer/manager Paul is your guy! 
Scroll down for his contact details

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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Hi Everyone!
So it is finally the night before The 6th Annual Toscars! So proud and excited to be hosting it at The Egyptian this year. Not many people can say their movie premiered there!
A handful of tickets still available get them here 
Lots of great coverage so far this week, including a great article from the BBC who managed to catch up with our Craig. You can read it here
We also popped by to Champagne Studios for a visit and radio interview on popular podcast Langdon Nation 

if you haven't already listened you can do so by clicking here 

If you can't make the Toscars pop over to our Toscars website tomorrow night as all the films will be posted there after the screening! Imanaged to get a sneak preview over the weekend and can guarantee that you are in for a treat, whether you have seen the originals or not! Make sure to look out for mine and Craig's cameos in each of the films too ! There are loads of other fab events coming up also. Pub Crawl on the 28th

then a Sunday Roast at the Pikey on March the 3rd, so something for everyone. Scroll down for Brits on Stage and all the great deals and discounts we have available for you.
If you are looking for something completely different how about whale watching off Newport Beach? Saw  a deal on Travel Zoo for only $15. Check it out by clicking on this link 
I saw a lot of you were devastated at the thought of the season finale of Downtown Abbey but fear not as Manor House is here and they are offering Brits in LA discount tickets. Pop down to theatre section to read all about it.
Looking forward to seeing a lot of you at 
The Toscars!


Just in: Casting Calls

CASTING British male late 20s/early 30s for comedy webseries SHAZZA. Slim build/average hight, great cockney accent and a bit of a Kappa crew boy. MUST be SAG - contact: with resume and headshot. From there if selected we will request a video audition of you playing the role sent to us Role films 1 day - 9th March). Cheers!

2 Brit Females needed to host a weekly web series.
18 - 28 years old
Actors, Models, Hosts, All personalities welcome to submit for project.
This is paid, we shoot once a week, the shoot last about one hour. It's for the web series on www.ReelKandi.TV
The show is a weekly update in the world of showbiz news and music.
Please email Brandon any head shots / pics / youtube demo reels or online clips to email:

Russell Brand returns to Largo for two shows this month and tickets are still available for the 18th & 20th of February. Russell's past shows sold out VERY quickly so make sure to grab tickets while you can. Tickets are available online ONLY. Tickets $25.

The Croods FREE screening - 23rd Feb at the Chinese 6 Theatres
Free screening for families with kids. RSVP to Alex for priority seating:
Dreamworks Animation's animated film called THE CROODS.
February 23rd at the Chinese 6 theaters at 3:00PM
Here is a link to the trailer and website:

Free screening of  BLESS ME, ULTIMA. It’s directed by Carl Franklin who is well known for directing Devil In A Blue Dress with Denzel Washington. BLESS ME, ULTIMA is based on the award winning and provocative novel Bless Me, Ultima which tells the turbulent story of Antonio Márez, a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II.

Wednesday, February 20
AMC Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067


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!

We are also very pleased to have the continued support of immigration law firm Beltran Brito and Geek Eyewear for this our Toscar event. Joining our sponsors is Gerber & Co and our transport partner this year is of course Volkswagen Santa Monica, An LA Car Guy Dealership

Also a huge thank you to our right hand man Jeremy Koester for helping us put this all together and welcome Sophie Ioannou our new intern from the UK. She'll be with us at brekkie so make sure to say hello and make her feel welcome.

Once you have attended the Toscars, you will be hankering to attend the Oscars. Click here for information on how to be a part of it.

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)

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Got Kids ?
Then you are probably spending your evenings helping them with their homework?!  I recently came across Jeremy, who can tutor pretty much any subject up to 12th grade. Friendly and reliable as well as very capable. He has great references (including one from me!)  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.

Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa?
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. or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.
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 or Email him at

Or are you....

One of the most common questions we get asked is for shipping company 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 



"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 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: 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: or on our website & social networking pages.

BLASA - Our Shakespeare Appreciation Society
         UKares Foundation


Every Tuesday RSVP Here
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX

NextStopLAX  is the leading relocation and visa consultancy service for entertainment industry professionals transitioning 
to living and working in the US

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Our status as California Bonded Immigration Consultants means that 

Next Stop LAX is a name you can trust.

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.

  *Full English $18 - Free Valet Parking!

NEXT STOP LAX have a seminar coming up in London 
 with The Actors Company LA and Next Stop LAX. Take note of their incredible guest speakers!! It's looking to be a fantastic weekend
Click here for more info 

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.
ONLY $499.99
Package Includes: a 20 page website
Website design
1 Years Website Hosting.
Six Updates to Existing Pages Within First Year
 *Do you want to sell your products online? how about your digital material like Music & Ebooks?
*All can be done with an small extra fee.

If you are interested go to:
or contact us at: 

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 - 

While he gives you the inside scoop on the making of the movies. 
Tours go from Hollywood each Thursday and Saturday afternoon starting 
February 2 and Brits in LA members get a 50% discount for any 
Saturday in February by going to or calling 424-248-8687, 
booking a Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour date and entering the half 
price code save50 (no space).


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
and enter the promo code “BRIT.”
RED with Alfred Molina and Jonathan Groff

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

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

at Bardot
February 25th, its free but make to sure to RSVP


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

Happy Face Sad Face 
run ends February 24th
starring Brits in LA Member
Rob Locke
Life -- is it a comedy? Or a drama? The answer is "Yes!" HAPPY FACE SAD FACE has a brilliantly simple concept: two one acts... the first is a drama... the second is a comedy... the hook is, they are the same story, told from polar opposite perspective.
Buy Tickets here

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 free advice here
Get pilot season fit - fast.
Over indulged during the holidays? Didn't we all

"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 

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!)
Gerber & Co do charge a consultation fee so make sure to get all details before you book.

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.  


"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

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  or call her on 310-855-2750 and she’ll get it all sorted for you! $20 an hour for Brits in LA members.

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...

This can be yours for only $55,000!
For those not so flash with the cash, others are available starting at $2,000. 
UAA is offering free shipping anywhere in the US or UK on all Banksy prints. They also have a large selection of Banksy originals available.
Please contact if you are looking for a specific piece or have any questions. We are always accepting consignments. 
Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
Email Anne at 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.


Impulse could be your middle name if are aware of if not take heed .This week
ahead is not the time to be impulsive in any area of life .

You need to look long and hard this week ahead at where you are heading, perhaps
you need a little help in this direction. The good news come next week the planets
are helping you with this.

What can you achieve this week is up to how willing you are to make the right
moves. Holding back for the right time is wasting time and you can always be relied
on to think too much.

It a month of makeover either you or your home or if you can afford it both. Either
way get moving as it’s the right time to let the winds of change move along with
your help .

As this month begins you could find your self stretched beyond your limits maybe
in a couple of areas of life one is work or the lack of cash flow. Its going to get easier
before the months end so keep calm.

Any task you take on will be difficult at first to deal with and as this will last until
the end of this month make allowances for this. Your priority now to complete any
thing in life that is unfinished.

Travel is much on your mind and this can make you stressed or feel limited. The
clue is to make an effort to keep busy or to take short trips to visit interesting places.
Don’t let others hold you back.

You more than likely have been in search of the right diet or health plan since the new
year. You are determined to achieve a good outcome so let nothing stop you. It will be
easier as we move through the month to get into the mind set.


You could be feeling a bit moody or out of sorts due to Jupiter moving in your area of
your subconscious mind..Know that what you reap is what you sow and this would be a
good time to start thinking positive in all of life.

Your financial situation is still not what you want, however in order to achieve a positive
flow of money you have to assume it is already here .This is not an area you like to be
concerned about so put it out to the Universe and expect success.

.How you handle the situation you may have found yourself involved means How you
handle the issue is the issue. .Its your decision if you do either way you can have a Happy

The are several planets sitting beside you and although most of them are positive Saturn
the teacher who is involved will make you sit up and listen .however what you will is
open to interpretation,.Happy early Birthday.


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