Yearly Archives: 2018

China’s Most Expensive Film Could Prove Its Biggest Movie Flop

Asura, a fantasy epic based on Buddhist mythology touted as the most expensive Chinese film ever made, has been pulled from theaters after a ...
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Ant Man & the Wasp – movie review

Exploring similar comic territory to Alexander Payne's recent satire Downsizing, Ant Man & the Wasp makes the most of ordinary objects magically ...
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Watch Movie Premieres Under the Stars at This Glamorous Greek Film Festival

It has attracted the attention of big names including filmmaker Alexander Payne, Tribeca Film Festival artistic director Frederic Boyer, and ...
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Sandra Oh revealed after 2018 Emmy nomination for Killing Eve

In her personal life, Sandra was dating Alexander Payne for five years before they married on January 1, 2003. They separated two years later and ...
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Call it ‘Omaha style’ pizza: Love it or hate it, La Casa celebrates 65 years

(That's Omaha native and director Alexander Payne's personal favorite combination.) “It is very different if you are used to a certain style of pizza,” ...
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Bruce Dern to appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival

Dern will appear for on-stage interviews with Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" at 7 p.m. Friday, August 10 and Hal Ashby's "Coming Home" at 3:30 p.m. ...
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Is This the World’s Most Glamorous Place to Watch Movies?

... mind you—and those outdoor screening have won the attention of international heavyweights like filmmaker Alexander Payne, Tribeca Film Festival ...
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Bruce Dern set to appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival in August

Dern will appear for on-stage interviews with Alexander Payne's Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday, August 10 and Hal Ashby's Coming Home at 3:30 p.m. ...
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July Salon with Theatre Director Ryan Bergmann PLUS Actor/Producer Tim Mooney

Calling all NCCers from earlier eras…especially the early 2000s. Come see what our old pal Ryan Bergmann has been up to in his career as a big time theatre director! In this 25th Anniversary year of the Nebraska Coast, we celebrate the successes of the people who make all Hollywood Nebraskans proud. UPDATE: Also joining us tonight will be surprise guest TIM MOONEY (UNL MFA 1985) sharing news about his upcoming one-man show (see below for details!)

Fifteen years ago, if you came to the Hollywood Salon, you were greeted by the smiling face of Ryan Bergmann. Ryan ran the Salons back then, and was making his way as an actor and budding director. Flash forward to 2018, and Ryan is directing a major show (his second in a row!) for the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Ryan is taking a quick break from tech rehearsals to join us at the July Salon to tell us all about the making of this world premiere musical – and his new fame as a Theatre Director!

Born in Lincoln and raised in Omaha, Ryan went to Millard North and majored in theatre and German at Truman State University, then studied at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He discovered the Coast Connection soon after arriving in Hollywood 17 years ago, and boy was the NCC lucky to have him. Ryan hosted the Salons for several years, and was a key volunteer in the early 2000’s. Since then, he has been building a career in the theatre, as Assistant Director, Producer and now Director for one of LA’s major stages.

He specializes in new works and developing theatre arts that foster communication and acceptance of all communities. In 2015 Ryan and his partner in crime, Janet Roston proudly established Mixed eMotion Theatrix for theatre, dance and multimedia.

“Mutt House, The Musical” will open at the Kirk Douglas Theater later this month and run through early August. Ryan’s previous directorial work includes, “Die Mommie Die” (Kirk Douglas and Celebration Theatre), “Niagara Fall” (Theatre of NOTE), “Bronies the Musical” (LA Fringe, Best Musical Winner), “revolver” (Celebration Theatre), “The Real Housekeepers of Studio City” (LA Fringe, Best of Fringe Winner).  Ryan’s most recent producing work includes, “Anaïs, A Dance Opera” (Greenway Court Theater and international tour), “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera” (King King), “The Next Fairy Tale” (Celebration Theatre), and “BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera” (Celebration Theatre).

World premiere of MUTT HOUSE, THE MUSICAL  — Ryan McCartan (recent Fox remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie) heads the cast of a fun and furry musical tale for animal lovers of all ages. Featuring 20 original songs and a cast of 10, Mutt House is the story of quirky outsider Eddie Corbin. Bullied all his life, Eddie has finally found a place to call home — a neglected downtown animal shelter. When the city threatens to close the shelter, Eddie must do something he’s never done before: stand up for himself and fight for what’s right. With the help of six zany mutts, he faces his fears and makes an unexpected human connection in the process. This life-affirming musical, in the tradition of Annie, is filled with singing and dancing fun for the whole family. Kirk Douglas Theatre820 Washington BlvdCulver CityCA 90232$39-$59; (213) 628-2772

Tim Mooney
(UNL MFA 1985), is a touring one-man performer, specializing in classical plays (“Moliere than Thou,” “Lot o’ Shakespeare,” “Breakneck Hamlet”). He’s the author of the popular acting textbook, “Acting at the Speed of Life,” and is currently in LA with his brand new one-man show, “Man Cave; a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy,” part of the Son of Semele Solo Creation Festival, July 12-15. 

Come see Ryan and Tim TONIGHT at the July 9th Salon and help us celebrate their new shows. We’ll be making plans to take a group to see both shows – stay tuned for news about that. 

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You had me at Merlot: I forgive you, Rex Pickett

... apartment writing a novel,” says Rex Pickett, the author of “Sideways,” which was adapted as the acclaimed Alexander Payne film of the same title.
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