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Brad Colerick to release new album

Brad Colerick will preform songs from “When I’m Gone,” his 3rd, soon to be be released album, with Lincoln musician Steve Hanson at the Hollywood Salon, May 11, 2009 at the Culver Hotel. Also catch them at The Falcon, May 13, Hollywood, Luna Playhouse, May 15, Glendale, and at Living Tradition, May 16, Anaheim Downtown Community Center. Audio Link: Will You Be There, from the new album.

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Controversial filmmaker Robert E. A. Lee dies at 87

Controversial filmmaker Robert E. A. Lee producer of A Time for Burning, the 1966 documentary that brought Omaha civil rights leader and Nebraska’s longest serving state legislator Ernest (Ernie) Chambers to national prominence, died February 22nd, 2009, at his home in New York. He was 87. From the New York Times, Robert E. A. Lee, Who Made ‘A Time for Burning,’ Dies at 87.

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Harrison Ford visits UNL’s Othmer Hall

Harrison Ford visits UNL in preparation for an upcoming role in “The Untitled Crowley Project”, also staring Brendan Fraser. From the “Daily Nebraskan”,Harrison Ford visits UNL’s Othmer Hall.

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November 2009: John Weller, Sony Pictures

John is the Senior Manager of Creative for Imageworks Interactive, a full service digital marketing agency within Sony Pictures Entertainment. His group provides creative campaign design and development for a diverse roster of clients, including theatrical, home entertainment and television brands across Sony Pictures Entertainment.

John’s latest campaigns include Casino Royale, Spider-Man 3, 2012, Zombieland and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

A native of St. Louis, MO, John graduated from UCLA’s prestigious Producers Program. He’s also worked for LA Opera. (And most importantly, he married a Nebraskan!)

Come meet a major studio-insider who knows how to package and market in Hollywood.

See you Monday, November 9th at the Hollywood Salon in Culver City!

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Mari Weiss & Susan Balboni

Monday, October 12th, 2009

We’ve got not one but two terrific guests at the Hollywood Salon next Monday, October 12th.  And you won’t want to miss what they have to say to you about making your voice heard in showbiz. Want to find out who they are?  Get all the info at:  www.nebraskacoast.com And while you’re there, check out the Billboard notices on Brad Colerick’s new CD release and Jeff McArthur’s new novel. Two of the biggest voices in Hollywood are coming to the next Salon on Monday, October 12th. Voiceover artist Mari Weiss makes a return Salon visit, and she’s bringing her equally talented and successful voiceover artist friend Susan Balboni. Mari is a William Morris talent and has been a working voice actor for over 18 years. You’ve heard her on hundreds of commercials including Blue Cross, Yoplait, Hometown Buffet and, most recently, McDonalds and Public Storage. Mari often teaches voiceover master classes, and she’s coached many actors to successful careers of their own. Susan is an Abrams Artist Talent starring as Little Miss Scary on Cartoon Network’s The Mr. Men Show, now in its second season, as well as the teacher Mrs. Hogenmuller on Nickelodeon’s animated series Olivia. Her promo work includes ABC, Game Show Network, and the female promo voice for E! Entertainment Television. If your career goals include commercials, promos or animation, come hear Mari & Susan’s secrets of success, and get your own voice working for you. A new batch of the coolest Nebraska raffle prizes. Great food & drinks. Gorgeous new NCC T-Shirts  for sale. Plus all the Hollywood Husker schmoozing you can handle. You won’t want to miss the Hollywood Salon in Culver City on Monday, October 12th! Get all the info at: www.nebraskacoast.com And while you’re there, be sure to check out the Billboard notices on Brad Colerick’s new CD release and Jeff McArthur’s new novel. DID YOU KNOW THE NCC IS NOW ON FACEBOOK?!!? Check it out and become a ‘Fan’ here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Coast-Connection/61348913197?ref=mf Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon – in our new home – at The Culver Hotel in Culver City… …Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home
Hollywood.

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Crystal Carson

Monday, September 14th, 2009

At the Salon on Monday, Sept 14th, we’ll host one of the industry’s top Acting Coaches (and one of our most popular NCC guests!), Crystal Carson.  Creator of the “Auditioning by Heart” method, Crystal has been helping actors hone their craft and book jobs — in tv, film and on stage since 1993.  Monday, she’ll be working with participants in an acting workshop, live and projected for everyone on the bigscreen.  ACTORS: you can have a chance to get coaching and show your stuff. (Go to www.CrystalCarson.com to download the pages in advance if you want to be considered to be a part of the workshop).  DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS: you’ll learn valuable techniques for getting what you want from your actors.  Crystal is originally from Lincoln, NE, and has an extensive background in tv and film, including a major role on General Hospital. Come learn her secrets for success and kick your career into high gear. See you at the Culver Hotel…at the next Coast Connection Hollywood Salon…Monday, September 14th. Please RSVP on the Hotline or by replying to this email so we will have room for everyone.   DETAILS, DIRECTIONS AND RSVP INFO:  www.nebraskacoast.com    DID YOU KNOW THE NCC IS NOW ON FACEBOOK?!!?  Check it out and become a ‘Fan’ here:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Coast-Connection/61348913197?ref=mf Nebraska Coast Connection presents  The Hollywood Salon – in our new home – at The Culver Hotel in Culver City… …Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood. 9 2009

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Kevin McMahon & Tom Hejda

Monday, July 13th, 2009

From film to HD video, Hollywood couldn’t exist without the cinematographers who put it all on camera. We’ll have two of the best DPs at our Salon on Monday…Kevin McMahon and Tom Hejda.  Using 35mm to the latest in HD, Kevin and Tom have shot and lit and DP’d features, reality tv (NBC, CBS, Fox, Spike TV, Comedy Central) commercials (Bud Lite, Cadillac, Nascar), docs, music videos, sports and shorts.  Kevin often directs as well, and just completed production on his first feature,  Military Husband. Kevin hails from Fremont and UNL, and though he’s a familiar face at Salons, we’ve never had the chance to see all his work and hear his stories of making it in Hollywood. This is an important Salon for anyone wanting to work in production–many NCCers have gotten work on Kevin and Tom’s projects, and you might be next!  Whether you are directing or acting or any other showbiz career, you can’t afford not to know about cinematography. What the camera sees, and the format and lighting used, will make or break your project. Come and brush up on your tech skills, see some of the cutting edge HD camera gear, and ask questions from a pair of working DPs who can help your project look its best.  See you at the Culver Hotel…at the next Coast Connection Hollywood Salon…Monday, July 13th.  Please RSVP on the Hotline or by replying to this email so we will have room for everyone. Nebraska Coast Connection presents  The Hollywood Salon – in our new home – at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…  …Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

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Suzanne Lloyd

Monday, June 8th, 2009

It’s going to be a fantastic Hollywood Salon on Monday night, June 8th…   We’ll be celebrating the life and works of legendary silent film star, HAROLD LLOYD. And joining us – live and in person – will be Harold’s granddaughter, SUZANNE LLOYD.   She will be showing highlights of Harold’s classic films, and will bring some of his private memorabilia, including his Oscar.  Come and hear her personal memories of her grandfather and her stories of growing up at Greenacres, Harold’s famous 44-room Beverly Hills mansion.    Suzanne has long held the rights to all of Harold’s films, images and photographs — you’ll want to hear her plans for bringing Harold’s work into this era (maybe with the help of the Nebraska Coast Connection!)  Coming to Hollywood from Burchard, Nebraska, Harold Lloyd became one of the most successful actors of his time.  He was the most popular and prolific film comedian of the roaring twenties, making over 200 comedy films between 1914 and 1947.  In later years, he pioneered 3D technology and was an avid photographer of nude models.  (Suzanne will bring her recent book of some of this work, Harold Lloyd’s Hollywood Nudes in 3D!)  To learn more about Harold Lloyd: www.haroldlloyd.com www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Lloyd It will be a great night at our Harold Lloyd celebration at the Salon in Culver City Please

Here’s some little known facts about Harold Lloyd:

***Born in Burchard, Nebraska, Harold first tried his hand at acting in Omaha.  A coin toss sent him to California!

***He was the top performer in motion pictures in the 1920s and soon the richest star in Hollywood!

***Early in his career, a prop bomb blew off part of his hand, and he invented a special glove to hide his injury.  All the daredevil stunts he performed in his films were with ONE good hand!

***He built the finest mansion in Beverly Hills, and named it Greenacres after his Nebraska roots!

***Harold invented the comedy preview. His films were a marvel of technical achievements.  He later pioneered 3D photography and even took 3D photos of Marilyn Monroe in her bikini by his pool!

There will be lots more to learn about Harold from his granddaughter, SUZANNE LLOYD, when she joins us at the Salon on Monday.

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Jim Hanna, Patrick Wilkins & Steve Lewis

Monday, May 11th, 2009

How many times have you seen a familiar face on a TV commercial and said, “Hey isn’t that the guy from the Coast Connection?”  The commercial business loves Nebraskans. It’s in our genes or something. There are dozens of Nebraska actors making their living right now on commercials. And three of them are our guests at the Salon on Monday, May 11th.  Jim Hanna has put together a stellar group of actors who will share with you their secrets of success to breaking into the commercial world. Jim, Patrick Wilkins and Steve Lewis all hail from Lincoln and have been working steadily in commercials since they came to Hollywood. You’ll recognize Jim right away from his spots for Hefty trash bags, AT&T, IHOP, Subaru, State Farm, Fidelity, and Expedia. Between them, Pat and Steve have worked for Bud Light, Sony, Comcast, Cox Cable, Juicy Juice, Hillshire Farms, Honda, Jack in the Box, and Miracle Whip.  They will be sharing their spots and stories with us, then you’ll have a chance to ask them everything you’ve ever wondered about building your commercial acting chops.  Plan to stay late, because at the May Salon we’ll be finishing off the evening with music by Brad Colerick & Steve Hanson. They’ll be playing tracks from Brad’s new third CD, soon to be released. (Sneak a listen from a link on our website…)  It’s going to be a great evening.

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Michael Montgomery

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Coca-Cola has just awarded its national filmmaker prize to a Nebraskan, Michael Montgomery. Michael’s winning film will be seen on more than 21,000 screens across the county this fall, but YOU can see it and meet Mike at the next Hollywood Salon!  Originally from Roca, Mike has a degree from UNL and is now getting his masters in film at USC. He made this year’s film with USC colleague Jerome Sable, and both have been Coke award finalists in previous years.  The winning promotion, called “Meanwhile…”, shows what happens in the lobby while a movie plays. It is filled with dance and includes a cameo by Mary Murphy, judge from the FOX TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” At the April Salon, we’ll be celebrating Michael’s big win with a special screening of his film and a chance to get to know him and his secrets to success. He’s yet another example of the great filmmakers coming out of Nebraska — on his way to becoming the next big writer/ director/ producer.  You can say you met him over a beer at the Culver Hotel.

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