A Theatre group is holding auditions for a Murder Mystery called "Death of A Disco Dancer". All of the typical actors show up to audition. There is Mia Monahan - the militant method actress, Amber Frost- the ditzy Drama queen, Chad - the energetic actor who never seems to get a part in anything, Alan- the accomplished Theatre Major who works at a fast food place in the mean time. Troy May - the ego-centric actor who always gets a role and his gorgeous assistant Tantanya who holds his imported bottled water and carries his Portfolio. And last but not least, Mrs. Needleman and her precious daughter Julie , fresh from the Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant finals.The auditions get underway without too many problems, well a few.. Well, all right, you see, the thing is.. the Director Vivian Vinderlou and assistant director Reed Moore have a bit of the problem with "script". The problem is they don't have enough copies for everyone. And the bigger problem is they don't actually have a finished script. Jim Culter- the playwright arrives in the nick of time with a few more copies and a few more finished pages just as one of the actors mysteriously dies. As luck would have it, Jim has brought Inspector Bonnie Brauvera along to the auditions to serve as Technical advisor for the play. Perhaps the investigation into this "mysterious death" will inspire the playwright and help him finish the play. After all, there is a read-through on Monday.
Polly Pepper's been hired to be the "nice" judge on "I'll Do Anything to Become Famous," the latest reality T.V. show to hit the airwaves, in which contestants have to prove that they'll go for another's jugular in order to get their names in the headlines. But someone takes the show's theme literally when Thane Cornwall, the relentlessly critical and universally hated British judge on the panel, is found dead with a ten-inch knife in his back. . . If there's one thing Polly's learned over the years, it's that nothing in Hollywood is ever as it seems. Now she'll have to get to the bottom of this mystery before her star on the Walk of Fame may soon be put out by a cunning killer. . . "Bubbly. . . Fans of comic whodunits will be rewarded." --Publishers Weekly
Release on 2008-04-01 | by Don Lasseter,Ronald E. Bowers
Author: Don Lasseter,Ronald E. Bowers
Pubpsher: Pinnacle Books
Category: True Crime
Hopeful beauty Kristi Johnson, 21, thought she was auditioning to model for a James Bond promotion. Following the directions of the man who approached her in a shopping mall, she drove to a mansion in the Hollywood Hills with a black mini-skirt and stiletto heels. Weeks later, Kristi's body was finally photographed - by the county coroner. Her partially clad body had been found on a slope off Skyline Drive. Not one iota of forensic evidence was recovered. All investigators had was another Hollywood dream gone nightmare. But what seemed like a dead end soon found its lucky break. Responding to news reports about Kristi's murder, calls from women came pouring in - all of them victims of bogus modelling gigs. One composite sketch later, Victor Paleologus, 40, already on parole for sexual assault, was taken in custody. Halfway through his sensational trial, Paleologus stunned everyone by entering a guilty plea and was sentenced to 25 years to life.
Detective Jonah McKee and his fellow Keller County Cops believe a beautiful amnesia victim is the key to solving a brutal serial killer case -- until a terrifying twist forces Jonah to hide his three year-old son and go on the run with the frightened stranger in order to save her life.
Nick and Lisette O'Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, where they take on the roles of Claudius and Ophelia, professional leads in a campus production of HAMLET. Threats and accidents begin to follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the turmoil of 1967 America.
This is a story of love and loss of three childhood friends, Lauren, Maddison, and Jennifer, who had their whole lives planned out. Their future was bright. All three of them had been accepted to Spellman University. This would be the beginning of the rest of their lives. The girls had rented a beach house for the summer and had plans of lying out in the sun and pool parties and lots of shopping, until tragedy strikes, and Maddison learns that her brother is barely clinging to life, and the outcome does not look good. The girls pack up and return to their hometown to find out that her brother was murdered. Unable to console one another, this experience left them scarred for life. Their tight-knit bond was unraveling. All they ever knew was each other. How would they navigate life without one another? Before long, they were all leading different lives. If they only knew what was to come, would they have tried harder to stay tied to one another like the sheets they tied together to make tents when they had sleepovers? Truth is, no one could predict what was to happen next. They say time heals all wounds. I think Lauren, Maddison, and Jennifer would have to disagree.
When psychology professor Redmond "Mac" McClain and his artist wife, Jennifer, begin a sabbatical at Patten University in Pittsburgh, they are intrigued by the city's beauty and turbulent history. While visiting the Welsh Museum of Art, Jen wonders how the museum managed to acquire three of the five great paintings of the tragically short-lived Parisian artist, Paul Deschamps. How could these extremely valuable works have come to the smoky city of Pittsburgh in 1903, rather than to Paris or London? Mac and Jen find that little is known about Deschamps beyond his drowning in 1904. They undertake a casual research to uncover information about Deschamps. Their more immediate attention is devoted to learning about the city, and to their concerns for the faculty at Patten. Patten is facing serious financial problems, and there is a venomous ongoing struggle between the faculty union and the new, authoritarian, president of Patten. The shocking, mysterious drowning death of a faculty member whom Mac and Jen know, also preoccupies them. Finding their way through a puzzling multiple of remote and current mysteries tests the cleverness, persistence, and courage of Mac and Jen!
Release on 2014-11-18 | by Mary Higgins Clark,Alafair Burke
An Under Suspicion Novel
Author: Mary Higgins Clark,Alafair Burke
Pubpsher: Simon and Schuster
In this collaboration between “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and bestselling author Alafair Burke, “the snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery” (Booklist). Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up? Together Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke deliver “plenty of intrigue and excitement” (Publishers Weekly) in this exciting start to a new series that will keep you guessing until the final page.
This guide for actors and directors develops a valid method for training performers to act from their core--whether they are cold reading, auditioning, or performing for film or television. This book teaches actors how to achieve and respond to believable and honest emotions before the camera, and it maintains that the key to a successful performance lies in how the actors relate to one another and to the circumstances. Exercises, including script examples, throughout the book give readers an easy resource for practicing the principles outlined. The Art of Film Acting applies a classic stage acting method (Stanislavsky) to the more intimate medium of performing before a camera, teaching readers to experience an emotion rather than to indicate it.