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NYPD, Mannequins and Morphsuits: Prank Gone Wrong (raise your hand if you NEED attention)

A prank at a Manhattan GAP store resulted in the NYPD being called, as 40 members of Improv Everywhere posed as Mannequins in white Morphsuits and GAP apparel.

morph suits, costumes,Improv Everywhere, a comedy troupe that solicits people to do collaborative public pranks, dressed 40 people in Morphsuits and had them pose in different parts throughout the clothing store on 54th St. and Fifth Ave.

The group’s founder, Charlie Todd, said “Many of the customers and employees had a good laugh, but five minutes later the police arrived after the store had called them. Many of the members were initially handcuffed but they eventually left the store and no charges were filed”.

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“All we were doing was wearing a costume and standing in a store.”

GAP have released the following statement.

“The safety of our store associates and customers is always our main concern.”

“We are pleased to report that no customers, employees or mannequins were injured in this event.”



42,000 VOTES

In-N-Out Double Double and Five Guys Hamburger Top Poll
Millennials Prefer Wendy’s Baconator
West Coasters More Partial to In-N-Out & Fatburger
Five Guys and Wendy’s Earn 2 Spots Each in Top 10

When you’re under a time crunch or just hungry, there’s nothing better than a fast food burger. With burger sales in 2014 increasing to nine billion served (NPD Group, 2015), people are consuming one of the most iconic foods in record numbers. In honor of National Burger Month (May),, the #1 online destination for crowdsourced rankings of everything, today released the results of its public poll asking voters to rank The Best Fast Food Burgers to determine which ones are a cut above the rest.

The poll, which closed voting on May 11, included 46 burgers for consumers to rank.
The Top 10 as determined by over to 42,000 votes are as follows:

1. In-N-Out Double Double
2. Five Guys Hamburger
3. Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger
4. Whataburger Original Whataburger
5. Burger King Whopper
6. Wendy’s Baconator
7. Fuddruckers The Original Fudds
8. Wendy’s ¼ LB Single
9. Steak ‘n Shake Double ‘n Cheese Steakburger
10. Fatburger Burger

Full Poll Results

While In-N-Out, Five Guys and Wendy’s dominated the Top 10 overall, Ranker’s poll also reveals:

· Men’s top choice is Five Guys Hamburger and also voted the Burger King Whopper in their Top 3.
· Women chose the In-N-Out Double Double as their top choice and also ranked the Wendy’s Baconator in their Top 3.
· Millennials #1 choice was the Wendy’s Baconator. They were the only group to also vote the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the McDonald’s Big Mac in their Top 5.
· While the In-N-Out Double Double was #1 for West Coasters, Fatburger’s Burger and Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger followed close behind.
· Midwesterners #1 choice was Culvers Butter Burger.
· Southerners top pick was the Whataburger Original.
· Northeasterners voted Five Guys Hamburger #1 and also voted White Castle Sliders in their top 3.

About Ranker: is a crowdsourced destination where consumers view, rank, and vote on broad opinion-based Rankings ranging from “The Best Board Games” to “The Best Movies of All Time” to “The Best Inexpensive Cars”. While lists and opinions are all over the web, Ranker’s technology is based on user engagement, turning these lists into the “best possible rankings” based on the wisdom of crowds.

Ranker, a Quantcast Top 200 site, attracts over 19 million monthly unique visitors, and over half a million people a month vote on various lists on the site. As a result Ranker has one of the world’s largest databases of opinions with more than 100 million votes gathered on 50,000 items. For more information visit and follow Ranker on Twitter and Facebook.

Rose McGowan’s Seven Bold Tips for Fighting Sexism in the Film Industry

By Rose McGowan | Women and Hollywood


The following speech was originally delivered on April 21 to the Sisterhood of Traveling Producers, a small, invite-only group of young female executives and producers founded three years ago by Stacy Keppler.

women-hollywood-bannerTo the wonderful women in this business of film: Your welcoming kindness last night meant a lot to me. As an actress, I’ve been treated as property or as a competitor. There is very little camaraderie on my side of the business. Your warmth was a new experience for me. How wonderful that you women have each other, and how wonderful that we got to meet.

I’ve been thinking about what I said last night. I feel inspired to expand on last night’s topic, that of Being Progressive.

Historically, artists have had patrons to finance and shepherd their work. To me, that is what anyone working on your side of the business is: a patron of the arts. We artists need you to be our protectors and our warriors. Not that we need coddling — quite the opposite — but we need fighters. Washington, D.C., accuses us of having an agenda. Damn right we do. We have a responsibility to push for our world to be better. We all know the power of media. Let’s use it to our benefit. As I said last night, we count as audience members, too.


Here are a few actions you can take to improve and change the role of women in film and the role of film in society.

–Just because a writer or director “succeeded” at something before doesn’t mean they should do it again.

–If you know certain directors (men) behave reprehensibly, fight against their hire and offer up alternatives. BE BOLD. If someone is a known dickhead, stop their hire. If they are misogynists, stop their hire. These are not the people we need to reward. Stand up and stop perpetuating the cycle. We are responsible. Stop protecting evil. We didn’t join the Mafia when we joined this business. We owe no one our vow of silence.

–Suggest traditional men’s roles be turned into ones for women. It will instantly make your work more layered. Anyone from the lead to the sidekick to a character with one line — turn them into women. It is imperative that we start seeing women on film in other roles than The Wife or The Sexpot. How boring. Let’s reflect on film what society ACTUALLY looks like: 50% female. Women are in all kinds of jobs and have complex lives, so put that on the screen. I’m curious about the plumber who says two words on film if she’s a woman. What’s her story? How’d she get there? People love relating to othe rpeople onscreen. So why aren’t we women allowed to relate to our own lives? Where is our representation? Let’s take action to change these tropes. It is time.

–Put female writers and directors on the TOP of your lists. Do it every time. If asked why, say why not, smile and walk away. Give them something to think about. It’s about time to see women in films as equals. This is a simple way to start. Remember: Just because it’s been done a certain way doesn’t mean it should still be done that way. The sad fact is, Hollywood is out of date. Let’s bring our town into the modern world. Dwindling ticket sales are a reflection of how largely passé Hollywood films are. Let’s be better, let’s do better.

–Stop rewarding males that do half-ass jobs. Hire women instead of men. Be bold when you hire. Go with your gut. Go with someone interesting and not someone “safe.”

–If someone yells at you or puts you down, stop them in their tracks. Retrain them. If someone says your name wrong, you correct them, so why don’t we do it when mistreated? Correct bad behavior as it happens. If Scott Rudin throws a phone at your head, throw one back and throw it harder. No one gets to abuse you. If someone is a misogynist, an abuser of talent and crew, or worse, DO NOT LET THEM GET HIRED.

–Finally, please stop viewing film and TV as product. It is not product. You and I are making documented history. We are creating a time capsule. Choose what you put in it wisely.

We can be the change we want to see. Let’s go, let’s have an agenda, and let’s do this.

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99-Seat Review Committee releases statement in advance of Tuesday’s vote by Actors’ Equity Association national council on controversial new proposal that would eliminate availability of current 99-Seat Theater Plan in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2015) — In the wake of a recent advisory vote by Los Angeles members of Actors’ Equity Association that will be taken under consideration when the AEA national council meets on Tuesday, April 21 to determine the fate of Los Angeles’ current 99-Seat Theater Plan, the 99-Seat Theater Review Committee has released a statement.

AEA has put forth a three-pronged proposal that would effectively eliminate availability of the current Plan, which permits its members to perform in theaters with fewer than 100 seats for a stipend, in favor of minimum wage requirements for both rehearsals and performances. 99-Seat proponents argue that the new proposal will destroy L.A.’s intimate theater scene, and have asked the union to sit down at the table with its members to work out a better plan. With a turnout of 44.6%, members voted 2,046 to 1,075 against implementing the new AEA proposal in the advisory referendum, which is not binding.

What follows is a statement from the Review Committee, which was created to monitor and study the impact, implementation, problems and operations of the 99-Seat Plan and is made up of plaintiffs, or their designates, from a 1987 lawsuit against Equity by its members.

“We are encouraged by the results of Friday’s advisory referendum. We look forward to working together with Equity to strategize, study and craft a workable 99-Seat Plan that will take into account not only where we are presently, but also where we would like to be five and ten years from now. If these past months have shown us anything, it is that Los Angeles is a vital and fervent community of artists who are united in their resolve that 99-seat theater continue to thrive.

We have sent an email to executive director, Mary McColl, assistant executive director/Western regional director Gale E. Gabler and president Nick Wyman requesting that the national council, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, postpone any decision regarding 99-seat theater until an in-depth study and thorough conversations with actors, community leaders and theater producers can be successfully completed.

Change is needed, and we look forward to working closely with AEA’s senior staff, the Western regional board and New York’s national council to create that blueprint.”

The members of the current Review Committee are Sean Branney, Martha Demson, John Flynn, Gary Grossman, Simon Levy, Tom Ormeny and Joe Stern.

The Actors Have Spoken: We’re Keeping 99 Seat Theatre in Los Angeles

The vote came in just around noon today and there has been a hotbed of social media dialog since.  This is only the beginning of the battle for what is now recognized as the “majority” of actors in Los Angeles who are determined to decide how they shape their artistic life, value and pay.  But for now the actors have spoken directly to their union, Actor’s Equity Association,  “99 Seat Theatre Stays!”

#Pro99 Wins @ActorsEquity Referendum 65.5% NO, 34.4% YES #LAThtr #DIVERSITY99 #LosAngeles #99Seats #99Seat #Noho #DTLA #ILove99 #Changefor99


Millennials Are a Highly Engaged Audience Willing to Spend on Arts Events

Art is definitely not dead and today Eventbrite released new insights that showcase Millennials’ unique perspective on Performing and Visual Arts events.


Eventbrite, the global ticketing and events marketplace, today released new research that examines how millennials define, discover, spend on and engage with performing and visual arts events. Eventbrite, which experienced a 54% year-over-year increase in performing and visual arts events, surveyed more than a thousand Americans who attended an event in this category in the past 12 months. The study, “The Art of Attraction: How to Grow Your Millennial Arts Audience,” uncovers key insights including:

Millennials Attend and Spend
The millennial generation currently commands an estimated $1.3 trillion in direct annual spending and they are allocating a healthy amount of their disposable income to performing and visual arts events; one in five millennials spend $500 or more in the past year on or at performing arts or visual arts events. They also splurge on souvenirs at these events; one in three millennials said they were likely to buy merchandise, such as posters or apparel, while attending an arts event.

Numerous millennials are apt to prioritize spending on arts events over other discretionary spending. When presented with the question, if you won $1,000 and had to spend it all in the next 12 months, more millennials said they would allocate the money to arts events (50%) than coffee (35%) or alcohol (29%).

Defining and Fueling a New Performing and Visual Arts Experience

Millennials are expanding the definition of ‘arts’ and ‘arts’ events: nearly one in three (31%) feel that iPhone photography is considered a visual art, more than half (54%) consider graffiti or street art a visual art, and 43% consider comic books or graphic novels a visual art. While some speculate that millennials are less engaged with the arts, Eventbrite’s survey found millennials are often more engaged than boomers and crave a closer, more interactive look at the performing and visual arts world. Forty-three percent of millennials said they would prefer to attend events that incorporate audience participation, while only 29% of boomers feel the same way.

Some millennials take this engagement even further and set out to acquire new skills following arts events. Millennials are more than five times as likely as their boomer counterparts (21% vs. 4%) to take a class related to the arts after attending an event, such as enrolling in dance lessons after visiting the ballet.

Focus on Digital Discovery and Crowdsourced Recommendation
Millennials are more likely than boomers to hear about arts events through online resources like social media (48% vs. 24%), online ads (28% vs. 19%), and blogs (25% vs. 4%). In contrast, boomers are more likely than millennials to learn about arts events through traditional channels, including TV (66% vs. 42%), print (63% vs. 33%) and radio (49% vs. 33%) ads.

When it comes to taking action from reviews, everyone’s a critic in millennials’ eyes: they are almost equally as likely to attend an arts event because it was recommended on a site such as Yelp (47%) as they would if it was recommended by a critic or reviewer (53%). Boomers are more influenced by critics, with 73% likely to attend arts events if they recommend it and only 27% likely to attend based on a recommendation from a review site.

A Millennial Rendition of Arts Events
In 2014, Eventbrite saw a more than 60% growth in performing and visual arts events where alcohol is served, a trend in line with survey findings that more than half (58%) of millennials prefer arts events with drinks on the menu. Additionally, two in three millennials (66%) prefer arts events with food, and 31% said they would attend more arts events if they could eat or drink during a performing or visual arts event.

Millennials embrace the tradition and formality around arts events; survey results found that they enjoy dressing up and attending fancier gatherings. Thirty-five percent of millennials would rather attend an arts event that is formal instead of casual (vs. 14% of boomers). Nearly half of millennials (49%) even think performing and visual arts events are not dressy enough. Even though formality can be a draw for millennials at arts events, they don’t want to be forced into a tux. Sixty-three percent would prefer events without the rules of a dress code, proving a little freedom can go a long way with this generation.

“Amid recent studies indicating a decline in arts event attendance rates for U.S. adults, it was encouraging to see that our study found 70% of millennials who recently attended an arts event expressed interest in attending more,” said Martina Wang, marketing lead at Eventbrite. “The challenge for performing and visual arts organizations is to effectively reach this highly-connected, influential generation, while staying true to deep-rooted traditions. Our findings offer them valuable insights into the future of this industry.”

For more details and to view the full study, please visit the Event Academy, Eventbrite’s resource for event organizers with webinars, whitepapers, and industry insights for events of any kind. To learn more about Eventbrite ticketing and registration for performing and visual arts events, check out

About Eventbrite
Eventbrite is the global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. Since 2006, the self-service platform has helped event organizers of all kinds to sell more tickets through robust technology and promotional tools, totaling $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales. In addition to providing technology for organizers, Eventbrite has become the destination for consumers looking to discover a variety of live experiences from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. More than 200 million tickets have been processed on the platform, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at



It was an awards show born in a moment of relevance. An  electrified contingent of professional Los Angeles Intimate theater companies and their friends sold out Los Angeles theatre Center to support the first-ever STAGE RAW THEATRE AWARDS.  Picking up where the LA WEEKLY Awards, left off, and hosted by the Celebration Theatre and the hilarious duo of Alec Mapa and Parvesh Cheena, it was a night to celebrate the best of 99-seat theatre and a rallying cry against the Equity proposal and referendum that is currently being voted on.  Impassioned speeches were given by Steven Leigh Morris and Bill Raden to open the show, followed by an introduction of the original plaintiffs in the Equity wars of 30 years ago who all received a standing ovation.  One of those plaintiffs, Gary Grossman, gave a rousing speech as he presented the “Queen of the Angels” award to Rebecca Metz, who brought down the house with her heartfelt message of community and standing up for what is right in the face of adversity.  The emotion in the room was palpable from start to finish and it was a fitting start to a tradition that it sure to last for decades to come!

The award recipients for the 2014 STAGE RAW Awards are as follows:


Fight Choreography

Ahmed Best, Backyard, Echo Theater Company


Video/Projection Design

Hana S. Kim, The Ugly One, Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A.


Queen of the Angels

Rebecca Metz



Aaron Posner, Stupid Fucking Bird, Circle X Theatre Company and Theatre @ Boston Court



Benjamin Brand, Taste, Sacred Fools Theater Company


Sound Design

Christopher Moscatiello, Penelope, Rogue Machine


Career Achievement

Jon Lawrence Rivera


Lighting Design

Pablo Santiago, The Brothers Size, The Fountain Theatre


Costume Design

Jenny Foldenauer, Everything You Touch, Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick 

Playwrights Theater


Set Design

DeAnne Millais, Taste, Sacred Fools Theatre Company


Production Design

Everything You Touch, Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater


Two Person Performance

Donal Thoms-Cappello and Chris L. McKenna, Taste, Sacred Fools Theater Company


Supporting Female Performance

Kelli Anderson, One in the Chamber, 6140 Productions/Theatre Planners


Supporting Male Performance

Joel Polis, My Name Is Asher Lev, The Fountain Theatre


Male Comedy Performance

Hugo Armstrong, The Behavior of Broadus, Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools

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Female Comedy Performance

Ann Noble, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, LGBT’s Davidson/Valenti Theatre


Solo Performance

Ben Moroski, The Wake, Theatre Asylum


Comedy Ensemble

The Ugly One, Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A.



The Wedding Band, The Anteaus Company


Original Music

Matt Almos, Brendan Milburn and Burglars of Hamm, The Behavior of Broadus,

      Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company



Ken Roht, The Behavior of Broadus, Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater



Leading Female Performance

Cara Pifko, O Réjane, Bootleg Theatre


Leading Male Performance

David Selby, A Delicate Balance, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble


Musical Direction

John Ballinger, The Behavior of Broadus, Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company


Comedy Direction Award

Stuart Gordon, Taste, Sacred Fools Theater Company


Direction Award

Jessica Kubzansky, Everything You Touch, Theater @ Boston Court and Rattlestick

 Playwrights Theater


Musical of the Year Award

The Behavior of Broadus, Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company


Revival Production Of The Year Award (of a 20th- or 21st-century work)

Wedding Band, The Antaeus Company


Production Of The Year Award

Everything You Touch, Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater