Another edition of THR's Actor Roundatble 2022 edition.
Andrew Garfield (‘Tick Tick Boom’), Jonathan Majors (‘The Harder They Fall’), Peter Dinklage (‘Cyrano’), Nicolas Cage (‘Pig’), and Simon Rex (‘Red Rocket’) join The Hollywood Reporter for our full Actors Roundtable.
Around the world, in the Entertainment Industry, there is one name that is more famous than any other, and it's very likely a name that most regular people have never heard of. Only if you make your living on a set have you heard, "This is the Abby Singer!". Crew members become more alert, there is a pep to their step, the signal has been given!
The "Abby Singer" is the shot before the last shot of the day, which is called "The Martini", because the next shot would be in your glass at home. Abby Singer, an Assistant Director and Production Manager famously coined the saying, "This and one more", for the shooting day's end, and so that shot became known as "The Abby Singer". I have spoken to people in many countries far and wide and they all use this terminology even if some have no idea why.
Abby Singer was so well loved and respected, that a plaque was put up at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood dedicating a building to his career. It reads:
Abby Singer began his entertainment career on this studio lot in 1946 for Columbia Pictures. For the next eleven years, he advanced to the position of assistant director working in both feature films and television productions. Abby became legendary by creating one of the most famous lines uttered by film makers around the world, "This shot and one more." It quickly became known as "the Abby Singer", signaling to crew and management that the end of the work day was near.
Celebrating more than sixty years as an assistant director, production manager, executive in charge of production, producer, instructor at the American Film Institute, and many years of distinguished service to the Directors Guild of America, we respectfully dedicate this building in his honor.
Today as in days past, scores have said:
"WE'RE ON THE ABBY SINGER"
CEO, Sunset Gower Studios
May 17, 2007
Abby Singer passed away in 2014, but his legacy lives on!
ABBY, WE SALUTE YOU! You became a legend in your own time!
For those who are also big DRAGNET fans, here is a picture from the Police Station set. Left to right: Tom Mankiewicz, Writer/Director; Tom Hanks; David Sosna, First AD, (With his back to camera); ME! Vicki Rhodes, 2nd AD (Obviously NOT having a good time!) and Chevy Chase, who had stopped by to see Dan Aykroyd but was talking to us because David and I had just worked with him on THREE AMIGOS!
This has been circulating around the internet of late. What a "Wonderful" Photo!
This is the Wrap Picnic for "It’s a Wonderful Life".
The camera was on a tripod about 10’ high. The photographer climbed a ladder and turned a handle. It was the first Widelux. Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart are on the left side. Once the lens was past them, they ran around behind to the right side, so they’re on both sides of the photograph. "It's a Wonderful Life" premiered in New York on 20 December 1946, 75 years ago.
Tap the image and see how many you can recognize!
Happy birthday to a legend! Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award honoree Rita Moreno @theritamoreno is one of the few performers to achieve the rare honor of the EGOT. Her library of work ranges from Singin’ in the Rain (1952) to TV's Electric Company and One Day at a Time, to BOTH film versions of West Side Story (1961, 2021). The documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It is streaming now. #BOTD #treasure
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Here's Why Movie Dialogue Has Gotten More Difficult To Understand (And Three Ways To Fix It)
While we were impressed by a post recently made in the Director's Department where this guy depicted the role and responsibilities of the Director pretty well, we also found his video on the Producer well worth the view:
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