Saturday, March 10, 2012

Big profits regarding The Goodman deal- Val Kilmer to Kimberly Katz "I can afford much..."

-----Original Message----- From: [] Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 5:03 PM
RE: Mark Twain Estimates- design team member contact Hey John, the only figure i need now is from the design team, can you please shoot me the name and number of who in that department we can ask Val's questions to about the possible cost of set and light design- thanks!
The Goodman Theater wrote to Kimberly Katz:
Kimberly –
Attached, please find a direct cost estimate.  Please note that this is a preliminary figure that could vary drastically depending upon the design of Mr. Kilmer’s physical production (sets, lights, props, costumes, sounds, projections, etc).  As you requested, the estimate reflects a four-week run with eight performances per week. 
I can offer you a weekly rental fee of $XX,000.  This includes all ticketing, front of house, security, facility/custodial expenses.  To be clear, the weekly rental fee is in addition to your direct production costs. 
I’m still waiting for a final decision from the other producer considering the space.  I will let you know as soon as I hear. 
Please feel free to call with any questions you may have.  Thanks again for your patience as we put this together.
All Best,
On Feb 10, 2011, at 11:44 AM, Val Kilmer <> wrote:

IS THE 40 grand the cost to "get into" the theater. this doesn't seem to be too high.
My production costs will be very low.

Lots to digest. I certainly appreciate what you have wheeled and sealed so far and
never assumed since it's not what you do, that you WOULD negociate for me. I didn't
really catch if u mentioned it before that you have saved me the fees you mentioned.
I'm certainly interested in paying you something to follow thru with getting my one man 
show going- it needs no saying that this is 100% your enthusiasm re all these thwarted 

Chicago was on my short list to start and I may actually need to start work shopping 
it a couple o places befor in smaller venues but heck... What have u got in mind? 
Part time I assume. Can't have legal issues and I can afford much...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Val Kilmer to Kimberly Katz ;Happy happy happy happy happy happy birthday my Angel...

I'd like to skip ahead a few weeks. I was still reeling from the events that had occurred in the 48 hours before I was to close the Goodman deal.

Ken and I were celebrating my 46th birthday by eating at Jack's on Halsted, one of my favorite restaurants and then seeing a play opening night at Steppenwolf Theater. 

Val had said he would call about what happened with the Goodman but hadn't for a few weeks and I was sure he didn't know it was my birthday so sent him a text message.

On Mar 5, 2011, at 2:20 PM, sent by iphone

 Hey look, we tried it and maybe? we can't "work" together as "boss" and "employee", not the end of the world, but it's my birthday today!!! and if
 you still want to XOXOX me, it'd make me very happy if you sent me a Happy birthday XOXOX.

Date: Sat, 05 Mar 2011 18:07:24 -0700
From: Val Kilmer <val>
To: "" <>

Happy happy happy happy happy happy birthday my angel lady!
 val xoxoxoxo

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Val Kilmer to Kim Katz:" Book the Goodman for June, How shall we start?"

 Val Kilmer <> wrote:
I would like to book the goodman theater for June. How shall we start?
On Feb 4, 2011, at 7:25 PM, wrote:
I got this email today from John saying he'll give us the figures on monday.
I would have forwarded it sooner but had to run to the emergency room 
today, nothing major,just a bad knee injury.
Kimberly, I appreciate your continued patience.  I'm working with various 
departments to examine direct costs and present you with a proposal that 
is as competitive as possible.  It's just taking longer than anticipated. 
 I'll have info to you ASAP.

I was just wondering, val, you
mentioned last week that you couldn't call until the end of this week but that you'd have news for me.
I'd really like to know more what that was.-if you can,  thanks a lot
On Fri, 04 Feb 2011 19:28:14 -0800, Val Kilmer <valkilmer> wrote:
honestly, cant remember. I hope your knee is ok. perhaps i was just going to share I have a good lead on getting the film financed...
On Feb 5, 2011, at 1:13 PM, wrote:

that's awesome!!!,can you give me a hint? is the lead a person or a company/studio?
valkilmer<> wrote
A person

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We agree on this; "Nudity and The Craft of Theater and Film Acting"

I want to back it up a little and share this interesting bit of "call and answer" 
that took place after Val and I began communicating about his phone interview 
for Mark Twain/Mary Baker Eddy film but before we actually spoke for the first time.  Val requested I send copies of Buzz Magazine to him at Francis ford Coppola's estate while he was shooting the film "Twixt".  Shortly after that I published my thesis on "Nudity and The Craft Of Theatre and Film Acting". 

I received my BFA  at one of the finest conservatories in the country, 
The DePaul/ Goodman School of Drama, now called, The Theater School at DePaul. While there I developed this essay against actors being called on to perform nude on stage and at that time back in 1987, with teen sexploitation movies like "Porky's" 
dominating the box office, the idea was controversial and not many actors agreed with me.

When I saw Val's post a few weeks after publishing it, I felt really validated
and excited that he  was indeed reading my work and actually concurred with me on what I feel is a very important distinction, an essential philosophy to follow for all gifted, thinking actors. Below is the link if you would like to read the entire article.

"It is my belief that nudity and simulated sex are not a part of the craft of theatre and film acting and should not be engaged in at any point in their career by actors and actresses who are sensitive enough and talented enough to be considered artists and craftspeople.

In the same way that drinking three shots of whiskey and then “acting” in a drunk scene is not acting, so is actually being nude or engaging in real “simulated” sex not acting.

In the same way that eye gouging is not allowed or a part of the skill and sport of playing professional basketball or football, so should nudity not be allowed in artistic acting projects that consider themselves to reflect the superior quality of the craft of theatre and film acting."  Kimberly Katz, December 9th, 2010

"Just in case it comes up.... I am at present online trying to find my website, and I see on the first page of GOOGLE their is a sight that says, "Val Kilmer, Nude Pictures". I have never taken any nude pictures, nor have I even taken off enough clothes in a film for them to REMOTELY SUGGEST that I was nude in a scene. I have always had an awareness that nudity was inappropriate, even "innocent" nudity, and have never done that." Val Kilmer  December 20th, 2010

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Val Kilmer to Kimberly Katz re: Mark Twain in Chicago; Time for us to talk...

On Jan 23, 2011, at 12:34 PM, wrote:
Just wanted to let you know TN says Hi today! and also let you know when we
spoke to the director at The Royal George Theatre he said he is both a HUGE
Mark Twain Fan and also a HUGE Val Kilmer fan, he just booked Whoopi
Goldbergs'musical for a year, but would kill to have put in your show
in on a break.
Have a great day, Kim

valkilmer@<> wrote


I am so happy to get these emails from you

except the pooey potty mouth ones

Thats the first time I have ever THOUGHT 
look what you make me doo doo

It is time for us to talk, no? (XXX-XXX-XXXX)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Val Kilmer to Kim Katz;re, Mark Twain: all the best theaters: Victory Gardens, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Royal George

Quick question and update. We put out requests to the 4 best theatres ,
The Goodman,Victory Gardens, Royal George and Steppenwolf. While speaking
with Victory Gardens she asked the name of the production company, what do
you want to call it?
Also, I`d like to go ahead and talk to David, my connec at Steppenwolf and just see  what dates they have open after April and what kind of package they'll  offer. Is this okay with you? Hope you are having a great day, Thanks! Kim
Val Kilmer <val.k@ wrote:
Yes you go getter you! I will send u a pic of my latest creation if
you promise
  not to forward it to tmz or anyone like em...
On Jan 18, 2011, at 8:20 PM, Kimberly Katz <kimkatz@> wrote:
Aww shucks , I LIKE it when you call me go getter, you,re sweet! Send it,
 I promise I will never forward anything you send me to TMZ unless it is a  picture of brett favres' dick