Rick Bentley

Cat rescuer gets National Geographic show

July 20, 2011 

Lynea Lattanzio, owner of the Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, could become reality TV's next big star.

She and the cats that live at her shelter are featured in the National Geographic Wild special "The Lady with 700 Cats." It debuts at 10 p.m. July 30 on the cable channel.

If the special gets enough viewers, it could become a regular cable series.

"The crew was here for three days in late May. It was tough because it was rainy but they were working on a deadline. They also shot one day on Catalina Island because the Cat House has a trade agreement with them to take feral cats," says Rochelle Noblett, who does public relations for Cat House on the Kings.

Noblett says the special has drama, sadness and comedy. It also has Jane Lynch, who took time off from playing the evil Sue Sylvester on "Glee," to narrate the program.

This kind of national exposure could make a world of difference in getting more financial support for the facility. Lattanzio's Cat House on the Kings is California's largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center.

The mission of the facility, founded 19 years ago, is to place rescued cats and kittens into permanent homes and to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering.

National Geographic Wild is available on DirecTV's channel 283 and Dish Network's 190. If you don't have those cable services, clips of the special will be shown on "Good Morning America" Saturday on KFSN (Channel 30.1).

Special guest

Oscar winner Geena Davis is the keynote speaker at this year's Central California Women's Conference scheduled for Sept. 13 in Fresno. She joins 30 other national and local speakers who will address women's issues at the day-long event at the Fresno Convention Center.

Davis, who won her Oscar for "The Accidental Tourist," starred in the ABC series "Commander in Chief."

This year's event is expected to sell out early. Go to www.ccwc-fresno.org to buy a $95 ticket that includes breakfast, seminars, the keynote-speaker luncheon and an afternoon reception. Tickets are limited to the first 3,500.

You can help

MatchingDonors.com needs your help to raise awareness about being a living organ donor. The website's holding an "Everybody Can Save a Life Video Contest."

All you have to do is make a 30-second video – serious or funny – that promotes, celebrates or teaches about being a living organ donor. Winners get cash and other prizes.

Those interested can sign up at zooppa.com/contests/matchingdonors-wants-a-piece-of-you.

Entries are being accepted through Sept. 13 and voting runs until Oct. 1.

A Hill in Visalia

It was surprising to see Clovis High graduate Aaron Hill in Visalia a few weeks ago working on the low-budget movie "Lost on Purpose."

It wasn't a shock that he would be in a movie. It's just that he was most likely paid less for the week of filming than he made for a few scenes in the action film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

What's surprising is that he committed to the movie when he could have used the time to find a new full-time acting job. His series, "Greek," has come to an end, and that puts Hill on the acting market. But he is optimistic another job will come along. It's all a matter of the right timing.

Unless he lands a spot on a TV show in the near future, the next thing you can see Hill in is the film "Creature." He worked with another local actor, Sid Haig, on the horror movie.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at rbentley@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

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