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‘Transparent,’ ‘Empire’ Lead Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards Nominations

Transparent” and “Empire” lead the first-round nominees for the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards.

The Amazon comedy and Fox drama each scored two nominations. The noms announced Friday morning covered TV, theater, Web series and short film.

Transparent’s” casting director Edye Belasco received noms in both the TV pilot comedy and TV comedy series categories. “Empire’s” trio of Leah Daniels Butler, Claire Simon and Shelby Cherniet were nominated for TV pilot drama, while Butler and Simon were also recognized in the TV drama series field.

The TV comedy series category also includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Episodes,” while the TV drama series contenders are “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife” and “Bloodline.”

In the TV movie or miniseries category, the nominees are “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Olive Kitteridge,” “Wayward Pines,” “Wolf Hall” and “The Slap.
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Casting Society Salutes ‘Mud,’ ‘Argo,’ Michael J. Fox at Artios Awards

Casting Society Salutes ‘Mud,’ ‘Argo,’ Michael J. Fox at Artios Awards
Argo,” “Mud,” ”House of Cards” and “Kinky Boots” were among the winners as the Casting Society of America saluted work in film, TV and theater at its 29th annual Artios Awards.

The kudos were handed out on Nov. 18, with ceremonies held simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and at Xl Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in New York.

The awards are given to Csa members using the criteria of “originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project,” according to the org. The ceremony was hosted in Los Angeles by Nicole Sullivan and in New York by Harvey Fierstein.

2013 Artios Winners

Big Budget Feature – Comedy: “Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting), Jason Loftus (Location Casting)

Big Budget Feature – Drama: “Argo,” Lora Kennedy

Feature – Studio or Independent – Comedy: “Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)

Feature – Studio or Independent – Drama: “Mud,
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Casting Society Salutes ‘Mud,’ ‘Argo,’ Michael J. Fox at Artios Awards

Casting Society Salutes ‘Mud,’ ‘Argo,’ Michael J. Fox at Artios Awards
Argo,” “Mud,” ”House of Cards” and “Kinky Boots” were among the winners as the Casting Society of America saluted work in film, TV and theater at its 29th annual Artios Awards.

The kudos were handed out on Nov. 18, with ceremonies held simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and at Xl Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in New York.

The awards are given to Csa members using the criteria of “originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project,” according to the org. The ceremony was hosted in Los Angeles by Nicole Sullivan and in New York by Harvey Fierstein.

2013 Artios Winners

Big Budget Feature – Comedy: “Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting), Jason Loftus (Location Casting)

Big Budget Feature – Drama: “Argo,” Lora Kennedy

Feature – Studio or Independent – Comedy: “Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)

Feature – Studio or Independent – Drama: “Mud,
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‘Argo,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Mud’ Win Casting Awards

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‘Argo,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Mud’ Win Casting Awards
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” and David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” may be last year’s movies, but they’re not finished winning awards yet. The two films, both Oscar winners in February, were honored for their casting at the Casting Society of America’s 29th Artios Awards, which were handed out in ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on Monday night. Casting director Lora Kennedy, a new Academy governor, won in the Big Budget Feature – Drama category for “Argo,” the reigning Oscar Best Picture winner. Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery and Jason Loftus won for “Silver Linings Playbook” in the Big.
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Emmys: Casting Directors Toasted and Roasted at Cocktail Reception

Emmys: Casting Directors Toasted and Roasted at Cocktail Reception
Casting directors and their peers gathered Sept. 9 to toast the Emmy nominees, while also poking plenty of fun and sharing some inside stories.

Nominees Carmen Cuba (“Behind the Candelabra”), Eric Dawson and Robert Ulrich (“American Horror Story: Asylum”), Jeff Greenberg (“Modern Family”), Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert (“House of Cards”), David Rubin and Diane Heery (“Political Animals”) and Mark Saks (“The Good Wife”) were honored at the Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood at a cocktail reception hosted by the Casting Directors Peer Group Executive Committee.

Tom Papa, who played Liberace’s manager Ray Arnett in “Behind the Candelabra,” spoke to praise the casting efforts of Cuba.

“Particularly inspired was the great Debbie Reynolds as Liberace’s mother,” he said. “Yeah, that was a great call. Nothing like getting an 80-year-old woman in a fur coat for two days of filming in Palm Springs.”

Debbie Reynolds herself insisted on wearing the fur coat,
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Nominees for the Csa’s 29th Annual Artios Awards Unveiled

Casting directors on series including HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” features such as “The Sessions,” and the Broadway production of “Matilda The Musical” are some of the nominees for the Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards. The awards, named for the Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted,” are given to Csa members using the criteria of originality, creativity, and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. A bi-coastal awards ceremony is set for Nov. 18 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and at Xl Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in New York City. The full list of 2013 Artios Award Nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Casting is below. Big Budget Feature – Comedy “Oz the Great and Powerful,” John Papsidera “Pain & Gain,” Denise Chamian, Lori Wyman (Location Casting), Ania Kamieniecki-O’Hare (Associate) “Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting) “Ted,” Sheila Jaffe, Angela Peri (Location Casting) “The Watch,
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Casting Society Unveils Artios Nominees

The Casting Society of America‘s 29th annual Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting will be awarded November 18 at simultaneous ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton and at the Xl Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in New York. The 22 categories repping film, TV and theater recognize Csa members who use the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. Here are the 2013 nominees announced today: 2013 Artios Award Nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Casting Big Budget Feature – Comedy “Oz the Great and Powerful,” John Papsidera “Pain & Gain,” Denise Chamian, Lori Wyman (Location Casting), Ania Kamieniecki-O’Hare (Associate) “Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting) “Ted,” Sheila Jaffe, Angela Peri (Location Casting) “The Watch,” Alyssa Weisberg, Shay Bentley Griffin (Location Casting), Yesi Ramirez (Associate), Karina Walters (Associate) Big Budget Feature – Drama “Argo,” Lora KennedyLes Misérables,” Nina GoldLife of Pi,” Avy Kaufman “Lincoln,
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Film Review: ‘6 Souls’

Film Review: ‘6 Souls’
One of the movies’ least convincing three-faces-of-Eve routines occupies centerstage in “6 Souls,” a schlock supernatural shocker that has finally escaped into a handful of U.S. theaters five years after it was shot and more than three after it first opened internationally. Cannily retitled (from the original “Shelter”) to ensure better placement in alphabetized VOD menus, this Doa pickup for Weinstein Co. sub-label Radius may scare up a few smallscreen curiosity seekers, owing to the presence of top-billed Julianne Moore, before taking its rightful place in the genre graveyard.

For a film that involves the stealing — and swallowing — of human souls, one wonders how much Moore was paid for hers when she agreed to star as a Pittsburgh forensic shrink whose latest patient (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) appears to suffer from multiple personality disorder. A skeptic who doesn’t believe in Mpd, and an atheist to boot (generally bad news in
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Stallone Holds Open Audition for 'Rocky VI'

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Stallone Holds Open Audition for 'Rocky VI'
Producers working on Rocky Balboa, the fifth Rocky sequel, held an open audition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday which attracted hundreds of hopefuls. Sylvester Stallone, who was Oscar-nominated in 1976 for his leading role and screenplay for the original Rocky movie, has already started filming in Las Vegas, Nevada. And when filming switches to Rocky's hometown Philadelphia next year, producers have set aside a role for a local aspiring actor because they want the film to be as authentic as possible. Casting director Diane Heery says, "They want the character and personality of Philadelphia. We're looking for the face to the story of Philadelphia. We're looking for real people."

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