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Richard Linklater Will Receive Casting Society Career Achievement Award

21 November 2014 10:41 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Linklater has directed 17 feature films including "Boyhood," a 12-year-long passion project guaranteed to be on many, many critics' top ten lists—and a sure bet for an Oscar Best Picture nomination.  For over a decade, Linklater has collaborated losely with casting director Beth Sepko, who worked on "Boyhood" starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Read More: Linklater on Unique Time Travel Fiction 'Boyhood,' with Coltrane, Hawke and Arquette (Exclusive Video) The Career Achievement Award was last handed to Nina Tassler, now chairman of CBS Entertainment. Linklater will be honored alongside the previously announced New York Apple Award recipient, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall (this year's "Into the Woods") and Hoyt Bowers Award recipient, Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis. All honorees will take the stage at the Artios Awards, which for the first time ever, will be held in »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Richard Linklater for career achievement by Casting Society of America

21 November 2014 10:01 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates »

- Matt Patches

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Richard Linklater Tapped for Casting Society of America Honor

21 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Casting Society of America will present “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater with its Career Achievement Award.

The honor will be presented Jan. 22 at the 30th Annual Artios Awards in New York and Los Angeles. The Csa noted that Linklater has directed 17 feature films.

“Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless,” said Csa president Richard Hicks. “With ‘Boyhood,’ he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates the power of making the artistically authentic choice and highlights how much can be achieved with quality casting.”

Linklater’s credits include “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.”

The Career Achievement Award was awarded last year to CBS Entertainment’s Nina Tassler.

Linklater will be honored alongside the previously announced New York Apple Award »

- Dave McNary

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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

22 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

22 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards

22 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While the Oscars have yet to make room for casting directors — a pivotal part of the Best Picture equation — the oversight isn't stopping the Casting Society of America from readying its third decade of picking up the Academy's slack. Csa announced Monday morning that the 30th Annual Artios Awards will honor Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall and Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis for their individual work in the world of casting. The news arrives with nominations in categories of television, theater, new media and short film, and on the heels of the ceremony's move from November to Jan. 22, the thick of the awards season. Feature film nominations will be announced closer to the show date. Marshall, whose adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" bows Dec. 25, will receive the New York Apple Award, "recognizing individuals who have made special contributions to the New York entertainment »

- Matt Patches

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Casting Society of America Honoring Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

22 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Casting Society of America will honor director Rob Marshall with its New York Apple Award and casting director Ellen Lewis with its Hoyt Bowers Award at the 30th annual Artios Awards, which will be held Jan. 22. Traditionally, the Artios Awards have been held in November, but this year, the organization is moving its ceremony into the heart of the film awards season with a bicoastal awards show that will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and in New York City at 42West, formerly Xl Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge. Csa has also unveiled its nominees in the categories

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- Gregg Kilday

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3 Chances to Hone Your Craft with Backstage University

21 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The casting director for HBO’s “The Leftover’s” and two very busy agents will be coming to Backstage University next week! We are excited to bring in two first-time guests along with a returning favorite. Backstage University is starting off the week with an on-camera class with CD Mia Cusumano of Ellen Lewis Casting. Cusumano cast the hit HBO show “The Leftovers” and is working on the untitled Steve McQueen project for HBO and the feature film “Escape of the Living Dead.” She will be assigning you sides and working with you on your audition technique. On Wednesday we have the brand new commercial agent at Ingber & Associates, Sam Catapano. He just joined this agency after working at House Casting. Catapano will be conducting a group discussion and Q&A on the industry and then will meet with actors one-on-one to see commercial copy and to speak with them about their careers. »

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Margot Robbie Downplays Her Beauty in Vanity Fair: "My Girlfriends Are Better Looking Than Me!"

9 July 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Margot Robbie is undeniably beautiful—but she's so much more than that. "In my big group of girlfriends at home, I am definitely not the best-looking," the 24-year-old Australian actress says in the August 2014 issue of Vanity Fair. "I did not grow up feeling like I was particularly attractive. You should have seen me at 14, with braces and glasses, gangly and doing ballet! If I looked good in Wolf of Wall Street I cannot take full credit; it was because of hair extensions and makeup." Martin Scorsese's casting director, Ellen Lewis, brought Robbie to the director's attention for The Wolf of Wall Street. She sums up the actress' appeal such: "As beautiful as she is, »

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Amanda Warren Talks The Leftovers, Deciding Not to Read the Book, Working with Peter Berg, and More

3 July 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From showrunner Damon Lindelof and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta, the HBO drama series The Leftovers tells the story of what happens after 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation.  As the world struggles to come to terms with what happened, viewers will get to watch how the residents of Mapleton, New York deal with living and being left behind.  With a pilot directed by Peter Berg, the show stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Michael Gaston, Max and Charlie Carver, and Annie Q. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Amanda Warren (who plays whip-smart Mayor Lucy Warburton) talked about how she came to be a part of the show, what she was told about her character ahead of time, why she loves living in the moment and learning what’s next with each script, »

- Christina Radish

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Screen unveils 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow

5 June 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.Click here for the digital edition [Subscribers]Gallery: UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

The 2014 Class of Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow are: (click on each name for individual profile)

The Actors

Jamie Blackley

The South London native will star opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in If I Stay for Warner Bros/MGM.

Olivia Cooke

The 20-year-old Manchester native is already a familiar face in the Us, where she stars in TV series Bates Motel.

Sophie Cookson

The Oxford School of drama graduate landed the female lead in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.

McKell David

At just 17, this Harrow teenager is a veteran of his own YouTube show and will star in three new features: Don’t Grow Up, Legacy and Montana.

Calvin Demba

The 20-year-old East Ender has just shot an episode of Babylon and will star »

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Wolf Pack: The Making of The Wolf of Wall Street

2 April 2014 5:38 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, production visual effects supervisor and second unit director Rob Legato, and first assistant director Adam Somner as well as visual effects supervisors Joe Farrell and Marko Forker about travelling around the world with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio without leaving New York City.... 

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed) is based on the memoir of high living stockbroker Jordan Belfort who was sent to prison for stock manipulation.  “It's interesting that Scorsese told his casting director, Ellen Lewis, right from the beginning that the film would be filled with humour,” states Thelma Schoonmaker who has edited every Martin Scorsese movie since winning an Oscar for Raging Bull (1980).  “But most members of the crew were surprised by how funny the scenes were as they watched them being shot.   So Scorsese knew what he was doing right from the beginning, »

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Movie News - Oscar for Matthew McConaughey for Wolf of Wall Street Role?

11 January 2014 11:46 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Movie news – should Matthew McConaughey when an Oscar for his brief role in the Wolf of Wall Street? Some believe he was so good in his time on screen that he should when an Academy Award. The producers of 'Wolf of Wall Street' feel McConaughey deserves an Oscar nomination for his short role. The 44-year-old actor - who has enjoyed a career renaissance over the last year in a string of critically acclaimed roles - has a brief but memorable appearance at the beginning of Martin Scorsese's new dark comedy and producers Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland were so blown away by his performance they feel he should get an Academy Awards nod. Aziz enthused to Bang Showbiz: ''If you could have a Best Supporting Actor nomination for a five-minute scene, he would definitely have to be a shoe-in for that.'' McFarland added: ''Martin Scorsese and Ellen Lewis, »

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Interview: Margot Robbie Talks ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, Leo DiCaprio’s Final Bedroom Scene, Meeting The Real Naomi & More

8 January 2014 9:40 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Two years ago, up-and-coming actress Margot Robbie was stuck in what she calls a “blessing in disguise”. Her first American TV show, ABC’s “Pan Am”, was cancelled after its first season, but on the upside her freed network contract allowed her to pursue parts in both Richard Curtis’ “About Time” and Martin Scorsese’s next directorial effort. Prior to the network’s decision, Robbie—a 23-year-old Australian star best known for her role on the soap opera “Neighbours”—sent in an audition tape for “The Wolf of Wall Street” on a whim. To her surprise though, Scorsese’s casting director Ellen Lewis saw potential in her tape, and suddenly Robbie found herself in lead contention for the role of Naomi, the smart, sexpot wife to wheeling-and-dealing stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). A short while later, she snagged the role, and Robbie started preparing for her most high-profile film yet. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Watch: Casting Directors Talk Industry Sexism, Wild Auditions and More in Revealing THR Round Table

7 January 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The casting director profession has received some very deserved attention and awareness over the past year, from the Academy's decision to give casting directors their own branch (if still no Oscar category), to the HBO documentary "Casting By," to Woody Allen's open letter in support of his longtime casting director Juliet Taylor and her instrumental role in the success of his films. Now the Hollywood Reporter has posted their hour-long Casting Directors roundtable discussion, with Taylor ("Blue Jasmine"), Ellen Lewis ("The Wolf of Wall Street," "Her"), Patricia Dicerto ("Blue Jasmine"), Laura Rosenthal ("Kill Your Darlings") and Jennifer Euston ("Orange Is the New Black," "Girls"). Watch below.  »

- Beth Hanna

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