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Rumorville: Casting for a New Joker Might Be Finished Very Soon

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. Joaquin Phoenix + The Joker There might be yet another actor taking on the iconic (and allegedly cursed) role of The Joker, and all signs are currently pointing to Joaquin Phoenix as the top of the list. Todd Phillips’ untitled Joker origin movie, which will be produced by Martin Scorsese and will be separate from the main series of DC Universe films, is currently after Phoenix for the eponymous character, and Phillips, who will be directing and writing the film, has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice. Allegedly, Phoenix has accepted the role, but there’s no public confirmation of that agreement. Phillips has worked with a
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Awfj 2017 Eda Awards winners announced

And the winners are…

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water

Best Screenplay, Original: Jordan Peele – Get Out

Best Screenplay, Adapted: James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name

Best Documentary: Faces Places (Visages, Villages)

Best Animated Film: Coco And Loving Vincent (tie)

Best Actress: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Best Actor: Gary OldmanDarkest Hour

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Willem DafoeThe Florida Project

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: Billy Hopkins, Ashley IngramMudbound

Best Cinematography: Roger DeakinsBlade Runner 2049

Best Editing: Lee Smith – Dunkirk

Best Non-English-Language Film: The Square

Eda Female Focus Awards

These awards honor women only.

Best Woman Director: Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

Best Woman Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig – Lady
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Nominees Include ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘Girls Trip,’ and More

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Nominees Include ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘Girls Trip,’ and More
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for their eleventh annual Awfj Eda Awards. This year, Awfj presents Eda Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard “Best Of” section, the Female Focus awards, and the irreverent Eda Special Mention awards — including Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the Awfj Hall of Shame Award. Standout nominees this year include “Lady Bird,” “I, Tonya,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Mudbound,” and “Call Me by Your Name.”

This year’s nomination is a vibrant mix of lauded films and performances, and some of the Awfj’s more off-beat notations, like that Hall of Shame Award (this year, bestowed on “Darren Aronofsky and all associated with ‘mother!,'” “Louis Ck and all associated with ‘I Love You, Daddy,'” and “Showbiz Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al.” Other signature Eda Awards include Most
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‘The Post’: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Favorite Cast’ Has Received At Least 58 Emmy Nominations

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‘The Post’: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Favorite Cast’ Has Received At Least 58 Emmy Nominations
Sometimes, even Steven Spielberg has trouble assembling his dream cast. But that wasn’t the case with his latest film, the historical drama “The Post.” At a Q&A on Monday night hosted by the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, Spielberg told the audience that he’d been able to get every single one of his first choices. No small feat, considering that the turnaround time on the movie clocked in at just nine months, dating from Spielberg’s first acceptance of the script to its first November screenings.

“So often when I make a movie, I have my first choices, and I don’t always get my first choices sometimes due to availability or sometimes actors don’t like the script enough to say yes to me or to anybody,” he said. “But everybody I wanted in the movie, they were available and they all said yes.
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Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights

Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights
When producer Amy Pascal first acquired Liz Hannah’s spec script “The Post” she thought, “Hillary Clinton is going to win [the presidency], so this will be perfect,” the former Sony Pictures head said at the film’s first west coast screening on Sunday night. “It was the story of a woman finding her voice, and an entire country finding its voice.”

Last year’s election, of course, went in another direction, but it was still an important theme to explore, perhaps more important than ever.

Alongside members of the film’s cast and crew, Pascal was speaking to an audience of Academy, guild, and press members who filled Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck Theater for a look at director Steven Spielberg’s latest effort, one of the awards season’s most anticipated releases. It also screened in New York on Sunday, with Spielberg and key players Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep among those in attendance.

The film, which
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Greenlit: Projects Featuring Big Stars Like Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn + Connie Britton Are Casting

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “The Irishman”The cast list is already packed on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” with Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and more, but they’re not quite done rounding it out. Anna Paquin has just joined the film as De Niro’s daughter. Production is currently underway in New York City and the surrounding area, and will continue into early 2018. Ellen Lewis Casting is handling principal casting, and you have a shot at booking a background role right here on Backstage! “Good Omens”Production photos from BBC and Amazon’s “Good Omens” have been showing up since the shoot began recently in the U.K. Filming might be underway for the novel adaptation,
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From ‘Girls’ to ‘Glow’: Casting Director Jennifer Euston on the Importance of ‘Authenticity’

From ‘Girls’ to ‘Glow’: Casting Director Jennifer Euston on the Importance of ‘Authenticity’
Casting director Jennifer Euston is responsible for finding the faces for some of the most unique ensemble casts on television. From “Girls” to “Orange is the New Black” to “Glow,” the multi-Emmy award winner has one specific goal: to populate the TV landscape with reflections of what she sees on the streets and stages of New York.

“All I want to do is tell it as it is. That’s the bottom line. I just want to be as authentic as possible in everything I do,” Euston says.

Here, Euston tells Variety how she translated her childhood hobby of studying film and television into a successful career, the importance of apprenticeship in her line of work, and how she almost turned down the job that got her her first solo Emmy.

How did you get into casting?

I was working on Howard Stern’s movie “Private Parts” as an office intern, and
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Exclusive: The Ever-Persistent Alison Brie on Comedy, 'Glow' and the Mild Humiliations of Auditioning

Exclusive: The Ever-Persistent Alison Brie on Comedy, 'Glow' and the Mild Humiliations of Auditioning
Despite having played type-a former Adderall addict Annie Edison for six seasons (and perhaps, someday, a movie) on Community, for which she earned a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; despite going joke-for-joke with comedy heavyweights like Will Ferrell (Get Hard), Rebel Wilson (How to Be Single) and Jason Segel and Chris Pratt (The Five-Year Engagement); despite the cosign she's received from comedy maestros ranging from Adam McKay to Judd Apatow; and despite having once worked as a birthday clown named Sunny, Alison Brie has a hard time thinking of herself as a comedian.

"I've never done standup and I've never done improv," Brie says almost timidly, referring to the way in which many people in comedy now work their way through Upright Citizens Brigade or Second City. "I went to theater school" -- she graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2005 -- "and we did a lot of, like
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How Carrie Coon Quietly Became TV's Most Valuable Player of 2017

How Carrie Coon Quietly Became TV's Most Valuable Player of 2017
If you've been watching television for the last few months, you have probably seen Carrie Coon cry. This is not unusual, considering that, throughout her tenure on the three seasons of The Leftovers, HBO's bleak, brilliant drama has required the actress to turn on the waterworks numerous times. Also, she's an excellent crier, the kind who can run the scales from single-silent-tear-running-down-a-cheek to full-out crumbling, crinkle-faced ugly sobbing. A wise showrunner knows that when you've got someone on your team who can bring it like that on a series about trauma and tragedy,
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Carrie Coon on What She’s Learned From ‘The Leftovers’ and Moving on to ‘Fargo’

Carrie Coon on What She’s Learned From ‘The Leftovers’ and Moving on to ‘Fargo’
Unreadable. That word comes up frequently when producers talk about why they cast Carrie Coon: Onscreen, it’s hard to know what her characters are thinking.

That enigmatic quality has landed her two prominent roles this month — returning for the final season of HBO’s “The Leftovers” (premiering April 16) and starring in the third iteration of FX’s “Fargo” (April 19) as police chief Gloria Burgle, the latest in the series’ famed canon of female sheriffs.

But in person, Coon, 36, is anything but inscrutable. Warm, funny, and charmingly down-to-earth, she’s as stunned by her TV moment as anyone.

“I love Nora Durst so much, and she’s such a hard person to live up to,” she says of her character in “The Leftovers,” over midafternoon tea at the Culver Hotel in Los Angeles, on a rare, welcome escape from the “epically cold” set of “Fargo” in Calgary. “So the fact that I got to move on
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Silence Arrives on Digital and Blu-Ray This March

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Martin Scorcese's powerful religious film, following the Catholic church's mission to instill Christianity in Fuedal Japan, Silence is coming out this March! Come inside to find out how you can get your hands on it early.

One of the biggest snubs of this year's Academy Awards, Silence, is making its way to digital and blu-ray, merely 3 months after being on the big screen. The Martin Scorsese religious feature, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson will arrive on Blu-Ray on March 28th, but for audiences who can't wait that long the Digital HD version will be available March 14th.

Understandably, there aren't many added features for the Blu-Ray/Digital copy of Silence. If you haven't seen the movie, there really isn't much of a need for an alternate ending, deleted scenes, bloopers, or anything of the sort. Instead, the only new content will stem from a
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‘Paterson’ Oral History: 5 Longtime Jim Jarmusch Collaborators Reveal What It’s Like to Work with Him

‘Paterson’ Oral History: 5 Longtime Jim Jarmusch Collaborators Reveal What It’s Like to Work with Him
A Jim Jarmusch movie is unmistakable. He’s a storyteller who favors richness of detail over plot, whether it’s reunited vampires (“Only Lovers Left Alive”), escaped prisoners (“Down By Law”), or a cousin visiting from Budapest (“Stranger Than Paradise”). Small in scale, generous in production value, and tempered with idiosyncratic rhythms and dry humor, his films represent one the most original and uncompromised bodies of work in American cinema.

However, while Jarmusch might seem to be an auteur-theory poster child, the filmmaker told IndieWire’s David Ehrlich in 2014 (then writing for The Guardian) that he doesn’t believe, for him, the concept of director-as-author applies:

“I put ‘A film by’ as a protection of my rights, but I don’t really believe it. It’s important for me to have a final cut, and I do for every film. So I’m in the editing room every day, I
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The Best Things Said to IndieWire in 2016

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The Best Things Said to IndieWire in 2016
Over the course of a year, we talk to a lot of Hollywood’s brightest talents, about the projects which have inspired them most and the industry which at times supports, and at times hinders, their efforts to make their best work. As individuals, we’re often blown away by their insights; in gathering them together, we end up with a portrait of a community of artists and creators who love their art, for better and for worse.

Read More: The Best of 2016: IndieWire’s Year in Review Bible

Here are some of the best things our favorite actors, directors, writers, producers and more have shared with us over the last 12 months.

Diversity in the Industry (and The World)

“Do I want to make a huge studio picture that’s incredibly successful? Fuck yes, of course.” – Lake Bell

“‘Dolores, run!’ The first take we did, I ran — I’m not supposed to run.
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When Marty Met Shin’ya: How A Revered Japanese Filmmaker Joined The Cattle Call For A Role in ‘Silence’

When Marty Met Shin’ya: How A Revered Japanese Filmmaker Joined The Cattle Call For A Role in ‘Silence’
"I didn't know who he was, but he had a beautiful face, perfect for the role," said Ellen Lewis, who spoke by telephone on Wednesday of what might have been her best call as casting director for Martin Scorsese's Silence. Lewis, who has worked repeatedly with Scorsese since casting his portion of the New York Stories anthology in 1989, was referring to the Japanese cult filmmaker Shin'ya Tsukamoto. Seven years ago, when Lewis was rounding up actors for the long-planned Sil…
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Here Are the Best-Cast Films of 2016, According to Top Casting Directors

Here Are the Best-Cast Films of 2016, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors have a strange distinction in the awards world: Their guild has an Academy branch, but it’s the only one without its own Oscar category. Imagine for a moment that they did. What are the best-cast films of 2016?

IndieWire asked 13 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. There were a few restrictions worth noting. Although casting directors often get early sneak peeks at films, many noted there are some films they still hadn’t seen. In particular, many are anxious to find out what legendary casting director Ellen Lewis has cooked up for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The other restriction, which was imposed as responses came in: They couldn’t all write about “Moonlight.” (We’ll dig further into the casting of that film in another article.)

Read More: Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters
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Oscars 2017: Who Are the Year’s Top Casting Agents Based on the Best Picture Race?

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Next time you’re awestruck by a movie’s all-star cast, there’s one person you should be thanking: the casting director. A casting director — or, sometimes, a few of them — are responsible for assigning talent to the various roles in a film, television show, or stage production.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just made history by recognizing someone in this all-important role for the first time in its history when Lynn Stalmaster was given an honorary Oscar at this year’s Governors Awards ceremony — alongside other greats like film editor Anne V. Coates, documentarian Frederick Wiseman, and martial arts legend Jackie Chan. The 88-year-old, whose career nearly stretches back to 1950, is known for works like Fiddler on the Roof, Tootsie, and In the Heat of the Night — just to name a few.

With a casting director getting such an honor, let
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​Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters

​Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters
On Saturday night, Lynn Stalmaster will become the first casting director ever to receive an Academy Award as he’s presented an Honorary Oscar alongside documentarian Frederick Wiseman, editor Anne V. Coates, and Jackie Chan.

Stalmaster has cast countless classics (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) and helped launch the careers of actors like John Travolta and Jeff Bridges. Yet, for the Academy, and its relatively new casting director branch, honoring the casting veteran has a deeper meaning and potentially larger implications.

Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles of a movie that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but with Stalmaster receiving his award on Saturday many feel it is simply a matter of when, not if.

The job of casting director is one that Stalmaster invented with Marion Dougherty (she passed away in 2011) after the studio system crumbled in the 1950s. However, it’s only
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Who Should Receive Honorary Oscars Next?

We're about one month away from the announcement of this year's Honorary Oscar recipients. They're usuallly announced at the end of August for a November Governor's Awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will be on November 12th. Last year rumors circled that it was Doris Day's turn but that didn't turn out to be accurate. For the past two years, The Film Experience has tried to make up for the dearth of movie site reporting about the Oscar Honorary careers (beyond the sharing of press releases / YouTube videos of their speeches) with mini-retrospectives so we're always hoping they'll choose well to give us wonderful careers to discuss right here. 

Let's reprint a list of worthies we shared a year or so ago, with a few adjustments, in case any of the elites in the Academy are undecided about who to put forth or get behind for these coveted honors.


James Ivory
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5 Reasons We Still Love ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ 10 Years Later

What a decade! Not sure what you’ve been up to, but we’ve watched “The Devil Wears Prada” about 46 times in the past 10 years. Sure, sure, other movies have made their mark. “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” and “Spotlight” are all beautifully made, important films, but man, “The Devil Wears Prada” is in a league all its own. It premiered exactly 10 years ago this week (June 30), so let’s celebrate Miranda Priestly, Runway, and the film that made you forever question wearing florals in the spring. (Groundbreaking.) Here are five reasons we still love “The Devil Wears Prada.” Its incredible ensemble.Put together by Emmy and Artios Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis (“Forrest Gump,” “The Departed,”), the cast of “The Devil Wears Prada” is unquestionably stacked. Led by, of course, Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway (though this was pre-“Les Mis”), the ensemble boasts heavy hitters like Emily Blunt,
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Does "Star Wars" Have the Best Cast? It's Among the Nominees of Casting Society of America's Artios Awards! See Full Nomination List!

The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees of its 31st annual Artios Awards. J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is among the nominees in its Big Budget Drama category. And why not? The film cast the fantastic unknowns Daisy Ridley and John Boyega along with franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. All to stellar effect mind you!

According to its site, "Artios" from the ancient Greek, meaning "perfectly fitted." So how fitting! Here's more info on the Artios Awards:

In October of 1985 the Casting Society of America presented the first-ever Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting at an awards luncheon. Held in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the event was attended by more than 500 industry leaders and seven Csa members were honored for their work in four different casting categories. In 1988, the first Artios Award for theatre casting was presented
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