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10 items from 2011

Artios Awards Nominees Announced

16 August 2011 3:12 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Casting Society of America unveiled nominations for its 27th annual Artois Awards, recognizing the best in casting. The honors will be bestowed Sept. 26 in simultaneous ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton in L.A. and at District 36 in New York. The Csa also is giving lifetime achievement awards to Whoopi Goldberg (the New York Apple Award), Dick Wolf (the Career Achievement Award) and Meg Liberman (the Hoyt Bowers Award). Here's the full list of nominees: Big Budget Feature – Drama “The Fighter,” Sheila Jaffe, Angela Peri (Location Casting) “Inception,” John PapsideraThe Social Network,” Laray MayfieldThe Town,” Lora Kennedy, Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting) “True Grit,” Ellen Chenoweth, Rachel Tenner, JoEdna Boldin (Location Casting) Big Budget Feature – Comedy “How Do You Know,” Francine Maisler, Lynn Kressel (Location Casting) “Morning Glory,” Ellen Lewis * “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Francine Maisler * “Red,” Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood, Craig Fincannon (Location Casting), Lisa Mae Fincannon »


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Networks Locking Down CDs for Newly Picked-Up Shows

13 June 2011 9:46 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

With some of the major networks' fall shows scheduled to go into production as soon as July, the process of hiring casting directors has begun in earnest. Due to their generally lower cost and smaller scale, the comedies tend to gear up first, and several CDs have already put pen to paper.Among those sticking with their pilots are Lisa Miller Katz, who will be casting "Don't Trust the Bitch at Apartment 23" for ABC (she's also doing the TBS comedy "Wedding Band," for which she also cast the pilot); Tim Payne and Lisa Ystrom, who are sticking with "Suburgatory" for ABC (good move, at least judging from the trailer); Koczara/Shevchenko, who are doing ABC's "Work It" (all two episodes of it before it gets canceled); Susie Farris, who has signed on to "Whitney" for NBC; Anya Colloff, who will cast CBS's "How to Be a Gentleman" sans former partner Amy. »

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mOcean Makes Big Waves with On-Air Launch Campaigns for Premiere Season of TLC’s new series

6 June 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The always exciting and unpredictable La-based entertainment marketing agency mOcean has created the on-air launch campaigns for TLC’s new series “NY Ink” and the 11th season of TeenNick’s critically acclaimed series “Degrassi.”

Recently coming off its successful month-long promo campaign for TLC’s “Royal Wedding,” which included a live viewing party from Times Square, the mOcean team just completed the promo launch for TLC’s new series “NY Ink,” airing Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt). The eight-part series follows iconic “Miami Ink” artist Ami James as he opens a new shop with a new crew in SoHo called the Wooster Street Social Club. As he did on the streets of South Beach, the unpredictable and sexy James hopes to create a similar perfect storm in the Big Apple.


Beginning its 11th season, TeenNick’s “Degrassi” continues to make groundbreaking, bold television for teens, »

- Josh Abraham

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The Fight Over Billy Graham's Legacy

16 May 2011 8:04 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

With the great evangelist in his twilight, his children are jostling over his image and the family name. In this week's Newsweek, Lisa Miller reports on the younger Grahams' politics, infighting-and efforts to protect their father from the press.

Billy Graham was upstairs, napping. In the kitchen of the mountaintop home where he and his wife, Ruth, raised their five children, the table was set for lunch. Except for a flickering candle on that table and the exuberant pacing of two large dogs named China and Lars, the house was still, as empty as a museum after hours. The walls-witness to so many squabbles and pranks, prayers and hymns, private conversations with would-be presidents, rock stars, and prizefighters-did not speak.

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A floorboard creaked above me. May I see him? I asked. May I say hello?

No, said his son Franklin. »

- Lisa Miller

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Morning Meme: Billy Campbell Forgets His Pants, Ricky Martin Wants "Más" and Dustin Zito Comes Clean

29 April 2011 6:22 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Now that Simon Cowell has picked his favorites to be judges on The X-Factor: USA, we turn our speculation to who will host the show. Right now is seems that Pussycat Doll Nichole Scherzinger will cohost with High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu. In a recurring segment, they’ll compete for a limited budget for hair products backstage.

All Out has a petition condemning the Malaysian government’s use of education camps to change boys they see as effeminate.

You know how you feel about watching Glenn Beck’s show? That’s how he feels about Glee. “This show stands out and stands against almost every value that I have. I’ve watched it in stunned horror combined with a sense of admiring awe. It is a brilliant, brilliant show. Very well done. But it is a horror show."”

The new website for the Washington Blade is live. I like the new look, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Morning Meme: Chris Evans' Tight Shirt Meets Nick Fury, Paul Rudd's "Idiot Brother," and Max Adler Talks Karofksy's Return

25 April 2011 4:56 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The big news seems to be that Simon Cowell has picked his X-Factor: USA judges (even if he hasn’t signed contracts with them yet). He wants Paula Abdul back at his side, along with Cheryl Cole. I know Cheryl is big in the UK, but most Americans know nothing about her.

While James Loney was held captive for 118 days in Iraq, his family hid the fact he was gay to protect his life. Now he has a book out, and is talking about it for the first time.

From the files of heartwarming stories about politicians, in Michigan, State Senator Bruce Caswell wants to pass a law that clothing vouchers for foster kids can only be used in second-hand stores like the Salvation Army. Because nothing helps a kid fit in at school like a Bush/Quayle sweatshirt.

The Human Rights Campaign is planning a Tuesday protest outside the Atlanta offices of King & Spalding, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Hillary Clinton on Middle East Women's Revolution

11 March 2011 6:57 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

In a rousing keynote speech at Newsweek and The Daily Beast's Women in the World summit, Secretary Clinton doubled down on her commitment to women's rights in the Middle East, unveiled a new State Department partnership with all-girls colleges, and called pointedly for a future female president. Plus, see full coverage of Women in the World, and watch the summit's most riveting moments.

When she heads to Egypt and Tunisia next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vows to "stand firmly for the proposition that women [in the region] deserve a voice and a vote," she told an audience Friday night at Newsweek and The Daily Beast's Women in the World summit at New York's Hudson Theater. "More than that, they deserve to be able to run for office, to serve as leaders and legislators, even president." At "president" the secretary received a standing ovation. With her smile, Clinton acknowledged the subtext: The »

- Lisa Miller

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Evangelicals Preach the Gospel of Getting Out of Debt

26 February 2011 4:48 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

"Thou shalt not overspend" is rapidly becoming a tenet of the evangelical belief system, rivaling social issues like gay marriage. Can the gospel of thrift save our economy?

The priorities of white evangelical Christians, about 60 million strong, have driven the culture wars for decades. It was they who formed the Moral Majority in the 1970s, which helped elect Ronald Reagan in a landslide in 1980. And it was their children-some of them, anyway-who strayed from their parents' interpretations of faith and helped elect Barack Obama in 2008. Politically active, evangelicals have fought with varying degrees of success against abortion, same-sex marriage, and the teaching of evolution in public schools.

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But a recent study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows that white evangelicals may, in fact, have more pragmatic concerns than their reputation indicates. "They, like everyone else, »

- Lisa Miller

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The Working Mom's New Hurdle: the Family Vacation

6 February 2011 6:45 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Between long work hours, birthday parties, and haircuts, mothers can seem furious all the time. In this week's Newsweek, Lisa Miller says planning the family vacation feels like the last straw.

"Why are working mothers so furious all the time?" I was asked recently. An answer, not entirely rational, springs to mind: "Personally, I could use a travel agent." It's a joke, sort of. School vacation is coming up. I'm swamped at work, and trip planning has become a time-consuming hell. A simple family vacation requires innumerable visits to destination websites; a suspicious scouring of rankings and reviews; and, at the heart-stopping final moment, a purchase on a site where prices and availability seem to change by the second. In the old days, it was simple. A woman would call a travel agent, and voilà! The trip would be booked. Now agents charge $35 a ticket. Don't get me started on fees. »

- Lisa Miller

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Sex and the Bible: What the Good Book Really Says

5 February 2011 4:26 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Two new books argue that the good book isn't the squeaky-clean endorsement of no-sex-until-marriage that conservatives say it is. In this week's Newsweek, Lisa Miller reports on the surprise findings.

The poem describes two young lovers aching with desire. The obsession is mutual, carnal, complete. The man lingers over his lover's eyes and hair, on her teeth, lips, temples, neck, and breasts, until he arrives at "the mount of myrrh." He rhapsodizes. "All of you is beautiful, my love," he says. "There is no flaw in you."

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The girl returns his lust with lust. "My lover thrust his hand through the hole," she says, "and my insides groaned because of him."

This ode to sexual consummation can be found in-of all places-the Bible. It is the Song of Solomon, a poem whose origins likely reach back to the pagan love »

- Lisa Miller

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