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Kushner, Carsey to Be Honored at Artios Awards

15 September 2010 7:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Playwright Tony Kushner, producer Marcy Carsey, and casting director Ellen Chenoweth will be honored by the Casting Society of America at this year's Artios Awards. The nominees for this year's awards—to be presented Nov. 1 in dual ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the American Airlines Theatre in New York—were announced today. Kushner, Carsey, and Chenoweth will be presented with special awards. The complete list of nominees follows.Big budget feature, drama"Avatar," Margery Simkin and Mali Finn (initial casting)"Inglourious Basterds," Johanna Ray and Jenny Jue"Nine," Francine Maisler"Sherlock Holmes," Reg Poerscout-Edgerton"Shutter Island," Ellen Lewis and Carolyn Pickman (location casting)Big budget feature, comedy"Couples Retreat," Sarah Halley Finn and Randi Hiller"Date Night," Donna Isaacson"Julie and Julia," Francine Maisler"The Proposal," Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, and Angela Peri (location casting)"Valentine's Day," Deborah Aquila and Tricia WoodFeature, »

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Director Tom Donahue Goes Behind-the-Scenes on Casting Film & TV

30 August 2010 2:08 PM, PDT | I Am Entertainment Magazine | See recent I Am Entertainment Magazine news »

If you’re an actor or casting professional, or aspire to be one, then you should get to know Tom Donahue!

Why? Because his latest documentary film, "Casting By," is going to give you an in depth look at the history of the Casting profession.  Tom has interviewed Marion Doughtery, Norman Lear, Lynn Stalmaster, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Channing Tatum, George Lucas, Brooke Shields, Glenn Close, Deborah Aquila, Randi Hiller, David Rubin, Richard Hicks, Richard Donner, and a number of other casting directors, filmmakers, and actors for Casting By.

Iae caught up with Tom to not only discuss "Casting By" and his other documentary "Guest of Cindy Sherman," but also to learn more about his awesome journey as a filmmaker.

Iae: Please tell us where you’re from and what inspired you to pursue a career in entertainment?

Td: I was born in the Hudson River Valley of Upstate New York, »

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IRS files claim against David Bergstein

25 August 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

David Bergstein's legal battles have heated up in separate court actions on two continents.

The newest creditor joining the fray in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles is the Internal Revenue Service, which has filed a claim for $432,724.30 in unpaid business taxes against Capco, one of the five Bergstein companies that creditors are trying to force into bankruptcy.

Court-appointed interim trustee Ronald Durkin has said in previous court-mandated reports that Bergstein has not paid all payroll or other business taxes on his companies for the past couple of years -- or personal income taxes for three years.

The IRS claim is likely to take precedence over unpaid debts held by more than 30 other creditors.

Eight of those creditors this week filed a motion for a summary judgment in the ThinkFilm case, which would mean immediately forcing that entity into bankruptcy. In that filing, the creditors say it is »

- By Alex Ben Block

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DreamWorks Opens Teen Casting  on Jackman's 'Real Steel'

9 February 2010 12:02 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

DreamWorks Studios is casting "Real Steel," a feature film starring Hugh Jackman. The film is set in the near future where robot boxing is a popular sport, and centers on a struggling promoter (Jackman) who thinks he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he also discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father. Shawn Levy, dir.; Richard Hicks & David Rubin, casting dirs. Shoot dates Tba. Seeking—Max: 10-14 years old, street-smart, tough, charming kid, with a hard and untrusting outer shell that hides a warm enthusiastic spirit, complicated, strong-willed, resourceful, the product of a broken home, becomes the focus of a child custody hearing following the untimely death of his mother, hits the road with his reluctant dad, uses his computer skills and ingenuity to create a series of boxing robots that perform well enough to get them »

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