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Rachel Getting Married

11 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Casting Director: Bernard Telsey Director: Jonathan Demme Writer: Jenny Lumet Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin The Pitch: Emotionally unstable Kym (Hathaway) leaves rehab to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel (DeWitt) and dredges up some old demons along the way.Bernard Telsey was delighted when he got word that Jonathan Demme wanted him to cast Rachel Getting Married, which marks the director's return to fictional independent film. Telsey, primarily known for casting A-list theatre projects (including the original productions of Rent and Wicked), was even more pleased when he learned that Demme wanted to fill most of the film's roles with top-notch New York stage actors. "It was wonderful," says Telsey of working with the director, "because in this case Jonathan said, 'I see this movie as a big ensemble piece, almost as a theatre piece.' He wanted to bring in people from all »

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'No Country,' 'Juno' among Artios honorees

10 November 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"No Country for Old Men" and "Juno," two of the most honored films of 2007, made one more appearance on the awards circuit Monday night as they took home top prizes at the Casting Society of America's 24th Artios Awards.

Recognizing outstanding achievement in casting, the awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, singled out Oscar winner "No Country" in the studio feature-drama category, with the trophy going to Ellen Chenoweth and Jo Edna Boldin (location casting). In the studio feature-comedy category, the winners were Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayres (location) and Heike Brandstatter (location) for "Juno."

The group gave its Career Achievement Award to producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Thomas Schumacher received the New York Apple Award at a simultaneous event in New York hosted by Julie Halston, and the Hoyt Bowers Award was presented to the late Mali Finn.

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King of Collaborators

10 November 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

On Nov. 10, theatre producer Thomas Schumacher will receive the New York Apple Award from the Casting Society of America. Meanwhile three of his musicals are enjoying hit runs on Broadway, while several of his productions are touring the country or playing internationally. But he's most interested in talking about How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater, the handsomely produced book he wrote last year (with Jeff Kurtti), which is now in a second edition. Actually, all these accomplishments are interrelated and spring from a single passion. "I have loved the theatre from the day I was born," he declares. Schumacher, who is the president of Disney Theatrical Group, made his mark in New York 10 years ago with the Tony Award-winning production of The Lion King. Since then he has spearheaded a string of Disney musicals — including Aida, Tarzan, Mary Poppins (co-produced with Cameron Mackintosh), and The Little Mermaid. »

- Gerard Raymond

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Take Five NYC: Setting New Standards

14 August 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Back Stage's five actors in New York City get a lot done in July, including booking a huge job in a new Mel Gibson-Robert De Niro movie and finding a new apartment.Scott WintersScott Winters booked perhaps the biggest job of his career last month, a multiple-day part in a Mel Gibson-Robert De Niro movie, Edge of Darkness. So what do you do in this movie? I play a doctor in a scene with Mel. I get beaten up.You're a doctor and you get beaten up? Yes. So why does he beat you up? I don't know how much I can reveal. He is being kept someplace against his will, and I'm a bad guy. Or I should say I'm on the side of the bad guys. So when do you do this? My scenes are in October. It is the first multiple-day shoot on a film. »

- Andrew Salomon

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