HBO’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Is Casting Actors for 2 Leading Roles

The forthcoming HBO limited series, “My Brilliant Friend,” is casting two young actors for leading roles, and you can apply right here! Based on the first book in the series by celebrated author Elena Ferrante, this eight-episode adaptation will be under the direction of Saverio Costanza and casting director Meredith Tucker. Jennifer Schuur will executive produce for Wildside and Fandango, reviving her relationship with HBO following her involvement with its late series, “Big Love.” As for the juicy details: the team is casting two female actors, both ages 13–18, to play 14–17. Both actors must be native or fluent speakers of the Neapolitan dialect as well as classic Italian. The two talents will be hired as series regulars and will be paid $3,500/week with all travel, accommodations, and work visa costs covered by the production. The production, it must be mentioned, will shoot in Naples, Italy from January–June 2018. An air date
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Like the Actors They Pick, TV Casting Directors Vie for Emmys

We can learn many things about TV trends just by looking at the shows chosen for this year’s Emmy nominations in the three categories of casting: drama, comedy, and limited series.

First, broadcast is challenged. Just two network series (PBS aside) were nominated and both were from ABC.

Second, the traditional Hollywood casting couch is on the outs — most nominations source out of New York, the U.K. or both.

Third, it’s a small world after all, with multiple nominees gracing multiple categories.

Then there’s the fourth: Just try asking casting directors what they’re looking for when deciding if a show’s casting is “outstanding.” They can be a little, well, vague.

“Casting in some ways is very complicated, and in some ways it’s very simple,” says Jill Trevellick, who was nominated for the fourth time this year for PBS Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey.”

Meredith Tucker,
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‘Boardwalk Empire:’ Series Creator Terence Winter Explains the Powerful Finale

‘Boardwalk Empire:’ Series Creator Terence Winter Explains the Powerful Finale
Score the “Boardwalk Empire” finale as one HBO mob drama where viewers won’t be debating what happened a decade later.

In fact, the eight-episode fifth season steadily built, through its flashbacks in particular, toward the show’s powerful conclusion, while wrapping up various loose ends (and leaving a few dangling) along the way.

Series creator Terence Winter, in an interview, said the producers “told exactly the story we wanted to tell,” moving at their own pace and speed. Indeed, despite the amount of plot developments jammed into the last season, Winter said he determined the number of episodes after hashing out the climactic arc with the writing staff.

“They said, ‘What do you think you need to wrap it up?’” Winter said, referring to HBO. “I didn’t feel like we left anything out.”

As for the details of that wrap-up (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched
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Boardwalk Empire Finale Post Mortem: Ep Terence Winter Talks [Spoiler]'s Death, That Big Twist and More

If you have yet to watch Sunday’s series finale of Boardwalk Empire, hit the nearest exit. Everyone else, read on…

I knew something was off about that kid!

In the shocking closing moments of Sunday’s Boardwalk Empire series finale, Joe Harper — the club worker Nucky had taken a special interest in — revealed himself to be none other than Tommy Darmody. The interloper dropped that little bombshell on Nucky right before gunning him down in the middle of the crowded Atlantic City boardwalk. (Those of you who figured out the Joe-Tommy twist weeks ago, go ahead and pat yourselves on the back.
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'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter previews final season

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'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter previews final season
Usually, I wait until the end of each "Boardwalk Empire" season to speak with creator Terence Winter about all that happened. In the case of the gangster drama's fifth season, which debuts Sunday at 9 on HBO, a preliminary conversation was necessary. Not only is this going to be the show's final season — earlier than Winter had maybe once intended, but the one he wanted after realizing the direction he had taken the story — but it leaps seven years into the future for Nucky, Chalky, Margaret and the other surviving characters, landing them in 1931. Atlantic City and the rest of the country are still mired in the Great Depression, while Nucky and many of his partners are hearing rumblings that Prohibition may be repealed soon. I've seen the first three episodes of season 5, and though the show is dealing with a shorter order (8 episodes compared to the usual 12), they feel very
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Creative Arts Emmys 2014: Winners And Nominees

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

(Winner) Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex

Margo Martindale, “The Americans

Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones

Kate Mara, “House of Cards

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom

Kate Burton, “Scandal

See Also: ‘True Detective,’ ‘Oitnb,’ Jimmy Fallon and Allison Janney Score at Creative Arts Emmys

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire

Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist

Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist

Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist

(Winner) “Downton Abbey

Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist

Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist

Game Of Thrones

Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist

Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist

Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist

Gary Machin, Hairstylist

Nicola Mount, Hairstylist

Mad Men

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist

Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist

Ai Nakata, Hairstylist

The Originals

Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special

Dancing With The Stars

Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimi Messina,
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“Modern Family, “Mad Men” take home top Emmy Awards

By Sean O’Connell Martin Scorsese, Peter Dinklage and the cast of ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family” walked away as big winners from the 63rdr Primetime Emmy Awards, which were held Sunday night in Los Angeles.

“Family” led the evening with five Emmy wins, including Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell) and Actress (Julie Bowen), direction and screenwriting.

“Welcome back to the ‘Modern Family’ awards,” host Jane Lynch (“Glee”) joked coming out of a commercial break.

But “Family wasn’t the only winner. AMC’s period drama “Mad Men” walked away with the Best Drama Emmy. Scorsese took home a trophy for directing the pilot episode of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” And Peter Dinklage earned a well-deserved Emmy for his outstanding work on “Game of Thrones.”

Below, a complete list of last night’s winners:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family (Winner)

Outstanding Drama Series

Mad Men
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Looking Back, Looking Forward

We hope you have enjoyed reading the monthly tales from our 2010 Take 5ers. We at Back Stage thank them deeply for revealing so much of themselves and writing so beautifully about the actor's life. It has been an honor to share their stories with you.Are you interested in being among the 2011 Take 5ers? If so, contact Back Stage Executive Editor Dany Margolies at, with "Take Five" in the subject line. Let us know a bit about yourself and your interest in writing, and include a headshot and résumé. We are seeking working actors from anywhere in the country.Allison Strong, Union City, N.J.A warm smile, a firm handshake, some small talk regarding the weird winter weather and last Saturday's ballgame—all components of a strong introduction. One year and 11 "introductions" later, I hope I've made a good impression on the person on the other side of this page.
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Accent on 'Youth'

Director Miguel Arteta would like to be known as the man who gives voice to awkward dorks everywhere. "Dorkiness is my realm in which I live, so I celebrate dorkiness," the director of "Chuck & Buck" and "Star Maps" says proudly. It's been eight years since Arteta's last film, "The Good Girl," which was honored by the National Board of Review. He's spent a lot of that time helming for TV, but his newest feature, "Youth in Revolt," is worth the wait. Actor Michael Cera has never been better as Nick Twisp, a 16-year-old desperate to lose his virginity to the girl of his dreams. That might sound like the pithy premise of a "Road Trip"– or "American Pie"–type jock fest, but "Youth in Revolt" has the substance to back it up, thanks to C.D. Payne's original novel. Cera's character creates an alter ego reminiscent of Tyler Durden in
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