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Rumorville: ‘Star Trek’ Will Get an R-Rated Spin and the Live Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ Gears Up

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. R-Rated “Star Trek”It was announced this week that Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams were teaming up for a “Star Trek” story at Paramount, and now more details are coming out. Despite Tarantino working on his #9 film he just sold to Sony and Abrams working on “Star Wars: Episode 9,” things seem to already be moving along quickly on this joint endeavor. It’s looking like Mark L. Smith will win the honors of writing the script for the film, which Tarantino has mandated be an R-rated film, a first for the franchise. Lindsey Beer and Drew Pearce are also in the running to be potential writers. Tarantino is
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Who Will John Krasinski Play Next?

Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, and Chris Pine have all played Jack Ryan in one incarnation or another and “The Office” alum John Krasinski wants to add his name to the list of actors who’ve donned the iconic moniker. Amazon, along with TV mastermind Carlton Cuse, are teaming up for their new series about the CIA analyst. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” a title that’s sure to undergo tweaks, is setting up for a series run with Krasinski in the lead position. The drama will follow the origin story of Jack Ryan as he uncovers a new terrorist sector sector determined to incite global catastrophe. The series is currently attaching cast with the help of April Webster & Associates. The series will begin shooting at an undisclosed location in January, just in time for Cuse’s other long-running hit, “Bates Motel” to close out its final season. Read:
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Watch: Daisy Ridley’s Emotional ‘Star Wars’ Audition

Daisy Ridley found the force for her audition as Rey in “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” Director J.J. Abrams asked Ridley to read an intense torture scene for her audition in which Rey struggles against Kylo Ren’s force as he attempts to access her mind and inner thoughts. Ridley’s audition first appeared on Buzzfeed and shows how Ridley won over the legendary director. “She just blew my mind,” Abrams said in a voiceover. “She’s reaching this depth of struggle and tears were streaming down her face. I thought, ‘This was unbelievable.’ ” Abrams revealed the difficulty in finding the perfect actor to portray Rey. “This character needed to be vulnerable and tough, sweet and terrified,” Abrams said. “And to find someone that no one knew who could do all these things took a lot of looking.” Co-producer Michelle Rejwan credits the film’s casting directors Nina Gold,
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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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‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ Among Casting Society of America Nominees

‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ Among Casting Society of America Nominees
The Casting Society of America has nominated 34 feature films in seven categories for the 31st annual Artios Awards. Among the contenders are Oscar hopefuls, including “The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Trumbo,” as well as small-scale dark horses such as “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “It Follows.”

Final ballots have been distributed to the 600 Csa members, with voting to continue through Friday, Jan. 8. All winners for film, television, theater, short film and new media categories will be announced at the 31st annual Artios Awards on Jan. 21, with award ceremonies being held simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and at the Hard Rock Café in New York.

Among the individuals with multiple noms are Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein, Nina Gold, Meagan Lewis, Natalie Lyon, Francine Maisler, Adam Richards, Carolyn Pickman, Kevin Reher, Paul Schnee, Bernard Telsey and Fiona Weir.

As previously announced,
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Q+A with Damon Lindelof for Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

Available now on DVD and Blu-Ray, is the superb Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, the brand new adventure fantasy starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy.

We caught up with writer Damon Lindelof to talk about the film, which is out now on the home formats.

Q: How did this project come about?

A: I was having lunch with Sean Bailey, president of motion picture production for Disney, and we were talking about the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. It was an opportunity to take something that is familiar to people and make something original out of it. So Pirates of the Caribbean has existed as a ride forever, but Captain Jack Sparrow didn’t exist until the movies came along. Sean was saying that it had been challenging to do that for other things in the, theme parks and was there anything that I thought was an interesting opportunity for a movie.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser to Offer Bates Motel Set Visit, Guillermo del Toro-Signed Items

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This Sunday, The Next Door Lounge in Hollywood will host "A Cause for Entertainment", a fundraiser for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The event's in-person and online auction includes items of interest to horror fans, including a Bates Motel set visit and items signed by Guillermo del Toro.

A Cause for Entertainment will take place this Sunday, September 13th from 4:00pm–8:00pm Pdt at The Next Door Lounge in Hollywood, CA. We have official details on the event below, and to learn more or take part in the online auction, visit:

http://acauseforentertainment.com/

From event leader Jessica Sherman: "Breast Cancer is one of the ugliest diseases in the world today, and with heartbreaking statistics like these, I find it hard not to want to give back:

- A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.

- Every 3 minutes, there is a
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy invites 322 artists and executives to Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into DarknessMartin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot FuzzHeather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “InceptionKevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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'Bates Motel': Carlton Cuse talks the mother of a twist revealed in latest episode -- Exclusive

'Bates Motel': Carlton Cuse talks the mother of a twist revealed in latest episode -- Exclusive
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Watched The Latest Bates Motel!!!!]

Tonight’s Bates Motel had a whopper of a twist in the final moments: Dylan’s father is…his mother’s brother! Yep, according to Norma (Vera Farmiga), her bro Caleb (Kenny Johnson) is Dylan’s dad. This will likely not end well so we talked to Motel Ep Carlton Cuse about this major development.

EW: Tonight’s big reveal was that Caleb is the father of Dylan. Did you all plan that from the start of the series?

Carlton Cuse: Like most good creative ideas they evolve and they grow richer over time. Back when I first discussed
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Featurette, TV Spots and More for Sunday’s Premiere of Almost Human

First, a Public Service Announcement: Almost Human premieres This Sunday. Got that? Episode One Of Almost Human Is This Sunday. Episode Two Is Monday. I have a real concern that people are going to miss the premiere, especially those of you who are affected by the football schedule. Don’T Miss The Sunday Premiere. Monday Is Not A Repeat Of The Premiere. It Is The Second Episode.

Whew, okay, I feel that I’ve done my best. There are other ways to prepare for the premiere as well, and we have them here for you now. First is a featurette about the show, followed by two TV spots.

After that comes a partial transcript from a recent Q&A session with Executive Producer J.J. Abrams and creator and showrunner Joel (J.H.) Wyman. Partial, because the spoilery questions and answers have been taken out, in an effort to keep you spoiler-free,
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See Top Industry CDs at Hollywood Screenings of 'Casting By'

"Casting By," the critically acclaimed documentary about the role of the casting director in the movie-making process, makes its Hollywood debut this weekend at Arena Cinema. To celebrate, the filmmakers have scheduled Q&As with some of the industry's top CDs to follow this weekend's screenings: Nov. 15, 7:45 p.m.: Deb Aquila; Wally Nicita; Robin Lippin; Cathy Sandrich Nov. 16, noon: Gary Zuckerbrod, Marci Liroff Nov. 16, 2 p.m.: Richard Hicks; Jane Jenkins Nov. 16, 7:45 p.m.: Barbara McCarthy, April Webster Nov. 17, noon: Deb Zane; Roger Mussenden; John Papsidera; Julie Hutchinson; Deb Barylski Nov. 17, 2 p.m.: Ronna Kress, Heidi Levitt Nov. 17, 7 p.m.: Risa Bramon Garcia; Caroline Liem For updates and ticket information, visit arenascreen.com
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Interview: A conversation with Person of Interest star Kevin Chapman

Paul Risker chats with Person of Interest star Kevin Chapman...

Recently Flickering Myth had the privilege to speak with Person of Interest’s Kevin Chapman aka Detective Lionel Fusco. As I eagerly await the second season of Person of Interest, the sound of Lionel’s… Sorry Kevin’s voice on the other end of the phone line was a source of comfort that took me back to happier days, when each week was adorned with a new episode, in which Reese would shoot someone in the kneecap. Oh, happy days.

Kevin spoke to us about discovering acting late in life, working with Clint Eastwood and Sean Penn, the award winning television series Brotherhood, the lessons learned behind the camera as well as and of course talking Lionel Fusco and Person of Interest

Paul Risker: Why a career in acting? Was there that one singular moment when you decided to pursue a career as an actor?
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New ‘Star Wars’ Casting Breakdown Released

Actors eager to land a role in a galaxy far, far away now have a rough idea of what the casting directors for the new "Star Wars" features are looking for. Casting for the first Disney “Star Wars” film will be done by Los Angeles-based April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg, who also cast the rebooted "Star Trek" features, and London-based Nina Gold, who recently cast "Les Miserables." Jj Abrams, who will direct the first film in the new franchise, has said that production on "Star Wars Episode VII" will begin in London in early 2014. In the meantime, according to Deadline, the feature will be casting: A young man aged between 20 and 25, witty and smart, fit but not classically handsome. Man in late twenties, also fit, but this one is handsome and confident. Late teenage girl, independent, good sense of humour, also…physically fit. Second young female, also late teens, tough,
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‘Star Wars’ Casting Under Way as Breakdown Leaks

‘Star Wars’ Casting Under Way as Breakdown Leaks
And so it begins.

Bleedingcoolnews.com has leaked a casting breakdown for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Seven key roles will be cast, including a young man in his early-to-mid 20s, two young females who both have to be physically fit and an older man in his 70s who could be in the vein of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Sources tell Variety that April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg, who have cast all of Abrams’ previous TV and film projects, will cast out of the U.S. and Nina Gold, who was the casting director for “The King’s Speech” and “The Counselor,” will cast out of the U.K.

See Also: “Star Wars” to Shoot in Early 2014

Looking at Abrams’ past films, it wouldn’t be surprising if he pursues actors who are relatively unknown, as he did with “Star Trek” and “Super 8.”

Production is set to start at the
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Confirmed: First Real Character Details For Star Wars Episode VII

Update: It appears this is indeed the real deal, as Deadline has confirmed that this is the casting breakdown that was sent out to agents by April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg in the U.S. and Nina Gold in the UK. While we await official details on Disney's new Star Wars movies, we'll have to make do with the occasional rumor. Although the following character breakdown isn't exactly in-depth, and no source for the information is given, Bleeding Cool are usually pretty reliable with their scoops. Have a read and see what you think. "A young man aged between 20 and 25, witty and smart, fit but not classically handsome, Man in late twenties, also fit, but this one is handsome and confident. Late teenage girl, independent, good sense of humour, also… physically fit . Second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and physically fit. Man in his forties, obviously physically fit,
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