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Now Casting: Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ and More

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Today in Backstage casting notices, you have the opportunity to appear in Amazon’s Golden Globe–winning series, “Mozart in the Jungle,” starring Gael García Bernal. We also have three other awesome gigs. Check them out! “Mozart In The Jungle”Amazon is currently casting background talent for its comedy, “Mozart in the Jungle,” which, in addition to Bernal, stars Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, and Bernadette Peters. Who could turn down a chance to bask in the glow of Bernadette? The series, now in production on its third season, seeks actors to portray “rocker types” for a club scene. Shooting will take place Aug. 4 in Brooklyn, New York. Professional Theatre Setc Southeastern Theatre Conference (Setc) is looking for actors, singers, and dancers for its upcoming professional auditions. Male and female performers are being sought, with working dates and locations varying depending on the company and production. “Silence Speaks Volumes”Casting is »

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Watch: ‘Orphan Black’ Bloopers With Emmy Nominee Tatiana Maslany

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A blooper reel from “Orphan Black” Season 4 proves even 2016 Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany can’t keep her 10+ characters straight sometimes. Nominated two years running, Maslany stars as a set of clones on the BBC America series and has continuously wowed critics and fans alike with her nuanced portrayals of very different women who happen to have the same genetic makeup. Read: “ ‘Orphan Black’ Star on the Virtues of Failure” In addition to Maslany’s funny faces, the reel also features hilarious flubs from co-stars Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, and Skyler Wexler, plus a take with one of Maslany’s stand-ins dressed as clone Cosima. The series has been renewed for a fifth and final season, set to debut in 2017. Check out the highlights from the latest installment below! Want to get cast on sci-fi TV show? Check out our television audition listings!  »

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Texas Now Casting: Short Film ‘Closer Than Before’

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Several roles are being cast for the upcoming short film, “Closer Than Before,” from Megan Edwards productions. The drama, which depicts “12-year-old Brock [who] experiences a betrayal that leads him in search of a new best friend,” is looking for actors to portray lead and supporting roles, as well as background talent. The project will shoot late August through early September in Austin, Texas. You can see the full casting notice here. And be sure to check out all of Backstage’s Texas audition listings!  »

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Kids Now Casting: ‘The Dogwalker’

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If you’re a child actor and you’re comfortable working with a canine costar, this one’s for you! Casting is underway for the upcoming short film, “The Dogwalker.” The project seeks a female actor aged 6–11 to portray the leading role of Anna, “the adorable, sweet, shy, innocent, overly-sheltered, daughter to Leah.” Leah in this case is described in the casting notice as a “suburban trophy wife mother,” and Anna’s father is described as a philandering workaholic. The actor must be comfortable working with medium-sized dogs.  “The Dogwalker” is scheduled to rehearse late July to early August, with shooting slated for mid–late August in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on “The Dogwalker,” check out the full casting notice here. And be sure to check out all of Backstage’s casting notices, which can be sorted by age! Need some acting tips? See what Backstage »

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Andrew Garfield Charges Into Awards Season in ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

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If there’s one thing Oscar loves, it’s a gritty and inspiring WWII drama. For your consideration in the 2016 awards season: “Hacksaw Ridge,” a big-screen retelling of the Battle of Okinawa and the heroism of U.S. Army medic Desmond T. Doss. Directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan, and Randall Wallace, from a story by Gregory Crosby, “Hacksaw Ridge” stars Andrew Garfield as Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist who enlisted to fight in the islands off Japan—and refused to carry a weapon because of his religious beliefs. Despite ridicule and disbelief from his superiors, he single-handedly saved 75 lives in battle without ever firing a gun, eventually becoming the first conscientious objector in American history to earn the Medal of Honor. In the trailer below, we see glimpses of the immeasurable odds Doss faced under enemy fire as he continued to rescue his comrades. “With »

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Now Casting: Aida Cruise Lines and 3 More Jobs

27 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT

Among our casting notices today, you have the opportunity to set sail with Aida Cruise Lines as a performer. We also have three other exciting gigs. Check them out!  Aida Cruise LINESIf you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, this one’s for you! Aida Cruise Lines productions is currently seeking several singing performers for their pop/rock revue shows. Rehearsals will take place in Hamburg, Germany with performances running approximately six weeks, both this summer and winter. “Bundy”This one is a singular opportunity! Casting is underway for feature film “Bundy,” an upcoming thriller which follows the events after “a serial killer’s home videos become media sensation.” Leading roles are now being sought as well as “interviewees,” who will have the chance to record their own footage. Production will take place July 31–Aug. 2 in Maryland. Medieval Period DRAMAThe Third Cartel is casting actors for an upcoming scripted »

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Crackle Debuts Trailer for ‘StartUp’ Starring Martin Freeman

27 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT

You may know Crackle from its hit show, Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” But Sony’s online distributor of original web series and feature films is making a bid for prestige TV with “StartUp,” a new drama chock-full of espionage and gang violence from creator Ben Ketai.  Starring Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, and Otmara Marrero, “StartUp” is the story of an unlikely team of tech entrepreneurs in Miami, Florida, who create a digital currency—and fund their enterprise with drug money. On their tail is a ruthless FBI agent, played by Emmy winner Martin Freeman, who proves willing to do whatever it takes to expose them. “This is Miami,” he says in the trailer below. “Even the good get dirty.” Check out the extended look at “StartUp” below. The series is due to premiere the first of its 10 episodes on Crackle Sept. 6. For more information, visit their website. »

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Now Casting: Feature Film ‘Adonis’ and More Projects

26 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT

Featured today in Backstage’s casting notices are opportunities in feature film “Adonis,” an upcoming drama that “will rely heavily on the actors’ involvement” in crafting the story. We’ve also got three other exciting and diverse gigs. Check them out!  “Adonis”Casting is underway for several lead and supporting roles in the upcoming feature, “Adonis.” The project, which had been produced as a nonlinear short in an earlier incarnation, “follows estranged twin brothers, Garrett and Pearce Hutchens, who are competitive natural bodybuilders that are destined to collide.” Pre-production and production are slated for the first half of 2017 in Los Angeles. “Motown”“Motown,” a new animated Netflix series (not to be confused with the Broadway musical), is casting voiceover actors for two leading roles. The show, which seeks “primarily comedic African-American actors,” will hold an ensemble recording in Los Angeles, at a to-be-determined date. Mattress Commerciala charismatic voice actor is »

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Why We Love ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ 10 Years Later

26 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT

Little Miss Sunshine,” that gem of a dramedy about a family trekking across the country for a child’s beauty pageant, turns 10 years old today. The film was produced with a budget of $8 million and ended up grossing over $100 million, earning four Academy Award nominations and winning two. Did you know its script came from first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Inside Out”) and marked the directorial debut of husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Ruby Sparks”)? Here are 10 more reasons “Little Miss Sunshine” endures as a cinematic classic. The opening scene.A first shot says a lot about a movie—its story, tone, visual language—and Dayton and Faris nail that concept by introducing us to Olive, the innocent dreamer and heart of “Little Miss Sunshine.” As portrayed by (an Oscar-nominated) 10-year-old Abigail Breslin, the character engulfs the screen with her wide-eyed, bespectacled expression; she »

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Kids Now Casting: Open Call for Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

26 July 2016 7:23 AM, PDT

Disney and director Ava DuVernay are still on the lookout for the perfect kid cast for their anticipated fantasy feature, “A Wrinkle in Time.” Child actors are needed for three supporting roles, and you could be the perfect fit! An open casting call will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 31 and Aug. 1 in hopes of casting the trio of available roles. Shooting is slated for later this year at a to-be-determined location. So are you a male actor aged 5–7 or 15–17? Or are you a female actor aged 13–15? Now is the time to come out and show Disney what you’ve got. The film, based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 science fantasy novel of the same name, follows a girl “after the disappearance of her scientist father, [as] three peculiar beings send her, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.” For more information on “A Wrinkle in Time, »

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Why the Cast of ‘Black-ish’ Deserve Emmys

25 July 2016 2:15 PM, PDT

The 2016 Emmy Awards season is officially underway! To celebrate, we’re highlighting a few of this year’s nominees whose recognition from the Television Academy feels long overdue. These hard-working acting veterans consistently deliver brilliant performances in everything they do—but this year, in these roles, their work practically demands that statuette of a winged woman holding aloft an atom. Which actors do you think are especially deserving? ABC’s “Black-ish” scored Emmy nominations in three top categories this year: lead actor Anthony Anderson, lead actress Tracee Ellis Ross, and outstanding comedy series. All three are particularly well deserved given the show’s brilliant second season; showrunner Kenya Barris incorporated funnier gags and more hot-button issues into his increasingly ambitious sitcom about the African-American experience today. And his two leading actors upped their game to do right by that material. Although the Academy left out the strong supporting performances »

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Why 3 Musical Theater Stars Are Heading to Fox

25 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT

Roaring lions, clowns on unicycles, and trapeze swingers are just a few of the circus staples that could be attributed to P.T. Barnum, and 20th Century Fox wants to delve deeper into who some consider to be “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” Come one and come all! This semi-biographical film about the famous showman, who created the three-ring circus, will follow his financial downfall after he invites Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind stateside to perform a series of concerts. The film, cast by noted casting experts Telsey + Company, will feature its own musical element with some veterans of the genre: The cast of songbirds currently includes Hugh Jackman as Barnum, Michelle Williams as Lind, Zendaya, and Zac Efron, heading back to his “High School Musical” roots. Filming on the project is set to begin in the fall around late October in New York, with rehearsals beginning in September. Irish-bred Saoirse Ronan »

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HBO Releases ‘Game of Thrones’ Blooper Reel

25 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT

The quest for the Iron Throne is no joke, but that doesn’t make the “Game of Thrones” set a stone-cold affair. HBO has released a two-minute reel of bloopers from the show’s sprawling ensemble cast to delight fans who are already pining for next summer when the series’ delayed (and shorter) seventh season will be released. The video premiered during the show panel at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend and has alreay garnered over 3 million views. Watching Tyrion’s inability to pronounce “benevolent” correctly, juxtaposed with the show’s gravitas, makes for hilarious moments from Peter Dinklage, as well as Rory McCann as the Hound, Sophie Turner as Sansa, Emmy nominees Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington as Daenerys and Jon Snow, respectively, Alfie Allen as Theon, and others. (Sorry—no Lena Headey, folks). It’s reassuring to know even Emmy winners can fumble on set. Watch below! »

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Atlanta Now Casting: ‘The Leisure Seeker’ and More Films

25 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT

In today’s Backstage Atlanta castings, we have two opportunities for “The Leisure Seeker,” an upcoming feature starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland (perhaps you’ve heard of them). The film seeks adult and child background actors to portray farmers, field workers, and farm kids. Shooting will take place July 25 and Aug. 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. See the full notice here. Additionally, the flick is also casting background talent to portray a hotel bellman. The actor “must be fit enough to carry luggage,” and available to shoot on Aug. 12 in Atlanta. Check out the listing here. “The Leisure Seeker,” from director Paolo Virzì, follows “a retired couple who embark on an adventure in a Winnebago.” The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name. You can see the casting notices here and here, and be sure to check out all of Backstage’s Atlanta audition notices! And for advice from experts on acting, »

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Now Casting: ‘Analog in August’ and More Jobs

25 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT

In today’s Backstage casting notices, we have acting opportunities in “Analog in August,” an upcoming feature about social media obsession (see, you knew your addiction to Instagram would come in handy some day!). We also have three more awesome on-camera opportunities. Check them out below! “Analog In August”Lead and supporting roles are currently sought for “Analog in August,” an ambitious indie feature from director T Patrick Murray. The flick, billed as a coming-of-age story “about the contemporary social phenomenon of teen Internet/phone/social media obsession,” will shoot this August outside of Philadelphia. “Burn It All Down”Casting is underway for “Burn It All Down,” an upcoming feature described as “a dark humor, action romantic comedy.” The film, which seeks lead and supporting roles, will shoot February 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. “Holdfast”Casting director Savannah Bayse seeks actors for “Holdfast,” an upcoming short film. The project, which depicts “a »

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