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8 Acting Techniques (and the Stars Who Swear by Them)

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Anyone who’s been to an acting class knows that there are as many approaches to the craft as there are actors approaching it. Though all actors must develop their own understanding of the work, several master teachers have led the way in training since the turn of the 20th Century. These well-known gurus helped develop acting as we know it, and continue to grow some of the industry’s most respected stars.  Stanislavski’s SystemOne of the greatest acting teachers of all time, Constantin Stanislavski’s work signaled a shift in 20th century acting and inspired a whole new generation of techniques and teachers. In addition to changing the face of acting worldwide, Stanislavski’s Moscow Art Theatre was at the forefront of the naturalistic theater movement in the Soviet Union and in Europe. His approach incorporates spiritual realism, emotional memory, dramatic and self-analysis, and disciplined practice. Lord Laurence Olivier »

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Emmys 2014: It’s Good to Be ‘Breaking Bad’

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AMC’s “Breaking Bad” swept the 66th annual Emmy Awards with five wins to top off the show’s final season. Bryan Cranston won in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category for “Breaking Bad,” beating out Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm, while Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for best supporting actress and actor in a drama, respectively. The series about a high school chemistry teacher who cooks meth to make ends meet after being diagnosed with lung cancer also won the drama series and writing categories. It has been nominated a total of 58 times over its five-season run. Julianna Margulies won for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her turn on “The Good Wife” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus taking lead actress in a comedy series for “Veep.” Louis-Dreyfus referred to a mustachioed Cranston as Clark Gable while they presented an award and later, »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘In Houses We Stay’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the short film “In Houses We Stay.” “In Houses We Stay” is a short about “two young police officers [who] get a called out to a domestic dispute like no other. Upon discovering a gruesome find, the officers are faced with a personal challenge of being the judge, jury. and the executioner.” Several roles are being cast, including two lead and two supporting, and talent is being sought from the Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Arizona areas. For more details, check out the casting notice for “In Houses We Stay” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. The live event will air on Dec. 4, and tell the classic tale of “the mischievous little boy who ran away to Neverland,” with Williams in the titular role. Chorus members are being cast for the production, and auditions will be held Sept. 2 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Peter Pan Live” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Emmys 2014: 17 Nominees on Their Award-Worthy Performances

25 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Backstage has been lucky enough to talk to some of this year’s Emmy nominees. We got to hear about training for their respective roles, what inspires their award-worthy characters, and how they reacted to their nominations. Now it’s your turn: Catch up before the ceremony tonight on NBC! “My money’s not on me—my money’s on Matt [Bomer] or Joe [Mantello]. People say, ‘I’m just glad to be nominated,’ and it always sounds like bullshit—excuse my French—but I get it now. I’m thrilled and delighted, but I’m no fool.” —Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” “For most actors it’s going to be plays here and there, commercials now and then, and you have to let that make you happy. And look toward being a member of the community in every capacity.” —Allison Tolman, “Fargo” “Instead of thinking about what we can fix, we’re thinking, »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Hollywood Nights’ and Upcoming Auditions

25 August 2014 7:13 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Hollywood Nights.” “Hollywood Nights” is about a group of 20-somethings in Los Angeles, each struggling to make it in the big city. This is a paid gig, and two supporting roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area only, and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Hollywood Nights” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Green Brothers’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

25 August 2014 7:02 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Green Brothers.” “Green Brothers” is a film about “a failed drug deal in the Bronx and the spiral of violence that results.” Several lead and supporting roles are being cast for this production, which will shoot in the Bronx and Brooklyn areas of New York. Auditions will be held Aug. 27 and 28 in NYC, and you should note if you have any experience in stage combat, dance, or stunt training. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Green Brothers” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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