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10 Films With Unexpected Directors

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With some directors such as Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese, their styles are distinct—you know when you’re watching an Anderson film. But with others, it’s a little more difficult to discern who did what until the credits role. We’ve done the legwork for you! Here are 10 films you might be surprised by when you find out who called the shots. Click Here To View The Slideshow. Inspired by this post? Check out our film audition listings! »

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2014 Gotham Award Nominees Announced!

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The Gotham Awards, honoring indepedent film, officially kicked off this year's awards season with the announcement of its slate of nominees. "Boyhood" and "Birdman" were both well-represented, but so were films from earlier in the year such as "Tracks," "Under the Skin," and "Obvious Child" (all three of which earned nods for their lead female actors Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, and Jenny Slate, respectively). Also of note: Stave Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum were awarded a special jury award for their ensemble work in "Foxcatcher." The awards will be presented in NYC Dec. 1 in a ceremony that will also honor Tilda Swinton, "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller, and Netflix's Ted Sarandos.  Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Love Is Strange Under the Skin Best Documentary Actress Citizenfour Life Itself Manakamana Point and Shoot Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award Ana Lily Amirpour »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Grad Daze’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the television pilot “Grad Daze.” “Grad Daze” is a UCLA comedy pilot about “five members of a graduate student council at the fictional University of West Los Angeles.” Several lead and supporting roles are being cast, and the producers note the tone is similar to that of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Grad Daze” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘About Face’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the production of “About Face.” “About Face” is a surreal dramatic play in Russian and English and is seeking talent for five roles. Rehearsals will begin in the second week of Nov., and submissions are being sought from the NYC area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “About Face” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Previewing the 10th Film Independent Forum

22 October 2014 11:44 AM, PDT

When Film Independent launched its annual forum in 2004, YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist. Social networking wasn’t an essential part of marketing a project or a boosting a filmmaker’s career. In fact, the preoccupation of indie actor-producers was spelled out in the title of group’s first conference: “How to Sell Your Film Without Getting Screwed.” A decade ago, Film Independent’s Maria Raquel Bozzi recalled, “filmmakers were still going to Sundance to sell their movies thinking that they were going to [hit] the $6 million mark.” While technology has dramatically changed the entertainment industry, some things, like budgets, have remained static. “In 10 years, inflation has gone up 24 percent and the budgets have stayed the same,” Bozzi, senior director of education at the non-profit advocacy group, told Backstage. The reason for the stagnation, according to Film Independent’s research, is that funding remains a challenge. That’s where it wants »

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7 Deadly Reasons to Visit the McKittrick Hotel This Halloween

22 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Jack-o’-lanterns are grinning their ghoulish grins, candy is flying off department store shelves, and yes, Halloween falls on a Friday this year. What better way to experience New York’s most fiendish festivities than a night of immersive mayhem at the McKittrick Hotel? Home of “Sleep No More,” Punchdrunk and Emursive’s interactive, site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” the McKittrick will kick off its annual Halloween celebration with “Inferno,” two consecutive evenings of costumed debauchery celebrating the seven sins, Oct. 30 and 31. Much like the show preceding it, “Inferno” will feature specially crafted entertainment, including DJs, live bands, and deviant performance art pieces throughout the 100,000-square-foot Chelsea warehouses. Party guests—whose attire must be inspired by lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, or pride—may also purchase tickets to a preshow dining experience called the “Last Supper” by R.L. King, chef of the Heath restaurant. Cesar Hawas, special envoy at the McKittrick, »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ and Upcoming Auditions

22 October 2014 7:21 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the play “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” tells the story of Eugene Jerome, who dreams of baseball and girls but “has to cope with the mundane existence of family life in Brooklyn.” Several lead roles are being cast for this production and submissions are being sought nationwide. The production will rehearse and run in Thousand Oaks, Calif. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Romeo and Juliet” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Dreams On Horseback’ and Upcoming Auditions

22 October 2014 7:11 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Dreams On Horseback.” “Dreams On Horseback” is a rom com about “a middle-aged man who discovers he loves women's hands.” One supporting role and several background roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought from NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Fairy Teller” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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The Secret Guide to L.A. Auditions Parking

21 October 2014 4:20 PM, PDT

Picture this. You drive across town, fighting traffic every block of the way, and make your way to the casting office only to find signs in the lot that read “No Actor Parking.” Then what? If your audition time slot is minutes away, it’s a nightmare scenario. Luckily, there’s a website for that: Actorswillbetowed.com. It’s the brainchild of Kevin Garbee, a Los Angeles-based, self-described “Ocd actor.” Launched in October 2012, the site catalogs all commercial, theatrical, and voiceover casting offices around L.A. Moreover, it includes directions to several free parking options in the surrounding neighborhood for each location. “I was sitting in a lot of auditions and people would just constantly ask, ‘Can you tell them to wait if they come out? I need to go feed the meter.’ And it was just happening all the time when there’s free parking two blocks away,” Garbee recalled. »

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1 Reason Laugh and Let ‘Loose’ Over Bad Casting Notices

21 October 2014 12:21 PM, PDT

We’ve all seen the casting notices written with complete disregard to cardinal rules like using proper grammar, steering clear of racist, sexist, and misogynistic descriptions, and y’know, actually letting people know what you’re specifically looking for in an actor. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to see those notices acted out on stage, now’s your chance. Based on the tumblr page “Cast and Loose,” an online showcase of some of the most absurd casting notices out there, “Cast and Loose Live!” presents “Back To School Night” at Joe’s Pub in New York City for a one-night, Oct. 27 performance. The satirical show will bring to life gems like, “Seeking 20s/30s - An Asian woman who doesn’t have the hard features of most other Asian females - she is more elegant and sophisticated and knows it.” The production starring Lauren Blumenfeld »

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Production Growth Continues for L.A.

21 October 2014 12:11 PM, PDT

Los Angeles actors can unpack their bags and cancel their flight reservations for New Orleans and Atlanta. Production continues to pick up in southern California—at least when it comes to television, according to a new report.  Television is a coveted production category because it employs a myriad of actors and crew for extended periods of time. After a steady bleed of production flight over the last several years, L.A. has begun adding more TV series in recent months. In fact, regional on-location TV production increased 31.1 percent in the third quarter over the prior year, totaling 5,363 permitted production days (Ppd) for 2014, FilmL.A., which coordinates permitting for local productions, said Tuesday. “While we are still trying to reclaim our share of television production, we’re encouraged by dramatic television producers’ interest in filming in Los Angeles,” Paul Audley, president of FilmL.A., said in a statement. “With the new »

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10 Plays That Faced Major Controversy Throughout History

21 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Theater has inspired, entertained, and challenged audiences for thousands of years, but at the crux of great work is often great controversy. These bold playwrights have courted scandal and worse for the sake of their messages; here are 10 important plays that have flown in the face of historical norms, confronting censorship (and even violence) for the sake of art and expression.  “Lysistrata,” Aristophanes, 411 B.C.Politically charged theater is not a recent phenomenon; Aristophanes wrote this anti-war comedy in 411 B.C., and productions continue to spark angry protests to this day. The plot centers on a female-led sex-strike, and themes of power and sex are at the root of the comedy and the controversy. The United States’ Comstock Law banned “Lysistrata” in 1873, and the Moscow Art Theatre faced threats of arrest when it brought its production to the States in the 1920s. The play has since been adapted into numerous films, »

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Now Casting ‘Festen’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

21 October 2014 7:02 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the play “Festen.” “Festen” is a dark dramedy in which “a family comes together to celebrate their father's 60th birthday, and the oldest son picks this evening to reveal a dark family secret that may explain the recent suicide of his twin sister.” This Columbia Stages production is casting 11 roles, and auditions will be held Nov. 4, 5, and 8 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Festen” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Chapel of Light’ and Upcoming Auditions

21 October 2014 6:55 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Chapel of Light.” “Chapel of Light” is a short film in which “ three kids rescue an orphaned infant and deliver him to a preacher who believes the child speaks to him with the voice of God.” This is a paid gig, and several lead and supporting roles are being cast—including adults and teens. Additionally, submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Chapel of Light” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Indie Filmmakers Could Get Lionsgate-Tribeca VOD Boost

20 October 2014 2:05 PM, PDT

The transition to streaming is accelerating, with Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises the latest to announce a subscription video-on-demand (Svod) service. The service, called Tribeca Short List, will encompass a selection of Lionsgate and Tribeca Film Festival titles as well as "critically-acclaimed films drawn from around the world," the companies said Monday.  The move comes after HBO announced it was standing up a more robust version of HBO Go, its online channel.  Meanwhile, the new Lionsgate-Tribeca Svod service will be curated by festival organizers, according to Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises. It will be a "highly curated experience that disrupts the ‘more-is-more’ model in today’s streaming on-demand landscape.” Rosenthal added: “Tribeca Short List aims to be a service where you can see films you never got to watch, forgot to watch, and want to watch.”  The new service, which will launch in mid 2015, will be based in New York »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Venue 11’ and Upcoming Auditions

20 October 2014 7:31 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the commercial “Venue 11.” “Venue 11” is a nonunion Web commercial for a global computing company. This paid gig is seeking talent to fill five roles and will film Oct. 29–30 in Los Angeles. Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area as well. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Venue 11” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Days of Dust’ and Upcoming Auditions

20 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Days of Dust.” “Days of Dust” is a short film “journeying through the triumphs and falls of innocence from youth to adulthood.” Seven roles are being cast including leads, supporting roles, and background talent, and this gig is paid!  Auditions will be held Oct. 25–26, so get your submissions in as soon as possible! Talent is being sought from NYC, Philadelphia, and all cities in New Jersey. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Days of Dust” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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