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Now Casting: Leslie Mann Feature ‘The Pact’ + More Paying Jobs

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For better or worse, today’s casting roundup will give you the opportunity to relive your high school prom. “The Pact,” an upcoming feature starring Leslie Mann and John Cena that revolves around prom night, is casting background. We also have three more paid gigs onstage and screen below! “The Pact”Male and female talent aged 18–20 is needed to depict high school students in background roles in “The Pact.” The feature, starring Leslie Mann and John Cena, will depict “three fathers [who] try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.” The scenes will shoot the first or second week of May in Atlanta, Georgia and will provide some pay. “Snatchers”One male actor aged 28–42 is needed for a supporting role in the upcoming feature “Snatchers.” The project will pose the question, “If aliens took over people's bodies in Brooklyn, how would anyone know?” and will shoot May 27–June 30 in New York City. »

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‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Casting NYC Talent for New Amazon Comedy

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Welcome to our newest series, What’s Casting: New York! Check back every week for a spotlight on the biggest projects looking for talent in the city that never sleeps. Amazon’s forthcoming comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” created by Amy Sherman-Palladino of “Gilmore Girls” renown, is casting New York City background actors. The series, set in the 1950s and which follows a female standup, has already been given a two-season order from the online streaming service. Male actors ages 18 and up who are nonunion are needed to portray African American and Italian garment district workers in the ’50s. They cannot have visible tattoos and will be required to have era-appropriate haircuts and facial hair (or be willing to make necessary alterations). Jackie Synder Benz of Grant Wifley Casting is handling this portion of casting for the series. The series has already announced its principal cast and includes Rachel Brosnahan, »

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Kids Now Casting: Sci-Fi Horror Series ‘On the Run’ and More

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Today’s opportunities for kids include an upcoming audition for two supporting roles in “On the Run.” The sci-fi horror series will be set in a middle class suburb and follow a successful writer as he finds himself in the midst of an alien attack.   A male actor aged 10–18 is needed to portray Garrison, “a handsome, energetic boy who is smart, loves tech gadgets, movies, and (like his father) baseball.” A female actor aged 7–13 will portray Garrison’s younger sister Kasey, “a cute, naturally intuitive and quiet, bright young girl who has always taken a backseat to her older brother’s charisma.” By-appointment auditions will be held in Los Angeles on May 12. Rehearsal and shooting are slated for June, also in L.A. Principals will be paid $125/day. To learn more about "On the Run," check out the full listing here. You can also browse more gigs for actors of »

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Everything Texas Actors Need to Do This Week, 4/26-5/2

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Across Texas, spring has sprung. And in a state known for its fluctuations in weather, it’s the ideal time to do things outdoors (though it’s always a good idea to have some backup plans inside as well). Strike a pose.The arts can be lively, but they can also be outright alive. That’s what you can experience every Tuesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center along Avenida de las Americas. Local artist show off their skills—from painting to graffiti art to becoming motionless art objects themselves—in a constantly rotating lineup of creativity. And watching is always free. U-s-a! U-s-a!The USA Film Festival is Dallas’ longest running celebration of cinema, doing monthly screenings and member events throughout the year. But every spring, it burst with activity for five days, bringing in a slate of celebrities, filmmakers, and movies to screen for cinephiles. This year »

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Second City Hollywood to Offer Free Improv Training to L.A. Actors

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It’s time to loosen up, ditch the script, and learn the ins and outs of improv comedy. In an effort to give back to its community of aspiring talents, the Second City Hollywood is opening its doors to all L.A. performers by offering free workshops and shows on Saturday, May 6. The historic comedy center will offer a number of workshops, including musical improv, writing for TV and film, writing comedy, standup, adult improv, youth improv, and long-form improv.  Those interested in attending the open house can reserve a spot by going to secondcity.com. Walk-ins are welcome, too! To get you ready for the big day, we’ve rounded up four bits of our Backstage Experts’ best improv advice. Have fun! Don’t try too hard to be funny. According to Backstage Expert and casting director Brette Goldstein, the first trick to being good at improv is to “stay present, »

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Now Casting: Smart Watch Commercial Shooting in San Francisco + More

25 April 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

If you’re looking for an on-camera project to bolster your reel, a nonunion theater opportunity to add to your credits, or just some interesting (and paying!) gigs, you won’t want to miss today’s casting roundup! Smart Watch Car COMMERCIALTalent is needed for several roles in a series of 15-second online commercials for the Getaround car service. Each actor will use smart watches to locate and unlock their Getaround cars in the spots shooting in and around San Francisco, California. Production is slated for May 3 and 4. Pay will be $120/day. Business Continuity Instructional Videoa male and female actor, both ages 30–45, are needed for leading roles in an instructional video shooting at Bravo Studios in New York City. Talent will be needed for the shoot on May 10 and will be required to speak directly to camera. Compensation will be $600. “Me The People”Perry Street Theatricals is casting nonunion talent »

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‘The X-Files’ Begins Casting on Second Revival

25 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “The X-Files”Government cover-ups and bright lights in the sky proved to be a ratings boom for Fox in 2016, so it comes as no surprise that the ’90s property landed a second revival run. What’s been dubbed Season 11—counting each abbreviated season of the original nine—will pick up where the previous nostalgia binge left off. The next outing for Mulder and Scully, still being led by series stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, will find the duo fighting off an impending viral genocide, dealing with the arrival of some little green men, and possibly even finding their long-lost son, William. While only a few solid details are available for the 10-episode event, it is rumored that previous and original series casting director Rick Millikan is back on board, »

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L.A. Now Casting: Audition for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

25 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Hong Kong Disneyland will hold open casting calls in Los Angeles next month for union and nonunion talent to join its company of performers. The Disney team seeks male and female singers and actors to portray well-known characters including Rapunzel, Simba, Ariel, and others. Hired talent will be contracted for six-month periods beginning this fall at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Auditions will be held May 4 and May 8 in North Hollywood, California. Ready to make your Disney dreams come true? Apply for the gig here, or see more L.A. opportunities in Backstage’s casting calls! »

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21st Annual Webby Awards Include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

25 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

The 21st annual Webby Awards were announced today, meaning the best and brightest personalities and artists on the web will soon receive what are known as “the internet’s highest honors.” Among the winners were Lady Gaga, Malcolm Gladwell, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lena Dunham’s “Women of the Hour” podcast, and The New Yorker. In addition, several Special Achievement honorees were announced: Solange, the Women’s March, and actors Steve Buscemi and Gillian Anderson, and more. Come May 16 they will all be feted in a starry New York City ceremony hosted by actor Joel McHale. This year’s awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Iadas), received 13,000 entries—for websites, social media, podcasts, film and video, and more—from all 50 states, plus 70 other countries. While winners were decided by a panel of Academy judges that included Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Chen, and Questlove, almost 4 million votes were »

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Everything NYC Actors Need to Do This Week, 4/28–5/04

25 April 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

As an actor, it’s understandable to sometimes crave entertainment that can help you escape for a bit. Lucky for you, New York City is offering up the opportunity to travel back in time, laugh yourself into oblivion, and get mellow at a folk festival this week.  Relive the ‘90s.If you didn’t know, ‘90s nostalgia is very in right now. Case in point: “Friends the Musical in Concert: I Was There for You.” The parody production, based on that group of six New Yorkers you still watch on a regular basis, will feature music and lyrics by Rachel Lind and a book by Rachel Goddard. So blow out your “Rachel” and get to Feinstein’s/54 Below on April 28. (Tickets start at $20) Kick back with banjos in Brooklyn.Because banjos and Brooklyn are a match made in heaven, get yourself to the Brooklyn Folk Festival, which will run for »

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Everything Atlanta Actors Need to Do This Week, 4/25-5/1

25 April 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

Whether you’re prepping for fresh headshots or have a string of auditions coming up, we want you to look and feel your very best. Luckily, Atlanta has a lot to offer this week that will help you accomplish both just in time for the busy shooting season ahead! Take a hike.Atlanta is a treasure trove of great hiking trails. You’ve probably already conquered the Beltline once or twice, but a visit to nearby Arabia Mountain is worth the extra 15-minute drive. With majestic mountaintops and sublime views, you won’t even realize you’re burning calories. There’s even an animal rescue center where you can get up close and personal with the park watch owl, Owlbert Einstein. (Admission is free but donations are accepted) Move it side to side in Eav.Dance 411 is Atlanta’s top-rated dance studio and with over 30 classes each week, there’s »

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Equity and Itc Reach New Deal to Increase Pay for Actors

25 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Following negotiations between Equity and the Independent Theatre Council, a deal has been reached to increase pay by 2.4 percent for performers and stage managers working in the independent theatre sector. Additionally, the base pay rate will now be £458/week (raised from £447.50), with the maximum working hours limited to 57/week. Overtime pay will be provided if hours beyond that are necessitated.   The terms were reached in response to what Equity deemed “the problem of unmanageable stage management hours.” The new stipulations went into effect April 11 and will remain in place through April 2018. Of the agreement, Equity’s independent theatre organiser, Emmanuel de Lange, released the following statement: “Equity members value the work opportunities and creative contribution of the independent theatre sector, which we know has been suffering from the cuts to government arts funding. “We wanted this pay deal to maintain fair pay for Equity members, respecting their rights as workers, »

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The Writers Guild of America Votes to Authorize Strike

25 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

On Monday, the Writers Guild of America announced that of the members who voted, more than 96 percent voted to authorize a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Unless a new deal is reached within a week, a walkout will commence May 2, the day after the current contract expires. “We thank you for your resolve and your faith in us as your representatives,” the negotiating committee said in a released statement. “We are determined to achieve a fair contract.” In response to the strike authorization, the AMPTP released a statement of their own: “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working. The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were canceled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet. We remain focused on our objective of »

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Now Casting: New York Film Academy Short Film + More Gigs

24 April 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

Welcome to a brand new week, actors. Harness that Monday motivation and channel it into booking an awesome gig. Below, we have four notices to help get you started! “Bar Keep”“Bar Keep,” a short film for New York Film Academy, is casting actors for two leading roles. The project seeks a female actor aged 21–30 to depict Kiara, a bartender in a relationship with her boss, and a male actor aged 24–35 to play said boss, Bryan. Shooting is slated for April 26 in Los Angeles, California, and will pay hired actors $120 for the day. Meals will also be provided. “Rabbit Hole”Both union and nonunion actors are sought for Theater with a View's production of “Rabbit Hole.” The play, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is casting male and female talent for four roles and will hold by-appointment auditions beginning April 24. The run is set for July 13–29 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, »

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Atlanta Now Casting: Horror Feature Film ‘The Cornell Case’

24 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Feature film “The Cornell Case” is casting talent for two leading roles. The piece, billed as “a fresh take on the classic found footage horror genre,” is shooting July 20–23 in Atlanta, Georgia. A female actor aged 21–34 and a male actor aged 21–36 are needed for the respective roles of Mrs. and Mr. Cornell, a newlywed couple who move into a new home in which “strange, unexplained things begin to happen.” Pay will be $500/day (for a minimum of three days), as well as five percent of the film’s revenue paid to each actor. Intrigued? Learn more about “The Cornell Case” here. You can also see more Atlanta projects in Backstage’s casting calls! »

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Everything London Actors Need To Do This Week, 4/24–4/30

24 April 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

Maybe the audition didn’t go so well or your evil drama teacher tutted during the emotional climax of the scene you’ve been working on for weeks. But fear not! London is here, ready and waiting to entertain and cheer you, one event at a time…   Build bridges.If the first “proper” West End theatre opening in 80 years isn’t enough to get you interested, what about the fact that the new Bridge Theatre is run by the guys who used to run the National (Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr)? They’ve just announced their debut season and it includes Ben Whishaw in “Julius Caesar” and Rory Kinnear in a new comedy called “Young Marx.” Booking opens on April 27, so not get in at the very start of what might soon become a London institution. (Tickets start at £15 for under 26s)     Jumble it up.The humble jumble sale—a »

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