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30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees Announced

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The Film Independent Spirit Awards have announced their nominees for 2015 with “Birdman” leading the flock with six nominations, followed by “Boyhood,” “Selma,” and “Nightcrawler,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal all netting five nods. Both Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette have been nominated for their turns in Richard Linklater’s epic 12-years-in-the-making film, “Boyhood.” Tilda Swinton (“Last Lovers Left Alive”) was nominated beside Marion Cotillard (“The Immigrant”), Rinko Kikuchi- Kumiko (“The Treasure Hunter”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), and Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) in the lead actress categories. For the male leads, André Benjamin (“Jimi: All Is By My Side”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”), Michael Keaton (“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”), John Lithgow (“Love is Strange”), and David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma” all received recognition. Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” received an honorable mention. For a list of nominees, see below. Best Feature (Award given to the »

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11 Ways Actors Can Burn Off All Those Thanksgiving Calories

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Thanksgiving is here and it’s time to sit back and enjoy your family’s cooking. And don’t even worry about those extra calories; actors have unique ways of burning them off after the big meal. Running between multiple audition locations, trying to be seen at four different calls in three hours. Pushing your way through the crowds at an open call just to get a spot on the list. Pressing you agent to submit you for more projects.  Fighting the urge to give up, because your big break is right around the corner.   Lifting the spirits of a fellow actor when they don’t get a callback.  Riding your manager’s butt to get the CD for the primetime drama you are perfect for to call you in.  Pulling double shifts at your survival job just to pay for the holidays.   Spinning around in circles trying to balance auditions, »

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12 Great Children’s Theaters Across the U.S.

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Performing for a live audience builds confidence, inspires creativity, and encourages teamwork no matter one’s age, but for some youngsters it can plant a seed that will grow into a lifelong passion. Whether a healthy hobby or the beginning of a wonderful career, children’s theater is alive and well. Here are some amazing companies that nurture young performers all over the country!  Children’s Theatre Company (L.A. and NYC)This educational theater organization uses the performing arts to “fill the gap” in school curriculums, focusing on the seven C’s of learning: character building, collaboration, creativity, community service, current affairs, critical thinking, and citizenship. The company develops original, instructive musicals for kids and brings them to resident schools and after-school programs nationwide; Ctc shows include titles like “Rescue Me: A Musical History of Women” and “Queen Kunka Bunka and the Rotten Royal Rascals.” With a flagship »

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Now Casting ‘Temporary Blindness’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the film “Temporary Blindness.” “Temporary Blindness” is a short film in which “Zach experiences his mother’s worst fears and his own worst nightmare as a young drug dealer and young man when he passes out at a party and gets a wake up call.” The lead role of Zach as well as nine other roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from the NYC area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Temporary Blindness” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘The Girlfriend’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the film “The Girlfriend.” “The Girlfriend” is a short film about Waverly, a young woman who “attempts an unimaginable sacrifice in order to pursue a romantic relationship.” The lead role of Waverly is being cast as well as one more supporting role. This production will shoot Jan. 2015 in Los Angeles, and submissions are being sought worldwide. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Girlfriend” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Winners of the 5th Annual United Solo Fest

24 November 2014 10:18 AM, PST

United Solo Festival celebrated the completion of its longest festival to date Nov. 23 with its award ceremony. Running 10 weeks, from Sept. 18–Nov. 23, the festival played host to 130 productions in its fifth year. “I couldn’t be happier to see how United Solo has grown, on many levels,” said Omar Sangare, the festival’s founder and artistic director. “Our festival expanded from a two-week event to a season spanning over two months. We created an overseas showcase, and we have our own collection of published scripts. But most importantly, we created a community of artists around the festival, with whom we can be in constant conversation about new ways to fulfill our mission.” A full list of winners is below. Best Production for “The Wonder” by Susan Ferrara, co-directed by Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley Best Direction for Estelle Parsons for “Rhapsody In Black” Best One-Man Show for “Faggy at 50” by Joe Gulla, »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Willing Accomplice’ and Upcoming Auditions

24 November 2014 7:10 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the show “Willing Accomplice.” “Willing Accomplice” is a Web series about “a newly hired spy in a whimsical world of villains and heroes.” Two supporting roles are being cast for this “teen action-adventure” series, and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Willing Accomplice” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Operation Daycare’ and Upcoming Auditions

24 November 2014 7:05 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the Web series “Operation Daycare.” “Operation Daycare” is a series centered on “a young woman working at a daycare with a precocious set of kids who are highly trained secret agents.” The lead role of Violet is being cast, as well as two others roles. Submissions are being sought from NYC and Boston, Mass. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Operation Daycare” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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