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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Dance Party

Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Dance Party
“Songs for Screens” (formerly known as “Synch This”) is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Remember slow news days? Me neither. Where the latest news cycles have become relentlessly negative as the world does some serious soul-searching, pop music has become either deliberately escapist (witness Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” the entirety of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation”), innocuous (the back-to-back Hot 100 No. 1s of Cardi B and Post Malone) or downright nihilistic (hardcore rap).

As ad agencies and TV showrunners alike wrestle with how to incorporate the current political climate into their latest commercials and prime-time hits (some more successfully than others), a new niche is being carved
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Crypt of Curiosities: The Cat People Films

  • DailyDead
Next to Universal, few studios have had such a big impact on horror than Rko Radio Pictures. Started in 1927, Rko was the first studio founded to make exclusively sound films, a then-brand-new invention that served as a major draw for the studio. Rko’s life was relatively short (it was killed just 30 years after forming), but during their time, they put out a seriously impressive number of classics, including Top Hat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Informer, and most notably, Citizen Kane.

Of course, Rko didn’t shy away from horror. While their output wasn’t nearly as prolific as, say, Universal’s, it was still quite impressive, boasting some of the most formative and important horror films of old Hollywood. Rko saw the release of a few all-time classics, including I Walked With a Zombie, The Thing From Another World, King Kong, and the topic of today’s Crypt,
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CBeebies: the top 12 shows

Seb Patrick Nov 23, 2017

Are your kids Bing fans, or more partial to Sarah & Duck? We count down a dozen of CBeebies' finest...

There’s arguably no more important television than children’s television. Sure, you could be one of those parents who doesn’t let their child anywhere near a screen – but chances are, if you’re the kind of person to read Den of Geek, the idea of doing so would utterly horrify you.

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Besides, children can learn so much from watching television – not as a substitute for actual parenting or schooling, of course, but as an addition to it. It can be damaging to rely solely on it, to park them in front of it for several hours a day – but in healthy doses,
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

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Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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‘Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown’ Review

Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Christine Prosperi, Jordan Rodrigues, Sophie Vavasseur, Gio Lodge-o’Meally, Stephan Benson | Written by Alyson Fouse | Directed by Robert Adetuyi

After being challenged to a global cheerleading showdown by an ambitious new rival, national champion Destiny (Prosperi) and her team set out to compete in a virtual cheerleading competition organised by the Cheer Goddess (Fox). Taking on squads from all over the world, Destiny is pushed to the limit as she attempts to lead her team to glory.

I know what you’re thinking: “There’s Another Bring It On movie?” Apparently there is… This time round we’re scrapping the bottom of the proverbial story barrel, once again rehashing concepts from other movies to create a story which screams been-there-done-that. Gone is the charisma and charm of the early films and in comes more of a Disney Channel level of storytelling and acting, with an obsession
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Watch Bill Murray Perform A ‘West Side Story’ Medley On ‘The Late Show’

Bill Murray made a very special appearance on Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday night, performing a medley of songs from the classic musical “West Side Story”. The music appears on Murray’s new spoken word and music album “New Worlds” with German cellist Jan Vogler. Related: Bill Murray Takes In ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical […]
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Bill Murray Performs West Side Story Medley on The Late Show Because Why Not?

Bill Murray Performs West Side Story Medley on The Late Show Because Why Not?
When Bill Murray makes a rare TV appearance, you know something's coming, something good. The veteran comedy actor and Ghostbusters alum appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday and performed a West Side Story medley, sampling songs featured on his and German cellist Jan Vogler's new spoken word and music album New Worlds. Accompanied by Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, Murray sang the songs "Somewhere," "I Feel Pretty" and "America," earning massive applause as he recited the lyric from the Broadway musical version of West Side Story, "Nobody knows in America / Puerto Rico's in America!" ...
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Legendary Actor Rita Moreno, 85, Reveals Past Sexual Harassment: "I'm Still F*cking Here!"

  • Popsugar
Legendary Actor Rita Moreno, 85, Reveals Past Sexual Harassment:
Eighty-five-year-old Rita Moreno, who may be best known for playing Anita in the movie West Side Story, went off script in a truly empowering way last night at the Paley Center's Celebrating Women in Television event in Beverly Hills, CA. The actress opened up about her own experience facing aggressive sexual harassment by the then-head of 20th Century Fox as a young woman in Hollywood. She also suggested her choice to come forward was motivated by the horrific list of sexual harassment and assault accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein, which only continues to grow. "This is important, and this is why I'm bringing it up, honestly," Moreno - who is one of the few stars to ever win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony - told the crowd. "This is not what I'm supposed to talk about. This is important this week." Moreno also acknowledged the particular barriers she faced
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Watch Bill Murray Lead 'West Side Story' Medley on 'Colbert'

Watch Bill Murray Lead 'West Side Story' Medley on 'Colbert'
Bill Murray fronted a hilarious, empowering West Side Story medley on Thursday's Late Show alongside his recent musical collaborator, German cellist Jan Vogler. The performance, which capped off a zany late-night takeover, included spoken word/classical renditions of Sondheim-Bernstein classics "Somewhere," "I Feel Pretty" and "America."

Murray opened the mini-set in lounge crooner mode, theatrically smirking and wandering around the stage to a soundtrack of sawing strings and stomping piano. The actor drastic utilized tonal shifts for comedic effect, moving from the drama of "Somewhere" to the silliness of "I
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'Shameless' Star Ruby Modine Explains Why She's Proud of Her Puerto Rican Roots, Teases Season 8 (Exclusive)

'Shameless' Star Ruby Modine Explains Why She's Proud of Her Puerto Rican Roots, Teases Season 8 (Exclusive)
Ruby Modine may have a famous father, but don't let that small factor fool you -- she's worked just as hard as her peers to get to where she is today.

During a break from filming, the 27-year-old actress, best known for playing Sierra on Shameless, called Et on the phone, where she explained her journey from childhood to Hollywood.

Many of Ruby's fans know her father, Matthew Modine, who's starred in films and TV shows like Full Metal Jacket, Birdy, The Dark Knight Rises and Stranger Things. But many aren't as familiar with her Puerto Rican mother, Caridad Rivera, a makeup and wardrobe stylist.

Watch: Emmy Rossum Resolves Equal Pay Dispute, Signs on for Season 8 of 'Shameless'

Ruby admitted that, especially while trying to make it in this industry, both her mom and dad, who have been together nearly 40 years, didn't have a whole lot growing up. Born in Loma Linda
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'Shameless' Star Ruby Modine Explains Why She's Proud of Her Puerto Rican Roots, Teases Season 8 (Exclusive)

'Shameless' Star Ruby Modine Explains Why She's Proud of Her Puerto Rican Roots, Teases Season 8 (Exclusive)
Ruby Modine may have a famous father, but don't let that small factor fool you -- she's worked just as hard as her peers to get to where she is today.

During a break from filming, the 27-year-old actress, best known for playing Sierra on Shameless, called Et on the phone, where she explained her journey from childhood to Hollywood.

Many of Ruby's fans know her father, Matthew Modine, who's starred in films and TV shows like Full Metal Jacket, Birdy, The Dark Knight Rises and Stranger Things. But many aren't as familiar with her Puerto Rican mother, Caridad Rivera, a makeup and wardrobe stylist.

Watch: Emmy Rossum Resolves Equal Pay Dispute, Signs on for Season 8 of 'Shameless'

"I am very proud [of my descent]," she said. "Many people don't believe that I am of black, Puerto Rican and Caucasian descent. That is why you cannot assume that you know what people are about based on what they look
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NYC Now Casting: Be a Jet or a Shark in ‘West Side Story’ + More

Could it be? Yes, it could—something’s coming, something good! Today’s casting roundup features a huge opportunity to play a lead, supporting, or ensemble character in a spring production of “West Side Story.” There are also roles available in a web series and an Investigation Discovery re-creation show! “West Side Story”Casting is now underway for a new production of “West Side Story,” Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, to be performed with a full symphony orchestra to celebrate Bernstein’s 100th Celebration. Male and female talent, aged 18–75, are wanted to play all principal and ensemble roles in the production, including Maria, Tony, Anita, and more. There are auditions by appointment in Sioux City, Iowa on Nov. 10 and NYC on Dec. 2. Rehearsals will begin Apr. 2 in Sioux City, Iowa, and the show will run Apr. 21 and 22 at the Orpheum. Equity members will be hired under the Equity Guest Artist Agreement.
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Diddy Donating $100,000 to Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico: ‘We Can’t Wait for the Government’

Diddy Donating $100,000 to Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico: ‘We Can’t Wait for the Government’
Sean “Diddy” Combs is stepping up in a big way to help victims recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The rapper, 47, announced in an Instagram video shared Tuesday that he’s donating $100,000 to relief efforts.

“I have a certain relationship with the Puerto Rican community that I’ve had all my life, just growing up as a kid,” the New York native said. “We’re all together at the end of the day, and I was just feeling concerned and just wanting to do something.”

He continued, “I saw the news not reporting about our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Brought Tons of Latinx Artists Together For Song Benefiting Puerto Rico

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Leave it to Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring some of the biggest names in music together. The 37-year-old Hamilton creator rounded up a slew of Latinx artists for an extremely good cause: the song "Almost Like Praying," which is about the devastation in Puerto Rico. It includes vocals from Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Gina Rodriguez, and many more. In an interview with NPR, Miranda said he incorporated "Maria" from West Side Story because he knew it "would forever have a different connotation on the island as a result of that," and it's his favorite song from the play. He also incorporated the names of 78 Puerto Rican towns into the song lyrics. All of the sales from the track will go to the Hispanic Federation's Hispanic Relief Fund. Listen to it above, and get ready to have
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Star-Studded Song 'Almost Like Praying' to Benefit Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Star-Studded Song 'Almost Like Praying' to Benefit Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims
Lin-Manuel Miranda has recruited an all-star list of Latino artists for his benefit song, "Almost Like Praying," which he released on Thursday night.

The benefit track features Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Ana Villafañe, Tommy Torres, Pj Sin Suela, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Ramos, Joell Ortiz, Ednita Nazario, Rita Moreno, John Leguizamo, Alex Lacamoire, Luis Fonsi, Fat Joe, Dessa, Pedro Capó, Camila Cabello, Rubén Blades and Miranda himself.

"Almost Like Praying" samples "Maria" from West Side Story and its lyrics are a list of all the towns in Puerto Rico. The proceeds of the song will go directly to HispanicFederation.org to help those affected after Hurricane Maria left the U.S. territory and its citizens devastated. 

Related: Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi and More Celebs Head to Puerto Rico to Lend Their Support

The song is currently available for purchase via iTunes. 

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Remaking West Side Story's "Maria" for Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda Remaking West Side Story's
After Hurricane Maria struck his family’s homeland of Puerto Rico, Lin-Manuel Miranda has made it his mission to support the U.S. territory in their relief efforts: He tweets non-stop, urging his followers to help and asks fellow celebrities to solicit donations for the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit aiding relief and recovery efforts on the island. Now, the creator of Broadway hit Hamilton is drawing on his skills as a composer to make a difference.

It was announced last week that Miranda was creating a new song to raise money for disaster relief. “It’s a love letter to Puerto Rico,
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Michael Davis – Len Wein: A West Side Time Travel Story

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I’ve said many times no one was more Milestone than Dwayne McDuffie. Denys Cowan’s larger than life idea created the company. Dwayne showed up with the details for that idea.

Milestone has made an impact on the comics world to be sure. Most would say comics have had an impact on the world and I would agree.

Just as no one was more Milestone than Dwayne, there was no one more ‘comics’ than Len Wein. That may be my opinion, but I defy anyone who knew Len to prove me wrong. Comics at their best induce moments where you’re living within the world you’re reading about. As an adult, if you’re lucky that feeling will last a few minutes if you achieve it at all.

As a child, those moments lasted hours maybe even longer depending on your level of interest and in my case your level of pain.
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The Nine Lives of Cat Stevens: Yusuf Islam Embraces His Musical Past on The Laughing Apple

The Nine Lives of Cat Stevens: Yusuf Islam Embraces His Musical Past on The Laughing Apple
It’s not quite fair to call The Laughing Apple a comeback album. Since 2006, the artist who beguiled listeners in the ’70s as the spiritually curious Cat Stevens has released three discs under the mononym Yusuf—short for Yusuf Islam, his chosen moniker after adopting the Islamic faith in 1977. These works were his first foray into Western music after shunning the industry in the wake of his religious conversion, during which time he sold his guitars and focused instead on charity work and theological study. Fans were grateful for any new output following the decades of silence, but Yusuf’s
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