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Spring may be blooming, but today’s casting roundup will have you getting into the holiday spirit. An upcoming production of “A Christmas Story,” from the musical team behind “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land,” will hold an open casting call for nonunion actors. See that and more paying gigs below! “A Christmas Story”A nonunion production of “A Christmas Story” will hold an open casting call in New York City on May 8 and 9. Seeking adult talent for several ensemble roles as well as a lead, the musical (which features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), will run Nov. 9–Dec. 31 in NYC. Pay will be a minimum of $700/week for principals and $500/week for the ensemble, in addition to provided housing and per diem. “Black Moonlight”Casting is underway for three supporting and two day player roles in “Black Moonlight,” a short film. The piece is slated to shoot May 27–29 in Downtown, »
It’s always fun to imagine “what if” scenarios when it comes to our favorite films. What if Pretty Woman was actually played by Molly Ringwald instead of Julia Roberts? Yup, that’s who was asked to originally played the part. What if Jack Nicholson was the father in A Christmas Story? How would that have looked if the studio had enough money to pay Nicholson? The list goes on and the list can even include animated features. In the video below, shared by The A.V. Club, Billy Crystal can be heard voicing an early version of Buzz in a demo for
- Nat Berman
Sometimes it’s hard to put a fresh coat of paint on an old house. The colors can bleed through no matter how many new layers are added, giving the house a look of desperation from a block away. But sometimes the right paint is used, the restoration is done with love and affection, and the new owners actually care about their surroundings. Such is the case with The Night Stalker (1972), the ABC TV movie that took the vampire out of his crumbling castle and transported him to the seedier side of the modern day Las Vegas strip; and in doing so created one of the most endearingly reluctant monster hunters of all time, Carl Kolchak.
Originally airing as the ABC Movie of the Week on Tuesday, January 11th, 1972, The Night Stalker slayed the competition in the ratings, including CBS’s successful Hawaii Five-o/Cannon lineup. And I mean destroyed »
- Scott Drebit
The Oscar-nominated songwriting team is currently riding a one-two punch of critical and box office success with two massive hit projects: La La Land, the breakthrough movie musical for which they wrote the lyrics — and Dear Evan Hansen, the sold-out Broadway smash that’s already a frontrunner for a Tony Award for best new musical.
- Dave Quinn
Here’s a new movie rule: If you’re going to sit through a Sundance “crowd-pleaser,” complete with cardboard situations and cheeseball snark and life lessons, it’s always better if that movie stars Shirley MacLaine. In “The Last Word,” she plays — what else? — a cutely difficult pie-eyed pixie-curmudgeon who is always scolding everyone and telling them how to improve themselves. I can think of many films where she played a similar role that outclass this one — like “Terms of Endearment,” “In Her Shoes,” “Bernie,” or “Postcards from the Edge.” Those were real movies. “The Last Word,” written by Stuart Ross Fink and directed by Mark Pellington, is an eager assemblage of quasi-fake setups and two-stroke characters. It makes “Little Miss Sunshine” look…organic. (It’s also not nearly as well-made.) Yet MacLaine, who isn’t above falling into high-concept shtick herself, hasn’t lost the gift of spontaneity. At 82, she’s spry and fearless. »
- Owen Gleiberman
For actor Zack Ward, his very first appearance on screen turned out to be the one he will forever be remembered for. In 1983, a young Ward played the yellow-eyed bully Scut Farkus in Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story, and thanks in no small part to TBS’ annual all-day marathon of the holiday classic, Ward’s deliciously villainous performance in the film is one of the most iconic in screen history. Not bad for a first time actor, eh? Unfortunately, Ward’s directorial debut isn’t quite as memorable.
Co-written by Ward and prolific indie horror filmmaker James Cullen Bressack, The Haunted centers on Todd and Rebecca, a happy young couple who have just purchased their first house together. During the restoration process, Todd discovers »
- John Squires
Image Source: Netflix Any Ya fan worth their salt knows the name Lemony Snicket. It's a name that will forever be associated with A Series of Unfortunate Events, the popular book series that is now a Netflix show. While the author of the books is billed a Mr. Lemony Snicket, the man behind The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and all the other novels in the series, is Daniel Handler. Here he is at a screening of the Netflix show in January: Image Source: Getty / John Lamparski This is his favorite pose, although he did treat the photographers on the red carpet to a little "wandering eye" look during a photo with the cast: Image Source: Getty / John Lamparski Is addition to the series, Handler has written several childrens books under the pen name, including The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story, The Lump of Coal, »
- Maggie Pehanick
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