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Texas Now Casting: Lead Roles for Male Actors in ‘Whip It’ + More

15 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

An upcoming short film is casting male nonunion talent fill its lead roles. “Whip It,” which focuses on “a disgruntled man [who] tries to interrupt a conversation between two dads after a Little League baseball game,” is looking for three male actors ages 30–50 to play the three roles. Rehearsals and shoot date for the production will be in Dallas, Texas, at a date Tbd. Pay is $50 a day minimum, with a meal provided.   Do you fit the bill? Apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Texas audition listings! Save »

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Director Dagen Merrill Talks Atomica [Interview]

15 March 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

In the new sci-fi thriller Atomica, a young safety inspector is forced to fly out to a remote nuclear power plant isolated in the desert to bring it back online. Once inside the facility, mysterious clues and strange behaviors cause her to have doubts about the sanity, and perhaps identities, of the two employees onsite.

The film hits theaters March 17 then lands on VOD and Digital HD March 21, 2017. Atomica stars Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Pet), Tom Sizemore (Heat) and Sarah Habel (Whip It).

Last week I had a quick chat about the film with director Daagen Merrill about the film.


First off, where did you shoot the film? The location is amazing.

We shot in an abandoned T [Continued ...] »

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Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, Chloe Grace Moretz and More Join Immigration Ban Protests at Lax and JFK

29 January 2017 2:06 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Celebrities are showing up and speaking out!

As crowds gathered at international airports across the country over the weekend to protest President Donald Trump's executive order to ban more than 130 million people from the United States, including legal permanent residents and refugees, celebrities were quick to join and add their voices.

Watch: Sophia Bush, Miley Cyrus, Sia and More Respond to President Donald Trump's Immigration Ban

Among the few hundred peaceful protesters Et saw gathered at Lax on Saturday included Search Party star Alia Shawkat and Gaycation host Ellen Page. The actresses, who worked together in the 2009 film Whip It, walked with protesters on a permitted march through the international departures terminal and chanted along with the crowd, while Shawkat carried a sign.

The 27-year-old Shawkat, whose father emigrated from Iraq, used her social media presence to urge supporters to join the protest and repeat one of the popular chants: "Lax Come!" she tweeted »

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