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Rumorville: The ‘Deadwood’ Film Eyes a Production Date + Luca Guadagnino’s Next Project Fills Out Principal Casting

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. “Deadwood”Fans of “Deadwood” who have anxiously been awaiting the reality of a movie might have some hope. We know there’s a script, but TVLine reported this week that the team has secured financing and will go into production in fall 2018. They also say HBO hasn’t given the film a “formal green light,” but it’s more progress than has been made since the show went off the air. Casting isn’t even a consideration on the project as of now, but it’s worth noting that Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein cast the series, so they could be back if the movie gets the official go ahead.
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TV Review: ‘Queen of the South’

TV Review: ‘Queen of the South’
Exposition and explosions dominate the pilot of USA action drama “Queen of the South,” starring Alice Braga (Sonia’s niece) as a female drug kingpin in a violent, macho world. The mix of plot and pyrotechnics is not unusual; after all, the show has just one hour to propel its heroine into her narrative, and it’s determined to do that at all costs. Moreover, the network released only the pilot to critics, which is never a wholly fair way to judge a new show. Here, it’s time enough for Braga (“I Am Legend,” “City of God”), as Teresa Mendoza, to transform herself from a waif-like nobody with Raphaelite hair into a “narca,” first by association with her drug-running lover (Jon-Michael Ecker), and then by pure grit after his death.

The show continues USA’s move away from its “blue skies” strategy, in which it offered viewers optimistic, closed-ended original series, and
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‘Transparent,’ ‘Empire’ Lead Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards Nominations

Transparent” and “Empire” lead the first-round nominees for the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards.

The Amazon comedy and Fox drama each scored two nominations. The noms announced Friday morning covered TV, theater, Web series and short film.

Transparent’s” casting director Edye Belasco received noms in both the TV pilot comedy and TV comedy series categories. “Empire’s” trio of Leah Daniels Butler, Claire Simon and Shelby Cherniet were nominated for TV pilot drama, while Butler and Simon were also recognized in the TV drama series field.

The TV comedy series category also includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Episodes,” while the TV drama series contenders are “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife” and “Bloodline.”

In the TV movie or miniseries category, the nominees are “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Olive Kitteridge,” “Wayward Pines,” “Wolf Hall” and “The Slap.
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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis
Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in
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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis
Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in
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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards

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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards
While the Oscars have yet to make room for casting directors — a pivotal part of the Best Picture equation — the oversight isn't stopping the Casting Society of America from readying its third decade of picking up the Academy's slack. Csa announced Monday morning that the 30th Annual Artios Awards will honor Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall and Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis for their individual work in the world of casting. The news arrives with nominations in categories of television, theater, new media and short film, and on the heels of the ceremony's move from November to Jan. 22, the thick of the awards season. Feature film nominations will be announced closer to the show date. Marshall, whose adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" bows Dec. 25, will receive the New York Apple Award, "recognizing individuals who have made special contributions to the New York entertainment
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Teddy Sears: From “American Horror” to Sex Studies In “Masters Of Sex”

Teddy Sears as Dr. Austin Langham in Masters Of Sex (photo: Showtime)

Let’s talk about sex, Baby.

Okay, the Salt-n-Pepa song won’t be popping up in Showtime’s new drama series, Masters Of Sex, which is set in the 1950s when Dr. William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) conducted their revolutionary study of sex. The series is based on Thomas Maier’s biography, Masters Of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Since the show is very much focused on sex, gay characters also are a part of the series.. In the first few episodes, a lesbian prostitute (Broadway’s Annaleigh Ashford) helps Masters move his study into a brothel in exchange for her getting her tubes untied so she can have a baby and have a chance at a ‘normal life’ with a man. And, never fear,
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Homeland’s Casting Directors on How They Found Their Five Main Stars, Including a Sexy Saul

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Homeland’s Casting Directors on How They Found Their Five Main Stars, Including a Sexy Saul
Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein on how they found the hit Showtime series' five main actors. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) Junie Lowry-Johnson: If we’d said Damian’s name at the beginning, he wouldn’t have gotten much attention, because we were initially looking at well-known actors. Libby Goldstein: People we wanted didn’t want us. A lot of them passed — you’d be surprised who. J.L.J.: One actor really wanted to know whether Brody was a good guy. He didn’t want to play a bad one. L.G.: That’s why he didn’t get the part. Idiot. Also, we wanted someone who looked all-American. J.L.J.: Believable as having been a soldier. L.G.: And that could go on to politics. J.L.J.: We were scrambling, and someone had seen a movie called Keane [a 2004 drama about a father coping with his daughter’s abduction]. When we all saw that film,
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TV Review: ‘Rectify’

TV Review: ‘Rectify’
Once again demonstrating that compelling drama can come from unlikely sources, Sundance Channel expands on the inroads it’s made with miniseries in “Rectify,” a series with a strong indie-film sensibility and slow-as-molasses, hypnotic pace. If that doesn’t exactly scream boffo box office, it does represent the sort of quality that can put a network on the media’s radar, buoyed as it is by Aden Young’s wonderfully stoic performance as a man who spent 19 years on death row before being freed by DNA evidence. Someone understandably refers to the protagonist as “Starman,” but his distant stare and alienation better approximate the vibe in “Sling Blade.”

Young’s Daniel Holden isn’t completely out of the woods when he’s released, since the former prosecutor — now a state senator (Michael O’Neill) — is convinced he got the right man, and the evidence doesn’t completely exonerate him. Whether
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TV Review: ‘Defiance’

TV Review: ‘Defiance’
The description of “Defiance” as a “transmedia” event arouses suspicion from the get-go. Strip away the jargon, and this Syfy series has been developed in concert with an online game, offering a modern variation on “He-Man” cartoons that pushed toys. The difference is that this caters to (young) adults, mashing up sci-fi concepts into a nondescript TV program whose visual effects are infinitely more enterprising than its characters. For all but the subset willing to buy in and participate on multiple levels, think of the “Star Wars” cantina scene stretched into a series, then perhaps think about watching something else.

A spoken prologue helps explain (not very well) the elaborate backstory, about eight alien races having descended on Earth and blasted the hell out of the place. The series picks up 15 years after an armistice was declared, leaving the disparate survivors trying to make a go of living together in harmony,
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3 Cable Drama Pilots Hire CDs

Three new cable drama pilots now have casting directors attached, Backstage has learned."Tyrant," from Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, the producers of Showtime's acclaimed series “Homeland,” will be cast by Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein. The shoot date and location are still being determined for the Middle East-set FX drama, which revolves around an American family that gets drawn into the political web of a volatile nation in the oil-rich region. A&E's period drama “Turn” will be cast by Laura Schiff (pictured) and Carrie Audino of Schiff/Audino Casting (“Mad Men”). Based on Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies,” “Turn” is about a group of childhood friends who form the famed Culper Ring to spy on the British during the Revolutionary War. The pilot is set to start shooting in April in Virginia.And the Bravo drama “Rita,” one of the first scripted pilots in the cable net's history,
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NBC and ABC Off-Season Pilots Announce Casting Directors

Two off-cycle network pilots have CDs attached Two off-cycle pilots ordered this development season now have Los Angeles-based casting directors attached. NBC's "After Hours," which focuses on a group of former Army doctors who find themselves reunited on the night shift at a Texas hospital, is set to be cast by Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein, of Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting. The drama, from writer/producer team Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, starts shooting in November in Albuquerque. Meanwhile, ABC's "Trophy Wife" will be cast by Anya Colloff and Michael Nicolo, of Cfb Casting. The comedy features a former party girl (Malin Akerman) who falls in love with a charming older man (Bradley Whitford) and must learn to deal with his three manipulative kids and two ex-wives. Marcia Gay Harden is also set to star. It starts shooting in November. There have been four off-cycle pilots ordered by the networks this season,
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Ben Affleck's 'Homeland' directing conflict: Jennifer Garner!

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Ben Affleck could teach "Homeland's" Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) a thing or two about being a devoted dad and husband.

Accepting the Career Achievement Award at the Casting Society of America's annual Artios Awards Oct. 29, the "Argo" filmmaker explained that a deal with his wife of seven years, actress Jennifer Garner, forced him to pass on directing the critically acclaimed Showtime thriller's pilot.

"It's true! I was going to do 'Homeland,'" he admitted, after casting director and Artios winner Libby Goldstein teased him (in rhyming couplets) for backing out. "I liked the show," Affleck shared. "I signed on. The guys were ready."

Turns out he had another commitment -- to his family.

"I don't want to blame it on 'her,'" Affleck continued, "but my wife and I have an arrangement where when she works, I don't work and when I work, she doesn't work. She said,
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Why Ben Affleck Passed on Directing 'Homeland' and a Look at the Filmmakers Who Didn't

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Why Ben Affleck Passed on Directing 'Homeland' and a Look at the Filmmakers Who Didn't
At the Casting Society of America's annual Artios Awards on Monday night, Ben Affleck told the crowd that he had passed on the chance to direct the pilot episode of "Homeland." Per The Hollywood Reporter, the "Argo" filmmaker and star said he had already agreed to helm the first episode of the Showtime drama when his wife Jennifer Garner was offered a role in a film. It was his turn to stay with their kids, and having to head to North Carolina to shoot the episode would make that impossible, so he dropped out: "I was sure nothing would happen with the show,” said Affleck, getting a laugh from the crowd. “Now I hate the f----g show. I’ve never seen it. I’m going to attach myself to 14 pilots this year. What prompted Affleck to tell the story was Libby Goldstein, who had worked on casting Homeland, reading a
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Casting Society Presents 2012 Artios Awards

The Casting Society of America tonight announced the winners of the 28th Annual Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting. The Big Budget Feature Drama award went to Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee for The Help. Mindy Marin and Kara Lipson (Associate) received the Big Budget Feature Comedy award for Crazy, Stupid Love. There was a tie for Television Series Drama. The honor was shared by Mark Saks and John Andrews (Associate) for The Good Wife and Judy Henderson, Craig Fincannon (Location Casting), Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting) for Homeland. Nicole Sullivan hosted the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The New York ceremony was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. Here is the complete list of winners: Big Budget Feature – Drama The Help, Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee Big Budget Feature – Comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, Mindy Marin, Kara Lipson (Associate) Feature – Studio or Independent – Drama My Week With Marilyn, Deborah Aquila,
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Homeland sweeps the Primetime Emmys, Kidman and Davis miss out

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Showtime series Homeland swept the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards netting popular awards for Damien Lewis (Best Actor), Claire Danes (Best Actress), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Best Drama Series.

The Primetime wins helped Homeland secure its place as the Emmy's surprise hit of 2012. Lewis beat out Emmy favourites Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston, who himself won the award twice for his role as Walter White in AMC.s Breaking Bad.

HBO.s Game Change tied with Homeland with four awards won, including Jay Roach.s Best Director for a Miniseries and Outstanding Miniseries. Combined with the Creative Arts Emmy wins, Homeland won a collective six awards this Emmy season.

Despite Showtime.s popular wins, HBO came out on top earning six awards in total for their programs nominated. ABC came soon after with five awards with its flagship show Modern Family earning an Outstanding Directing for a
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Nominees at the 26th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the Canadian Academy released its list of nominees for the 26th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards.

Best Animated Program or Series

* Glenn Martin Dds

* Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five

* Jimmy Two Shoes

* Kids vs. Kat

* March of the Dinosaurs

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series

* Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* How to be Indie

* That's So Weird

* Vacation with Derek

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program Series

* Artzooka!

* In Real Life

* Spelling Night in Canada: Canspell 2011

* Survive This

* TVOKids - Mark's Moments

Best Comedy Program or Series

* This Hour Has 22 Minutes

* Call Me Fitz

* Good Dog

* Halifax Comedy Fest 2010

* Living in Your Car

* Rick Mercer Report

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

* Fakers

* The Kennedys

* My Babysitter's a Vampire.

* The Pillars of the Earth

* Sleepyhead

Best Dramatic Series

* The Borgias

* Endgame

* Flashpoint

* Skins

* The Tudors
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2011 Emmy Nominations Include a Few Horror Favorites

As Dread Central's resident awards show junkie, I'm happy to report that while horror didn't make a super strong showing in this year's Emmy Awards nominations, it did make a respectable one. Read on for the full list of genre nominees, including a few that, while not pure horror, are definitely DC fan favorites.

For the full rundown of all the talented nominees, visit the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and be sure to watch the live broadcast of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox on Sunday, September 18th at 8:00 Pm Et/5:00 Pm Pt.

Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series

"True Blood" • Beautifully Broken • It Hurts Me Too • Trouble • HBO • Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment

Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer

Cat Smith, Art Director

Laura Richarz, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series

"Game Of Thrones" • HBO • Bighead,
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Pilot Season Gets Into Gear

It has been a busy week for pilots, with a flurry of projects staffing up for planned February and March shoots.La Padura & Hart Casting has signed on for NBC's pilot "Playboy" from 20th TV and Imagine Television, a drama set in the 1960s at Chicago's Playboy club.Already attached to the untitled Terri Minsky project for TV Land about a Portland, Ore., cola company, starring Christine Taylor and Sherri Shepherd, Greenstein/Daniel Casting has also taken on the "Vince Uncensored" pilot from Warner Bros. Television and Conan O'Brien's Conaco. The script for "Vince Uncensored," written by Phoef Sutton, is about a man who, after a life-changing experience, decides to significantly alter his approach to work and family. The pilot is cast-contingent.Another hot property, "Battlesta Galactica" writer-producer Ron Moore's pilot, currently titled "17th Precinct" and described as " 'Harry Potter' for grownups," is being cast by Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein.
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New Casting Directors

Lisa Soltau was living in Seattle when her friend Bonnie Gillespie sent her a book she had written called "Casting Qs," a compilation of interviews with casting directors. "I read it and I absolutely loved all the aspects of the job," says Soltau. "I loved the entertainment industry and movies and television. The process of casting sounded wonderful."She called one of the two casting offices in Seattle and ended up working as an intern there for about six months. But the CD told her she should move to New York or Los Angeles if she really wanted to pursue a career in casting. "I picked L.A. because I had lived there once for about three years and I thought it would be easier to acclimate there," Soltau says. "Plus I wanted to work on 'Six Feet Under,' which was airing at the time.
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