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'Guardians,' 'Whiplash,' and… '12 Years a Slave' (throwback!) among Casting Society’s nominees

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'Guardians,' 'Whiplash,' and… '12 Years a Slave' (throwback!) among Casting Society’s nominees
Because the Casting Society of America shifted the date of its Artios Awards, this year’s nominees include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014, paving the way for last year’s Best Picture winner to nuzzle its way into contention along with 2014 hopefuls like "Birdman," "Boyhood," and "Selma." With categories ranging from Big Budget Drama to Low Budget Comedy, nearly every film that one expects to make the cut made the cut. And then some. The Csa’s nominees put "Guardians of the Galaxy" side by side with "Wolf of Wall Street," "Whiplash" with "Inside Llewyn Davis," and Disney’s "Planes" with "Frozen." If you were dreaming of a re-evaluation of "We’re the Millers," your time is now. 2015’s bicoastal Artios Awards will be hosted by Patton Oswalt (Los Angeles) and Michael Urie (New York City). The evening will also honor two-time Academy Award®-nominee Richard Linklater ("Boyhood
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Casting Society Nominations Pit ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Foxcatcher’ Against 2013’s Big Movies

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Casting Society Nominations Pit ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Foxcatcher’ Against 2013’s Big Movies
The Casting Society of America has super-sized its Artios Awards feature film nominations this year, honoring 42 different films and putting some of 2014’s top contenders in categories where they’ll compete against 2013’s awards movies.

For its 30th annual ceremony, the awards for casting directors have moved from their usual fall slot to a late-January date that placed them in the middle of awards season. To accommodate the new date, this year’s eligibility period spanned 18 months instead of a single year, encompassing films released in the second half of 2013 and all of 2014.

See photos: The 17 Breakout Stars of 2014:
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Casting Society Unveils Artios Film Nominees

Casting Society Unveils Artios Film Nominees
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Into The Woods, Big Eyes and Gone Girl are among the feature film nominees announced today for the Casting Society of America’s 30th Annual Artios Awards. Winners for film, television, theater and new media categories will be announced January 22 at simultaneous award ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and 42West Cabaret & Lounge in New York City. Patton Oswalt will host in La and Michael Urie in New York.

Csa also will honor Richard Linklater (Boyhood) with the Career Achievement Award, Rob Marshall (Into The Woods) with the New York Apple Award and casting director Ellen Lewis with the Hoyt Bowers Award. Due to the Artios Awards date change this year (from November to January), the eligibility period for film projects was expanded for this award ceremony only, to include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. Here’s the complete list of
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Rawson Marshall Thurber: We're The Millers, Dodgeball 2

Interview Caroline Preece 21 Aug 2013 - 08:14

Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber chats to us about his new comedy We're The Millers, his Magnum P.I. script and more...

Director Rawson Marshall Thurber tasted the rare joy of overnight success with Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story back in 2004, and now he’s making his long-awaited return to comedy with ‘family’ road comedy We’re The Millers.

We spoke to him about getting a hit with his first film, the Magnum P.I. script sitting on the shelf and whether we’ll ever see a Dodgeball sequel.

What attracted you to the script first of all?

I thought it was a really funny script and those are rare enough. When I read it, I think I laughed about four times out loud and that just never happens. I thought it was a really clever take on an old idea – it’s a family road
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Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis Banter at ‘We’re the Millers’ Premiere

Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis Banter at ‘We’re the Millers’ Premiere
The crowd that filled the Bryant Park Grill following New Line’s Aug. 1 Ziegfeld screening of “We’re the Millers” seemed happily surprised with this original summer entry about a family of four trying to smuggle 1,500 kilos of Mexican pot across the border in an Rv.

Think Chevy Chase’s “Vacation” series with 21st-century wit and raunch.

Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston as the mismatched mom and dad improvised much of their verbal volleys.

“The trickiest part handling Jennifer and Jason as they riff along was not laughing over the takes,” said helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber. “They’re friends in real life and that led to their chemistry onscreen. It’s the pixie dust — it’s either there or it isn’t.”

The duo certainly never paused:

Q: Do you see this as a series?

Sudeikis: Gosh, I have no idea.

Aniston: I think that’s an interesting idea.

Q:
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4 Fox Comedy Pilots and 1 New Series Secure Casting Directors

Several recently greenlit Fox comedy projects have casting directors under contract, Backstage has learned. The first, a project with the working title “Dads,” written by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and hailing from Seth MacFarland’s Fuzzy Dorr shingle, is being cast by Lisa Beach and Sarah Katzman. The project has received a strait-to-series order for six episodes. It centers on two successful 30-something roommates whose lives are upended when their dads move in with them. So far the only actor cast in the project is Brenda Song, who will play an assistant to the two protagonists. In addition to the new series, four pilots are also set to begin casting. Anya Colloff and Michael Nicolo of Cfb Casting will cast “Two Wrongs,” about a man who must convince his family that their hatred of his girlfriend isn't justified — despite the fact that she left him at the altar several years ago.
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Jeremy Gordon, Beth Lipari Form New Casting Company

Jeremy Gordon and Beth Lipari have partnered to form the new casting office Gordon-Lipari Casting, Backstage has confirmed. The pair met as associates in the office of Lisa Beach and Sarah Katzman, where they worked on projects such as “Knight and Day,” with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, and the upcoming films “We’re the Millers” and “The Wolverine.” “We were very much the same personality,” says Gordon, “and we just kind of looked at each other one day and said, ‘You know what? It's time. Let's do it.’ ” The new team is currently casting the web series “My Synthesized Life” and the film “3 Pegs,” among other projects. There is no other staff at this time, but Gordon says he’s happy to have someone with whom to share the workload. “I've been casting independent films on my own — no assistant, no associate — for many years, and it's a lot of work.
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Hey, You Made It!

Hey, You Made It!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brings you the Oscars (yep, that's why they're called Academy Awards), and on Friday, the organization announced that it was prepared to invite 176 new folks to its fold.

In a list posted on its website, the Academy deemed Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Terrence Malick, Jonah Hill, Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and a host of other film luminaries worthy of inclusion in its nearly 6,000-member army.

The Academy has drawn the ire of critics who bemoan its overwhelmingly male, white population. A Los Angeles Times investigation found that of all Academy members, 94 percent are Caucasian and 77 percent are male. A mere 2 percent are black, with Latinos constituting an even smaller portion. Only 14 percent of members are under the age of 50.

Full members of the Academy select and vote on Oscars nominees. The organization was started in 1927 and is now governed by a 43-person board.
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The Academy Invites 176 To Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy.s roster of members.

.These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .I.m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member..

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:

Actors

Simon Baker . .Margin Call,. .L.A. Confidential.

Sean Bean . .Flightplan,. .The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Bérénice Bejo . .The Artist,. .Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.

Tom Berenger . .Inception,. .Platoon.

Demián Bichir . .A Better Life,. .Che.

Jessica Chastain . .The Help,. .The Tree of Life.

Clifton Collins,
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Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy

Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.

Terrence Malick, who somehow wasn’t already a member, received an invitation, as did fellow directors Rodrigo Garcia and Asghar Farhadi.

For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website.
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Oscar invites 176 artists and executives

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:

Actors

Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”

Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon

Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che

Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life

Clifton Collins,
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Interview: Acting Coach Michelle Danner

If you live in La, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Edgemar Center for the Arts where Michelle Danner is the Artistic Director.

Michelle is an actress, director and renowned acting coach for Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher and James Franco to name a few. In 2000, she and Larry Moss founded the Center which houses two huge theatres, an art gallery and is home great workshops taught by Brad Garrett and incredible casting directors like Sarah Finn, Lisa Beach and Sarah Katzman.

Michelle is currently finishing up directing duties on her 2nd film, Hello Herman.

I talked to Michelle about the film, Edgemar and what it’s like to coach some of the biggest stars around.

Click here for the Edgemar website.

For the full interview, click the audio link above or download it from iTunes

When did you start to realize that you liked coaching actors?
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Kushner, Carsey to Be Honored at Artios Awards

Playwright Tony Kushner, producer Marcy Carsey, and casting director Ellen Chenoweth will be honored by the Casting Society of America at this year's Artios Awards. The nominees for this year's awards—to be presented Nov. 1 in dual ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the American Airlines Theatre in New York—were announced today. Kushner, Carsey, and Chenoweth will be presented with special awards. The complete list of nominees follows.Big budget feature, drama"Avatar," Margery Simkin and Mali Finn (initial casting)"Inglourious Basterds," Johanna Ray and Jenny Jue"Nine," Francine Maisler"Sherlock Holmes," Reg Poerscout-Edgerton"Shutter Island," Ellen Lewis and Carolyn Pickman (location casting)Big budget feature, comedy"Couples Retreat," Sarah Halley Finn and Randi Hiller"Date Night," Donna Isaacson"Julie and Julia," Francine Maisler"The Proposal," Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, and Angela Peri (location casting)"Valentine's Day," Deborah Aquila and Tricia WoodFeature,
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Looks Bad on Paper

When it comes to lying on your resume, be it a slight exaggeration or a full-blown falsehood, we can offer but one piece of advice: Don't. Not only does it irritate the casting director but there's no need for it. It won't make you a better actor. And whatever you made up is probably not the reason you were brought in. Says casting director Sarah Katzman, "If your headshot is something fantastic and spectacular, meaning it really captures the essence of you, which then translates into what we're looking for, then I'm turning it over and looking at the resume. So I don't even look at the résumé until I've decided that that person is probably coming in for us."Also, if you lie, prepare to be caught. Actor Lisa Ann Nicolai recalls an audition at which the woman in front of her was called out. "She claimed to have
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