Greenlit: Projects Featuring Big Stars Like Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn + Connie Britton Are Casting

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “The Irishman”The cast list is already packed on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” with Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and more, but they’re not quite done rounding it out. Anna Paquin has just joined the film as De Niro’s daughter. Production is currently underway in New York City and the surrounding area, and will continue into early 2018. Ellen Lewis Casting is handling principal casting, and you have a shot at booking a background role right here on Backstage! “Good Omens”Production photos from BBC and Amazon’s “Good Omens” have been showing up since the shoot began recently in the U.K. Filming might be underway for the novel adaptation,
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Feature film casting call

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Casting Directors Suzanne Smith and Daniel Edwards are looking for a little girl or boy to be in Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth film in the Resident Evil franchise starring Milla Jovovich.

Shooting dates: 10th October to 24th December 2011 in Toronto, Canada

Director: Paul Ws Anderson

Looking for a girl or boy aged 6 to a very, very small 8.

Must Have Blue Eyes and able to do an American accent.

Character called Becky/Ben.

Cute. Smart. Caucasian with Blue eyes. aged 6 to very small 8. Could Be A Boy Or Girl.American accent and has a lot of words. She/He leads an average suburban life up until the day we meet her/him. She/he negotiates with her/his mom over breakfast choices making her/his late for school. Then the monsters come to town and her/his world turns upside down. Becky/Ben and her parents are terrorized by the
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Tsunami: The Aftermath

Tsunami: The Aftermath
From halfway around the world, it's hard to grasp the enormity of the 2004 tsunami. Striking without warning, the giant wave claimed more than 227,000 lives. About one-fourth of the victims never were found. Those who somehow survived had their own versions of hell as they tried to find loved ones while fending for themselves amid unimaginable devastation.

No film can hope to capture the entire disaster, but Abi Morgan's teleplay and Bharat Nalluri's direction provide a palpable sense of the human misery. The miniseries traces the lives of about a half-dozen individuals in the days after the tsunami. Despite obvious and admirable efforts to replicate the devastation, confusion, desperation and bitterness, you still get the feeling that this production has been sanitized for your protection. Nalluri directs the camera away from most of the ugliness of decaying corpses and gaping wounds and simply can't convey the terrific stench.

Urgent but mundane needs for food, water, clothing and sanitary facilities get short shrift compared to the more theatrical drama of searching for a lost child or discovering that predictions of such an event made years earlier had been ignored. In fact, Morgan designates only a few of his fictional characters to represent the hundreds of thousands of tourists and natives who bore the brunt of the suffering. The rest are journalists, aid workers, government officials and resort executives.

The story given the most attention is that of vacationers Ian Carter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his wife, Susie (Sophie Okonedo). When the tsunami strikes, she's in scuba gear and completely oblivious. He's ashore with no time to escape. When the wave hits, he clings to their 6-year-old daughter but can't hold on. He sees her grab high on a palm tree and can only hope she saved herself.

Gina McKee plays another vacationer, Kim Peabody, who loses her husband and then fights British bureaucracy to get an injured son evacuated to the U.K. Representing the native population is Than (Samrit Machielsen), a Thai waiter whose entire small village is destroyed and whose family perishes.

To provide more perspectives, journalist Nick Fraser (Tim Roth) uncovers several scandals, including plans by resorts to rebuild along fault lines, adding to their properties the land that had belonged to the villagers. That should evoke anger, but compared to the pain and loss of the survivors, it seems like more of a distraction.

The first half of the miniseries plods a bit, weighted down with scenes depicting the impact of the disaster. The second night is more gripping and filled with memorable confrontations and conflicts. Performances are uniformly excellent, particularly those by Ejiofor and Okonedo. The film was shot on location in Bangkok and the formerly ravaged areas of Phuket and Khao Lak in Thailand, lending even greater authenticity to the production design.



Kudos in association with HBO Films and the BBC


Executive producers: Jane Featherstone, Derek Wax, Abi Morgan

Producer: Finola Dwyer

Director: Bharat Nalluri

Teleplay: Abi Morgan

Director of photography: John de Borman

Production designer: Richard Bridgland

Editor: Barney Pilling

Music: Alex Heffes

Set designer: Peter Walpole

Casting: Suzanne Crowley, Gilly Poole, Christine King


Nick Fraser: Tim Roth

Ian Carter: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Susie Carter: Sophie Okonedo

Tony Whittaker: Hugh Bonneville

Kim Peabody: Gina McKee

Than: Samrit Machielsen

Kathy Graham: Toni Collette

Ellen Webb: Kate Ashfield

Chai: Will Yun Lee

Pravat Meeko: Grirggiat Punpiputt

Film review: 'Wing Commander'

Beastly aliens called Kilrathi are rubbing out humans in the Vega system in the year 2564. One Confederation spacecraft carrier must stop an enemy fleet or Earth will be devastated. But for that to happen, ace Freddie Prinze Jr. has to overcome his outsider status as son of a hated Pilgrim -- antisocial types who once explored the vastness of space using the handy "jump" method -- and win the heart of Saffron Burrows, his new "Wing Commander".

Firing up the engines for "Episode I: The Phantom Menace" in two months, distributor Fox won't fare well with this hopelessly derivative, second-rate sci-fi actioner. Hot off "She's All That", Prinze is out of his element in director Chris Roberts' naval warfare-inspired adventure. The cast is at sea with wooden dialogue, and the widescreen voyage is often laugh-out-loud ridiculous.

Filmed in Luxembourg and based on Roberts' computer game series, "Wing" is a blatant rip-off of World War II movies and sci-fi TV shows: Space fighters are essentially dive-bombers, big warships with torpedoes, cloaking devices, shields and unceasing military bluster. Available women fight alongside and outpilot randy guys, but most of the usual cliches are adhered to.

Destined to save the day, proving more than once that he can freestyle navigate better than a computer, young Blair (Prinze) and his buddy Maniac (Matthew Lillard) join merchant ship captain Paladin (Tcheky Karyo) on the Tiger Claw, a future flattop with a dour, Pilgrim-hating captain (Jurgen Prochnow).

Maniac pairs with flygirl Rosie (Ginny Holder) in the film's only engaging subplot. Blair gets off to a bad start with Angel (Burrows) and keeps getting in trouble. With a famous father who married a Pilgrim, Blair is a pariah and antagonizes some of the Tiger Claw's fighters.

Much time is spent on this Pilgrim problem and the halfheartedly developed theme of faith vs. scientific fact, which is the boilerplate of space operas such as "Star Wars" and every other episode of "Star Trek" and its offshoots.

Unfortunately, Prinze shoots blanks as the reluctant savior of humanity. There are few sparks between him and Burrows ("Celebrity"), and he's no match for Karyo ("GoldenEye") as Blair's mentor in the Pilgrim ways.

From scenes evoking the wounded pilot crash-landing his plane to the submarine hiding from depth charges, "Wing" doesn't know when to quit and even has Karyo calling a "broadside" in the final clash of spaceships in the vicinity of Earth. The bulky, grumbling aliens are indeed ruthless but seen only in glimpses until called upon to die in mass quantities.

Prochnow, David Suchet and David Warner add firepower to the forces of good, but the movie is only partially salvaged by mildly arousing special effects sequences of dogfights and full-scale battles.


20th Century Fox

No Prisoner Prods. and Digital Anvil

in association with Origin Systems and

the Carousel Picture Co.

Director: Chris Roberts

Screenwriter: Kevin Droney

Producer: Todd Moyer

Executive producers: Joseph, N. Cohen, Jean-Martial LeFranc, Romain Schroeder

Director of photography: Thierry Arbogast

Production designer: Peter Lamont

Editor: Peter Davies

Costume designer: Magali Guidasci

Music: Kevin Kiner, David Arnold

Visual effects supervisor: Chris Brown

Casting: Suzanne Crowley, Gilly Poole



Blair: Freddie Prinze Jr.

Deveraux: Saffron Burrows

Maniac: Matthew Lillard

Paladin: Tcheky Karyo

Rosie: Ginny Holder

Gerald: Jurgen Prochnow

Sansky: David Suchet

Tolwyn: David Warner

Running time -- 100 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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