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Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake Will Hold NYC & Orlando Open Calls

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story is one of his next projects, and a casting notice that went out today confirms those rumors. Casting director Cindy Tolan is seeking actors to play the musical's four leading roles Maria, Tony, Bernardoand Anita. All four actors must be able to sing, and Maria, Anita and Bernardo must be able to speak Spanish.
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Rumorville: Spielberg May Helm a Leanord Bernstein Biopic, No Talent Yet in Discussion

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. Untitled Leonard Bernstein Biopic While Spielberg is currently hard at work on the anticipated “West Side Story” remake, the famed director also recently had a secret table read many assumed to be confidential “West Side” business. Instead, the topic of discussion was a currently-untitled biopic of composer Leonard Bernstein, with whom Spielberg now shares a connection. The news is being swept under the rug as being a regular occurrence, at least for now, while Spielberg stands firm on concentrating on “West Side Story” and the next “Indiana Jones” movie. Cindy Tolan is on the hunt for a realistic adaptation of the hit Bernstein and Sondheim musical, so if Spielberg
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'West Side Story' Goes From Stage to Screen Again

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “West Side Story”With recent movie musicals like “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman” proving lucrative studio investments, it’s no surprise that more are on the horizon. “West Side Story,” which became a big-screen classic in 1961, is about to get a second life in film, featuring a whole new cast. Steven Spielberg is already on board to direct the movie musical, which will go into production after the director wraps his current project, “Indiana Jones 5.” The musical follows a pair of Romeo and Juliet–type teens who find themselves on opposite sides of two New York City street gangs. The romantic tale contains music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, respectively. No names are attached, and Cindy Tolan will be lining up the actors before production starts.
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Casting call for lead roles in ‘West Side Story’ directed by Steven Spielberg

Three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg is now in pre-production on the feature film “West Side Story,” a remake of the 1961 film about rival gangs in New York City. The film’s Primetime Emmy Award nominated casting director Cindy Tolan is accepting email submissions from talent to be considered for lead roles in the film. [...]

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Casting call for lead roles in ‘West Side Story’ directed by Steven Spielberg

Three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg is now in pre-production on the feature film “West Side Story,” a remake of the 1961 film about rival gangs in New York City. The film’s Primetime Emmy Award nominated casting director Cindy Tolan is accepting email submissions from talent to be considered for lead roles in the film. [...]

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Looks Like West Side Story Will Be Steven Spielberg's Next Movie

Looks Like West Side Story Will Be Steven Spielberg's Next Movie
Last week we learned that Steven Spielberg was looking at two films for his next project to work on. Those film included Indiana Jones 5 and West Side Story. Well, it looks like he's moving forward with West Side Story!

According to Broadway World, Spielberg is already looking for actors to star in the film. This information comes from casting director Cindy Tolan, who is actively searching for actors to play the musical's four leading roles: Maria (18-20), Tony (18-23), Bernardo (20-24) and Anita (20-24 years). As you might expect, all four actors must be able to sing, and Maria, Anita and Bernardo must be able to speak Spanish. I like that they are looking for new talent to fill these roles.

It was also confirmed that Angels in America scribe Tony Kushner is currently working on a script. There are a lot of roles to fill in the movie. It's a pretty big ensemble cast,
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake is Casting its Leads

Something’s coming, and that something is apparently a remake of “West Side Story,” directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted by Tony Kushner. And while those are two of the biggest names in cinema, the stars of the 20th Century Fox project could be total unknowns. Casting Director Cindy Tolan tweeted out a simple casting call on Thursday: “Searching for Tony, Maria, Anita, and Bernardo.” There’s not much more than that—the actors should be between 15 and 25 and able to sing, with dance experience a plus. We do know this production won’t be whitewashed— the casting call lists Tony as Caucasian and Maria, Anita, and Bernardo as Latinx. (The fact that dance experience is “a plus” but not a requirement is intriguing, a West Side Story with light dancing is hard to fathom, but maybe the ensemble will carry that torch.) There's no word on where the shoot will take place,
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Casting Director Removed from Reading of Norma Rae After Asking for Union Benefits

Broadway might be celebrating a successful season, but casting directors still are not pleased with their standing in the theatre community. According to the New York Daily News, Cindy Tolan, one of a number of casting directors heading up the efforts, was just refused a spot on the production team for a reading of a Norma Rae musical when she asked for benefits through the Teamsters.
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Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Is Seeking Background Actors in New York

Barry Jenkins’ next project might have found its leads, but that doesn’t mean it’s done searching for talent. The film, which stars new actor Kiki Layne opposite Stephen James as the two leads, is looking for actors to bring its 1970s NYC scenes to life. The story follows “Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their firstborn child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love, and the promise of the American dream.” Cindy Tolan is handling principal casting for the project. The James Baldwin novel adaptation is seeking union and nonunion background actors. Male and female talent, aged 18 and older, of all races are needed to portray Puerto Rican club goers and neighborhood residents in the film.
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Greenlit Roundup: Casting News to Note for the Week Ahead

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! Here's what you should know about projects that are moving along. Amy Poehler is Headed to Netflix (well, sort of)Netflix has put a comedy from Poehler, Leslye Headland, and Natasha Lyonne into development, and all three women are producing the project. Currently untitled, it will be an eight part series that follows a woman who can’t escape a New York City party where she’s an honoree. Lyonne will star in the project, but no other names are attached. If history serves, Headland might go with a frequent CD collaborator. More details here. Barry Jenkins’ next project has its leadsNewcomer Kiki Layne will star opposite Stephen James in “If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Greenlit: Barry Jenkins Finds His Lead for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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! Barry Jenkins searched far and wide to find the lead for his screen treatment of James Baldwin’s novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” After beginning auditions earlier this summer, the Oscar-winning director landed on newcomer Kiki Layne for the starring role of Tish. The team, including casting director Cindy Tolan (“Straight Outta Compton,” “This is Where I Leave You”), saw more than 300 women for the role, but when Layne came into the room in recent weeks, Jenkins saw something different in the young actor. The story features “Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their firstborn child to term. It is
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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Begins Casting for ‘Beale Street’

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “If Beale Street Could Talk”“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins is bringing James Baldwin to the big screen; his next directorial effort will be an adaptation of the prolific writer’s novel of the same name, which follows a young pregnant woman from Harlem as she fights to prove her fiancé’s innocence in a crime he didn’t commit. “Beale Street” will center primarily on her struggle to deliver a healthy baby while working to bring her family back together. Jenkins’ cast roster is currently bare, but New York’s Cindy Tolan is on the lookout for actors to take on the literary adaptation. Production on the project is anticipated to start in mid-October and continue through the end of the year. Shooting will take place in
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Casting Directors Under Pressure to Represent Today’s America in Film, TV

Casting Directors Under Pressure to Represent Today’s America in Film, TV
When Linda Lowy was casting the pilot for “Grey’s Anatomy” more than a decade ago, she had only one edict from creator Shonda Rhimes regarding skin color — Miranda Bailey had to be white. Rhimes envisioned the character as a petite blonde whose mousy frame would contrast with a fierce intellect and fiercer demeanor, both of which would intimidate the show’s young doctors in training. Kristin Chenoweth tested for the role. But then Lowy saw a taped audition from an African-American actress named Chandra Wilson.

“I didn’t see anything other than the character,” Lowy says. “I took it out of the machine — it was a VHS tape then — and I walked down to Shonda’s office and I said, ‘You have to look at this.’ We were both flabbergasted.”

Wilson is now in her 13th season on “Grey’s.” When the show premiered, the broadcast-network diversity departments born out of an NAACP boycott were not
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Film Festival Roundup: Lower East Side Film Festival Unveils Winners, Telluride Names Guest Director and More

Film Festival Roundup: Lower East Side Film Festival Unveils Winners, Telluride Names Guest Director and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

Exclusive: The 6th Annual Lower East Side Film Festival and their 2016 panel of judges, including Ethan Hawke, Cindy Tolan, Steve Farneth and Raul Castillo have announced their winners. Check them out below.

Best Feature Film – “Americana” – By Zachary Shedd

Best Live Action Short Film – “Killer” – By Matt Kazman

Best Animated Short Film – “The Mega Plush: Episode I” – By Matt Burniston

Best Music Video – The Knocks’ “Collect My Love” – By Austin Peters, Music by The Knocks, featuring Alex Newell

Best Documentary Short Film – “Erosion” – By Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler and Brandon Bray

The Advocacy Award Presented by Here TV – “Video” – By Randy Yang

The Lesff Neighborhood Award – “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” – By Michael Levine

Best of Fest, The Lesff Prix D’Or – “Art of the Prank” – By Andrea Marini

Audience Award
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Ethan Hawke Joins Jury for Lower East Side Film Festival

Ethan Hawke Joins Jury for Lower East Side Film Festival
Ethan Hawke and “Straight Outta Compton” casting director Cindy Tolan will serve as jurors for the 6th annual Lower East Side Film Festival in New York.

The festival will run June 9 to 16 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, Hotel Indigo, the new Ludlow House and other downtown venues. The fest showcases low-budget and independent films from across the globe.

Steve Farneth of Cinetic Media and Raul Castillo of the HBO series “Looking” will also serve as judges.

Festival Director Shannon Walker said, “Lesff is for everyone — cinephiles and casual theatergoers alike, and we’re very excited to have such an eclectic panel of judges that bring such different experiences and expertise to our fest this year.”

Hawke has been nominated for two Academy Awards for supporting actor for “Training Day” and “Boyhood” and two for the screenplays for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.”

Tolan has been a casting director for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,
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31st Annual Artios Awards Honor Casting’s Best

Winners of the Casting Society of America’s top honors were announced Jan. 21 in both New York City and Los Angeles. The 31st annual Artios Awards recognized the best casting directors in the biz, spanning film, television, Web series, and theater. On hand to present the awards were America Ferrera, Finn Wittrock, William H. Macy, Jay Duplass, Neil Brown Jr., and host Greg Grunberg on the west coast, and Jeff Daniels, Christian Slater, Annaleigh Ashford, Jake Lacy, David Hyde Pierce, Kal Penn, Rachel Dratch, and host Tituss Burgess on the east coast. “Straight Outta Compton” took home the Feature Film Big Budget Drama award for CDs Cindy Tolan and Victoria Thomas, location CDs Meagan Lewis, Beth Sepko, Carolyn Pickman, Lucinda Syson, Pat Moran, and associate Judith Sunga. It was a good night for Tolan, who also won New York Broadway Theatre award for the drama “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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'The Big Short,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Top Casting Society of America's Artios Awards

'The Big Short,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Top Casting Society of America's Artios Awards
Oscar nominees "The Big Short," "Room," and "Straight Outta Compton" all notched wins at the Casting Society of America's 31st Artios Awards Thursday night, hosted by Greg Grunberg and Tituss Burgess and featuring presenters such as Sarah Paulson, Aaron Sorkin, and Julianna Marguiles. "Transparent," "Empire," "Game of Thrones," and "Olive Kitteridge" took home the major television awards. Read the list of film and television winners below. Feature Film Big Budget Comedy “The Big Short,” Francine Maisler, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Feature Film Big Budget Drama “Straight Outta Compton,” Cindy Tolan, Victoria Thomas, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Beth Sepko (Location Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Lucinda Syson (Location Casting), Pat Moran (Location Casting), Judith Sunga (Associate) Feature Film Studio or Independent Comedy “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Angela Demo,...
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One Night 100 Years to Celebrate Arthur Miller’s Legacy

One of the greatest American playwrights and the foundation bearing his name will honor the past and invest in the future come Jan. 25. Celebrating the centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth, One Night 100 Years will be a star-studded event at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, benefiting the outstanding educational programs of the Arthur Miller Foundation. In addition to performances of Miller’s work from the likes of Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Greta Gerwig, and Jake Gyllenhaal, the evening will feature glimpses of the playwright’s creative process. “The thing that’s really exciting [will be] prose passages from Arthur Miller’s private journals and diaries that no one has ever heard before,” event producer Cindy Tolan told Backstage. “Those will be read by Tony Kushner, Ayad Akhtar, Katori Hall, and various other playwrights and actors.” The benefit will also include an introduction from New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, plus
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Does "Star Wars" Have the Best Cast? It's Among the Nominees of Casting Society of America's Artios Awards! See Full Nomination List!

The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees of its 31st annual Artios Awards. J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is among the nominees in its Big Budget Drama category. And why not? The film cast the fantastic unknowns Daisy Ridley and John Boyega along with franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. All to stellar effect mind you!

According to its site, "Artios" from the ancient Greek, meaning "perfectly fitted." So how fitting! Here's more info on the Artios Awards:

In October of 1985 the Casting Society of America presented the first-ever Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting at an awards luncheon. Held in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the event was attended by more than 500 industry leaders and seven Csa members were honored for their work in four different casting categories. In 1988, the first Artios Award for theatre casting was presented
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ Among Casting Society of America Nominees

‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ Among Casting Society of America Nominees
The Casting Society of America has nominated 34 feature films in seven categories for the 31st annual Artios Awards. Among the contenders are Oscar hopefuls, including “The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Trumbo,” as well as small-scale dark horses such as “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “It Follows.”

Final ballots have been distributed to the 600 Csa members, with voting to continue through Friday, Jan. 8. All winners for film, television, theater, short film and new media categories will be announced at the 31st annual Artios Awards on Jan. 21, with award ceremonies being held simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and at the Hard Rock Café in New York.

Among the individuals with multiple noms are Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein, Nina Gold, Meagan Lewis, Natalie Lyon, Francine Maisler, Adam Richards, Carolyn Pickman, Kevin Reher, Paul Schnee, Bernard Telsey and Fiona Weir.

As previously announced,
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