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A $600 Verizon Commercial Is Casting + More Paying Stage and Screen Gigs

17 November 2017 1:30 PM, PST

Whether you’re looking for a paid commercial gig, or a principal role in a huge Broadway hit, we’ve got you covered in this week’s casting roundup. Verizon COMMERCIALCasting is underway for a male and female actor to lead a Verizon commercial. Talent is sought from both San Francisco and Los Angeles, for production which will take place in California. Exact dates and timing are to be determined. Pay will be $627.27, in addition to provided meals. “The Book Of Mormon” Open CALLBroadway’s “The Book of Mormon” will hold an open casting call for future replacements for all roles. Equity talent will be seen in New York City Dec. 2 for the currently-running, Tony-winning best musical. Pay will be $1,974/week, adhering to an Equity Production (League) Agreement. “Looking For Misha”Male and female actors are needed for four leading roles in the short film, “Looking for Misha.” The project »

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Now Casting: YouTube Red’s ‘Cobra Kai’ Needs Background Actors + 3 More Gigs

17 November 2017 11:30 AM, PST

Wax on, wax off, and go after what you’ve worked so hard for in today’s casting roundup! “Cobra Kai,” the YouTube Red series set 30 years after the events of “The Karate Kid,” is continuing its search for extras. Plus, how can you resist a lead or ensemble role in an upcoming Equity production of “Mamma Mia,” the lead in a short film about a teen’s need for escape, or even a pair of roles in a racy, romcom about treating yourself? “Cobra Kai”Casting continues for the new YouTube Red series “Cobra Kai,” starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka and focusing on the reopening of Cobra Kai dojo and the reignition of the rivalry between Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso. Male and female talent, aged 8–80, are wanted to be extras in a big upcoming scene, shooting Nov. 29 in Fayetteville, Georgia. Some pay will be provided. Apply here! »

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George Clooney is Returning to TV + More Industry News 11/11-11/17

17 November 2017 10:30 AM, PST

George Clooney is coming back to the small screen.The actor has signed on to direct and star in a limited series adaptation of “Catch-22,” the Joseph Heller novel about a U.S. Air Force bombardier in WWII Italy. No network is attached but filming will likely begin early next year. (Variety) “The Lion King” celebrated 20 years on Broadway.And in those years, hundreds of performers have taken the stage. Here are some of their stories. (New York Times) After pulling his next film the Weinstein Company, Quentin Tarantino’s “#9” lands at Sony.A fierce bidding war took place for the director’s ninth film, a drama set in L.A. during the time of the Charles Manson murders. Warner Bros., Fox, Universal, Lionsgate, and Annapurna all vied for distribution rights, with the film ultimately landing with Sony. (Deadline) The Academy opens film season with 9th annual Governors Awards.This »

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The Old Vic Receives 20 Reports of Kevin Spacey Misconduct

17 November 2017 9:00 AM, PST

Last month, actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when Rapp was 14. Since then, numerous men have come forward to allege Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them over the last several decades. Of those accusations, 20 have come through a confidential complaints process set up by The Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey served as artistic director from 2004-2015. Open to anyone who worked at or was connected with the Old Vic, the investigation has received personal testimonies from 20 individuals, 16 of whom were former staff and all of whom were men, regarding inappropriate incidents with Spacey. According to The Guardian, 14 allegations are so serious that the theatre has recommended complainants report them to the police. Shockingly, the investigation revealed there was a complaint made to management whilst Spacey was working at the theatre, despite the theatre previously claiming otherwise. What won’t surprise many within the »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Exhibit Makes Its Way Stateside + More NYC Events 11/17–11/23

17 November 2017 8:30 AM, PST

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. “Downton” exhibit arrives stateside.Do you still mourn the loss of “Downton Abbey”? If so, you will certainly not want to miss “Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition,” beginning Nov. 18 at 218 West 57th St. A direct transfer from across the pond, this will be the exhibit’s North American debut, and will include everything fans loved about the PBS drama, specifically, the couture and culture. (Tickets: $30) Carnegie Hall pays tribute to female composers.Two of Broadway’s current mainstays, Betsy Wolfe of “Waitress” and Adam Kantor of “The Band’s Visit,” will take a night off from their respective shows to sing to a different house. »

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

17 November 2017 8:00 AM, PST

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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U.K. Now Casting: Earn £1,200 for a ‘Cinderella’ Pantomime + More Gigs

17 November 2017 7:30 AM, PST

You can’t call your week complete without one final roundup—join Beatlemania in a new play about the band’s Magical Mystery Tour, or play a part in a pantomime tour of “Cinderella.” You can also pick up some ongoing work in London if you can dance and sing. “Cinderella” Carousel Theatre Company is currently casting an actor for a pantomime touring production of “Cinderella,” which will be performed at care homes and additional needs shelters. A male actor, aged 18–45 (25–45 if you don’t have your own car), is sought to play the cheeky and upbeat Buttons, as well as the dashing Prince Charming. Talent must be an excellent singer and mover, and also be a licensed car driver based in or around South West London. The role will require use of a puppet, but experience of puppetry is not required. Rehearsals will take place Nov. 27–28 and Dec. 3 with touring Dec. »

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London Casting: Short Film ‘The Conductor’ Is Seeking the Lead’s Younger Counterpart

17 November 2017 5:00 AM, PST

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links.   It’s always tough casting a character at different ages, and that’s why short film “The Conductor” is on the search for a younger version of their lead. It tells the story of Martha, a female conductor in her sixties, who is suffering from early onset dementia. The team needs a female actor, aged 18-25, to take up the role of the young Martha, a passionate musician who yearns to become a conductor. Ideal candidates will have blue eyes and »

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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Closing Up Shop + More NY Theater News

16 November 2017 1:30 PM, PST

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights!  The chocolate factory is closing.Following its opening this past spring, Broadway’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has announced it will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 14, 2018. The tuner, based on the Roald Dahl film, stars Christian Borle as iconic Willy Wonka, »

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Now Casting: CBS's “NCIS: New Orleans” Is Seeking Extras With Costumes + 3 More Gigs

16 November 2017 11:30 AM, PST

Head on down to The Big Easy this fall for a major gig in today’s roundup. “NCIS: New Orleans,” part of the long-running “NCIS” franchise, is currently seeking actors to step into costumes for background roles. Plus, HBO’s upcoming series “Succession” needs background actors, a web series about online pranksters teaming up with their victims to catch a cybercriminal is seeking its leads, and “Candytopia,” a three-month event in Los Angeles is casting performers. “NCIS: New Orleans” CBS’s “NCIS: New Orleans” is currently seeking male and female talent, aged 18–35, to portray gamer event extras. The production is seeking people who either have their own costumes or want to be a part of the scene. Costumes should not be trademarked or licensed and should be original, such as a generic superhero, robots, mermaids, and more. The shoot will take place on Nov. 30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some pay will be provided. »

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Texas Now Casting: Mercedes-Benz Commercial Seeks Extras in Austin + More

16 November 2017 10:30 AM, PST

Be the best or nothing in going after today’s exciting gig—a commercial for Mercedes-Benz!  The luxury car company is currently seeking background talent for an upcoming commercial, shooting this month in Texas.  Male and female talent, aged 25–35, with a business casual wardrobe are wanted for the production.  The commercial shoots on Nov. 27 in Austin, Texas and will pay $125 for no more than six hours of work.  Ready to apply? Head to the casting notice and do so directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Texas audition listings! »

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Kids Now Casting: Play The Lead in a Music Video for a New York Rapper

16 November 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Casting is currently for “What A Day,” an official music video for a New York–based rapper, and a talented young actor is wanted for the lead. A young black male actor, aged 8–11, is wanted to play the lead role of Matt, a skinny, timid boy who hides behind his mother when you first meet him but won’t stop talking once he gets to know you.  There are also lead roles available for two actors, aged 38–55, to play Matt’s mom, a single mother who carries herself with grace, and his dad, a narcissist who blames the burden of raising a child for the dissolution of his marriage.  “What A Day” will rehearse in December and shoot Jan. 6–7 in the NYC area. Actors will be paid $100 per day under the SAG-aftra New Media Agreement.  Make it a day worth remembering by applying directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions! »

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8 Oscar-Nominated Filmmakers on the Storytelling Process

16 November 2017 9:00 AM, PST

Hollywood kicked into high gear on Jan. 24 with the announcement of the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. The race for the industry’s top prize—that coveted Oscar gold—has been fraught with ups and downs, controversies and surprises. All in all, 2016 was a superb year for prestige filmmaking, as the artists below have proven in their submissions to the Academy. We’ve rounded up our Meet the Maker interviews with these talented visionaries: the artists that impressed, inspired, and have now joined the ranks of Oscar nominees. Looking for a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes process of some of the year’s best movies? Check out these filmmakers’ insights on conceiving stories, casting actors, and more. Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” (nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director)“This genre I love, the musical, seemed like a good vehicle to talk about dreams versus reality, which dreams work out, »

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U.K. Casting: New Play ‘The Incredible Balti Celtic Carpet Ride’ Is Filling Lead + Supporting Roles

16 November 2017 5:30 AM, PST

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links.   “The Incredible Balti Celtic Carpet Ride,” promises to live up to its title. “The date is Sept. 11, 1967, and The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour pulls into the Cornish seaside town of Newquay.” Cornish Theatre Company Gwary Reg is putting on this new play, which is touring in the spring of 2018. In 1967, Beatles mega fan and new Balti House owner Ali Chaudary finds himself intricately caught up with their visit to Newquay. Events lead Ali to meet John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and »

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N.Y.C. Now Casting: Lifetime True Crime Pilot has a Variety of Roles + 2 More Gigs

15 November 2017 12:30 PM, PST

The week is halfway over, but the time for great casting opportunities in NYC has just begun! A true crime pilot with a feminist slant for Lifetime is currently seeking a wide variety of talent, including two lead roles. There are also opportunities for an actor partnership–dating app, as well as an infomercial for a Korean beauty line. Untitled Lifetime Pilot Join an unscripted true crime pilot shooting soon for Lifetime, featuring expert interviews and cinematic dramatic recreations. A female actor, aged 20–35, and a male actor, aged 28–40, are sought for lead roles in the production. The female lead role requires nudity in a medical context. There are also several additional roles for talent, aged 18–48, including an aspiring actress, an Emt, and background party girls. The production will shoot during November and December in NYC. Pay is Tbd based on a flat day rate. Apply here! Myfilmdate App MyFilmDate, a »

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Now Casting: Earn $1,000 as a Model in a Print Campaign + 3 More Gigs

15 November 2017 11:30 AM, PST

Get ready for your close-up and make a good chunk of change—a California-based print campaign is currently seeking male and female models of various ethnicities for an upcoming shoot that pays $1,000. There are also roles available on the new Starz series “Sweetbitter,” a corporate video, and a documentary diving into the heart of India and its people. Booking (6) Female And Male Models For Print SHOOTImage Powerhouse is now seeking six female and male models, aged 18–60, of various, specific ethnicities for a print shoot. Asian, Middle Eastern, Caucasian-Mixed Asian, and Hispanic models are currently sought. Hispanic models must be able to speak Spanish fluently. All talent must be at least 5’4” with natural features, straight teeth, and healthy-looking skin. Only those with a strong print portfolio or multiple headshots with different looks will be considered. The shoot will take place in late November or early December in Orange County, California. Pay is $1,000 for 10 hours of work. »

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Kids Now Casting: Lead Role Available for Parody of ‘Big’

15 November 2017 10:30 AM, PST

If you make one wish today, make it for this exciting acting opportunity for a last-minute role in a parody video.  The search is on for a lead actor in a parody of the film “Big,” about a young boy who makes a wish to become bigger and wakes the next morning to find himself in the body of an adult (played by Tom Hanks in the original film).  The parody will follow the story of a boy who uses a Zoltar machine to wish he was a dad, and finds his wish granted. A young male actor, aged 7–10, is wanted to play the lead role of the boy.  The production will shoot today, Nov. 15, in NYC from 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Talent will be paid $100 for the three hours of work.  Make your dreams come true by applying directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions! »

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Motley Crue Outlines Its Own Netflix Biopic

15 November 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “The DirtMotley Crue is about to rock it on Netflix. The iconic band, whose notable names include Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars, is about to go on an excursion through its torrid and tumultuous past. The group, who truly lived a rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, won’t be directly involved in the making of the film, but its autobiography, “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” will provide the outline. The main focus of the biopic will be the hard lifestyles of the various band members as they work to manage their vices. No names have been attached to the project, but Barbara Fiorentino is on board to cast the roles. The film looks to begin production »

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The 2017 Best Director Oscar Nominees’ Advice to Actors

15 November 2017 9:30 AM, PST

Directors entrust actors with no small responsibility: to bring their artistic visions to life. As the other half of an actor’s closest working relationship on set, directors are valuable sources of insight on filmmaking and how the craft fits into that larger process; it’s an intimate and symbiotic partnership. This year’s crop of best director Oscar nominees, many of whom directed their casts to their own nominations, are proof that when helmer and player are truly in sync, their unity of vision can create authentic movie magic. Here, all the nominees offer Backstage readers their best advice. Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” writer-directorFor Chazelle, an artist’s life is all about resilience: “Certain things that might seem like setbacks at the time might be the things that push your career forward.... It’s easy to be caught up in day-to-day ups and downs. Every up feels like »

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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Season 2 Premiere: Richard Jenkins

15 November 2017 8:30 AM, PST

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Ready for more interviews from the frontlines, this time during Hollywood’s favorite time of year? We kick off Season 2—and an exciting film awards season—with an in-depth chat with Richard Jenkins.  A SAG Award nominee (for “Six Feet Under”), Academy Award nominee (“The Visitor”), and Primetime Emmy winner (“Olive Kitteridge”), Jenkins has been steadily working his way into audiences’ hearts with decades of empathetic performances. First inspired by seeing Michael Caine on screen, Jenkins began on the stage as an apprentice, then actor and director, then eventual artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Rhode Island. In his mid-thirties, he began auditioning for film and TV roles, bringing his organic acting to fascinating role after fascinating role. »

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