Prominent TV Casting Director: "Workshops Are Dying" After Pay-to-Play Investigation

Will Stewart, who worked most recently on 'Scandal,' deleted a Facebook page advertising his own casting workshop classes. read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterJan 12th, 2017

Prominent TV Casting Director: "Workshops Are Dying" After Pay-to-Play Investigation

Will Stewart, who worked most recently on 'Scandal,' deleted a Facebook page advertising his own casting workshop classes. read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterJan 12th, 2017

Watch Attorney General Jeff Sessions Awkwardly Respond To Donald Trump Saying He Wished He Hadn"t Appointed Him!

How can a man be a leader when all he sees are enemies?? On Wednesday night, The New York Times published its most disturbing piece on Donald Trump yet — an interview with him. The POTUS' take on being under investigation shows a terrifying lack of self awareness and accountability. And while that may not be new, [...] How can a man be a leader when all he sees are enemies?? On Wednesday night, The New York Times published its most disturbing piece on Donald Trump yet -- an interview with him. The POTUS' take on being under investigation shows a terrifying lack of self awareness and accountability. And while that may not be new, Drumpf going after his own people is. Related: SNL Writer Responds To Donald Trump's Tweets Like They're Texts In particular Trump revealed he's upset with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation after it came out he had lied in his confirmation hearings about having any contact with members of the Russian government (he had met twice with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak). The President said of the AG he appointed: "Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair — and that's a mild word — to the president... Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else." Damn! Trump really thought he was going to have the Justice Department in his pocket! As for Sessions, he tried to brush off the POTUS' comments on Thursday morning, but it was clear he was rattled. Ch-ch-check out the moment he's asked about the comments (below)! His little eyes look like they're welling up with tears! We never thought we'd feel bad for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. ... OK, we're over it. Related: Trump's Son, Son-In-Law, & Former Campaign Manager Will ALL Testify About Russia Meeting The other two key things Trump did in the interview? First, he made it VERY clear he doesn't think his team's interaction with Russian agents or his obstruction of justice charges are a big deal, saying: "I don't think we're under investigation. I'm not under investigation. For what? I didn't do anything wrong." He said his secret second meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit was just 15 minutes of chit chat, mostly about adoption -- even though witnesses say it was a solid hour. Second, he was as obvious as a child holding something behind his back when it came to special counsel Robert Mueller extending his investigation to the Trump family's business dealings, saying that would cross a line: "I would say yes... I think that's a violation. Look, this is about Russia." Not too surprising he doesn't want to be investigated. Remember, there's a reason he won't release his tax returns. We're talking about a family that takes money from children's charities. [Image via NBC News.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 20th, 2017

Straight Outta Compton Casting Agents Apologize For Allegedly Racist Casting Ad - 411mania.com

Straight Outta Compton Casting Agents Apologize For Allegedly Racist Casting Ad411mania.comThe casting company behind seeking actors for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton have apologized for a casting call that implied they were only looking for darke.....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsJul 18th, 2014

"Vampire Diaries" Casting Director Cancels $185 Workshops Amid Pay-to-Play Scrutiny

Greg Orson’s classes in late April asked prospective students in Atlanta to submit a “current headshot and résumé.”read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterApr 13th, 2016

"Straight Outta Compton" -- Casting Agency Admits Mistake ... Not All Poor People Are Fat and Dark

The people behind the "Straight Outta Compton" movie say they're NOT just casting overweight, dark-skinned black girls to play "poor" people in the movie ... telling TMZ the casting ad was an "innocent mistake."The ad went viral -- with the casting&hellip.....»»

Category: topSource: tmzJul 17th, 2014

Television Academy Lauds Casting Director Marion Dougherty with Governors Award

The late casting director Marion Dougherty will be awarded the Television Academy’s 2014 Governors Award. Dougherty will be feted for her more than 50-year legacy as a casting director in film and television, starting with NBC’s “Kraft T.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMar 14th, 2017

Casting Workshop Compares Pay-to-Play Probe to Salem Witch Hunt

In a sharply worded appeal, workshop owner ITA slams the Los Angeles City Attorney's ongoing investigation: "This disturbing attack on businesses and casting people following the law has to stop!"read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterSep 27th, 2016

Locarno: Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon Win First European Casting Director Award

LOCARNO, Switzerland — The Locarno Film Festival’s innovative European Casting Director Award has spawned its first winner(s): France’s Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon for discovering first-timer Rod Paradot and casting him as the lead in Em.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 7th, 2016

New Details — And Unanswered Questions — Emerge In Investigation Of The Walking Dead Stuntman"s Death

How does a routine fall lead to the death of an experienced stuntman? That's what Georgia police are investigating after the tragic death of stunt performer John Bernecker, who died on July 12 after plummeting headfirst from a 22-foot balcony on the set of The Walking Dead. Capt. John Kennedy has been assigned the case through the [...] How does a routine fall lead to the death of an experienced stuntman? That's what Georgia police are investigating after the tragic death of stunt performer John Bernecker, who died on July 12 after plummeting headfirst from a 22-foot balcony on the set of The Walking Dead. Capt. John Kennedy has been assigned the case through the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, which has been instructed to "freeze" all provision of investigation materials to the media amid the probe. Local law enforcement ran into trouble right after the incident. Officials failed to interview stunt coordinator Monty L. Simons on the scene as most crewmembers had been instructed to leave within minutes of the accident. Photo: Ryan Phillippe In Hospital After 'Freak Accident'! Responding officer Deputy Sheriff J.P. Traylor was also unable to interview TWD's first assistant director on the episode, the person who generally is responsible for set safety. Instead, Traylor was able to speak with only two of those present: second assistant director Matthew Goodwin and actor Austin Amelio, who was also on the balcony during the fall. Bernecker's girlfriend Jennifer Cocker, a fellow stunt performer, has questioned Amelio's presence on the balcony, noting it was the wrong move to "put a super professional stuntman with an inexperienced actor who doesn't know what he's doing." But bigger issues are still being called into question, like why set photos show a balcony without any padding below, and why it took 17 minutes for an ambulance to reach the performer. Related: Kim Zolciak 'Almost Fully Recovered' From 2015 Stroke According to Traylor's report, Bernecker was supposed to fall from the balcony railing onto a pad made of boxes, PortaPit pads, and another large pad, but he missed the padding by inches. The report quotes Goodwin saying that Bernecker signaled he was ready and got most of the way over, but "did not appear to get good separation from the balcony." He attempted to abort the stunt by grabbing onto the railing with both hands, but failed. Experts say that stunt performers are responsible for reviewing the safety of the stunt design and demanding changes if necessary. However, this accident may lead to changes in the SAG-AFTRA agreement between the studios and the union to give stunt performers more control over their own safety. Veteran stuntman Conrad Palmisano says we may never find out what specifically went wrong in the ill-fated stunt, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "Something obviously went wrong. It's never a black and white thing. It's always a pinch of this, a dash of that, then something tragic happens." Bernecker had racked up 93 stunt credits in less than a decade. Our hearts go out to his loved ones during this devastating time. [Image via Facebook.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 19th, 2017

'Game of Thrones' Director on Ed Sheeran: 'One of the Nicest Guys in the World' - Variety

Variety'Game of Thrones' Director on Ed Sheeran: 'One of the Nicest Guys in the World'VarietyWhile “Game of Thrones” fans may have had a mixed reaction to Ed Sheeran's cameo in the Season 7 premiere, the episode's director Jeremy Podeswa had nothing but praise for the English musician. “It was lovely working with Ed,” Podeswa told Variety.Game of Thrones director reacts to the 'surprising' backlash over Ed Sheeran cameoEW.com (blog)'Game of Thrones' Director Defends Ed Sheeran Cameo After BacklashBillboard'Game of Thrones' director defends casting Ed SheeranNew York Daily NewsWinter Is Coming -HuffPost -Hollywood Reporter -Esquire.comall 460 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsJul 18th, 2017

That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

Get the latest TV casting, scheduling and development news. After months in limbo, CBS All Access has revealed that Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, Sept. 24 with a broadcast on CBS before moving to the CBS All Access online platform. The network recently boosted the episode order, meaning that the show will now run in two installments with the first eight episodes to run on Sundays from Sept. 24-Nov. 5 and the back half picking up in January 2018. According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO have been discussing a possible Watchmen series with The Leftovers honcho Damon Lindelof. The project is still being developed. Zack Snyder directed a 2009 film based on The Watchmen comic, but is not expected to be involved with the series. Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner are reportedly in negotiations with Netflix to star in Highwayman, a drama about a pair of Texas Rangers who put an end to the crime spree of Bonnie & Clyde. A key figure in the first season of ABC’s Designated Survivor won’t be back for Season 2. Virginia Madsen confirmed via Twitter that her character Kimble Hookstraten will not be returning. Speaking of change, NBC is doing a massive overhaul of the freshman drama Taken. Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals will be the lone returning cast members, with Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, Jose Pablo Cantillo and James Landry Hebert all exiting the show ahead of the second season. Kim Raver has joined the cast of Showtime’s Ray Donovan for its fifth season. The Grey’s Anatomy alum will scrub in as a cutting edge surgeon in a recurring role. Season 5 starts Sunday, Aug. 6. Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szorh has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime’s Shameless. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Szorh will play Nessa, a lesbian tenant at Fiona’s newly purchased apartment building. Daniel Henney, most recently seen on the canceled Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, will jump over to the mothership. He’ll reprise his character from Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as Special Agent Matt Simmons. The original Criminal Minds returns to the CBS schedule on Sept. 27. Tony Danza is returning to TV, inking a deal to head up The Good Cop for Netflix. TV Line reports that Danza plays a disgraced former loose canon police officer who lives with his son, who is also a police officer who is very by-the-book unlike his father. The cast is now set for Jason Alexander’s AT&T Audience Network show Hit the Road. Amy Pietz, Natalie Sharp, Nick Marini, Tim Johnson Jr. and Maddie Dixon-Poirer have all been cast in the series that just began production and will air this fall. Sean Bean has been cast in the new Crackle drama The Oath. The series digs into the world of gangs. Deadline reports that Bean will play a cop who is also the ruthless leader of a prominent gang made up of those who are meant to enforce the law. Deadline reports that Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver is set to co-star in TNT’s drama pilot The Deep Mad Dark. The show is being produced by John Wells and centers on a Detroit neurosurgeon who embarks on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma only to have her life turned upside down by a long absent friend (Weaver)......»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodoutbreakJul 17th, 2017

Prominent Lebanese poet Akl dies at over 100 years old

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Said Akl, one of Lebanon's most prominent 20th-century poets, died on Friday at over 100 years of age. Born in the eastern town of Zahle in 1912, Akl published his first play in his early 20s and went on to write epics, poetry and lyric.....»»

Category: booksSource: yahooDec 15th, 2014

Charlize Theron Almost Played Roxie Hart in "Chicago" Movie

Charlize Theron is opening up about being fired from the movie musical Chicago. The 41-year-old actress was attached to the project back in the late 1990s when it was still in development. She was slated to play Roxie Hart, a role that went to Renee Zellweger. “The director kicked me off it. I was really [...] Charlize Theron is opening up about being fired from the movie musical Chicago. The 41-year-old actress was attached to the project back in the late 1990s when it was still in development. She was slated to play Roxie Hart, a role that went to Renee Zellweger. “The director kicked me off it. I was really bummed about it. And I think because I had it, I was like, ‘Ah… I’m gonna make this movie’ and I got kicked off it,” Charlize said in an interview on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM show this week. Charlize explained that she was fired as the film changed directors and the new director, Rob Marshall, had a different vision for the role. “Well, there was another director attached and he brought me on. And then that director got fired and this new director got brought on and he didn’t want to make the movie with me,” she said. Renee was nominated for an Oscar for her work in 2003 and the next year, Charlize won the Oscar for her role in Monster......»»

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BBC pay: Chris Evans tops list of best-paid stars - BBC News

BBC NewsBBC pay: Chris Evans tops list of best-paid starsBBC NewsChris Evans has topped the list of the BBC's best-paid stars. He made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000. About two-thirds of stars earning ...BBC Caught In Gender Pay Gap Controversy As Top Earners' Salaries Are UnveiledDeadlineBBC Publishes Pay of Top Stars, Revealing Gender GapNew York TimesBBC salary report reveals top earners, troublesome gender pay gapUSA TODAYBloomberg -Fortune -CNBC -Reutersall 274 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsJul 19th, 2017

Venice: Steven Okazaki Directing Doc on Legendary Japanese Actor Toshiro Mifune

Prominent Japanese/American director Steven Okazaki is set to shoot “Mifune: Last Samurai,” a high-profile feature docu on Toshiro Mifune, the most prominent actor of Japan’s golden age of cinema. Mifune made nearly 170 movies, 16 of which with Akir.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 3rd, 2015

Donald Trump Jr. & Eric Trump Are Super Jelly Of Jared Kushner!

Jared Kushner has become a prominent, prepubescent voice in Donald Trump's administration — and not everyone is happy about it. Specifically, the president's two eldest sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who are apparently butthurt their brother-in-law is living his best life in the Washington while they're stuck running the family business in New York! Related: [...] Jared Kushner has become a prominent, prepubescent voice in Donald Trump's administration -- and not everyone is happy about it. Specifically, the president's two eldest sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who are apparently butthurt their brother-in-law is living his best life in the Washington while they're stuck running the family business in New York! Related: Trump & More React To John McCain Brain Cancer Diagnosis A source close to the family says the Trump boys are envious of Kushner's influential role as POTUS's senior adviser and miss being part of the family fun post-election, explaining to People: "All the attention to Jared is a bit of a sore point and they feel left out of the fun in D.C. They miss being at the center of the action." Awww, is that why Junior lashed out and WikiLeaks'd himself? Ivanka Trump's husband resigned as chief executive of Kushner Companies and as publisher of the Observer in January to become the right-hand manboy of the president. He's been given a big plate in the White House -- taking on criminal justice reform, Middle East peace, and everything in between. But if you ask the Trump boys, they won't be able to tell you why Kushner is getting all the love these days instead of them. The source added: "Don worked on the campaign and Jared gets the big Forbes cover and they make him out to be a big genius, and Don is like, ‘No, I worked on the campaign too!'" While the brothers were very visible and outspoken on the 2016 campaign trail, the 36-year-old Kushner was more of a behind-the-scenes player -- which, in the end, is the type of figure who thrives in the White House. Related: Trump Had Second Secret Meeting With Putin At G20 The family source continues: "During the campaign, the brothers thrived on being the spokespeople and speaking at rallies and being very visible. Jared was able to build much more influence and power by doing exactly the opposite." Makes sense! After all, there's only room for one loud, obnoxious Trump man in the West Wing. Though Don Jr. and Eric may be jelly of their brother-in-law, the source says there is no "outward hostility" toward Kushner -- and although Jared "seems uptight," he's actually "hilarious" once you get to know him! Related: Trump Donors Are Paying Junior's Legal Bills But Ivanka's husband may no longer feel the same way about the Trump boys, especially after getting caught in the fallout of Don Jr.'s dumbass email purge. Along with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Kushner are scheduled to testify before the Senate judiciary committee for the June 2016 meeting they attended with Russian officials promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Don Jr. said he was posting the email chain -- which Kushner and Manafort were copied on -- for "transparency," but the insider says he's caused a whole legal mess to unravel, revealing: "[Don Jr. and Eric] were better off where they were, they bore no responsibility. This now brings Don into the story and attaches him to this negativity." Yup, he definitely needed some attention. [Image via CNN/Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 20th, 2017

Drake -- Police Investigation Launched ... Stripper Says Drake"s People Threatened Her ... Post Sex

A stripper claims Drake's people threatened her after the singer had sex with her ... and now there's an official police investigation ... TMZ has learned. The Houston PD confirms to TMZ ... they've launched an investigation ... but the official&hell.....»»

Category: hook-upsSource: tmzOct 9th, 2014

Casting Society Of America Moves 30th Annual Awards To January

The Casting Society of America has moved its 30th Artios Awards from its previous annual November slot to January 22, 2015, to take place a week after the 2015 Oscar nominations are announced. The theater, television, and film casting org is also splittin.....»»

Category: topSource: deadlineJun 22nd, 2017

Sharon Tate"s Sister Clarifies Comments About Jennifer Lawrence Not Being Pretty Enough To Play The Murdered Actress

For the record, Debra Tate DOES think Jennifer Lawrence is pretty… Just not Sharon Tate pretty! The late model's sister was blasted on social media after deeming Lawrence not attractive enough to play Sharon in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie about the Charles Manson murders. Deborah tried to do some damage control with J.Law fans in a new [...] For the record, Debra Tate DOES think Jennifer Lawrence is pretty... Just not Sharon Tate pretty! The late model's sister was blasted on social media after deeming Lawrence not attractive enough to play Sharon in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie about the Charles Manson murders. Deborah tried to do some damage control with J.Law fans in a new video on TMZ, but still made it clear she doesn't think the Hunger Games star is the best fit to play her sis. Photos: From Drugs To Murder -- Hollywood's Darkest Moments While Margot Robbie -- who is heavily speculated to be playing Sharon -- was her first pick to play her sister, Debra says there might be another actress out there who would make an even better choice. Since Debra controls the rights to Sharon's likeness, she certainly has a right to discuss her sister's portrayal. Still, there's a difference between being picky and just plain difficult. Maybe the director should just return this woman's phone calls already?.....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 18th, 2017

New Message from Sony Hackers Mock FBI Investigation as North Korea Demands Joint Investigation with the U.S.

Because they essentially got what they wanted, the cyber terrorists responsible for The Interview‘s cancellation have gotten even more brazen in a new message mocking the FBI’s investigation into their handiwork. Journalists received the note .....»»

Category: topSource: celebuzzDec 21st, 2014