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

John Legend Slams Rumors He"s Casting Trump Supporters in New Music Video

John Legend is putting an end to the rumors surrounding his new music video. A story was reported that the 38-year-old entertainer was hosting a casting call for white, and “preferably out of shape” Donald Trump supporters to take part in a rally/protest in an upcoming project. John took to Twitter on Sunday night (September [...] John Legend is putting an end to the rumors surrounding his new music video. A story was reported that the 38-year-old entertainer was hosting a casting call for white, and “preferably out of shape” Donald Trump supporters to take part in a rally/protest in an upcoming project. John took to Twitter on Sunday night (September 3) to slam the rumors and to say that the casting call did not come from him. There’s a casting call out there claiming to represent me looking for ‘out of shape’ Trump supporters. This didn’t come from me or my team,” John tweeted. John has been extremely vocal in his distaste for Trump. John‘s wife Chrissy Teigen was recently blocked on Twitter by the president. “I still think Trump is awful and whoever voted for him did a disservice to the country,” John continued. “But I didn’t issue this casting call.” There's a casting call out there claiming to represent me looking for "out of shape" Trump supporters. This didn't come from me or my team — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017 Read more tweets inside… I still think Trump is awful and whoever voted for him did a disservice to the country. But I didn't issue this casting call. — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017 I am shooting a video tomorrow w/ a political scene in it but that casting notice wasn't from our production at all. More on my video soon! — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017 Read more tweets inside… Oh, and both sides of the political spectrum have their share of Americans of all shapes and sizes! — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 4th, 2017

Kathy Griffin Is No Longer Under Federal Investigation After Controversial Photo Shoot

Kathy Griffin just announced that she is longer under federal investigation following her controversial Donald Trump photo shoot. The 56-year-old comedian took to her Twitter to share the news that the investigation has been concluded. “TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been [...] Kathy Griffin just announced that she is longer under federal investigation following her controversial Donald Trump photo shoot. The 56-year-old comedian took to her Twitter to share the news that the investigation has been concluded. “TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally,” Kathy wrote. She also included an AP article that debunked a rumor that Kathy was headed to jail following the incident. Kathy previously apologized for sharing the controversial and bloody photos of Donald. TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally. pic.twitter.com/1AGZ0dCMDN — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJul 28th, 2017

Prince Harry Painfully Talks About the People Who Took Photographs of Princess Diana Dying

Prince Harry is painfully talking about the moments his mother, the late Princess Diana, was dying. “One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat of her car,” [...] Prince Harry is painfully talking about the moments his mother, the late Princess Diana, was dying. “One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat of her car,” the 32-year-old royal said in the 90-minute film Diana, 7 Days (via Cosmopolitan). “William and I know that, we’ve been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case. She had quite a severe head injury, but she was very much alive on the backseat and the same people who caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat. Then those photographs made… made their way back to news desks in this country.” Princess Diana passed away on August 31, 1997 after a car accident with her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul in Paris, France. The car she was in was trying to avoid paparazzi......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 23rd, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence As A Mid-30s Mother Of Three & More Of The Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!

Actors want to believe they can play anything. And why wouldn't they try? After all, getting to stretch is fun AND gets you noticed during award season. But let's face it — sometimes you just aren't right for the part! And the movie is the worse for it. Ch-ch-check out our list of actors who were the wrong [...] Actors want to believe they can play anything. And why wouldn't they try? After all, getting to stretch is fun AND gets you noticed during award season. But let's face it -- sometimes you just aren't right for the part! And the movie is the worse for it. Ch-ch-check out our list of actors who were the wrong age, the wrong race, the wrong, um... octave? And many more (below)! CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" [Image via The Weinstein Company/RKO Pictures/Universal Pictures.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 21st, 2017

Angelina Jolie Fires Back at "Vanity Fair," Disputes "First They Killed My Father" Audition Story

Angelina Jolie is refuting an account published in her Vanity Fair cover story about how casting directors played a “game” with the young children they auditioned for First They Killed My Father, the new movie she directed. “In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, [...] Angelina Jolie is refuting an account published in her Vanity Fair cover story about how casting directors played a “game” with the young children they auditioned for First They Killed My Father, the new movie she directed. “In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie,” the Vanity Fair story reads. Many are calling this account of the casting emotionally abusive. Angelina released a statement to the Huffington Post assuring everyone that the story is taken out of context and there were guardians, parents, doctors, and more present during the entire filming process. “Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present,” Angelina said. “I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJul 30th, 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

Kanye West"s Tour Insurer Hints Substance Abuse Caused His Mental Breakdown In New Lawsuit!

This shit is getting messy!! ICYMI, Kanye West canceled his Saint Pablo tour in November 2016 after he was hospitalized at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center for a mental breakdown. Most recently, West's company Very Good Touring, Inc. sued insurer Lloyd's of London for refusing to cover the contract's non-appearance fee, and wants $9.8 million plus interest. Related: [...] This shit is getting messy!! ICYMI, Kanye West canceled his Saint Pablo tour in November 2016 after he was hospitalized at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center for a mental breakdown. Most recently, West's company Very Good Touring, Inc. sued insurer Lloyd's of London for refusing to cover the contract's non-appearance fee, and wants $9.8 million plus interest. Related: Taylor's Album Reputation Drops On The 10th Anniversary Of Kanye's Mom's Death Well now, Lloyd's is clapping back with a countersuit! In court docs filed on Tuesday and obtained by People, the insurer explains they are not liable. Exclusions to the policy reportedly include preexisting physical or psychological condition, prescription drugs not taken as medically prescribed, possession of illegal drugs, and the consumption of alcohol rendering the insured unfit to "perform contracted duties." Hmm! They continued, adding: "Underwriters' investigation indicates substantial irregularities in Mr. West's medical history. Furthermore the insured's failure to cooperate in Underwriters' investigation is contrary to the duties of cooperation VGT agreed to as a condition precedent to any obligation of Underwriters to pay any claim arising under the Policies. Throughout Underwriters' investigation, VGT and its legal, medical and other agents and representatives have delayed, hindered, stalled and or refused to provide information both relevant and necessary for Underwriters to complete their investigation of the claim. Underwriters are informed and believe, and thereon these same persons have willfully concealed and or misrepresented relevant facts in an effort to thwart Underwriters' investigation." Kanye had previously stated that Lloyd's of London made him go to great lengths to prove his mental break was legit, but it seems the insurer just wants this resolved. In addition to claiming no responsibility, they want declaratory relief -- which basically means an official declaration of the status of a matter in controversy, and to not award him the payments requested! DUH! Kayne's lawyer -- Howard King -- responded via TMZ on Wednesday, saying the countersuit: "is the same generic response Lloyd's files when they don't want to honor a legitimate claim but can't find a factual basis to deny the claim." Stay tuned for more on this drama soon! [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 31st, 2017

Angelina Jolie Denies Claims Of A Disturbing "Game" In Casting Process For First They Killed My Father

Even though Angelina Jolie may have gotten very real with the folks over at Vanity Fair for their latest issue, there is one thing she is very strongly denying: she did NOT set up a disturbing "game" to cast children in her upcoming film First They Killed My Father. The actress spoke out on Saturday evening, [...] Even though Angelina Jolie may have gotten very real with the folks over at Vanity Fair for their latest issue, there is one thing she is very strongly denying: she did NOT set up a disturbing "game" to cast children in her upcoming film First They Killed My Father. The actress spoke out on Saturday evening, vehemently denying accusations that had been flying around about allegedly disturbing actions undertaken by the casting directors for her film. Related: Brad Pitt Confirms He's "Got Nothing To Hide" The controversy all started when Vanity Fair reported about an audition exercise the film's casting directors allegedly used to weed out impoverished child actors and find their eventual lead: "In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie." WTF?! That sounds incredibly disturbing, and intense, and also... not true, according to Angelina. Related: Get More Angelina Jolie News HERE The mom and actress sounded off in a statement adamantly refuting that claim, saying: "I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened. ... Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present." Furthermore, another source who had knowledge of the movie's casting process reportedly backed up Angelina's statement: the children were aware all they were doing was improvising a scene from the film, and there was no actual money involved. Whew! First They Killed My Father premieres on Netflix this September. [Image via Michael Wright/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 30th, 2017

"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

John Stamos to Play Willy Wonka in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" in Concert!

John Stamos is taking on the iconic role of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration, happening in November! The concert will take place on November 3 and 4, and the casting was just announced. Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard will play Charlie, Weird Al [...] John Stamos is taking on the iconic role of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration, happening in November! The concert will take place on November 3 and 4, and the casting was just announced. Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard will play Charlie, Weird Al will play the Oopma Loompas, Elle King will play Veruca Salt, Giancarlo Esposito will play The Candy Man, Ingrid Michaelson will play Mrs. Bucket, and Richard Kind will take on Grandpa Joe. “Willy Wonka is the first movie I ever saw,” John said (via Variety). “The film was released at a time when you could bring your own popcorn to the movie theater. I filled a whole grocery bag full of popcorn, but never touched it because I was so fascinated with what was going on behind Willy’s eyes. Gene Wilder as Willy was pure magic. Every time I watch the movie, and I’ve watched it more than several hundred times, I find something new. It becomes deeper, weirder, more charming and more of a mystery.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 19th, 2017

R. Kelly"s Sex Cult Scandal Might Spark A Criminal Investigation!

After weeks of being at the center of a major sex scandal, R. Kelly might finally get trapped in a criminal investigation. At least if Atlanta official John Eaves has it his way! The Fulton County Chairman claims that the Johns Creek Police Department has uncovered new evidence against the singer, who has been accused of running [...] After weeks of being at the center of a major sex scandal, R. Kelly might finally get trapped in a criminal investigation. At least if Atlanta official John Eaves has it his way! The Fulton County Chairman claims that the Johns Creek Police Department has uncovered new evidence against the singer, who has been accused of running an abusive sex cult where young women are under his control at his Atlanta and Chicago homes. Related: R. Kelly Denies His Concerts Are Being Canceled Eaves, who is running for mayor of Atlanta, said on Friday that the local police department has "key information" that would be enough evidence for the Fulton County District Attorney's Office to launch a full investigation. But according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johns Creek police Lt. Chris Byers said on Friday "there is no new evidence in the closed investigation." The R&B singer has denied the allegations, and at least one of the women living with him, Jocelyn Savage, claims she's staying with Kelly of her own free will. We'll see if the D.A.'s office begs to differ... [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 11th, 2017

Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Are NOT Under DCFS Investigation After Rumored Concerns For Dream"s Safety

An update on the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna saga. As we told you, TMZ reported the reality stars were under investigation by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, who were supposedly concerned for the couple's daughter Dream Kardashian's safety. According to new reports confirmed by Chyna's lawyer Lisa Bloom, these rumors are false. Related: [...] An update on the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna saga. As we told you, TMZ reported the reality stars were under investigation by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, who were supposedly concerned for the couple's daughter Dream Kardashian's safety. According to new reports confirmed by Chyna's lawyer Lisa Bloom, these rumors are false. Related: Nicki Minaj & Blac Chyna Flaunt Their ASSets! A source tells Us Weekly: "There is no DCFS investigation. There is none, there never was anyway, there never has been, not to the best of anyone's knowledge. They haven't showed up at Chyna's house." The insider adds of the former duo's upcoming September 18 court date: "They do hope they are close and are trying to get something agreed on before their September 18 court date." Meanwhile, Chy's attorney explained to People: "Chyna is a loving, devoted mother who simply wants to peacefully coparent her healthy, happy baby Dream with Rob. We are unaware of any current investigation suggesting otherwise. We have not received notice of any DCFS filing nor have we been able to find any in the court files." And as for the court date, Bloom says: "We look forward to proving our case at that time." Stay tuned to see how this all pans out! [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 12th, 2017

Vanity Fair Fires Back at Angelina Jolie in Child Casting Flap - Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood ReporterVanity Fair Fires Back at Angelina Jolie in Child Casting FlapHollywood ReporterFirst, Vanity Fair published a September cover story on Angelina Jolie, her first interview following her widely publicized divorce. Critics responded, attacking Jolie's casting process on her new Netflix film. Jolie responded saying she was "upset" by ...Vanity Fair Stands by Angelina Jolie Interview After Star's RebuttalVariety'Vanity Fair' Responds to Angelina Jolie Dispute Over Child Casting Story: We Stand By Story 'As Published'Entertainment TonightVanity Fair responds to Angelina Jolie casting controversyEW.com (blog)HuffPost -BBC News -Bustle -Vultureall 64 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsAug 4th, 2017

Mel B Accused Of Bullying ANOTHER Witness — Into Saying Stephen Belafonte Raped Her!

This is disgusting if true! Just after the news broke that Mel B is now under criminal investigation for witness intimidation in her ongoing legal battle against ex Stephen Belafonte, the former Spice Girl is already being accused of tampering with ANOTHER witness. Unlike rapper Siya, who is apparently planning on testifying against Mel, this was someone [...] This is disgusting if true! Just after the news broke that Mel B is now under criminal investigation for witness intimidation in her ongoing legal battle against ex Stephen Belafonte, the former Spice Girl is already being accused of tampering with ANOTHER witness. Unlike rapper Siya, who is apparently planning on testifying against Mel, this was someone who wasn't going to testify at all, wasn't even subpoenaed! Related: Mel B Claims Belafonte Arranged Nanny's Fake Marriage To Continue Their Affair A 22-year-old student, who wishes to remain anonymous, has told DailyMail.com exclusively that she was contacted by Mel in regards to sex tapes she made with the couple. Only, the story she says Mel wanted her to tell isn't nearly that benign. The Swedish students says she was first contacted by Mel's friend and hairdresser Gary Manatyan on Instagram last week, asking her to get in touch with Mel. Then she got a call from a Beverly Hills number: "I thought the call I received had come from Stephen so I called it back and it was Mel. I didn't say so much because I was just in shock and I didn't want her to record anything. "She said, 'Your sex tape is already out there and your name is already out there and you have to be in court in about two or three weeks and my lawyers can help you and I can pay for a trip.'" Of course, none of that was true as she's not on any court witness lists, nor does she appear in any of the sex tapes presented as evidence -- those are all of other threesomes. Related: Mel Dumped Her New BF — After Wife Came After Her! But this student says Mel tried to convince her she needed to come clean about something that had happened on those tapes: "Mel was saying, 'I know about the (sex) tape and I know about the sex act and that you were crying and saying no and I want you to be in court for that.' She never actually said the words, but she was inferring that Stephen had raped me." Whoa. The student swears there was no rape, no lack of consent, but that she could not convince Mel of this over the phone: "I told Mel no, but she kept saying, 'No, you have to, I will pay for the trip, you have to go in two or three weeks because of the tape, your name is already out, the tape is already out and you can talk to my lawyer.' And I said yes, I didn't know what else to say." Hmm. It seems odd Mel would contact someone about their testimony when they weren't even going to testify. DailyMail.com reports they confirmed the phone number given to them by their source belongs to Mel B. But without the student coming forward to authorities, we can't see this going forward. In an interesting twist in Mel's favor, TMZ is now reporting that the LAPD does NOT believe Mel B's texts to Siya count as witness intimidation. Apparently they opened up the criminal investigation at the rapper's insistence but never believed any witness tampering was taking place. We have no idea if this anonymous student will come forward and file a police report as Siya did, and if it will be treated any differently. [Image via FayesVision/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 12th, 2017

Kathy Griffin Is No Longer Under Investigation For THAT Controversial Donald Trump Photo!

Kathy Griffin has reason to celebrate! On Friday, the controversial comedienne took to Twitter to announce that she's no longer under federal investigation for posing in a photo with a fake severed Donald Trump head. Congrats! Related: Late Night Hosts Rip Into Communications Director Scaramucci The funny lady posted: TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no [...] Kathy Griffin has reason to celebrate! On Friday, the controversial comedienne took to Twitter to announce that she's no longer under federal investigation for posing in a photo with a fake severed Donald Trump head. Congrats! Related: Late Night Hosts Rip Into Communications Director Scaramucci The funny lady posted: TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally. pic.twitter.com/1AGZ0dCMDN — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28, 2017 Hopefully this means the industry vet will stop being blacklisted career-wise. Congrats again, girl! [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzJul 28th, 2017

Casting Director Carmen Cuba on Finding Kids for Netflix Hit ‘Stranger Things’

Casting director Carmen Cuba boasts a great set of credits, including “The Martian,” “Magic Mike” and “The Knick.” One of her specialties is casting the right children — as she did on Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things,” as well as the upcoming films “The Florida Project” and “Logan Lucky.” Is casting kids intrinsically different from... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 10th, 2017

"Vanity Fair" Stands By Angelina Jolie Article, Publishes Interview Transcript

Vanity Fair is speaking out after the magazine’s latest cover star Angelina Jolie faced criticism for something mentioned in the article. Angelina told a story about the casting of the young female lead in her movie First They Killed My Father, which was reportedly done by playing a game that has been called emotionally abusive. [...] Vanity Fair is speaking out after the magazine’s latest cover star Angelina Jolie faced criticism for something mentioned in the article. Angelina told a story about the casting of the young female lead in her movie First They Killed My Father, which was reportedly done by playing a game that has been called emotionally abusive. “In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie,” the Vanity Fair story reads. Angelina released a statement assuring that the “safety, comfort and well-being of the children” were taken into account and that the story was taken out of context. Now, Vanity Fair claims that Angelina‘s lawyer contacted the magazine and said contributing editor Evgenia Peretz “mistakenly” reported the incident. The lawyer asked for a statement to be published and for the paragraph to be removed from the online article. The magazine also released a transcript from the interview with Angelina. Click inside to read the transcript… “But it was very hard to find a little Loung. And so it was what they call a slum school. I don’t think that’s a very nice word for it, but a school for kids in very poor areas,” Angelina said. “And I think, I mean they didn’t know. We just went in and—you just go in and do some auditions with the kids. And it’s not really an audition with children. We had this game where it would be—and I wasn’t there and they didn’t know what they were really doing. They kind of said, ‘Oh, a camera’s coming up and we want to play a game with you.’ And the game for that character was ‘We’re going to put some money on the table. Think of something that you need that money for.’ Sometimes it was money, sometimes it was a cookie. [Laughter] ‘And then take it.’ And then we would catch them. ‘We’re going to catch you, and we’d like you to try to lie that you didn’t have it.’” “So it was very interesting seeing the kids and how they would—some were very conscious of the camera. They were actually—there are so many talented kids in this country. But Srey Moch was the only child that stared at that money for a very, very long time before she picked it up, and then bravely, brazenly lying, like was trying to hide, but then she also kind of—,” she added. Evgenia interjected and said, “Wait. This is the girl, Loung.” “This is the girl,” Jolie continued. “And then when she was forced to give it back became very kind of like strong, emotional, she became overwhelmed with emotion that she was—and she just—all of these different things flooded out. And I don’t think she or her family would mind me saying when she was later asked what that money was for, she said her grandfather died and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.” Vanity Fair says the magazine “stands by Peretz‘s story as published.” Read more on VanityFair.com!.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 3rd, 2017

"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