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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Would Not Have Been a Hit Without the Perfect Casting

Seth Meyers sat down with Jordan Peele on Nov. 14 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City to discuss his smash hit, the racially charged horror-thriller “Get Out.” Released back in February, the film has garnered attention from the industry as an awards contender, including leading the 2017 Gotham Awards in nominations with four. The story follows a mixed-race couple as Chris, the black lead, is meeting his white girlfriend Rose’s parents for the first time during a weekend in their bucolic home. Over the course of his visit, he finds Rose’s parents are sitting on a twisted, racist scheme, and he’s caught in the middle. As a first-time director, Peele did a lot of things right, but he noted that the film would be nothing had he not found the perfect performers to bring his script to life. Alongside CD Terri Taylor, he sought out actors
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Happy Death Day Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with Alternate Ending & Deleted Scenes in January

"We're gonna party like it's your birthday..." Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Happy Death Day on Digital 4K Ultra HD and standard definition through the Movies Anywhere app on January 2nd as well as on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD platforms on the 16th. Continue reading for specs and fun Happy Death Day featurettes:

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Universal Pictures Home Entertainment presents the "fun horror ride" (Don Kaye, Den of Geek) Happy Death Day, where a college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity. Perfect for horror fans, this film is available on Digital in 4K Ultra HD and standard definition as well as via the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere on January 2, 2018, and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand January 16, 2018. Own Happy Death Day on Blu-ray,
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Interview: Producer Jason Blum Talks Happy Death Day and the Pressure Surrounding the New Halloween Movie

  • DailyDead
In theaters today is Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day, a horror comedy about a sorority girl who must contend with living out her death over and over again to figure out just who it is that is trying to kill her. Landon’s latest was produced by the fine folks over at Blumhouse Productions, and at a recent press day for their latest offering, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with producer Jason Blum.

During the interview, Blum discussed collaborating with Landon, why Blumhouse will always take risks with their directorial talent and the types of films they make, and the pressure he’s feeling in regards to the upcoming new Halloween film.

I know you’ve worked with Chris before, so I’m sure it was an easy decision to team up again. But I was wondering, what was it about this project in particular that caught
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Jordan Peele’s Get Out Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD & VOD This May, Bonus Features Include Alternate Ending

If you missed it in theaters or you can't wait to visit the "Sunken Place" once again, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Jordan Peele's Get Out on Digital HD beginning May 9th, followed by a Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release on May 23rd.

Horror fans who pick this one up on Blu-ray or DVD will have plenty of bonus features to enjoy, including an alternate ending, deleted scenes, and audio commentary with Peele. For more information, we have the official press release with full details below, and, in case you missed it, check out our Sundance review of Get Out.

Press Release: Universal City, California, April 4, 2017 – A speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Split, Insidious franchise, The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out arrives on Digital HD on
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Ouija: Origin Of Evil Blu-ray, DVD, VOD & Digital HD Release Details & Cover Art

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment invites viewers to travel back to the ’60s to communicate with the dead when they release Ouija: Origin of Evil on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD in January.

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The chilling prequel to the horror hit invites audiences again into the lore of the spirit board when Ouija: Origin of Evil arrives on Digital HD January 10, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 17, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Set 50 years prior to the events that took place in Ouija, director and writer Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake) tells a terrifying new tale as a grieving spiritualist mother and her young daughters discover the buried dangers of an ancient game. With exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a character spotlight, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and more, Ouija: Origin of Evil delivers spine-tingling chills to viewers.
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In A Valley Of Violence Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Ti West enters the Wild West with his newest film, In a Valley of Violence. Starring Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, and Jumpy the dog, the revenge Western will come out firing on Blu-ray and DVD this December from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Press Release: Universal City, California, October 26, 2016 – A mysterious drifter enters a forgotten town in the edgy action film, In a Valley of Violence, available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 27, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director, Ti West (The Sacrament, The Innkeepers), and famed producer Jason Blum (Insidious, The Visit), the film stars Academy Award® nominees; John Travolta (The People v. O.J. Simpson, Criminal Activities) and Ethan Hawke (Sinister 2, Maggie’s Plan). The In a Valley of Violence Blu-ray™ and DVD include bonus content that takes viewers on a wild ride behind the scenes with an exciting inside look at the making of the film.
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Giveaway – Win A Copy Of The Gift

Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge) The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a “Certified Fresh” seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%. The Blu-ray and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and director Joel Edgerton, and more.

The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series
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Watch: Jason Blum and Jon M. Chu Talk Taking Risks and Facing Failure as 'Jem and the Holograms' Flops

Watch: Jason Blum and Jon M. Chu Talk Taking Risks and Facing Failure as 'Jem and the Holograms' Flops
Jason Blum, founder and CEO of indie label Blumhouse Productions, woke up Sunday morning to some awkward news. As he put it at the outset of Film Independent Forum's Executive Conversation (video above), he was meant to be "imparting wisdom, having released this movie that is just crashing and burning at the box office." That movie, "Jem and the Holograms," landed in 15th place on its opening weekend, earning just $1.3 million from 2,413 theaters—or a disastrous $547 per-theater average. "We're eating humble pie today," Blum said. Read More: Top 10 Takeaways: Why This Weekend Was a Box Office Horror Story" Preceded by "Jem" director John M. Chu's Film Independent Forum keynote the day before (video below), Blum's conversation with Blumhouse colleagues Couper Samuelson and Terri Taylor and moderator Jen Yamato (The Daily Beast) offered an impressively frank assessment of the challenges facing indie producers and filmmakers in a...
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Own The Gift On October 27 – Stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall And Joel Edgerton

Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge) The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a “Certified Fresh” seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%.

The Blu-ray and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and director Joel Edgerton, and more.

The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series
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11th Annual Film Independent Forum Announces Lineup, Including Jason Blum

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Read More: Attention, Screenwriters: 5 Lessons from the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Film Independent has announced that the 11th annual Film Independent Forum will feature Blumhouse Productions Founder and CEO Jason Blum, along with Couper Samuelson, Head of Motion Pictures and Terri Taylor, Head of Casting participating in an Executive Conversation on Sunday, October 25.  Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the La Film Festival. Additional panelists at the Forum include producers Miranda Bailey ("The Diary of a Teenage Girl"), Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Dope," "Fruitvale Station," "Partner," "Significant Productions"), writers Bridget Bedard ("Transparent," "Mad Men"), Wendy Calhoun ("Empire"), Josh Braun (Co-President of Submarine Entertainment, Submarine Deluxe) and Jessica Lacy (Head of International & Independent...
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Icons of Fright Talks Sinister 2/Citadel With Director Ciaran Foy!!

Hollywood is one interesting place. You take meetings for projects, you shop your projects around and getting your next gig typically happens that way…and then there’s Sinister 2. How many people can thank Twitter for their next big directorial project? Ciaran Foy can. The Citadel director was approached via Twitter by Sinister co-writer/director Scott Derrickson just to say that he enjoyed Ciaran’s awesome agoraphobic thriller, and one thing led to another, and faster than you can “you’re hired”, the Irish filmmaker was hired by Blumhouse to helm the follow-up to Derrickson’s 2012 horror hit, dealing with a malevolent spirit that targets children and typically leaves the rest of the family brutally murdered.

While we were eternally happy to sit down with Foy at Sinister 2‘s press junket and chat with the director about the film, a last minute bump left Icons somewhat high and dry,
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Hollywood’s Top Casting Directors Celebrate Artios Nominations at Sur (Exclusive)

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Hollywood’s Top Casting Directors Celebrate Artios Nominations at Sur (Exclusive)
TheWrap was inside the Artios Awards nominee party to mingle with contenders at Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood lounge

Hollywood’s most acclaimed casting directors came together at the 2015 Artios Nominee Party on Tuesday at Sur in West Hollywood, in a joint production between the Casting Society of America and Breakdown Services.

As casting directors still strive for recognition — it may just be the last branch not to have its own category at the Academy Awards — the tight-knit community gathered to celebrate each other’s achievements over the past year ahead of the official Artios Awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan.
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'Guardians,' 'Whiplash,' and… '12 Years a Slave' (throwback!) among Casting Society’s nominees

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'Guardians,' 'Whiplash,' and… '12 Years a Slave' (throwback!) among Casting Society’s nominees
Because the Casting Society of America shifted the date of its Artios Awards, this year’s nominees include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014, paving the way for last year’s Best Picture winner to nuzzle its way into contention along with 2014 hopefuls like "Birdman," "Boyhood," and "Selma." With categories ranging from Big Budget Drama to Low Budget Comedy, nearly every film that one expects to make the cut made the cut. And then some. The Csa’s nominees put "Guardians of the Galaxy" side by side with "Wolf of Wall Street," "Whiplash" with "Inside Llewyn Davis," and Disney’s "Planes" with "Frozen." If you were dreaming of a re-evaluation of "We’re the Millers," your time is now. 2015’s bicoastal Artios Awards will be hosted by Patton Oswalt (Los Angeles) and Michael Urie (New York City). The evening will also honor two-time Academy Award®-nominee Richard Linklater ("Boyhood
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30th Annual Artios Award Film Nominees Announced

The Casting Society of America has announced its nominees for the 30th annual Artios Awards’ feature film categories after moving its date from November to the height of awards season. The shift has made space for casting directors on films like “Blue Jasmine” and “American Hustle,” released in 2013, to be nominated—the eligibility periond being July, 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014. Casting director Francine Maisler leads the feature film pack with four nominations for her work on “Into the Woods,” “Captain Phillips,” “Birdman,” and “12 Years a Slave,” and James Calleri and company lead the awards overall with eight nominations in the theater categories. Indie drama nominees—in addition to Maisler for “Birdman”—include Terri Taylor for her casting of Miles Teller and speculated Oscar contender J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”; Nina Gold for her casting of Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Charlie Cox in the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything”; Ellen Chenoweth
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Casting Society Nominations Pit ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Foxcatcher’ Against 2013’s Big Movies

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Casting Society Nominations Pit ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Foxcatcher’ Against 2013’s Big Movies
The Casting Society of America has super-sized its Artios Awards feature film nominations this year, honoring 42 different films and putting some of 2014’s top contenders in categories where they’ll compete against 2013’s awards movies.

For its 30th annual ceremony, the awards for casting directors have moved from their usual fall slot to a late-January date that placed them in the middle of awards season. To accommodate the new date, this year’s eligibility period spanned 18 months instead of a single year, encompassing films released in the second half of 2013 and all of 2014.

See photos: The 17 Breakout Stars of 2014:
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Casting Society Unveils Artios Film Nominees

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Casting Society Unveils Artios Film Nominees
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Into The Woods, Big Eyes and Gone Girl are among the feature film nominees announced today for the Casting Society of America’s 30th Annual Artios Awards. Winners for film, television, theater and new media categories will be announced January 22 at simultaneous award ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and 42West Cabaret & Lounge in New York City. Patton Oswalt will host in La and Michael Urie in New York.

Csa also will honor Richard Linklater (Boyhood) with the Career Achievement Award, Rob Marshall (Into The Woods) with the New York Apple Award and casting director Ellen Lewis with the Hoyt Bowers Award. Due to the Artios Awards date change this year (from November to January), the eligibility period for film projects was expanded for this award ceremony only, to include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. Here’s the complete list of
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Casting Society Unveils Artios Nominees

The Casting Society of America‘s 29th annual Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting will be awarded November 18 at simultaneous ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton and at the Xl Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in New York. The 22 categories repping film, TV and theater recognize Csa members who use the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. Here are the 2013 nominees announced today: 2013 Artios Award Nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Casting Big Budget Feature – Comedy “Oz the Great and Powerful,” John Papsidera “Pain & Gain,” Denise Chamian, Lori Wyman (Location Casting), Ania Kamieniecki-O’Hare (Associate) “Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting) “Ted,” Sheila Jaffe, Angela Peri (Location Casting) “The Watch,” Alyssa Weisberg, Shay Bentley Griffin (Location Casting), Yesi Ramirez (Associate), Karina Walters (Associate) Big Budget Feature – Drama “Argo,” Lora KennedyLes Misérables,” Nina GoldLife of Pi,” Avy Kaufman “Lincoln,
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Casting Directors: When Will Oscars Recognize the Impact We Have on Films?

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Oscar nominations are out, the Golden Globes are done. But long before the cameras roll, some of the most important work -- that isn't eligible for awards -- is done. TheWrap gathered the casting directors on some of the season's leading films to talk about their work, why it can be emotionally draining and whether it ought to be recognized with its own Oscar. Gathered around a table at the Montage hotel recently were, from left above: Terri Taylor ("Hitchcock"), Vicki Thomas ("Django Unchained"), John Papsidera ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Mary Vernieu
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How Casting Director Terri Taylor Cast 'Hitchcock'

How do you cast a movie about the making of one of the most-watched films in history? That was what casting director Terri Taylor had to figure out as she set about her work on “Hitchcock,” which explores the relationship between the famed director and his wife during the days when “Psycho” was being born. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren were already in negotiations to play Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville when Taylor joined the project. But the rest of the cast list was a clean slate for the CD and director Sacha Gervasi to fill. “My job as casting director was to help Sacha cast every other speaking role in the film,” Taylor says. “I would make suggestions about which actors I thought would be best suited for each individual part; Sacha and I would review those ideas, and then for most roles, we used a thorough audition process.
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