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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards
Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the Casting Society of America’s 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18.

Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy award for their work on “The Greatest Showman.”

“Lady Bird” casting directors Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths were recognized for feature film studio or independent comedy, and the casting team for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sarah Halley Finn, Meagan Lewis, and Hannah Cooper, won the feature film studio or independent — drama.

In the television arena, the casting team for Netflix’s “Black Mirror” won for television drama series, HBO’s “Veep” for television comedy series, and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” for limited series.

The Casting Society of America’s awards are presented to Csa members for their
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

“Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the Casting Society of America’s 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18.

Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy award for their work on “The Greatest Showman.”

“Lady Bird” casting directors Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths were recognized for feature film studio or independent comedy, and the casting team for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sarah Halley Finn, Meagan Lewis, and Hannah Cooper, won the feature film studio or independent — drama.

In the television arena, the casting team for Netflix’s “Black Mirror” won for television drama series, HBO’s “Veep” for television comedy series, and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” for limited series.

The Casting Society of America’s awards are presented to Csa members for their
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Armie Hammer Will Make His Broadway Debut + More New York Theater News

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! Armie Hammer will hit New York’s biggest stage.Currently generating Academy buzz for his role in “Call Me By Your Name,” Armie Hammer is striking while the iron is hot and will next head to the Great White Way. Hammer will star in
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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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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Keala Settle Can’t Deny She’s a Showstopper

“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! For some, the acting profession is a calling that can’t be avoided. Keala Settle is one such performer; ever since a fortuitous road trip to a “Hairspray” tour’s open call for Bernard Telsey, her stunning voice and magnetic presence have illuminated a series of intricately soulful stage roles. The beloved Broadway star of “Waitress,” “Les Misérables,” and her Tony Award-nominated “Hands on a Hardbody” tells Backstage about following her path one project at a time, and balancing both passion for acting and the self-cultivation and sacrifice it demands. Born in O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Settle grew up studying old movie musicals and eventually Shakespeare, and dreamed of becoming a backup singer. She never could have
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Sara Bareilles Is Heading Back to the Diner + More New York Theater News

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! Sara Bareilles will return to the diner.Sara Bareilles, who received a Tony nomination for writing the music and lyrics for Broadway’s “Waitress,” will once again step into the show’s leading role. Bareilles will replace current star Betsy Wolfe, playing Jenna Hunterson beginning Jan.
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Todrick Hall Will Return to Broadway in ‘Chicago’ + More New York Theater News

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! “Chicago” gains a high-profile Billy Flynn.Following his stint earlier this year in the long-running hit “Kinky Boots,” Todrick Hall is wasting no time getting back to Broadway. Beginning Nov. 30, Hall will step into the teflon production of “Chicago,” playing smooth-talking Billy Flynn in a limited engagement through Jan.
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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Closing Up Shop + More NY Theater News

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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‘King Kong’ Sets Official Broadway Dates + More NYC Theater News

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! “Kong” is coming.After much speculation, “King Kong” has officially gotten the Broadway greenlight. Based on the 1932 novel, this adaptation will be written by Jack Thorne, directed by Drew McOnie, and feature a score by Marius de Vries, with songs by Eddie Perfect. It
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Rannells, Parsons, Bomer to Lead B’way’s ‘Boys in the Band’ + More N.Y. Theater News

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 boys in the band are heading to Broadway.Producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone have assembled a sterling cast of A-listers for the first-ever Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 dramatic comedy, “Boys in the Band.” Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello,
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Musical Comedy ‘The Prom’ Sets Broadway Bow + More New York Theater News

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! Find your date to “The Prom.”The new Broadway season is just barely underway, but plans are already being made for the one that will follow. “The Prom,” the Casey Nicholaw-helmed musical comedy that had its world premiere in Atlanta last year, has
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Lee Pace Joins ‘Angels in America’ on Broadway + More New York Theater News

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! A screen star will step into “Angels.”One of this theater season’s most anticipated events is the revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” the two-part drama that will bow at the Neil Simon Theatre Feb. 23, 2018. The Marianne Elliott-directed production has
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Lindsay Mendez Joins Broadway’s ‘Carousel’ + More New York Theater News

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! Mendez steps in for Wolfe.Following the somewhat shocking news that Betsy Wolfe would depart the forthcoming Broadway revival of “Carousel” after her casting was announced, the golden age tuner has found its new Carrie Pipperidge. Lindsay Mendez, who has played Elphaba in “Wicked
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Tony Winner Jessie Mueller Leads New Musical Reading + More NYC Theater News

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! Jessie Mueller lines up a busy fall.Ahead of her return to Broadway in the spring 2018 revival of “Carousel,” Tony winner Jessie Mueller will lead industry readings of the new musical, “The Museum of Broken Relationships.” The piece, depicting an old suitcase and a
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The Cher Musical Announces Broadway Timeline + More New York Theater News

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! There’s life after love on Broadway.“The Cher Show,” a musical using the songs of the titular icon’s prolific songbook to tell the story of her life, is coming to Broadway. The tuner will open at the Neil Simon Theatre in fall
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‘Emojiland’ Musical Is Holding Industry Readings + More NY Theater News

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 Emoji musical is coming.It is 2017, which means we are getting an Emoji musical. Morgan Weed (“American Psycho”), Nora Schell (“Spamilton”), Rheaume Crenshaw (“Groundhog Day”), and more have signed on for readings of “Emojiland: The Musical,” directed by Whitney White. The two invite-only
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‘SpongeBob’ Musical Completes Its Deep-Sea Cast + More New York Theater News

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! “SpongeBob” rounds out its deep-sea cast.Ahead of its first preview on Nov. 6, “SpongeBob SquarePants” the musical has announced the final additions to its cast. Wesley Taylor, “Smash” and “Addams Family” alum, will play Plankton, and Brian Ray Norris will be making his Broadway debut as Mr.
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‘Angels in America’ Announces Broadway Transfer + More New York Theater News

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! Angels will fly across the pond.After a highly lauded run in the West End, the recent “Angels in America” revival will play Broadway with much of the original cast intact. The Tony Kushner drama will arrive at the Neil Simon Theater in spring 2018, and will star Nathan Lane,
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'Game of Thrones' Parody Musical Coming to Off-Broadway + More Theater News

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! Winter is coming—to Off-Broadway.If there’s a dragon-sized hole in your heart following this week’s season finale of “Game of Thrones,” there is a silver lining. For a three-week run this October, “Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical — An Unauthorized
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New Evans Announced for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ + More New York Theater Happenings

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! New Evans will wave through a window.Following Ben Platt’s announcement that he will leave his Tony-winning title role in Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” this November, two of his successors have been named. Following Platt’s final performance on Nov. 19, “The Real
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