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Now Casting: Bay Area Actor Wanted for Lead Role in Short Film + 3 More Gigs

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Wrap up your week with one (or more) of the great opportunities in today’s roundup! A short film aiming for festival submission is seeking a talented lead actor in the Bay Area. There are also roles available in a national TV commercial, an internal corporate web series, and “Hala,” an upcoming indie feature. Untitled Short Film A 10-minute short film is currently seeking a dynamic lead. A male actor, aged 41–60, is wanted to play the role of an irate pirate. Talent must be able to portray believable rage, be comfortable using profanity, and be able to dress in a convincing and believable pirate costume. Improvisation skills are a must. The film will shoot December or early January 2018 over one or two days in Hercules, California. Pay is $100, with meals provided. Apply here!  TV Commercial For Digestive Supplementa national TV commercial for a digestive supplement is currently looking for lead and background talent. »

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Equity Announces Major Change to Membership Candidacy Program

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On Tuesday, the nation’s union for stage actors and stage managers, Actors’ Equity Association, announced a change to their Equity Membership Candidacy program (Emc). The statement, emailed out to suitable candidates, explained that in 2018 the Emc program would be relaunched. The biggest shift? The amount of weeks a candidate would have to accrue before being offered membership to the union. If an actor wishes to join Equity, it can happen in one of two ways: a union-supported production can hire an actor on an Equity contract, or the actor can accrue “Equity points” based on the number of weeks they’re hired as an actor at an Equity theater. Popular with young or student actors, members of the Emc program get their own cardstock membership card to the program and, while not fully-fledged members, they’re considered postulates in the organization. Before Tuesday, candidates in the Emc program would »

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No ‘Game of Thrones’ Scripts for Season 8 + More Industry News

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The Academy distances itself from Harvey Weinstein.After an emergency meeting of its 54 board members, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has “immediately expelled” Weinstein after a vote that was “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.” (New York Times) “Game of Thrones” is taking zero chances with Season 8. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told a Scandinavian talk show that actors won't get episode scripts in an effort to thwart leaks. Instead, they’ll be fed lines by earpiece. Take it with a grain of salt, though: Coster-Waldau has a history of pranking the public with GoT non-truths. (AP) SAG-aftra approves new waiver for low-budget digital commercials.This new agreement allows union actors to work on lower-budget commercial productions in the bustling field of digital new media. (Backstage) Ratings for streaming shows will be made public. The Nielsen company recently announced a new service that will gather and report viewership data on streaming shows, »

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Louis C.K. Stars In His Woody Allen-Inspired ‘I Love You, Daddy’

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Louis C.K. transitions from the small to big screen with his upcoming feature, “I Love You, Daddy,” which just released a first trailer. Shot entirely in black and white (winking to Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”), the film will star C.K. as the titular father, and Chloë Grace Moretz as his daughter, along with John Malkovich, Edie Falco, Pamela Adlon, and Rose Byrne. The Orchard distributes the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will now hit theaters Nov. 17.  Looking to get cast? Check out Backstage's film audition listings! »

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The Public Celebrates 50 Years of ‘Hair’ + More NYC Events 10/20–26

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New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week.  Let the sun shine in.It’s been 50 years since the rock musical “Hair” debuted and changed the face of American theater. To honor the half-centennial milestone and raise funds for the Public Theater (where “Hair” got its start), Diane Paulus will direct a benefit celebration. Featuring stage stars including Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy, Will Swenson, Allison Case, and several more, the concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Tickets are unfortunately exorbitant, but you can expect video footage to arise. (Tickets start at $750) Tony nominees will get in your face. »

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Rumorville: A New Daisy Ridley Project, a Much-Anticipated Sequel + an Old Hollywood Biopic are in the Works

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Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. Aaron and Jordan Kandell pitchDeadline reported that a comedy pitch from Aaron and Jordan Kandell should be going to a studio very soon. The last project from the team was “Moana,” and they sold a script, “Adrift,” which is in production, to Stx with Shailene Woodley starring. This pitch already has “Star Wars” star Daisy Ridley attached, as well as “Beauty and the Beast” costars Josh Gad and Luke Evans. The movie is an “original spin on the superhero genre.” The duo used a team of casting directors to cast “Moana,” so this project will likely take a different approach, but with stars already attached, casting might begin quickly »

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U.K. Now Casting: ‘Beyonce: The Irreplaceable Tribute’ Needs Versatile Female Dancers + 2 More Gigs

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Put in that work this fall in tribute to the Queen Bey! “Beyonce: The Irreplaceable Tribute” is currently seeking talented female dancers for a U.K. and international tour. There are also opportunities available for talented singers and dancers in the “Miss Saigon” tour, as well as for a family in a Vr charity film! “Beyonce: The Irreplaceable Tribute”Casting is currently underway for “Beyonce: The Irreplaceable Tribute.” Female dancers, aged 18 and older, are wanted for the production. Talent must be able to pick up choreography quickly and have experience in commercial and street style dance. There is a casting call in Billericay, England on Oct. 22. Rehearsals will take place in Essex and performances tour the U.K. and internationally. Some pay will be provided. Apply here!  “Miss Saigon”The heat is on and the stage is ready for you as a member of the “Miss Saigon” tour. Male and female talent, »

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SAG-aftra Approves New Waiver for Low-Budget Digital Commercials

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On Thursday, SAG-aftra released a statement with the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Television (Jpc) about the approval of a special waiver for digital commercials with budgets of $50,000 or less. This new agreement allows union actors to work on lower-budget commercial productions in the bustling field of digital new media. And while these smaller commercials must still abide by the SAG-aftra’s Commercial Contract and the Internet or New Media provisions, perhaps it’s a sign of the times that the usually-unwavering union is responding flexibly to the expanding opportunities that digital entertainment offers to American actors. “After listening to the concerns of our signatories and with the Jpc’s member needs in mind, both organizations have decided to offer a waiver for commercial digital low budget productions,” says a joint statement from the two organizations. “While a waiver of this scope is rare, the union and the Jpc felt »

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‘Les Misérables’ National Tour Is Auditioning for All Roles in Los Angeles

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Dream a dream, Los Angeles actors! And achieve that dream right here on Backstage. The currently-running touring production of the classic musical, “Les Misérables,” is casting replacement performers for all roles—including swings—and will hold Equity Principal Auditions in L.A. Under the casting direction of Tara Rubin and Kaitlin Shaw, the team will see talent at the Actors’ Equity Association L.A. Audition Center in North Hollywood on Nov. 17. Appointments will begin at 10 a.m. In-person signup day of will open at 9 a.m. Aea members can also begin signing up through the Equity portal on Nov. 10 at noon. Talent is asked to prepare 32 bars of a traditional musical theater song. If hired, performers will be paid a minimum $992/week, adhering to an Equity Short Engagement Touring Seta Cat. 1 Agreement. Ready to apply? You can do so via the Backstage listing right here! And be sure to browse »

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Lee Pace Joins ‘Angels in America’ on Broadway + More New York Theater News

19 October 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

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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Now Casting: Feature Film ‘Them That Follow’ Seeks Background Actors + 3 More Gigs

19 October 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

Take a break from being a leader and follow this lead to a great new opportunity! “Them That Follows,” an upcoming feature film, is currently seeking extras for a shoot this month in Ohio. Plus, “Chicago Fire” seeks real firefighters, Danny Villanueva Jr.’s horror anthology “I Dream of a Psychopomp” is shooting its next segment, and an outdoor grilling commercial in California needs a couple of actors! “Them That Follow”“Them That Follow,” a feature film “set in the wilds of Appalachia where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God,” is currently seeking extras, aged 18 and older. The production will shoot this month in Youngstown, Ohio. Some pay will be provided. Apply here!  “Chicago Fire” Background casting continues for NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” a series that follows Chicago’s firefighters on a personal and professional level. Real firefighters, aged 18 and older, are wanted on the show. Shooting will take place on Oct. »

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Texas Now Casting: Play the Bad Guys in a Faith-Based Crime Drama Episode

19 October 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Get ready to do some heavy lifting as a heavy in “Vindication,” the third episode in a faith-based drama shooting later this month in Texas!  Four male actors, aged 25–65, are wanted to play four gangster henchmen in day player roles on the series. The characters will be performing a raid on a private residence and will be handling firearms. Spanish-speaking talent is preferred. No audition is required for the role, but talent with a demo reel will be given priority.   The shoot will take place on Oct. 29 in Burleson, Texas, and will pay $75 for two to three hours of work.  Apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Texas audition listings! »

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Kids Now Casting: Show Off Your Reading and Spelling Skills in a Commercial

19 October 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Get ready for your close-up and make your debut in a commercial shooting soon in Massachusetts!  A TV commercial is currently seeking young talent, aged 5–7. Talent should have basic reading and spelling skills.  The commercial will shoot in Massachusetts, dates Tbd. The project will pay $925.  Fit the bill? Then apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions! »

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Get Your Halloween on With ‘Stranger Things: The Musical’ + More L.A. Events

19 October 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

If you’re chomping at the bit for Halloween fun, cool your heels. This week’s slate of activities has some spooky surprises, sure, but it’s important to balance those out with enriching, cultural events. And honestly, these four happenings definitely check that box. If you need more motivation to read on, I have two little words for you: Tom. Hanks. Better the world through film.Even though it’s fall and the earth is drifting off into winter’s slumber, it’s still a great time to raise eco-consciousness. Loyola Marymount University’s fifth-annual G2 Green Earth Film Festival presents a different, environmentally centered theme on each of its three days (Oct. 20-22), anchored by world premieres of eco-friendly features. Get inspired in more ways than one, and see how it’s possible for film to literally change the world. (Free) Visit the resting places of film’s biggest stars. »

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‘Get Out’ Leads 2017 Gotham Award Noms—Is an Oscar Next?

19 October 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Just in time for Halloween, “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy hit that premiered to raves back in February, finds itself in prime position for the coming awards season frenzy. The Universal Pictures film came away with the most 2017 Gotham Independent Film Award nominations (announced Oct. 19), totaling four: best feature, breakthrough director, screenplay, and actor for Daniel Kaluuya. Also nominated for best indie feature of the year were “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), “The Florida Project” (A24), “Good Time” (A24), and “I, Tonya” (Neon). Netting three nominations apiece were Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24), including its star Saoirse Ronan and director Greta Gerwig; “Call Me By Your Name,” including breakthrough actor Timothée Chalamet; Kagonada’s “Columbus” (Sundance Institute) including leading lady Haley Lu Richardson; and “The Florida Project,” the only title recognized for two acting contenders, Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince. “Mudbound,” Netflix’s family drama epic, »

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U.K. Casting: Indie ‘The Origins of Ajax’ Needs Men and Women to Shoot in Greece

19 October 2017 5:00 AM, PDT

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. “The Origins of Ajax” Award-winning filmmaker Gabrielle Pfeiffer needs actors for her new project. The Berlin, Germany–based writer and director is casting for her shoot of “The Origins of Ajax” in Greece. Described as a “contemporary” and “tragicomic” road movie, this feature-length indie production is tentatively slated to begin filming in autumn of 2018. The team has already filled the part of Ajax, and is looking to cast two additional actors for the feature. They are seeking Middle Eastern–looking female actors, »

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Will Hold Auditions for Broadway Replacements

18 October 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

You will be found—possibly on Broadway. The smash hit Tony Award winner for best musical “Dear Evan Hansen” will hold Equity Principal Auditions to find its next batch of stars and understudies—and you can apply through Backstage. Led by Tara Rubin Casting and Lindsay Levine, talent will be seen in New York City on Nov. 2 beginning at 10 a.m. at Pearl Studios. The team seeks actor-singers to play all eight of the show’s principal characters (including the titular arm-breaker, Evan), as well as female and male understudies. All prospective talent should have a pop/rock or contemporary musical theater song prepared, in addition to a picture and résumé stapled together. An accompanist will be provided. Hired actors will be paid a minimum of $1,974/week, adhering to an Equity Production (League) Agreement. Talent will join the currently-running Broadway production, which features direction by Michael Greif, a book by Steven Levenson, »

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Now Casting: ‘70s-Set Spike Lee Film Seeks Background Talent + 3 Other Gigs

18 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

In today’s casting roundup, join an upcoming feature film from legendary director Spike Lee, shooting this fall in NYC and Westchester! Also, “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Chicago Fire” are seeking actors for background roles, and a frozen Mexican food commercial needs its dynamic leads! Spike Lee Feature FILMAn upcoming feature film from Spike Lee is currently seeking a wide variety of talent for background roles. A male and female actor, aged 18 and older, are wanted to portray 1970s men and women. There are also roles available for talent who have valid motorcycle licenses and vintage motorcycles, as well as talent with pre-1973 vehicles. The film will shoot Oct. 23–Dec. 14 in Westchester, New York and NYC. Pay will be provided under the SAG-aftra Background Contract. Apply here! “NCIS: New Orleans”Background casting is currently underway for “NCIS: New Orleans,” a spin-off of the long-running “NCIS” that is set in the Crescent City. »

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NYC Now Casting: Athletic Actors Wanted For TV Series ‘Rise’ + 2 More Gigs

18 October 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

Fall is finally underway in NYC and with the new weather comes new opportunities! “Rise,” a new network TV show is seeking athletic types in NYC for background roles. There is also a role available in a comedic online reader glasses commercial, as well as the lead role in a short film about a woman who fears she has not done enough with her life. “Rise”Background casting is currently underway for “Rise,” a new network TV show. Athletic male and female talent, aged 28–55, are wanted for the production, which will shoot Oct. 19 and 20 in the White Plains, New York area. Talent must be available both days. Pay is $121 for 10 hours of work (plus overtime, if necessary). Apply here! “Reader Glasses”Casting is currently underway for an online reader glasses comical spot. A male actor, aged 50–65, is wanted for the production. Shooting will take place in early November in NYC. »

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Feature Films + Netflix Projects are Shooting and Casting in Atlanta Right Now

18 October 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Atlanta actors, listen up! Stay in the loop about what’s currently filming in your fair city (and projects, big and small, seeking talent) with our weekly roundup. Things keeping busy in Atl. Ryan Gosling’s project “First Man” is seeking multiple actors for roles in scenes shot from now until the end of November. Check out the criteria and go make magic happen. New Life Casting is casting African American males for a movie trailer on Oct. 23. Clear your schedule and don't miss this opportunity. The notice is very specific so make sure you review all details. Netflix’s adaptation of the book, “Haunting of Hill House” is seeking a few good looking people for a club scene as well as construction workers scheduled to film next week. There's a huge demand for photo doubles and stand-ins in Atlanta, Georgia right now with all the big budget films shooting. »

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