A Million Hits is an AFTRA pilot.
Synopsis: A buddy comedy about 2 teenage boys who make funny videos to post on-line and their quest to get a million hits. The boys want want fame, fortune, and hot chicks.
JOEY PAUL CASTING
HOLLYWOOD CENTER STUDIOS
1040 N. LAS PALMAS
BLDG 26 1ST FLOOR
LOS ANGELES, CA 90038
I love most anything from the 50’s, especially the music. Growing up, I listened to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, read their biographies and even grew to love that awful Lewis biopic, Great Balls of Fire, starring Dennis Quaid. And a couple years back, I even went to that grand mecca of rock and roll, Sun Studios in Memphis.
I loved – and still do love – the music so I’m not sure why, when I had the opportunity to see Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway a handful of times, I always decided to see another show. It won a Tony Award for Levi Kress who played Jerry Lee Lewis and was also nominated for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
After finally seeing the show last night at the San Diego Civic Theatre, I’m admitting that I’m a big dummy because the show is wonderful.
Matt Damon gets paid a lot for his movies, but $200,000 a second? No way, he just gets that for commercials.
Believe it or not, Damon was reportedly paid $3 million for a 15 second appearance in a Nespresso ad starring Hollywood buddy George Clooney. The commercial was directed by Grant Heslov, who is a producer and co-writer of the upcoming film, The Monuments Men, which stars Clooney and Damon (Clooney also co-wrote and directed the film). Read more
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the hit musical with productions in New York, Chicago and touring across North America, is launching a national casting search seeking musicians/actors for the roles of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for future replacements and understudies for the Chicago and touring productions.
Open casting calls will be held in the following cities:
- LAS VEGAS, NV – Thursday, June 14 (11 AM – 3 PM) at BackStage Dance Studio II (3425 BackStage Blvd).
- LOS ANGELES, CA – Sunday, June 24 (11 AM – 3 PM) at Screenland Studios (10501 Burbank Blvd in North Hollywood).
- AUSTIN, TX – Wednesday, June 27 (11 AM – 3 PM) at the Long Center for the Performing Arts (701 West Riverside Drive).
Candidates should prepare a song that was made famous by one of the four members of the MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and they must be able to accompany themselves on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or piano. Acting experience is not essential, but candidates must be able to convincingly portray the characters. Candidates for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, or Carl Perkins should bring their own guitar (acoustic or electric). A piano will be on site for anyone auditioning for the role of Jerry Lee Lewis. Read more
Now this will leave some damage.
As everyone knows from the wall-to-wall news coverage, Hurricane Irene swept through the Eastern Seaboard. Although some places were hit hard, New York City escaped with relatively minor damage. However, because the actual severity of the hurricane could not be predicted, several safety precautions were taken in Manhattan to limit the potential cost to human life. One of the most significant moves was the suspension of public transportation, which in part lead to the cancellation of Broadway shows for the weekend. This is even more significant if you take into account that many shows, like Billy Elliot and the Lion King, have two performances on weekend days (forcing the cancellation of up to four shows over a two-day period).
So it’s no surprise that Broadway took in 36% less money than it did for the same week last year ($11.62 million vs. $18.15 million) with an equally huge drop in attendance (from 204,265 last year to 130,853 this year). Obviously that is a significant drop that shows just how important summer weekend business is for Broadway productions. Read more
After a half dozen cast injuries, over $12,000 in fines for safety violations, hundreds of late night jokes, $75 million in production costs, millions of dollars more in worldwide advertising, and over 1000 performances, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will reportedly close on Broadway in January. It brings to a close the most expensive and one of the most controversial Broadway shows of all time without recouping its immense costs for its producers.
What exactly went wrong for the production? Well, actually, seemingly everything did.
Okay, so I haven’t watched an episode of Sean Hayes‘ new NBC series, Sean Saves the World. Apparently I’m not alone: with an average of 3.4 million viewers for its first several episodes, Sean Saves the World is already in cancellation territory, or, at the very least, won’t be renewed.
Though reviews have been pretty bad and the show airs opposite popular shows Glee (Fox), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), and the new Robin Williams series The Crazy Ones (CBS), in an interview with The TV Page Hayes lays the blame on NBC and the channel’s overall lack of viewers.
One thing Hayes recognizes is that NBC isn’t the hit-maker it was when Hayes’ previous sitcom, Will & Grace, was one of NBC’s biggest hits. He claims, “To me, [the show] is working. It’s just the struggle of the elephant in the room which is ‘how do you get viewers to NBC?’ NBC programs great shows, it just doesn’t have the eyeballs CBS does.” In fact, he insists that the show is one of the best sitcoms on television, adding, “Even if I wasn’t on the show, it’d be the funniest sitcom, to me, on the air right now. I watch it and go, ‘Well, this is really f–king funny.’ I wouldn’t change anything right now, I think it’s all working.” Read more
Earlier this week news floated out that Robert Downey Jr.‘s long in the works Pinocchio movie might get an odd twist — Downey could end up playing both Geppetto and the famous puppet. While that might sound like the most terrible idea since Roberto Benigni decided to play the wooden puppet as a fifty year old man, chances are that studios will go for it.
Why’s that? Because Downey’s films make a tremendous amount of money, which is why he tops Forbes’ annual list of highest paid actors in Hollywood. According to the magazine, Downey earned $75 million between June 2012 and June 2013, though during that time Downey only appeared in two films. Of course, those films were The Avengers and Iron Man 3, which have made nearly three billion dollars at the box office combined. And although The Avengers was an ensemble movie, Downey was paid more than anyone else, including director Joss Whedon. Read more
Matilda the Musical will be holding an open call for the role of ‘Matilda’ in New York City on Sunday, September 30th at Pearl Studios (519 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor, between 35th and 36th streets).
Check-in begins at 10:00 AM in Studio C on a first come / first serve basis. Auditions will begin at 11:00 AM.
Producers are seeking 8-10 year old girls who are 4’4 or under. Matilda should be a strong singer and confident speaker with a good understanding of text and intelligent approach to acting. She should look like the runt of the litter. However, she is extremely bright, fearless and focused, and able to speak assertively. Read more
Flashdance – The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit movie, will dance its way on Broadway in August 2013 with a theater, dates and casting to be announced.
As previously announced, Flashdance will launch a separate national touring company in January 2013 at the Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, the steel town that serves as the musical’s setting, and will continue to play over 25 markets in North America. Read more