Ridley Scott, who worked with Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio on the forthcoming Body Of Lies, admitted that some cast members need more encouragement than others when it comes to sharing their ideas.
Written by Dallas Travers, CEC
Sometimes a big goal like snagging the lead in a feature film or or stepping out onto a Broadway stage can be so intimidating and exciting that we lock our view onto our target and forget to look up every once and awhile to see what’s going on outside of our goal.
Truth be told, you’ll be spending lot more time on the journey to your goal than in the actual final destination. Think about how much research, rehearsal, time and effort culminates in a 90 second Oscar speech. How many hours of writing, filming and editing go into a 30 minute episode of your favorite TV show? The trick is to learn to find fulfillment in the process and appreciate and reward yourself for all the hard work you’re putting in.
Here are four simple ways to enjoy the ride without taking a detour. Read more
You’ve heard of the Tonys, Emmys and Oscars, but have you ever heard of the Jimmy Awards? If you are performer in high school, you know exactly what the awards are all about.
Each year, theater owner James Nederlander sponsors a nationwide competition, the National High School Musical Theater Awards, that begins with 50,000 students from 1,000 schools. The process takes months to narrow down the competition, but the semi-finalists wind up in New York City at the Minskoff Theatre.
This year, there were a total of 62 students, 31 boys and 31 girls, who participated in a five-day theatre workshop held at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The week consists of getting feedback on their solos and learning groups numbers for the final performance. Read more
Q & A: Jason Gann Talks ‘Wilfred’, Why He Quit Twitter and How He’s Willing To Do Anything On-Camera “As Far As Gross Out Stuff Goes”
He’s back! One of the funniest, most subversive characters on TV, Wilfred, is back entertaining us and torturing poor Ryan (Elijah Wood) every Thursday on FX.
Jason Gann plays Wilfred and he’s just as funny in person as he is on-screen. I love how he just seems game for anything and that almost crazy, mischievous look he always has in his eyes.
I talked with him on a recent conference call where he talked about how he’s willing to do anything when the cameras are rolling, the challenges of making the show and why he quit Twitter.
Wilfred airs at 10 on Thursdays on FX Read more
Red-Band Trailer: ‘The To Do List’ starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Donald Glover, Andy Samberg and Clark Gregg
The To Do List is a comedy about close friends and a special summer project, loosely inspired by the real-life adventures of first-time writer/director Maggie Carey. Set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to do list of all the “activities” she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she’s way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. If the group is going to complete the list by September they’ll need plenty of imagination and very open minds.
Written & Directed by Maggie Carey
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg
In theaters: July 26th Read more
While Matt Damon‘s longtime friend Ben Affleck has moved into directing, Damon has remained focused on acting aside from a few screenplays he has co-written. Recently Damon co-wrote the screenplay for The Promised Land, which opened to lukewarm reviews and did not make much money at the U.S. box office. While promoting the film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Damon reflected about the difficulty of making movies that aren’t tailor-made to be blockbusters.
Damon admits he does not understand the film’s negative feedback. He says, “I’ve had a lot of movies that haven’t been received well critically or financially and I’m realistic about that. But with this one I just really love it and a big part of my heart is it. I don’t understand what I’m hearing back. Maybe in time I will.” Read more
Q & A: Kurt Sutter on the Season Finale of ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Casting and Why He Cut Off His Characters Tongue
Capping off a great season of Sons of Anarchy, FX and show creator Kurt Sutter held a conference call to discuss the impact of the season and outcome of the bang-up finale.
I got a chance to ask him about how he cast’s the show and he told me that when they’re making casting decisions, most of the time, he’ll defer to that episodes director. But, other times, he said that he’ll “see something in a character or in an actor that I feel is not right or would be better served because I know where the story is going to, and then I’ll make a different choice than the director.”
He also talks about what might be coming for the show, dealing with the deaths of characters, social media and more.
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Jeffrey Donovan stars as Michael Westen on USA’s hit show, Burn Notice. Already renewed for Season 7, the show is at its half-way point for Season 6 and each episode is getting more tense and darker as it winds its way to the finale.
Donovan has become a huge name since starring on the show but the guy has chops you might not know about, appearing in some major films, theater and starting his career with an assortment of TV roles. Donovan appeared in two Clint Eastwood films’s J. Edgar, as Robert Kennedy opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Watts and Changeling with Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich. He’s classically trained, been on Broadway and recently starred in Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago.
During a recent Q & A, he talked about how much fun it is to play the different “cover” characters on the show and which one has been the hardest, the chemistry he has with the cast, his responsibilities as a producer and his advice to actors.
Burn Notice airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on USA Read more
Written by Dallas Travers, CEC
Have you ever walked out of an audition feeling like the Casting Director just didn’t like you? She was writing the whole time. He stopped you after only half the scene. She simply said “thank you” after you were done.
I’m sure this has happened to every actor at least once. And by the way, none of those things are necessarily bad. But I’ve got a secret to share with you… 99.9% of the time reactions like this have nothing to do with you.
In Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements, he outlines four key pillars to live an extraordinary and stress-free life.
Today, let’s explore the second agreement, “Don’t Take Anything Personally” and how it pertains to your acting career.
You put a lot of work into securing auditions and opportunities, so the stakes are high, making it challenging to separate yourself from the feedback you get in the room. Often times though, your perception and experience in an audition has nothing to do with what is actually happening.
So, how can you REALLY avoid taking things personally in the audition room? Read more
Interview: Maggie Grace & Mia Maestro talk ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2′, Action Scenes and Auditioning
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens in theaters this weekend, and by all accounts, this film is the best of the bunch.
I talked with Maggie Grace and Mia Maestro, who star in the film as part of the Denali Clan, and they both told me that they can’t wait for the fans to see it. “It’s a much more grownup film,” Maggie told me. “It stands out from the others in terms of theme. It’s more about community and the community banding together.”
They also talked about much they loved working with Director Bill Condon. “He’s a fantastic actor’s director,” Maggie told me. With Mia adding that “he even added a special surprise at the end for fans. It’s a really moving gesture that he gave all the actors and all the fans and he gave to the saga.”
I really enjoyed talking to these two; they were so warm and nice. We talked about Twilight, working with Michael Sheen and those hand-painted contacts they had to wear during filming. We also talked about acting; Maggie tells a great story about watching Liam Neeson on Inside the Actors Studio and we end the interview with a one of the best conversations I’ve had about auditioning.
Check it out below and don’t forget to catch Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2!
For the full interview, click the audio link above or download it from iTunes