Michelle Rodriguez might be best known for starring in numerous movies in The Fast & The Furious franchise, but her original ambition was to become a writer. Though she has yet to write a film, Rodriguez spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how she ended up acting — including how she landed her first starring role in Girlfight.
Rodriguez recalls, “I was doing extra work because I quit school early and got my GED. I wanted to be a writer and I didn’t know how to go about it. My brother told me to go to a technical school because they actually help you get a job and I said I didn’t want to. He said he would give me two years, and then he would make me get a real job. I remember going to Port Authority at 5 p.m. and everyone in suits and ties were so depressed. I knew I couldn’t do that kind of work, have that kind of a job.” Read more
Written by Christina Shipp
It’s February! I love February. Mostly, I will admit, because of Valentine’s Day. (Go ahead and roll your eyes, haters. I’m a Love Lover, and Valentimes is one of my personal favorites.) I value Love, Authenticity and Gratitude, so for me VDay is a great occasion to go the Extra Mile in my Marketing as an Actress, Business Owner, and General Awesome Human.
Every year in February, I create and send a mailed greeting card campaign that is unique to me and reflects my personality to my entire contact list: industry and otherwise. Effective marketing is all about being remarkable and creatively sharing your values, your brand, and your successes. And when the intention is simply authentically sharing with your colleagues, fans, and the people you meet, you have the opportunity to connect with them in a more meaningful way. Read more
Chinese actor Shi Zhongpeng gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Bring out your dead!” After all, that’s what directors probably yell when it’s time for him to come on set.
The twenty-six year old has become typecast in roles that require him to die — up to eight times in a single day, amounting to more than 200 times last year alone. As an extra who works at the Hengdian film studio in Zhejiang, Shi Zhongpeng is frequently cast in the many films made about the Japanese invasion of China in the years preceding World War II as a Japanese soldier. In fact, nearly one-third of the films produced at the Hengdian film studio (AKA Chinawood) are about the Second Sino-Japanese War, mostly because government censorship limits the topics Chinese filmmakers are allowed to make films about. Read more
Think you have it tough trying to make it as an actor in America?
There is a long tradition of young actors in this country who want to make it in the movies moving out to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an overnight sensation. Curiously, in the rapidly-growing Chinese film industry a similar tradition is becoming established, though as American photographer Darcy Holdoff reveals to CNN, extras in America might seem to have it easy in comparison.
For the extras who work at Zhejiang’s Hengdian World Studios, one of the world’s largest film studios, the work might be exciting and gratifying but even more low-paying than their American counterparts. The standard wage — 5 yuan (80 cents) an hour — is not only one of the lowest in the country but it also isn’t enough for most to live on, so many professional extras are fueled almost entirely by their passion for their work. On set the extras aren’t surprised by twelve-hour days — in fact, they often welcome the long hours to make up for the weeks they went without work (which is often). Read more
Twilight: Breaking Dawn is casting background actors. Shooting in Baton Rouge, LA and Vancouver, BC.
Seeking—Extras: males & females, 18+, must be residents of LA and reside in the Baton Rouge area.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Breaking Dawn Extras” in the subject line. Include pix & résumés. You can mail pix & résumés to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Attn: Extras Casting, PO Box 240, Baton Rouge, LA 70831. Extras will be paid $139 for 8 hours plus overtime (SAG) or $64 for 8 hours plus overtime (nonunion). SAG Background Actors Contract.
This sounds awful. An extra was injured on the set of the upcoming movie Transformers 3.
She was in a car that was being towed by another vehicle when “the cable between the two vehicles broke. It whipped around and sliced through the woman’s car and sliced through her skull, apparently,” said another extra Blaine Baker.
Extract, is the new movie from writer/director Mike Judge. Joel, played by Jason Bateman, is one step away from selling his flavor extract factory and retiring to easy street when a freak workplace accident sets in motion a series of disasters that put his business and personal life in jeopardy. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck.
I saw some clips from Mike Judge‘s Extract at Comic-Con and what I saw was great.
I don’t know why this clip was the one that they chose to release when everything I saw was tons more enjoyable. But, its still good.
Synopsis: Joel, Jason Bateman, is one step away from selling his flavor extract factory and retiring to easy street when a freak workplace accident sets in motion a series of disasters that put his business and personal life in jeopardy. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck.
Extract, is the new movie from writer/director Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “King of The Hill,” “Beavis and Butt-Head”). Joel, played by Jason Bateman, is one step away from selling his flavor extract factory and retiring to easy street when a freak workplace accident sets in motion a series of disasters that put his business and personal life in jeopardy. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck.
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A German film studio has offered to negotiate a settlement with a dozen extras who were injured on the set of the Tom Cruise film “Valkyrie,” despite their demands that the actor and his production company, United Artists, pay them $11 million.