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Will the Academy Awards Recognize Casting?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented special Oscars to some of Hollywood’s veteran industry leaders Nov. 12 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. For the eighth year running, the Governors Awards...Show More Summary

Counting down the best of Chicago theater in 2016

In Chicago theater, 2016 was the year of "Hamilton," for sure. But that high-profile attraction — a raiser of all theatrical boats — landed at a moment of rich, diverse and emotional exploration. Here are my 10 best shows of the year, followed by 10 more that should have made the list. I've not...

Theater openings for Dec. 9-15

Saturday "The Christians": A megachurch opens its doors to a theological divide in Steppenwolf's latest. Through Jan. 29 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St.; 312-335-1650 and www.steppenwolf.org "The Nutcracker": The Joffrey Ballet premieres Christopher Wheeldon's take on the Christmas...

2016 AFI Awards Honor 10 Films and 10 Series

The American Film Institute announced their picks for the best films and TV shows of the year today. Among the nominees were Paramount Pictures’ “Fences,” Lionsgate’s “La La Land,” and A24’s “Moonlight,” all of which are gaining steam...Show More Summary

Life's a mystery for Detective Christopher in 'Curious Incident'

Theater long has been a safe space for those who, in the immortal words of Jerry Herman, see life from a different angle. And Christopher, the hero of the beautiful Broadway play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," certainly belongs in that category. He's an unusual teenager whose...

Texas Now Casting: Political Stage Drama ‘The Great Society’ and More

ZACH Theatre is casting a union or nonunion actor to portray the supporting role of President Richard Nixon in the stage drama, “The Great Society,” centered upon a different president: Texas’ own Lyndon B. Johnson. The production seeks...Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting: NBC Sports Promo and More Child Acting Gigs

Young Los Angeles-based actors, listen up! Talent is needed for an upcoming NBC Sports promo shot as short, comedic vignettes. The piece seeks actors ages 6–12 to portray the kids to parents who are “juggling their children's after school sports schedules.” Fittings for the gig will take place Dec. Show More Summary

Now Casting: ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ and More Feature Films

Get ready for your close-up with today’s casting notices. “Pitch Perfect 3,” the third film in the aca-amazing “Pitch Perfect” franchise, seeks talent for stand-in roles. Additionally, installments of two other major franchises, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Oceans 8,” are both in the market for excellent background talent. Show More Summary

Our top 10 Broadway shows of 2016

The 2015 musical "Hamilton" continued to suck up a lot of the Broadway oxygen in 2016 — first during the spring award season and then during the political fallout of the late fall. But theater artists created other, mostly quieter shows that were striking in the depth of their exploration of modern...

'Scottsboro Boys' casting news from Porchlight Theatre

Porchlight Music Theatre announced the cast of the Chicago premiere of "The Scottsboro Boys" Thursday, featuring an expanded number of Equity contracts. The production will feature Stephen Allen as Clarence Norris, Jos N. Banks as Charles Weems, Cynthia Clarey as The Lady, Cameron Goode as Eugene...

Are Indie Films the Future of Awards Season?

As the 2016 awards season picks up steam, it’s clear that prestige filmmaking is alive and well. Critics and pundits have not yet been able to pinpoint a best picture front-runner, as “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” or “Moonlight” would easily take top honors in a less competitive year. Show More Summary

Heading to the theater for the holidays? Some ideas

The holidays! Peak theatergoing time! What should you and yours see? Let me walk you through some ideas. Perhaps you'd like to snag some ducats to a little show with some buzz — "Hamilton." Well, the daily ticket lottery aside, it's pretty much sold out for the holidays. I recently imagined I was...

Syfy, Netflix Begin Casting on 3 New Series

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our weekly write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Happy!”Christopher Meloni can’t seem to leave his cop roots behind. Having played the hard-nosed Elliot...Show More Summary

Now Casting: ‘Bull’ on CBS and 3 More Gigs

Four distinct on-camera gigs comprise today’s casting roundup, including CBS’s breakout comedy “Bull,” which currently seeks background talent to portray cosplayers! See that and more paid opportunities below! “BULL”CBS’s freshman series “Bull” is currently casting background talent for an upcoming episode. Show More Summary

How to Apply for the ‘Hamilton’ Scholarship

Are you a high school senior in awe of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliance? Now’s the time to show the Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner what you’ve got. Wesleyan University is accepting applications for its inaugural “Hamilton” Prize...Show More Summary

‘Fences’ Features a Superb Ensemble Cast Performance

The following content has been sponsored by Paramount Pictures. Paramount Pictures’ “Fences,” Denzel Washington’s big-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play from August Wilson, features the kind of dramatic material most actors dream of playing. Show More Summary

End of 'Too Much Light' brings a longtime schism in the Neos out into the open

What happens when the father of a long-running theatrical phenomenon, one dependent upon the personal writing and performances of a large extended theater family, just can't let his baby go? He throws it all out with the bathwater, say many of his former collaborators. Greg Allen, the founder of...

The healing power of magic in 'Rosenkranz Mysteries'

"Medicine is not a transaction," Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz observes during his truly unusual and immensely likable magic show at the Royal George Cabaret. "It is," he insists, "the unraveling of a really beautiful story." "Healing," he says, blinking out at his audience, his de-facto medical students,...

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