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Illustration by: Nick Bertozzi<p>By Marci Liroff<br>“So what are my chances for getting this? Aren’t they going to make offers to name actors?”<p>When I’m …

The Totally Uncensored List of Casting Director Pet Peeves

By Marci Liroff It’s that time of year again. During the summer break my casting director colleagues get together and celebrate the end of pilot …

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Audition Tips: How to Audition for Film and Television

Section 1: Welcome Intro<p>Welcome!<p>Congratulations for taking this important step to further your career.<p>Highlights:<p>Auditioning and acting are two …

Stars Come Out For the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Get Serious About Your New Year and New You

Here comes that time of year again. New Year’s Day brings with it a time of reflection on the past year. For many, it’s a time to restart programs, …

How Steven Spielberg chose Henry Thomas to play Elliott in E.T.

Believe it or not, but casting the role of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial's BFF in 1981 wasn't as simple as just phoning home.<p>Casting director Marci …

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Tina Fey’s Celebrity Nude Photos Are Not What You Think

Last night, Tina Fey and David Letterman spoke briefly about the infamous celebrity nude photo leak that rocked Hollywood last week.<p>After acknowledging that way more people these days have nude photos of themselves, Fey offered her two cents on just why that is. “I feel like the girls I remember …

Chicago actors Molly Glynn, Bernie Yvon die in separate accidents

The close-knit Chicago theater community suffered almost an unbearable loss Saturday when two of its stars, the actors Bernie Yvon and Molly Glynn, were struck down in the prime of their stage careers, both the result of accidents.<p>Glynn, a luminous 46-year-old stage actress known for her feisty …

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Illustration by: Nick Bertozzi<p>By Marci Liroff<br>“So what are my chances for getting this? Aren’t they going to make offers to name actors?”<p>When I’m …

Bud Cort: 'Harold and Maude was a blessing and a curse'

He freaked out audiences with a bizarre turn in Hal Ashby's tender romance, then vanished after studio rows, weirdo typecasting and a couple of car crashes. Alex Godfrey tracks down the star<p>Bud Cort has just come back from Ringo Starr's birthday breakfast. He has known Ringo for a while he says. …

The 2 Speech Patterns That May Be Costing You Jobs

There’s an epidemic going on and I had no idea it actually had a name. The culprit is “vocal fry.” Not only is it annoying but it’s ruining your …

The Sign of a Good Acting Teacher

In my May 22 and June 5 columns, I spoke to some acting teachers and coaches about some of the horror stories I’ve been hearing from actors about …

Is Your Acting Class Abusive?

By Marci Liroff<p>In my last blog “Is Your Acting Teacher Making You Sick?”, I wrote about the cult of acting teachers and how actors can sometimes be …

Is Your Acting Class Abusive?

In the May 22 issue of Backstage, I wrote about the cult of acting teachers and how actors can sometimes be swept up in their bad behavior. I’m …

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Audition Tips: How to Audition for Film and Television

THE UNIVERSE IS LISTENING

By Marci Liroff<p>One of my Skype coaching clients in the North Carolina market raised a very good question the other day: “Is taking all work offered …

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Is It Ever OK to Turn Down Work?

One of my Skype coaching clients in the North Carolina market raised a very good question the other day: “Is taking all work offered necessarily a …

How To Prepare BEFORE The Job

By Marci Liroff<p>A couple of months ago, I was coaching a client for a project. I always like to get all the details of the project (who’s involved, …

Your Life Is Worth More

Photo credit: Mike McCall<p>By Marci Liroff<p>The events on the train tracks in Wayne County, Ga., Feb. 20, while filming the Gregg Allman film have been …

The Up & Up: 10 Child Actors To Know

Never Be Pressured Into Ignoring Safety

The events on the train tracks in Wayne County, Ga., Feb. 20, while filming the Gregg Allman film have been weighing heavily on me. I have a hard …

SNL: Ooh Child Car Sing-Along

A GPS is interrupting SNL host Lena Dunham during a car sing-along of ‘Ooh Child’ by The Five Stairsteps…<p>If you are outside of the U.S., you can try …

Why Do You Act?

By Marci Liroff<p>I’m sure you all saw Will Smith on the first episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” a few weeks ago. You probably …

Earthquake, Schmearthquake – Get Prepared!

By Marci Liroff<p>We had a 4.4 earthquake here today in Los Angeles. It was yet another kick in the pants reality check to get better prepared. Those …

Watch the new trailer for James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'

Feast your eyes on the new trailer for this summer's musical biopic about the Godfather of Soul.<p>Universal's <i>Get On Up</i> is the story of James Brown …

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How Jason Bateman Directed A 10-Year-Old To Say R-Rated “Bad Words”

For the Arrested Development star’s feature directorial debut, Bateman drew upon his experiences as a child actor to make his film’s young star comfortable with the movie’s risqué material.<p>Jason Bateman’s first time working as a professional director was for a 1989 episode of the NBC sitcom <i>The</i> …

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Confront the Paps

They are certainly NOT happy.<p>They're not the first couple to go to head-to-head with the paparazzi, but they might be the most successful. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are working to stop publications from buying unauthorized images of celebrity children with the hopes that such restrictions would …