New Bond movie to star Naomie Harris

According to Entertainment Weekly, after much ballyhoo and discretion, fans finally find out the name of the new Bond movie: “Skyfall”. The spy thriller will bring back the sexiest bond since the original Sean Connery, Daniel Craig. The film –23rd in the series– will also star Javier Bardem (Biutiful, No Country for Old Men) and the beautiful Brit actress Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean, The First Grader).

Ms. Harris was long rumored to be in the film, but wasn’t confirmed until recently. She will star alongside the star studded cast of Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, and, of course, Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem.

Casting Call

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JLK Publishing and Black River Press
Present
A casting call for the upcoming movie trailer

 

PLEASE COME PREPARED WITH A 1-MINUTE DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE

Thursday, March 31 · 2:00pm – 5:00pm
620 Glen Iris – Conference room/lobby level Atlanta, GA. 30308

  • Scheduled appointments between 2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Open casting call will take place between 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Please set an appointment prior to the open casting call.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be on the ground floor in the creation of this science-fiction thriller that is being shown to network executives!

Contact Casting Associate Porsha Huff to schedule appointments
at porshahff@nullyahoo.com or call at #: 1-678-235-8798

Casting Location: Ponce Springs Lofts
620 Glen Iris – Conference room/lobby level
Atlanta, GA. 30308
PARKING: Garage (visitors)
DATE: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Please bring head-shots and resume with you to the casting!

This project is being directed by Shandra McDonald-Bradford.

Ciara to Play Aaliyah in Biopic?

According to CNN.com’s Marquee, Missy Elliott is hoping that a biopic of her friend and colleague Aaliyah will be led by R&B singer Ciara. The producer of some of the songs on Aaliyah’s 1996 hit album “One in a Million” says that she still mourns the loss of her friend from her fatal plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001.

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In an interview with MTV, Missy states, “I think it’s hard for Aaliyah to be duplicated, because she had her own lane. But Ciara is an R&B singer who loves to dance, and Aaliyah was that same kinda artist.”

Would Ciara make a good choice as the lead in an Aaliyah biopic, or someone else? You decide!

The Business of Show Biz: Career Intensive for Actors

Only a very small portion of an actor’s time is spent acting.

The successful actor spends the majority of his or her time pursuing work. The business of acting is this pursuit.

While there exists a dizzying array of acting classes, it is difficult to find a class or workshop that covers the work getting, marketing tips and techniques that are the tools for building a career.

Without these tools it is possible to continue acting every now and then as a hobby indefinitely. However, if building a career is your goal this workshop is for you. In this class you will:

*Create an effective Picture and Resume
*Organize your life around your goals
*Avoid industry scams
*Meet with a SAG/AFTRA franchised Talent Agent
*Learn to market yourself and more

When:
8 Wednesdays, March 3 – April 28

Where:
The Phoenix Theater Annex
414 Mason Street, San Francisco

Time:
11am – 2pm

Fee:

  • Before 2/17/10 $250. per month Early Bird Special!
  • After 2/17/10 $275 per month
  • Register early, class size is limited
Velina Brown is a busy stage, screen, and voice over actor, with credits at the Tony and Obie award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, ACT, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and the Magic Theater among others. Recent screen credits include Trauma, Bee Season, Maladaptive, and Milk.

For the past two years she has also been a career advice columnist for Theater Bay Area Magazine.

Velina@nullbusinessofshowbiz.com
(415) 928-0592

www.BusinessofShowbiz.com

South African Union Threatens to Boycott Jennifer Hudson

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Last month Jennifer Hudson announced that she will play Winnie Manikizela-Mandela in the Equinoxe Film WINNIE (due out in 2011). The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA) promptly issued a statement to South African newspaper The Citizen protesting the fact that a South African was not cast in the role, and locals haven’t been sought to star in or work on the film. The union is composed on South African creatives, including filmmakers, actors and musicians. Renowned South African theater actor John Kani pointed out that, “the problem was not Hudson playing Madikizela-Mandela, but the lack of respect and acknowledgment for local creatives.”
Ms. Hudson’s casting also highlights a recent trend toward casting entertainers and singers as actors. Actress Nia Long –in response to Beyonce Knowles starring in yet another film– even went as far to state, “It’s just not about how talented you are anymore. It’s about, ‘How much box-office revenue will this person generate?’ ” But Ms. Hudson is not alone in the push toward entertainers, especially African American entertainers. She’s one of many in a long line that includes Ludacris (CRASH, GAMER), Alicia Keyes (THE NANNIE DIARIES, SECRET LIVES OF BEES), Ice Cube (FRIDAY, BARBERSHOP), Eve (BARBERSHOP, TRANSPORTER 3), and a host of others.
This brings up several issues that have been plaguing Africans/African Americans in film: 1) The right to accurate representation, 2) the dearth of roles for Blacks, and 3) trivializing the “craft” of acting. The movie industry in the United States is focused on the business of show business, and rarely do African Americans have the luxury to present “art” that doesn’t “make money.”  If African Americans in film can’t bring in an audience, then Hollywood –and some Blacks in film– will not bother to cast them in other films, or back films starring them. This is part of the reason why Hollywood continually brings in entertainers, and not actors.

Middle-America more readily recognizes Ludacris than it does Ruby Dee.

However, the entertainer-as-actor is not new to Hollywood. Many films have starred “entertainers” in non-musical films just to attract audiences. Nat King Cole in ST. LOUIS BLUES, Diahann Carroll in CLAUDINE, Eartha Kitt in ANNA LUCASTA, etc. Granted, all of the aforementioned –other than Nat King Cole– were also stage performers, and have starred in plays. Some will argue that Ms. Hudson received an Oscar® for DREAMGIRLS. Others will argue that the role wasn’t a stretch since it was about an R&B singer who doesn’t fit the mold of a successful lead singer of a girl group.

In regards to representation, African Americans have been battling Hollywood for decades. How we’re presented in film impacts how we’re received in public. Image and media strongly impact perception. A “repeated” image can destroy self-esteem, social gains and cultural acceptance. Starting with such films as D.W. Griffith’s BIRTH OF A NATION, Blacks have understood the power of the moving image. Many of the roles in BIRTH OF A NATION were white actors in “blackface” –a demeaning and intentionally hurtful practice of “blackening” an actors face with burnt cork or shoe polish and acting out Black stereotypes for entertainment. It was in part due to the lack of accurate representation that such filmmakers as Oscar Micheaux and Tressie Sauders filmed their own films starring Black actors in human, believable –and even comical– stories.

When the Civil Rights Movement gained steam in the United States in the 1960’s, African Americans took representation even further. Diversity in how actors looked was pushed (no more “paper bag tests” for Black actresses), and “authenticity” was expected (see Abbey Lincoln and Ivan Dixon in NOTHING BUT A MAN).

During the Black filmmaker renaissance in the late-1980’s and early-1990’s, the deluge of Black directors, actors and films, were the norm.

Children raised, or born, during this time period have always assumed that’s how Hollywood looked. Jennifer Hudson is one of those young adults. She would have been an adolescent when the Black filmmaker renaissance blossomed.  In regards to her role as an actress, it will require her to look deep and dark into the recesses of human indignity and violence to truly understand the impact of apartheid-era South Africa. Hopefully, she’s grown beyond her comments that she “didn’t know who the BeeGees” were when she was asked to sing their songs on “American Idol.” The Bee Gees? Really? I also hope that she breaks the acceptance of many young adults to totally disregard any history that pre-dates their adolescence.

Growing up, I was always aware of things that pre-dated me–including music, performers, film, etc. It wasn’t something I considered as “old,” and, therefore, negligible –like clothing. If she and Hollywood are going to stand by their decision to cast her in the role, then let’s hope that she takes the role seriously, and makes a concerted effort to improve her craft by researching Ms. Madizikela’s history, her life, and the era (and country) that produced her. And most importantly, let’s hope that Hollywood and Equinoxe Films respect Black actors in South Africa enough to heavily involve them in the process.

For Colored Girls; Rumored for the big screen

Post-“Precious” there’s another rumor circulating about the dynamic duo producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry: They will be producing a screen version of radical poet Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning choreopoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.”

Rumors are also circulating that superstars Halle Berry, Lynn Whitfield, Angela Bassett, and Jill Scott will star. There are even murmurings that the queen herself –no, not First Lady Michelle Obama– will star in the production. Oprah Winfrey is not new to the big screen, and her repertoire and film roles have only grown increasingly intense with each new film.

Who will deliver this ginormous project? Lionsgate. It would only make sense considering that the Wonder Twins jumped on the “Precious” train, and catapulted the indie-film to new heights.

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Can they do it for such a raw, real piece of work like “For Colored Girls”? Again, the casting seems a little off, but apparently that’s what it takes for a film to have any chance for survival. Big names, and bigger supporters.

The poem doesn’t give any wiggle room for glamor, perfect hair or guarded emotions. If you remember the poem, it deals with serious issues surrounding Black women, including infanticide, and other hot-button issues.

Hopefully, this project will come to fruition and whomever is selected to star will bring the same unpretty grittiness that the original poem demanded.

Twilight Series Finale Breaking Dawn Hiring for Extras

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According to an ad in the New York Times online, Explore Talent is now casting for all roles, including extras and principals. (IBWFF can’t vouch for the service, and you are strongly encouraged to always check out feedback for any talent acquisition company. To check out any business, charity or service, visit the Better Business Bureau at: http://www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/)

CASTING CALL: 10/17/09 for film, Ghetto Magnolia

ccallDISCLAIMER: This event is NOT sponsored or hosted by the IBWFF. This is a re-post. As with any audition or casting call announcement, you are strongly encouraged to use your best judgment in attending an audition or casting call. It is your responsibility to contact local authorities if you suspect illegal activities, exploitation or violence from the hosts, attendees or other parties in attendance.

ATTENTION: Calling African American Females 20-50, Children ages 2-6, Males 40-60

Title of Production:  Ghetto Magnolia
Location:  Oakland, CA
Time: 10-3pm
Date: 10/17/09
Contact Person Name: Farai
Contact Telephone: (510) 551-5273
Email: SoulSearchinprd@nullyahoo.com
Casting Call Description: African American Females 20-50, Children ages 2-6, Males 40-60

CASTING CALL: Gap (for Kids 0-10)

The Gap is searching for the next faces of babyGap and GapKids. DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 22, 2009!!

Winners will receive:

  • Professional Gap photo shoot
  • Their photo in Gap stores nationwide
  • $1,000 Gap GiftCard redeemable for a babyGap or GapKids wardrobe
  • VIP vacation to see Disney’s THE LION KING in New York or Las Vegas

Click here to register today!

The Losers gain Zoe

Step aside Uhura! Zoe Saldana is back with yet another sci-fi role that’s fit for the big screen. Aside from her role in the 3-D spectacle “Avatar” (due out in December 2009), Ms. Saldana will star as the character Aisha, alongside heart-throbs and alpha males Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”) and Idris Alba (“The Unborn,” “The Wire”). The name of her new film is named “The Losers,” and is Warner Bros.’s adaptation of the comic book series from Vertigo Comics –written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Jock.

Look for “The Losers,” coming out April 2010.

Related Story: http://www.ibwff.com/2009/09/shes-an-alligator-woman-and-she-dont-care/

Casting Call – Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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Start Time:
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 6:00pm
End Time:
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 11:00pm
Location:
Reese Phifer Hall Room 180
Street:
University Blvd. & Colonial Dr.
City/Town:
Tuscaloosa, AL

DISCLAIMER: This event is NOT sponsored or hosted by the IBWFF. This is a re-post. As with any audition or casting call announcement, you are strongly encouraged to use your best judgment in attending an audition or casting call. It is your responsibility to contact local authorities if you suspect illegal activities, exploitation or violence from the hosts, attendees or other parties in attendance.

More information on Facebook!

We are hosting OPEN AUDITIONS for a television show for our “pilot” episode. We are looking for men and women actors, ages 18-54.
We will hold auditions on September 29 and October 6, both beginning at 6pm.

We are located in Tuscaloosa, at The University of Alabama, in Reese Phifer Hall, room 180.

This is a student and non-union production. Resumes and head shots are not required however, if you have them send them to: castandcrewpilot@nullgmail.com, or bring them with you to the casting call. If you have any questions or need directions, please feel free to contact us at castandcrewpilot@nullgmail.com

More information on Facebook!

Rashida Scores Another One!

Former television girlfriend of “The Office” character Jim Halpert, the “real life” Rashida Jones, has scored another sweet spot on NBC!

She’ll be starring alongside SNL’s Amy Poehler in another quirky sitcom called “Park and Recreation.” Staying on her quirky streak, she plays the “straight girl” to the wackiness of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, in the comedy “I Love You Man.”

Paul Rudd is box office gold when it comes to comedy , and he’s starred in such hits as the “40 Year Old Virgin,” “Role Models,” “Clueless,” and a host of other Frat Pack films. Hopefully, this will only add to Ms. Jones’ comedy cache!

Rosario Dawson to Star as Velvet Von Black

Retro, horror king Rob Zombie has just completed his animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, due for release in 2009. The animated feature will star Rosario Dawson –star of Seven Pounds with Will Smith– who gets top billing as the voice of Velvet Von Black.Paul Giamatti will play Dr. Satan.

In usual Rob Zombie-style, his wife Sheri Moon Zombie is cast as El Superbeasto’s sidekick and sister, Suzi X. It should be another freakfest, given Zombie’s past forays into horror, namely, House of a 1,000 Corpses, and The Devil’s Rejects. Yeah, just lose one afternoon watching either of these films so you can ask your friends, “What in the hell did I just watch?”

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Cast Away: Alicia Keys as Lena Horne

If you keep up with any kind of celebrity news, you’ll always hear about some future movie where they’ve already snagged someone to play the lead. The lead is usually someone who’s “hot” at the moment, but do they always fit the role or the character? Um, usually, not.

I frequently receive press releases, etc., with crazy proclamations that one star, or another, is set to play the biopic of someone who’s recently passed. It serves two purposes: 1) To give the star a “serious” role, and 2) to cash in on a recent death. Sometimes it works (Ray), and sometimes it just fizzles.

In 2005, MTV Films/Paramount PIctures blasted everyone with a press release about Mary J. Blige playing the magnificent Nina Simone. My first reaction was: They’re kidding, right? They weren’t.

I just couldn’t reconcile the Mary J. Blige I’d seen on stage and in videos, with the proudly Black and political Nina Simone. I even wrote a blurb on this site and in the e-newsletter railing against the casting. The problem is that I actually know who Nina Simone is. The majority of folks who now watch MTV don’t know who the hell she is: but they know who Mary J. Blige is!

Nina Simone was always fabulously proud of her African heritage, and always made sure that what was on her head reflected what was in her brain. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mary J. Blige without her hair flat-ironed and glued to the side of her head. Okay, hair aside, Nina Simone was a classically trained pianist, who attended the Julliard School of Music, earned her doctorate and never let the public dictate her look, sound, or personal life.

Unfortunately, Ms. Blige has always been portrayed by the media as the perpetual “victim” who repeatedly makes bad mistakes and is always striving “over come.” Nina Simone would never allow that, and she would tell such. She also never let anyone make her “feel” that she was less than them, nor would she ever present herself as such. She wasn’t commercial, and had a self-imposed exile to France because her outspokenness resulted in a considerable, political backlash.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re both fabulous singers and entertainers, but I hate miscasting, especially when it comes to African Americans. People still don’t “get it.”

We should be more conscientious about how we allow others to interpret and present us. To ignore intrinsic circumstances and nuances that make someone who they are, is to discredit the person. They can “overcome” these circumstances and issues, but did those circumstances and issues happen to them because of what they represents, or because of how they adapted to them?

For example, to cast a lighter-skinned actor in a role about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is to negate the issues he outlined in his autobiography, specifically, issues surrounding color discrimination from other African Americans in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, while growing up. To cast a darker-skinned man in the role of W.E.B. DuBois is to dismiss the privilege that often accompanied his upper-middle class background, which was overwhelmingly made up of lighter-skinned African Americans. We may not like the history, but there it is.

Now, when I heard the rumor that Oprah Winfrey had picked the real (and ethereal) Alicia Keys to play the legendary Lena Horne, it made more sense to me. I had to ask myself why, considering that Lena Horne is from an “old family” in Atlanta, Georgia, and Alicia Keys is from the inner-city. Not only do they “resemble” one another, but they’re both entertainers. Granted, Alicia Keys is bi-racial, and Ms. Lena Horne is not, but Alicia Keys’ place in 1920’s black society in Georgia would be more historically accurate. Sad, but true.

When individuals who are so unfamiliar with African American culture begin casting us in certain roles, part of the story can be easily lost. (I didn’t “buy” Margaret Avery in the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple…especially since I had read the book. I was more for Alice Walker’s original choice of Tina Turner, though that was stretching the casting a bit from the book.)

Some actors can excel beyond our expectations regardless of limitations, and that’s in fairness to the actor and director. However, we need to demand better accuracy and representation in how we’re portrayed in film: that goes for men and women. Images in film have an incredible impact on the viewer, and there are very few members of the public who will seek out information beyond the movie screen.

So, here’s cheers to Ms. Oprah Winfrey for actually thinking through on her casting. Given Ms. Keys recent turn in The Secret Life of Bees, I’m sure she will deliver beyond our expectations.

(For the record, who would I have preferred to play Nina Simone? Well, pre-crazy Lauryn Hill, for starters…if ya’ll had asked her in 2005, she’d probably be doing much better now. I’m just sayin’.)

Who Would You Pick to Play Nina Simone? Lena Horne?