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Louisiana's Wetland (Photo credit: Alicia-Lee-07)

Here is an interview that Benh Zeitlin did with Charlie Rose about his movie Beasts of the Southern Wild.  This film has won many awards thoughout the world and was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Discover how he was able to achieve  the right chemistry between Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy and her on screen father. These two roles did not use professional actors and it is interesting to discover how they were chosen.

It's a story about how to survive loss. Filmed in the Louisiana wetland.  Benh was just wanting to make a film he could be proud of.  He certainly accomplished that goal.

See the interview and learn more about Benh and the movie in the link below

English: David Cook performing at Toad's Place...

English: David Cook performing at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT (Photo credit: Public Domain by Mysticpurz via Wikipedia)

American Idol Season 12 will be holding auditions soon in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Charlotte, Newark, Chicago, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City.

Los Angeles
Registration: June 5th - 6th
Auditions: June 7th
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, California

San Antonio
Registration: June 12th - June 13th
Auditions: June 14th
100 Montana St. 
San Antonio, Texas

Registration: June 17th - 18th
Auditions: June 19th
Time Warner Cable Arena
1333 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

Actor Colin Firth - 66th Venice International ...

Colon Firth (Photo by Nicolas Genin via Wikipedia)

Casting is underway for Devil's Knot, the story of three teenagers accused of murdering three 8 year old boys, and the controversial trial they were involved in.

Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

Principal/Supporting Actors:

Aquila Wood Casting
1680 Vine Street, Suite 806
Los Angeles, California  90028

English: The Horace Wilkinson Bridge in Baton ...

Image by Sewtex via Wikipedia

One Eyed Dog Films will begin shooting the feature film Cutter in Baton Rouge this summer.

It is about Amanda and her friends who discover a grounded boat on the bayou.  Seeming to be a great spot for a party they begin their plans.  What they didn't know is that the boat is the home of Cutter who tries to defend his home when the students fight back.

Send resume' and headshot to:

Français : Brooke Shields au festival de Cannes

Brooke Shields (Image by Georges Biard via Wikipedia)

Casting calls for the movie Hot Flashes being filmed in Louisiana.  

Hot Flashes stars Daryl Hannah, Brooke Shields, and Melanie Griffith.  It is about a middle aged women's basketball team that challenge an arrogant "Girls' State" high school team to a series of games to raise money for breast cancer.  The action and rivalry precedes on and off the court.

Square Dancers
  • Men and women 55+ that have western attire such as prairie skirts, jeans, western blouses, boots, flats, cowboy hats, bandanas, western scarves, western jewelry, bolo ties, etc..
  • Dance experience a plus.
  • Send  photo and contact info with "Square Dancer" in the subject line.

Fiddle Player
  • Need fiddle Player of small band with fiddle player.
  • Send photo and contact info with "Fiddle Player" in the subject line.

Filming will be at the Bayou Barn in Crowne Pointe, Louisiana this Friday, February 17th.

Send the information listed above to:

English: Tom Cruise on MTV Live in December 2008

Tom Cruise (Image by MTV Live via Wikipedia)

A Sci-Fi movie starring Tom Cruis and Morgan Freeman is casting extras in Kenner, Louisiana tomorrow. 

The movie will be filmed in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas starting in March.  It involves a veteran soldier sent to a distant planet to destroy and alien race.  

Casting Call
September 15th
Noon - 8:00 pm
Pontchartrain Center
4545 Williams Boulevard
Kenner, Louisiana

If you are unable to make the casting call send email with contact information and recent photo to:

Quentin Tarantino and Diane Kruger look anythi...

Quentin Tarantino and Diane Kruger (Public Domain Image by Sgt. Michael Connors via Wikipedia)

Django Unchained, a Quentin Tarantino western, has began shooting and is casting for parts.  They will be filming in New Orleans February through June.

It is a spaghetti Western type of film focusing on a freed slave turned bounty hunter who goes on a journey to rescue his wife.  It has quite a cast including: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Gerald McRaney and Tom Wopat.

Send your resume' and headshots to:

Casting call today for
Abigail Breslin at a party during the 2010 Tor...

Abigail Breslin (Image by -nikkon- via Wikipedia)

 in Chalmette, Louisiana.

The story is set in the future and is about Ender Wiggin an exceptionally gifted child who is trained in warfare along with other smart children.  They compete in war games aboard an orbiting space station to prepare for their mission which is war with an alien race in another solar system that has been attacking earth. 

Asa Butterfield is cast as Ender Wiggin, Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyram Graff, Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin, and Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.

  • Bright and talented kids.
  • Ages 10-17
  • Any ethnic background.

Harrison Ford at the Pacific Design Center in ...

Harris Ford (Image by Gavatron via Wikipedia)

A casting call for Ender's Game will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana this weekend.  Filming will be in New Orleans from February through June.  

The story is set in the future and is about Ender Wiggin an exceptionally gifted child who is trained in warfare along with other smart children.  They compete in war games aboard an orbiting space station to prepare for their mission which is war with an alien race in another solar system that has been attacking earth. 

Asa Butterfield is cast as Ender Wiggin, Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyram Graff, Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin, and Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.

  • Bright and talented kids.
  • Ages 10-17
  • Any ethnic background.

Dwayne Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Dwayne Johnson (Image by David Shankbone via Wikipedia)

Open casting call this weekend for Snitch, a film starring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Susan Sarandon.  It is about a father who goes undercover in order to free his son, who was framed in a drug deal, from prison.  Filming will begin in December.

  • Black African Americans - All ages
  • Hispanic/Latinos - All ages
  • Mixed Ethnics Men and Women
  • Warehouse Workers
  • Paramedics
  • Courthouse Workers
  • Swat Team
  • Police
  • Reporters
  • DEA Agents
  • Restaurant Patrons
  • Softball Players for Mens Team
  • Prisoners
  • Jail Guards

  • Bring 4 x 6 current photo and contact information.
  • Experience preferred for stand-ins.
  • Stand-in for Dwayne Johnson: bald or shaved head, 6'5" tall.
  • Stend-in for Susan Sarandon: Female brenette, 5'7"

Casting for The Real World 27

The Unisphere, attributed to "uribe"...

Image by Uri Baruchin via Wikipedia

Open calls for casting of The Real World, an MTV series, this Saturday  in Columbus, Baton Rouge and New York City.

  • You must be 20 years old or older.
  • You must look like you're between the ages of 20 and 24
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.

Saturday, October 29th: 

  • Columbus: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Charlie Bear, 1562 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
  • Baton Rouge: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Mugshots Grill and Bar, 7425 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • New York City: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York City
Anna Kendrick at the 2009 Toronto Internationa...

Image via Wikipedia

Here is casting call for a fun feature length movie from Brownstone Productions and Universal pictures.  Perfect Pitch is a comedy about college singing competitions and a capella singing groups.  Anna Kendrick who was previously in the movie Twilight and currently starring in 50/50 will take a lead role along with Brittany Snow (American Dreamz) and Anna Camp (The Help).

Caballero Casting is having an open call this Saturday.  Your best chance of getting in the movie is to attend the open call but they will also have video submissions for the next 3 weeks.

Here's what they're looking for:
  • Ages 18-35 years old.
  • Stand ins: 5'6 males brown hair/ 5'4 females brown hair
  • Backgrounders of all types!   See below:
  • College aged students
  • Freshman Moms and Dads
  • Science Nerds
  • Frat Guys, Sorority Girls
  • Korean Students
  • Dudes with Ponytails
  • Judges
  • Non Descript Audience

Lee Daniels on the red carpet of the 2010 Scre...

Director Lee Daniels (Image by Tomdog via Wikipedia)

The Paperboy, directed by Lee Daniels (Shadowboxer, Precious), is calling for extras in New Orleans.

The Paperboy, to be released in 2012, stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, and Zac Efron.

Caucasian Female Needed
  • 20-30 years old.
  • Must be 5 months or more pregnant.
  • Comfortable with partial nudity.
  • Featured extra rate $150 per 12 hour day.
  • Shooting of this scene will be August 8th.

Also seeking men, women, and children for both featured and background extras for filming through September.

Send contact information and recent pictures to:


Auditions: Family Feud

Image cropped from original on Flickr. Origina...

Steve Harvey (Image by Christina & Steve Harvey via Wikipedia)

Family Feud  is looking for families to be on the  game show hosted by Steve Harvey.  A chance to win up to $100,000 and a new car.

Sunday, June 12th  - Los Angeles, California
11:00 am or 4:00 pm 
Send email to to apply.

Saturday, June 18th - Green Bay, Wisconsin
11:00 am or 4:00 pm
Send email to to apply.

Sunday, June 26th - Atlanta, Georgia
11:00 am or 4:00 pm 
Send email to to apply.

Sunday, July 2nd - New Orleans, Louisiana
During Essence Music Festival
Send email to to apply.

Include with audition email:
  • Pictures and/or videos of your family..
  • Tell about your family and why they should be on the show.
  • What is unique about your family.

If you cannot make it to one of the scheduled tryouts then you can submit a video online or mail a DVD.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews with ...

Trombone Shorty (Photo by Infrogmation via Wikipedia)

Mix up the gumbo and get a taste of some smokin' N'orleans jazz and funk from Trombone Shorty.

Saw Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue  tearing it up  last night on Austin City Limits.  You can see them in the videos below or catch them live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend Saturday, May 7th from 3:25 pm - 4:40 pm.

Check out the Austin City Limits videos at:

Trombone Shorty - "Where Y'at?"

Alejandro Escovedo / Trombone Shorty - Autin City Limits - Full Episode

Also in an interview with Tavis Smiley.

Tavis Smile Interviews Trombone Shorty:

Jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton, New Orleans Ja...

Photo by Infrogmation via Wikipedia

This weekend in New Oreleans.  The 42nd anniversary of the  The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  Named Festival of the Year four time by Pollstar magazine.

Friday April 29th through Sunday May 8th.

These are just some of the bands appearing:
Arcade Fire
Kid Rock
John Mellencamp
The Strokes
Tom Jones
Jeff Beck
Lucinda Williams
Dr. John
Cyndi Lauper
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Better Than Ezra
Gregg Allman Blues Band
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
The Neville Brothers
Robert Plant
Sonny Rollins
Wyclef Jean
Willie Nelson

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival website: