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  • Interview

    Joanna Newsom on Finding the Music in Acting

    The singer-songwriter didn’t know she would be appearing as the narrator in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” opposite Joaquin Phoenix until someone reached out for her measurements.

  • Interview

    Casting History’s Icons in ‘Selma’

    Aisha Coley, the casting director for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. biopic—directed by Ava DuVernay and written by DuVernay and Paul Webb—underlines the importance of balancing character similarities with performance chops.

  • Interview

    How to Balance Dick Jokes and Dictators

    Dan Sterling, whose new comedy “The Interview” stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Randall Park, knows how to walk the fine line between political satire and toilet humor.

  • Interview

    Emily Blunt Takes Us ‘Into the Woods’

    The Baker’s Wife of Rob Marshall’s eagerly anticipated big-screen adaptation of the iconic musical relished discoveries big and small in the magic of Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics and working with Meryl Streep again—and makes the case for why happy endings are overrated.

  • Interview

    Putting Together the Puzzle of ‘Interstellar’

    Casting director John Papsidera explains the art and intricacy of his close collaboration with writer-director Christopher Nolan, what led to casting Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain, and how he finds child actors.

  • Advice

    #ICastIt: 1 Reason Good Casting Makes Directing Easier

    Actor-writer-director Jola Cora says the hardest part of casting her short film "Live Laugh Love" was rejecting so many talented actors. She shares how she found the perfect fit on Backstage.com.

  • Interview

    How Wes Anderson’s Universe Is Cast

    “The Grand Budapest Hotel” required an extensive search on the part of Anderson’s longtime CD, Douglas Aibel, for a very particular lobby boy to play across a fiercely talented cast of Anderson regulars.

  • News

    The 21st Annual SAG Award Nominees

    Eva Longoria and Ansel Elgort announced the five film and eight television categories of this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  • Interview

    Weeping and Whooping Through ‘Pride’

    Casting director Fiona Weir on how to cast an ensemble-driven film based on real-life historical figures—and find actors that will make you cry, including Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy.

  • Interview

    Supporting 2014: Logan Lerman on Hell and ‘Fury’

    Despite grueling shooting conditions—inside a tank!—the young actor fought for the chance to play “a totally fucked-up mess” with writer-director David Ayer opposite a cast that included Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.