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  • Interview

    Nikki Reed on Making Female Characters More Than an ‘Accessory’

    Thrust into the spotlight with her controversial 2003 film “Thirteen,” Nikki Reed has since made herself a household name, and an advocate for strong female characters.

  • News

    Sundance 2015 Sees Funny Actors in New Light

    Comedians such as Sarah Silverman and Jack Black are taking on dramatic roles in the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 22–Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah.

  • News

    6 Casting Notices to Kick December Off Right

    Here are six auditions spanning Web series, theater, and film casting on both coasts, including a Pennsylvania production of “Venus in Fur” holding auditions in New York City, and a student project out of UCLA.

  • News

    8 Indie Film Ensembles That Have Wowed Us in 2014

    From “Still Alice” to “Boyhood” and “Foxcatcher,” here are the smaller movies that nevertheless boasted big, powerful casts this year—proving that an actor is only as good as his or her support.

  • News

    2015 Slamdance Film Festival Program Announced

    The Park City, Utah festival has announced its feature film lineup, which includes 11 narratives starring the likes of “Girls” actor Alex Karpovsky, Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”), and Broadway actor Lauren Molina (“Sweeney Todd”).

  • Interview

    The Horror Film of the Year?

    Backstage chats with first-time feature director-writer Jennifer Kent about her Sundance film “The Babadook,” centered on a widowed mother and her son who are haunted by a fictional creature out of a children’s pop-up storybook.

  • News

    6 Casting Notices to Keep You Busy This Weekend

    During some down time this weekend, check out some of our casting notices to keep yourself busy and working! Here are six auditions from New York to Los Angeles and beyond that will keep you loose and limber in the audition room.

  • News

    7 Ways to Ring in the Weekend

    To kick off a promising weekend, here are seven casting notices from this past week on Backstage including Geek Nation’s newest sketch comedy, an NYU student short film, and “Empire,” the new Lee Daniels-directed TV show!

  • News

    6 Scary Good Casting Notices

    In honor of the one day a year where everyone’s (openly) pretending to be someone else also known as what actors do all year round, also known as the best holiday of the year, here are six casting notices with a side of scary. Happy Halloween!

  • Advice

    Jill Soloway’s Advice for Indie Filmmakers

    Three years ago, Jill Soloway was ready to leave Hollywood. Now her Amazon Studios series "Transparent" has been renewed for a second season. Soloway spoke at the Film Independent Forum about how to persevere and find success.