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Every day, the trades report which movie stars have signed on for high-profile projects. It's nice to know that Sandra Bullock is attached to star in the remake of The Women, and that Lindsay Lohan has joined the already star-studded cast of Emilio Estevez's political feature Bobby, but what can this information mean for the working actor?

It means, of course, that the wheels of production are turning, and other parts will soon be up for grabs. This week we bring you news of a greenlit TV series looking for new faces and encourage you to scan those trades for more star-fueled productions in progress.

NBC Gets 'Kidnapped'

NBC Universal Television, in association with Sony Pictures Television and studio-based 25C Productions, is currently casting Kidnapped, a suspense drama pilot. Carmen Ejogo (HBO's Lackawanna Blues) and Boris McGiver (Taxi) have been cast in the project; Mykelti Williamson, Linus Roache, and Delroy Lindo are in negotiations to star. Mark Scott Casting and Bonnie Finnegan Casting are attached to cast on the West and East coasts respectively.

Philms in Philly

Submissions are being accepted for the 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival, slated to take place March 30–April 12. Presented by the Philadelphia Film Society, the festival offers full-length and short films and video, documentaries, and animation. Attendance at last year's festival was 65,000. Winners of the 2005 juried prizes included Theo Van Gogh for Cool! and Miranda July for Me and You and Everyone We Know. Send entries to: Andrew R. Preis, Director of Media Relations/Submissions Manager, Philadelphia Film Society, 234 Market St., 4th fl., Philadelphia, PA 19106. All entries must include a completed entry form and at least one review copy of the film in VHS or DVD format. Entry fees are $15 for films under 50 minutes and $30 for films 50 minutes or longer. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. EST Dec. 30, 2005. Decisions will be announced by Feb. 15, 2006. For applications or more information visit www.phillyfests .com or call (800) 333-8521, ext. 249.

Beauty Queens Wanted

MTV is looking for people preparing for beauty pageants for a new reality series. Man or woman, if you appear to be age 18–28 and are willing to share your experiences competing in pageants, email your name, location, contact info, and a recent photo to

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