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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lana Veenker Casting to provide local casting on "Management"

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Portland actors will appear opposite Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn
August 27, 2007

Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is beginning casting on the new Jennifer Aniston film, “Management.” The film, financed by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and directed by Stephen Belber, features approximately 20 roles to be cast locally.

“Most of the actors will work for just one day,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker, “but the opportunity to perform opposite such A-list talent is priceless.”

The eight-year old casting company intends to draw primarily from Portland’s pool of professional union talent, but there are a few roles that present challenges.

“We need two senior Chinese actors to play the parents of Steve Zahn’s best friend” says Veenker, “and a 35- to 45-year-old Vietnamese actor to play a Buddhist monk who gives Zahn advice.”

Actors who meet the requirements for these three speaking roles can send their contact information to talent at slateplease.com. The remaining roles will likely be cast through local talent agencies and the company’s database of professional actors.

Extras casting will be handled separately by a soon-to-be-announced company.

Lana Veenker Casting, Portland’s premier film and television casting company, was founded in 1999 and has cast over 400 projects, including several award-winning feature films and major international commercial campaigns.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hold Onto Your Hats

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The rest of 2007 looks GREAT for film production in Oregon!

We’ve already started casting on the new Jennifer Aniston flick, “Management”, starring Steve Zahn and directed by Stephen Belber.

And word from the Oregon Film & Video Office is that there are two more features on the way.

I got it straight from the horse’s mouth (i.e. Executive Director Steve Oster) at last Thursday’s press conference with Governor Ted Kulongoski, as the Governor was announcing the addition of actor Ed Asner (who was a hoot, by the way!) to the Film Office board of directors.

One of the films can’t be discussed yet, says Steve Oster. As for the other one: apparently, we should keep our eyes peeled towards the end of the year for a certain South African actress in town….