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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Casting Call in Lincoln City, Oregon for Charlize Theron Film

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“The Burning Plain” will shoot in Portland and Lincoln City in January 2008

PORTLAND, ORE. Rutabaga Background Casting, a division of Lana Veenker Casting, announced today that an extras casting call for a new feature film entitled “The Burning Plain” will take place at the Hotel Chinook Winds Ballroom, 1501 NW 40th Place, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367 on Saturday, December 15th from 10am to 6pm.

The Burning Plain” is the directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (“Babel,” “21 Grams”). Filming is slated to shoot in Oregon for ten days in January 2008. The film is currently shooting on location in New Mexico and is headlined by Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron.

Extras Casting Director Diana Hammons says that the Portland-based extras company is primarily seeking Lincoln City residents who are business professional types (ages 18 and older) to appear in an upscale restaurant scene. Owners of luxury or high-end cars in Lincoln City are also encouraged to apply, as their vehicles may be seen in the restaurant parking lot. Finally, several Latino extras (ages 18 and older) will be required in both Portland and Lincoln City. There is no charge to be considered for any role.

Lincoln City residents who would like to be considered for the film should attend the December 15th casting call (ideally in their best professional or cocktail garb, if applying for the restaurant scene, or casual wear, if applying for the Latino roles) to have their photos taken and fill out a casting information sheet.

There is no Portland casting call anticipated at this time, but interested Portland residents may submit their photos and casting information via email, by following the instructions on the Rutabaga Background Casting website at

Additional information about working as an extra is also available on the Rutabaga MySpace page at


Thursday, December 6, 2007

Long Overdue

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Time for an update!

We had an absolute blast working with Stephen Belber, Nan Morales, Jordana Glick-Franzheim and the rest of the team on “Management“. Can’t wait for another opportunity.

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn were loads of fun on and off duty–and such pros to boot. I only got to meet the other leads briefly, but we hope the entire cast enjoyed their time in Oregon! We certainly loved having them here.

Next up is “The Burning Plain” by Guillermo Arriaga, starring Charlize Theron. We’re looking at just a few people for them, since most of the shoot takes place in New Mexico. But our background casting division will be handling the extras in Portland and Lincoln City. Info will be posted on the Rutabaga website and MySpace page.

Commercials have been busy recently with multiple projects for Nintendo, and clients like Samsung, HP, Adidas, Intel, Oregon Lottery, Microsoft, etc. Of course, they all seem to kick in at the same time after a lull! I keep telling producers to confer amongst themselves and spread the jobs out equally throughout the year, but that never seems to happen….

The New Year is gearing up to be busy as well, with a few features sniffing around, a handful of indie scripts (which I still need to read) and a possible music video. So we’ll be hitting the ground running after the holidays.

Speaking of holidays, we had a fun Argentine-themed client appreciation party last week, called “Noche de Luna”. The high-heeled shoes and fedoras were fantastic, and our 200 guests were even treated to a celebrity appearance or two, before the night was through. Here’s a shout out to the talented tango dancers who added to the ambiance and to Ron Toms and the staff of rontoms for all their help. You rock!

Here are a few photos of the festivities:

Stylist Kathleen Chetlain and Photographer Frank di Marco
Actor John Breen and Director James Westby
Director David Poulshock and Literary Agent Moreen Littrell
Music Manager Ken Erlich and Casting Director Lana Veenker
The ever-festive David and Sara Dochow, Set Designers
Casting Director Lana Veenker and Actor Steve Zahn
Producer Juliana Lukasik and Director Todd Korgan