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Friday, May 15, 2009

"The Road" trailer has been released!

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Can’t wait to see this film, based on the Cormac McCarthy (“No Country for Old Men“) novel “The Road.”

It stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and the incredible young Kodi Smit-McPhee.

We helped with the Oregon casting and had a great time working with John Hillcoat and the rest of the crew.

If the film is anywhere as good as the book and the screenplay, it should be amazing!

Releasing in October 2009.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Toronto, Portland is King!

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For our update on how three Oregon films fared at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, hop over to Shawn Levy’s “Mad About Movies” blog on the Oregonian website.

Toronto: You (Aren’t) There
Posted by Shawn Levy September 10, 2008 08:02AM

Portland casting director Lana Veenker, our gal on the go, files this report from the Toronto Film Festival, where three films shot in and around Portland have been playing this week.

Link to full article.

In the meantime, here are a few photos from the premiere of “Management“:

Actors Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston, and director Stephen Belber participate in the Q&A following the world premiere of “Management” at the Isabel Bader Theatre at TIFF’08.
Zerofootprint CEO Ron Dembo, casting director Lana Veenker and actors Steve Zahn and Katie O’Grady at “Management” premiere.
Actors Katie O’Grady and Gavin Bristol, director Stephen Belber and casting director Lana Veenker at “Management” after-party at the Spoke Club in Toronto.
Friday, May 2, 2008

105.1 The Buzz interview with Nelson & Terry

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Here’s the MP3 of this morning’s interview with Nelson & Terry of 105.1 The Buzz on our search for a pregnant body double for Charlize Theron and on the bustling film business in Oregon.

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Thanks to Nelson, Terry and the team for the plug!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Casting Company Seeks Pregnant Woman to Play Charlize Theron Double

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“The Road” starring Viggo Mortensen shoots in Oregon in May
April 27, 2008

PORTLAND, ORE. Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is seeking a pregnant Charlize Theron lookalike for “The Road,” a new feature film directed by John Hillcoat and based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.

Casting Director Lana Veenker says that the pregnant woman is needed to work as a body double for Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, slated to play actor Viggo Mortensen’s pregnant wife. “The producers prefer to use an actual pregnant woman, rather than put a fake belly on the actress. But it’s important that she resemble Charlize in height, weight and hair color.”

Caucasian women with blonde to dirty blonde hair, height 5’9” to 5’11”, who are around four months pregnant and who normally wear a dress size six or eight are encouraged to apply. There is no charge to be considered for the role and no nudity will be required. The woman chosen will work for two or three days in mid-May.

Women who fit the requirements should submit their photos and contact details as soon as possible to Lana Veenker Casting by emailing Eryn Goodman at talent(at)slateplease.com.

Additional information about Lana Veenker Casting is available on the company’s website and MySpace page.

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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 http://sayrutabaga.com.

Additional information about working as an extra is also available on the Rutabaga MySpace page at http://myspace.com/sayrutabaga.

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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

 

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….