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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Summit in final negotiations with Breaking Dawn director!

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We love it when some REAL Twilight news surfaces and not just scams and rumors.

Variety is reporting that Summit Entertainment is in final negotiations with Bill Condon to direct Breaking Dawn, based the fourth book in the Twilight series. And looks like it will, indeed, be split into two movies, as many predicted.

Great news for Twilight fans everywhere!

Summit circles final ‘Twilight’ pic
Condon in talks to direct ‘Breaking Dawn’
Wed, April 7, 2010
by Tatiana Siegel

Summit Entertainment is closing in on helmer Bill Condon to close out the “Twilight” saga.

Condon is in negotiations to direct “Breaking Dawn” — the final tome in author Stephenie Meyer’s four-book vampire series. The deal is expected to close quickly, with no major sticking points between the two sides.

“Breaking Dawn,” which marks the last chapter in the love story of bloodsucker Edward and mortal Bella, will likely be broken into two films — meaning Condon would be the sole director to land two “Twilight” gigs. Catherine Hardwicke helmed the first pic, while Chris Weitz directed the second, “New Moon.” David Slade was behind the camera for the third, the upcoming “Eclipse.” Though Summit has been fickle with its directors, the company has stuck with scribe Melissa Rosenberg to adapt each installment.

Condon most recently helmed the musical “Dreamgirls.”

Link to article.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finally, some real Breaking Dawn news!

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We finally have some real news to report on Breaking Dawn!! But first, a public service announcement:

HOW TO STAY INFORMED ON THE TWILIGHT SAGA

We continue to be inundated with messages, emails and tweets, asking who is directing Breaking Dawn, who is casting it, where it is shooting and when auditions are taking place.

As we’ve said before, we’re unable to answer all these questions individually, or we’d simply have no time to, you know, earn a living! We do have a casting company to run, after all. 🙂

For the time being, we have nothing to do with Breaking Dawn and there’s no guarantee that we ever will. It all depends on when and where it shoots and who is hired to cast and direct. None of this is in our hands, unfortunately, and we cannot reply to everyone who asks one by one.

Here’s the best way to keep informed about anything we do learn regarding the Twilight Saga. Anything we find out will be reported in these five places first:

1. Twihard Mailing List: Join by sending a blank email to twihard [@] aweber [.] com (remove the spaces and brackets).

2. Twitter: Follow us at http://twitter.com/lanaveenker

3. The Casting Scoop: Check this blog regularly or subscribe to the RSS feed (see right sidebar)

4. Facebook: Find us at http://facebook.com/lanaveenkercasting

5. MySpace: We’re at http://myspace.com/lanaveenkercasting

SO YOU WANNA BE AN ACTOR?

Finally, if you’re trying to break into the acting business, sign up for our Tools 4 Actors newsletter, also in the right sidebar of this blog, or simply send a blank email to tools4actors [@] aweber [.] com (minus the spaces and brackets). The newsletter is full of tips and tools from Casting Director Lana Veenker, and it’s helpful for both beginners and seasoned actors.

NOW, on to the news:


Thanks go to our friends over at the Twilight Lexicon for alerting us to this article on Entertainment Weekly:

Exclusive: Summit looking at Academy Award-nominated directors for ‘Breaking Dawn’
by Nicole Sperling
March 16, 2010

Yes, it’s still early days, but Summit is trying to up its pedigree for its big-screen adaptation of the final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Sources tell EW that the studio has reached out to at least three top-notch directors, including Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) to gauge their interest in what is likely to be two movies. (Van Sant’s reps confirmed that he’s been approached, but Coppola and Condon’s people didn’t return phone calls by press time. Summit declined to comment.)

No decisions are likely to be made until the studio delivers screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s detailed outline to the directors. That should happen sometime next week. Until then we can just wonder how these three very diverse directors will approach Bella’s controversial birthing scene.

Link to article.

Be sure to also check out the Lexicon’s interesting comments about this news:

The Hunt for Breaking Dawn Directors Begins

In our opinion, which is based on past experience and conjecture not insider info, Summit will tell us details about Breaking Dawn after the Eclipse major marketing wave is over. That’s not to say that Melissa Rosenberg isn’t working on script options, meaning making it one movie or two movies, that they aren’t figuring if they will use Portland or Vancouver, or when they’ll be shooting. It just means that like most companies, they like to focus their marketing and newscycle on one major product at a time. Pun intended, they don’t want the Eclipse movie to be eclipsed by Breaking Dawn news.

Link to article.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Oregon Film “Rid of Me” to Star Theresa Russell, Art Alexakis and Storm Large

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After triumphing at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival with “The Auteur,” director James Westby ups the ante for Oregon film
February 13, 2009

PORTLAND, ORE. With all the buzz around the big Hollywood blockbusters such as “Twilight” shooting in Oregon as of late, local director James Westby’s latest project, “Rid of Me,” could easily slip by unnoticed. Except that Westby has quietly assembled the A-team of Oregon cast and crew–and a few household names to boot.

His previous movies “Film Geek” and “The Auteur” triumphed on the festival circuit, earning a loyal online following on websites such as YouTube (nearing 10 million hits) and garnering sales of “The Auteur” on Amazon, iTunes and soon on Netflix. Modern-day distribution channels in place, the Oregon filmmaker set out to shoot his next project.

With a modest budget and barebones production already underway, Westby confides that “[Rid of Me] already feels like the best film I have ever been associated with. An amazing cast that you won’t believe.”

A cast that included, at the outset, rockers such as Art Alexakis, former frontman of the band Everclear, and Storm Large of Storm and the Balls, who recently gained national recognition on CBS’ “Rock Star: Supernova.” But Westby felt that the role of Storm’s mother might also be right for an actress with some cachet and sought out the services of Oregon casting director Lana Veenker, to see who might be interested.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to the casting breakdown we sent out in LA,” says Veenker. “Agents of some of the top actresses in the business were beating down the doors to work on this tiny film, all because they wanted the opportunity to be involved.”

When Westby saw actress Theresa Russell’s name pop up in his email, however, his heart jumped. “This Theresa Russell idea is OUT OF CONTROL,” he scribbled to Veenker. “Have you seen her in ‘Straight Time?’ Or in ‘Bad Timing?’ ‘Black Widow?’ OMG. She even looks like she could be Storm’s Mum.” A few phone calls later and Russell’s flight to Portland had been booked.

Westby’s dream team also includes some of Oregon’s top crew and talent. Actress and co-producer Katie O’Grady (“Management,” “Untraceable”), who was billed as “hilarious” in “The Auteur” by Variety and whom Westby calls “incomparable,” takes her turn as the lead character Meris.

“Getting to work in Oregon has been a great benefit for us,” says O’Grady, “because the Oregon film community has been so generous with equipment, resources, locations and time.” She cites the examples of Bruce Lawson (key grip on nearly every major film that has shot in Oregon over the last 20 years) and creative agency Sockeye Creative, who have provided tremendous resources for their mom-and-pop shop. “It’s humbling to work with such strong talent. There’s not one weak link in the cast or crew. Everyone is pitching in to make this the best project James has ever done.”

And it may very well be, if the final project is as good as the dailies reportedly are. Cast and crew are pinching themselves already: “There’s a fluidity to James’ work that is incredible to observe; it’s like watching him conduct an orchestra. He’s musical and his creative eye is next to genius,” marvels O’Grady. Very promising news for Westby and his team, and for Oregon itself.

Monday, December 15, 2008

"Milk" wins three New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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Gus Van Sant’s biographical film, “Milk,” about the politician Harvey Milk was named best picture, Sean Penn won best actor and Josh Brolin won best supporting actor, as reported in the New York Times.

Congrats, Gus! Well deserved.


Link to article.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gus Van Sant’s "Milk"

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Go see this film!


Milk” starring Sean Penn, directed by Gus Van Sant

Truly wonderful. Kudos to Gus and all the cast and crew.

PS: Funny that a lot of the cast has been up in Portland over the past year or so: Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch working on “Into the Wild,” Joseph Cross starring in “Untraceable,” and Josh Brolin (visiting his wife Diane Lane) during “Untraceable.” Not to mention Gus.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Oregonian Movie Review: "The Auteur" Hits Bottom in Portland

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A film we helped cast, which has screened at festivals around the world, finally opens in Portland this evening! We can’t wait!


Oregonian Movie Review: “The Auteur” Hits Bottom in Portland
by Marc Mohan, Special to The Oregonian
Thursday December 04, 2008, 7:07 PM

Arturo Domingo is an artist. In his medium of choice, he crafts unique, personal works with a style all their own. Unfortunately for Arturo, his medium of choice is hard-core pornographic film, so critical respect and wide public acclaim have largely eluded him, not to mention personal happiness.

All that just might change, though, on a trip to Portland for a retrospective of his films and a chance to reconnect with the one bright spot in his otherwise fairly pathetic life. “The Auteur” is an inspirational story about finding out what’s really important in life: true friends and lots of on-screen nudity[…].

Link to full article.


WANT TO SEE “THE AUTEUR”?

Get your tickets from Cinema 21. (Warning: Not suitable for all audiences. Hilarious comedy, sweet love story, but lots of nudity. I mean LOTS.)

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.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Variety Raves About "The Auteur" at OutFest

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Just got back from the West Coast premiere of “The Auteur” at OutFest in Los Angeles.

Here’s what Variety has to say about the film:

OutFest
“The Auteur”
Variety
July 22, 2008
by Robert Koehler

It’s not easy being “the Kubrick of porn,” a label that burdens fame-obsessed, jealousy-wracked Arturo Domingo at the center of James Westby’s erratic mockumentary, “The Auteur.” Like his “Film Geek,” new pic is about movie culture in Westby’s base of Portland, Ore. Half of the laughs stem from X-rated spins on famous movie titles, but a gentle, less ironic humor also occasionally pokes through. Nifty indie-fest entry should sidestep theatrical altogether and go straight to vid, where the porn action is these days anyway.

Link to full article

Congrats to cast and crew!

 

Friday, April 4, 2008

On the Set of "Twilight"

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Just a quick note to all you Twilight fans out there:

I dropped in on set the other day and it looked fantastic!! They were shooting the Forks High School cafeteria scene where Bella first sees the Cullen family. I think you’ll all be pleased.

Had a chance to chat with Stephenie Meyer a bit about casting while we were watching the action on the monitors. What a lovely and genuine person. After lunch, I saw that she went around to sign books for the extras. She’s tireless!

It was great to see producer Wyck Godfrey again (he was here on “Management” with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn last fall) and catch up with other friends and colleagues.

Catherine Hardwicke and the ADs were hard at work, making sure each take was perfect. The art direction looked fantastic and Stephenie told me herself that she was very pleased with the cast. Nikki Reed (Rosalie) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) also said they were having a great time filming in Oregon.

The cast and crew are working really hard and very long hours, but the vibe on set was great and everyone seems totally dedicated to making the film the best that it can be. I can’t wait to see the final product!

Monday, March 17, 2008

From "Burning Plain" to "Twilight" to the "Untraceable" premiere

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My how time flies! Time to get caught up. I’ll probably have to do this in a few posts.

We wrapped casting on “The Burning Plain” (starring Charlize Theron) in January. I finally made it to set on the second to last day of the shoot, out on the Oregon Coast. Producer Ray Angelic and Director Guillermo Arriaga told me they were thrilled with the talent and crews they worked with. We hope they shoot here again!

After that, we started almost immediately on “Twilight” for Summit Entertainment. The film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, is based on the publishing phenomenon by the same name, written by Stephenie Meyer, and teenagers are MAD about it! We’ve been getting emails from all around the world from kids begging to be considered for roles.

We did put out an open casting call for the role of Jacob, an American Indian teenager (causing our MySpace friends list to take off!), but that role has now been cast.

The remaining roles were all filled by professional actors and shooting is well underway. Photos of the lead cast can be seen on MTV’s website.

I somehow squeezed some travel in during all of this, first to attend the LA premiere of Lakeshore Entertainment’s “Untraceable,” starring Diane Lane. It was great fun to see Director Gregory Hoblit, Producer Hawk Koch and all of the cast again. Here are a few photos of the festivities:

Lana Veenker, Actress Betty Moyer and Actress Katie O’Grady
Betty Moyer, Katie O’Grady, Actress Diane Lane, Lana Veenker and Actress Angie Rutan
Casting Director Irene Cagen, Lana Veenker, Producer Hawk Koch and Katie O’Grady
Actress TL Forsberg, Actor Ty Giordano and Lana Veenker

 

More to follow…..