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Artios Awards Honor Casting — What’s That Again?

jimmysmits.jpgThe Artios Awards are given out each year by the Casting Society of America to what else, casting directors in America. The erudite casting directors chose the name because, according to CSA President Pam Dixon, it comes from Ancient Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted,” the CSA program revealed.
A small smattering of celebs showed up at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel (where Barack was coronated in abstentia a week earlier), including Jimmy Smits, Sean Hayes, Curtis Hanson and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as host Neil Patick Harris (remember “Doogie Howser”?).

That said, the awards went to the regular nominees. What better for an award than choosing the films that have already won the big awards, whether Oscars or Golden Globes or whatever,Hollywood Reporter reported.

“No Country for Old Men” and “Juno,” two of the most honored films of 2007, made one more appearance on the awards circuit Monday night as they took home top Artios prizes.

Ellen Chenoweth and Jo Edna Boldin were honored for “No Country” (location casting). In the studio feature-comedy category, the winners were Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayres (location) and Heike Brandstatter (location) for “Juno.”

The winning TV drama series was FX’s “Damages,” with the prize going to Julie Tucker. ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” earned the honors in the TV comedy series category for Meg Liberman, Cami Patton and Jennifer Lare.

Other winners:

TV pilot, drama: Beth Bowling, Kim Miscia, “Mad Men”; TV pilot, comedy, Liberman, Patton, “Pushing Daisies”; TV movie: David Rubin, Richard Hicks and Lori S. Wyman (location), Kathleen Chopin (location), “Recount”; and miniseries, Chopin, “John Adams.”

Children’s series: Carol Goldwasser, Howard Meltzer, “Hannah Montana”; TV animation: Gillian O’Neill, “Rick & Steve, The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World”; and daytime: Judy Blye Wilson, “All My Children.”

The CSA gave a few awards to Broadway and Off-Broadway casting, but since we’re in L.A. the Hollywood-centric audience didn’t really care.

But we’ll put them in anyway.

Broadway drama: Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler, “The Homecoming”; Broadway comedy: Jim Carnahan, “Boeing-Boeing”; Broadway musical: Telsey, Bethany Knox, “In the Heights”; off-Broadway: James Calleri, “The Seagull”; L.A. theater: Erika Sellin, “The History Boys”; and regional theater: Cantler, Telsey, “33 Variations.”

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LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow


The LA Film Festival starts tomorrow. This year’s venues are inconveniently placed in Westwood. Transformers tickets are sold out.

Guest Director is Curtis Hanson, Clint Eastwood wins the Spirit of Independence award and Pharrell Williams is the Artist in Residence. He’ll chat with Elvis Mitchell on Saturday.

One of the most anticipated events (well, for us, it is)is the big-screen showing of One More with Feeling, the musical Buffy episode. The prop-laden sing-a-long is next Wed. June 27th. BYOF.

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FBLA Goes To The Party: 21st Annual Last Remaining Seats

sepia_photo7.gifOur spies went to the opening last night of the 21st Annual Last Remaining Seats screening series hosted by The LA Conservancy at the recently renovated Orpheum Theater and served up this dish:

Hitchcock’s North by Northwest was the film and the event opened (looking like a glam premiere of old with klieg lights torching the sky) with a Q&A from L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson with Hitch’s daughter Patricia and NXNW’s still-beautiful-49-years-later-star Eva Marie Saint. They regaled the conservative-looking L.A. Conservancy crowd stories of Hitchcock and how he directed.

“He was an amazing director visually, sketching each scene before it was shot,” Hanson said.

“He was a brilliant director who never gave direction about how to act, but he gave incredible external directions about what you’re wearing and how you would hold yourself,” remembered Marie Saint.

“He worked very closely with my mother, who was a film editor before she met my father. Most people don’t know this, but he didn’t take a step without consulting my mother,” daughter Pat Hitchcock recalled.

The screening, which opened with an oddball Psycho-satire short of Hitchcock describing how messy the blood scenes were, was great watch on the big screen. The colors were vibrant and the scenes spectacular, especially the Plaza Hotel, the Indiana cornfields and the Mt. Rushmore models.

The film was a hoot to see again and I was lucky enough to bring my friend’s 11-year-old daughter Hopi, who only had one thing say: “The line was so funny when the two of them were hanging from the cliff and he says, ‘My two wives both left me because they thought my life was too dull.’”

The up coming film in the series is Roman Holiday, slated to screen on May 30, 2007 at The Los Angeles Theater in downtown LA. But we can’t wait for the June 27 screening of Scarface, because when the lights go down at the Alex Theater in Glendale and the 1932 original rolls on the screen, the gangstas in the audience are going to be pissed.