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The ‘Unnerving’ Experience of Auditioning for Woody Allen

New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel has a fun item about the leading-lady audition procession for Bullets Over Broadway. The 1994 film version allowed Dianne Wiest to beat out co-star Jennifer Tilly and three others for that year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and now, every conceivable name is trying out for the stage version of Helen Sinclair.

Zach Braff and Vincent Pastore are already lined up for the Broadway musical, scheduled to start previewing next March. But no decision has yet been made in connection with the plum part of Sinclair:

Auditioning for Allen is, I’m told, unnerving. For one thing, he seldom makes eye contact with the performer.

“He looks down at the floor,” a source says. “[Director] Susan [Stroman] is warm and gracious. He says nothing. Not even ‘Thank you.’ ” [Patti] LuPone came in with diva guns blazing, wowing everybody with her pipes and wit. When she left, Woody mumbled: “I don’t see her in the part.” Next!

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At the Opposite End of Spike Lee, Zach Braff and Veronica Mars

We’ve been keeping an eye on a different breed of Kickstarter movie campaign. Of a kind that resides well beyond headlines about celebrity projects like Spike Lee’s just-funded “new joint.”

We still can’t decide if we think New York City Cowboys (with James Brolin attached) deserves our admiration for aiming high or our admonishment for picking the all-or-nothing crowdfunding option. On Kickstarter, the makers of this family film about a widow who trades her Manhattan taxi cab company for the wide open spaces of Montana set the fundraising bar at an astonishing $3.2 million. On this final day of the campaign, they’re $3.125M short. [Update: The project got a little burst of support after this item, but still fell well short. Final tally: $106,973.]

We’re not picking on New York Cowboys. We’re just curious whether they honestly expected to be able to raise two and a half more times than what Lee just did.

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Spike Lee Does the Kickstarter Thing

And… Although this somehow feels way more organic than either Zach Braff or Veronica Mars, there is sure to be a lot of debate about a man who gets paid big bucks to make Nike commercials bringing his pitch to Kickstarter.

Spike wants $1.25 million for an as-yet-untitled “Joint,” and there’s little doubt he will get it (deadline: August 21). Per the video above, this latest campaign is all thanks to a student in Lee’s NYU classes, who brought the filmmaker up to speed on the recent Braff and Mars campaigns:

As I stated in the Video, I promise on my Mother’s Grave and Right Hand to the Almighty – every Red Cent, every Wooden Nickel, every Dollar will go up on the Screen and not into my pocket. I’m not taking a Fee, your generous contributions will get this Film made.

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Many Journalists, Fans Wish Zach Braff Wasn’t on Kickstarter

Across Twitter today, a sizable gallery of journalists and fans are rolling their eyes at the idea of TV sitcom millionaire Zach Braff joining the Kickstarter ranks to fund indie sequel Wish I Was Here. Below is a small sampling of that sentiment, from EW‘s Anthony Breznican, TheWrap’s Tim Molloy and Chicago moviegoer Clayton Smith:

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Scrubs Enters Niche Magazine Market

scrubs-logo.jpgAs bad as the market is right now for print, niche magazines have it a little bit easier, if only because their consumer base is made up of devotees. Why else would Condé Nast be able to keep two golf magazines afloat while having to cut Gourmet? Niche markets have niche advertising, which also helps: The fashion world might be hurting overall, but the supply and demand for yachting goods has probably not taken as much of a dip in their sales records.

With that in mind, we’d like to welcome into the world the first lifestyle magazine made for nurses: Scrubs (Zach Braff not included), which will hit stores nursing apparel stores November 15, already with a paid circulation of 350,000. Says Michael Singer, CEO of Scrubs‘ founding sponsor Strategic Partners Inc., “Healthcare is one of the few sectors of the economy adding jobs.” Ironic, no?

Scrubs also has a pretty good pedigree: its editorial director is Catherine Ettlinger, a former Elle editor and managing editor at Mademoiselle.

By the way, we highly suggest you check out Scrubsmag.com, which has articles like “The First Date Checklist for Nurses” and “Top 10 Signs Your Patient May Be a Drug Seeker.”

Full press release, after the jump.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

38816586.jpgHave A Food Fight With Tom Hanks: To benefit Shakespeare Festival/LA, you can bid on a speaking role – including an onstage food fight – in a staged reading of Taming of the Shrew with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Annette Bening, William Shatner, Christina Applegate, Sean Astin, Zach Braff and others. Bidding on EBay closes Thursday.

34313210-13153121.jpgElizabeth Snead Got To Go London And Hang Out with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon (and Chippendale dancers) for the world premiere of Sex and the City: And we’re kinda jealous.

38813170-13135800.jpgMake Shows Good: There. We just saved Disney millions of dollars. Of course, if the company still wants to blow wads of cash on the obvious, it should just go ahead and continue to develop its “emerging media and advertising research lab” to find out what makes viewers tune into different shows. But in the end, they’ll find we are right.

Will CAA Drop Every Client Over 35? Industry Nexus Has the Scoop

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Industry Nexus has a real treasure in Mali Perl. Pearl has somehow found out what other aging clients are getting the axe, ala Ed Limato and his stable of geriatrics. The juice:

From: Bryan Lourd and Rick Nicita
To: All CAA Staff
Re: New Direction

In light of the change that’s sweeping the industry, CAA, as always, takes the lead. We embrace the generational shift taking place and will be moving away from older clients to focus on a younger client base that reflects the tastes of today’s audience. We are amicably parting ways with several longtime clients including Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Sally Field, Annette Bening, Robin Williams, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Robert De Niro. We are proud of the role CAA has played in helping these great stars of yesterday pave the way for great stars of tomorrow like Mischa Barton, Jessica Simpson, Rachel Bilson, Zach Braff, Zac Efron, and Sanjaya. We wish them all the best during their golden years and hope to visit them soon at the Motion Picture Home.

What the Stars Earn–Too Much, Obviously

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FBLA gets TV Guide’s press release emails and we usually ignore them. But today, Julie Farin presented us with some truly fabulous information: salaries of the small-screen stars.

Oprah: $260 million per year (includes income from Rachael Ray, Dr. Phil, and other programs)

Simon Cowell: $45 million per year (for American Idol and other projects)

Judge Judy: $30 million per year

Katie Couric: $15 million per year

Zach Braff: $6.3 million (for 18 episodes of Scrubs next season)

Think about that for a momemnt: Braff gets nearly half of what Couric makes, and she has to show up every day.

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Variety: Celebs Make the Best Bloggers

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Anne Thompson writes that celebs are increasingly lurking on message boards and ego-key-stroking themselves at all hours.

According to Ain’t It Cool News, in fact, Bruce Willis recently called a blog editor at 4 a.m. to set up a Q&A with fanboys on the site — after defending the Die Hard franchise as a “commenter” named Water B.

Zach Braff directly instructs his fans on the finer points of MySpace messaging a celebrity:

“Please don’t send me anything HTML; especially in the comments section. Don’t get me wrong, I love an animated unicorn waving ‘Thanks For the Add’ as much as the next guy, but I disabled those things because they make your page all wonky. And no one likes a wonky page.”

New York Magazine had a whole piece devoted to Lily Allen that focused in part on the havoc she has wreaked online.

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Nick Antosca Doesn’t Get Miranda July/Wishes He Did

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Nick Antosca snarls about Miranda July, her book, and all that adoring press. He writes:

I guess what I’m saying is: Miranda July– what the fuck?

We feel sad for anyone who’s jealous of a Radar Q & A.

What’s really going on here: He wants her. Wants her so much, can’t stop thinking about her, wonders if she wants him, wonders how can he get her, and wonders what happens next.

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