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    Marrakech Film Festival Masterclass: Bruno Dumont Gives Tips on Editing, Directing Actors and More

    Six weeks after his latest film, "Camille Claudel 1915," received a theatrical release in the U.S., and just a few days after John Waters listed that and another of his films ("Hors Satan") on his 2013 Top 10 list for Artforum, Bruno Dumont was given the royal treatment at the 13th annual Marrakech ...

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    Watch: Adele Exarchopoulos, Greta Gerwig, David Oyelowo and Other 2013 'Breakouts' Discuss Their Banner Year

    The Hollywood Reporter's been doing a great job with their annual Roundtable video series, posting fascinating in depth discussions with some of this year's top actresses, producers, screenwriters, actors, directors and cinematographers.

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    Filmmakers, Use This 10 Step Casting Checklist to Cast Your Low-Budget Indie

    Slated Editorial Director Colin Brown is back with another essay in his series on packaging films. This one's a two-parter about casting. Below is the second installement, which includes a ten-step checklist for how to cast your feature. Check out the first part of this exploration of casting her...

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    Watch: How 'Breaking Bad' and 'Dexter' Got Their Casts

    "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter" both came as an end last month. Last night, the SAG Foundation provided an interesting angle from which to look back at the series -- by way of their casting directors.

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    Watch: Rising Stars Brie Larson, David Oyelowo, Dane DeHaan and Scott Haze on How They Got Their Start

    Last weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival, four of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch – Scott Haze ("Child of God," "As I Lay Dying"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels’ The Butler," "Middle of Nowhere") and Dane DeHaan ("Kill Your Darlings," "The Place Beyond the P...

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    Watch: The Only Time Your Parents Are Happy to Hear You Were Cast in an Orgy Scene

    Filmmaker Alberto Belli just posted a short film featuring Los Angeles actors excitedly telling their friends and family about roles that sound alarmingly porny. But it's okay -- it's not porn, it's just HBO.

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    Actors Listen Up, Filmmakers Listen In: 5 Things You Need To Know About Your Agent and Manager

    Below is an article originally published in Backstage that gives actors perspective on working with an agent or a manager. It's also pretty important advice for filmmakers to be aware of when they're trying to figure out why agents and managers are acting the way they are. The original article, wr...

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    Exclusive Excerpt: Michael Rabiger's Nine Basic Tips for Directing Actors

    Michael Rabiger's (Professor Emeritus, Columbia College in Chicago) directing textbook, now in its fifth edition (co-written with Mick Hurbis-Cherrier of Hunter College) "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics" is now available for purchase from Focal Press.  

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    10 Keys to Nailing an Audition from Casting Associate on 'Lords of Dogtown,' 'Cheri,' '21 Jump Street'

    While the roles and the films change, the general principles that make for a great audition remain relatively consistent. So I’ve pulled from my first-hand experience to develop these 10 keys to impressing casting directors and nailing auditions, no matter what the project is.

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