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What Is The Most Asinine Topic You've Had To Talk About?

The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable video: Comedy Actresses. Stacey Wilson sits down with The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, New Girl's Zooey Deschanel, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco,The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling, Shameless' Emmy Rossum, and Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling, to talk about stupid questions from the media, disastrous auditions, odd fan interactions, the crazy stuff people tell them, and the state of American TV. (1:03:14, highlight transcription available)
posted by The Whelk on Jun 19, 2014 - 18 comments

...until “the tiny errors became...so clear.”

Auditioning for the MET Orchestra: "Why is there so much pressure? In part, because the candidates must prepare an exhaustive list of some of the most important and demanding parts ever written for their instrument. For Boris’ audition, the list included a solo concerto plus eighteen excerpts from fourteen operas. Rob’s audition included even more excerpts from both the symphonic and operatic repertoire, in which he had to demonstrate his abilities on no fewer than nine different instruments." [more inside]
posted by not_the_water on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 comments

Who is that man?

Perhaps you've seen a shorter version of Heineken's commercial "The Odyssey" on television. If you haven't seen the full-length piece, or if you haven't watched closely, you may not realize that the lead role is played by 20 different men, each "legendary" in his own way. Heineken has created an interactive version of the short advertising film, allowing you to click on each non-actor to see his casting interview. (Or you can just let it play and watch each man in his turn.) [total time ~48m] [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Apr 24, 2014 - 18 comments

No, Thomas; I am your father.

Adding to the widely reported speculation that Chiwetel Ejiofor is joining the cast, the BBC is reporting that open auditions for two of the lead roles in the next Star Wars film are being held across Britain and Ireland in the next few weeks. Shooting is still slated to start in January. The audition call tweet gives details of the roles... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 5, 2013 - 114 comments

Coulda been an Asian Jim

Watch Famous Actors' Failed Auditions for 'The Office.' Watch Seth Rogen, John Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Adam Scott and other now successful actors on failed auditions for key office characters.
posted by sweetkid on Aug 7, 2013 - 29 comments

The Audition

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the handful of orchestras for which musicians the world over will drop everything to scramble for a job, and the audition ranks among the world’s toughest job interviews. Mike Tetreault has spent an entire year preparing obsessively for this moment. He's put in 20-hour workdays, practiced endlessly and shut down his personal  life. Now the percussionist has 10 minutes to impress a selection committee and stand out among a lineup of other world-class musicians. A single mistake and it's over.  A flawless performance and he could join one of the world's most renowned and financially well-endowed orchestras at a salary of more than $100,000 a year. The Audition. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 5, 2012 - 90 comments

006, 006.2456, 006.378, 006.842 and finally...

Being 007: Behind the Scenes at James Bond Auditions
posted by infini on May 1, 2012 - 22 comments

Keith Apicary's music video audition

Keith Apicary auditions for a Kimberly Cole music video.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 2, 2012 - 10 comments

If I tell you I'm good, you would probably think I'm boasting. If I tell you I'm no good, you know I'm lying.

Audition screen test of the iconic legend Bruce Lee for The Green Hornet TV series

The only surviving onscreen interview of Bruce Lee, The Pierre Berton Show in 1971
Expounding on his personal philosphy - Part 2
Talking about racism and Asians in cinema - Part 3
[more inside]
posted by P.o.B. on Jul 20, 2010 - 22 comments

SNL Auditions

Saturday Night Live Auditions (all YT links): Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Dana Carvey (2), Will Ferrell, and Jim Breuer (2), (3).
posted by Ufez Jones on Aug 14, 2009 - 28 comments

Ear-sighted

"People with synaesthesia can’t help but get two sensory perceptions for the price of one. Some perceive colours when they hear words or musical notes, or read numbers; rarer individuals can even get tastes from shapes." (previously) Neuroscientist Melissa Saenz of the California Institute of Technology has discovered a new form [pdf] of synaesthesia. Can you hear the dots? (QT)
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on Aug 5, 2008 - 75 comments

...and ACTION!

Si'down, si'down, stay down... don't try and stand up. [.mov]
posted by Witty on Sep 15, 2004 - 57 comments

Sex Film Project

The Sex Film Project. Fans of John Cameron Mitchell and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" can now audition via videotape for his next film: "The Sex Film Project." The catch? You must be willing to have full hardcore sex on film. Oh, and warning: once you click "Accept" prepare for a background pic featuring an act of autoeroticism. Enjoy!
posted by adrober on Jan 18, 2003 - 43 comments

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