Open casting call for feature film 'Mr. Poppers Penguins' and 'Gossip Girl'

Central Casting is holding an Open Casting Call for Extras in their office located in New York, NY. They are currently casting background actors for Gossip Girl and the upcoming Jim Carrey movie, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. SAG, AFTRA and Non-Union Actors are all welcome.

Currently Seeking:

● High End Model Types 18 - 30
● Upscale Gala Types 18+
● Chic Upper East Side Types 18+
● WASP-Y Conservative Types 18+
● Little People 18+

Should own high end designer type wardrobe. They are also searching for those who own conservative "All American" country club type wardrobe. Specifically seeking men with designer suits and tuxedos and women with cocktail and formal attire. Please wear your best upscale look and show hair and makeup ready when you attend. Digital photos will be taken. SAG Members be sure to bring your paid-up current membership card.

Open Casting Call Details


Central Casting
875 6th Avenue
Suite 2411
New York, NY 90001
Click Here for directions.


Sunday, October 10, 2010
SAG Actors 10:00am - 12:00pm
AFTRA and Non-Union Actors 1:00pm - 5:00pm

All talent MUST bring the following ID to the open casting call:

Drivers License or State ID with Birth Certificate or Social Security Card are preferred, and a US Passport can be used in place of 2 separate ID's. Anyone who shows up without these documents will be turned away.

About Central Casting

Central Casting was established in 1925 initially as a wing of the major Hollywood movie studios. By the 1970s they came to dominate the field of extras casting. Over the years there have been many changes in the entertainment industry, but Central Casting has always remained at the forefront of background casting. Today, Central Casting is a division of Entertainment Partners, the largest provider of entertainment industry services and solutions in the United States. In April 2006 Central Casting officially opened its New York division.

Open casting call for MGM feature film 'The Hobbit' photo doubles

*** Update ***

SAG and AFTRA Members May Now Accept Work on 'The Hobbit'

NZ Actors' Equity on Monday, October 18th, recommended that the international performer unions of FIA withdraw their respective member advisories prohibiting members from accepting employment on the theatrical motion picture "The Hobbit."

In light of this advisory and the recommendation from NZ Actors' Equity, SAG and AFTRA hereby notifies all members that they may now accept employment on "The Hobbit," under Screen Actors Guild contract terms and conditions. Click Here for details.


Earlier Performer Unions Alert Regarding "The Hobbit"

The makers of feature film The Hobbit – to be shot in New Zealand next year – have refused to engage performers on union-negotiated agreements.

Members of Canadian Actors Equity, US Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, UK Actors Equity, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (Australia) and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists are advised not to accept work on this non-union production.

If you are contacted to be engaged on The Hobbit please notify your union immediately.

More information can be found here.


The casting department for the upcoming MGM feature film "The Hobbit" is holding an open casting call for Scale Doubles. A Scale Double is used in a film when an actor's real-life size is different than the character's size. For instance, if an actor is 5ft 8in, but the character in the film in 3ft 6in, then large and/or small scale doubles are used in certain scenes so that the characters would appear to be the appropriate size.

Open Casting Call Details


Men, 16 years of age and older, between 4ft - 5ft 2" in height.
Men, 16 years of age and older, 6ft 8" and taller.
Women, 16 years of age and older, between 4ft and 5ft in height.


National Drama and Dance Centre
11 Hutchinson Road
Newtown, Wellington
New Zealand
Click Here for directions.


Sunday, September 26
9:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm

This is NOT a casting call for extras. There will be future casting call dates for extras.

Filming is tentatively scheduled to begin in January, 2011 in New Zealand.

Principal Actor Casting:

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Liz Mullane Casting
17 Taipakupaku Road
Karaka Bay
Wellington, New Zealand 6022

Extras Casting:

Miranda Rivers
PO Box 6479
Marion Square
Wellington, New Zealand 6022

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

MGM Studios
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067

New Line Cinima
116 N. Robertson Blvd.
Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-

Key Creatives Creating, LLC
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Stuite 800
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wingnut Films / Necropia
PO Box 15-208
Wellington, New Zealand 6003


Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
Ken Kamins
Callum Greene
Carolynne Cunningham
Philippa Boyens


The studio's first choice is Peter Jackson to direct.
David Dobkin and Brett Ratner also interested.


Ian McKellen
Andy Serkis


The adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s "The Hobbit" will be made into two live action films. Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo alone and unaided who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside.

Open casting calls for Steven Soderbergh film 'Contagion' background performers

Warner Bros. Pictures will be filming the upcoming feature film 'Contagion' in Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dubai, Japan, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia, and Malaysia. There will be two cattle calls for extras to work on the Chicago area production of the film.

Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh will helm the project, and he will also co-produce with Oscar Nominees Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, along with Gregory Jacobs. Scott Z. Burns has penned the screenplay. Burns also wrote the screenplays to the Warner Bros. Matt Damon films "The Bourne Ultimatum," and "The Informant!".

Carmen Cuba is casting the principal actors for the film. Cuba is no stranger to working on Steven Soderbergh projects, as she has cast the films "Erin Brockovich", "Bubble", "The Girlfriend Experience", "The Informant!" and the recently completed "Butter" and "Haywire" - all of which Soderbergh directed. Carmen Cuba has found non-actors to portray fictionalized characters in Soderbergh’s fictionalized stories “Bubble” and “The Girlfriend Experience”, and little-known talent to play leading roles in "The Informant!".

Los Angeles based extras casting company, Rich King Casting, will be holding open extras casting calls in the U.S. locations, as there will be a very large number of extras used in the film.

Shooting on Contagion will run from September 25, 2010 through January 11, 2010. The film's release date is October 21, 2011.

Chicago Open Casting Call Details

They are seeking adult men and women, ages 18 and above, all shapes, sizes, types and ethnicities. Everyone is welcome. This is a paid gig and meals are included.

Where (open call #1):

Lincoln Park Cultural Center
2045 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614
Click Here for directions.


Saturday, September 25, 2010
10:30am - 2:30pm

Where: (open call #2):

Annoyance Theatre
4830 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Click Here for directions.


Sunday, September 26, 2010
10:00am - 4:00pm

Please bring a pen and a small photo of yourself. Please do not call the open call locations directly. Watch for street parking signs. For more information, call (312) 283-1061.

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for principal acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Principal Actor Casting (Los Angeles):

Carmen Cuba
846 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Building A, Suite 213
Hollywood, CA 90038

Principal Actor Casting (Chicago):

Shelby Cherniet
Amy C. Newbold
Simon Casting
1512 N. Fremont St
Suite 204
Chicago, IL 60622

Extras Casting (All U.S. Locations):

Rich King Casting
Cross Roads of the World
6671 Sunset Blvd.
Suite 1597
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Registration Information: (323) 993-0186

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Double Feature Films
9320 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 210
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Participant Media
335 N. Maple Drive
Suite 245
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

765 54 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

October Pictures LTD
G/F 58A Leighton Road
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong

The Keres Corporation
846 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Building A, Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Keres Corporation
2630 W. Bradley Place
Chicago, IL 60618


Steven Soderbergh
Michael Shamberg
Stacey Sher
Gregory Jacobs

Director: Steven Soderbergh


Matt Damon
Jude Law
Kate Winslet
Gwyneth Paltrow
Laurence Fishburne
Marion Cotillard


An action-thriller with multiple plotlines, that takes place in a worst case scenario of a deadly virus. We first meet Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Beth Emhoff, as she flies back from a business trip, along with a casino worker in Hong Kong, Li Fai (Josie Ho), and a Ukranian supermodel in London, Irina Modelskova. Almost immediately, all three are struck down by a mysterious ailment — Li Fai meets a particularly messy end in downtown Hong Kong after hallucinating in the streets. Beth's husband Thomas (Damon) is forced to care for his wife, and soon his step-son, as her condition worsens. The virus spreads, first through the Emhoff's native Minneapolis — and very plausible through the unsanitary public school system where kids readily share infections as it is — and then to Chicago, and the rest of the U.S. The story opens on Thanksgiving weekend, almost the worst possible time a virus could break out, considering the amount of travel going on (airplanes being practically an incubator for common cold spreading), and, as one character puts it, "It's the biggest shopping weekend of the year." while simultaneously the virus, and the fear it causes, spreads through the world. As the infection begins to spread, we meet a collection of other characters around the world. Dr. Ellis Cheever (Fishburne), the head of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and his colleague Dr. Erin Mears (Winslet) are both battling to find a cure for the disease, the latter being sent to examine Emhoff at home in Minnesota, while European doctor Leonora Orantes (Cotillard), works for the World Health Organization, has a similar aim; heading to Hong Kong to investigate what appears to be the genesis spot of the breakout. Alan Krumwiede (Law), meanwhile, is a hungry, truth-seeking blogger with an unfortunate interest in conspiracy theories, who is responsible for spreading information about the disease, both true and false, around the world.

Open casting call for ABC hit show 'Shark Tank' Cycle 2 in Los Angeles

The hit ABC television show "Shark Tank" is conducting a national search to find the next successful and possibly wealthy entrepreneurs, inventors, businesspeople, dreamers, promoters, creators and innovators. In each episode, budding entrepreneurs are given an amazing opportunity to make their dreams come true.

Whether you have just an idea, a start up, or are already up and running successfully but looking to expand, if you feel you have a money-making business or idea and need financial help, then Shark Tank is the show for you. The casting directors are looking for aspiring entrepreneurs who can pitch their breakthrough business ideas, products, properties and services to moguls in hopes of landing investment funds.

If chosen, the Sharks - five self-made, brilliant, but tough investors - could be willing to invest their own personal cash and give you the funds you need to kickstart your idea. But the Sharks aren't just out to invest money. They also have a goal to own a piece of your next big idea. Who are the Sharks? Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, infomercial industry pioneer Kevin Harrington, technology innovator Robert Herjavec, fashion icon Daymond John, and financial expert Kevin O'Leary. And in season 2, successful businessman and comedian Jeff Foxworthy will join the panel for 3 episodes.

This is your chance to meet the Shark Tank Casting Teams in person, so come prepared to wow and dazzle them with your product/business/idea. Be advised that security may check your bag and you are responsible for your own parking. They do not validate.

Open Casting Call Details


Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn
Universal Studios Hollywood
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Click Here for directions.


Friday, September 17, 2010
12:00pm - 8:00pm

Your presentation should be top-notch and something the Sharks will really want to sink their teeth into and might even spark a bidding war between them.

If you can't make it to the open casting call, you may also apply via email. Send your name, age, contact info, a recent photo no larger than 1 MB in size, and a brief description of your idea to:

Hardcopy submissions should also include your name, age, contact info, a recent photo, and a brief description of your idea. Mail to:

Mindy Zemrak
Shark Tank Casting Coordinator
Mark Burnett Productions
640 N. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Shark Tank is a Mark Burnett Productions, Sony Pictures Television, and American Broadcasting Company production.