A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood's Biggest Movies

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 5, 2007 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
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For anyone who’s ever walked out of a movie and said, "That guy was all wrong for the part," comes this first-of-its-kind look at how actors are chosen and careers are born. Two of the top casting directors in the business, who recently cast the much-lauded choice of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, offer an insider’s tour of their crucial craft—spotting stars in the making. Janet and Jane share the fascinating, funny stories of discovering and casting then-unknown stars such as Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Jennifer Connelly, Virginia Madsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Meg Ryan, Benicio Del Toro, and the Harry Potter kids. Taking us from the first casting call through head shots, auditions, meetings, and desperate searches to fill a part, they give us the kind of behind-the-scenes access to the machinery of star-making that captivates movie fans and aspiring actors alike.

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There have been books on casting blunders and the "what ifs" of the business, but this is the first mainstream book to share the nuts and bolts of Hollywood casting. Casting agents Hirshenson and ... Read full review


1 The Call
2 Getting Started
3 Auditioning the Unknowns
4 Names and Stars
5 Stars and Superstars
6 Making Sure
7 The Littlest Stars
8 The Tough Search
9 When It All Comes Together Or Not
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JANET HIRSHENSON and JANE JENKINS have been partners in the Casting Company since 1981 and have worked with directors from Ron Howard and Wolfgang Petersen to Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Rob Reiner, Tim Burton, and John Hughes. In 1999 they were named the first-ever “Casting Directors of the Year” by the Hollywood Film Festival. They both live in Los Angeles.

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