A Star is Found

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

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For anyone who's ever wondered how the Princess Bride ended up with an English accent or what Julia Roberts wore to the audition that won her her first major role - or walked out of a movie saying "I would never have put that guy in that part" - here is the first-of-its-kind look at how actors are chosen and careers are born.Two of the top casting directors in the business, who cast everyone from the "Harry Potter" kids to the new "James Bond", offer an insider's tour of their crucial craft - spotting stars in the making. Recounting their remarkable shared career, from their early days at Francis Ford Coppola's legendary Zoetrope to their twenty-six years in business together, they share the funny and fascinating stories of discovering and casting then-unknown stars like Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Brendan Fraser, Virginia Madsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Meg Ryan, and Benicio Del Toro, as well as insights about the many famous directors for whom they've worked.
Taking us from the first casting call through head shots, auditions, meetings, and desperate searches to fill a part, they give us behind-the-scenes access to the machinery of star-making.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.62 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156033658
  • 9780156033657
  • 1,554,487

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PRAISE FOR A STAR IS FOUND "Parlour game fun . . . Good-natured and always professional, Hirshenson and Jenkins impart the tenets of their craft."--The New York Times Book Review "[A Star is Found] reads as fast and easily as a finely honed script."--The Columbus Dispatch "
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For anyone who's ever wondered how the Princess Bride ended up with an English accent or what Julia Roberts wore to the audition that won her her first major role - or walked out of a movie saying "I would never have put that guy in that part" - here is the first-of-its-kind look at how actors are chosen and careers are born.
Two of the top casting directors in the business, who cast everyone from the Harry Potter kids to the new James Bond, offer an insider's tour of their crucial craft - spotting stars in the making. Recounting their remarkable shared career, from their early days at Francis Ford Coppola's legendary Zoetrope to their twenty-six years in business together, they share the funny and fascinating stories of discovering and casting then-unknown stars like Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Brendan Fraser, Virginia Madsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Meg Ryan, and Benicio Del Toro, as well as insights about the many famous directors for whom they've worked. Taking us from the first casting call through head shots, auditions, meetings, and desperate searches to fill a part, they give us behind-the-scenes access to the machinery of star-making.
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GET BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS TO THE MACHINERY OF STAR-MAKING

This book is for anyone who's ever walked out of a movie and said: "That guy was all wrong for the part." In this first-of-its-kind look at how actors are chosen and careers are born, two of Tinseltown's top casting directors offer an insider's tour of their crucial craft. Janet and Jane share the fascinating, funny stories of discovering or casting then-unknown stars such as Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Meg Ryan, Benicio Del Toro, the Harry Potter kids, and the new James Bond.

"[A] casting bible."--New York Daily News
"If you want to know what goes through the mind of a filmmaker or casting director when actors are actually vying for roles and crucial decisions are being made, this engaging, insightful book will be an eye opener." --Ron Howard
""A Star Is Found" should be required reading for every student of cinema."--Chris Columbus, director of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
"Good-natured and always professional, Hirshenson and Jenkins impart the tenets of their craft."--New York Times Book Review

Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins have been partners in The Casting Company since 1981 and have worked with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Tim Burton, Brian DePalma, David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, Rob Reiner, and John Hughes among others. 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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About Janet Hirshenson

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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