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Five Casting Directors: The Hollywood Reporter's Video Roundtable

Curious about casting? This LA Times piece is too short but still recommended reading, going into how the astonishing Lupita Nyong'o was cast in the search for Patsy in 12 Years a Slave - director Steve McQueen has said he looked at over a thousand actresses  - plus casting the quirky characters that people Alexander Payne's Nebraska and more.

The female dominated area of the film and television industry has been getting more attention of late, quite a bit of it due to Casting By, the HBO documentary about the legendary Marion Dougherty (Batman, Full Metal Jacket) who passed away in 2011. 

And continuing my Sunday slacker habit, I've posted a THR roundtable below. This one features five casting heavyweights who followed in Dougherty's footsteps. 

The casting directors talk about ...
Why females dominate the world of casting
How the electronic age has changed the industry
The blurred lines between casting directors, actors and directors
"Discovering" stars 
Advocating for actors
Working with directors like Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze

Hoping you find it as interesting as I did -

Casting by Ellen Lewis

Casting by Juliet Taylor and Patricia DiCerto

 Casting by Jennifer Euston

Casting by Laura Rosenthal