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What Makes You Unique

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken –Oscar Wilde   In the HBO documentary Casting By, the late great matriarch of casting, Marion Dougherty says “every actor has a unique quality to bring to the screen.” When I first heard her say this, I paused and thought that it did not make sense.  I thought […]

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The Making of Casting By

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When I was sixteen-years-old, living in New York City, I loved Woody Allen films. I may have seen Annie Hall fifteen times. I noticed that “Woody” used many of the same key players again and again in making his films. One of those players was his casting director, Juliet Taylor. I remember looking up at […]

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“Hello Ladies” Recap: The Date

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** In the third episode of Hello Ladies, Stuart sets aside the club-hopping scene long enough to explore the comedic highs and lows of a “normal” date with a woman he actually likes. Tapping into Stuart’s fears and desires, The Date might be the show’s funniest and most relatable episode thus far. Stuart […]

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“Hello Ladies” Recap: The Limo

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** The Limo transports viewers further into the mind of Stuart Pritchard, giving us insight into desires that should have been more apparent in the pilot and opening the door to a more engaging and meaningful comedy series.  In episode two of Hello Ladies, best bud and moping man-child Wade has ordered a […]

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“Hello Ladies” TV Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Stephen Merchant steps out of Ricky Gervais’ shadow to star as Stuart, a somewhat delusional web designer looking to score with the ladies of Los Angeles. This HBO pilot never gets past first base, but there are just enough laugh-out-loud moments and inspired comedic performances to warrant a second date with Hello […]

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