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

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For anyone who’s ever walked out of a movie and said, “That guy was all wrong for that 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 most recently cast the new James Bond, The Da Vinci Code, and the summer blockbuster Poseidon, offer an insider’s tour of their crucial craft—spotting stars in the making—in this lively memoir, full of the kind of backroom detail loved by movie fans and aspiring actors alike. Janet and Jane share the fascinating, funny 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, 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 behind-the-scenes access to the machinery of star-making. Films Include:
The Da Vinci CodeFriday Night LightsSomething's Gotta GiveA Beautiful MindHarry Potter & the Sorcerer's StoneHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasThe Perfect StormAir Force OneJurassic ParkGhosts of MississippiThe American PresidentMrs. DoubtfireIn the Line of FireLast Action Hero
A Few Good MenHome AloneHookBackdraftMiseryGhostWhen Harry Met SallyLicence to KillMystic PizzaBeetlejuiceThe Princess BrideStand by MeFerris Bueller's Day OffThe Sure ThingDuneBody DoubleRed DawnThe Outsiders 

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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2006, 978-0-15-101234-3 / 0-15-101234-2

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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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